In the Eyes of Newt

The minority whip has his sights on a G.O.P. takeover of the House

Newt Gingrich has an eye for weakness, and when he spots it, he zooms straight in. Last week the House minority whip pounced on a tattered, Democratic- sponsored lobbying reform bill that was limping toward passage. He came in not for a kill, only to place a wound -- perhaps simply for pride of marksmanship. Straightening his Scotch tartan tie, the Congressman from Georgia upended his schedule, rushed from his second-floor office, stepped onto the House floor and delivered a five-minute, late-afternoon blast. He aimed at one minor and carefully buried clause, which he decried as "designed to kill pressure from...

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