South Carolina poll: Gingrich by six?

posted at 4:35 pm on January 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Something to whet your appetite for tonight’s Thunderdome debate. Could Newtmentum really have shot him to a six-point lead after he trailed Romney by double digits just a few days ago? Note that PPP’s data comes from a one-day snapshot, which means a smaller-than-usual sample, which in turn means a larger-than-usual margin of error of five points. Newt’s may very well be leading right now, but … by six?

Even so, as I write this, InTrade gives him a 42.5 percent chance of winning on Saturday. After Perry’s endorsement, Palin’s quasi-endorsement, and Santorum’s fade, who wants to bet against him?

This is not a case of Romney imploding. His support has been pretty steady in the 28-30% range in our South Carolina polling so far. But Gingrich has risen from 23% to 34% over the last two weeks, benefiting from declining support for Santorum and also from undecided voters moving into his camp.

It’s clear that the debate Monday night did a lot to help Gingrich’s prospects in the state. 56% of voters say they watched it, and with those folks Gingrich’s lead over Romney is 43-27. Romney still has a 29-22 advantage on Gingrich with those who didn’t tune in.

Gingrich is starting to consolidate his support with some of the more conservative parts of the South Carolina electorate. He has a 50-18 advantage on Romney with Tea Party voters. He’s up 39-23 with those describing themselves as ‘very conservative.’ And he even has a 37-20 advantage with evangelicals.

Perry’s supporters actually divide fairly evenly among the rest of the field when you ask them who their second choice is. Maybe his endorsement today will change that, but even if it doesn’t, it’s useful to Newt as further evidence that he’s the anointed Not Romney in the field, not Santorum. If Santorum finishes a distant third or even fourth this weekend, the commentariat will be all over him next week to drop out and then maybe Florida will become interesting. I still think Romney wins there because he’s the only one with the money and organization to play hard, but what happens if Newt has another stellar debate tonight and shocks the world with a landslide on Saturday? Romney can handle finishing second in SC, but if he gets blown out the media will go nuts with stories about a resounding rejection from the southern base and his mystique of inevitability being shattered. For now, at least, Team Mitt is putting on a brave face:

“South Carolina is like Iowa — an opportunity that we never thought we would get,” [a Romney campaign] source said. “If you dust Newt up there so that Santorum stays alive, Newt gets no traction heading into Florida, where he has no structure, and then into a month, February, where there is no obvious good state. Points fell off Newt fast when voters were reminded of his entirety, not just his facility as a debate presence.”

The source said the Romney campaign’s goal in South Carolina remains the 34 percent John McCain won here in 2008, which the campaign estimates will be enough to win, so long as conservatives don’t consolidate around either Gingrich or Santorum. And the campaign is not worried about Santorum.

That was published yesterday afternoon. There’s been a fair amount of consolidation in the 27 hours since — 100 tea-party leaders from 25 states are reportedly set to endorse Newt today — and there may be more to come tonight depending upon how things go on CNN. Good to know that we finally have an a Not Romney. Too bad it’s a guy who was famously unpopular the last time he held major public office, who couldn’t pull it together enough to get on the ballot in his home state, who’s flirted with the individual mandate and cap-and-trade, and whose penchant for loose-cannon grand pronouncements is guaranteed to generates oodles of “unhelpful” news cycles if he’s the nominee. Come next week, your choice will be between him, Captain Flipflop, and Ron Paul. Worst field ever. Ever.


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Newt also lied under oath and obstructed justice?
Kataklysmic on January 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

No, but there is a certain amount of hypocrisy anytime a “true conservative” Republican is in a leadership position yet behaves badly in his personal life. Hence Bob Livingston’s resignation when news of his affair came out.

But more to the point, he did behave recklessly. Did you read this?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

***And Dana Perino just mentioned the hypocrisy that Newt led the Impeachment of Clinton while Speaker of the House***

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

As opposed to the hypocrisy of “pro-life” Mitt in endorsing the RU-486 pill in his 1994 senate race, saying “it’s important that people see me as a not pro-life candidate”?

Hey, if the 90s are relevant for Newt, they’re relevant for Mitt too.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Monkeytoe on January 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

It was a rhetorical question meant to bait you. Although I disagree with the substance of your statement, I just thought I’d tell you to not feed the troll.

