One finds all one would ever need to know about candidate Newt Gingrich in his remarks on Reagan from a 1992 speech to the ‘National Academy of Public Administration’:
….he didn’t think government mattered….
The Reagan failure was to grossly undervalue the centrality of government as the organizing mechanism for reinforcing societal behavior.”
There’s Gingrich: the sweeping and ill-considered generalization, the pandering to whatever audience is before him, iced so nicely with his typically awkward usage.
That Gingrich is still in this race, and has been the recipient of millions from wealthy donors, is one of the mysteries and embarrassments of the season.