From Wikipedia: "Honey badgers are notoriously fearless and tough animals, having been known to savagely attack their enemies when escape is impossible. They are tireless in combat and can wear out much larger animals in physical confrontations"
This Moniker was recently, and organically, given to LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu for his fearless and physical play on the football field.
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Newt has displayed this same level toughness and tenacity in the debates that has been a cornerstone for a guy left for dead when his entire campaign staff quit back in June and the media (and pundits) wrote him off. The Honey Badger came alive when he tore a new one to Chris Wallace to the cheers of the debate crowd:
Then of course there was this exchange in the CNN debate in South Carolina where he rips into John King:
Then he simply takes Mitt Romney to task where it counts coming back from double-digit polling numbers to crush Mitt by 12 percentage points.
The Honey Badger has arrived!