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Scot Lehigh

GOP shoots own foot with Newt

By Scot Lehigh
Globe Columnist / December 7, 2011
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What can one say about the sudden rise of Newt Gingrich? How about this, for starters: If the answer is Gingrich, the question the GOP is asking itself isn’t who among its presidential hopefuls has a realistic shot at beating Barack Obama. Rather, in its late-fall flirtation with the pugnacious former speaker, the GOP is completing an ironic circular journey that began in an effort to escape the political mess Gingrich himself had made. Many voters may recall that Gingrich and the congressional Republicans rendered themselves so politically radioactive back in the mid-1990s that even non-Washington Republicans found themselves singed by the backlash. That’s one big reason why GOP governors coalesced around George W. Bush as their candidate in 2000.

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