Gingrich over Romney 26-22 in new Quinnipiac poll

posted at 8:45 am on November 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich gets good and bad news from polls today, one taken nationally and the other in the key primary state of New Hampshire.  The national poll taken by Quinnipiac shows him doubling his support in the last three weeks to jump into the lead, 26/22, over Mitt Romney.  He bests Romney in a two-man race by a wider margin, but still hasn’t gained much traction against Barack Obama:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich more than doubles his share of the Republican presidential vote to lead the presidential pack with 26 percent and in a head-to-head matchup tops former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 49 – 39 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. But Romney is tied with President Barack Obama.

Former pizza magnate Herman Cain drops from the top spot with 30 percent in a November 2 national survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University to third place with 14 percent today. Romney goes from 23 percent November 2 to 22 percent.

Gingrich, who topped out at 10 percent 20 days ago, zooms to the top as he convinces 48 percent of GOP voters that among all GOP contenders he has the knowledge and experience necessary to be president, compared to Romney’s 22 percent. Gingrich leads Romney 34 – 24 percent when GOP voters are asked who is a strong leader, a key quality Americans historically seek in a president. On foreign policy, he is seen as better by GOP voters 46 – 16 percent. But Gingrich trails Romney 32 – 9 percent when voters are asked who has “a strong moral character.”

Basically, Gingrich gets the voters leaving the Cain train, while Romney doesn’t benefit at all.  Gingrich’s scores on the internals shows him to be a real threat to Romney’s position in the field as the “inevitable” nominee, but that is only true if Gingrich can survive the vetting process.  Almost by definition, people see the latest bubble candidate through rose-colored glasses; the test for Gingrich on these qualities will come in the next few weeks.  If he can maintain his advantage on these leadership qualities, that and his undeniable experience and debating expertise will make him a formidable opponent for Romney.

However, Gingrich still comes up short against Obama, although it’s early for such head-to-head comparisons.  The Q-poll topline number has Obama leading 49/40 over Gingrich, compared to 45/44 over Romney.  However, the D/R/I on this sample once again has a significant Democratic skew, with a D+7 and a D/R/I of 32/25/32.  This goes to a D+8 when leaners are added into the mix.  The actual turnout model in 2010 was 35/35/29, which shows just how far off this poll was from the last national election.  Properly weighted, the Q-poll head-to-head results would be 47/43 for Romney over Obama, and 46/43 Obama over Gingrich — much closer results, although independents give Obama a +10 in the Gingrich matchup.  Either way, it shows Obama in serious trouble, as statistical ties against Republicans in a divided field indicates a great deal of vulnerability.

Meanwhile, after a surprise poll result last week in New Hampshire by Magellan Strategies showed Newt Gingrich soaring into his own virtual tie with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, two others today show him gliding back to Earth in the Granite State.  A Suffolk poll shows Romney leading as he has all along in New Hampshire at 41%, with Newt Gingrich tying with Ron Paul at 14%.  American Research Group’s survey in NH released today is a little better for Gingrich but still trailing by double digits, 33/22 behind Romney, with Paul the only other candidate in double digits with 12%.   The glimmer of hope for Gingrich in NH is that 52% of the likely Republican primary voters in the Suffolk poll say it’s either somewhat or very likely that they will change their minds — but that will still make beating Romney in NH a tall order for any other Republican challenger.

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A couple more months, it’ll Huntsman or Santorum.

listens2glenn on November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Flavor of December: Santorum
Flavor of January 2012: Mitt Romney

Falz on November 22, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Who cares about New Hampshire….?
Now it’s just a bunch of Massachusetts transplants who bought up all the cheap housing just over the border.
The state is going blue.

NeoKong on November 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Who cares about New Hampshire….?
Now it’s just a bunch of Massachusetts transplants who bought up all the cheap housing just over the border.
The state is going blue.

NeoKong on November 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I disagree. New Hampshire doesn’t always go Democrat. One of the few positive things about Mittens being the nominee is that the GOP would probably pick up that state. Granted, it’s only a handful of electoral votes, but in what could be a close election, you don’t scoff at that.

Doughboy on November 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I just can’t see that happening L2G

cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I agree..:)

Dire Straits on November 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Living in VA, I am just waiting patiently for our side to pick a candidate. Frankly, I can’t wait for that day. All these polls are driving me insane.

