Your morning jolt: Herman Cain’s defense of Newt Gingrich

It’s all about Newt Gingrich this morning.

According to Public Policy Polling, overnight tracking in South Carolina shows no sign of damage to the former U.S. House speaker as a result of the allegations of ex-wife Marianne Gingrich. He continues to lead Mitt Romney in the state by 35-29. In fact, says PPP:

For the first time in our South Carolina tracking this month his favorability is better than Romney’s, with 53% of voters holding a positive opinion of him compared to 51% for his chief competitor.

Gingrich’s lead with evangelicals held steady today at 40-22 over Romney. He’s also doing well with Tea Party voters (46-21), registered Republicans (38-30), voters describing themselves as very conservative (41-21), men (39-27), and voters in the Upstate (36-25).

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GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich hasn’t gotten an endorsement from former rival Herman Cain, but he’s getting sympathy. On Fox News this morning, Cain applauded Gingrich’s lambasting of CNN’s John King, who opened a two-hour debate last night by asking the former Georgia congressman if he wanted to respond to his ex-wife’s accusation that he had once sought an “open” marriage. Via Politico:

“I loved Newt Gingrich’s response because that’s the same crap that they pulled on me, and that’s what’s wrong with politics. This is what’s turning the American people off,” Cain said on Fox News. “What does something that happened 20 years ago relative to an ex-wife have to do with fixing America’s problems today? Nothing.”

Cain, whose own presidential campaign crumbled after allegations of extramarital affairs surfaced late last year, said repeatedly that he “loved” seeing how his former rival “shoved it back in their face” from the debate stage.

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For those of you who couldn’t stay up late, here’s the entire eight-minute ABC News segment featuring Marianne Gingrich:

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In all the hoopla over Marianne Gingrich, one of the greatest crossover appeals from Newt Gingrich during last night’s debate was largely buried:

”Why is President Obama for young people being allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until 26? Because he can’t get any jobs for them to go out and buy their own insurance. I mean I have — I have an offer — I have an offer to the parents of America: Elect us and your kids will be able to move out because they’ll have work.”

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Deep in a Politico.com article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s withdrawal from the presidential campaign were these two paragraphs:

Henry Barbour, an influential Mississippi Republican and nephew of the former governor, attended Perry’s news conference to show support for his favored candidate but said immediately afterward he wouldn’t back Gingrich.

“I like having a Republican speaker of the House,” Barbour cracked, suggesting Gingrich would be a disaster as the GOP nominee. “He puts all our down-ticket candidates at risk.”

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The Washington Post today traces the friendship between Newt Gingrich and Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul who donated $5 million to the Gingrich-allied Super PAC that has made all the difference in South Carolina:

Sheldon Adelson credits then-Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.), now retired, with introducing the Adelsons to Gingrich at the Capitol, though Linder does not recall being the matchmaker. The encounter came just before passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act. Though the act had bipartisan support, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have declined to implement it, deeming it an infringement on the president’s sole constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs.

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Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today does some fact-checking on last night’s CNN debate.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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343 comments Add your comment

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:10 am

Ok wink, wink, it the media fault that you and Newt are womanizer and cheat on your wifes.
The southern women conservatives has to be really proud of these two, yet they hate Obama who has the family values and pass the ledbetter fair act for women but stand behind men who has no respect for women, and they wonder why people in other regions think the south are bible thumping hypocrites”””

Angel Macaroni

January 20th, 2012
10:17 am

Cain, a man who sticks his hand up a woman’s dress and openly dates another one, would support the salamander. After all, this is a big, powerful man’s prerogative. Droit de siegnur.

yellowdog.

January 20th, 2012
10:18 am

MissMollie

January 20th, 2012
10:24 am

Cain and Newt…”Birds of a feather flock together”. The crowd at the S C debate thought Newt was funny and seemed to relish his smart-mouthed answers. Don’t imagine wives at home looking at the debate took the latest news about one of his ex wives as a joke or a lie. You know they vote too. His wind-fall was $5M dollars instead of $3.(casino owner/gambler -gift) Looks like a liar and a cheat might win the S C Primary. I hope not. Tells me more about S C than it does Newt. Remember what they did to McCain (adopted child) and Romney (bogus Christmas card) in 2008.
Romney did well considering he had a target on his back. .

td

January 20th, 2012
10:29 am

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:10 am

I would not be so fast to proclaim your messiah as above any reproach. I have been reading some pretty interesting rumors about him being on the “down low”.

