In the GOP primary, there's no accounting for taste. Some voters love Pennsylvania Duggar Rick Santorum, others ingested lead paint as a child and favor Rick Perry, while the rest don't totally hate Mitt Romney. And sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason to it.
Which is why it must be so mystifying for Newt Gingrich to be hated by black voters…
Newt Gingrich veered off the traditional GOP primary campaign trail Saturday for an African-American church… Gingrich offered about 50 minutes of back-and-forth, explaining why he thinks poor children should have part-time jobs and why his brand of bipartisanship is different than the one that Obama offered while campaigning in 2008…
Minutes later, an African-American woman asked him if his views of minorities changed after he traveled the country with the Rev. Al Sharpton a few years ago to encourage cities to develop charter schools or if he is still "a racist and a bigot"…
The woman persisted, asking Gingrich how he could refer to Obama as a "food stamp president," as he often does when campaigning, since Obama graduated at the top of his class at Harvard Law School.
What? All he did was say that black people are all "lazy ghetto" types on welfare and food stamps. And that poor predominantly African-American communities should put their children to work as janitors. What's the problem? I don't get it. Why hasn't Newt won an NAACP Image award already?
Perhaps Gingrich should just give up and move on to Latinos. They may not agree with his English-only policy, but I'm sure they'll appreciate his push for humane immigration laws that help keep families together. 'Cause if there's one candidate who knows about breaking up a family, it's Newt Gingrich.
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