Newt Gingrich launches the Power of 10 campaign

posted at 9:23 am on September 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What would you do to change the direction of government in 2010? Would you make 10 phone calls to make it happen? Knock on 10 doors? Newt Gingrich and American Solutions are launching a new campaign today called The Power of 10, challenging Americans to get involved for victory. In 1994, it took a 10 million vote swing in order to win a historic midterm contest, and it will take that kind of effort in ’10, as well. Victory begins with you:

* Pledge to Vote in November for job creators
* Recruit 10 people to vote for the first time in this election
* Make 10 phone calls to recruit voters for job creators
* Knock on 10 doors and explain the need to vote for job creators
* Donate $10 to support the effort to elect job creators

American Solutions will track the success of this project at the website TenMillionVoters.com, dedicated to the effort. Be sure to do your part.

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So we can’t vote for Politicians? Remember, Government doesn’t create jobs, it just GTFO the way so others can.

Dopavash on September 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Establishment!!!
/garble garble

blatantblue on September 16, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I’m so over Newt…..

Keemo on September 16, 2010 at 9:26 AM

huh. that’s something that I could do. I mean, I’m already doing it mostly but it’s otherwise a good plan. I’ll give him +2 for it.

ted c on September 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

The purge continues….

Bradky on September 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Newt is a very intelligent man. Too bad he has been associated with politics so long he is unfit to serve in public office.

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Hopefully this will keep him too busy to run. The “Young Guns Rule.”

400lb Gorilla on September 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

* Donate $10 to support the effort to elect job creators

The government doesn’t create jobs. It gets out of the way of job creation.

GO AWAY NEWT

stefanite on September 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Newt …your time passed ’10′ years ago. Head over to the RINO retirement home.

journeyscarab on September 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Work on 10 programs with Democrats
Have 10 pictures taken with Nancy Pelosi
Attend 10 conventions with Hillary Clinton
Pretend the last 10 years didn’t happen

mankai on September 16, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Sorry Dopavash — I missed where you already said what I did.

But anyway…

GO AWAY NEWT

stefanite on September 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Regardless, that is precisely what the grassroots needs to do. If each engaged citizen did that, we’d be a much better country.

WashingtonsWake on September 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Yeah I trust Newt!

mankai on September 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Kudos to Newt. Not a bad plan. Why is it always about the messenger rather than the message?

sherry on September 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Newt …your time passed ’10′ years ago. Head over to the RINO retirement home.

journeyscarab on September 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Part of the reason that Obama has been wildly unsuccessful is that he doesn’t seek advice from his elders. Clinton could have helped him be much more effective and less toxic.
But he felt he knew better and is about to pay dearly for that oversight. [has nothing to do with whether you agree or support the Dem policies or Clinton]

But keep telling those with decades of experience and contacts that their help is no longer needed or wanted and you risk making the same mistake. Whether Newt decides to run for pres or not, people like him and Rove are valuable supporters of the party. If you get young guns elected, what then? Should they flail as they try to make things happen or should they go to the party elders to avoid unnecessary pitfalls?
Why the constant drumbeat of “get out of the way” is so popular I simply don’t understand.

Rediscovering the wheel is not the best strategy.

Bradky on September 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Ponzi scheme / chain-letter strategy!

ebrawer on September 16, 2010 at 9:39 AM

It’s not a bad idea really, but the cynic in me wants to add “Spend 10 hours berating the base for not supporting candidates like Scozzafavalaza.”

Bishop on September 16, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I think this is good to get the fringe involved. If you only have to get 10 to vote conservative, that’s not hard. Everybody has 10 friends. (except crr6)

Vince on September 16, 2010 at 9:40 AM

herrrp derrrp newt iza rino liberal !!!!1112312423346

Good plan.

justinx0r on September 16, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Well done Newt.

Newt for Chief Intellectual Officer.

But not POTUS.

jake-the-goose on September 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I know, Newt! Maybe I should reiterate my support for Dede Scozzafava 10 times, like you did!

