2012 Election | Newt Gingrich

WATCH: Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina

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Here's that victory speech. A representative excerpt:

So many people who are so concerned about jobs, about medical costs, about the everyday parts of life, who feel that the elites in Washington and New York have no understanding, no concern, no reliability, and in fact do not represent them at all.

... In the two debates that we had here, in Myrtle Beach and then in Charleston, where people reacted so strongly to the news media -- I think it was something very fundamental that I wish the powers that be and the news media would take seriously. The American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half century to force us to quit being American and become some kind of other system. 

This is red meat -- the kind which, in steak houses, is said to have been aged to perfection. For a few moments, he seemed on the verge of singing the praises of The Great, Silent Majority and throwing up the double-V's-for-victory. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Once Gingrich's second wife exposed the details of their marriage Newt wrapped up the vote of the Hypocrite Wing of the Republican Party which, of course, is by far the largest wing of the GOP. It's very clear that her revelation has won him the Republican nomination.

    If Mitt has ANY chance of making a comeback he's gonna have to come up with some tell-all ex-wives and/or mistresses. As long as they're female they'll be good as gold and a sure path back to the top.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 22, 2012 9:51:09 AM

  2. head to head polls have Obama beating Newt by double digits and Obama even winning Texas by around 2% while destroying the repubs downticket= house goes dem and dems strengthen hold on senate

    Newt as the nominee is good for dems and Obama

    BUT!!!! a newt nominee also means a very dirty, messy, RACIST general election. Newt will play the southern strategy X 1000

    Newt has the potential to turn this election into the most racist hateful election in the history of america

    Posted by: say what | Jan 22, 2012 10:04:48 AM

  3. Intellectual ass hole ...comes to mind.

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Jan 22, 2012 10:06:45 AM

  4. So now we can all just burst out laughing whenever they talk about "protecting" marriage from same-sex couples.

    Posted by: John B. | Jan 22, 2012 10:19:25 AM

  5. After Newt's win in SC you may enjoy my video about his 3 marriages.
    It also pokes some fun at Santorum!

    Posted by: SFHarry | Jan 22, 2012 10:23:17 AM

  6. Wow... dreams may come true... to quote Barney Frank: "I never thought I’d live such a good life that I would see Newt Gingrich be the nominee of the Republican party." Watch for Republican establishment (aka Karl Rove) pull out all the stops to keep Newt from winning Florida. I love the comment of "southern strategy x 1000"... and can you imagine of NOM singing Newt's praises! Absolutely fantastic... if this doesn't prove the GOP is a bunch of racist hypocrites, nothing will...

    Posted by: MikeH | Jan 22, 2012 10:29:37 AM

  7. "For a half century" Newt?
    You saying that in South Carolina!?
    You mean 1962?
    Before those elites passed all those civil rights laws of the '60's?

    Red meat indeed you racist newt.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 22, 2012 10:32:23 AM

  8. Looks like the GOP is finally getting hoist on its own petard. The evangelists can't stand the idea of a Mormon so much that they may seriously nominate a man (Newt) who's maybe the most disastrous choice of a presidential candidate in the history of their party. It would literally be like the Democrats ditching Obama and nominating Al Sharpton. Karl Rove is so wetting his pants right now. That's the danger of constantly courting religious bigots-- eventually that religious bigotry comes back at you in ways you don't want it to. Now, even if Mitt does finally get the nomination, it's become more clear how weak he's going to play with the Southern religious loony base. Good times!

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jan 22, 2012 10:41:48 AM

  9. The Newt reminds me of the character played by Sydney Greenstreet in the 1949 film FLAMINGO ROAD about political corruption in a small southern town.

    Check out the film and see how Joan Crawford handles the Newt like character...we should be so lucky!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Jan 22, 2012 11:44:54 AM

  10. Quote:"The American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half century to force us to quit being American and become some kind of other system."

    This is true. What he doesn't say is the elites are the Republican establishment and Democrat appeasers, and the other system is a corporate plutocracy.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jan 22, 2012 11:53:18 AM

  11. I can totally see him as the President.
    Just not the President of the United States.
    Swingville, maybe.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jan 22, 2012 12:24:32 PM

  12. "a newt nominee also means a very dirty, messy, RACIST general election."

    Say What, you are right. The Obama Media Group (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, LAT, WaPo), Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, and numerous O-bots are going to 'cry wolf' about race non-stop. Since they can't defend the failures of Obamanomics, they'll just call all critics racist. It will be relentless.

    Bobbyjoe, Republicans don't care that Romney is a Mormon. Only intolerant liberals do.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 22, 2012 12:32:27 PM

  13. Shouldn't we care that Romney is a Mormon? After all, the Mormon church funnels all kinds of $$$$ into anti-gay politics, was the big power player behind such gems as Prop 8. Only a fool would ignore Romney's Mormonism. (Though the evangelicals aren't too crazy about it either, for a different reason.) No need to back away from not wanting to support a Mormon candidate, or a candidate who adheres to the anti-gay Republican platform. No need to show tolerance, sorry.

