“God bless him, the more people get to know him, the less they like him. Voters do not like this man.”

-Democratic strategist Paul Begala on Newt Gingrich, who has surged toward the top of the Republican presidential primary field in recent polls. Begala, a veteran of the Clinton White House who sparred regularly with the former House Speaker during the 1990s, said history suggests that Gingrich’s “bombast” will wear on GOP voters.

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