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Connie Schultz shares some lessons from her recent trip down south, in her column, “Faith In Alabama:”

Last weekend, Newt Gingrich strutted into an overflow crowd of people waiting for him at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Ala., and greeted them with an insult.

“What a crowd,” he said. “I’m really impressed. There must be no one left at Wal-Mart this afternoon.”

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, what Gingrich was willing to say to the majority of Alabamians who didn’t support him.

I first heard about Gingrich’s comment during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon with Bill Perkins, editor of the Dothan Eagle. I later discovered that Fox News also had reported it on its website.

“Everybody was all set to applaud him,” Perkins told me. Instead, the applause was tentative, and there were a few howls, too.

Perkins shared a prediction: “I don’t think Newt is getting traction here.”

Hours later, the primary results confirmed Perkins’ hunch. Rick Santorum — the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania — had won.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Ralph Reed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a Colorado church early this summer, one of that state’s Republican representatives, House member Lauren Boebert, spoke, as she always does, with definitive conviction: “The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. … I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.”

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