Newt Gingrich: 'Genius' or Idiot?

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Newt who?

Just kidding! He's still totally relevant in this election. Promise.

Anyway, Gingrich introduced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the New York State Republicans annual dinner Thursday night. He wasn't quite the rabble-rousing Newt of the past, according to Buzzfeed reports.

Rather, he seems to recognize imminent defeat. Newt wants a unified Republican party -- even if it means supporting Mitt Romney as the G.O.P. presidential candidate -- for the sake of his "grandchildren."

Some are even calling Newt's moves "genius."

Really?

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Newt Gingrich Is Still Pretending To Run For President -- And He's Bringing His "Campaign" To New York

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That shouldn't be a problem...

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is still pretending that he's running for president, and will be "campaigning" in New York next week -- which is hilarious for a number of reasons.

For starters, he has literally no chance of winning the Republican nomination -- he currently has only 136 delegates, and already has said he realizes Mitt Romney (with his 666 delegates) will be the nominee. Secondly, New York hasn't played a significant role in a Republican primary in more than three decades, so of all the places he could pretend to campaign next week, the Empire State should be one of the last.

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Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses; Giants To Play In The Super Bowl Today; Russia And China Put Stop To U.N. Syria Resolution

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Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses Saturday night. As of 9:20 a.m. with 71 percent reporting, Romney had 47.6 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich trailed him with 22.7 percent. "This is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, and this time I'm going to take it to the White House," Romney said in his victory speech before launching into an attack on President Barack Obama. "Well, Mr. President," he said. "Nevada has had enough of your kind of help." The results leave Gingrich hanging onto the race by what seems to be a thinning thread. [NYT, CNN]

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Uproar Over Bronx Teen's Death By Police Officer; Bloomberg Supports Komen's Reversal; Occupy D.C. Raided

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Bronx residents rallied last night to protest the death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed 18-year-old that was shot and killed by a police officer Thursday in the bathroom of his own apartment. According to the New York Times, the officer that killed Graham has been "stripped of his gun and badge." NBC New York reports that the officer and his sergeant, also relieved of his gun, have been put on desk duty. In response to the shooting, community leaders are scheduled to meet with NYPD today. [NY1, NYT, NBC New York, WABC]

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Mitt Romney Beats Newt Gingrich by 20 Points in Florida Poll

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Mitt Romney, who routinely gets shit from other conservatives for being too rich, too Mormon, and too willing to help people get healthcare, is crushing top rival Newt Gingrich in Florida a day before the Jan. 31 primary -- a just-released Suffolk University/7 News poll puts the former Massachusetts gov at a comfy, 20-point lead over the candidate who shares a name with an amphibian.

The reason: even deep-pocketed neo-cons feel the hurt of a bad economy, and Romney is seen as the candidate most likely to fix country's financial troubles, Suffolk says.

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Gingrich Wins South Carolina; Paterno Condition 'Serious'; Multiple Deaths in NYC Subways (UPDATED)

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Newt Gingrich won the Republican primary South Carolina yesterday. The former House speaker won 40.4 percent of the vote with Mitt Romney trailing at 27.8 percent. Rick Santorum came in third with 17.0 percent. In his victory speech Gingrich targeted "elites." He said: "The biggest thing that I take from the campaign in South Carolina is that it is very humbling and very sobering to have so many people who so deeply want their country to get back on the right track -- so many people who are so concerned about jobs, about medical costs, about the everyday parts of life, and who feel that the elites in Washington and New York have no understanding, no care, no concern, no reliability, and in fact do not represent them at all." The next primary is in Florida on January 31. [NYT, CNN]

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Gingrich: Subway-Loving City Dwellers Have Ruined America!

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Did you know that you're an unpatriotic prick if you ride the subway, rent a high-rise apartment, or work for a newspaper (read: live in New York)?

Newt Gingrich, who wants to be the president(!), apparently thinks so, and had no problem making public his seeming hatred of urbanites at a recent National Association of Home Builders meeting in South Carolina, according to the Wall Street Journal (via Wonkette).

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Pro-Adultery Website Ashley Madison Endorses Newt Gingrich

Of course, you've heard of (but certainly never used!) the website Ashley Madison, tagline "Life is short. Have an affair." After all, it's "the world's leading married dating service for discreet encounters." And of course you've heard of Newt Gingrich, Republican presidential contender, man about town, notable extramarital-affair admitter. Some might call this a match made in, if not heaven, somewhere marketers go to die. Because now there's a giant billboard on Route 1 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that says, along with a big ole picture of Gingrich making a "shush" sign: "Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband. Welcome to the Ashleymadison.com Era."

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Newt Gingrich, Thrice Married Adulterer, Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage From the Gays

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Behold, the power of NOM, the National Organization for Marriage.

Newt Gingrich announced on Friday that he supports a constitutional amendment to "protect" marriage. This was the same day he signed NOM's ani-gay marriage pledge.

Yes, this is the same Newt Gingrich (who has been married three times, wanted to talk divorce terms with his first wife in her surgical recovery bed so he could move on to the second wife, and hunted Bill Clinton for infidelity while cheating on his second wife with his mistress who'd become his third wife) who is now concerned with, er, protecting marriage.

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