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Proof Voters Are Smarter Than Media and Washington Elite

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I think the mainstream media and Washington elite think the majority of voters just fell off the turnip truck. But the South Carolina primary and other current voting trends show otherwise.

The MSM are working double time to get us to forget about the unprecedented results of the South Carolina primary, but they are a sign of what could be in Florida, Nevada and beyond. They are also proof that American citizens will not be outwitted by the political shenanigans of the powers that be. Let me give you a few examples.

Despite the fact that ABC paraded Newt Gingrich's bitter ex-wife across its airwaves two nights before the South Carolina primary, Newt won women's votes 36-30 percent over Mitt Romney. And married women and evangelical women both backed Gingrich with 40 percent support.

Despite (or maybe on account of) Mitt's creation of Romneycare in Massachusetts and promises for Social Security's perpetuity, Newt gained 47 percent of the vote (to Mitt's 36 percent) among those 65 or older.

Despite the MSM's attempt to convey Newt as old and outdated, he received 27 percent of votes from those between 18 and 29 years old, only being beaten by Ron Paul's 32 percent.

Despite the MSM and Washington elite's campaign to convey that Newt would be dangerous to the country and world, 39 percent of U.S. veterans voted for Newt, compared with 32 percent for Romney.

Despite Romney's spending millions on ads in South Carolina to convince voters that Newt is an ethically compromised Washington insider, Newt won 45 percent of the votes from very conservative voters, while Rick Santorum and Romney trailed with 23 and 20 percent, respectively.

Despite the MSM's pro-Romney coverage and six years of Romney's campaigning, Newt stole 31 percent of moderates' votes from the Massachusetts moderate.

Despite Romney's often-flaunted business credentials, 8 in 10 voters who said they were very worried about the direction of the economy also voted for Newt.

Despite the fact that 120 evangelical leaders met recently in Texas and claimed to have come to a consensus backing Santorum, the initial vote of those leaders split almost evenly between Santorum and Newt, 57-48, according to CBN News' chief political correspondent. I don't think it's coincidental that a similar amount, 45 percent, of evangelicals also voted for Newt in his landslide South Carolina victory. Forty-five percent of pro-lifers also voted for Newt, compared with just 21 percent for Romney.

Even in Florida, Newt's popularity is evident by the sizes of his audiences. Despite the fact that Washington heavyweights John McCain and Bob Dole have come out to endorse Romney -- in a drive that The Boston Globe described as "GOP insiders (rising) up to cut Gingrich down to size" -- the Los Angeles Times reported this past week that "Newt Gingrich (is) winning the crowd contest in Florida."

And despite the fact that Romney and his cronies have and will spend millions more dollars in Florida and Nevada to perforate Newt's character and record again -- according to Newsmax, in Florida 20 times more money has been spent for Romney than has been spent there in support of any other Republican candidate -- I believe that voters will be neither bought by his money nor directed by his political spin and rhetoric, just as those in South Carolina didn't fall for the fool's gold.

More proof came this past week via the triple-gang of the MSM, Romney and Washington elite. They all pounced again on Newt, claiming he is not a Reagan conservative. But they were discounted again, as former President Ronald Reagan's eldest son, Mike, who also has endorsed Newt, joined radio talk show legend Rush Limbaugh by lambasting Newt's critics. Mike said, "I am deeply disturbed that supporters of Mitt Romney are claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true Reaganite and are even claiming that Newt was a strong critic of my father." And Limbaugh added, "That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much."

Newsmax reported that in a 1995 speech at a dinner honoring Reagan, former first lady Nancy Reagan said: "The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive."

There's a reason 34 percent of those who voted for Newt in South Carolina said they "strongly supported" the tea party, dispelling another MSM myth (or is that a wish?) that the tea party's influence has dwindled. Thirty-one percent of independents also voted for Newt.

To the naysayers of Newt, these words from Theodore Roosevelt are appropriate: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

I think it's time again that "we the people" showed the media and Washington elite exactly who is in charge.

South Carolinians were not duped by the titans of political swing.

Floridian and Nevadan patriots, don't you let them manipulate and muscle your votes, either.

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