In case you missed it, last night’s debate started with fireworks. CNN’s John King led off by asking Newt Gingrich about the allegations leveled by ex-wife #2, Marianne Gingrich. That story really is nothing more than the type of salacious material normally found in National Enquirer, but new CNN is desperate for viewership. And ABC news has been desperate for relevance ever since Peter Jennings’ death. (For those of you who revel in those sorts of details, Marianne accused Newt of being a womanizer and wanting an “open” marriage. Big deal.)
So, Newt did what Newt does best: leveled a broadside that was so effective it knocked King off his game for the rest of the evening – and effectively painted his ex-wife as nothing more than another vindictive divorcee.
Here’s the full exchange: