New Hampshire Man Claiming To Be God
December 12, 2011 by staff
New Hampshire Man Claiming To Be God, For now, the Newt Gingrich bandwagon rolls on. The former Speaker of the House enhanced his standing in the race for the Republican presidential nomination at the weekend, emerging virtually unscathed from his first debate since assuming the mantle of frontrunner.
In Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday Mr Gingrich spent two hours parrying assaults on his character, marital fidelity, political consistency, business career, and foreign policy credentials, as rivals attempted to find a productive line of attack for the days and weeks ahead.
The fact that he managed to roll with the punches leaves other candidates with a growing headache this late in the political calendar. There are just 22 days until the Iowa Caucuses, and Mr Gingrich now has a clear lead in every early-voting state except New Hampshire.
Thus far, the GOP race has resembled a game of musical chairs, with first Michele Bachmann, then Rick Perry, and more recently Herman Cain enjoying spells as the most talked-about alternative to Mitt Romney, the longstanding favourite who has nonetheless failed to increase his support above a lukewarm 28 per cent in the polls. But their support has tended to collapse under scrutiny.
By contrast, Mr Gingrich was a case-study in steadiness. He dealt calmly with criticisms of his private life, acknowledging that he has “made mistakes” in past marital infidelities and saying he is changed from the errant husband who famously cheated on not one, but two ex-spouses.
“I’ve had to go to God for forgiveness,” Mr Gingrich said, stressing his conversion to Catholicism and suggesting that his days of sexual adventure were past, adding: “I am a 68-year-old grandfather.”
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