Small in the Saddle
updated 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
Nowadays, more than a few of those tough little hombres are trying to put some gitalong in them Washington dogies. "Newt was a big John Wayne fan," says the Speaker's mom, Kit Gingrich. Rep. Bob Dornan (R-Calif.) even rode with Wayne, working as an extra in two westerns, The Comancheros and Rio Bravo. Dornan, 62, says that as a kid he thought a cowboy's life herding cattle sounded too tame. "The cavalry fought Indians, and I wanted to be in the cavalry," he says.
Now, as they hit the campaign trail, these former cowpokes—some whose hats are already in the presidential ring, and some who are still sitting on the corral fence—might want to climb back on Old Paint. After all, says pundit Art Buchwald, "the perfect campaign picture would be a cowboy on a horse kissing a baby. It's worth a million votes."