WealthofNations on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Herman Cain just endorsed!! He endorsed “the people”. WTHeck???

SouthernGent on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

PPP also has this to say about a Gingrich nominee.

Reminder that the Newt surge is good news for Obama- Pres actually leads him 47-45 in red Texas

gyrmnix on January 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

There no way in effing hell that Texas will go for Obama in November…unless Paul is the nominee.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

You would think the GOP northeastern establishment would understand that a rich New England Yankee does not sell well to their base who are in the south and midwest.

William Eaton on January 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The Midwest and the South aren’t exactly the same thing.

And the GOP might as well call itself the Party of the South if this keeps up. Good luck winning national elections in the future with that attitude.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Too bad it’s a guy who was famously unpopular the last time he held major public office, who couldn’t pull it together enough to get on the ballot in his home state, who’s flirted with the individual mandate and cap-and-trade, and whose penchant for loose-cannon grand pronouncements is guaranteed to generates oodles of “unhelpful” news cycles if he’s the nominee.

Comrade Newty in a nutshell. And Allah is no Romney supporter.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

{sarc on} Yes, Newt is more likely to support Obamacare than Romney. {sarc off}

Mdbills484 on January 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

So, you didn’t know that Newtron supports a NATIONAL healthcare mandate?

Not surprised.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I hope this backfires on the MSM and their pal, Mitt.
Never thought I’d be rootin’ for Newt, but here I am.

What time does Ron Paul wake from his afternoon nap?

Norky on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

There no way in effing hell that Texas will go for Obama in November…unless Paul is the nominee.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Until it does. Newt Gingrich will make Walter Mondale look like a winner.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

cozmo

At (I hate Perry) first I thought (Gawd! How I hate Perry) it meant all six Rick “The Suspender” Perry (who I really hate) voters in SC had switched to Newt. (and away from Perry, whom I hate)

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Dang! Ya got me! Woe is me!

BTW – Buy Danish called and wants to know if you got those links for her yet. She has appointments later, so a little “chop-chop” on your part would be most appreciated.

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

You mean a guy with an overall approval rating in the mid to high 20s could possibly lose in even a state where social and family values is highly sought after, and where jumping onto one of the very liberal pet projects that’s bound to doom the state, Cap and Trade, might make Texans disgusted with him?

My goodness, unthinkable.

WealthofNations on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

You laughed when I told you that cigars and champagne are overrated.

The fat lady has not sung, by far.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Anninacan wasn’t banned.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Shoulda been. What a ditz.

TXUS on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I don’t have an issue with Newt’s looks.
Then again…I’m not shallow.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

As opposed to the hypocrisy of “pro-life” Mitt in endorsing the RU-486 pill in his 1994 senate race, saying “it’s important that people see me as a not pro-life candidate”?
alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at :18 PM

Did Mitt or Ann Romney have an abortion? No one has led more “conservative” lives than those two.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Grats at failing to read what I quoted?

Also, another interesting tidbit from PPP

Paul actually wins the indy vote running 3rd party in TX with 32% to 30% for Obama and 27% for Mitt

gyrmnix on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Too bad it’s a guy who was famously unpopular the last time he held major public office, who couldn’t pull it together enough to get on the ballot in his home state, who’s flirted with the individual mandate and cap-and-trade, and whose penchant for loose-cannon grand pronouncements is guaranteed to generates oodles of “unhelpful” news cycles if he’s the nominee.

But, but, but, Newtron is a “conservative”.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

There no way in effing hell that Texas will go for Obama in November…unless Paul is the nominee.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Of course they will, don’t you know these nutballs are our betters. They know things. Especially how bad Perry is. I bet you think Perry has been good for the state of Texas. Lady, are you misinformed.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Your name says it all.

hachiban on January 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Ron Paul, wo sind Sie?

timberline on January 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

In his 1994 senate race, Mitt Romney backed the assault weapons ban, saying “I don’t line up with the NRA” and “that’s not going to make me a hero of the NRA”

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

And yet he worked with the NRA on the legislation that you condemn him for.