Static21 on November 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

No to McCain-lite..

rich801 on November 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

OT/ Numbers are out and it looks like our economy “grew” just 2% not the dismal 2.5% that was anticipated. Way to go Obama..

sandee on November 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

People discovered that experience is important. Newt’s experience comes with baggage, but it’s not disqualifying baggage.

RBMN on November 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

OT/ Numbers are out and it looks like our economy “grew” just 2% not the dismal 2.5% that was anticipated. Way to go Obama..

sandee on November 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

I figured that would happen. Didn’t 1st quarter GDP initially get reported way higher than the almost 0% it ended up at?

Doughboy on November 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM

A couple more months, it’ll Huntsman or Santorum.

listens2glenn on November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Nah, it’s going to be either Gingrich of Romney. My money is on Gingrich since Romney is afraid of the press.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Hey DS :)

cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Nah, it’s going to be either Gingrich of Romney. My money is on Gingrich since Romney is afraid of the press.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

C’mon, Romney did a sit-down w/ Hannity? /sarc

Static21 on November 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Magellan in NH was pretty obviously an outlier.

Red Cloud on November 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Hello..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on November 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

C’mon, Romney did a sit-down w/ Hannity? /sarc

Static21 on November 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Romney even has a difficult time swatting Hannity’s softballs. There is something lacking about Romney besides a core. It’s like he has some sort of nervous social anxiety and awkwardness around people.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

A couple more months, it’ll Huntsman or Santorum.

listens2glenn on November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Romney as the nominee will a foregone conclusion by then.

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Hannity interview. Lol. Thanks for early morning funny.

angryed on November 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

It’s like he has some sort of nervous social anxiety and awkwardness around people.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

THAT is YOUR reality. The facts are that the majority of the GOP is perfectly fine with Romney as the fallback nominee. They are just trying to find the most conservative candidate that can win right now. They all ready know Romney will beat Obama and they need to find out if a different candidate can also. So far, none can.

So wake up and smell the coffee dude. If you continue with this line of reasoning, you’re going to be shown to be a fool. Then you’ll go away like unseen and many of the other morons who refused to accept the facts about Palin when they were proven to be WRONG.

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

It’s like I stated in an earlier post. Since I really have no say in who we pick, I am perfectly fine w/ whomever it is. They are ALL 100% better than who is currently occupying the Whitehouse. Romney has finally started unleashing ad(s) against Obama..that’s a good thing.

Static21 on November 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I just can’t see that happening L2G
cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I agree..:)
Dire Straits on November 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

It’s just my absurdity showing.

Three months ago I thought Newt was ‘finished’.

listens2glenn on November 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Looks like SP was right about Cain being the flavor of the week for the lsm. Mittens ignored Hannity’s question about agw last night. We need a pitbull and Newt is one without the lipstick.

Kissmygrits on November 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM

When Newt begins the debates with zero the polls will change.

dragondrop on November 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

L2G, :)

Newts debate performances gave him a leg up from santorum and huntsman for his 2nd look
Imho

cmsinaz on November 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

you don’t scoff at that.
Doughboy on November 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I’ll scoff.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner?page=2

Head-to-head with Romney next year, Obama will sink him handily…
Indeed, the campaign will begin and end with this photograph.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/part3/

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Guess who really nailed the idiocy of Obama’s useless Super Committee way back in August? Newt! The man is the smartest man in the room. Unfortunately, the liberals are the dumbest.

bloggless on November 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM

listens2glenn on November 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I agree..But he is making a charge now..:)

Dire Straits on November 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

There is something lacking about Romney besides a core. It’s like he has some sort of nervous social anxiety and awkwardness around people.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I’m not trying to be a Romney basher here, but I get what you are saying. Ever time I see him, I think of Steve Erkel and pocket protectors.

lynncgb on November 22, 2011 at 10:17 AM

So wake up and smell the coffee dude. If you continue with this line of reasoning, you’re going to be shown to be a fool. Then you’ll go away like unseen and many of the other morons who refused to accept the facts about Palin when they were proven to be WRONG.

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Why do you have to always be so insulting? If you have confidence in your favorite you should be able to respond in a civil manner.

Vince on November 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

No to McCain-lite..

rich801 on November 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I agree. Gingrich would not be good and cannot beat Obama…

;o)

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Romney even has a difficult time swatting Hannity’s softballs. There is something lacking about Romney besides a core. It’s like he has some sort of nervous social anxiety and awkwardness around people.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Punch, your consistent attempts at trying to make Romney look bad falls on deaf ears.

