This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

Newt Gingrich has made headlines and gained supporters at the debates by taking on the media moderators, challenging the assumptions in their questions, and refusing to attack others on stage.  Playing smash mouth with the MSM has been good for Newt.

As Newt rises in the polls it is inevitable that he will become a target of attempts to portray him as racist, since he is just “another bitter old white guy.”

It’s not hard to imagine how Newt will react.

He’s not going to take it, as this interview with David Gregory last spring demonstrates.  Gregory claimed that Newt’s reference to Obama as the “food stamp President” was “racially tinged” but Newt pushed right back at him (transcript at Newsbusters):

That’s the way to do it.  No false apologies based on how others twisted your words.  No playing into the “racially tinged” nonsense.  Push right back.