Kevin Drum has this to say about the 90’s ascension of Newt Gingrich:
It’s hard to explain how this felt to a liberal like me. It was like waking up one morning and discovering that Norman Mailer was the new leader of the Democratic party. A guy who had been considered a fringe radical just a few years earlier was suddenly a serious statesman.
Umm, Nancy Pelosi? Ron Dellums? Jesse Jackson? There are enough wingnuts on either side, Kevin. I am not sure why Gingrich scared you anymore that the other collections of lunatics in both parties- except for the fact that Newt was successful at gaining power and changing the political make-up in Washington. As Kevin is a Democrat, I can see how that scared him.