The stakes are high tonight in Tampa Bay, FL for the 18th Republican Presidential debate of this election cycle, hosted by NBC and moderated by newsman Brian Williams.
Big boy Newt Gingrich is fresh off his double-digit win in South Carolina and is planning to steam roll the competition in Florida, setting his sights to go up against President Obama in November.
Newt has more momentum than a team heading into the fourth quarter with a big lead. His swagger is on high right now and his constant enjoyment of the political game rings true with every debate.
Newt definitely distinguishes himself from the rest of the candidates; he loves talking politics, while Mitt Romney looks annoyed as to why he gets it and others don’t.
Newt’s a very intelligent politician and he loves the game of debate. He has natural way of speaking and his folksy tone relates to his base.
For example, the first question aimed at Newt during the CNN debate last week was about his ex-wife’s allegations that he wanted an open marriage. Newt spun it completely around and attacked CNN for asking such a question at a political debate, garnering major applause.
As brilliant a politician as Newt is, there is the dark side that’s often revealed when it comes to his history of bigoted and offensive remarks towards black people, particularly President Obama.
The coded racism that Newt engages in is blatant and destructive and it’s why many on the right feel that even though he may be winning, Newt is not good for the party.
In 2010, he said that President Obama pretended to be "normal," but actually seems to be engaged in "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior." He wants to be the “Paycheck” President as opposed to Obama, who he touts as the "Food Stamp President."
In 2011, he claimed Obama was the Food Stamp President, even though Clinton and Bush Jr. both had higher food stamp rates than Obama.
Looking at the facts, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department in 1990, 42 percent of all welfare households received cash benefits and only 19 percent had earnings.
In 2010, only 8 percent received cash welfare, while 30 percent had earnings.
When the numbers break-down by race, about 34 percent of beneficiaries are white, 22 percent are black, 17 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian or Native American, and 20 percent “race unknown.”
So how can the Black President be the welfare President while numbers under his leadership are way lower than his predecessors?
The fact of the matter is, Newt’s coded language is backhanded racism that challenges the character of poor black people.
He said last month:
"People in the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps."
In other words poor black people shouldn’t depend on government assistance anymore and need to find jobs.
This coming from a man, who has been married three times, cheated on his wife and wanted to engage in an open marriage with other women.
You can’t be the “Paycheck President” while engaging in racial bigotry. Everyone wants paychecks, not just black people.
Let's see what thinly veiled racism Newt comes out with tonight. Keep your eyes and ears open, and come November, speak your mind.