He's an ethically challenged hypocrite who relies on time-tested racist tactics to influence the Republican electorate. He's Newt Gingrich, and he won yesterday's South Carolina primary. As many in the corporate news media try to boost their ratings by suggesting that Willard "Mittens" Romney is in trouble and that this is an important story, it may be helpful to pause for a moment to recall a bit of political history.
In the 1996 Republican primary, Pat Buchanan won New Hampshire, Alaska, Missouri, and Louisiana before being defeated by the establishment candidate (Bob Dole). Much of the criticism now aimed at Mittens mirrors that directed against Dole, and many of what are now being heralded as Gingrich's advantages were then said about Buchanan.
Gingrich should enjoy his momentum while it lasts, but I'm quite comfortable predicting that Mittens will be the nominee.
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