Gingrich storms to SC victory, scrambling GOP raceIn truth, Gingrich's response to John King's "debate" question resolved nothing. But it set the anti-Obama, anti-government, anti-media elite crowd on fire. His win in South Carolina was assured.
By David Espo and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press
Columbia, S.C. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset victory in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, dealing a sharp setback to former front-runner Mitt Romney and abruptly scrambling the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In victory, Gingrich praised his Republican rivals and attacked President Barack Obama and "elites in New York and Washington."
Obama is "the most effective food stamp president in history," he said. "I would like to be the best paycheck president in American history." Those declarations and his attack on the "elite news media" reprised two of his more memorable lines from a pair of debates that helped fuel his victory.
Exit polls showed he led among voters who said their top priority was picking a candidate who could beat Obama — a group that had preferred Romney in earlier contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. [link]
Now it's a matter of whether or not he can keep that fire burning.
And, should he win the nomination, a matter of whether he can kindle enough of a flame in the bellies of all those citizens who see this country crumbling but are too lazy to get off their dead asses and vote to radically stop the decline. Those "independents" among us. Those who have more of an interest in Snooki's drinking habits than Obama's willful destruction of everything their ancestors strove to build and maintain.
As for John King's question, it ain't going away. Everyone in the media is now going to be gunning for Newt Gingrich.
But then, with their buddy in the White House, where they want him to stay, it was inevitable no matter who the Republican nominee ended up being.
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Snooki, in case you're wondering.