Here's an interesting bit from Quinnipiac University's new poll showing Newt Gingrich nipping Mitt Romney.The contrast between Newt and Mitt could not be clearer. Newt is currently on his third marriage with his second mistress. His second affair came at the same time he was blasting Bill Clinton for doing the same. Mitt Romney has been married to the same woman for forty plus years.
Among born-again evangelicals, Newt actually performs better than he does among all Republican voters. Gingrich grabs 29% of evangelicals, while Romney picks up just 16%.
Contrast that with Newt's small 4% lead over Mitt, overall, and it's clear that something is at work among evangelicals.
Newt demanded that Barack Obama give back campaign cash from Freddie and Fannie Mac even though the former House Speaker collected at least $1.6 million in political money from the same organizations. Newt's think tank collected around $37 million from health care companies, who wanted Newt to talk up the big government Medicare Part D to his pals in Washington. In contrast, Mitt got rich in the private sector and has not made a dime in public service, even giving up his salary as governor of Massachusetts to charity.
And then there is the whole thing about the tongue. I believe that the book of James has an entire chapter devoted to it. Ironically, herein lies one of the real reasons why conservative evangelicals won't go for Romney. Newt would gladly lie, curse, and destroy anybody who happens to appear like a political opponent. He has called the Obama administration "socialists" and "fascists" on various occasions and often in the same sentence. Romney on the hand has refused to participate in the name calling and appears less conservatives (read strident) to right-wingers. It appears that political evangelicals care nothing about the unruly nature of the tongue despite the stark warnings in God's Word. They love the lies and disrespectful rhetoric coming from talk radio and they love it coming off of Newt's tongue as well.
The most illogical part of evangelicals' relationship with Newt Gingrich is that he is not an evangelical. He is Catholic. Or at least he has been since slightly before the time he entered the presidential race. But evangelicals long ago made their peace with Catholics despite the fact there is just as much space between Cathoclic and Evangelical doctrine as there is between Mormon and Evangelical doctrine. But Mormons, in the modern Evangelical mind, have been designated as a cult. So that's why it is more godly to support a three-women, lying slimeball than a man that is a walking embodiment of family values.
Up is down and down is up these days.
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