Not surprised you didn’t know that.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

But, but, but, Newtron is a “conservative”.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

No, he’s not. He’s only conservative compared to Mitt.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

As opposed to the hypocrisy of “pro-life” Mitt in endorsing the RU-486 pill in his 1994 senate race, saying “it’s important that people see me as a not pro-life candidate”?

Hey, if the 90s are relevant for Newt, they’re relevant for Mitt too.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Thanks for reminding people that Romney’s position has improved significantly over the past 18 years. How is that a bad thing?

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I’m just a mentally-challenged Chicago girl. What do I know.
///
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Willard needs to distance himself from this religion

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Tell it to Harry Reid

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

BTW – Buy Danish called and wants to know if you got those links for her yet. She has appointments later, so a little “chop-chop” on your part would be most appreciated.

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Aw, kissie kissie to you too. I guess y’all care about those links. Y’all don’t rate high enough on the care meter. Y’all know y’all are hatin’ nutballs, that is enough.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

he worked with the NRA on the legislation that you condemn him for.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

What legislation? He had nothing to do with the assault weapons ban.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

If Gingrich is the nominee and Ron Paul goes third party, it’s going to take a lot of willpower for me to vote for this adulterous scumbag.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Willard has no convictions…he is also not a Christian. He will be the nominee but will lose SC

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I was laughing alright. Just not the way you mean. :D

MTLassen on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Herman Cain just endorsed!! He endorsed “the people”. WTHeck???

SouthernGent on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

when you have ideas twirling around in your head, this idiocies can spin out.

nathor on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

That was published yesterday afternoon. There’s been a fair amount of consolidation in the 27 hours since — 100 tea-party leaders from 25 states are reportedly set to endorse Newt today — and there may be more to come tonight depending upon how things go on CNN. Good to know that we finally have an a Not Romney. Too bad it’s a guy who was famously unpopular the last time he held major public office, who couldn’t pull it together enough to get on the ballot in his home state, who’s flirted with the individual mandate and cap-and-trade, and whose penchant for loose-cannon grand pronouncements is guaranteed to generates oodles of “unhelpful” news cycles if he’s the nominee. Come next week, your choice will be between him, Captain Flipflop, and Ron Paul. Worst field ever. Ever.

Newt was wildly unpopular with the establishment republicans, and still is. Lots of voters consider that a positive.

He’s written and talked about some liberal policies, but he actually helped implement very conservative policies in the Reagan administration.

Newt’s not perfect,(who is?) but I think he’s the most qualified to put this country on the right track again.

IndeCon on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

State spending increased at well over the rate of inflation under Romney’s watch, estimated at 24% – more than $5 billion – over Romney’s final three years

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

In spite of all of his vetoes, but you didn’t know about the vetoes, did you?

Not surprised.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

No, he’s not. He’s only conservative compared to Mitt.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Really? But Mitt approves of capitalism, Comrade Newty doesn’t. He’s siding with OWS on this issue. So who’s more Conservative?

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Romney’s position has improved significantly over the past 18 years. How is that a bad thing?

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Newt’s position on marital fidelity has improved significantly over the past 18 years, too. How is that a bad thing?

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Tell it to Harry Reid

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Harry read is not running for President.
Willard should have known first hand America will not vote for a Mormon

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Well, for good, or bad according to the nutballs, you came down here.
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But, Lubbock?

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Mitt approves of capitalism, Comrade Newty doesn’t. He’s siding with OWS on this issue.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Total BS sound bite answer. Newt believes in capitalism, not corporate raiding where you pump up a company with debt, cash out and leave the employees to be laid off and the shareholders with an empty bag.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The Midwest and the South aren’t exactly the same thing.

And the GOP might as well call itself the Party of the South if this keeps up. Good luck winning national elections in the future with that attitude.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I said the midwest and south are the GOP’s bedrock, not that they are the same. Also who cares about the Northeast! It is a dying wasteland. The population is fleeing to the south, and to places like Texas. So yes, if you want to win National elections in the future all you need do is win the majority of the midwest states and south. If you wanted to be edgy than pick someone from Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado etc., you know a real swing state, not Massachusetts. Romney won’t win his home state in 2012 against Obama! Let the Dems become the regional party of the Northeast and far west. Everyone that has any brains left is leaving New York and California anyway.

