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.”

***

“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.”

***

“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.”

***

“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.”

***

“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

***

“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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Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

OH stuff it! :)

golfmann on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Allah, I’m curious. Do you dislike Newt because you don’t think he can win (given that he’s not actually running a general election campaign yet or anything) or is it because of his presumably philandering ways/seeming willingness to make too many concessions to the other side?

cynccook on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Predictions from the quotes:

Personal attack on John Ziegler and Ross Douthat as RINOs.

Dismissal of Fox News as a left-biased organization, or assertion that the only poll that matters is the one in November (bonus points for mentions of strippers and race-car drivers), or equating a Republican primary in a deeply conservative state to a general election in the country at large.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Newt’s gonna win a crushing victory tomorrow…

Tea Party!!

golfmann on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

“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.

He just says stuff. I can hardly believe he was the author of the Contract w/ America. Who knows what he’ll say next. He likes to bedazzle. He can’t lead, because you can’t follow him. Go Mittens.

Paul-Cincy on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Hear, hear, hear, Mr. Lobbyist!

residentblue on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Go Newt!

tinkerthinker on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Love the fact that Newt is neutering Mittens..but once he’s in the WH. he’s gonna be a whole new nightmare to deal with…

Newt and Mittens need to kill each other off and then the real conservative can step in and blow the primary shy high!

katy on January 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Duke,er,

NewtNuke’em!!!

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

cynccook on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Do you understand what’s happening with QOTD? Each of those paragraphs above are not written by AP, they’re linked to the source of who actually did write it. It’s an easy mistake to make.

mike_NC9 on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Well thanks AP, that collection should bring the Mittwitts out of the rafters and off the ledges for a couple more days.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I can’t wait to watch the exploding heads tomorrow night. And I wonder what kind of bombs will be dropped during the day.

SlaveDog on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Let’s see: five blatant anti-Newt hits and one mildly condescending sorta pro-Newt blurb. Yep, that’s the same percentage you use to give Sarah Palin.

KyWriter on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I am going to vote ABO, but inside I am crying. I believe the candidates that are running this year. In a year where we couldn’t lose; we are doing our darndest to try..

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I love how newt ruined the coronation party for the mittbots. not yet mitties, not yet.

nathor on January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Sarah Palin said that this would be an unorthodox campaign. We all thought she was talking only about herself but it looks like she might have been talking about the campaign in general.

Anyway, this election will NOT be decided on the actual details of how-to-do-it but instead on ability to figure it out.

Newt has the spine that the voters want, Newt has the personal repentance that voters want, and Newt has the experience that voters want. He has stated conservative values and managed to convince a substantial portion of tea partiers that he means it. Tea partiers are not a group that is easily fooled and are extremely unlikely to be blinded by BS.

Sorry, Mittens lovers and Santorum soldiers, but that’s the way it is here in the flyover heartland.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Do you understand what’s happening with QOTD? Each of those paragraphs above are not written by AP, they’re linked to the source of who actually did write it. It’s an easy mistake to make.

mike_NC9 on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

If you follow Allah on Twitter, he makes no secret of his antipathy towards Gingrich (or Romney or Paul, for that matter). I’m asking him a sincere question because I consider his opinion to be worth hearing, even though he works very hard at appearing neutral on this site.

cynccook on January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Well thanks AP, that collection should bring the Mittwitts out of the rafters and off the ledges for a couple more days.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I love their righteous indignation of anyone who proposes any kind of government intervention all the while ignoring the elephant in the room-Romneycare!

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

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

Here we go again with the polls.

Last poll I checked, Romney will lose to Obama 45-41 in the general.

If polls are so important, why are we still bothering to run against Obama at all? Aren’t we just wasting our time?

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I really wish all the anti-republicanism-America-haters would stop attacking our form of government!

astonerii on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

not yet mitties, not yet.

nathor on January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

It’s going to take a lot of Freddie Mac money to win in Florida, methinks.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Well thanks AP, that collection should bring the Mittwitts out of the rafters and off the ledges for a couple more days.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You sure are kind. BTW, did you respond to me on the pajamas thread?

