Rasmussen nat’l poll showing second Gingrich boomlet?

posted at 11:10 am on January 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After a brilliant debate performance by Newt Gingrich on Monday, some wondered whether it was too late in the cycle for a second bounce.  According to a Rasmussen poll taken yesterday of 1,000 likely GOP primary voters, Mitt Romney’s team may want to keep the party favors in the box for a little while longer:

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is now nearly even with Mitt Romney still on top but Newt Gingrich just three points apart.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide shows Romney with 30% support and Gingrich with 27% of the vote. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who was running second two weeks ago, has now dropped to 15%.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul captures 13% support from likely primary voters, and Texas Governor Rick Perry remains in last place with four percent (4%). Another four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  

But the story in the new numbers, taken Tuesday night, is Gingrich’s jump 11 points from 16% two weeks ago. Romney’s support is essentially unchanged from 29% at that time, while Santorum is down six points from 21%. Paul’s and Perry’s support is also unchanged. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman earned four percent (4%) of the vote at the start of the month but dropped out of the race this week. This suggests that many voters are still looking for an alternative to Romney and currently see Gingrich as that candidate.

Bear in mind that Rasmussen polled South Carolina the day before and found Romney in the lead by 14 points.  That’s a big margin to overcome in a short period of time, but that is what debates can do for candidates, thanks to their immediate reach.

Gingrich still has issues in the internals.  Romney edges him among Republicans (31/28) and non-Republicans (27/25), the latter of whom comprise 28% of the overall sample.  Gingrich has a three-point lead among men but an 11-point deficit among women. He also has a lower favorability rating than Romney (58/38 and 68/29, respectively), which means that undecideds are a little more likely to drift to Romney than to Gingrich.  Also, Romney leads bt 14 points on the question of which would be stronger against Obama (13 points among Republicans and 16 points among non-Republicans), and 70% expect Romney to win the nomination anyway.

Still, the bounce upward indicates momentum for Gingrich, who squandered it in Iowa in December.  Romney hasn’t actually lost any momentum, either.  At whose expense has this momentum swung toward Gingrich?  It looks like Rick Santorum, while still polling respectably in the mid-teens, has begun dropping off the pace.  If the race comes down to Romney and a Romney alternative, at the moment the latter would be Gingrich — which is interesting, because Santorum has at least arguably tied for the win in one state, something Gingrich hasn’t even come close to doing as of yet.

Gingrich had better hope that this momentum is for real, and that it reaches the Palmetto State.  Coming in second in South Carolina won’t work, as Hugh Hewitt explains in his post titled “Elect Me Because The Guy I Can’t Beat Can’t Beat Obama”:

Trying to brand Romney a “moderate” is a fine campaign tactic that most voters just shrug off as noise, but they do hear the “and the odds are fairly high that he will lose to Obama,” which doesn’t hurt Romney but Gingrich himself, just as did the attacks on Bain.  Ginrich has risen when he has attacked Obama or the MSM or the sacred cows of media elites.  He falls when he lashes out at his competition or at the prospects of the party in the fall.

That’s because it’s a process argument, not a policy argument, and Gingrich hasn’t ever won a statewide election in this cycle or any other, let alone a national election for himself.  That doesn’t make Gingrich’s point false, but it doesn’t exactly give him the standing to make it, either.  If he wins South Carolina, this argument might work better for him in Florida.


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First…and hells yes…Newt is back, baby.

MooCowBang on January 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Great. Guy closest to Romney is even more unelectable than Romney.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This race is still Romney’s to lose. We came with with OWS because we knew last year he would become the nominee because of his millions and hatred for the working class

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

We’ve actually had a week where Mitt has said more stupid things than Newt has. That won’t last. (Not that Mitt will get better, but Newt will be back to his normal speak-first, think-later)

BuzzCrutcher on January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Newtmentum! Part Deux…

Common Sense Floridian on January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

FINALLY!!!

This is far from over.

shannon76 on January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Gingrich, who squandered it in Iowa in December

couldn’t have been the millions in negative ads against gingrich by romney, could it ed? it was ‘squandered’ i guess.

pamplonajack on January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

BTW: the final count in IOWA is looking like SANTORUM WON! (By about 80 votes>) Of course, that will never get the news coverage that Romney got the day after the caucus.

michaelo on January 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Interesting…

Khun Joe on January 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

as Hugh Hewitt explains

Lol. Now there is an unbiased voice. Hewitt on Mitt is as insufferable as Erickson on Perry.