William Eaton on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Worst field ever. Ever.

I agree that it is the worst field ever. But, we will get the best nominee that we have had since 1984 so it works out fine. Romney will make an awesome president.

Jailbreak on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sex, lies, and depositions:

November 11, 1999|By From Tribune News Services.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — The congressional aide linked romantically to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has admitted that their affair began six years ago, while he was still married, Gingrich’s lawyer says.

Attorney Randy Evans said that Callista Bisek, 33, made the admission under oath during a deposition Tuesday.

Bisek told Gingrich’s lawyers the relationship began in November 1993, a year before Gingrich became House speaker, Evans said.

Gingrich, 56, has asserted he and his wife, Marianne, were legally separated at the time, but Evans conceded that the relationship continued even after the Gingriches were reconciled and Gingrich assumed the speakership in 1995.

I asked this earlier. Why did they “reconcile” do ya think?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Drink less hyperbole. It makes you jittery.

MTLassen on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Willard has no convictions…he is also not a Christian. He will be the nominee but will lose SC

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

And you are dumber than a post.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/01/mormonism-obsessed-with-christ

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Oops:
Romney nosediving in South Carolina as Gingrich surges

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/signal/romney-nosediving-south-carolina-gingrich-surges-205809297.html

heh

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Total BS sound bite answer. Newt believes in capitalism, not corporate raiding where you pump up a company with debt, cash out and leave the employees to be laid off and the shareholders with an empty bag.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Mr. Freddie Mac Historian wouldn’t know capitalism if it bit him in the ass.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Did you read this?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Yep. What a disaster. He certainly was compromised.

I’m just surprised that someone like Dana Perino, who is ostensibly on our side, seems to be wilfully ignorant about the reasons for Clinton’s impeachement. If we can’t count on “True Conservatives” like Perino to get it right, God help us with the MSM.

Kataklysmic on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Wife and I Voted in SC earlier today. Both of us voted for Gingrich. We were Perry supporters.

they lie on January 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Thank you!

Vince on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I asked this earlier. Why did they “reconcile” do ya think?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Why is it your business? Why do you care?

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Comrade Newty doesn’t. He’s siding with OWS on this issue. So who’s more Conservative?

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Were you able to write that with a straight face?

If so, the Obama administration may have a job for you.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Aw, kissie kissie to you too.
cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Ugh. Get a room.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Newt’s position on marital fidelity has improved significantly over the past 18 years, too. How is that a bad thing?

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Apparently, with you, it is only a bad thing when done by Romney.

But still, Newtron is for a NATIONAL healthcare mandate. So, with Newtron Obamacare LIVES!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Newt’s position on marital fidelity has improved significantly over the past 18 years, too.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Perhaps…But I’m sure his official, public position on marital fidelity was the same then as it is now. Just not in private.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

“I’m not shallow.”

Nor is Newt. Have you seen his waistline lately?

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

***And Dana Perino just mentioned the hypocrisy that Newt led the Impeachment of Clinton while Speaker of the House***

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

If I remember correctly Clinton’s Impeachment was regarding LYING UNDER OATH not, having been service in the WH or any other place.

I am not a fan of Newt, but he was doing what the Constitution directed him to do, and it was done because of the nature of offense. Perjury is a criminal act and William Jefferson Clinton lost his law license over it.

Dana Perino is trying to make a moral equivalence of ‘apples’ and ‘oranges’. Please don’t get sucked into following the rabbit down the hole.

belad on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

If we can’t count on “True Conservatives” like Perino to get it right, God help us with the MSM.

Kataklysmic on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

We’ve lost the MSM. They’re gone and not coming back.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I asked this earlier. Why did they “reconcile” do ya think?

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I dunno’, I’m still tryin’ to figure out how you came to the conclusion Clinton was impeached for adultery.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The crowd in Myrtle Beach was fully engaged. Apparently voters here in South Carolina are as well. People are paying attention, and what Newt said the other night was gold. It’s what the base wants. Someone to spit in the eye of the media complex represented that night by Joo-an Williams.

