Well, of course he can.
You could almost see the inner workings of Newt’s brain Monday night as he had that now-infamous exchange with Juan Williams. After sneering at Williams (who had the temerity to ask whether calling Obama the “food stamp president” might be insulting to some people) that “only elites disdain work” it would have been natural for anyone to think to themselves, “oh, geez, did I just go too far?” but then the crowd was on its feet and Newt had his answer. You can never go too far in South Carolina.
Today, Newt was relishing that moment when he spoke to supporters at a campaign stop there. Egged on by the crowd, Newt decided to let Newt be Newt and said that work “seemed to be a strange, distant concept” to Mr. Williams.
He really is a jerk. Some disagree.