Red Cloud on September 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I’m not buying into Newt’s ponzi scheme. I talk to people every day about the future of our country. Newt is way too tied to the DC establishment, and it is not 1994 anymore. I can do more good with my personal interactions and a blog than I can by giving money to Gingrich.

simkeith on September 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Call 10 people and warn them about the looming pagan threat.
Tell 10 people to support Dede Scuzzlebutters.
Preach 10 times about Evangelical Global Warming.

Lehosh on September 16, 2010 at 9:51 AM


Kudos to Newt. Not a bad plan. Why is it always about the messenger rather than the message?

sherry on September 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I really like Newt. Folks, seriously. Get over the Scozzafava incident and keep your eyes and ears open. Don’t be so close-minded. Just because Newt’s been in DC forever doesn’t make him a bad person or a bad politician. One thing about Newt, he is smart enough to be in-tune with what American voters want.

I swear, we can be our own worst enemies! Think of the slate of wannabe’s we had in 2008 and because of all the in-fighting we end up with John McCain!??!

It’s wayyyy too early to be so close-minded. I’m not suggesting anyone support Lindsay Graham, or two Maine sisters, but good grief.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Um, I have no idea why that is all “strong.” I highlighted “John McCain” to be strong, not the entire post!

Sorry! Not yelling.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

One thing about Newt, he is smart enough to be in-tune with what American voters want.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

You seem to be familiar with an entirely different person named Newt Gingrich.

Lehosh on September 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I wish we had a “political pundit primary” we could use to cast Newt into the wilderness. Go away Newt, we are “so over you”.

David in ATL on September 16, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I also donate more than $10 to support the job creators, mainly by purchasing things at local businesses, taking vacations, visiting places. I do it everyday. Waaaay ahead of you there, Newt.

Bishop on September 16, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Regardless, that is precisely what the grassroots needs to do. If each engaged citizen did that, we’d be a much better country.

WashingtonsWake on September 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Newt is the establishment, so this idea is terrible!!!!

/

blatantblue on September 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Newt did create the Contract With America, which was a success, and he did manage to win the House for the first time in 40 years with 1994′s remarkable results. He knows a thing or two about motivating the grass roots, so I see no harm in this Power of 10. Some good ideas here actually.

Having said that, he is a little slow out of the gate this year, no? This amounts to a “me-too” acknowledgment of the Tea Party’s success. And he does tend to go off on some wild and wacky benders. As for the money, why not multiply that $10 by 10 and give it directly to a candidate you agree with who can use the funds?

gajaw999 on September 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Part of the reason that Obama has been wildly unsuccessful is that he doesn’t seek advice from his elders. Clinton could have helped him be much more effective and less toxic.
But he felt he knew better and is about to pay dearly for that oversight. [has nothing to do with whether you agree or support the Dem policies or Clinton]

But keep telling those with decades of experience and contacts that their help is no longer needed or wanted and you risk making the same mistake. Whether Newt decides to run for pres or not, people like him and Rove are valuable supporters of the party. If you get young guns elected, what then? Should they flail as they try to make things happen or should they go to the party elders to avoid unnecessary pitfalls?
Why the constant drumbeat of “get out of the way” is so popular I simply don’t understand.

Rediscovering the wheel is not the best strategy.

Bradky on September 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Bradky…there is no way Clinton could help Obama, Obama has too many radical connections.

It is time for the next generation to take the country back from the DC crowd – Newt is one of them. It’s a class war…ruling class vs the regular American class. It’s time to destroy the DC machine that takes good people and corrupts them to the point we dont recognize them as the people we elected.

I hate the “Young Guns” brand and I dont trust those three either. Cantor is a slippery stone. We dont need fancy brand names or promote ourselves as some sort of messiah coming to save the party – we’ve had that with Obama.

journeyscarab on September 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I’ve been over Newt for a few years now.

rollthedice on September 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Newt, in his desperation to regain political credibility, has found a catchy slogan that might have been embraced if 1) suggested earlier in 2010 by a less establishment source and 2) getting involved in multiples of 10 wasn’t already dwarfed by the hundreds of thousands of citizens who started organizing and contributing since 2009.

Speaking of the Tea Party and other citizen revolts, Daniel Foster at NRO wrote a short blog post worth reading about how he was won over by the Tea Party movement.

