Newt Gingrich’s ‘Grandiose Thoughts’
The Romney campaign seized on Newt Gingrich’s ludicrous pronouncement at last night’s debate, with a press release outlining Gingrich’s history of over the top egomaniacal self-adoration: ‘I Think Grandiose Thoughts’.
A Selection Of Speaker Gingrich’s Thoughts Over The Years
Gingrich on Gingrich:
“I Think I Am A Transformational Figure.” (pbs.org, 12/2/11)
“I Am Essentially A Revolutionary.” (Adam Clymer, “House Revolutionary,” The New York Times, 8/23/92)
“Philosophically, I Am Very Different From Normal Politicians … We Have Big Ideas.” (Andrew Ferguson, “What Does Newt Gingrich Know?” The New York Times, 6/29/11)
“I Have An Enormous Personal Ambition. I Want To Shift The Entire Planet. And I’m Doing It. … I Represent Real Power.” (Lois Romano, “Newt Gingrich, Maverick On The Hill,” The Washington Post, 1/3/85)
“I First Talked About [Saving Civilization] In August Of 1958.” (Robert Draper, “He’s Baaack!” GQ, 8/05)
“Over My Years In Public Life, I Have Become Known As An ‘Ideas Man.’” (Andrew Ferguson, “What Does Newt Gingrich Know?” The New York Times, 6/29/11)
“I Am The Longest Serving Teacher In The Senior Military, 23 Years Teaching One And Two-Star Generals And Admirals The Art Of War.” (GOP Presidential Candidates Debate, 12/15/11)
By the way, Newt seems to think “grandiose” means spectacularly brilliant and visionary … but Wikipedia has a somewhat different take on the word: Grandiosity.
Grandiosity is chiefly associated with narcissistic personality disorder, but also commonly features in manic or hypomanic episodes of bipolar disorder.
It refers to an unrealistic sense of superiority, a sustained view of oneself as better than others that causes the narcissist to view others with disdain or as inferior. It also refers to a sense of uniqueness, the belief that few others have anything in common with oneself and that one can only be understood by a few or very special people.
A perfect description of Newt Gingrich.