Newt Gingrich has been thoroughly mocked for his wife's $250K+ "revolving charge account" at Tiffany and Co., and, in honor of this, Claremont McKenna professor John Pitney, Jr. has compiled mentions of Tiffany from Gingrich's previous writings.

As you may or may not know, Gingrich writes "alternative history" novels, wherein he imagines historical turning points turning out differently than they did. In this excerpt, he disses the Tiffany style in a novel that imagines Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as leading a more successful Virginia campaign.

  • From The Gettysburg Trilogy (with William R. Forstchen): "Lincoln went over to his desk and, striking a match, lit the lamp, adjusted the wick, and replaced the glass chimney. It was an ugly, elaborate thing, with three insipid brass angels holding up the base, that Mary had picked out at Tiffany's on one of her `decorating sprees' that cost so much it was still causing him headaches with Congress."

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