Newt Gingrich’s faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling
Newt Gingrich has spent time as a Lutheran, a Baptist and a Roman Catholic.
December 10th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Newt Gingrich’s faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories looking at the faith of the leading 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. We also profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.

(CNN) - There’s an e-mail war raging among some of the nation’s leading evangelicals over whether Newt Gingrich has repented enough for his sins to be president.

One recent skirmish was set off by an open letter urging Gingrich to give a major speech confronting his perceived moral stumbles, including an affair with his third wife, Callista, while married to No. 2.

“You need to make it as clear as you possibly can that you deeply regret your past actions and that you do understand the anguish and suffering they caused others, including your former spouses,” Richard Land, public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote.

Land urged Gingrich to make a public promise “that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House.”

Rather than galvanizing the faithful, however, Land’s letter provoked an outcry from a handful of evangelical leaders who argued Gingrich has repented enough and deserves forgiveness.

On an e-mail thread among conservative Christian heavyweights, Jerry Falwell Jr. invoked the biblical story of a woman of ill repute who met Jesus at a well. Though the woman had been married five times, Jesus forgave her.

“The woman at the well was fortunate she encountered Jesus that day instead of some of our evangelical brethren,” the Liberty University president wrote, in an apparent swipe at Land.

On the same e-mail chain, which CNN obtained from a conservative activist, prominent Atlanta preacher Richard Lee said the nation’s evangelicals needed to support Gingrich.

Lee called Gingrich “the only forceful Christian candidate who can at this point be elected and cleanse the White House next November.”

The evangelical tussling over Gingrich says a lot about the fractured state of the Republican Party less than a month before the Iowa caucuses officially usher in the 2012 race for the White House.

The sight of influential evangelicals rallying around Gingrich, a Catholic with serious “values” baggage, speaks to the huge political vulnerability of Mitt Romney, who was the perceived GOP front-runner until recent polls put Gingrich at the front of the pack.

Gingrich speaking at the April 2011 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in D.C.

Whether because of Romney’s past liberalism on gay rights and abortion or because of his Mormon faith, many of the evangelical Christians who make up the Republican base just don’t like him.

They’ve been looking for an alternative, by turns telling pollsters of their support for Michele Bachmann, then Rick Perry, then Herman Cain. One by one, they’ve dropped in the polls, or out of the race altogether. Now it’s Gingrich’s turn in the spotlight.

But the argument over Gingrich’s personal life also raises fundamental questions about the candidate himself and his readiness for the nation’s highest office.

Just how much has Gingrich changed since his days as a volatile and philandering House speaker? Does he have the character to be president? And, at least for many of the evangelical voters who will dominate the early primaries: Is he a true believer?

Faith by geography

Gingrich has identified with different branches of Christianity that mirror his surroundings at different stages of life.

Born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an area settled by the largely Lutheran Pennsylvania Dutch, Gingrich was the son of a Lutheran mom and a Pennsylvania Dutch stepfather who adopted him.

Attending college at Atlanta’s Emory University and grad school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Gingrich became a Southern Baptist.

And as a creature of Washington, where Gingrich’s wife sings in a Catholic choir and where many prominent conservative Republicans have converted to Catholicism in the last decade, Gingrich joined the Catholic fold in 2009.

“I think that was all part of his pilgrimage,” says Ike Reighard, who was Gingrich’s pastor in Atlanta for nearly 20 years. “Whatever is the dominant religion in the region he was in, that was his progression... He was always super inquisitive, searching for deeper meaning.”

Gingrich’s stepdad was an army officer, making for a peripatetic family life that included stretches spent at military bases in Europe and at Fort Benning, Georgia, situated in the heart of the Bible Belt.

Gingrich, who declined interview requests for this story, was raised largely by his maternal grandmother, a devout Lutheran who, he has said, “taught me my most basic lessons about God and Satan.”

But Gingrich left his childhood denomination through an immersion baptism at the Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans while at Tulane, where he was pursuing a Ph.D. in European history.