SouthernGent on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

But still, Newtron is for a NATIONAL healthcare mandate. So, with Newtron Obamacare LIVES!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Really? Because I heard he’d push to overturn ObamaCare and Romney wouldn’t. Huh.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Willard should have known first hand America will not vote for a Mormon

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Because it is filled with religious bigots like you?

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Mr. Freddie Mac Historian wouldn’t know capitalism if it bit him in the ass.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

and you’ve never met an entrepreneurial enterprise, perhaps

MTLassen on January 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Oops:
Romney nosediving in South Carolina as Gingrich surges

Oh yeah… clearly nosediving…

Romney 31 29, 28, 37, 34

Newt 33, 32, 34, 30, 24

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

William Eaton on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Romney will win home states NH, and probably MI. Also, NV and CO.

Newt bring nothing. Zero. Carries the old, angry white man vote, and the South and Great Plains. Race is over before it starts

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Buy Danish

Uh…money?

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Worst field ever. Ever.

Worse than Captain Flip-Flop, Admiral Maverick and the Huckster?

I think your memory’s pretty short….

notropis on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Hey, what is Comrade Newt’s position on the sanctity of marriage again???? I need a good laugh.

Marriage and “sanctity” are not words that should be used when discussing the fat marxist narcisistic clown.

Jailbreak on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Your own link shows Romney going from a 10 pt avg lead to a 1 pt avg lead in a week. That’s a nosedive.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

For the benefit of those who don’t like to open links:

In the course of a long interview last fall, [Armey] told me that President Bill Clinton “found out about the Gingrich affair and called Newt over to the White House for a private meeting between the two of them.” Armey argued that Clinton pressured Gingrich to go easy on that year’s impeachment drive “or I’ll start telling your story.” He claimed the two leaders “had many meetings that we didn’t know about where they’d drink wine and smoke cigars and talk about their girlfriends.”

In Olasky’s view, Gingrich’s recklessness may not only have hurt the impeachment effort but also exposed the Republicans to considerable danger. Yet he has never apologized to any of the party leaders:

As former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., put it, “I do not recall Newt ever apologizing to the caucus about his affair. It is one of the gaping holes in the story…. It is almost unforgivable and a real weakness of leadership when you jeopardize your followers…. Why should those who followed him in 1998 follow him now? Will he put his followers at risk again?”

Paging Dick Armey…

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Were you able to write that with a straight face?

If so, the Obama administration may have a job for you.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Newty is doing more on behalf of Obama than anything I’ve done by pointing it out. Was Newty able to criticize Paul Ryan with a straight face? How does an accusation of “right-wing social engineering” sit with you? Apparently you’re okay with it.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’m just surprised that someone like Dana Perino, who is ostensibly on our side, seems to be wilfully ignorant about the reasons for Clinton’s impeachement. If we can’t count on “True Conservatives” like Perino to get it right, God help us with the MSM.

Kataklysmic on January 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Watching her on The Five….

It sure looks like she’s in the tank for Romney, trying to push the anti-Newt narrative.

idesign on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

All this infighting really sucks

steel guy on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Newt bring nothing. Zero. Carries the old, angry white man vote, and the South and Great Plains. Race is over before it starts

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

But you’re forgetting the debates! It’s okay for Newt to lose every swing state and make Walter Mondale look like a winner, he will tear Obama a new one in the debates.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Marriage and “sanctity” are not words that should be used when discussing the fat marxist narcisistic clown.

Jailbreak on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Conservative and consistent are not words that should be used when discussing governor goodhair.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

But, Lubbock?

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Husband works just west of Lubbock…and I don’t drive.
Lubbock has much that’s within walking distance…by MY standards anyway. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Really? Because I heard he’d push to overturn ObamaCare and Romney wouldn’t. Huh.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Just goes to show what you don’t know.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Newty is doing more on behalf of Obama than anything I’ve done by pointing it out.
cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

You stick with that.

cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Uh…money?
Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I was thinking it was because he didn’t want his chance to be Speaker of the House jeopardized.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Conservative and consistent are not words that should be used when discussing governor goodhair.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Rick Perry is no longer in the race.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Nor is Newt. Have you seen his waistline lately?

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Was Newty able to criticize Paul Ryan with a straight face? How does an accusation of “right-wing social engineering” sit with you?

