Gingrich: Why yes, I’d team up with Santorum to take down Romney

posted at 11:10 am on January 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Most people would agree that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney scored political-narrative and strategic wins in the final results of the Iowa caucuses last night.  Santorum’s stirring come-from-behind performance in the last two weeks and his almost-victory speech late last night gives him the edge as the night’s biggest winner, while Romney’s actual win and the dimunition of his most-organized competitors makes it a long-stretch win for him as well.  After that, there are mostly degrees of losing, but who ended up as the night’s biggest loser?  Rick Perry spent a ton of money in Iowa and ended up barely in double digits in a fifth-place finish, but Perry’s standing at least improved in the final weeks, as did his organization.  Michele Bachmann’s standing among voters crashed months ago, and she ended up at about where polling showed her all along, at the bottom of the field that actually and seriously competed for votes in Iowa.

The biggest loser?  Major Garrett makes a compelling case for Newt Gingrich at National Journal this morning:

Gingrich never committed the kind of nationally televised blunder that Perry did – failing to remember the three government agencies he would close if he became president. But make no mistake. Gingrich did much worse than Perry. And that’s saying a lot.

Yes, Perry led in September and blew it. Gingrich led in December and blew it. That’s almost impossible. At the heart of Gingrich’s downfall lay a messy mix of his worst traits – hubris, disorganization and disdain for his opponents. …

“I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who aren’t going to be the nominee,” Gingrich said. “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”

Right.

Viewed in retrospect, that bit of arrogance has to be disconcerting for Gingrich supporters. What Gingrich said next, though, stands as an act of staggering political malpractice that may lead the remaining Gingrich backers in New Hampshire and South Carolina to re-evaluate everything.

“I don’t object if people want to attack me,” Gingrich told ABC’s Jake Tapper. “That’s their right. All I’m suggesting is, it’s not going to be very effective. People are going to get sick of it very fast. I will focus on being substantive. And I will focus on Barack Obama.”

Republicans did attack Gingrich. Iowa voters did not get sick of it. And Gingrich’s poll numbers were cut in half in less than a month. Yes, negative ads took their toll in Iowa (more on this in a minute). But Gingrich’s national numbers fell in the same period of time and at roughly the same rate. Viewed more closely, Gingrich looked less and less appealing and he did nothing to sharpen his message, contrast his record against his opponents or explain why he would be the best nominee.

Recall that Gingrich has been complaining for the last few days that he has been “Romney-boated,” a weird reference to the Swift Boat veterans in 2004 that objected to the depiction of John Kerry as a war hero.  Romney’s super-PAC ran the negative ads that Gingrich practically dared them to run, and they turned out — as Garrett notes — to have been pretty effective.  Putting aside the specific complaints that Gingrich made against Romney, what did he expect would happen if he won the nomination?  Did he think that Obama would not make these same arguments, and more like them, in a general election campaign?  This is why negative campaigning in primaries matter, and why showboating with pledges of nothing but niceness is a dangerous conceit for primary candidates.

Certainly Obama would have exploited the one attack that seems to have had the most impact: his work with Freddie Mac.  Gingrich insists that Freddie Mac paid him $1.6 million for just consulting on historic and strategic looks at lending policy, and that he did no lobbying.  I’m sure that’s true in the technical, legal sense, as Gingrich was surely smart enough to know how that would look in a later presidential campaign even without the collapse in 2008.  But no one thinks that Freddie Mac would hire a former Speaker of the House merely for his opinions on historical lending patterns.  They hired him to give themselves a little more gold-plated heft in pushing for federal policies that benefited their organization.  There’s nothing illegal about that, but it’s not a hands-off relationship no matter how much Gingrich argues to the contrary, and Obama would have a field day with that in a general election.

Garrett then points out that the disappointing fourth-place finish in Iowa will depress Gingrich’s fundraising and organizing efforts, leaving him to pursue the Obama strategy against Romney:

That means Gingrich must earn media attention he cannot buy. The only way to earn it is to roast Romney as a phony conservative and a poll-driven flip-flopper.

The great risk for Gingrich here is that these lines of attack are already part of the Obama re-election playbook and may do nothing more than soften Romney up if, as many expect and the contours of the race suggest, he becomes the GOP nominee.

