I hate to admit it but I think a Washington Post editorial by Richard Cohen just put how I feel about Newt into the words I could not find. I disagree with them that their Fact Checker "is possibly the most powerful force for good since Clark Kent encountered a phone booth. " But buried in the article on Newt Gingrich, a hard hitting, get Newt article (and they do, as have many others) is the essence of what I have been feeling about Newt Gingrich.
I have never been a fan of the man and now I realize this is why:
He gives a lot of examples of his lying, read the whole editorial.There is more than a little Richard Nixon in Gingrich — the same lack of place, the same keen intellect, the same petty fights and imaginary enemies, the same hallucinatory grievances, the same willingness to lie, exaggerate and smear. On a given day, Newt Gingrich could be a brilliant president. On any night, he could be a monster.