Take a look at some of his accomplishments:
Together, the two tracks of Romney’s graduate school experience offered excellent preparation for the complex world of private equity. His process-oriented legal training taught him to ask challenging questions, to play the role of devil’s advocate, and to use an adversarial process in an effort to get answers. Romney carried these methods with him to Bain Capital, where he “brought a truth-seeking background” to his work, recalled one of Romney’s former Bain partners, Geoffrey S. Rehnert.

At Bain, under Romney’s direction, “people were always very willing to challenge other people,” said Rehnert, now co-chief executive of a Boston private equity firm. “That became part of the culture, part of the way we did things.”

Business school immersed Romney in a complementary skill set: creative thinking, leadership, teamwork, and the ability to analyze and reconcile conflicting data and differing points of view.

Harvard’s joint MBA/JD program was relatively new at the time – it had been launched two years earlier – and was intensely rigorous. Typically, business school is completed in two years and law school in three; dual-degree students earn both degrees in four years, spending their first year at one of the schools, their second at the other, and their final two shuttling between both.

Out of Romney’s 800 business school classmates and 550 law school classmates, only 15 earned degrees through the dual program.

Academically, the law school was more theoretical, the business school more practical. Harvard Law relied largely on textbooks. Studies at Harvard Business revolved around the case study method, in which students dissected real-life business decisions to learn to think like managers and executives.

Romney excelled at both schools, graduating with honors from the law school; becoming a Baker Scholar at the business school, a distinction reserved for the top 5 percent of the class; and impressing many of his peers with his quick mind and skill at building consensus.
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part3_side/?page=2

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Is there anything we can do for y’all for the holidays?

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Romney has finally started unleashing ad(s) against Obama..that’s a good thing.

Static21 on November 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Static,
Those that do not follow Romney much have missed that he has been hitting Obama left and right in many of the early States. I laugh at those that say Romney is weak or cannot argue or debate because he has been doing this whole life! When you create a multi-billion dollar company it is NOT because you do not know how to debate and reach decisions BENEFITING both parties involved.

The situation America is in right now is right in Romney’s wheelhouse and why I believe that America will recognize this as well and choose Romney over both Gingrich and Obama’s combative style.

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Is there anything we can do for y’all for the holidays?

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Why thank you, Cindy! I appreciate it! Just prayers are always welcome and felt. I, thankfully, will be home on leave this Christmas, my first in 7 years, and look forward to AZ as opposed to the snows of the Hindu Kush!

Thank you again. I DO APPRECIATE IT.

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Anyone who believes Newt, who was one of 29 Republicans that voted to give Jimmy Carter the Department of Education in 1979 and was shilling for Medicare D and Freddie Mac, is a conservative is fooling himself/herself. Newt has always been a big government guy who puts himself above his family, party and country.

Newt is Mitt’s shorter, fatter twin brother.

bw222 on November 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Anyone who believes Newt, who was one of 29 Republicans that voted to give Jimmy Carter the Department of Education in 1979 and was shilling for Medicare D and Freddie Mac, is a conservative is fooling himself/herself. Newt has always been a big government guy who puts himself above his family, party and country.

Newt is Mitt’s shorter, fatter twin brother.

bw222 on November 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

bw222,
Being a Romney supporter here are my thoughts on Gingrich, I like him and understand that he was the architect of the “Contract” and really help America get behind the 10 goals. However, in all my reading and I did meet him one time there are the reports of his arrogance and self-importance. Now has that changed in the last few years? I don’t know and wonder when I read articles that, like Cain was doing, Gingrich is out on the trail promoting his books, movies, speeches, etc I wonder how serious he is about the presidency? His past dalliances I forgive him for those as he seems a little more settled down. I find it strange that people can forgive Gingrich for his waves of liberalism but do not give Romney an inch! Romney is the better all-around candidate with his private sector experience AND he was a Governor used to making decisions as opposed to Gingrich who was 1 of 435 House members.

I WILL vote for him if he is the nominee because we desperately need to get Obama out of office because America WILL be hurting after another four years…and we still have another year to go of his policies! My thoughts…

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Y’all are always in our prayers. I am so happy you get to be home for the holidays, there is nothing like it. Please don’t hesitate if you think of something that will make your deployment easier, just say the word.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Job #1 for any republican serious about higher office or the national interest should be total comprehension of the Leftist project and a willingness even eagerness to challenge and confront it, along with its MSM Palace Guard, at every turn. Yet, bizarrely, with one notable exception, this it is the single greatest and and obvious deficiency of every one of our candidates since Ronald Reagan.