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

January 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Gingrot/Cain 2012!

For the ladies!

Travis McGee

January 20th, 2012
10:33 am

@MissMollie — I think you hit the nail on the head — particularly, the part about it saying more about the people of South Carolina than it does about Newt.

Remember, this is the same state that elected and re-elected time and again a firebrand segregationist and master hypocrite, Stom Thurmond. Selah.

jconservative

January 20th, 2012
10:35 am

Republicans were formerly highly principled with high moral standards. Now they are walking in the gutter.

double

January 20th, 2012
10:37 am

Yeah!but have you heard him sing.Another Charlie Pride..Eat your heart out TD.

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

January 20th, 2012
10:42 am

td — your original paid GOP liar died a painful death from a cancerous brain tumor for spreading his propaganda. Karma all the way!

You should see a picture of him in the last weeks of his life. His head was the size of a basketball.

double

January 20th, 2012
10:44 am

Whats does this say about SC? What does this say about the women that are involved.No one was forced into these affairs,.Did he lie to any,tell them he was not married?If you do not welcome a hand up your dress,wear pants suits”like Hillary”.

Look before I leap...

January 20th, 2012
10:46 am

td

January 20th, 2012
10:29 am

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:10 am

I would not be so fast to proclaim your messiah as above any reproach. I have been reading some pretty interesting rumors about him being on the “down low”.

Citing that sock puppet “Obama Sucks”?
C’mon! I know you are smarter than that.

JF McNamara

January 20th, 2012
10:50 am

Newt’s reply wasn’t great. It was horrid. Tiger Woods was killed for weeks for cheating on his wife, and all Tiger Woods does is hit a golf ball.

A person who wants to be the leader of the free world and the leader of the party of morality had a physical and emotionial affair for 6 years and then ditched the mother of his kids. When questioned about, he gets angry and blames someone else for his immorality and people cheer. I’ll never figure out people.

MG

January 20th, 2012
10:50 am

Nutty Newt and Insane Cain. Reall old school players on the loose.

We ruin this state and nation!

harold

January 20th, 2012
10:53 am

THE NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA IS TRYING TO DESTROY NEWT GINGRICH.

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:53 am

td

Come on give it for Obama 3 years no scandals, there is a difference between rumors and idiot rumors, the man love his family just as Bush did.

tnt65

January 20th, 2012
10:55 am

We’re only 9 months away from the election and there are no Republican contenders qualified to lead a 2 car parade, let alone the Country.
Here come the front runners. Strike up the band with their theme song: “Send in the Clowns”.

Independent voter

January 20th, 2012
10:56 am

The republican party is a disaster. President Obama going to win by landslide.
I just read Newt went to a republican event in SC it was a low turn out he didnt speak.
Newt left the event without speaking.
The republican is in a disaster.

Kwame Cascade

January 20th, 2012
11:02 am

Callista should never be First Lady.

Filter

January 20th, 2012
11:03 am

Herman Cain defending Newt Gingrich….

hee
hee-hee
hee-hee-hee
hee-hee-hee-hee
HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAH
OMG I can’t breath….
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Jeez, I wet myself.

Independent voter

January 20th, 2012
11:05 am

Callista is a family wack.

double

January 20th, 2012
11:07 am

Who has Newt blamed for his immorality? I’ve heard him apoligize,say he ask God to forgive.Blame none.I thought he answered the media with a just answere.

liberalefty

January 20th, 2012
11:07 am

td

i didnt know u were gay…be proud

Independent voter

January 20th, 2012
11:10 am

LMAO..The republicans does not like gay people. I think td is a idiot.

liberalefty

January 20th, 2012
11:10 am

so much for family values…i love it…hehehe

Gm

January 20th, 2012
11:14 am

Gingrich’s lead with evangelicals held steady today at 40-22

These people are not christians, you can not possible say this man should represent all christians as the President of the United States, once again another southern state hypocrites of bible thumping.

double

January 20th, 2012
11:17 am

Just a thought.Do the pugs seriously care if they lose this Presidential election? Do they know(the elite)the worse is yet to come?

