Esquire has a lengthy profile of former-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Writer John H. Richardson was given incredible access to Gingrich’s second (of three) wife, Marianne, for the profile. It’s well worth the read if you ever hope to understand how selfish, hypocritical and narcissistic politicians can be.
There are lots of great pull quotes on this one, but this rings true to me:
And Marianne Gingrich, his closest advisor during his last fit of empire building, sits on the boardwalk chain-smoking her breakfast.
He thinks of himself as president, you tell her. He wants to run for president.
She gives a jaundiced look. “There’s no way,” she says. She thinks he made a choice long ago between doing the right thing and getting rich, and when you make those choices, you foreclose other ones. “He could have been president. But when you try and change your history too much, and try and recolor it because you don’t like the way it was or you want it to be different to prove something new … you lose touch with who you really are. You lose your way.”
She stops, ashes her cigarette, exhales, searching for the right way to express what she’s about to say.
“He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected,” she says. “If you believe that, then yeah, you can run for president.”