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I hope Newt chooses Dede Scozzafava for his VP.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

He needs to streamline his main message and realize that half the country needs it explained in layman’s term. If he concentrates on fiscal, he can comeback and win. If he deviates, as he often does, it’s going to be the ‘easy’ candidate.

John Kettlewell on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

If Romney has another bad debate performance…things could get interesting

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Now if we could just get little Ricky Santorum – Perry and that strange little man to drop out – we could have a real conversation about issues.

Newt vs. Mitt – now there is a debate I would watch.

jake-the-goose on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Keep the Good Newt! Banish the Evil Newt!

Tie half of your brain behind your back, as Rush suggested yesterday, if you have to!

Spannerhead on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Newt just got off camera, so you more than expect the bounce.
Now!…that he is not in front of camera…if he can only, shut his mouth until Saturday…he will do well.

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Popping corn. This should be interesting.

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Newt reminds me of the guy in the film, ‘On The Waterfront’,Marlon Brandos character, “I could have been something”.

celtic warrior on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Mitt = 1986 Red Sox?

BuckeyeSam on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Talking Points Machine

blatantblue on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Newt is unelectable in a national race and can’t get the nomination anyway because he is not on all of the ballots. So, get over it.

Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Honey Badger!!

boogaleesnots on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Just say not to cocky.

Speakup on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

We just can’t quit ya, Newt! I’m all in.

Naturally Curly on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

That really is how you look at it, right?

blink on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You’ll have to forgive him. Obviously somebody who actually thinks Al Gore invented the internet isn’t all there.

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Queue the Mittbots!!

No wonder Mitt’s team is in meltdown panic mode this morning. Having to drag out Jim Talent and Susan Molanari to trash Newt to the media.

Just to be clear I am not 100% on the Newt train.. I wouldn’t even get to vote till Apr., but I want the coronation of Mitt to slow down. This needs to last at least till FL.

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Quick send tissues to HA headquarters … and NRO … and Fox … and… oh man … we need a lot of tissues!

MarkCasper on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Slowly – the tide turns and a new landscape is revealed.

jake-the-goose on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Oops. So, what time will Mitt flip flop on the Florida debate?

katy the mean old lady on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Living opulent lifestlye with private funds: bad
Living opulent lifestyle with public funds: good

/lib4life

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Oops. So, what time will Mitt flip flop on the Florida debate?

katy the mean old lady on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Mitt’s campaign floated the idea that he might now attend. Wanna bet?

jake-the-goose on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Talking Points Machine

blatantblue on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

You are you blatantly in the tank for Romney it is getting embarrassing.

OWS was a trap made for Romney and it looks like he is going to fall right into it.

Release the tax returns!!!!!!

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Can’t argue with the man’s ability to debate. He speaks the conservative line and doesn’t take crap from people — especially the “celebrity” (in their minds) Libbie moderators, who have worked tenaciously to earn the public’s mistrust.

RobertMN on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Newt needs another strong debate tomorrow night. The leaked McCain Opposistion research paper on Romney, all 200 pages, should be a gold mine for Newt, Perry and Santorum. Newt also needs to go Juan on the ahole quiz panel.

they lie on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Having to drag out Jim Talent and Susan Molanari to trash Newt to the media.

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Molanari – always looked to me, like she just smelled a turd.

jake-the-goose on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Newt is unelectable in a national race and can’t get the nomination anyway because he is not on all of the ballots. So, get over it.

Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And Mitt’s won what 12 delegates so far? Last I heard Newt was only not on ONE ballot (VA).

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This is impossible MSM/RNC/HotAir/National Review have told me for months that the race is over.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Living opulent lifestlye with private funds: bad
Living opulent lifestyle with public funds: good

/lib4life
Newt Gingrich

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

FIFY

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

One has to wonder what would be happening had Newt simply taken the loss in Iowa like a man and left the Bain Capital crap alone. Nothing wrong with attacking Mittens, but the OWS-esque soundbites didn’t do him any favors.

