On Monday morning, Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski reported that South Carolina’s GOP exit poll has primary winner Newt Gingrich ranking highest in electability, with 51 percent of the vote versus Mitt Romney‘s 37. And as the candidates look ahead to Florida, Romney is launching an offensive, labeling the former Speaker a “failed leader.”
Host Joe Scarborough responded, characterizing Gingrich as a “mixed bag” and drawing back on his own experiences working with (or, as it happened, against) him:
He was a great revolutionary out in the field. And Newt Gingrich was able to organize and put together a winning team. And Republicans took control of the House for the first time in a generation. I mean, I didn’t even believe it. I remember when the results were coming in — and we were talking about this before — and somebody shouted when I won — I wasn’t supposed to win. Of course, just for the record, Newt was working against me the whole time. He thought I was too conservative for my district. Nice call, Newt.
But anyway. I get up on stage and somebody said, “We won the House!” I said you’re kidding me. So I give Newt credit for dragging a lot of people over the line that normally wouldn’t win.
Have a look, via MSNBC:
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