Do Newt Gingrich's 'Kenyan' Comments Hurt the GOP in 2010?

The former house speaker has said the president exhibits "Kenyan, anticolonial behavior."

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich roiled Democrats after making some controversial comments about President Barack Obama in an interview with the National Review over the weekend. He was quoted by the conservative magazine's Web site as saying: “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anticolonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” He continued to say that Obama is a person "fundamentally out of touch with how the world works," and was only elected as a result of playing "a wonderful con." On ABC's Good Morning America, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs charged Gingrich, who is considering a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, with trying to fire up a fringe group of people who don't believe the president was born in the United States. The Democratic National Committee gave a similar response to Gingrich's comments.

What do you think? Will Gingrich's comments help him, or will they jeopardize the Republican Party's chances of success in a critical midterm election year? Take our poll and post your thoughts below.

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Previously: Did Obama's Press Conference Strike the Right Tone?