If(and this is a HUGE “if”) Newt drops that nonsense and sticks with going after Obama(and occasionally Romney on substantive issues), taking on the drive-bys, and dominating at the debates, he can still make a race out of this. Especially if Santorum and Perry drop out after Florida. Because when he’s on his game like he was Monday night, he excites the base like no one else can(at least amongst the current crop we’ve got).

Doughboy on January 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Wrong.

If Newt gets his act together and usurps Romney, I have no problem with it, and I’ll support him in the general.

blatantblue on January 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Talking Points Machine
blatantblue on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Nah, it’s just a troll. Ignore and it will go away.

tommyboy on January 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Mitt: Apollo Creed.

Newt: Rocky.

BuckeyeSam on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Mitt Romney the White Obama at the Fox News Debate tells us that “we better pay our 35% tax” and he only pays 15% in taxes. What a JERK!!!

I’m sick of the GOP games promoting liberal policies. Once Obama is gone there will be no rainbows and sunshine. There is corruption in both parties. The GOP will continue to push more spending, more of the liberal agendas. Ron Paul’s message of “draining the swamp” is the only way to go!!!

Capitalist75 on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Why – the Debate? because a doltish media can’t see thru Newts BS? The kiddie janitorial program ? How assinine is that? Ask any parent if their 11 yr old has moved beyond keeping their bedroom clean- to taking care of urine doused school bathrooms. Hey Jimmy- Go mop up that vomit in room 222! Or when he accused Rominee of not controlling his SPac “untruths” while he pompously leans there with his Spac having produced a MOVIE about Mitt that makes him look more like Michael Moore with and more lies in it than Gores Inconvenient truth.
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Its not very difficult to see thru family values Newter, You just have to want to look for it.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

But…but…it’s Mitt’s turn!!!

**snort**

kingsjester on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Newt is unelectable in a national race and can’t get the nomination anyway because he is not on all of the ballots. So, get over it.

Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

President Hillary Clinton sure is doing a terrific job, isn’t she?

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Newt needs another strong debate tomorrow night. The leaked McCain Opposistion research paper on Romney, all 200 pages, should be a gold mine for Newt, Perry and Santorum. Newt also needs to go Juan on the ahole quiz panel.

they lie on January 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Considering the moderator is the joke John King, Newt should ample media-bashing fodder.

Spannerhead on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

OWS was a trap made for Romney and it looks like he is going to fall right into it.

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

You have said before that Romney is more liberal than Obama. If that is the case, why do you want him to fail? Maybe you should change your handle to “moderate4life”.

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Newt on the debate stage to us is like Obama with the teleprompter to the left. Advantage Obama. You can bring your teleprompter anywhere, but I think Obama would agree to one obligatory debate, rigged to his favor by the media of course, and back out of any others. The media would cover for Obama and refuse to cover his cowardice as such.

Debates are overrated anyway, unless you’re terrible like Perry.

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’d like to think a Gingrich re-bounce means something, but give Newt a few days and he will probably say Romney “hates the working class”, or some such progressive drivel.

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

BTW: the final count in IOWA is looking like SANTORUM WON! (By about 80 votes>) Of course, that will never get the news coverage that Romney got the day after the caucus.

michaelo on January 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

* Mittbot On *

Who cares about Iowa? Nothing but a bunch of rubes in overalls.

* Mittbot Off *

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

OFF TOPIC: FOX News reporting the Obama Energy Department is saying NO to the Keystone Pipeline.

jazzmo on January 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I hope Newt chooses Dede Scozzafava Nancy Pelosi for his VP.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

That’s because it’s a process argument, not a policy argument, and Gingrich hasn’t ever won a statewide election in this cycle or any other, let alone a national election for himself.

But he’s a legend in his own mind, so none of that matters.

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Debates are overrated anyway, unless you’re terrible like Perry.

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Reagan’s 1 liners from the Carter debates are still remembered…are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

If a candidate can hit a home run with a 1 liner, it can do a lot of good. Conversely as you point out, a memory lapse like Perry can kill a candidate too.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If only Santorum & Perry would drop out, Romney would be almost instantly losing.

Watching Mitt and his Clown-bots freak out would be worth it.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

OFF TOPIC: FOX News reporting the Obama Energy Department is saying NO to the Keystone Pipeline.

jazzmo on January 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bbbbbut I thought the GOP had a big win by caving on the payroll tax and getting Keystone. LOL. Another “win” by Boehner and Co. that a month later turns into a kick to the groin.