Actually, it might toughen Romney up rather than soften him up.  Romney’s smart enough to know what the Obama playbook will be, and if Gingrich gives him a preseason scrimmage on that field, Romney can tune up his game.  That’s what primaries do — they produce better, more prepared candidates.  Romney’s real worry will be Santorum running to his right, who could benefit if all the other Not-Romneys got out of the race.  But Santorum wouldn’t be in this position at all if Gingrich had kept a lead in December and showed that he could close the deal from the front.

And speaking of which, Gingrich himself seems to recognize this in his conversation with Laura Ingraham this morning (via The Right Scoop):

Ingraham: Can you see a scenario under which the two of you [Santorum and Gingrich] would align together to try to defeat the establishment candidate, Mitt Romney?

Gingrich: Absolutely. Of course. I mean Rick and I have a 20-year friendship, we are both rebels, we both came into this business as reformers, we both dislike deeply the degree to which the establishment sells out the American people. We both think Washington has to be changed in very fundamental ways, and we have lots of things that fit together. And the thing that’s interesting is if you take the votes, you add to that Perry and Bachmann, you begin to see the size of the conservative vote compared to Romney…if you take, you know, Santorum and Perry and Bachmann and Gingrich you get some sense of what a small minority Romney really represents.

That’s true if the combined Perry-Bachmann vote in Iowa went to Santorum.  It’s less true if it went to Gingrich alone — and as I’ve already mentioned, it’s less true in South Carolina for Santorum alone and even less true in New Hampshire in either or both scenarios.  Some of those voters might be inclined to go to Romney, however.  We won’t know until the field narrows.  But shouldn’t Gingrich be making the case for himself alone at this point if he was confident of his standing in the race, rather than endorsing tag-team efforts against one other opponent?  Gingrich seems to acknowledge that Romney has become the clear front-runner in a crowded field.


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So Gingrich is going to “Huckabee” Romney and cluctch defeat from the jaws of victory. RNC where are you?

400lb Gorilla on January 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Never. gonna. happen. Newt is having delusions. Onward to SC, Newt. Things probably will be better there for you. Quit with the Dr. Evil act.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Recall that Gingrich has been complaining for the last few days that he has been “Romney-boated,” a weird reference to the Swift Boat veterans in 2004 that objected to the depiction of John Kerry as a war hero.

Weird, indeed. Considering most conservatives believe the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their claims about Kerry. What is Newt insinuating here? That Kerry was unfairly smeared?

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Gingrich is angry with Romney because he got 1/1000 the negative ads Obama would have run against him in a general that he couldn’t respond to because a) they are true and b) he has no money. But, what I am talking about? It’s not like a guy with more baggage than a 747 and not much money can win the messaging wars with an incumbent president looking to spend $1B.

So, yeah, let’s consolidate behind Santorum, whose organization outside of Iowa is on par with my organization outside of Iowa, because as we all know, this election is more about settling scores among primary opponents than throwing Obama out on his ear. Brilliant strategy.

The Count on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

But shouldn’t Gingrich be making the case for himself alone at this point if he was confident of his standing in the race, rather than endorsing tag-team efforts against one other opponent?

You’d think so.

whatcat on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Could be what can derails Romney. McCain teamed up with Hucabee and it worked

liberal4life on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Gingrich: Absolutely. Of course

Good. Anybody but Romney now.

Conservative4Ever on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

So Gingrich is going to “Huckabee” Romney and cluctch defeat from the jaws of victory. RNC where are you?

400lb Gorilla on January 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The RNC are busy attaching C4 charges to the bottom of the USS Gingrich, while plugging holes in the bottom of the USS Willard.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Now to see if Santorum can withstand the airing of his dirty laundry?

If the DeLay\K-Street stuff is true, he’ll have fun with that.

WashJeff on January 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

STOP. WITH. THE. ROMNEY. SHILLING.

The latest posts by Ed & Allah trying to spin everything to Romney’s favor is pathetic.

Romney doing worse than in 2008? That’s good for Romney!
Gingrich teaming up with Santorum? That will make Romney stronger!