Terrie on September 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM

I hate the “Young Guns” brand and I dont trust those three either. Cantor is a slippery stone. We dont need fancy brand names or promote ourselves as some sort of messiah coming to save the party – we’ve had that with Obama.

journeyscarab on September 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

You are so right that we don’t need a brand. That just gives the media something to shoot at. We don’t need a single leader that can be taken down or marginalized like Newt was in 1998. We need to flood Congress with so many conservatives that if one falls, another stands to take his place. The beauty of the Tea Party is that is comes bubbling up from the people, not from some political machinists like Tokyo Rove.

gajaw999 on September 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM

It is time for the next generation to take the country back from the DC crowd – Newt is one of them. It’s a class war…ruling class vs the regular American class. It’s time to destroy the DC machine that takes good people and corrupts them to the point we dont recognize them as the people we elected.

I hate the “Young Guns” brand and I dont trust those three either. Cantor is a slippery stone. We dont need fancy brand names or promote ourselves as some sort of messiah coming to save the party – we’ve had that with Obama.

journeyscarab on September 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Unfortunately the young guns seem to think a circular firing squad in the party they align with is a good idea.
Guess we’ll see how it works out.

Bradky on September 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Store 10 containers of food and water
Buy 10 silver coins a month
Buy enough ammo to fill 10 magazines a month
Memorize 10 routes you could take on foot to leave the city
Store 10 batteries for each emergency radio
Better to have it and not need it , after all has anyone SERIOUSLY considered with the Rhetoric coming out of Washington that the message might be
” CONCERNS FOR THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS HAS CANCELED THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS ”
Remember the fear of FEMA under Clinton ?
TO far fetched to believe SEBELIUS couldnt say something silly like this ?
BIG SIS JANET ?

ELMO Q on September 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I just got an e-mail saying that if I sent $1 to ten people … .

davidk on September 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Most of us have already influenced every one we can reach with common sense, we have donated far more than $10.00 and the rest is a worthy pursuit if the job creators had the confidence the government wouldn’t interfere with their efforts.

fourdeucer on September 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Recruit 10 people to vote for the first time in this election

Do they have to be citizens?

Do they have to be human?

Do they have to be alive?

This sort of thing is way, way easier for ACORN activists, you know….

notropis on September 16, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Hey Newt, if we’ve had enough of “Nancy Pelosi”, then why are you sitting all chummy with her on the sofa, chatting climate change?? We get it. Do you? The answer is “no”.

The Zoo Keeper on September 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Regardless, that is precisely what the grassroots needs to do. If each engaged citizen did that, we’d be a much better country.

WashingtonsWake on September 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Newt is the establishment, so this idea is terrible!!!!

/

blatantblue on September 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Newt’s idea may have some merit, but seems to me that conservatives have had quite a bit of success following … um, what? Running and voting for conservative candidates.

The conservative meme resonates with people: Small Government; Personal Responsibility.

davidk on September 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM

just left a voicemail for Dede to take care of my 10……

SDarchitect on September 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Hopefully this will keep him too busy to run.

400lb Gorilla on September 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

This.

x10.

profitsbeard on September 16, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Always keep this in mind when Newt is the subject:

He is interested only in power for the party. He will pursue whatever provides or maintains that power. If keeping the party in power means passing bullshit laws, then so be it. As long as the GOP has the majority, nothing else matters.

Over the years, this policy has resulted in politicians maneuvering solely for political power and garnering the most votes.

Newt does not share our morals or principles. He is not a bad person, but he is not the leader the conservative movement requires.

BobMbx on September 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Newt is not the guy. His time is past.

Pablo Snooze on September 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM

One thing about Newt, he is smart enough to be in-tune with what American voters want.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM
You seem to be familiar with an entirely different person named Newt Gingrich.

Lehosh on September 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

No. I’m not.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Add another 10, Newt:

-Educate 10 people who are utterly clueless about what I stand for.

…unfortunately, that one would be a hell of a lot harder to fulfill.

