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What now for Republicans?

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s thumping of pre-determined frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s GOP primary Saturday has party leaders expressing concerns in conference calls and huddling to figure out how to salvage what has become a disaster in the party’s efforts to find a credible candidate to challenge President Barack Obama. With three different winners in the season’s first three primaries, leaders of the party that can’t seem to agree on a candidate can agree that the last person they want at the top of the GOP ticket is a scandal-scarred, morally-challenged Gingrich. “This is a disaster,
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Romney’s rapid fall from the top

At the beginning of the week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had two primary wins and appeared headed for an easy victory in conservative South Carolina. By week’s end, he was down to just one primary win and heads for Florida 1 and 2. What happened? On one hand, Newt Gingrich happened.  The bombastic former Speaker of the House turned adversity into advantage in two contentious South Carolina debates. In the first, he turned a question about racism from Fox News’ Juan Williams into an applause line that plays well in the heart of the Confederacy.  In the second, he
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Ex-wife: Gingrich wanted an ‘open marriage’

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, surging once again on the eve of the South Carolina primary, found his freewheeling personal life under scrutiny Thursday with explosive allegations from a former wife that he wanted an “open marriage” so he could sleep with other women. When John King, moderator of Thursday night’s CNN debate, opened the forum with a question about open marriage, an obviously agitated Gingrich went on the attack. The destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.
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Perry drops out; Endorses Gingrich

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, his campaign floundering and out of money, dropped his Presidential bid Thursday and endorsed serial adulterer Newt Gingrich as his choice for the GOP nomination. “Newt’s not perfect but who among us is,” Perry said in a press conference. The announcement came hours before the second and last GOP debate in South Carolina before Saturday’s primary.  It also came as details began to leak out on just what Gingrich’s ex-wife would say in an exclusive ABC interview Thursday night about Gingrich’s adultery, hypocrisy and ethical lapses. Gingrich welcomes the endorsement. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the
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Romney has a lot to hide

Mitt Romney stashes millions of dollars in offshore accounts, cuts business deals that funnels money to the Mormon Church and only pays 15 percent of his wealth in taxes. No wonder he doesn’t want to release  his tax returns. As more and more details of Romney’s finances leak out, it becomes more and more obvious that the former governor of Massachusetts has a lot to hide. ABC News is reporting Romney has at least $8 million in tax shelter accounts in the Cayman Islands. Reuters says Romney used tax loopholes to turn large chunks of stock over the Mormon Church
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Gingrich: ‘It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say’

Newt Gingrich bragged to his second wife that it didn’t matter if he screwed around because his supporters would always buy into what he had to say, not what he did. “It doesn’t matter what I do,” Gingrich once said to Marianne Gingrich, the second wife he dumped after 18 years to marry his mistress Calista Bisek.   “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say.  It doesn’t mater what I live.” What Gingrich lived was a hedonistic lifestyle filled with affairs, casual flings and oral sex in the
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Newly unearthed newsletters reveal Ron Paul lied

The New Republic has found more evidence that Ron Paul is lying about his involvement in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic newsletters published under his name in the 1990s. The newly-discovered newsletters and direct mail pieces also discredit Paul’s claim that the newsletters overall only contained “a total of eight or ten sentences” that could be considered offensive. Paul claims he never read the newsletters.  Yet many of the racist comments were repeated in a by-lined monograph with the headline: “Race Terrorism in America.” Writes TNR: The newsletters warned repeatedly of “race war.” The June 1990 Political Report carried an item
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Bombastic Gingrich draws Republican ire

When Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House and resigned from Congress amid an ethics scandal over a book deal and revelations that he was once again dumping a wife because of an affair with a younger woman, Republicans on Capitol Hill breathed a sign of relief. Newt was gone…or so they thought. Gingrich may have left elected office but he did not disappear into the shadows as so many in the GOP hoped. “Newt Gingrich is a political vampire,” one former aide tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “It would take a wooden stake to kill his ego, his
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Pathetic GOP field turns perennial losers into contenders

In a Twilight Zone political season where a celebrity-seeking real estate developer, a serial adulterer, a sexual predator, a brain-dead Texas governor and an intellectually-challenged Congresswoman can be touted as leading contenders at one time or another, it should come as no surprise that losers like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul now find themselves one-two-three in the race for delegates for the GOP nomination for President. For different reasons, no one in the crowded field of GOP pretenders deserves to be President.  Among the three delegate leaders, one is a shape-shifting political package molded by pollsters and strategists,
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Nasty Newt is back, but will anybody care?

A petulant, whiny Newt Gingrich is turning up the heat on GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney. The kinder, gentler Newt is gone, replaced by an old familiar Newt — the vicious attack dog who goes for the jugular and takes no prisoners. After vowing to keep his campaign for the Presidency positive — something you can only do when you’re leading the pack — New Newt has become Nasty Newt with angry bile spewing at every term. Romney, Nasty Newt says, is a liar, hiding behind a super-pac that “Romney boated” him with ads about his record, his infidelity and
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