Etc. Etc.

Norwegian on January 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Just awful.

Newts gonna lay his stink all over Santorum.

If I was Rick I’d take a couple shots at newt in the media, let him know to get the h3ll off his coat tails.

freshface on January 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I’m officially sick and tired of the 2012 presidential campaign.

rbj on January 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The Count on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Well said.

Newt is a cheese-weinnie, whiny-mouthed bully.

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Good bye Newt: the historian who is about to become a historical footnote. It’s very hard not to look at the recent results and not think the odds are very high that you are not going to be the nominee. Triple negative, just like you are about to become, and almost in your own words!

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. — Arab Proverb

TenadorDelDiablo on January 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Mccain teamed up with Huckabee in caucus states where you could tell your people to vote for the other guy.

gerrym51 on January 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Recall that Gingrich has been complaining for the last few days that he has been “Romney-boated,” a weird reference to the Swift Boat veterans in 2004 that objected to the depiction of John Kerry as a war hero.

Wouldn’t “Mittboated” work better and be a more obvious reference to “swiftboating?”

DRayRaven on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Ladies and gentlemen!….LET’S… GET… READY!…TO RUUUUUUUM…BULLLLllllllllee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

newt is a grumpy old troll that needs to go crawl back under the bridge

gatorboy on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m officially sick and tired of the 2012 presidential campaign.

rbj on January 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I have been for some time already, right after the first debate.
I just love me some Laura Ingraham…

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

And there we have it folks. 90′s Newt ‘I’ll shut down the government over getting snubbed by the President’ Gingrich has returned in full force. Can’t substantively fight back against the ads, so the only thing he feels like doing now is going kamikaze on another guy’s campaign.

And remember, the 30 year Washington politician who’s been on every side of at least every issue, notably liberal pet projects, is doing this for the Bush Republican who defended earmarks, supported Arlen Specter and lost his last Senatorial in a landslide.

WealthofNations on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Why would a winning candidate with momentum, like Santorum, want to associate with a loser like Gingrich? After Gingrich’s distant fourth place finish last night, he is toxic. Santorum doesn’t need Newt dragging him down.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I love how all you have to do is call someone else “establishment” in order to try to tar them.

Gingrich and Santorum are as establishment as you can get – Washington insiders both.

Red Cloud on January 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Newt’s a sore loser. Get some class. Perry and Bachmann have done so and it is admirable. Bachmann’s presser is on now.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

No one else things Bachmann and Perry(?) getting out so soon after Iowa is a huge blow to Romney?

Romney
Santorum
Paul
Gingrich

These are the remaining choices and Romney still isn’t getting more than 20-25%. A Santorum-Gingrich alliance could catapult both of them over Romney; and South Carolina and Florida aren’t going to be kind to Romney either. Don’t give up NotRomney-ers!

shannon76 on January 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

STOP. WITH. THE. ROMNEY. SHILLING.

The latest posts by Ed & Allah trying to spin everything to Romney’s favor is pathetic.

I think Ed and Allah have finally come to the realization that Mitt is the only way to beat Obama.

gerrym51 on January 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Wouldn’t “Mittboated” work better and be a more obvious reference to “swiftboating?”
DRayRaven on January 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Either way it’s an stupid term to use since it means “he’s telling the truth about me”.

whatcat on January 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I just like how this gives the WH fits about who the inevitable nominee will be. They can’t train their firepower on someone until they know who it will be.

txmomof6 on January 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

But shouldn’t Gingrich be making the case for himself alone at this point if he was confident of his standing in the race, rather than endorsing tag-team efforts against one other opponent?

Gingrich is probably hoping for one of two things. Either he’s angling for a VP slot, or else he’s hoping the double-team method will knock Romney out early enough that he and Santorum can slug it out in the later primary states. Given Romney’s pathetic Iowa performance, this second possibility is not entirely in the realm of fantasy.

Actually, it might toughen Romney up rather than soften him up. Romney’s smart enough to know what the Obama playbook will be, and if Gingrich gives him a preseason scrimmage on that field, Romney can tune up his game. That’s what primaries do — they produce better, more prepared candidates.