The RINOs, indeed, have perfected this defect and even attempted to turn it into a studied practice, a virtue.

I’ve always been amazed that George Bush won two terms. I can only explain this by way of the extraordinary bumblef*cks Gore and Kerry.

Romney represents the RINO’s worst qualities, the non-confrontational compulsion, the willful avoidance of the issues of Leftist hegemony and the ideological corruption of the media. In fact, Romney embodies the RINO fear of winning, even the unconscious need to lose. With Romney, losing is a foregone conclusion.

Win or lose, Gingrich will fight with full use of his many faculties and with total, unsparing tenacity. He knows the score. I don’t care about his lobbying or his wives or anything else. He’ll fight.

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

New Hampshire is a unimportant state. Florida/Texas/Virginia/Ohio should be the lead states. The idea one of the least important states should choose our candidate is idiotic. The world is not fair so letting the minor states go first “so they matter” is a useless practice from a by gone era when the East Coast decided elections. The South mainly followed by the Mid West is the deciding factors for today’s repubs and candidates should be chosen to their interest first.

Times change and systems must adapt or die. The blue blood Rhino’s are relects of a era that has passed and unless we wish to go in the dust heap of history with them the system should be adjusted.

C-Low on November 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Anybody But Obama

Herb on November 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I like your point about the non-confrontational aspect of Gov. Romney, especially when it is combined with all the rumors of behind the scenes political dirty tricks attributed to him. Since I am being told he is inevitable I try to believe those rumors aren’t true. He better hope that they are never confirmed.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Y’all are always in our prayers. I am so happy you get to be home for the holidays, there is nothing like it. Please don’t hesitate if you think of something that will make your deployment easier, just say the word.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy Channukah to you a little early!

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I like your point about the non-confrontational aspect of Gov. Romney, especially when it is combined with all the rumors of behind the scenes political dirty tricks attributed to him. Since I am being told he is inevitable I try to believe those rumors aren’t true. He better hope that they are never confirmed.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

In his first big ad he found it necessary to have Obama reading a quote from McCain making it sound as if it was his own by shortening it. That’s the kind of a guy Mitt is: with all the damaging Obama quotes out there, he has to resort to a dirty trick.

Igor R. on November 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

In his first big ad he found it necessary to have Obama reading a quote from McCain making it sound as if it was his own by shortening it. That’s the kind of a guy Mitt is: with all the damaging Obama quotes out there, he has to resort to a dirty trick.

Igor R. on November 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Romney released the full quote and it was Obama quoting McCain and the basis was still the same…besides we have really seen Obama focused like a laser on the economy haven’t we?

I find it interesting though that why do we as conservatives have to get on Romney for an ad against Obama? WE ALL should be behind this! Any ad Perry, Cain, Gingrich, etc puts out against Obama I will root for its greatest effect. All HA should do likewise.

Good nite all from AFG!

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

One last post…Romney has increased his support by about 8 since my last posting here. The most recent being Kelly Ayotte in NH.
2012Presidential@cqrollcall.com.

Mitt Romney (44)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)
Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.)
Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Sen. John Hoeven (N.D.)
Sen. James Risch (Idaho)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.)
Rep. Mark Amodei (Nev.)
Rep. Charles Bass (N.H.)
Rep. Judy Biggert (Ill.)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.)
Rep. John Campbell (Calif.)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Rep. Howard Coble (N.C.)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.)
Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (Pa.)
Rep. Tim Griffin (Ark.)
Rep. Michael Grimm (N.Y.)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (N.Y.)
Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.)
Rep. Wally Herger (Calif.)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.)
Rep. Leonard Lance (N.J.)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.)
Rep. Connie Mack IV (Fla.)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.)
Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.)
Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.)
Rep. Jim Renacci (Ohio)
Rep. Hal Rogers (Ky.)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)
Rep. Todd Rokita (Ind.)
Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)
Rep. Aaron Schock (Ill.)
Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)
Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas)
Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (Ky.)
Rick Perry (14)
Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.)
Rep. John Carter (Texas)
Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.)
Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
Rep. John Culberson (Texas)
Rep. Sam Graves (Mo.)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas)
Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas)
Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas)
Rep. Candice Miller (Mich.)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)
Rep. Steve Scalise (La.)
Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)
Newt Gingrich (6)
Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.)
Rep. Jack Kingston (Ga.)
Rep. Tom Price (Ga.)
Rep. Austin Scott (Ga.)
Ron Paul (3)
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.)
Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.)
Herman Cain (1)
Rep. Dan Benishek (Mich.)

