So Newt Gingrich likes San Francisco as a tourist attraction, but the “San Francisco values” of liberalism are something that he looks down upon. Gingrich claims that the good quality of life there wouldn’t work any where else in the country. He credits the relatively good economy in San Francisco to its proximity to Silicon Valley, not because of anything San Franciscans are doing.
Gingrich, in his own way, finds a way to express that sentiment by bringing in the colorful story of a transvestite in 1984. It is a good thing Newt had recently married his second wife and wasn’t out looking for a new one. There’s no telling what he might mistake.