That’s what it’s supposed to do, but the conservative media and MSM have been carefully protecting him except for a few mild criticisms of “flip flopping.” The few times he has come under serious pressure (such as the Baier interview) he has immediately cracked. I am inclined to think Romney has a glass jaw that will break the minute a serious campaign goes after him hard. Hopefully he will get a real test BEFORE we hand him the nomination.

Doomberg on January 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The Newtster is principled as long as it fits his ambition.

Time(not the magazine)and the new media have revealed his true character and it has taken it’s toll.

If he really objects to Romnmey’s agenda, that’s one thing, but he’s starting to sound more and more like a petulant child who lost his toy and want’s revenge.

Alferd Packer on January 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Gingrich: Absolutely. Of course

Good. Anybody but Romney now.

Conservative4Ever on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Moments after I posted I realized that I should have said “Anybody but Romney, Paul & Huntsman”

Conservative4Ever on January 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I’m really irritated that even folks on the conservative side of things get the Freddie payments totally wrong. It’s portrayed as if 1.6 million in cash was handed to Newt in a briefcase under a cafe table or something. First, the money didn’t go to him personally it went to his consulting company (which has overhead, other employees, rent etc.). Secondly, it was over 8 years which is about $200,000 a year. $200,000 a year doesn’t even put the amount into the hated rich Obama is always ranting about. Newt’s personal cut of this already small amount was only something like $30,000. If we conservatives want to criticize him it’s not hard to do, he’s made lots of mistakes. But this is not one of them; it’s been blown way out of proportion. We should make our criticisms honestly and based on the facts and not engage in distortions. I really don’t like Ed’s characterization in this post.

MikeRuss on January 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I love how all you have to do is call someone else “establishment” in order to try to tar them.
Red Cloud on January 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Overuse of any term renders it meaningless.
(“Winning!”)

whatcat on January 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Sour grapes from Gingrich wont help him at all. I hope Mitt spends some dough in ads directly in response to the whiner Gingrich.
Mitt is the guy who can actually beat Obama and neither Ron Paul or Rick Santorum can do that.

ObamatheMessiah on January 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Time to trade in his plastic blow-up doll for a newer, younger model. If grandpa ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Oh yeah, make sure to NOT check “crazy eyes” on the feature request this time.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Perry going to SC?

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

This yutz was at 40% a month ago? How crazy is that?
Newt is doing a great job of showing why he is a loser- he doesn’t do long term strategic thinking. It’s all about him, in the here and now. I wish he had learned from the government shut down. Sure it was wrong for Clinton to put Newt in the back of the plane, but only a surly child would complain about it to the liberal press

drballard on January 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Did he think that Obama would not make these same arguments, and more like them, in a general election campaign? This is why negative campaigning in primaries matter,

So, when are we going to see the first negative ad against Romney?

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Wow, its fascinating to watch the GOP in fully trying to lose to Obama. Laura should be ashamed for herself, and newt’s fat @ss needs to dorp out. Do these people seriously believe that Obama will lose to Santorum?

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Sorry, a surly fat german kid

drballard on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Mitt is the guy who can actually beat Obama and neither Ron Paul or Rick Santorum can do that.

ObamatheMessiah on January 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I disagree. Romney has nothing to run on against Obama – they have nearly identical records.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Two things can be true at the same time. Newt’s a sore loser, and Mitt has no scruples when it comes to politics.

RBMN on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I’m really irritated that even folks on the conservative side of things get the Freddie payments totally wrong. It’s portrayed as if 1.6 million in cash was handed to Newt in a briefcase under a cafe table or something. First, the money didn’t go to him personally it went to his consulting company (which has overhead, other employees, rent etc.). Secondly, it was over 8 years which is about $200,000 a year. $200,000 a year doesn’t even put the amount into the hated rich Obama is always ranting about. Newt’s personal cut of this already small amount was only something like $30,000. If we conservatives want to criticize him it’s not hard to do, he’s made lots of mistakes. But this is not one of them; it’s been blown way out of proportion. We should make our criticisms honestly and based on the facts and not engage in distortions. I really don’t like Ed’s characterization in this post.

