A friend of mine just told me about this story which was posted on Slate.com back in December. We were discussing the current primary elections, and I noted how megalomaniacal I thought Gingrich was and he asked if I had ever seen Gingrich's doodles, which were actually used as evidence in the ethics hearings for the GOPAC scandal.
Here's the article, which discusses Gingrich as possibly suffering the condition hypomania:
Amazingly, but not surprisingly to me, Gingrich's own hand-written diagrams seem to put him at the center of saving world civilization from ruin. It's as if he sees himself as an almost messianic figure, destined to be remembered throughout the ages for saving the world. Here's one example:
"Gingrich—Primary Mission —Advocate of civilization —definer of civilization —Teacher of the rules of civilization —arouser of those who form civilization —Organizer of the pro-civilization activists —leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces."
I have for a while had this impression that Gingrich sees himself as some sort of titanic figure on the world historical stage, if only he could get into office as President. I think he fully expects his own name to ring down through the ages like that of Caesar, or Alexander or, as my friend humorously (and maybe more accurately) suggested, Hammurabi!
Anyway, enjoy the doodles. Slate has handily supplied translations of some of his harder to read scratchings on the side. I just hope someone like this doesn't reach the Presidency. I think to some degree anyone who runs for President has to be at least something of a megalomaniac, but this level of megalomania seems to be beyond compare.
Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Night-Mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she, Who thicks man's blood with cold. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"