Did Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush break up marriages and run up six-figure tabs at Tiffany’s? Newt Gingrich says of his current wife: “She actually describes herself as being a cross between Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush with just a slight bit of Jackie Kennedy tossed in.” I can’t wait for the first Democrat to say, “Mr Speaker, I served with Jackie Kennedy. I knew Jackie Kennedy. Jackie Kennedy was a friend of mine. Callista, you’re no Jackie Kennedy.”

Did anyone think Mitt Romney would be getting big donors in Texas? “Dallas real-estate magnate Harlan Crow has given $130,000 in the past decade to help Texas Gov. Rick Perry win his elections. But Mr. Crow opened the doors to his Dallas mansion for one of three large fund-raisers in Texas Thursday for Mr. Perry’s archrival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Did the Tea Party really have such a figure in mind as its standard bearer? “In 1979, an impoverished Georgia college professor named Newt Gingrich became a Member of Congress and proceeded to make himself a very rich man.”

Did rational conservatives (apparently only a subset of the right blogosphere) ever think otherwise? “Now you can associate many things with Mr. Gingrich, but wisdom isn’t one of them. Surely the Republican nominating electorate should understand the fact that people have patterns. Don’t expect the patterns to go away. Expect the patterns to manifest themselves again. If Newt Gingrich has any pattern at all — and he does — it is a pattern of getting himself into trouble because he thinks he is the smartest guy in the room.”

Did his cheering for an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier really come as a surprise? “Too stubborn to revise his long-time model, [John] Professor Mearsheimer has instead endorsed the theories of a long-standing anti-Semitic conspiracy. We cannot say whether Professor Mearsheimer is an honest-to-goodness anti-Semite; we do not know his heart. We can only say that he has, from the perch of an endowed chair at our university, endorsed a grotesque theory of the doings of the modern Jew.” After the Israel Lobby, I find it entirely predictable “that he [would] praise so hateful a book.”

Did we get any “smart diplomacy” out of President Barack Obama’s Obama team in the past three years? “The U.S. says Israel and the Palestinians must start direct talks before there can be any negotiation on borders and security as part of a two-state peace deal.The sides are supposed to present plans by late January as part of a U.S.-backed mediation effort. But they should already have been engaged in face-to-face talks since October. Those haven’t happened yet.”

Did you think she’d get on the Newt bandwagon? Sarah Palin raves that Rick Santorum has been “consistent on being a hardliner against Iran to help protect Israel; he’s been consistent in wanting to protect the most vulnerable and the sanctity of life, he’s been consistent in saying we need to slash the federal income tax.”

Did any politician’s career ever show such an absence of this quality? Rick Santorum on Gingrich’s pronouncement that he’s got the nomination in hand: “[H]umility is an important thing in a president, and having the understanding of how this is a process that is a long way from over.”