MikeRuss on January 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You are defending this lying, despicable piece of crap? Do you really need to do that? Do you think this retread will soar again like a Phoenix? This is more like his Icarus moment, this turd ain’t a floater.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

we both dislike deeply the degree to which the establishment sells out the American people.

Will the real Newt Gingrich please stand up. Oh there you are!

Says the guy who was in bed with freddie. Good gravy his ego does get the best of him doesn’t it?

csdeven on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Newts assuming Santorum would want him. He has a lot of good ideas and thinks out of the box but has shown his *&% over the past couple of days. I think Perry and Bachmans vote will not go to Newt. He has done a great job in the dabates and is very good at explaining priniciples. I think he has raised the conversation and been good for the process.

ldbgcoleman on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Gingrich’s worst handicap, all the personal stuff aside, was his denigration and near-dismissal of the Ryan Plan.

After that, when he came forth claiming he’d be the GOP nominee once his debate performances resulted in gaining support, he was just too over-confident and that makes people uncomfortable.

Gingrich has a future but I don’t believe it’s as our next President, nor as the GOP nominee otherwise.

Lourdes on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

newt’s fat @ss needs to dorp out.

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Newt needs to stay in long enough to spend millions of dollars on negative ads against Romney, and then he can drop out.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

All Mitt (or any candidate) has to do is run an ad featuring audio of a baby crying and run video/sound bites of Newt’s sore loser blame game moments over that sound track. No extra narration is necessary. Newt’s juvenile invective speaks for itself.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Why not stomp a hole in Romney’s back? Romney wasn’t exactly Mr. Eleventh Commandment himself.

scrubjay on January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I think Perry and Bachmans vote will not go to Newt…

ldbgcoleman on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Most of it will likely go to Santorum, if not already.

Lourdes on January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Gingrich’s worst handicap, all the personal stuff aside, was his denigration and near-dismissal of the Ryan Plan.

Lourdes on January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Which is a smaller handicap than countless Romney handicaps; but nobody has run any negative ads against Romney. I don’t think that Obama will be so kind.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

This yutz was at 40% a month ago? How crazy is that?
Newt is doing a great job of showing why he is a loser- he doesn’t do long term strategic thinking. It’s all about him, in the here and now. I wish he had learned from the government shut down. Sure it was wrong for Clinton to put Newt in the back of the plane, but only a surly child would complain about it to the liberal press

drballard on January 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Now he’ll have to mine the moon personally. Or moon Romney. Or mine his DC gravy train again. But definitely not from the White House.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yeah, Gingrich is being really foolish.

With Perry and Bachman essentially out he “could,” have very well consolidated some of their support and regained his footing. After all, Santorum hasn’t been vetted much yet and could very well fall apart under closer scrutiny. That’s the thing though, he COULD have, if he manned up and just focused on campaigning.

As of now he’s acting like a spoiled kid whose just had his toys taken away. He’s lashing out, and it’s just SO incredibly ugly!

As it stands, he may actually be making things EASIER for Romney. There are a lot of people out there who’ll have a hard time getting behind Santorums brand of conservatism, particularly given domestic and economic conditions. He, COULD have given those kinds of voters somewhere to go, but as it stands any voter who is uncomfortable with the idea of a Santorum presidency is probably just going to go to Romney.

So yeah, if he would just man up and take THIRTY SECONDS to think things through I think he’d realize all of this. At this point though, I think he’s become entirely too emotional.

WolvenOne on January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I think Ed and Allah have finally come to the realization that Mitt is the only way to beat Obama.

gerrym51 on January 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

That’s going to be hard to do with 25% of the vote. I seriously doubt many conservative/tea party types are going to coalesce behind Romney. I for one won’t.

pj

pj808 on January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I am the only person out there who wouldn’t mind having Mitt or Rick Santorum. I will take anyone (well almost) over Obama who must be laughing over at the White House.

Mangofish26 on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

What a bunch of idiot posters. Who cares about what Newt thinks about Kerry. As far as I know Kerry isn’t in this race. Stick to the program. Who will be better to serve the United States as President? And that would be Newton Gingrich, not Mittens Romney.

