Quotes of the day

posted at 10:46 pm on January 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

“I have, for my sins, watched Gingrich make his pitch across what feels like seventeen thousand Republican primary debates, and I am at a loss to identify the ‘big ideas’ and ‘big solutions’ that he is supposedly campaigning on. Yes, he has an implausible supply-side tax plan, but you never hear him talk about it. He has technically signed on to some form of entitlement reform, but you never hear him talk about that, either. Instead, so far as I can tell, his ‘idea-oriented’ campaign consists almost entirely of promising to hold Lincoln-Douglas-style debates with President Obama, grandstanding about media bias and moderator stupidity, defending his history of ideological flexibility much more smoothly than Mitt Romney, and then occasionally throwing out a wonky-sounding notion (like, say, outsourcing E-Verify to American Express) that’s more glib than genuinely significant. His last-minute momentum in South Carolina, which last night’s debate did nothing to derail, has been generated almost exclusively by the politics of ressentiment: If he wins the Palmetto State primary, it will be because conservative voters don’t much like the mainstream press, and Gingrich has mastered the art of taking tough questions and turning them into dudgeon-rich denunciations of the liberal media and all its works…

“[I]f the Iowa results spoke well of that state’s electorate, a victory for Gingrich this weekend will say something less kind about South Carolinians: They’ll be elevating, as Mitt Romney’s final adversary, a man whose ‘idea-based’ campaign has been anything but, and who won last night’s debate (or at least won its biggest ovation) by turning the topic of his own serial adulteries into an exercise in self-righteousness so shameless that Bill Clinton would have blushed to deliver it.”

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“Being an idea man is fine when you’re writing books, providing commentary and touring the country giving lectures. And it’s apparently enough to make waves in a presidential primary. But Gingrich’s non-traditional campaign failed to qualify for the ballot in his home state of Virginia. And it simply won’t cut it when going after President Obama’s billion dollar plus war chest in a general election. This is something that John McCain proved last time when he won the nomination with a skeleton campaign, only to see his lack of organization (among other things) come back to haunt him in November.

“Beyond that, however excited Gingrich gets by ideas, if he can’t manage a small campaign staff because he’s simply ‘not capable of being a sort of traditional candidate,’ it’s hard to see how he’d competently manage the presidency.

“If Gingrich wins South Carolina and extends the primary, his lack of a traditional campaign will begin to work against him and to the advantage of Mitt Romney as the race goes national. And it will further reinforce Romney’s argument that his managerial competence makes him better equipped to defeat Obama and govern once in office.”

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“Once forced to combat the president in a clash of 60-second sound bites refereed by Obama’s politically-correct buddies, Newt’s supposedly great debating strengths will backfire badly. In a Republican primary, his haymakers draw cheers from the partisan crowd and the commentators marvel at what a crafty street brawler he is. In a general election debate, the crowd of ‘independents’ will boo and the very same ‘news’ people will suddenly he horrified by the bull who just smashed their china shop to bits…

“Newt would be disarmed in this fight on multiple levels. First, he would lose the expectations game before he even started. Then, knowing his bar would be nearly impossible to hurdle; his massive ego would provoke him into lunging for a knockout on every punch. This would play right into the hands of the super coolheaded Obama who will be confident knowing that the referees will score anything his way as long as he simply stays on his feet.

“In short, the whole affair would be an unmitigated disaster.”

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“Gingrich was great at rabble rousing. He was awful at actually managing things. That’s why, again, in the single campaign where he was clearly, unambiguously unchallenged as the architect of national GOP campaign strategy, in 1998, he took a lay of the land that virtually every pundit in the land thought would create at least a 15-seat Republican net gain in the House (Gingrich himself predicted as much as a 30-seat gain), and turned it into a five-seat loss that came within a hair’s breadth in about four races of blowing the entire House majority.

