Could Open Marriage Claim Help Gingrich Win South Carolina

Could Open Marriage Claim Help Gingrich Win South Carolina: In the increasingly volatile race for the Republican presidential nomination, at least one analyst suggests that Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife’s claims about his infidelity will help power him to a win in the South Carolina primary.

Why? Because Gingrich was served “a fastball down the middle” on the matter at Thursday night’s debate and “just knocked it out of the park.” So says Matthew Dowd, the GOP strategist who was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

“This moment was a gift for Newt Gingrich,” Dowd said.

To recap: CNN’s John King wasted no time confronting Gingrich about allegations by Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, to ABC News that he had asked for an “open marriage” during his affair with Callista Bisek, who would ultimately become his third wife.

Gingrich was ready. King had to know that he was giving the former House speaker the one thing he loves the most: the opportunity to expound upon the deficiencies of the mainstream media. And he did just that. He might have well been Claude Rains complaining about gambling in “Casablanca.”

“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 public office,” Gingrich said, his outrage dialed all the way to 11. “And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.” Continue Reading…

John Edwards To Undergo Heart Surgery

John Edwards To Undergo Heart Surgery: John Edwards is battling a life-threatening heart condition that will require surgery next month and delay his criminal trial again, a court heard today.

The 58-year-old former Democratic presidential candidate is facing trial inNorth Carolinafor allegedly abusing $1million of campaign finances.

But Judge Catherine Eagles delayed the trial until at least March 26 and said he should avoid driving and travel – including to court proceedings.

Edwards walked into the courtroom inGreensborowithout assistance and appeared healthy. Judge Eagles had requested that he be there.

His cardiologist wrote two letters to Judge Eagles but no details were revealed about what sort of surgery or what illness Edwards may have. Continue Reading…