In a pattern that would last a lifetime, studying religion’s role in history and politics moved Gingrich to deepen his own faith.

Saint Charles Avenue’s pastor, G. Avery Lee, said Gingrich wasn’t a member of any church when the two first met.

“He said that in his study of political theory, he noted how much influence the church had had … and asked if I could explain,” Lee wrote in a 1994 letter to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, describing his first encounter with Gingrich.

Lee and Gingrich grew close, with the pastor eventually baptizing Gingrich even though his church took “a liberal approach to both theology and sociology.”

“It has been suggested by some that in baptizing him, I didn't hold him under long enough,” Wrote Lee, who died in 2009, in apparent reference to Gingrich’s conservative politics.

But Gingrich was more liberal back then, including on questions of separation of church and state.

“As a college student at Emory when the Supreme Court ruled that prayer was unconstitutional … I didn't notice it,” he said in a 2009 interview. “As a graduate student at Tulane I probably would have said it's a good decision.”

‘I don’t think his faith was the driving force’

After Tulane, Gingrich took a job as a history professor outside Atlanta and almost immediately began running for Congress, losing two races in the mid-’70s.

Around that time he joined New Hope Baptist Church, a 100-year old congregation south of Atlanta where Ike Reighard had recently arrived as the senior pastor.

“He had just lost for the second time and he came in and said, ‘I need your help,’” says Reighard. “I said, ‘What did you want to do in politics?’ He said he wanted to be speaker of the House.”

Gingrich won his next race for Congress in 1978. That year also marked the birth of the modern Christian Right.

The movement started in opposition to an Internal Revenue Service campaign under then-President Jimmy Carter to crack down on private schools resisting court-ordered desegregation.

Word of the campaign provoked fear and outrage among evangelical schools. Jerry Falwell joined the successful effort to thwart the IRS initiative and founded the Moral Majority the following year, in 1979. The group’s focus on fighting abortion and gay rights set the Christian Right agenda for decades to come.

Gingrich, for his part, was not considered part of the new wave of proud Christian Right warriors in Congress, some of whom were swept into power in 1980 on President Ronald Reagan’s coattails and enthusiastically blended their religious faith and politics.

For Gingrich, “I don’t think faith was the driving force,” says Reighard. “He realized that you have to look at issues and they can’t always be driven by your personal views and your religious values.”

“I heard a lot of times that people say evangelicals are one-issue people, all about abortion,” Reighard says. “But that’s not true with Gingrich. Education was important for him. Health care was important. The economy was important.”

Indeed, when Gingrich launched the Conservative Opportunity Society, an influential House caucus, in 1983, he focused on fiscal issues and practical electoral politics.

And yet Gingrich was an early ally of the budding Christian Right, even if he wasn’t a card-carrying member.

Ralph Reed, who would go on to lead the Christian Coalition, remembers watching as a libertarian activist advocating for gay rights and abortion rights challenged Gingrich at an early 1980s College Republicans breakfast.

“Newt pushed back hard,” Reed remembers. “It was clearly a position of intellectual conviction. I wasn’t yet a committed Christian and I remember finding that pretty remarkable, that Newt didn’t try to pacify this guy. He said, ‘No, you’re wrong.’”

Gingrich speaking at a 1987 news conference.

The future House speaker also stayed active at New Hope Baptist Church, which was quickly growing from sleepy country congregation to suburban Atlanta megachurch, even as he spent most of his time in Washington. When Reighard’s wife died during childbirth, Gingrich was on the phone with him while the pastor was still at the hospital.

“He was always there on Sunday mornings,” says Reighard, recalling Gingrich’s House years. “And the other thing he was always great at doing was town-hall-type meetings and potluck dinners. He was a grassroots person. There’s no telling how many of those meals I prayed at.”

Christian coalitions

But a lot of those town halls were more political than religious. Televangelist Pat Robertson launched the Christian Coalition in the early 1990s, and the group organized events around Georgia aimed at getting conservative evangelicals more involved in elections.

