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|If Newt Gingrich does pull off a victory in South Carolina on Saturday, he'll owe it to the skill with which he has tapped into the right's persecution complex this past week..
With Newt's ex-wife having accused him of attempting to get her to allow him to have an open marriage, people expected this to come up in the debate.
Moderator John King used the first question of the night to ask Gingrich if he'd like to respond to his ex-wife's words.
"No," Gingrich replied. "But I will."
The audience applauded loudly. It was obvious right away they had his back. Clearly, Gingrich was ready for King's question, but he did his best to feign shock and outrage.
"I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for office, and I am appalled... blah, blah. Result: Standing ovation.