“Meanwhile, how can people say he has ‘changed’ or ‘grown’ or ‘matured’? It was less than a year ago that he was trashing Paul Ryan’s budget as ‘right-wing social engineering.’ It was as recently as 2010 that he was still endorsing a version of the individual health-care mandate. It was just last week that he was attacking Bain Capital from an extreme, left-wing position. Sorry, but that ain’t maturation — and it might explain why he took a 20-point lead in Iowa and a tied-for-lead in New Hampshire and, within about three weeks time, turned them into, respectively, fourth- and fifth-place finishes there. Only in his own backyard, in a state (South Carolina) neighboring his longtime Georgia home, could he hope to be competitive. Even if you give him credit for 1994, Gingrich has been involved in just eight heavily contested elections so far (for the House in 1974, 1976, 1978, and 1992, for the national House elections of 1994 and 1998, and for Iowa and New Hampshire this year so far) — and he has won just three of them. He effectively lost in 1974, 1976, 1998, Iowa, and New Hampshire. And this is the standard bearer who supposedly is going to slay Barack Obama via a series of Lincoln-Douglas debates that of course will never happen anyway?!? I think not.”

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“Fox News, 1/12-1/14:
Obama, fav/unfav, 51%/46%, +5
Romney, fav/unfav, 45%/38%, +7
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 27%/56%, -29

“CBS/NYT, 1/12-1/17:
Obama, fav/unfav, 38%/45%, -7
Romney, fav/unfav, 21%/35%, -14
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 17%/49%, -32

“PPP, 1/13-1/17:
Obama, app/dis, 47%/50%, -3
Romney, fav/unfav, 35%/53%, -18
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 26%/60%, -34

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“Rather than lapsing into the standard ‘Aw-shucks, I’m just an average guy’ political routine, Gingrich went out of his way to embrace his man-on-the-ramparts-of-history persona. Asked about a single regret in the campaign, Newt gave a lesson in Newtonian physics: ‘I would skip the opening three months where I hired regular consultants and tried to figure how to be a normal candidate. And I would just go straight to being a big ideas, big solutions, Internet-based campaign from day one.’ This is Gingrich practicing the politics of authenticity just like he does when he wears suits while campaigning on weekends. Unlike Romney, Gingrich knows who he is and doesn’t try to hide it.

“The fact is, the former House speaker personifies conservatism much as Ronald Reagan did in 1980. With two thirds of the state’s GOP electorate older than 45 (based on 2008 exit polls), voters remember that Newt was the most important Republican of the 1990s. His triumphs in a bleak decade for the GOP earn him a degree of latitude that will never be granted to Romney, no matter what hard-right positions Mitt takes in the quest for the nomination.

“The danger, of course, in this hairpin-turn political season is to over-react to Gingrich’s momentum. Chip Felkel, a Greenville-based GOP political consultant who has not taken sides in the primary, reflected my view of the primary when he said, ‘It’s going to be close. The events of the last 72 hours mean that it could go either way.’ Say what you will about Gingrich — and entire libraries can be written pro-and-con — he remains the most fascinating candidate of this political season. And while he probably will not get the nomination, rest assured that he will not exit the stage quietly. Not after his latest miraculous return from the great beyond.”

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Conservatives’ #1 enemy is NOT Obama, Reid or Pelousy… IT IS THE MEDIA.

Newt gets it. He fights. We must have a FIGHTER.

Mitt will play the media’s game.

(Ed and AP were, and probably are still, out drinking last night. The RINOs are getting restless.

GO NEWT !

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

stenwin…you must have missed HA article yesterday on Newt’s playfulness with the media. Newt’s the insider and is not so much a fighter against them than what he likes to portray. :o)

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Who died and made you King of Hot Air, boy?

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Ok so then what kind of boy bot are you?

Oh and FO again.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Newt will be 70 next year. I Wonder how that card will be played by the Dems and their media.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

And if the economy starts to recover it will be quite difficult to beat Obama.

albill on January 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Read kingjester’s blog post, according to Romney, it already is recovering.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

JellyToast on January 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Good post. I thought that as well. At this point…..it is doing us not good to argue with those who don’t want to listen. The MSM, GOP establishment and the left are all trying to shape voters minds. Even Fox News is desperately in the bag for Romney. The money trail goes deep with Bain, Clear channel and Fox News.

