The rise of Newt Gingrich says much more about the Republican voting base than it does about Newt Gingrich. He remains largely unchanged from the sanctimonious, arrogant asshole he was in the 1990s. The Republican electorate, on the other hand, has ripped away the mask of conservative moderation, only to reveal the ugly, bitter intolerance of its true self.
In 2008, GOP voters scoffed at the very notion of empathy and compassion. Now they are proving without question nor conscience that they have neither.