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Romney released the full quote and it was Obama quoting McCain and the basis was still the same…besides we have really seen Obama focused like a laser on the economy haven’t we?

I find it interesting though that why do we as conservatives have to get on Romney for an ad against Obama? WE ALL should be behind this! Any ad Perry, Cain, Gingrich, etc puts out against Obama I will root for its greatest effect. All HA should do likewise.

Good nite all from AFG!

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Of course I want the greatest effect, but when you do it this way you open yourself up. After I posted that last post, I was watching CNBC and John Harwood, a nasty pro-Obama shill, was making fun of the misleading aspects of this ad but at the same time, suddenly switching to a somber tone, stating that Romney is the only one who is qualified to duke it out with Obama. Make your own conclusions.

Stay safe.

Igor R. on November 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Thanks Igor!

For those that say Romney has no fight, read this:
http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/11/mitt-romney-pens-open-letter-president-obama-new-hampshire

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Gingrich is the ultimate Washington insider. Those who jumped on the Cain Train because they liked his outsider status now switching over to Newt are wildly inconsistent.

But then only thing consistent about the Republican base is that they hate Romney. Like Ann Coulter, I think Romney has the best chance of beating Obama. Gingrich’s arrogance is aleady beginning to assert itself with that remark about his being the only candidate who knows how to save the country.

The thoughtful base knows that he is no conservative, that he is the ultimate wheeler-dealer, and that he will always do and say what advantages Newt Gingrich. And the MSM will really enjoy digging into his Greatest Hits.

He’ll antagonize so much of the electorate that Obama will easily win another four years.

Meredith on November 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Gingrich is the ultimate Washington insider. Those who jumped on the Cain Train because they liked his outsider status now switching over to Newt are wildly inconsistent.

But then only thing consistent about the Republican base is that they hate Romney. Like Ann Coulter, I think Romney has the best chance of beating Obama. Gingrich’s arrogance is aleady beginning to assert itself with that remark about his being the only candidate who knows how to save the country.

The thoughtful base knows that he is no conservative, that he is the ultimate wheeler-dealer, and that he will always do and say what advantages Newt Gingrich. And the MSM will really enjoy digging into his Greatest Hits.

He’ll antagonize so much of the electorate that Obama will easily win another four years.

Meredith on November 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Luckily Newt’s inconsistencies are even bigger than those of the Republican base. Newt is a like a balloon that can be punctured at any moment.

Cain, Bachmann, and Santorum are good, solid conservatives. And yet we are now faced with two progressives at the top. How stupid is the Republican base? Hasn’t the McCain experience taught them anything?

Igor R. on November 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

An “open letter”? You don’t get it. I’m sorry. And sorry for the country if such obdurate incomprehension has its way once more.

Here are some primers on political combat in our age. Such engagement no longer optional, it’s essential.

http://www.kyleanneshiver.com/2011/10/12/five-things-republicans-must-do-to-turn-the-tide-in-the-propaganda-war/

http://bigjournalism.com/kschlichter/2011/11/21/occupys-phase-ii-changing-the-subject-to-salvage-the-scheme/

I recommend Schlicter’s writings especially. He’s on top of this issue right now. Videos of Breitbart’s performances are good, and so is his book, “Righteous Indignation.” David Horowitz is historically schooled on the Left. Or you just take some lessons from Newt Gingrich.

I’m sorry to tell you that Romney is the most hapless political warrior of our time. The record is there to see. How he came upon the apellation “inevitable” or “most likely to defeat Obama” is just one more sign of the unbreakable fever of delusion, denial, fear, self-loathing and inferiority that has gripped the GOP establishment since Ronald Reagan. If we don’t break it now, we’re finished.

As the Left only feels truly good about itself when it’s grinding the face of its opponent in slanderous slime, the effete GOP only feels good about itself when over-compensating with absurd mediations and appeals to civility. Or ludicrously impotent “open letters.” But Romney is in a class by himself. This guy is so stiff and clueless about the Left, so uncomfortable with conflict, so passive-aggressive — so unfit for campaign knife-fighting on the scale required to deal with Obama and his massive cultural weaponry, billion dollars and lack of compunction about using them — it beggars the imagination. Romney can’t even answer questions from Sean Hannity, is afraid of appearing with Bret Baier, comes unglued when poked a bit by fellow republicans, and otherwise has such a track record of awkward, off-the-mark and wildly even weirdly disproportionate responses to attacks that it’s hard to imagine how he will summon the presence of mind, agility and stamina to deal with Obama’s saturation strategy.

