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Rick Perry to eject himself from the GOP Clown Car; Newt’s past biting back

That’s the breaking news, according to CNN.

The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina, the sources said…Perry had poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and had said he would launch a bid to win in South Carolina.

God must have sent him a message to go home to Texas. You get to have him back, my Lone Star State friends! Guess I have to update the Clown Car again…

While I don’t think we’ll see another Clown dumped out of the car before the primary, word has it that Newt is going to receive a body blow, courtesy of an ABC interview with his second wife, Marianne.

It also looks like the interview will air before Saturday’s South Carolina primary after all. One ABC insider said that the Gingrich interview, conducted with Brian Ross, will likely air on Thursday’s “Nightline.”

Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker’s second wife, of 18 years, hasn’t been shy about her feelings toward her ex-husband’s presidential ambitions, telling Esquire in 2010 that there’s “no way.”

“He could have been president,” she said. “But when you try and change your history too much, and try and recolor it because you don’t like the way it was or you want it to be different to prove something new … you lose touch with who you really are. You lose your way.”

“He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected,” Gingrich added, in the Esquire interview. “If you believe that, then yeah, you can run for president.”

Some other nuggets…

* Newt Gingrich’s Second Wife Dishes Hard To Esquire: His Money Woes, His Philandering, His Meltdown
The past Newt can’t outrun: Personal and political ugliness from the 1990s haunts him on the eve of South Carolina

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