Quote of the Day: Newt Gingrich is a Moron | Mother Jones By Kevin Drum | Sun Mar. 21, 2010 9:45 AM PDT From the inner id of the conservative movement: Former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill "the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times," Gingrich said: "They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years" with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.