My only suggestion is to lead and somehow those who truly want to change this country around will see the light. I for one will only make my point with facts from now on. I will not get into a pissing contest on who’s candidate is better….because in the end…I’d take Romney and Paul over Obama anyday. I am a big Newt supporter but my main objective is to remove the Marxist in the White House. We cannot let ourselved get caught up in the hype….My come to “Jesus” moment again…that slapped me in the face was this weeks contrast…..Newt fighting for himself, his family and this country…and then watching a President giving an invitation only townhall meeting at Disney on my dime!!! I am so infuriated by this and then to top it off…..he’s singing at the Apollo? My god people….we are witnessing Marxist propaganda on both sides (fox News)(ABC)…..on our AMERICAN SOIL!!! WAKE UP!!!

coach1228 on January 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Ok so then what kind of boy bot are you?

Oh and FO again.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I’m not a bot. I’m a Reagan Conservative.

Expansive Vocabulary you have there, Walt Whitman.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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Thank you!

I find interesting that we are over here protecting a right that is currently happening today in SC and eventually all over America and yet too few Americans take this right seriously.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

g2825m:Exactly so,and Canadians as well!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Newt will be 70 next year. I Wonder how that card will be played by the Dems and their media.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

REAGAN WAS 69 WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN. HE TURNED 70 THAT FEBUARY. NOT AN ISSUE AT ALL….

coach1228 on January 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

When no one’s around.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha:I got your memo,from last night,
I too,am slow to respond at times!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

ANSWER:

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchill

Question: Why does Newt have so many enemies from his time as Speaker.?

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Happy primary day! Thanks for the link canopfor.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

tinkerthinker:Lol,anytime,I’m rounding up more!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Modified Thu, Oct 20, 2011 02:18 PM

22,000 added to voter list lacking ID
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In May, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a bill requiring photo identification when people cast ballots at the state’s polling places. The acceptable photo IDs include South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s licenses and ID cards, a U.S. Military ID, a passport or new voter registration cards with a photo.

Without those forms of identification, they can still cast a provisional ballot or vote absentee. And they can use existing registration cards or even a utility bill to get a new voter registration card at their county election offices.
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canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Conservatives’ #1 enemy is NOT Obama, Reid or Pelousy… IT IS THE MEDIA.

Newt gets it. He fights. We must have a FIGHTER.

Mitt will play the media’s game.

(Ed and AP were, and probably are still, out drinking last night. The RINOs are getting restless.

GO NEWT !

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Yep.
What a strange development, eh … a Republican with ‘nads.
Cage Match – Newton v. Willard. My money aint on the Ken Doll.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hi guy! What a day we have coming after what a week!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The smell of desperation is in the air…

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

If Mitt wants to be president, he better start acting and sounding like he really does want it. He came into the race backed by the R party elites and chosen as the only won who was electable and the only won who stood a chance at beating Zero. We heard that song and dance last time from the maverick. The people in charge need to know that they’re not in charge like they did in ’10. We haven’t gone away, just stopped to reload.

Kissmygrits on January 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Question: Why does Newt have so many enemies from his time as Speaker.?

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Because he had too much power and he didn’t let them spend.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

But here’s the question: If Gingrich is afforded so much credit for the House takeover in 1994, why shouldn’t John Boehner claim the credit for the House takeover in 2010? After all, the GOP made a much higher net gain of seats in 2010 than in 1994. (I’m not saying Boehner should get the lion’s share of the credit; my point is that there’s no reason for Gingrich to get more of it than Boehner does, for a lesser numerical triumph.
g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

WOW, you clearly weren’t around then.

The Tea Party did all the heavy lifting in 2010. Boner did NADA, ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH to bring a “conservative” victory… as opposed to Newt in pre-1994. He worked tirelessly to create structure and organizations to recruit and train people to run. The GOP laughed at his idea to get a GOP majority. He did it without them, basically.

