A reader piles on:
Newt’s megalomania has the appeal of radical fervor combined with imperious grandeur: think of Napoleon or Peter the Great overturning the old order and establishing a glorious new one. Just what's needed in a constitutional presidency.
Remember, he didn't get tenure at West Georgia College, and that couldn't have been all that hard to do.
I admire much of Professor McWhorter's writings, but is his point about Newt Gingrich's vacant grandiloquence not captured succinctly in the aphorism, "Diarrhea of the mouth, constipation of the mind"?