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

and I am at a loss to identify the ‘big ideas’ and ‘big solutions’ that he is supposedly campaigning on.

He should say things like
Yes We can
and
Si Se Puede
and
Hope and Change
and
Hey hey ho ho yomamma is a h0
and stuff like that,
so that the absolute geniuses who matter in the media can understand and simplify for the smelly peasants with broken teeth

burrata on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Funny.

SparkPlug on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I did but now I am flirting with viking01′s very favorable imagination.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Newt is a loser. He’ll probably end up getting impeached by his own party if he ends up becomming president.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You sure do like doing rimshots on the lavender boyz. I’m beginning to wonder about you. :)

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I love how newt ruined the coronation party for the mittbots. not yet mitties, not yet.

nathor on January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

It’s ridiculous that historically the three states of Iowa, NH, and SC have so much sway in determining the eventual nominee. There needs to be a restructuring of this process.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

The choice,

either its,”Political Correct Mittens”,which will probably be a neverending Liberal GoldMine of word flubs,and MSM induced screw
-ups,as so far,he has demonstrated,stuttering/stammering,when fl
ustered!

Or,Newt,who is Communication Savvy,in knowing,when a liberal MSM Op
erative,is setting up a verbal Claymore Ambushy,to set up “GOTCHA”
soundbiteys!!

And the CNN John King ordeal,proved that!!

So,who’s Politcal bags,are you willing to carry,into the
General!!!

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Newt bought his coronation gown a month and a half ago before a single vote was cast.

“I’ll be the nominee guys, everybody should just get out now”

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I did but now I am flirting with viking01′s very favorable imagination.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Well, I guess I’ll go look and see. Be careful with viking01 – he’s very intense.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

rest assured that he will not exit the stage quietly

bingo..it is all about newt. if the county has to lose to obama so be it.

r keller on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

When you believe that one man is truly the answer, logic may not always enter into the reasoning.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You sure do like doing rimshots on the lavender boyz. I’m beginning to wonder about you. :)

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You said rimshot.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Well thanks AP, that collection should bring the Mittwitts out of the rafters and off the ledges for a couple more days.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You’re not making us like your guy any more with that kind of derogatory language.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Newt is keeping Mittens from a very embarrassing premature emaculation..

katy on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

1. Too many problems from head to toe with Douthat’s article to catalog, but the first paragraph that Allahpundit quoted: I’m not so sure the Slimes-ster didn’t a lot of that right.

2. ressentiment:
(a)Douthat going all Rouchefoucauld on the peeps.
(b)Newt planning attack on Douthat for speaking French.

3. “Half the Charm and Twice the Abrasiveness” is a good line.

kunegetikos on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

cynccook on January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Sorry I misunderstood. Thanks.

mike_NC9 on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

And that’s exactly why you need to settle down and stop insulting people. Newt is his own worst enemy.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

When you believe that one man is truly the answer, logic may not always enter into the reasoning.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Well, my wife believes that but since the marriage is doing almost perfectly well it doesn’t need logic.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Go Newt! Not all women are dumb enough to be turned on by Romney (Ann Coulter’s thrill up her leg excepted).

Connie on January 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Really balanced selection of Newt sucks quotes. All I can say is that SC is red state all the way so deal with it. The end result of the primary is not as important as the fact that the establishment cannot buy it. If Mitt wins he will have to earn it. That is a good thing.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

It’s ridiculous that historically the three states of Iowa, NH, and SC have so much sway in determining the eventual nominee. There needs to be a restructuring of this process.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

NH is fine, plenty of smart and even handed people in there. Maybe make it a closed ballot is all.

IA and SC should be at the back of the pack, people there only care about who their pastor tells them to vote for.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

No Mitt, we don’t allow returns on coronation gowns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Newt bought his coronation gown a month and a half ago before a single vote was cast.

“I’ll be the nominee guys, everybody should just get out now”

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Comedy fail. You suck.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I am at a loss to identify the ‘big ideas’ and ‘big solutions’ that he is supposedly campaigning on

The Bain attacks are wrong-headed. But these were a pretty clear set of big ideas, dude.