Dark-Star on September 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Newt = Lindsey Grahmnesty = John McLane = Dede Scozzafava = Mike Castle = Karl Rove = John Cornyn = Kay Bailey Hutchison = ……

Just go the hell away already.

elowe on September 16, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Newt is just as much a part of the DC establishment as O,N,and H. He’s a thinker and planner. We need a leader.

Kissmygrits on September 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Newt is a man of very flexible principles.
Not gonna dance the dance any more, Newt.
Maybe Pelosi will dance with you again.
*spit*

least1 on September 16, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Note to Newt: We are ALREADY doing it. It is called the TEA PARTY; you may want to check it out sometime.

Mutnodjmet on September 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Victory begins with you tea

fixed it for you.

Greek Fire on September 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Newt just wants to be loved by the liberals. He saw what happened in 2008, where the liberal media pushed Johnny Mac as our candidate and got the job done. He wants to be the liberal media’s candidate in 2012. Can’t blame him for seeing the pattern, but let’s hope voters are smarter this time around.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Hey Newt – quit borrowing ideas from Amway and start supporting conservative candidates like Sarah is doing. Then maybe you’ll get your reputation back.

fossten on September 16, 2010 at 11:11 AM

What the f*ck is wrong with you people? (and by that I mean “about half of you people”) I was down on Newt way back when he was speaker, but what exactly is wrong with what he’s promoting/suggesting here? Can only “true conservatives” make suggestions as to how people can and should organize? Will we somehow suffer if too many people say it?

Newt has made plenty of mistakes. But he has plenty of followers, and I for one would be delighted if even a few thousand of them do what he asks.

BuzzCrutcher on September 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I learned in math class that if you take Obama to the power of 10, you still get zero.

Emperor Norton on September 16, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Nothing wrong with Newts idea, Ill do my share to keep the groundswell going….. but im still not voting for Newt when he throws his hat in the ring.

Koa on September 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Hopefully this will keep him too busy to run.

400lb Gorilla on September 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM
This.

x10.

profitsbeard on September 16, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Why wouldn’t you want him to run? I, for one, want a host of republicans/conservatives declaring in order for them to be spotlighted, interviewed and debated to ensure that strong policies and solutions are drummed into the voter’s heads by the time the 2012 election rolls around. There will be a very stark contrast between R-candidates and D-candidates including Obama when they try and espouse their vision for the future or try and run on their records. We have seen their future and the country is, for the most part, rejecting it. It would not be wise for Sarah Palin to be the entire voice of the other side of the aisle. As this plays out, the strongest candidate will emerge. As we move through the cycle, it is wise to have several competent voices. And seriously, anyone who thinks that Newt’s choice of furniture poses and with whom disqualifies him as being a strong voice for the opposition to the liberals in office, is stuck in a time warp that I suggest you remove yourselves from.

sherry on September 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Don’t shoot the messanger. It’s a good plan, easy to communicate, and doable for the average American. I give it two thumbs up.

DrStock on September 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Power of 10

Isn’t that the Tea Party. Except the TP is the Power of 1,000.

faraway on September 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Newt is all about promoting Newt. Look at all the things he’s doing to try to keep himself relevant. The photo op with Pelosi on the couch did it for me.

silvernana on September 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM

So we can’t vote for Politicians? Remember, Government doesn’t create jobs, it just GTFO the way so others can.

Dopavash on September 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

No more needs to be said…

Fighton03 on September 16, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Looking forward with a message is EXACLY what the Republicans need to be doing right now!

While I am not a big Newt for Prez fan, at least he knows that ATTACKING Republican candidates AFTER the primary is a useless, and destructive, exercise.

Freddy on September 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Kudos to Newt. Not a bad plan. Why is it always about the messenger rather than the message?

sherry on September 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Ummmmm, childish reactionism? Grudge over country?

29Victor on September 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Kudos to Newt. Not a bad plan. Why is it always about the messenger rather than the message?

sherry on September 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I don’t know…ask any hit man, why should he be singled out when he is just sending a message…

right2bright on September 16, 2010 at 1:21 PM

God I’m sick of this guy.

rrpjr on September 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Probably the most unelectable Republican out there. Newt with his moralizing and 3 marriages etc. His contract with American promised to end the IRS as we know it and it was the republicans that let the IRS off the hook when they had them with their sleazy backs to the wall.

