A Newt Gingrich/Barack Obama debate would be epic, if only for the breadth of defeat that would be handed to the President.  Gingrich showed once again last night why he could wipe the floor with just about any other debate opponent, and why Mitt Romney’s coronation may be a bit premature.

Here are a few shining examples of why Newt if the most intelligent candidate in the room.

In contrast to Ron Paul’s isolationist foreign policy:

“We are in South Carolina. South Carolina in the Revolutionary War had a young 13-year-old named Andrew Jackson. He was sabred by British officers and wore scars his whole life. Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear-cut idea about America’s enemies: Kill them.”

When discussing federal jobless benefits:

“Those who’ve been unemployed for 99 weeks could have put that time to better use,” Mr. Gingrich says. “Ninety-nine weeks is an associate degree.”

In response to his suggestion that poor kids may need to work:

“Only the elites despise earning money.”

And of course this gem of an exchange with Juan Williams, who tried to interject race into a food stamp comment (h/t Yid with Lid):

The real turning point for Gingrich was his exchange with Fox News’ Juan Williams, who seemed to be saying most of the positions of the five candidates were racist in intent (OK he was probably correct with Ron Paul but not the others).

Williams asked Gingrich about his identification of President Obama as the “Food Stamp President” and Newt let him have it:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. Second, you are the one who earlier raised the key point. There’s an area on I-73 that was called by Barack Obama as an area of shame because of unemployment. Has it improved? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.

One last thing. So here’s my point. I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.

Standing ovation.  Game.  Set.  But Mitt still leads the match.

Either way, it was a brilliant night for the Gingrich campaign.