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Newt Gingrich and the Politics of Resentment

Howard Schweber | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Polling data from South Carolina and Florida suggests that Tea Party and evangelical voters may finally be coalescing around a candidate, and that candidate is Newt Gingrich. Which is interesting, because as many people have noted he does not seem to make obvious sense for either group. But these voters don't care that Gingrich was a Washington insider, or has a record on family values that would give pause to one of the Borgia popes. They don't really care that he contradicts himself, or says wild things. So what is going on? Simple. Gingrich does not share the evangelical or the Tea Party voters' values -- he shares their resentments.