SANTA on September 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Sigh!

Newt launches this and Newt launches that. All I know is that Newt’s been on the wrong side of too many issues lately, starting with snuggling on the couch w/Peloser.

Here’s an idea for you, Newtie. Shut up, and disappear into some thinktank, churn out your ideas and let them get the credit. That way, when a good one bubbles up, I don’t have to make the mental association between the idea and the hypocritical ‘playah’ who would divorce his wife on her sick bed.

AH_C on September 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I really like Newt. Folks, seriously. Get over the Scozzafava incident and keep your eyes and ears open. Don’t be so close-minded. Just because Newt’s been in DC forever doesn’t make him a bad person or a bad politician. One thing about Newt, he is smart enough to be in-tune with what American voters want.

Check. Smart enough to ride the AGW wave with Peloser. Discerned that voters wanted Scuzzyfava. Yep! he’s in tune alright. Or merely pandering to the next big whatever – next.

I swear, we can be our own worst enemies! Think of the slate of wannabe’s we had in 2008 and because of all the in-fighting we end up with John McCain!??!

Yep. Dithering about whether he’d toss his hat in the ring helped deflate focus from Thompson and other contenders. peculiar that McVain was all but dead and reportedly about to bow out of the race when Newtie finally decided not to run. Why come? Hmmm… Could it be that there wasn’t room for two establishment elites to face off? Come to think of it, there has never really been two GOP establishment types ever to face off against each other during the primaries in what?? 50 years?? 2000 didn’t count causeBdubya was the face of the establishment squaring off against the maverick.

It’s wayyyy too early to be so close-minded. I’m not suggesting anyone support Lindsay Graham, or two Maine sisters, but good grief.

Oink on September 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

If by closed-minded, you mean too focused on TP goals, then guilty as charged and proudly so. Because we see what happens when one is too accomodating — so open-minded, the brain leaked out.

AH_C on September 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

I’d had enough of Newt when he resigned his House seat in a pique. Smart guy, but an opportunist who often comes off as smarmy. (And I don’t care much for the platinum blond trophy wife either.)

SukieTawdry on September 16, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Most maddening of all, Newt jumped onto the AGW bandwagon just as the whole con-job began to fall apart. Really terrible timing.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM

AH_C…If it takes this kind of mudslinging to bring people to the polls, so be it. I just hope in the end we can agree to vote the progressives out. Newt has taught me much over the past 20 years and I’m personally grateful to him for the contribution. I have no intetention of throwing Newt under the bus. In fact, I hope Sarah picks him for veep.
Palin/Gingrich 2012!!!

mike_NC9 on September 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Slick…Newt had a point about AGW though. There are simply things we don’t know, and probably never will. So you can’t be intellectually honest and say it’s not a possibility.

mike_NC9 on September 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Slick…Newt had a point about AGW though. There are simply things we don’t know, and probably never will. So you can’t be intellectually honest and say it’s not a possibility.

mike_NC9 on September 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM

The position of the Warmists is that it is a certainty and if we don’t take drastic action most of us will die etc. They admit in private that it is about income redistribution, and much of the data they use to ‘prove’ AGW has been faked. That’s the con-job that is falling apart.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM

How about we launch Newt? I hear NASA has some leftover Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters. Two (or three) SRBs should do the trick. It would make lots of noise, but the silence thereafter would be so soothing.

drunyan8315 on September 16, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I love most of what Newt says.

And I hate a lot of what he does or did.

Unfit for office? Probably. Worth listening to? Definitely!

If anyone else had put out this ad, I think we would mostly be behind it, right?

Johnny 100 Pesos on September 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Newt has taught me much over the past 20 years and I’m personally grateful to him for the contribution. I have no intetention of throwing Newt under the bus. In fact, I hope Sarah picks him for veep.
Palin/Gingrich 2012!!!

mike_NC9 on September 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

That’s the problem. He does have ideas – good ones. My problem is his ego. And seeing how’s he’s part of the establishment, he ought to go ‘underground’ and feed his ideas thru a thinktank or another and be anonymous to John Q Public.

AH_C on September 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM