But the eerie similarities surely end there, right? I mean, one of them is mercurial, despised by his colleagues, in love with animals, obsessed with pop culture mythology and modern warfare, and wrapped up in an endless subplot involving a blonde love interest.
And the other one is Dwight Schrute.
Take this short Mother Jones quiz to find out if you can tell the difference between Newton Leroy Gingrich and Dwight Kurt Schrute III.Update (4pm EST on Feb. 8): After a total of 13,000 plays, the average score hovers at 45% accuracy. (Question #9 is the real stumper.) Did you do any better?
And if you need any further proof that these two men likely share DNA, check out their shared devotion to the Star Wars saga. Here's the former House speaker gushing about how George Lucas's series reflects the "core values in American civilization" (the video of Newt starts at 00:43):
. . . and here's Dwight going all-out on Halloween:
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