For years now, I have been angering people by comparing Newt Gingrich to Winston Churchill. There are, of course, many differences between the two men. And it is always fraught with danger to compare a contemporary to a great historical figure. But, like others, I do see similarities.
Today, I will share one that is timely. Politico has a story up about Speaker John Boehner commenting on the former Speaker, and saying of Gingrich,
You know, like all big thinkers, they have some great ideas,” Boehner said. “And then they have some other ideas.
Gingrich told [Freshmen in 1994] that “to succeed we needed to concentrate on just three issues, and drive those issues,” [Former Rep. Mark] Souder writes … “And off he went into 100 new ideas”…
His mind never stopped; he was always thinking, always plotting and planning, whether or not he had reason to do so. Franklin Roosevelt observed this feature of Churchill’s personality after the landings at Normandy, part of which involved creating artificial harbors made by sinking old ships filled with concrete on top of the other to break the rough coast. Said FDR, “You know, that was Churchill’s idea. Just one of the brilliant ideas that he has. He has a hundred a day and about four of them are good.”