Gingrich, who counted himself an evangelical, expressed keen interest in the coalition’s work. But he seemed to be operating less as a pious Christian, and more as a strategist looking for ways the GOP could win the House of Representatives.

“We didn’t get into theological conversations that much,” says Patrick Gartland, executive director of the Georgia Christian Coalition in the early 1990s. “I was a grassroots numbers person. I loved the intricacies of grassroots, and he did, too, and he understood it.”

Unlike the Moral Majority in the 1980s, which was made up of pastors like Falwell, the Christian Coalition sought to mainstream the Christian Right by bringing in laypeople. The group’s local chapters were led by Christian business leaders, teachers and retirees, as opposed to pastors.

And Christian Coalition envisioned a big-tent religious conservatism that was as much about lowering taxes as it was about banning abortion.

For the broad-minded Gingrich, that vision was a perfect fit – especially after the Christian Coalition helped usher in the 1994 Republican Revolution, which put the House in GOP hands for the first time in 40 years.

The takeover catapulted Gingrich to speaker of the House, making him the country’s most powerful Republican. He vowed to pay attention to conservative Christians from his first day on the job, seeking to assuage evangelical activists who felt ignored by the Reagan administration after they’d worked hard for Reagan’s political campaigns.

“There was this dissatisfaction among evangelical leaders about [Reagan], and Newt said to me, ‘I’m not going to let that happen.’”

Best remembered for working with President Bill Clinton on fiscally focused deals like welfare reform and balancing the budget - and fiscal fights that led to a government shutdown - Gingrich also checked off major items on religious conservatives’ wish lists.

He brought a proposed constitutional amendment to allow school prayer up for a House vote. He presided over the adoption of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act – the first abortion restriction since Roe v. Wade – and the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids the federal government from recognizing gay marriage.

Speaker-elect Gingrich with then-wife Marianne and his mother Kathleen at a January 1995 Washington church service.

Yet some evangelical leaders who knew Gingrich fretted over his personal life. The hard-charging speaker displayed braggadocio and rough edges even to political allies and didn’t talk much about his own faith.

“There were a lot of conservative Christian leaders who really loved Newt but felt like he hadn’t really turned his life over to God,” says Reed.

Many of those leaders went nuclear over rumors about Gingrich’s 1998 affair with a young House aide named Callista Bisek, while he was married to his second wife, Marianne.

Theose rumors “would break my heart,” says Reighard, who counseled Gingrich and Marianne in the 1990s. “I always believed that Newt could be one of the great leaders in our country, an American version of Winston Churchill.”

Reborn a Catholic

More than a decade later, Gingrich is back in many evangelicals’ good graces, with polls showing him way out in front of Romney among evangelicals in Iowa, who accounted for 60% of caucus-goers four years ago.

What explains the turnaround?

One big factor is Gingrich’s self-described faith awakening since leaving Congress in 1998. A personal turning point was 2002, when a court ruling struck down the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools because of its “Under God” clause.

“That was the last straw,” Gingrich said in a 2009 interview with U.S. News & World Report. “And I said it’s time to challenge head-on secular domination in the West.”

Just as studying political history had led a 20-something Gingrich to the Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, political developments like the Pledge ruling and other perceived attacks on religion sparked a round of soul-searching.

Though it was later struck down by the Supreme Court, the ruling led Gingrich to publish “Rediscovering God in America,” a faith-based walking tour of Washington’s key buildings and monuments.

For those close to him, the 2006 book reflected what Gingrich had been preaching for more than a decade: that religion played a key role in the nation’s founding.

“In the ’90s, he talked about this idea that power comes from God to the individual and is loaned to the state,” says Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s former spokesman. “Before that, the European model was that power came from God to the king, and [Gingrich] used to explain why that was corrupt and how Thomas Jefferson turned it on his head.”

By increasing his public attack on the secular “media-academic-legal elite” and promoting his God-infused take on American history, Gingrich was branded a culture warrior during the last decade, gaining appeal among conservative evangelicals.

