Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Bethesda Mental Health Clinic

Newt Gingrich at CPAC 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Behavioral Modification Unit

Doctor’s Notes

Patient: N. Gingrich

Insurance Number: Blue Cross/College Health A7YXX Group: 107

Nov. 11, 2011

Patient arrives on time — this is starting to be a habit with him. When questioned, he insists that he has made such progress on his egocentric issues — grandiosity, messianic complex, automatic talking, Baron Munchausen — that he has come to realize that showing up late so consistently was an ego-driven power choice. Doctor compliments Patient on his insight. Patient requests more Ziprasidone. He feels that he’s on the brink of making “a big move” into the top tier of the Republican primary candidates, but

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