A Deal Cutter With A Bit Of A Temper

What best prepares a man to be speaker of the House? Being the water boy for his high school football team? Enjoying the rowdy pleasures of his college frat house? Or learning how to play the trumpet while driving a car? The first Republican to make a grab at Gingrich's job last week has all those qualifications, which may come in handy in a job that requires carrying water for brawling factions, holding steady in a raucous ideological environment and doing more than one thing at a time.

Oh, and Robert Livingston of Louisiana also has a black belt in...

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