AshleyTKing on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Sorry I misunderstood. Thanks.

mike_NC9 on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

No problem; he’s ignoring the question anyway.

cynccook on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

The choice,

either its,”Political Correct Mittens”,which will probably be a neverending Liberal GoldMine of word flubs,and MSM induced screw
-ups,as so far,he has demonstrated,stuttering/stammering,when fl
ustered!

Or,Newt,who is Communication Savvy,in knowing,when a liberal MSM Op
erative,is setting up a verbal Claymore Ambushy,to set up “GOTCHA”
soundbiteys!!

Either one would still be better than the maverick guy who we chose to represent us in 2008.

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

You said rimshot.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

And you noticed. I would hate to play poker with you. And no, poke-er doesn’t count.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

So,who’s Politcal bags,are you willing to carry,into the
General!!!

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Two 747s would be needed to carry 250 million…
Or an anxious wife….
or two….
:)

Electrongod on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Newt is keeping Mittens from a very embarrassing premature emaculation..

katy on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I had to read that twice.

SparkPlug on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

You’re not making us like your guy any more with that kind of derogatory language.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

And you’ve said what to make us like “your guy” anymore?
It goes around, it comes around.

We could all just get together and tear down Obammy, but instead we draw swords on each other. I’ll lay mine down when you do.

In the meantime, en garde!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

the contrast between the organization and discipline of the left vs. the clown party that’s on the right is quite depressing

obama had organization galore…in fact, so much so that it felt like he was just the titular head..the puppet.

the meanest thing hillary ever said to obama was about rezko being a slumlord. one time…that is all. of course barry played the race card against her and bill…but everything was muted w/barry

R’s are undisciplined…and really, seem to not care about a guy who is perfectly happy taking down keystone and jobs because his fringe leftist base doesn’t want it

r keller on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If Mitt wins he will have to earn it. That is a good thing.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

This. +100.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Go Newt! Not all women are dumb enough to be turned on by Romney (Ann Coulter’s thrill up her leg excepted).

Connie on January 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I just want to mess up Romney’s hair a little bit. I couldn’t be married to a Ken doll or any man that has better hair then me. :)

melle1228 on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Damn…Ross, those grapes of yours are mighty sour.

NeoKong on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If he wins the Palmetto State primary, it will be because conservative voters don’t much like the mainstream press

That’s it, right there, that and he’s not Romney.

How about conservative voters despise the MSM?

Norky on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

You said rimshot.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

And you noticed. I would hate to play poker with you. And no, poke-er doesn’t count.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

: P

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

“First in the South”
Primary Day, JANUARY 21, 2012
********************************
********************************

Primary Day UpDates,and Candidate Tracker
(who is going where,and what time itinerary!
——————————————–

http://www.scgop.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Luckily it is easier to be the answer for one person rather than a nation. Not effortless, just easier.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

NH is fine, plenty of smart and even handed people in there. Maybe make it a closed ballot is all.

IA and SC should be at the back of the pack, people there only care about who their pastor tells them to vote for.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Never said they weren’t. But the number of delegates they bring into the game (and Iowa) doesn’t seem to make since with the prestige they are given as determiners of who gets the nomination and who doesn’t. States with much larger delegate numbers become irrelevant because someone as been declared the candidate well before it gets to them. Bogus.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

You’re not making us like your guy any more with that kind of derogatory language.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Do you own a mirror?

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Let’s see: five blatant anti-Newt hits and one mildly condescending sorta pro-Newt blurb. Yep, that’s the same percentage you use to give Sarah Palin.

KyWriter on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

No kidding.

Somehow, it doesn’t dissuade me from Newt. (Nor a lot of other people, given that last Hot Air poll.)

