The Churchill Comparison, Ctd.

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Steven: I’ll admit to having been a bit playful with the Alan Keyes reference. I read your article as having made the following argument: Churchill was criticized for many of the same traits that people have criticized in Gingrich; Churchill turned out to be a great leader; so could Gingrich. The reason I brought up Keyes was that it seemed to me that this argument, if valid, applies perfectly to him — or to anyone accused of grandiosity, erratic behavior, etc. — because it attempts to make these vices into virtues. Now it is certainly true that Gingrich has virtues that Keyes lacks. If anyone besides Gingrich himself has even begun to make the case that those virtues are at all comparable to those of Churchill, I’m not aware of it.

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