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January 19, 2012

Gingrich and the Smell Test

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I’m sure this behavior, in the moment, was perfectly understandable, but why a particular photo rises to the top of the daily heap is based on completely different factors.

It’s hard not to consider this, for example, in light of the interview airing tonight with Newt’s ex-wife laying out, more prominently, how he treats/tweaks women.

And with Perry pulling out today, it seems the photo also speaks to the imperfect marriage between Newt and those on the far right, and some mutual recognition about people holding their noses (or, having them held) to vote for him.

(1/21) – S. Carolina Results - UPDATE:

With Newt running away with it, seems the photo had a different meaning. Wailing on the media, playing the race card and making Romney look like a Northern rich boy in short pants, the testosterone-charged Gingrich had more appeal to the reptile brain. (Also seeing a 5% female/male gap in exit polls.)

Via SacBee Pix of the Day.

(photo: Nathan Gray | AP caption: Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pinches the nose of Bonnie Ellison, 78, of Easley, S.C. while shaking hands with supporters at Mutt’s Barbeque in Easley, S.C. Wednesday.)

  • Gassho

    “Gonna need to hold your nose to vote for me in 2012?  Here, let me get that for you!”

    That’s frickin’ hilarious. 

  • George Mokray

    He doesn’t look healthy.

    • psychohistorian

      Which chin are you talking about?

  • Ralfast

    That’s just…bizarre.

  • Bamaguy1024

    Pure Alpha Dog behavior, and very revealing of Newt’s treatment of women.  This behavior recalls George W’s giving Angela Merkel a shoulder massage.  The message is one of male dominance over inferiors – a Republican value. GOP women must realize that GOP men rule their bodies, their very actions, and they had better come to heel and like it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_43LQE4VYDAPYKV2UV2JIHEKTD4 Sig

    “GOP women must realize that GOP men rule their bodies, their very actions, and they had better come to heel and like it.”

    Right because nothing says “I respect you” like MMS’ing a woman a picture of your penis.

    This isn’t a GOP  thing, it’s a guy thing.

    Don’t be an idiot.

    • Bamaguy1024

      I am referring to the fact that it is the GOP putting restrictions and limitation on women, by banning abortion even if the woman’s life is in danger, changing laws to narrow the definition of rape, the “personhood” amendments the real intention of which is to outlaw birth control, the attempts to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood, etc. Don’t you be an idiot.

  • susan

    Obviously, Newt’s supporters don’t mind being led around by the nose.

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  • Tacobellman_2007

    Does he have two chins or is that a second mouth?

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