DDay on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

For a candidate whose candidacy you guys think is over, Gingrich is sure still getting a lot of negative attention. Still bringing up Fannie and Freddie, however, what I find laughable is the question that Gingrich doesn’t understand how politics works. He WAS swift-boated, and now so will Romney. The beauty is that Gingrich doesn’t need a super PAC to do it, he can do it himself, and that’s what makes him a leader and the best man to beat Obama. The Republican Party might get to him, and my guess is that he has already received that call as Cain, I’m sure, did when he said he was going to get to the bottom of who sabataged his campaign. It never hurts to tell your opposition what it is you’re going to do when you are the underdog.

lea on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Weird, indeed. Considering most conservatives believe the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their claims about Kerry. What is Newt insinuating here? That Kerry was unfairly smeared?

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

More evidence for the reasons many of us cringed every time Gingrich opened his mouth. The guy is just too smart by half. Heck, he’s so smart sometimes that he comes all the way around to “stupid”. I’m sure all of us have a relative or friend who possesses an IQ north of 200. And in every case I have seen, they are all void of common sense. That’s Gingrich.

csdeven on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

As much as I hate red on red cage matches, if Romney can’t take a little heat from Newt and Santorum, he can’t take the scorched earth Obama is about to unleash. Honestly, I don’t imagine the Romney team is too concerned about this. It’s pre-season, and a scrimmage like this is where you see what your offense and defense are made of.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Why not stomp a hole in Romney’s back? Romney wasn’t exactly Mr. Eleventh Commandment himself.

scrubjay on January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

He is Bizarro Mr. Eleventh Commandment.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yes, negative ads took their toll in Iowa (more on this in a minute).

Those weren’t attack ad’s, they were friendly reminders of who Newt really is.

JPeterman on January 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This is nuts!
Santorum’s strength is his appeal to Christian Conservatives, and that is the one item that enrages Obama supporters. Romney’s disdain for conservatives and his effort to appeal to the political center dooms his campaign to defeat. The GOP candidate can’t win without the conservatives and this has been known since Nixon said it. However much you hate Nixon, he was right then, and it’s still true today. If you can’t see that with your own eyes, you are blind, deaf and deluded.

This election will turn on the economy and ideology. Romney is a mini-me clone of Obama when it comes to both. The rich blue blood country club republican’s disdain for his conservative country cousin is exactly what Obama hopes to feed and his success at fracturing the GOP insures his re-election and dooms the United States for generations. Santorum can’t win, Romney can’t win without the conservatives, Gingrich can’t win with this strategy and seems to be playing the spoiler which won’t help the GOP.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Gingrich was breakable and so will Santorum. His non mainstream views will be put to the test. Not by the liberal media…they want Santorum against Obama. Romney’s SuperPac will have to do the dirty work.

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I think he’s become entirely too emotional.

WolvenOne on January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

All his life he has been demonstrating that he is unstable. What do you expect?

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I don’t imagine the Romney team is too concerned about this.

Rational Thought on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

He should be. His record looks just like Obama’s. If Republicans don’t like Obama’s record, they won’t like Romney’s either.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Wow, its fascinating to watch the GOP in fully trying to lose to Obama. Laura should be ashamed for herself, and newt’s fat @ss needs to dorp out. Do these people seriously believe that Obama will lose to Santorum?

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

This is a primary campaign, not a coronation. If Romney can’t even stand up to attack ads from a “has been” how do you think he is going to do against Obama?

Doomberg on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Recall that Gingrich has been complaining for the last few days that he has been “Romney-boated,” [...]
Weird, indeed. Considering most conservatives believe the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their claims about Kerry. What is Newt insinuating here? That Kerry was unfairly smeared?

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Absolutely. This is what comes of ceding control of the language to the libs. It’s no accident that Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at MIT. This crap happens all the time. Constantly. Subtly. It’s no longer even noticeable. Change the perception to change the reality.

“Swift boating” as a verb. commonly used, so the canard that it was all lies must be true, right? Guess so, otherwise that guy on TV wouldn’t have said it. Yup, just an ugly VRWC pack of lies…

And this is Newt, stepping right into it. Just like the couch episode with Nanzi. For a smart guy, he’s really pretty dumb. Repeatedly.

bofh on January 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yes, Gingrich should repeat the 2008 strategy of McCain and Huckabee of ganging up against Romney. We all remember how well that worked out….