JF McNamara

January 20th, 2012
11:17 am

double,

To be clear, I was saying he was blaming others [for bringing up] his immorality. Had he not done it, there would be nothing to bring up. If you cheat on your wife and someone brings it up, is it their fault or your fault? It happened. If bringing up the truth damages you, then you shouldn’t have done it.

The media is doing its job. As debate moderators, the job was to bring up subjects that people want to know about. Was the media after Mitt Romney for bringing up Bain?

Relax

January 20th, 2012
11:17 am

Who wouldn’t have cheated on Newt’s 1st wife? Her face could break a mirror, and she has a mustache rivaling that of Bert Reynolds.

Frederick Douglass

January 20th, 2012
11:18 am

Why doesn’t Herman Cain just shut up and go away? The guy did more damage to old black men than wearing sandals with dress socks, and suspenders with a belt while wearing khakis.

td

January 20th, 2012
11:19 am

Look before I leap…

January 20th, 2012
10:46 am

I am not citing anyone else. I have read the RUMORS on the Internet (they are not very hard to find). I do not know if they are true or not but what I find interesting is that ABC would send their number 1 investigative journalist out and will go back and rehash something that happened 13 years ago with Newt but can not send a copy guy out to investigate these rumors.

td

January 20th, 2012
11:21 am

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:53 am
td

Come on give it for Obama 3 years no scandals, there is a difference between rumors and idiot rumors, the man love his family just as Bush did.

Didn’t the dems claim GWB had an affair with his secretary?

td

January 20th, 2012
11:22 am

Frederick Douglass

January 20th, 2012
11:18 am

Just think you are going to have the chance to listen to Herman again everyday on WSB.

Cynthia Tucker McKinney

January 20th, 2012
11:22 am

newt rocked in the debate. investigate owebama.

FruitNewt

January 20th, 2012
11:24 am

There’s more to asking forgiveness than just asking God for it. There’s acknowledgement, apology, and atonement. It doesn’t appear that Newt has done any of this.

Blaming the media is a just a con job.

MrLiberty

January 20th, 2012
11:26 am

What has happened to the republican party. The so-called fiscal conservatives have absolutely no problem with a prescription drug benefit that is already trillions in debt, overseas adventurism that had heaped trillions in debt on the budget, bank bailouts, stimulus packages, and other federal spending that is overbudget every year. Now the so-called social conservatives seem to have no problems with serial adulterers, folks who vote for spending on planned parenthood, folks who sexually harrass their employees, and folks that have been sanctioned by the house for ethics violations.

Meanwhile, the only true conservative in the bunch who is proposing $1 Trillion in cuts the first year, a balanced budget in the first term, has NEVER voted for an unconstitutional bill, NEVER voted for an unbalanced budget, NEVER voted to increase the debt ceiling, has a sound and reasonable foreign policy proposal that focusses on actually defending america on american soil, has been married to the same woman for 55 years (with no skeletons in his closet), gets booed on stage when he suggests that the “Golden Rule” be applied to our dealings with other countries as if the negative consequences we face as individuals when we do not follow the golden rule in our personal lives will somehow not come to fruition when we abandon it in our political lives. Clearly 9-11 should have show us the follow of that false belief.

Ron Paul 2012. The only conservative in the race.

Independent voter

January 20th, 2012
11:29 am

Newt did it 2 times and got caught. How you going to ask your dying wife who have cancer for a divorce.

Look before I leap...

January 20th, 2012
11:29 am

td

January 20th, 2012
11:19 am

Look before I leap…

January 20th, 2012
10:46 am

I am not citing anyone else. I have read the RUMORS on the Internet (they are not very hard to find). I do not know if they are true or not but what I find interesting is that ABC would send their number 1 investigative journalist out and will go back and rehash something that happened 13 years ago with Newt but can not send a copy guy out to investigate these rumors

The stories on the internet all come from a clown named Larry Sinclair. A pathetic loser with multiple felony convictions going back 25 years. He failed a polygraph test on this issue. Some of the media did look into his claims, found absolutely nothing to corroborate or substantiate his claims, verified his criminal record and promptly dismissed him as a looney tune.

Nick

January 20th, 2012
11:31 am

@td

Anyone can put a rumor on the internet, doesn’t mean it has any basis in fact. That would be why ABC didn’t spend time investigating something someone made up about GWB and a Secretary, while they did investigate the National Guard Story. If I recall Ross led the charge with the Jeremiah Wright investigation as well (he was the first mainstream news reporter to cover it).

