LITTLETON, N.H. - "I think I am a transformational figure," Newt Gingrich told The Washington Post's Dan Balz back in 1994 - before his Republicans won control of the House.
Modesty has never been the speaker's strong suit.
DES MOINES - Just a few hours before the Iowa caucuses opened, Don Acheson, a general contractor from West Des Moines, remained as he had been for months: wracked by indecision.
First, he had been for Rick Perry, then Newt Gingrich.
This has not been a great season for the Christmas tree.
First there was the short-lived federal effort to add 15 cents to the price of a tree to support promotion of the industry - a fee derided by opponents as a "Christmas tree tax.