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The Siege of Newt

9:05 PM, Jan 8, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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Gingrich exhibited, objectively speaking, super-human restraint. He engaged the malcontents, ignored the crazies, and even found the wherewithal to uncork a good line or two. For instance, talking about the importance of Americans’ “inalienable rights,” Gingrich wryly noted that without them, we are simply “Randomly-gathered protoplasm subject to whatever the state wants to do with us.”

Answering a question about religion in the public square, he explained, “I’m not here to lead a revival, but the point is to say, you cannot understand freedom in America unless you understand the degree to which the Founding Fathers were committed to understanding and subordinating themselves to God.”

Heedless, the drumming—and the Vermin—continued.

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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