This is what a Romney presidency will be like.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

We came with with OWS because we knew last year he would become the nominee because of his millions and hatred for the working class

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Don’t you have failed “Occupy Congress” rally to spin, or a smoke bomb over the White House fence to explain away?

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Based on Newt’s big government record and anti-capitalist campaign rhetoric, I think he’s planning to be Obama’s VP.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I wonder if the Palin’s endorsement has anything to do w/this surge?

Danielvito on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

pamplonajack on January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

It must mean that he squandered it on positive campaigning like the establishment thinks he should do. No fighting back! Not fair!

Shay on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What this shows is that Newt is superb at debating…and that is where the election will be won or lost, in the debates.
Chances are, if Mitt is selected, there will be a number of debates…if Newt is selected, Obama will try not to have any debates.
Mitt’s only chance of winning is if Obama loses, he doesn’t have the fire power and Obama can match him $ for $.
Mitt’s advantage over his competitors now, will not be so when the general election cycle gets started.

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

This is encouraging news ofr all Gingrich supporters. You need to donate as much as you can to Newt’s campaign. He needs to increase his TIffinay charge account to 2 million.

Donate!!
Donate!!
Donate!!
Donate!!
Donate!!
Donate!!

NickDeringer on January 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I dropped support for Perry because of him jumping on Newt’s bandwagon attacking free enterprise. But Newt is to be forgiven/forgotten over that? LOL! I guess his supporters will play political twister with him. So you want to see a two-way debate between two political panderers who will say anything they feel will help them win? At least Perry had a RECORD no one can match! Go for it Stupid Party!

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why?

MooCowBang on January 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Jailbreak to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

If only Santorum & Perry would drop out, Romney would be almost instantly losing.

Watching Mitt and his Clown-bots freak out would be worth it.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Time to go all in on Newt. Mitt’s record is clear. He is Obama with the one saving grace of being pro-capitalism, and understanding economics.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Conservativism works every time….

Wait till the Palin bounce.

golfmann on January 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I hope Newt chooses Dede Scozzafava Nancy Pelosi for his VP.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Double why?

MooCowBang on January 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Yes.

dmn1972 on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Talking Points Machine Idiot

blatantblue on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

FIFY Blue!

Trafalgar on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

C’mon Perry. Sorry Santorum. Do the right thing. Take your hat because it’s time to go.

lynncgb on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I would take Palin over any of those Rinos other than Rubio, and she is swinging for Newt.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Newt is unelectable in a national race and can’t get the nomination anyway because he is not on all of the ballots. So, get over it.

Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I feel like the upping of the primary dates…must feel like it did for the Puma’s in 2008.
I would like all the states to get to vote in the Primary. I would at least feel like it wasn’t choosen for me.
What say you?

MontanaMmmm on January 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I still support Newt over Romney, so far.

Even if Romney ends up being the nominee, I would hope that even rabid Rombots would agree that it’s better for Romney to have to honestly compete against Gingrich in the court of public discourse and opinion for awhile, rather than be coronated.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Christie: RINO on all issues except union busting
Nikki Haley: Sold herself to Mitt for $36K
Rubio: Meh, he wants the VP slot
Bolton: Meh, he wants Sec of State

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

C’mon Perry. Sorry Santorum. Do the right thing. Take your hat because it’s time to go.

lynncgb on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Agreed. Santorum should go to Fl though before leaving.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Newt needs to get Santorum (and Perry) to drop out so they don’t split the conservative vote. The media and Obamabots will work 24/7 to destroy whoever our candidate turns out to be, and Newt is THE ONLY horse we have in this race that has the skills to turn that to his advantage.

PaddyORyan on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Debates are overrated anyway, unless you’re terrible like Perry.

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Ha, history says different…Kennedy/Nixon, those debates won it for Kennedy.
When Gore approached Bush and towered over him, game over for Gore, devastating.
Reagan, so many good ones…’I won’t let his lack of age…’ a classic.
Reagan stumbled on the first debate, and he lost huge points, on the following debates he mopped up the floor.
McCain was horrible on the debates, afraid to attack Obama (Mitt will be the same).
The fact is, the debates are important, have been ever since the first real TV debate between Kennedy and Nixon…

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Jailbreak to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Guaranteed.

kingsjester on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Will Mitt be able recharge his batteries before the next debate? 2nd look at Newt!

davemason2k on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Newt.

