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January 18, 2012 - 11:56 am

My off-the-cuff reaction to Newt Gingrich’s battle with Juan Williams in Monday’s debate…

Williams’ cheap shots on race earned him boos from the audience. He deserved them, but the Democrats are almost certain to play this as “Republicans boo black man on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

…just keeps being proven right.

Alex Wagner, MSNBC’s latest liberal commentator with her own show (at 12pm ET), says that the debate audience “booing a black journalist” on Martin Luther King Jr. day is really a “telling moment.”

“Booing a black journalist on an issue affecting not just black Americans, but white Americans, poor people on MLK day is a really telling moment, I think in this Republican race. The thing that they are trying to establish is this narrative of ‘the takers versus the makers.’ The Republican Party has been doing this over and over again and it’s a bid to re-envision the American social compact. Basically, if you can’t make it in this society, too bad, we are cutting you loose,” Wagner said on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show.

Over and over again.

Former President Jimmy Carter says Newt Gingrich knows exactly what he is doing when he uses phrases like “food stamp president” and talks about the poor learning a work ethic. Carter says this rhetoric is “appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina.”

“Newt Gingrich is probably as enlightened as I am about being gratified that we’re in the desegregation years in the South,” Carter said to CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“When you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘Why don’t the black people get jobs,” and if I’m president, I’ll make sure they turn toward a work ethic, rather than an ethic of welfare and food stamps, that’s appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina,” the former President said on CNN.

Thanks for making me look smart, Jimmah!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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