How Newt Gingrich is like Walt Whitman


    From Song of Myself:

    I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself;

    And what I assume you shall assume…

    I exist as I am, that is enough,

    If no other in the world be aware I sit content,

    And if each and all be aware I sit content.

    One world is aware, and by the far the largest to me, and that is myself…

    What blurt is this about virtue and about vice?

    Evil propels me, and reform of evil propels me-I stand indifferent…

    I dote on myself – there is that lot of me, and all so luscious…

    O I am wonderful!

    Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.  (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

    I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,

    I sound my barbaric yaws over the roofs of the world.

    Talk amongst yourselves.


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