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Red state rising: The last days of Georgia’s two-party system

Georgia politics in the 1990s was like a murky twilight zone with two galaxies spinning away from each other. On one side were the remains of the old Solid Democratic South, still dominant at the beginning of the decade but best glimpsed in ghosts and caricature-like light from vanished stars. On the other side: the Solid Republican South, gathering mass and best represented by Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich is Akin for revenge

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain are unconventional

Every four years, TV executives agree to allow Democrats and Republicans to air lengthy political infomercials for free. These ads, better known as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, are an opportunity for presidential candidates to pitch their candidacies to an audience considerably larger than the party die-hards they were talking to during primary season.

Newt Gingrich personally thanks me for my support

Perhaps I misjudged Newt Gingrich.Despite my chronic inability to say anything nice about him, he posted a YouTube video yesterday thanking me personally for supporting his campaign.Me. Personally. How sweet.

The riddle of Newt Gingrich is solved

Why isn't Newt Gingrich the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination? Is it because he's extraordinarily unpopular with voters? Is it because he's so disliked by actual Republican office holders that he was reduced to touting an endorsement by Sarah Palin's husband? Is it because he's the only Speaker of the House in U.S. history to be fined and reprimanded for ethics violations?

Newt Gingrich: Losing friends and alienating people

If it had happened in February or March, Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the GOP Presidential race would have been great news for Newt Gingrich. I'm not suggesting he would have beat Romney, but he would have had a better shot - particularly in the southern primaries where Romney is least popular. Instead, Santorum's announcement Monday that he's giving up the fight has actually managed to Gingrich look (even more) foolish.

Newt going into powersave mode

After failing to win, um, any primary or caucus of consequence since South Carolina, Newt's campaign is winding down. In fairness to Newt, I've been incorrectly predicting the eminent end of his campaign since before it began, so duty requires me to offer some hard evidence this time.

Newt’s conventional wisdom

We're approximately halfway through the Republican Presidential nomination process and, much to my surprise, our man Newt Gingrich remains in the race.

Newt gets coveted Chuck Norris endorsement

I'm not usually a jealous type, but this morning I'm very jealous of people in Mississippi and Alabama. They got a Chuck Norris robocall endorsing Newt Gingrich. I did not.

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