Well, that's a relief. I've been dealing with one act of plagiarism after another among my college students. It's getting worse, no matter how aggressively we deal with the issue, and the students get downright unpleasant about the whole matter. In most cases, we're using warnings, right now, and I suspect that we are encouraged to use this route because of the potential loss of revenue if the students are suspended and simply enroll at another school that turns a blind eye to the practice. The 21st Century isn't particularly stellar for academia, and it's as bad with some of the popular research methods of professors, these days. I plan to lie low and wait for the zombie apocalypse. That should clear out at least some of the weaker folks in this country.
As far as the quote from my previous article, I just executed a full sweep in the academic database at my university, and I found no such quote. It would be the end of my career as a writer and possibly as a professor were I to have committed plagiarism. I'm running a second scan through Google Academic right now using variations on my quote. If I find something that is substantially the same as what I wrote and intended as original content, I'll remove it immediately with a full apology. On the matter of copying and pasting my work, that is always acceptable (and legal) with appropriate citation, and I encourage it.
What was especially nuts about Newt was that he was on the verge of creating a bi-partisan relationship with the Democrats and when he thought he could "get" Clinton on the BJ, he totally lost it and led his polarizing campaign of persecution that eventually exposed his hypocrisy and forced him from office. Newt's a scumbag, all the way.
They would seem to look vulnerable, but the flaming hypocrites on the right seem to be able to overlook the major sins of their leaders, while obsessing and ranting about the minor sins of people outside their tribe. This latest Gingrich spike is just plain weird.