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Chris Matthews On Newt Gingrich Win: 'The Right Has Won In South Carolina' (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 01/21/12 07:44 PM ET Updated: 01/21/12 08:48 PM ET

NBC called the South Carolina primary for Newt Gingrich as soon as the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Rachel Maddow made the announcement on MSNBC, and turned to Chris Matthews for his reaction. Matthews said Gingrich's victory had just shifted the race farther to the right, and would leave a lasting impression on the election.

He predicted, "The only way for Romney to beat Newt Gingrich now is to catch up to him with his hatred of Obama, his willingness to take on the American establishment." The MSNBC host also speculated that Gingrich's victory would give Obama an opportunity to grab more moderate voters.

Maddow pointed out that there have never been different Republican winners in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa before. While Matthews compared the volatility of the race to past elections, he was firm that Gingrich had just re-defined the rules of the game. "The right has won in South Carolina," he declared.


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In a December 7 column, conservative pundit Ann Coulter wrote about Newt's history:

Gingrich has spent his years since [his first year as Speaker of the House] having an affair, divorcing his second wife and making money by being the consummate Washington insider -- trading on access, taking $1.6 million from Freddie Mac and palling around with Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Al Sharpton.

Even Chuck Schumer wouldn't be seen doing a joint event with Al Sharpton! But Newt seeks approval from strange places.

Newt Gingrich is the "anti-Establishment" candidate only if "the Establishment" is defined as "anyone who remembers what happened the day before yesterday."
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