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What Democrats can learn from Newt Gingrich, the man who broke politics

Gingrich’s performance before and the year after his ascent to speaker of the House offers two vital lessons – one salutary, and the other cautionary
Newt Gingrich. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Nearly a month after 2018’s nominal election day, the last votes have been tallied in the last swing district in the United States. A Democratic defeat of a Republican incumbent in California’s Central Valley has given the blue party wave a cumulative gain of 40 seats in the House of Representatives, adding to the majority it had seized back on 6 November.

In addition, the American public’s rebuke of an unpopular president two years into his first term has supplied a piquant historical analogy, one that the Democratic party ought to be studying and heeding. In November 1994, it was Republican insurgents led

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