    As for the race card, well, if pink piggy Newt actually gets through the primaries and the Republican elites blockade (no sensible Republican wants Newt in the general election; he would either self-destruct or be destoryed) he'll probably need to do some race-baiting since it seems to work for him. As a serial adulterer going up against a candidate who's been married once and seems to have a stable family life, Newt won't be able to play the family values card with any credibility. (Though I loved how he said "Callista and I" about 1000 times in his victory speech as if he could hypnotize us into forgetting all the ex-wives.) Cozying up with the white evangelicals means racial fear-mongering; he won't get anywhere without it.

    Go, Newt! Every victory for you will put a spring in Obama's step.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 22, 2012 12:59:55 PM

  14. Wait, so 'elites' and 'Washington insiders' are the problem? And Newt "20 years in Congress, culminating as Speaker of the House" Gingrich is supposed to be some sort of anti-establishment outsider? Ha!

    Posted by: BABH | Jan 22, 2012 1:03:06 PM

  15. max

    exit polling from Sc shows that "religion is important" voters at least amongst southern repubs do consider the mormon issue big since only 9% of those went to romney and 91% of SC "religion is important" voters voted non-romney

    Romney's support is New England Blue-bloods and mormons and that is about it


    and BS romney has not is not playing the southern strategy racist dog whistle stuff so if he gets the nomination BS on your premise. Newt on the other hand has already gone 100% southern strategy racist dog whistle in the debates. An argument can be made that is what saw newt soaring in SC polls this last week

    Posted by: say what | Jan 22, 2012 1:03:21 PM

  16. On cue, NOM congratulates Swingrich: http://tinyurl.com/79l4k4j

    None of these people seem to have chapter 7 of Matthew in those well worn bibles of theirs.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 22, 2012 1:04:26 PM

  17. PS

    Max I'll make you a bet

    The 1st mormon president of the US will be a democratic one not a repub mormon

    Posted by: say what | Jan 22, 2012 1:05:23 PM

  18. @Max:"Bobbyjoe, Republicans don't care that Romney is a Mormon. Only intolerant liberals do."

    Wrong. Look at the exit polling by Fox and CNN. Among South Carolina Republicans who care about religion, Romney got trounced by Gingrich and Santorum. Among voters who don't, Romney had a double-digit lead. Romney's religion cost him yesterday's primary.

    Posted by: BABH | Jan 22, 2012 1:11:22 PM

  19. To all, no, Romney lost because conservatives don't think he's really a conservative. Step outside of your collective liberal media bubble and read what conservatives have to say, rather than what liberals say about them. You might learn something. That doesn't mean you have to agree with them.

    Say What correctly notes that "Romney's support is New England Blue-bloods and mormons and that is about it." So he wouldn't win in South Carolina anyway.

    Ernie, your racial rhetoric is puerile: "pink piggy Newt." You're actually capable of writing more mature comments than that.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 22, 2012 1:58:56 PM

  20. max

    yes 100% correct that many repubs do not consider romney conservative

    BUT the mormon issue is an issue amongst repubs as well. At least amongst southern evangelicals per the exit polling

    Posted by: say what | Jan 22, 2012 2:37:43 PM

  21. NOMM -- National Organization of Multiple Marriages

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 22, 2012 2:50:52 PM

  22. Who owns Newt Gingrich, really? I mean besides the obvious, like Rupert Murdoch, who has owned him since at least 1984.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 22, 2012 2:52:50 PM

  23. Newt reminds me of something that should be roasted on a spit, or deep in a pit in Hawaii. Hey, isn't Obama from Hawaii? Hmmmm...

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 22, 2012 2:57:07 PM

  24. Thank you for your confidence in my maturity, Max, but I wasn't writing an article for the New Yorker, I was writing a blog comment. Maturity isn't required, as is evidenced by your juvenile obsession with Muslims. And Newt Gingrich does remind me of a pink piggy. I'd love to wipe all visuals of him from my mind, believe me, but his piggy face looms on every TV screen.

    Doesn't change what I said: No reason why liberals should be tolerant of anti-gay Mormons running for office. And Newt will be race baiting on the campaign trail, because that's what works most for him, particularly since he can claim no moral high ground on family values.

    I agree that Romney was seen as insufficiently conservative to the good evangelicals of SC, and that, along with his tax evasiveness, more than his Mormonism, was responsible for his loss, though his Mormonism IS an issue for evangelicals. SC also liked Newt's blustery debate performances with his self-righteous condemnation of the "elite" media, the usual critique of the "elite" from another elite, but he's good at it. Unfortunately, none of the stuff that works well for him now will work for him in the general election, if he gets that far. The Republican elites will be praying for him to burn out because they all loathe him and know what a disaster he'd be against Obama. He didn't last as Speaker for a reason.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 22, 2012 5:37:57 PM

  25. Ernie, if you can say Newt looks like a pink pig, then don't cry wolf when people compare Obama to a witch doctor.

    As for Newt, he is a prime example of Republican "family values" hypocrisy. No argument there. But I don't care about his infidelity, and I didn't care about Clinton's either.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 22, 2012 6:40:46 PM

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