There is NO denying that Newt was a key player in the 1994 sweep that the GOP enjoyed as well as a key player in many of the legislative successes of that era.

stenwin77 on January 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Newt will be 70 next year. I Wonder how that card will be played by the Dems and their media.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

My guy knows how to deal with Obama and his media, so I’m not too worried about it. :-)

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The smell of desperation is in the air…

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

It smells good. :-)

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I love Lewis Grizzard, I believe I have all his books in my library.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

How is everyone this fine Saturday morning? I must admit some of you seem a bit grouchy. Why is that? It’s state three, the beginning of the process, relax, have another cup of coffee. Decaf.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

How is everyone this fine Saturday morning? I must admit some of you seem a bit grouchy. Why is that? It’s state three, the beginning of the process, relax, have another cup of coffee. Decaf.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Good morning. On my second pot. Decaf.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

How is everyone this fine Saturday morning? I must admit some of you seem a bit grouchy. Why is that? It’s state three, the beginning of the process, relax, have another cup of coffee. Decaf.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Cindy Munford:A-1,accept my grandson is playing havoc with me
googly hunts and postings,haha,but hes leaving
soon!!:)

Grouchy,thank-gawd,I’m a morning person!

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

That must be why you are always pleasant.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I’m just so jealous I can’t even work up the tiniest bit of sympathy for you. Have you and the wife got both of grandbabies?

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Mornin’, Miss Cindy. I’m trying not to explode in a full-blown world famous KJ Rant. But these new…err…individuals…and, some of the old ones, are making it difficult.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

How is everyone this fine Saturday morning? I must admit some of you seem a bit grouchy. Why is that? It’s state three, the beginning of the process, relax, have another cup of coffee. Decaf.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Hey good morning! Must admit, I’m excited but not grouchy…two cups of Puerto Rican coffee- caffeinated.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

It was John McCain’s point with your thumb limp noodle attacks on Obama that got us into this mess. If he would have had the balls to stick his finger in his chest and call Obama out for what he is, he would have won.

But he did beat Mitt because as soft as he was, he looked tough by comparison.

We don’t need another thumb pointing puss for Obama to beat up on. We need someone who will fire up the base, and who is not too cosmopolitan to kick Obama in the nuts.

Nobody give a crap if he has a plan.

Allahpundit is a pure dipshit.

conservativeBC on January 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Hi guy! What a day we have coming after what a week!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Ladysmith GulchaVulcha:U-Betcha,only another million Primaries
to go!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Haha!! And only half a kabillion debates to go.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

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canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM
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Haha!! And only half a kabillion debates to go.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha:Haha,NeverEnding Primary Story!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Rant away, give them something new to complain about.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

We live in exciting times.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM
I’m just so jealous I can’t even work up the tiniest bit of sympathy for you. Have you and the wife got both of grandbabies?

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Cindy Munford:Lol,

just my #2 sons,we get him,about 3 days out of the week,(hes
2)and my oldest son,brings our other grandchild,every 2 days
and hes a boy,at 1 years old!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Yes, ma’am. I’ll be glad to.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You and Mrs. canopfor are the best grandparents ever!! I don’t know what I would have done without my folks when my three were coming up. I would have rather had a root canal than to take all three somewhere at once, unless it was to play or eat (fast food).

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

It’s good for their circulation and rhetorical skills.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

S.C. Primary Election Results!

2012 Presidential Republican Primary Election Results

Results for and Individual County:
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canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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You and Mrs. canopfor are the best grandparents ever!! I don’t know what I would have done without my folks when my three were coming up. I would have rather had a root canal than to take all three somewhere at once, unless it was to play or eat (fast food).

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Cindy Munford:Well,my grandparents basically raised me,and
we also have a lab,and 3 cats into the mix,th
anks for the kind words!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Haha!! And only half a kabillion debates to go.

As if America’s success could be secured by any number of Lincoln/Douglas style debates between Newt and Obama! Though the reality of dupes exists, I’m not buying. As if flip-flop Newt/Mitt administrations would curtail federal executive abuses exploited by the previous administrations. Rather, only MORE.

As ever, the 2012 point for voting is Constitutional Governance.

maverick muse on January 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It’s really very simple: Newt Gingrich cannot be trusted. Two wives, a conservative President and conservative Gongress can attest to that simple truth. The Republican Party once stood for some important issues, honesty, trustworthiness, family values. If it supports Gingrich, no longer will the party be able to claim the moral high ground. Instead, it will be ridiculed for selling out to watch a few journalists be made uncomfortable for a moment or two. I am seriously wondering if the Republican Party can survive at all. (Where is all the disgust that was thrown at Clinton? And the ethics violations haven’t even surfaced yet.) People who now fervently support him will soon look back at him like they now look back at Cain…

Oracleforhire on January 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

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