Bad haircut, divorced, goofy name.

Smartest man in the room.

Go get em Newt.

Irritable Pundit on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Mitt Romney the White Obama at the Fox News Debate tells us that “we better pay our 35% tax” and he only pays 15% in taxes. What a JERK!!!

…Ron Paul’s message of “draining the swamp” is the only way to go!!!

Capitalist75 on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

And you have the nerve to go by “Capitalist”? Even Paul thinks the tax rate should be zero!

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Jailbreak to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You mean the banned poster formerly known as Roger Waters?

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Another poll. Sigh!

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I believe Rasmussen significantly underestimated Ron Paul’s success in the first two states, and although this case may be different I suspect Ron Paul is actually in third place.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Mitt has 12 delegates of which 6(?) or uncommitted from Iowa. With proportional allocation of delegates all Newt has to do is stay in and let the two Ricks drop out. This is a long way from over. Go Newt!!!

Kaffa on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

ummmm…..who let all the TROLLS out?

SDarchitect on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

OFF TOPIC: FOX News reporting the Obama Energy Department is saying NO to the Keystone Pipeline.

jazzmo on January 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bbbbbut I thought the GOP had a big win by caving on the payroll tax and getting Keystone. LOL. Another “win” by Boehner and Co. that a month later turns into a kick to the groin.

This is what a Romney presidency will be like.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Very good point. This is what Mittbots on this site and elsewhere don’t realize. The establishment GOP CAVES on everything. Newt may have his faults, but I am fairly confident he would not crater to Dems/Media pressure like current leadership does and Mitt would.

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

…and The Wall…and TheFinalCut…and FlickeringFlames…

kingsjester on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

romneycare is a sociolist! Anybody that wants every citizen to HAVE to buy insurance or be fined or sent to prison is whacked! Further, romneycare, the empty suit is wrong on every important issue of our time to conservatives. Finally, he’s been running for president longer than his time governing 6 years v 4 years. The last year in office, according to wickapedia he was out of state campaigning for president 212 days out of 11 months.

Romneycare is freakin pond scum. He is the most liberal republican frontrunner in the history of the party. He should be running in the democratic party. What’s amazing to me is how the beltway GOP hoars control this process so much that can actually get this lightweight the nomination.

We no longer have a democracy. Our vote doesn’t count. The establishment puts up the candidates, funds them, promotes them, fixes the primary dates, etc. to help their boy. Then after only 4 states vote, they annoint him.

Amazing, how we have been played. Our union is finished!

Danielvito on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

A strong 2nd or even 1st for Newt and the tide will turn quickly against Romney. Either that or the Repub establishment and it’s talking head/columnist cabal will find some way to take Newt out for good.

Personally, I think after watching Newt dominate the stage Monday night to rousing applause and ovation many of the establishment types were feeling like complete idiots for tanking for Mitt.

Mdbills484 on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

We can’t have Mitt as our nominee, in August he will turn back into his progressive Mitt and campaign as a progressive starting in August.

BroncosRock on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Ethics violations, adultery, questionable lobbying. These things make a too easy target in November.
If you don’t like Mitt, go for Santorum, or Perry.

anotherJoe on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Romney should make another 10k bet

davemason2k on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Great. Guy closest to Romney is even more unelectable than Romney.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Gingrich is mercurial. So was Churchill. Newt is being reviled. So was Churchill. Churchill ended up being the right man at the right time, while puttering around naked and swilling booze when he wasn’t beating Hitler.

Not to evoke any eye-searing imagery, but we are not in normal times. The next presidency is going to see some stressful, ugly decisions that will require bravery.

Newt’s telling Bush 41 to shove it took more guts than anything I’ve seen in Washington in my lifetime.

Maybe Romney would be more stable, or maybe he’d be too much of a weathervane, as Huntsman said.

But I think we, and the country, owe it to ourselves to let the primaries run on longer, and vet these candidates longer, before just crowning Romney.

We shall see what we shall see.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What’s the deal on the leaked 200 page opposition file on Newt? Is it a non-story?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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