For better or worse (put me quietly down for "worse," despite being a native son of the Palmetto State), South Carolina's Republican primary has picked the winner of the GOP presidential nomination in every election since 1980. So Newt may want to think about making nice with Governor Haley, who is apparently quite popular with her party in her home state.
The Republican party remains tied up in a tizzy. The party can either continue to pander to its right wing base, and be seen as throwing seniors under the bus to protect the tax cuts of millionaires, or come up with some workable combination of entitlement program benefit reductions, means testing and tax increases to make the social safety net work. Unfortunately, every major leader in the Republican party is sticking to a stated policy of no increase in taxes that can't conceivably work for reducing the deficit without radically gutting social security, medicare and medicaid. The math simply compels the conclusion.