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Episode 6: Aftershock

The lessons of the 1994 Republican victory are not what they seemed in the moment. Steve Kornacki wraps up the series with a panel of experts.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) smiles d
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) smiles during a visit to the U.S. Capitol for the unveiling of his official portrait Nov. 15, 2000.Mario Tama / AFP via Getty Images file

About this episode:

Newt Gingrich’s glory lasts for about six weeks. Once he’s the center of attention, the majority of Americans don’t like what they see. He makes missteps as House Speaker, and by 1999, he has resigned and left Congress. But today, his legacy has far outlasted his time in the House — and he’s still making waves. How should we understand his impact on politics today? As the U.S. deals with partisanship, gridlock, and anti-Democratic forces in the Republican Party — how much credit or blame does Gingrich deserve? Steve talks with three longtime political observers: John Podhoretz, Eleanor Clift and Susan Page.

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