Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for February 19, 2012
Roland: Have the typical voters been made up? Woman: Yup. Good to go. Roland: When Newt Gingrich called himself "grandiose" during a GOP primary debate he obviously didn't intend the word's meaning as "having an exaggerated sense of self-importance." True, Newt likes to compare himself variously to Lincoln, Moses, Pericles, Edison, Margaret Thatcher, Reagan, Charles de Gaulle and the Wright Brothers... but are such comparisons, in fact, grandiose? I conducted a little experiment with some typical voters. Typical voters, when I use the words "demagogic, vindictive, racist, unethical, hypocritical, adulterous, and sleazy," who comes to mind? People: Lincoln. Margaret Thatcher! The Wright Brothers. Roland: The experiment speaks for itself. I'm Roland Hedley.