In his latest On the Square column , R.R. Reno reflects on Newt Gingrich and the end of the middle class:

The rise of Newt Gingrich is extraordinary: a card-carrying member of the permanent governing class in Washington embraced by the conservative base of the Republican Party. I would have never imagined it possible.

But these are remarkable, even desperate times. Many Republican Party voters feel that when it comes to government spending we have reached a now-or-never moment. Thus the urgency of the Tea Party, which has shaken the Republican Party Establishment with its take-no-prisoners approach and summary electoral executions.