Gm

January 20th, 2012
11:33 am

td

GW ruined this country, but his famly values you could not question, Obama family values and morales are what America preach to their kids over and over but yet hypocrites close a blind eye on Newt.
Newt and Mtt are laural and hardy, the womenizer and the tycoon, Obama wins in land slide ”’

I Love Hypocrites

January 20th, 2012
11:35 am

Let me get this straight. Newt cheats rather flagrantly on his second wife, tries to impeach Clinton for sexual transgressions while he’s doing Calista, and when his ex relates his dirty deeds, he calls her a liar in a nationally etlevised Presidential debate.

And he’s got the gall to rip into the vicious and vile liberal media.

But it gets better. Members of the hated liberal media react to his a diatribe by unanimously describing his rant as “hitting a home run.”

Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t heard any of the liberal media elite types on the cable networks call him out for calling his ex a liar.

Also haven’t heard much on Newt’s response to his pre-Civil War supporter who praised him for “putting Juan Williams in his place” at the previous debate.

Looking forward to Newt’s attempts at “putting Obama in his place” in a possible Presdential debate involving candidates from the Democratic, Republican and Cracker parties. We all know which one Newt will be representing.

Auntie Christ

January 20th, 2012
11:37 am

If you have ever flown coast to coast on the same plane as a screaming child, you have some idea of what it’s like to hear the incessant whining of the conservatives in regard to the mean ole ‘librul media.’ Never mind that the entire AM radio spectrum is monopolized by conservative and/or christian commentators, never mind that there is a world wide festival of ignorance known as NewsCorp, and it’s wannabe brethren known as Clear Channel and Sinclair Broadcasting trying to libel the democrats and Obama 24/7, the poor victimized republicans just can’t get fair treatment. It’s just not fair to demand, they explain their hypocrisy regarding ‘family values,’ their jobs programs that don’t create jobs,and their trickle down economics that seem only to defy gravity and trickle up.

td

January 20th, 2012
11:37 am

Nick

January 20th, 2012
11:31 am

Dan Rather lost his job for making up stuff about the national guard issue and Hannity was talking about wright months before Ross had even heard of it. The GWB story was on the almost every news cast (as a rumor with no facts to back it up sort of like the Herman Cain accusers). The “Main stream media” has a double standard.

Mark

January 20th, 2012
11:40 am

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Mark

January 20th, 2012
11:43 am

@ td

January 20th, 2012
10:29 am

Gm

January 20th, 2012
10:10 am

I would not be so fast to proclaim your messiah as above any reproach. I have been reading some pretty interesting rumors about him being on the “down low”.

td didn’t you try this one last week. I guess it’s easy for you to try to proclaim the President as being gay when you clearly cannot prove it. After all you do admit to hearing some pretty interesting rumors about him being on the “down low”. After all, who can argue with a rumor?

CGM3

January 20th, 2012
11:43 am

Now, now, let’s remember that Newt is an advocate of traditional marriage. And if you look at the last 6,000 years and all the various cultures of humanity over that time, marriage was usually seen as one mand and as many wives, concubines, and what-have-you as he could support. So ol’ Newt’s just being traditional…

td

January 20th, 2012
11:44 am

Look before I leap…

January 20th, 2012
11:29 am

And did not the “main stream media” take the same precautions with the Herman Cain accusers before they put them on their news cast? When you look at there past they were no more credible then the Obama accuser. Did they take lie detector test first?

ABC sends out Ross to track down where all of Romney’s assets are at but did they send out Ross to track down Obama’s thesis? Or his college applications, or who financed his college? Do you not agree that the simple fact that the Obama campaign has spent over a million dollars to make sure these records never see the light of day a new worthy story and is in the publics interest to know why?

liberalefty

January 20th, 2012
11:45 am

td

did god make u gay or is it by choice?

Filter

January 20th, 2012
11:47 am

td,

you are pretty close to being funny as Herman defending Newt.

Watching you try to blame the mean old media for this all the while using rumors to imply the President is homosexual (bisexual might be a better term) is flipping hilarious.

heeeelarrrious.

liberalefty

January 20th, 2012
11:47 am

td

tells another lie that OBAMA has spent millions to keep his records sealed…why do u wanna see this sucessful black mans records…is it because he makes your rtacist azz feel inferior to him…yeah