We need not only a capable fighter but an eager one. This is not Mitt Romney, on either count.

I not only predicted McCain’s defeat by Obama but each of its dramatic beats. I predicted McCain would surge to a lead at which point he would suddenly and inexplicably suspend his attacks, and even behave so politically abnormally as to almost invite his opponent’s comeback. He did all this.

Romney on the other hand won’t ever surge to a lead. The highest point of his campaign will be its first day.

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Meredith: “But then only thing consistent about the Republican base is that they hate Romney.”

Is that it? I think people just want a convincing not-Romney to fight for the nomination against Mitt, so there can be a gladiatorial contest and not a coronation march. A coronation march makes people feel rairoaded. While there are loads of legit reasons to vote against Romney, I think it’s the “inevitability” that annoys people more than who is supposedly inevitable.

David Blue on November 22, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I also think the ideal not-Romney would be a consistent conservative.

I don’t think Romney versus Huntsman would make people feel that they had had an important choice. (Not that this will happen.) That would be “Big Romney” versus “Little Romney”.

Romney versus Santorum would be a real choice. That’s a candidate who is rock solid on social issues versus a candidate who has flipped.

Romney versus Bachmann would be a real choice. I think Bachmann has been treated rather unfairly. Perry got into the race, and everyone assumed Perry would be the perfect not-Romney, and they started to ignore Bachmann and interpret everything she said more harshly. Now it’s hard to imagine her coming back. But she’s a real conservative.

Ron Paul is consistent in another way. He knows what he thinks and why he thinks it. He’s really prepared, in a way that Herman Cain has not proved to be prepared. Mitt Romney versus Ron Paul would be a real choice.

Newt just seems nimble.

David Blue on November 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

What do we care who the peeps in Congress endorse? They can’t even get anything accomplished there and they voted for that lame a$$ Boehner to be Speaker.

Interesting that my Congress peep, who wisely voted AGAINST that stripped down balanced budget amendment last week endorses Ron Paul. While I would re-elect Amish in a heart beat, I will NEVER vote for Ron Paul for President. EVER. The man is down right dangerous for our country’s security. However, I will help Amish get re-elected. He is voting straight tea party in office and kudos to him for doing so. The man has integrity.

I want Newt to be the nominee because he will call out Obama and fight dirty. Obama fights really dirty, so since Newt is a million times smarter, all newt has to do is just fight dirty for it to be even.

The press and Obama will excoriate our nominee, no matter who it is, so let’s at least nominate someone who will fight back.

karenhasfreedom on November 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Why do you have to always be so insulting? If you have confidence in your favorite you should be able to respond in a civil manner.

Vince on November 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

He knows Romney is weak and is taking his rejection personally.

Daemonocracy on November 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

g2825m on November 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

And yet he still signed the disaster known as Romneycare, despite all that supposed brilliance, lol.

xblade on November 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

+1,000,000,000

Great links, BTW. :-)

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Nice projection by you all like rrpjr, punchenko, et al…You have NO IDEA the type of fighter Romney is and he will take it to Obama and has been…What is interesting about the few of you above that bash Romney is I never see you posting on who you support. Or maybe it is because you have been flip flopping between candidates more than you claim about Romney! haha

Again I posted ALL last week what was liberal about these stances and ACTUAL policies of Romney since 2005…because yes, that is when he said he switched some of his liberal ideas over to the conservative side, and yet NO ONE still answered back:

Romney’s record:
Cut taxes in MA – Check

Closed loopholes and raised fees as Reagan did – Check

Voted pro-life bills as GOV – Check

Voted and eased 2nd Amendment bills in MA – Check

Against illegal immigration – Check

Signed bill against Illegal Immigration Recv tuition breaks – Check

Build the complete fence along the border – Check

For Defense of Marriage Act – Check

For Cut, Cap, and Balance – Check

Pro expansion of the military and keeping GITMO open – Check

Drilling in ANWR – Check

Investing in new technologies for oil – Check

Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal – Check

Conservative Reagan could vote for Romney…Reagan: “I’m not retreating an inch from where I was. But I also recognize this: There are some people who would have you so stand on principle that if you don’t get all that you’ve asked for from the legislature, why, you jump off the cliff with the flag flying. I have always figured that a half a loaf is better than none, and I know that in the democratic process you’re not going to always get everything you want. So, I think what they’ve misread is times in which I have compromised.”

g2825m on November 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM