It is a shame as intellectually he is among the best. The man’s great flaw is his character and more specifically his lack of self governance. He should drop out of the race.
I agree. I think Newt wishes to propagate ideas which seem exclusively his...such as, “I think right wing social engineering is just as bad as left wing engineering.” This statement was meant to say. “Look at me folks. No one thinks as forwardly as I think. I am the smartest guy in the room. That is why I keep coming up with ideas which no one else his smart enough to put forth.” But he does not hear the sound of the gun going off as he shoots himself in the foot. He thinks if he keeps talking he can extricate himself. By saying what he is saying now, he is calling everyone who heard his comments, dullards and idiots who cannot hear a rather simple conversation, digest it, and come up with conclusions of their own. If he just keeps talking, he thinks the quicksand will not consume him. He does not realize he has consumed himself and needs to go.