As House G.O.P. leaders rallied to support his re-election, Democrats circled ravenously. Said David Bonior, Democratic whip and the Speaker's nemesis Mr. Gingrich engaged in a pattern of tax fraud, lies and cover-up in paving his road to the second highest office of this land. He is not worthy of that office. ... The Gingrich case does not end here.
Today this tree represents our hope. Even more than our faith, this small tree, (like) the democratic values that guided the first Congress to meet here, will continue to grow and to guide all the Congresses to come, ... And even though the wind may rustle its branches every so often, this tree, like our democracy itself, will only grow stronger over time.
I advised him that the president needs to make clear to the American people, in a way that he did to us today, his contrition, his sorrow for his actions, and he needs to do that not just once, he needs to understand that this is a process that is ongoing, that this issue will be raised time and again throughout the weeks, perhaps even months, ... He needs to address it on a continual basis with the kind of concern that he expressed to us today but he also needs to get to the issues that he was elected to address in this country.