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It doesn't get any better than this for political junkies like me. CNN's Jon King started the fireworks by asking Newt Gingrich about his second wife's accusation that he had asked her for an “open marriage. At first, Newt said he didn't want to answer the questions, thought about it for a microsecond and then came back with both barrels blazing in the direction of the moderator Jon King, CNN, ABC and the rest of Obama’s mainstream media on a mission to destroy the GOP candidates. I thought that they were doing a pretty good job without the help of the media. I guess one could question whether it should've been the first question, but it was a question that needed to be asked. This is nothing new, politicians will use the media to get their message out, and they will vilify them if the story line is not to their liking. Newt got what he wanted, a standing ovation from a partisan conservative crowd, which helped him win the debate according to the pundits. Newt knew he was going to get the question and he delivered what he rehearsed.

I watched the ABC interview with Newt’s second wife Marianne, and I learned a couple of things I didn't know before. I didn't know anything about the FBI sting that involved Marianne Gingrich meeting an arm's dealer in Paris, but nothing became of it. I didn't know that Newt, according to Marianne had left her knowing that she had multiple sclerosis. The six-minute interview didn't produce much, and I doubt if it will influence Saturday's primary election. South Carolina calls itself the state that determines the eventual nominee, the family values state, and they also brag that politics is a blood sport.

After watching every single debate so far, I don't see why people say they don't learn much from debates. I'm not a Republican, but I learn more about the candidates in each debate except for Ron Paul, who has been delivering the same message for thirty years. Delivering the same message for 30 years can be a plus or a minus. I think Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have a private feud going. Every time Rick starts boasting about him being the only conservative on the stage; Ron Paul reminds him that he voted for the $7 trillion-dollar prescription-drug bill that was not paid for. Last night, Rick got into the one issue (prolife) that he had a lot of passion for, and accused Ron Paul of having a 54% Right -to Life rating. Ron Paul properly said that he was a little oversensitive on that issue. In the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney was not liked by his fellow Republicans, and that has not changed a bit. Romney has a great story to tell but he's uncomfortable in who he is. He is seen as Richie Rich and Gordon Gekko, the fictional character played by Michael Douglass in the 1987 film Wall Street. He just can't seem to shake that image. Newt Gingrich is the choice of the Republican base. He's the choice of those that not only want to defeat President Obama but want a candidate to damage the president. Newt will get in Obama's face and make outrageous charges without apologizing in his ads but I seriously doubt he will try that in a debate.He is looking forward to a three hour Lincoln/Douglass debate with Obama but I doubt he will ever get it. He's not afraid of using dog whistles but that only works with his base. They don't see that in Mitt Romney, and if I'm not mistaken, I haven't seen Ron Paul go after President Obama in the debates. Then again, Ron Paul didn't have many speaking opportunities last night. The look on the other three candidates face was priceless when Ron Paul said that the likelihood of the healthcare law being repealed was not realistic. I'm sure the Obama team will ask Romney how he will keep the popular provisions and repeal the rest will sit with the insurance companies.

It's been a wacky season so far, where Romney had the possibility of being 3-0 but now be may be looking at 1-2 going into Florida. I still think Mitt Romney will be the eventual winner, but the south is still not going to help him.