“Man of the Year,” screamed a cover of Time Magazine in December 1995. Its star: Newt Gingrich, the then-young, ambitious Speaker of the House, one of the most admired men that year in polls.
Two years later, dogged by allegations of ethics violations, Gingrich faced a rebellion from his ranks.
“Gingrich Strains to Retain His Hold on the House,” read one New York Times headline in January, 1997.
Another two years later, the man once dubbed the Republican answer to Bill Clinton unceremoniously leaves the House, his tumultuous leadership marked by intraparty strife and rebellion.