Over the past couple of weeks Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls and has become the front runner of the republican race.
As the front runner in a Republican primary you become the punching bag of the day for the all liberal media attacks. Its like feeding raw meat to lions.
Newt is an obviously accomplished politician. With his experience in the house as Speaker, and his academic pedigree as well as well versed knowledge of world politics, its a wonder why it took this long to become front runner. He has gone toe-to-toe with the best debaters as well as moderators and usually comes out on top.
What about controversies?
Well with the front runner status comes spotlight scrutiny.
This is the media's chance to dig up some dirt, to muckrack the past, and cast shadow on a poltical heavyweight.
In an effort to tackle and squelch the inevitable dirt that will be found in his past, his campaign has created a website called "Answering the Attacks". In the website he discusses everything from his multiple marriages, to the comment about "right-wing social engineering" and even that corny PSA ad with Nancy Pelosi. I have to say, that ad makes me cringe. Newt what where you thinking?
Newt's new favorite target
If there is one really differentiating factor about Newt from the rest of the field it is his continued determination to not fight or throw barbs at the other republicans, but to insist that everyone concentrate on the bad policies of the Obama administration and Liberal progressives. As a result Occupy Wall Street is the new favorite target. Also known to you hipsters as "occupy" or to you nerds as #Occupy, or to the cool liberal media as OWS. Funny, I grew up in the late 60's and early 70's and hipsters where not this violent. At most they broke stuff when they stumbled into it from being too high.
Newt lobbed harsh words at the movement Saturday in Iowa, describing them as representative of an entitlement culture.
"Now, that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, go get a job right after you take a bath," Gingrich said.
Up in the polls
A recent Fox News poll showed Gingrich leading the GOP field by a hair. The poll showed him with 23 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney right behind him with 22 percent. - Fox News article
The poll showed businessman Herman Cain, who for weeks was competitive with Romney, dropping back to third place with 15 percent. - Fox News article.
A new poll out of New Hampshire also showed Gingrich closing in on Romney, who is banking on a win in the Granite State primary. The Magellan Strategies poll showed Romney leading with 29 percent and Gingrich with 27 percent, inside the 3.6 percentage-point margin of error. - Fox News Article
LinksNewt out Front - Fox News
Newt in front of Romney in NH
Can Newt withstand the spotlight?
Newts answers to the Attacks