Rush Limbaugh continues to insist that Newt Gingrich was the PREMIERE defender of Ronald Reagan using Special Orders. According to Rush, Abrams was "spoon fed" information confirming his own biases (probably by the Romney camp), which he failed to check.
According to Jeffrey Lord's first hand research, Gingrich's words from the very speech cited by Abrams are very different from Abrams' scurrilous characterization.
"Let me be clear: I have the greatest respect for President Reagan. I think he personally understands the threat of communism." Gingrich then goes on -- at Newtonian length -- praising Reagan for Reagan's understanding of Lenin, Reagan's understanding of the real "purposes of a Soviet dictatorship" and much more. He lists and applauds Reagan repeatedly for the President's appreciation of "the threat in a more powerful Soviet empire" and the threats posed by Communist Cuba and Nicaragua. He ranks Reagan with the great cold war presidents in protecting freedom.