Down on the Downtrodden

Newt Gingrich sets off a race to cut government spending for the poor, but he may be misreading America's mood

As somebody who likes to play rough with words, Newt Gingrich, the incoming Speaker of the House, can be counted on to make speaking a big part of the job. This, after all, is a man whose political-action committee once drew up a list of labels -- sick, pathetic, bizarre, insecure -- for Republican candidates to use against their opponents. But even Gingrich seems to be having second thoughts these days about the tone of the Republican revolution he is leading. Lately he has been arranging for members of Congress to hear talks by Morris Shechtman, a conservative management consultant and...

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