Jon Meacham: Why Newt Gingrich Is So Much Like Richard Nixon

01/23/2012 10:32 am ET

He won with a glower. After Newt Gingrich fought off a totally reasonable question about an ex-wife’s account of his acknowledged adultery in last Thursday’s Republican debate with an attack on “the elite media,” there was little doubt about what would happen. South Carolina is the rawest of GOP states, the political embodiment of the legacy of the man Gingrich was channeling with that stare and with his orchestrated outrage on stage: Richard Nixon.

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