Alana on January 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

It’s going to take a lot of Freddie Mac money to win in Florida, methinks.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

no, he already was in the lead there before the negative campaign started. newt is going to prolong this primary for a long time

nathor on January 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Two 747s would be needed to carry 250 million…
Or an anxious wife….
or two….
:)

Electrongod on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Electrongod:Ugh,ya,and MariannUnFaithful would want in as well!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

IA and SC should be at the back of the pack, people there only care about who their pastor tells them to vote for.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

While I think they have too much early influence I also think this was a cheap shot. You sound like O!bama and his “bitter clinger” comments. I think they have too much early stroke, but I’ll never insult them in such a condescending fashion.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Really balanced selection of Newt sucks quotes.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

+1

kunegetikos on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Personal attack on John Ziegler

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Oh come on now. The man is a few pencils short of a pencil box. Had he said the opposite you would have zero qualms trashing him.

alwaysfiredup on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

While I think they have too much early influence I also think this was a cheap shot. You sound like O!bama and his “bitter clinger” comments. I think they have too much early stroke, but I’ll never insult them in such a condescending fashion.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

SC’s not as bad as Iowa, but look who’s won in Iowa for the past 30 years or so and tell me that I’m not telling the truth.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I did but now I am flirting with viking01′s very favorable imagination.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

My imagination ? That red leather cocktail dress of yours is truly stunning.

Well, I guess I’ll go look and see. Be careful with viking01 – he’s very intense.

platypus on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up drinking.

viking01 on January 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Well thanks AP, that collection should bring the Mittwitts out of the rafters and off the ledges for a couple more days.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You’re not making us like your guy any more with that kind of derogatory language.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

As wrong minded as you are, your guy could be Ronald Reagan and Jesus rolled into one and I would have to think about backing him.
I’m guessing your name is one punch for a reason. At least that’s what they say at your local ER anyway.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

SC’s not as bad as Iowa, but look who’s won in Iowa for the past 30 years or so and tell me that I’m not telling the truth.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

And no one, absolutely no one, has ever influenced your decisions? Such a stalwart!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I did not like Newt coming out and trashing Paul Ryans plan.
I did not like Mitt being quiet during JugEarCare.
Neither, were very noisy while Sarah Palin was fighting the stimulus plan, and JugEarCare.
Heard from Ron Paul’s son about both…not so much from daddy.
Radio Rick tried!
I hope none of them are embarrassed tomorrow and continue on!

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Oh come on now. The man is a few pencils short of a pencil box.

alwaysfiredup on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

That’s funny, because when he made that Palin documentary, I heard nothing but effusive praise for his insight and his intellect.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

After watching Newt’s smack down of John King can you imagine 4 years of White House press conferences by Gingrich? Part Chris Christie and part Don Rumsfeld…’must see TV’.

Deep Timber on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

For the last 6 years of the Bush presidency I watched a White House try to play rope-a-dope against the Donks and the MSM.

Rove’s strategy was a disaster.

I’m sick of the people I support allowing themselves to be punching bags.

I’m not nuts about Newt, but fer Chrissakes, at least the guy throws a counter-punch now and then.

If we’re goin’ down in November let’s at least go down with guns blazing…

Bruno Strozek on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I had to read that twice.

SparkPlug on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

:)

katy on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

If Newt doesn’t win this, Hot Air may just implode tomorrow. That said, it sure looks like a close one!

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

R’s are undisciplined…and really, seem to not care about a guy who is perfectly happy taking down keystone and jobs because his fringe leftist base doesn’t want it

r keller on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

He is his fringe leftist base. That’s who he is.

Alana on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Oh Sh*t,High Noon at Ham House!
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2012 elections
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Gingrich, Romney heading for Ham House showdown in SC over schedule conflict

– @NBCPoliticsStory metadata:
Submitted 5 mins ago from firstread.msnbc.msn.com by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Call it the Ham House Showdown.
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Incredulous reporters first thought there was a mistake. Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney scheduled events at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C., at 10:45 a.m. ET Saturday. For Romney, the event will be his final public appearance before results are announced Saturday night.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/20/10202845-gingrich-romney-heading-for-ham-house-showdown
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Candidate’s Itinerary

9:30 AM – Mitt Romney
Tommy’s Ham House
214 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC

10:45 AM – Newt Gingrich
Tommy’s Ham House
214 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC

http://www.scgop.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

And no one, absolutely no one, has ever influenced your decisions? Such a stalwart!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I look at the candidates and decide who is the most conservative based on conservative ideals, then factor in flaws, electability, etc.