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Since I’m sure you wouldn’t be arguing dishonestly, I’m sure you just didn’t know that he didn’t call Ryan’s plan “right wing social engineering” and has endorsed Ryan’s plan, right?

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Conservative and consistent are not words that should be used when discussing governor goodhair.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Serial hypocrisy runs deep among the True Conservatives.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

as long as it isn’t obama or mittens, we can live with the results for 4 years

smitty41 on January 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It’s clear what’s going on by just looking at the poll numbers.

Santorum is collapsing and his supporters are migrating to Newt. Perry dropping out might have a similar effect. Romney’s numbers have been pretty consistent in SC.

gyrmnix on January 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Newty is doing more on behalf of Obama than anything I’ve done by pointing it out. Was Newty able to criticize Paul Ryan with a straight face? How does an accusation of “right-wing social engineering” sit with you? Apparently you’re okay with it.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

read the entire quote and explain how that is an accusation. that should be fun.

MTLassen on January 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Newt bring nothing. Zero. Carries the old, angry white man vote, and the South and Great Plains. Race is over before it starts

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

But you’re forgetting the debates! It’s okay for Newt to lose every swing state and make Walter Mondale look like a winner, he will tear Obama a new one in the debates.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I mentioned the old, angry, white male, right wing vote. He’ll carry that 12% of the population with gusto.

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

liberal4life

Was stopped by two female Mormon missionaries on a walk yesterday.

Nice girls. Gave me a card and went on their way.

Not of their religion a’tall, but they seemed like good people.

I guess I must have missed the horns underneath their stocking caps.

As I said, the honorable and noble Robert E. Lee would call people like you who would defame a Southern state like South Carolina a “cad and a pissant.”

I don’t even want to tell you what Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson would have done with the likes of you.

Good thing our home-grown religious bigots are so few in number.

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Your own link shows Romney going from a 10 pt avg lead to a 1 pt avg lead in a week. That’s a nosedive.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Mitt’s polling is stable, it’s a Newt surge… not a Mitt nosedive…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I dunno’, I’m still tryin’ to figure out how you came to the conclusion Clinton was impeached for adultery.
cozmo on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I didn’t say that clown. FTR:

Ha!! The Clinton scandals don’t matter? How Gingrich did his job as Speaker doesn’t matter? Tell that to the Historians. Moreover, Clinton was not impeached over an affair, it was about lying and suborning perjury.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hypocrisy and the law are two entirely different topics.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

bluegill and HORACE hardest hit by this news

DanMan on January 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

May need to go on suicide watch if Newt wins SC in a blowout.

PatrickHenry599 on January 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

But you’re forgetting the debates! It’s okay for Newt to lose every swing state and make Walter Mondale look like a winner, he will tear Obama a new one in the debates.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Obama will avoid debating anyone.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Try again:

“We must repeal and replace the left’s big government health bill with real solutions that will lower costs and improve health outcomes.” – Newt Gingrich

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Newt believes in capitalism, not corporate raiding where you pump up a company with debt, cash out and leave the employees to be laid off and the shareholders with an empty bag.

alwaysfiredup on January 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’m sure the folks at MSNBC agree with you. That’s the problem.

cicerone on January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Buy Danish

“I think it would have jeopardized his Speakership.”

Well, that, too, but I think $’s were dancing in his head also.

Horace on January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

This is really one of the most interesting things I have ever watched unfold in real time and I have seen a lot of very interesting things over the last two decades.

Mord on January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Mr. Freddie Mac Historian wouldn’t know capitalism if it bit him in the ass.

haner on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Of course, you’re right, as usual.

The house that Newt built

After leaving Congress under a cloud in 1999, Newt Gingrich transformed himself into an entrepreneur, building an empire of companies and nonprofits that took in about $150 million over the past decade. Read more

Flora Duh on January 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

If it’s Newt I’ll vote for him, If it’s Romney I’ll vote for him, If it’s Santorum I’ll vote for him. Hell if it’s Paul I’ll vote for him too. Just not 4 more years of Obama please god.

steel guy on January 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

May need to go on suicide watch if Newt wins SC in a blowout.

PatrickHenry599 on January 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

No worry of THAT happening.

Gunlock Bill on January 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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