• Newt Gingrich

What a fascinating fellow Newt Gingrich is. A couple of Sundays ago George Will cleared his throat to weigh in on him, and I hung on every word.

Substitute host Jake Tapper had interviewed Gingrich in the opening minutes of ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Afterward, Tapper asked Will to have his say. Will clearly expected the question, and he was ready for it. “Time is not Newt Gingrich’s friend,” Will intoned, “because the more time he has the more he talks, and the more he talks the more he says things—as he just did here this morning.

“He said, ‘I’d love to be civil, but I’m running against a maniacal liar,’” Will went on. “Now that’s pretty strong language.” The next thing Will said was addressed to Tapper. “ I don’t know if you’ve ever told Longfellow’s nursery rhyme to your four-year-old daughter Alice. ‘There is a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead…’”