IA voters get driven to the caucus by their pastor (remember 08?) and informed of how they will be voting.

Big difference.

And no one, absolutely no one, has ever influenced your decisions? Such a stalwart!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

They call me 1punch because the last time I uppercut somebody they sailed through the air 16 blocks or so, fell through the roof of the infirmary, and landed face down/spread eagle on an ER cot.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

and the band played on..:)

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

It’s ridiculous that historically the three states of Iowa, NH, and SC have so much sway in determining the eventual nominee. There needs to be a restructuring of this process.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Ridiculous, yes. It is how the parties, both of them, have long controlled the selection of their nominees. When they had to give up selecting candidates at conventions, in those horrible smoke-filled rooms, and “turn it over to the people” in primaries and such, well, they selected where those votes would first be cast, in easily controllable venues.

While it is different, it is the same. Nothing in politics or love is ever as it seems. And nothing ever changes, except for the names.

TXUS on January 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

If Newt doesn’t win this, Hot Air may just implode tomorrow. That said, it sure looks like a close one!

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

aryeung:Dude….your harshing my predicted Newt win tommorrow!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

You’ve seen him, right? He’s a total loon.

alwaysfiredup on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

About time…America is craving bloody red meat, and Newt is about to put it on the table. We are tired of having to digest pre-packaged tofu like Romney and his ilk.

MooCowBang on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

And no one, absolutely no one, has ever influenced your decisions? Such a stalwart!

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

They call me 1punch because the last time I uppercut somebody they sailed through the air 16 blocks or so, fell through the roof of the infirmary, and landed face down/spread eagle on an ER cot.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Oh, this is rich.
I’m guessing you have a red corvette or a red lambourgini too, but most likely, you have a red 1972 Pinto and still live with mommy.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

aryeung:Dude….your harshing my predicted Newt win tommorrow!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

I have this sinking feeling that if Newt doesn’t sweep the state, the Mitt Romney people will be out in full force tomorrow.

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

You’ve seen him, right? He’s a total loon.

alwaysfiredup on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Yes I have. And yes he is. He’s unstable, prone to flying off the handle, degrades quickly into petulant personal attacks to make political points, and thinks rather too highly of himself and his own significance.

Not, oddly enough, unlike Newt Gingrich.

KingGold on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Either one would still be better than the maverick guy who we chose to represent us in 2008.

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

tkyang99:Good point,as long as either candidate,doesn’t say,

“My Friends…Fight..Fight..Fight With Me”!!

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

If Bolton says Mitt and Sarah says Newt, I’ll either be in a quandary or a predicament.

John the Libertarian on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

They call me 1punch because the last time I uppercut somebody they sailed through the air 16 blocks or so, fell through the roof of the infirmary, and landed face down/spread eagle on an ER cot.

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Who the hell is “they?” The only person I’ve ever heard refer to you as one punch is you.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I have this sinking feeling that if Newt doesn’t sweep the state, the Mitt Romney people will be out in full force tomorrow.

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

aryeung:Well,I’ll take a MittenBot,over a Paul RonulanBot!
(a tad sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Oh, this is rich.
I’m guessing you have a red corvette or a red lambourgini too, but most likely, you have a red 1972 Pinto and still live with mommy.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

And he’s really called 1punch because that’s all it takes to drop him like a bad habit.

predator on January 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

About time…America is craving bloody red meat, and Newt is about to put it on the table. We are tired of having to digest pre-packaged tofu like Romney and his ilk.

MooCowBang on January 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Romney’s more like stinking, dried tofu.

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM

The party of Clinton says that morality is the key decider for a candidate. Pretty low standard unless Gingrich raped a couple of women he should sweep the primaries based on Clinton era morality.

Smedley on January 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

aryeung:Well,I’ll take a MittenBot,over a Paul RonulanBot!
(a tad sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I’m basically in the Ron Paul camp at this point ~~~ but go Newt Gingrich in SC! That’s the only way to derail Mitt Romney.

aryeung on January 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Two man enter, one man leaves.

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

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