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Last night down in Florida GOP candidate Mitt Romney basically called Newt Gingrich out as an unprincipled liar...which, of course, Gingrich is.
Starting at about the 9:40 mark...listen to Gingrich, a master of deception, attempt to convince viewers that the $1.6 million his company took from Fanny and Freddie wasn't for the purpose of lobbying and influence peddling. Watch how Romney calmly calls out outrageous bullsh*t on Gingrich...and also notice how Gingrich takes a long pause to consider which diversion or distraction to use to take him off the subject.
"On this stage, in a prior debate you said that you were paid $300,000 by Freddy Mac as an historian. They don't pay people $25,000 a month for 6 years as historians. That adds up to $1.6 million. They weren't hiring you as a historian. This contract proves you were not an historian, you were a consultant. It doesn't say you provided historical experience, it said you were a consultant. And you were hired by the chief lobbyist for Freddy Mac....You also spoke publicly in favor of these GSE's, these government sponsored entities, at the very time that Freddy Mac was getting America in a position where we had a massive housing collapse. You could have spoken out aggressively. You could have spoken out in a way that 'these guys are wrong, this needs to end'..but instead you were being paid by them."
Yes, Gingrich lied about his work for Fanny and Freddy. Presumably because patriotic conservative voters, according to Village Media Professionals commenting on Gingrich's recent and powerful debate performances, don't care about what's true and what's a lie.
What conservative GOP voters want isn't a candidate who tells the truth. I mean, seriously, consider the top two contenders left in the GOP primaries. Gingrich and Romney change their answers more often than most of us change our socks.
What, then, is the distinction, really, that differentiates Gingrich from Romney....at least to conservative voters? Isn't the answer that conservative voters think Gingrich can put it to President Obama in a mean-spirited, divisive, hate-filled way...in a way that Romney cannot? Isn't that it in a nutshell, so to speak?
The Republican presidential debates have served up riveting TV and exposed the contenders' strengths and weaknesses. No one has benefited more than Newt Gingrich, whose in-your-face style has excited GOP voters who want a scrappy fighter to take on President Barack Obama in the fall.
The AP writer goes on...
That group of voters (the most conservative S. Carolina voters) backed Gingrich in Saturday's primary in the strongest numbers, in part because of two memorable debate exchanges.
The "two memorable debate exchanges" are explained as being the Juan Williams exchange with Gingrich in the Myrtle Beach debate and John King's hapless exchange with Gingrich at the beginning of the debate in Charleston.
Why do you think these two exchanges, specifically, made the difference in the S. Carolina primary?
I have an answer that conservatives will probably not appreciate.
Conservative voters are angry. They, and their mainstream media apologists, have been telling us that they have been angry ever since Obama took their country away from them. Conservatives are not simply angry, either. They're fighting mad. More than anything else this general election cycle, angry conservative voters want a candidate who will fight as if he/she was as angry as they are.
Angry people...I'm talking mad as hell.....don't care about pesky facts or inconvenient truths. They simply want a representative candidate who has the capability of spreading hostile poison all over the dreaded Dark Knight. These angry conservatives don't even care if their candidate loses the election in spectacular fashion. They don't.
They just want a hitman who will make them feel better when he "gives it" to that dark-skinned president. Gingrich...although truth-challenged and a master of deceit over his career....is just the bombthrowing fighter these angry, angry conservative voters are looking for.
Gingrich is not afraid to dress down an "uppity black" Juan Williams....instructing Juan that, no, he doesn't recognize his insults directed towards poor blacks and black children as "insulting." The audience roared their approval.
Gingrich is not afraid to drag out the rotted "liberal media" sleight of hand game....like Newt did with the pathetic John King the other night. Gingrich, and his conservative fans, just know that the media is "liberal", even though it isn't...and what better way to send tingles down the legs of angry, angry conservative sore losers than to publicly chastise a representative from that "liberal media" for asking a perfectly legitimate question about his 2nd ex-wife.
The "two memorable debate exchanges" which have rocketed Gingrich to the top in GOP polling are memorable only because of what those exchanges say about today's conservatives. Today's conservatives are goddamn angry....so angry they will leap to their feet when blacks and media members are put in their place.
You see, under the spell of one's own hateful anger.....truth, facts, empirical evidence, eye witness accounts....nothing really matters. All that matters to angry conservative voters is that their candidate has enough gumption and audacity to deliver the same ugly, hateful and divisive anger that they have been feeling over America's first black president.