Gingrich continued the courtship by regularly appearing before audiences of hundreds of evangelical pastors to talk about God, history and politics.

Gingrich delivers the Liberty University commencement address in 2007 following Jerry Falwell

“There’s no question there’s been an evolution in his thinking and speaking and writing on America’s religious heritage, which has become a much bigger part of his lexicon,” says Reed, who leads the Faith and Freedom Coalition and is not endorsing any presidential candidates.

“He’s clearly found his voice on social issues, and less than 30 days from the Iowa caucuses the timing couldn’t be better.”

Gingrich further strengthened ties to grassroots evangelicals in 2009, launching a group aimed at bringing together religious and economic conservatives.

The organization, Renewing American Leadership, poured $150,000 into a successful Iowa campaign to unseat judges who had legalized gay marriage in the state. Many of the Iowa activists who led that 2010 campaign are now bullish on Gingrich.

Admitting to an affair also helped.

At a closed-door meeting with the nation’s top Christian Right leaders ahead of the 2008 election, Gingrich was asked about reports he’d been having an affair while leading the impeachment drive against Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The former speaker owned up to the affair and said it marked one the most shameful periods of his life, a time in which he was “alienated from God,” according to a participant at the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Though he didn’t run for president in 2008, Gingrich went on James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio show to admit the affair to the evangelical icon and a national audience: “There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards.”

Gingrich told listeners he’d since turned "to God to receive forgiveness and to receive mercy."

For many evangelicals, the admission and penitent tone struck a chord.

“It all depends on whether Newt has been rewired, in the theological sense of being born again,” says David Lane, an influential evangelical activist who is in regular contact with Gingrich.

“I was one of the wildest men who ever lived, loved women, wine and song, and I came to Christ,” Lane says. “I’m not perfect, but I read the Bible seven days a week. Is Newt a new man? I think he is. There’s something different about him.”

One difference is that, for the last two years, Gingrich has been an active Roman Catholic. He has described his conversion as a decade-long process inspired by Callista, who sings with a choir at the country’s largest Catholic church, Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Gingrich has said that years of attending Mass there rubbed off on him, with Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 visit providing the final impetus to conversion.

Gingrich was especially drawn to the church’s millennia-long history and intellectualism. Discussing one of his visits to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Gingrich has said, “You stand there and you think, this is where St. Peter was crucified. This is where Paul preached.

“You think to yourself, 2,000 years ago the Apostles set out to create a worldwide movement by witnessing to the historic truth they had experienced,” Gingrich said in 2009. “And there it is.”

As opposed to being a letdown to evangelical leaders, Gingrich’s conversion away from evangelical Christianity was received as something like a born-again experience.

“Prior to that, he was a sloppy Baptist who didn’t have a clue about what he believed,” says an evangelical activist who is close to Gingrich. “When he converted, he went through Catechism and had to get his faith straight. It took some of the sloppiness out.”

But Gingrich still has to convince some religious leaders he has straightened out morally.

In his letter to Gingrich urging a speech about his marital history, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Land told Gingrich to emphasize his own religious narrative.

“I know something of your faith journey over the past 20 years,” Land wrote. “Do not hesitate to weave that into your speech to the degree that you are comfortable doing so. It will always resonate with evangelical Christians.”

If polls are to be believed, the story of Gingrich’s journey is resonating already.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,901 Responses)
  1. Kebos

    Evangelicals are willing to ignore pretty much anything so long as it fits their agenda for more power and more $$$.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  2. Arouet

    Evangelicals nowadays don't seem to value their own history of separating from the Roman Church. Martin Luther, Calvin, the Thirty Years War, Fox's Martyrs, all just miscommunication? Justification by faith, indulgences, the non-infallibility of the Pope, the True Presence in the Eucharist, all just puffery? I remember how exercised Baptists were when JFK, a "birthright" Catholic ran, and the soothing noises he had to make to them. Now, being a Baptist apostate is just "part of the journey". To boot, Gingrich is undoubtedly deep into the Roberts/Scalia Opus Dei crowd in Washington. Might almost call him an agent of the Vatican, except he's already too busy being an agent of the Likud Party.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  3. woosh.....

