GREAT debate. No question, no one is better on the issues of race and poverty than Newt. No one grasps that these are more than just policy issues — they go to the heart of who we are as a people. And over the years he’s learned to stand up to — and now exploit — the smugly vicious conversation-killing liberal meme that daring to tell the truth about race is “racist”. And he’s more willing to do that in desperation mode than he was even a month ago. The contrast with Romney here is especially striking. Can one even imagine Mitt taking on, for example, racial preference? And that’s not even factoring in the timidity on race born of the Mormonism problem.