Gingrich needs to be careful here. While negative ADVERTISING often works in campaigns, negative whining in the media does not. The last several days have made Gingrich look smaller and smaller as he first called Romney a liar for not telling the PAC that he is not legally allowed to collude with that they should not run ads about Gingrich’s record if it makes Gingrich sound bad… or something… and now he is claiming that he unfairly lost in Iowa because people found out about some of the negative things from his record that he doesn’t want to talk about and they didn’t like it… or something…

The more Gingrich opens his mouth over the last few days, the more I lose respect for the man. He needs to grow up and get back to the issues and the attacks on Obama and the media – which is what brought him the attention in the first place over the last month or so.

If this was the playground, Romney could always go the ‘put up or shut up’ route by calling on Gingrich to name what it is that Romney is supposed to have lied about… But both Romney and Santorum (the last two viable candidates in the race) are too grown up for that. Its a shame that Gingrich isn’t….

PSConservative on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I disagree. Romney has nothing to run on against Obama – they have nearly identical records.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yeah, because you know Mitt voted “Present” all those years at Bain.
And Obama saved the Chicago Olympics…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Lord. It’s Huck all over again and he’s not even in the race.

On to West Virginia!!

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. — Arab Proverb

TenadorDelDiablo on January 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

hahaha…..good one. I have one…..

“I keeeeel you!” -Taliban Proverb

If Gingrich goes after Romney just to destroy him, he’ll never sell another book.

csdeven on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Go Newt! His pac has millions. Should be well enough to knock romney down in other states. Romneybots are wearing romney colored glasses

Flapjackmaka on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

For a candidate whose candidacy you guys think is over, Gingrich is sure still getting a lot of negative attention. Still bringing up Fannie and Freddie, however, what I find laughable is the question that Gingrich doesn’t understand how politics works. He WAS swift-boated, and now so will Romney. The beauty is that Gingrich doesn’t need a super PAC to do it, he can do it himself, and that’s what makes him a leader and the best man to beat Obama. The Republican Party might get to him, and my guess is that he has already received that call as Cain, I’m sure, did when he said he was going to get to the bottom of who sabataged his campaign. It never hurts to tell your opposition what it is you’re going to do when you are the underdog.

lea on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Swift-boated? It was all true. The truth set Newt free from his illogical ambitions.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

… may lead the remaining Gingrich backers in New Hampshire and South Carolina to re-evaluate everything.

Anecdotal, but a very good friend in SC, who has been a major fundraiser for Gingrich there, told me this morning that he and his people are pulling out for a number of reasons, not to mention Gingrich’s poor showing last night, and are reassessing what they will do next. They’re taking a close look at Santorum, of course, but are keeping their options open at this point. This is very bad news for Gingrich since other groups there in SC may well follow suit. It’s a very tight knit community there.

TXUS on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The only way to earn it is to roast Romney as a phony conservative and a poll-driven flip-flopper.

Truth hurts Romney. Scorch him, Newt.

Just heard on Beck show that Perry tweeted that he is going to campaign in SC. So, if Newt and Santorum team up on Willard, it helps Perry and hurts Willard.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Well, I say go Newt!

tinkerthinker on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yeah, because you know Mitt voted “Present” all those years at Bain.
And Obama saved the Chicago Olympics…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Don’t forget Obama’s 800 vetoes of of a liberal legislature.

Red Cloud on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Mango, I want who will win as well, and Romney or Santorum seem to be the best bets at this point. Santorum needs to curb his urge to call opponents “disgusting” (whether its true or not) because he might need the support when other candidates drop by the wayside.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

And that would be Newton Gingrich, not Mittens Romney.

DDay on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Newt’s economic plan is certainly awesome. Romney’s? Looks a lot like Obama’s with that class warfare 200K limit.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Newt continues to implode…I just hope he doesn’t take our party down with him.

Redford on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

1988 Kemp
1996 Buchanan
2000 Forbes
2008 Hunter
2012 Gingrich

I sure know how to pick ‘em.

