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There’s an above-it-all-ness to Gingrich

South Carolina primary winner Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, addressed supporters Saturday night.

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South Carolina primary winner Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, addressed supporters Saturday night.

IT’S BEEN fascinating and entertaining listening to Newt Gingrich compare himself to great historical figures such as Charles de Gaulle, Henry Clay, and Abraham Lincoln. The comparison that strikes me best, however, would be to Friedrich Nietzsche’s “superman,’’ the individual who, by dint of his superior intelligence, creativity, independence, and originality, is liberated from all values and rules except those that he, himself, deems valid.

As an example, it was masterful how, in a debate before the South Carolina primary, Gingrich turned a question about his allegedly dastardly behavior toward the second of his three wives into an attack on the dastardly media for questioning him about it. Don’t they understand that the mores of men don’t apply to a “superman’’?

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John Finn

Framingham

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