First pitch—Out of the Park

He couldn’t avoid it. John King, CNN debate moderator last night, was compelled to forcefully ask Speaker Gingrich about the ABC so-called expose′ which was featured on last night’s Nightline. That opening was all Speaker Gingrich needed to seize the high road and he never relinquished it. Another debate won in the most difficult of circumstances.

I must admit, I did not see that this dark episode from Mr. Gingrich’s past could be a positive. Governor Sarah Palin did. She told Sean Hannity yesterday:

“They, thinking that by trotting out this old Gingrich divorce interview that’s old news — and it does feature a disgruntled ex, claiming that it would destroy his campaign — all this does, Sean [Hannity], is incentivize conservatives and independents who are so sick of the politics of personal destruction, because it’s played so selectively by the media, that their target, in this case Newt, he’s now going to soar even more. Because we know the game now, and we just won’t put up with it. Good call, media.”

This was just the end of a very tough but productive day for the Gingrich campaign. Earlier in the day, as he ended his own campaign for the Presidency, Governor Rick Perry powerfully endorsed Speaker Gingrich:

“I believe Newt is a Conservative visionary who can transform our country. We’ve had our differences which campaigns will inevitably have, and Newt is not perfect, but who among us is? The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption for it is a central tenet of my Christian faith. I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a Conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the Conservative movement. The courage to tell those Washington interests to take a hike if that is in the best interest of our country.”—watch it:

Speaker Gingrich has picked up the momentum on endorsements as well. Here, for example is the Wikipedia list of endorsements of Newt Gingrich for President

Gingrich has received endorsements from:

United States House of Representatives

Governors and State Constitutional officers

Former officeholders

Former diplomats, board members and other officials

State Legislators



  • State Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta)[125]
  • State Representative Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta)[125]
  • State Representative Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) Wilkinson is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and served in the Reagan Administration.[125]
  • State Representative Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell)[125]
  • State Representative Sean Jerguson (R-Canton) Jerguson is chairman of the Cherokee County legislative delegation.[125]
  • State Representative Paulette Braddock (R-Hiram)[125]
  • State Representative Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin)[125]
  • Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell[139]
  • Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz[139]
  • Hall County Commissioner Tom Oliver[139]


  • Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen[140]
  • House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer[141]
  • State Senator James Seymour[142]
  • State Senator Randy Feenstra[142]
  • State Senator Shawn Hamerlinck[142]
  • State Senator David Johnson[142]
  • Former State Senator Larry McKibben[142]
  • State Representative, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Scott Raecker[143]
  • State Representative Bob Hager[142]
  • State Representative Chris Hagenow[142]
  • State Representative Josh Byrnes[142]
  • State Representative Linda Upmeyer[142]
  • State Representative Jeff Kaufman[142]
  • Former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Ray Hoffman[142]

New Hampshire

  • Speaker of the House William O’Brien (R-Hillsborough)[144]
  • State Representative William Panek (R-Strafford)[145]
  • State Representative Sam Cataldo (R-Strafford)[145]
  • State Representative Greg Sorg (R-Grafton)[146]
  • State Representative Donald Andolina (R-Strafford)[146]
  • State Representative J.C. Daugherty[146]
  • State Representative Robert Elliott (R-Rockingham)[146]
  • State Representative Gregory Hill (R-Merrimack)[146]
  • State Representative Frank Kotowski (R-Merrimack)[146]
  • State Representative Kathleen Lauer-Rago (R-Merrimack)[146]
  • State Representative Joseph Pitre (R-Strafford)[146]
  • State Representative Frank Sapareto (R-Rockingham)[146]
  • State Representative Ken Sheffert (R-Rockingham)[146]
  • State Representative Laurie Pettengill (R-Carroll)[146]
  • State Representative Glen Hill[146]
  • State Representative Don McClarren (R-Hillsborough)[146]
  • State Representative Joe Osgood[146]
  • State Representative Brandon Giuda (R-Merrimack)[146]
  • Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball[147]

South Carolina

  • Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell[148]
  • House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham[149]
  • State Senator Rick Quinn[135]
  • State Representative Peter McCoy (Dist. 115)[150]

Academics and commentators

US Armed Forces


Celebrities, political activists, and commentators

It should be a very interesting day in South Carolina tomorrow.

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
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