Contrary to popular belief, Newt Gingrich did not just win the Republican presidential nomination.
The South Carolina GOP has bragged for years, and especially in the last several weeks, that they have correctly picked the Republican presidential nominee every year of the current primary format dating back to 1980. This is meant to put in people’s minds that South Carolina’s primary slams the door shut on the nomination. And it can.
Consider Sarah Palin’s almost-endorsement. Notice she said that if she was a South Carolinian she would vote for Newt not because she believes in him, but to continue the process of vetting. In other words, if Newt Gingrich was not on the ballot, voting for a mannequin would have served the purpose just as well.
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