    I for one see Ron Paul as the front runner. He is always getting top three in straw polls and gets the most money from active duty troops. He might not have the Baptists support but he does have a loyal and consistent following.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:07 am |
  4. David

    I'm a reformed Presbyterian, Newt is no candidate of mine...

    December 12, 2011 at 6:06 am |
    • Kebos

      I'm a reformed human (I've dispensed of all the religious jumbo-jumbo) and Newt Gingrich is still an idiot like most of all the other Republican candidates.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  5. Donald in CA

    It makes you lose faith in religion when the evangelicals make a rotten guy like newt as their number one. The white christan right are some of the evilest and racist people i have ever seen. No wonder folks walk away from organized religion.

    December 12, 2011 at 5:55 am |
  6. Katie

    Newt's an idiot.

    December 12, 2011 at 5:53 am |
    • mb2010a

      Simple and to the point...thank you.

      December 12, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Dave

      I think Katie's an idiot. Bury your head in the sand, woman

      December 12, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  7. mb2010a

    Are all of Newt Gingrich's mistresses are evangelicals...???

    December 12, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  8. The end of the palestine debate

    Palestinians were living on the land originally, not called Palestinians
    Jews moved onto their land after being wiped out by the Germans
    Jews create a place they call Israel on the Palestinians (not called Palestinians at the time) land
    Jews and Palestinians rise up and take over the land from the British...oh wait you forgot that the Brits occupied the land at the time
    Jews want all land because their Jewish Bible tells them they deserve it
    Start to take all the land from the Palestinians just like the Germans did to the Jews
    Jews horde massive amounts of diamonds

    December 12, 2011 at 5:01 am |
    • Mbeka Kwesi

      Sky is yellow, and sun is blue. Is what you said.

      December 12, 2011 at 5:49 am |
    • Pablo

      Finally correct history on Liberal CNN.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  9. Mbeka Kwesi

    Actually palestinians ARE invented "people", they are usurpers living on STOLEN land. Also CNN is full of p00 devoting 3 or 4 stories today + frontpage story to their so-called "heroes". Artificially uplifiting mofos to hero status. This is the news organization that was dwellling & drooling on Diana's death like she was a "hero> Frigging sick of Communist News Network (CNN). They should merge with Iceholes Communists LIEberals Union (ACLU).

    December 12, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Warren Talbot

      What does your rant have to do with the article? Obviously you have strong opinions, but cloaking them behind attacks and name calling will not get people interested in your views, no matter how interesting you may believe they are.

      December 12, 2011 at 5:00 am |
    • Don in Albuquerque

      Hope you were just drunk and not serious about this.

      December 12, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  10. Craig Davison

    My wife left me, and my two daughters, when they were 8 and 7. She had an affair with her college professor, when she went back to school after the kids were in school. She never looked back. She remarried the professor, and has another daughter from that marriage. She became very active in her church; and she apparently is a devout Christian now. And now that our daughters are in college she wants them to forgive her for not being part of their lives; not so much as a phone call in all those years. I'm not telling my kids what they should do. That's their choice. But they just don't seem to care about her. What I don't tell my kids, is that people do make mistakes, and we should forgive them. But that doesn't mean we have to like them or let them be part of our lives, just because it will ease their guilt.

    Gingrich made mistakes. And if his ex-wives forgive him, that's fine. But just because he's repented that doesn't mean we have to like him. He has a history of irresponsibility; and of disrespecting others... especially the ones he loved. While these actions are forgivable, they're also defining of the types of things he's valued over a lifetime. And yes, I know, people change, but that doesn't mean we necessarily want them running our government. A murderer may repent; that doesnt mean we want them to become policemen.

    I'm a lifelong Republican, but I couldn't in good conscience cast my vote for someone who has demonstrated such a lack of consideration, and honor toward his family.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:23 am |
    • danny

      that about sums it up,well said

      December 12, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  11. NoGr8rH8r

    The Evangelicals? You mean the same group that elected Bush after falling for his horse and pony show?