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. — Arab Proverb

Is it possible Gingrich could turn into the attack dog against Romney, helping Santorum? If Romney’s the nominee, he’s going to have to work for it. All we have at this point are a bunch of “ifs”.

lea on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’m not a big fan of alliances between people running for the same office, it creates too much strife with the supporters. We have enough of that already and only one person can win. And I doubt it will be either of these two gentleman. Sen. Santorum is still in the early glow of a surprising accomplishment and it will end any minute now. Colmes was nothing.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, because you know Mitt voted “Present” all those years at Bain.
And Obama saved the Chicago Olympics…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You’re digging deep on the resume. I seem to recall something much more pertinent to how we can expect Romney to govern that is a little more contemporary.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So Newt, wanna backtrack on amnesty or something?

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Newt’s economic plan is certainly awesome. Romney’s? Looks a lot like Obama’s with that class warfare 200K limit.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

+1000

I looked at the plans and vomited at Romney’s.

Newt’s is clearly the best. And my conclusion was confirmed by Thomas Sowell.

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

It’s a joke for both Santorum and Gingrich to claim they are not part of the GOP Establishment. Gingrich was Speaker of the House for 5 years and Santorum was #4 in the Senate GOP leadership.

Now, with Perry back in the race as of this morning, we have to assume that even Perry recognizes that either he or Romney — the only candidates with executive experience – must be the GOP nominee or we face annihilation from Obama in November.

If Perry REALLY hated Mitt Romney, he’d fold up shop.

matthew8787 on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Don’t feel lonely, I liked Phil Graham in 2000.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Fellow Hot Airers, I am pitching a plan:

Operation Chaos in NH.

Let us stop Romney by voting for Huntsman. Perry and the other conservatives have little chance of beating Romney, who has a 40+% poll lead.

It will be a great idea to deal Romney a heavy blow by pushing Huntsman to win NH and leaving Romney scambling as we head to SC and Florida.

What say you all?

:)

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I could not quite jump on the Newt bandwagon, even though I tried. I kept thinking back to his whining when things did not go his way, especially when he was relegated to the back of the plane. It is time to be a grownup Newt. Suck it up.

bopbottle on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You’re digging deep on the resume. I seem to recall something much more pertinent to how we can expect Romney to govern that is a little more contemporary.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You have no idea how he is going to govern once freed from his Mass constraints. In his first term he will govern to get reelected, and however he envisions the best way of getting there, that’s how it will be.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Romney will sharpen and improve his economic plan more to all of our liking in February. He’s just waiting for Obama’s move in the State of the Union address to react.

matthew8787 on January 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Ed, you are spot on as usual. Gingrich is a con man.

It’s the baggage, Newt. It’s the baggage.

NickDeringer on January 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

The Count on January 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’m not a Mitt fan, but …. amen.

notropis on January 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Sounds about as effective as Newt’s plan to win Iowa.

Igor R. on January 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You’re digging deep on the resume. I seem to recall something much more pertinent to how we can expect Romney to govern that is a little more contemporary.

besser tot als rot on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The business experience is the main reason I am voting for him. No one else has been in business. We need someone who understands business to get the economy fixed.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Romneybots are wearing romney colored glasses

Flapjackmaka on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Exactly how are they fooling themselves. I haven’t seen any of them think Gingrich isn’t going to do every thing he can to exorcise his epic failure on Romney’s soul.

Do you realize that irrespective of the outcome, Gingrich is damaged good for the rest of his political life?

csdeven on January 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Yeah, because you know Mitt voted “Present” all those years at Bain.
And Obama saved the Chicago Olympics…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Bain means he’s the 1%,, Obama is the savoir/community organizer of ALL of Chicago, and the Olympics are just games.

tinkerthinker on January 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Newt just wants to help Santorum…

Akzed on January 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The way their divvying up the delegates this year, my NC vote might actually be significant. I wonder who’ll be left by May? If it comes down to Romney vs. Santorum I’m going to need counseling.

I’d vote for any of the rest of them ahead of those two big government Republicans.

You people left me with McCain vs. Huckabee in 2008… please don’t test me like that again.

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

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