the Cross Reference (on the road)

Opinion

By now we have all formed opinions about Newt Gingrich’s family issues. I predicted they would come up in the campaign even after he tried to put the conversation to bed by pleading his case of redemption and forgiveness. I had the pleasure of meeting Newt’s brother Randy Gingrich while attending a Tea Party Convention, The CNN Southern Republican Presidential Debates, and South Carolina’s primary today.

Randy Gingrich is a very personable law enforcement officer and his wife is a teacher. The extended family has of course donated time to Newt’s campaign when ever they could and keep their personal careers on track. Randy seemed comfortable talking to me about his family so I had to ask the very personal questions concerning Newt’s ex-wife and her claims that Newt had asked her for an open marriage during his marriage to her.

His reply seemed very sincere and heart felt. “I remember family vacations with her and how close we were,” Randy said. “I don’t know where this is coming from.” It appeared that he had some answers rehearsed about how the media and others have an interest in seeing Newt’s apparent successes in South Carolina and in the Republican Party diminished.

Local papers here in Charleston put Newt’s debate performance at a B+ and he is favored to win the primary here today.

I can’t help but notice that reading left to right across Yahoo’s opening page today they show photos of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in that order. It appears that mainstream media just can’t give Newt his due. The article’s headline claims that Newt will have continuing problems even if he takes South Carolina.

If you have been following me on Facebook and this column you already know that I feel the winner of every debate is the American voter. I am a small part of media who was there and saw Newt Gingrich literally assaulted by CNN on the onset of the debate.

Like Newt, I was appalled at CNN’s opening of the debates with such a blatant attack on a candidates character. CNN is now talking about redemption and forgiveness after the tongue lashing delivered by Newt. I have seldom personally witnessed the power of the American system of government at its best and worst in the same evening.

It is not my job to declare a winner in these debates or the primary. The winner is determined by the voter. We are facing the most important election of our time. If you are not registered to vote you need to educate yourself about the candidates and the issues.

You can register to vote with the aid of any of the student political affiliations at Missouri Western. I’m sure they would love the opportunity to assist you in registering to vote and give you information about their candidates positions.

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