    December 12, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  12. NoGr8rH8r

    The GOP is ramping up to lose another one. What's 68 year old Gingrich gonna do next? Ask Palin to be his V.P. ?

    December 12, 2011 at 4:10 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, her "glory days" are over and done. He'll pick Michelle Bachmann!!

      December 12, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • Mbeka Kwesi

      Why do you care to mention his age? Most people are mentally developing with age, upto to a certain individual limit.
      I don't want my President to be a 40-year old young shot!
      We have one lamer already at present. We had Kenedy who triggered genetic destruction of USA (immigration "overhaul", may the Lord bite him in his grave).

      December 12, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • Rick

      Mbeka: Hateful little gash, aren't you?

      December 12, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  13. alan

    If Newt is the choice of the Evangelicals, that just makes me lose more "faith" in the intelligence of the evangelicals. Oh, wait, I never had any in them anyway. Somebody should tell them that when you take yourself too seriously nobody else will.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  14. iminim

    If Newt has repented.....well, good for him. But that doesn't mean we have to forget that his own Congressional peers voted to punish him for ethical violations in the Senate. Why would we trust him with the most powerful government job on earth after he has proven he will not act in an ethical manner as a political leader? If you agree with his politics, them support his ideas. You don't have to support his quest for the job to say you like certain parts of his platform.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:47 am |
  15. Mr. Smith

    This guys sucks!!! He will screw American so much more than any other president. He is a lier, a cheat, an insider, the 1% and tons of other poor qualities. If you vote for this guy your one of the reason why this county is going down hill. But American are very stupid so I can see why you would be taking with this guy. He is not fit to manage a Jiffy Lube let alone be President of the United States.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:30 am |
    • danny

      remember mr. smith these same voters voted for gwb twice

      December 12, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  16. Don in Albuquerque

    I bet we could name a plethera of villians down through history that would love to run for POTUS. Especially if all they had to say is "But....but....I've changed."

    December 12, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Mirosal

      You mean someone like .. say ... Edward Moore (aka Teddy) Kennedy? lol

      December 12, 2011 at 3:28 am |
    • Don in Albuquerque

      Sorry, don't get it.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  17. Moderateguy

    ...or it could be that evangelicals see 1) a failed presidency 2) someone in the WH with character issues in that he refuses to accept responsibility and has trouble with the truth. So, they may have just decided to vote between A – someone who has character issues and has already failed or B – someone who has had character issues and helped rescue Clinton's presidency.

    Not a difficult choice.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  18. Mario De Kauwe

    This shows how hypocritical and politically galvanised the american christian church is. I am a christian and I am quite ashamed of what is happening.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  19. fireajew (troll)

    Frankly, I expected a better response. Oh, well ... tomorrow's another day. Good night!

    December 12, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  20. sw

    I'm a registered Republican, and if it's Newt vs. Obama, I'll just have to not vote this time. I'm sick of him all of a sudden saying the Palestine people are invented, right at this moment, trying to woo Jewish votes. It's just SO obvious and insincere. He said he said that as a historian. Well he's been a historian for many years. Why didn't he say that before? He had plenty of time to say what he had discovered before, but he didn't say that. Only NOW he says it. Why? Everyone can see why. I've now learned how he changed from Luther to Baptist to Catholic, and maybe will change to other faiths in the next year after he becomes President. It's not very sure. No, even though I don't agree with Obama's policy of trying to tax upper middle class (what he categorizes as RICH people) to give those who don't work and don't pay any tax and rely on others to work for them, but with Newt, it just doesn't sound quite right. Then again, I live in CA. As a Republican, my vote never makes any difference anyway. In Republican primary, before our votes are counted, we already know who the winner is. In General election, CA is always Democrat anyway. So my vote really is meaningless.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • fireajew

      Again, the Jews.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • miscreantsall

      No……….your vote does have meaning.


      December 12, 2011 at 2:48 am |
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