Romney commits to Florida debates

posted at 11:05 am on January 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney may not look inevitable after tonight’s South Carolina primary results — and that’s why this decision was, well, inevitable:

 Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) said during a visit to campaign headquarters here Saturday morning that he will participate in the debate scheduled for Monday in Tampa.

His chief strategist, Stuart Stevens, told reporters Romney would also participate in Thursday’s debate in Jacksonville.

“Yeah, yeah, I’ll be doing the debate on Monday,” Romney said in response to a reporter’s question as he worked the phones calling voters at his Greenville headquarters. “Yeah, I’m in.”

Just four days ago, Romney was “wavering” on committing to more debates, in Florida or anywhere else.  Four days ago, though, he had a comfortable if not safe lead in South Carolina.  Had Newt Gingrich cratered on Thursday with the Marianne Gingrich dish, Romney may have had an opportunity to put an end to both the debates and the race.  Instead, Gingrich predictably used it to go nuclear on the media in the next debate, and lo and behold, Romney needs a way to stop Gingrich in Florida, which suddenly looks uncomfortably like Romney’s firewall rather than his coronation venue.

Speaking of which, Florida still looks pretty solid for Romney, although we haven’t seen any polling there since Gingrich caught his second wind in South Carolina, and a win for Gingrich there tonight will have some impact on the Sunshine State.  Early voting begins today in Florida, though, in sixty-two of 67 counties in the state.  Five other counties started early voting last Monday, due to a loophole in the state law, and absentee voting presumably has taken place this entire month.  Ballots cast while Romney has a 20+ point margin in polling will overwhelmingly favor him, especially since his campaign has the most organization in the state to drive that early voting.  It’s very possible that Romney could build enough of a lead in early and absentee voting, thanks to his huge early polling lead and organization, to make the Florida debates much less impactful than this week’s debates in South Carolina.

Update: Just to give an idea of the scope of the absentee ballot effort, the AP reported this on January 12th, while Romney had a solid 20+ point lead:

Voting is already well under way even though Florida doesn’t hold its GOP nominating contest until Jan. 31. And both Mitt Romney, coming off of back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Ron Paul are aggressively reaching out to voters who have requested ballots.

None of their competitors has been nearly as active even though the victor in Florida would get a huge boost of momentum and all of the state’s 50 delegates to the national nominating convention.

As of Tuesday, 424,000 Republican absentee ballots had been mailed — to military personnel, overseas residents and other Floridians — and about 84,000 had been returned in a state that has 4 million registered Republican voters. Early voting in Hillsborough, Hardy, Hendry, Monroe and Collier counties begins Monday and runs through Jan. 29. Florida’s other 62 counties will hold early voting Jan. 21-28.

By this time those absentee ballots probably are well over 100,000.  In 2008, Republicans cast about 1.5 million votes in the primaries, so the absentees won’t be decisive, but they could make it a lot more difficult for late surgers like Gingrich to gain ground.

Update II: Marc Caputo reported on Thursday that the number of ballots returned has gone well beyond the 100K mark:

More than 138,000 Florida Republicans have cast mail-in absentee ballots already of the 455,622 requested so far and another 5,000 have voted early at the polls in some counties, according to Republican Party of Florida’s spokesman, Brian Hughes.

Republican insiders expect as many as a third of the GOP ballots to be cast early in the effort to choose a nominee to oppose President Barack Obama.

The total of 143,000 would be close to 10% of the votes cast in the 2008 Republican primary.  The early votes being cast starting today and the rest of the outstanding absentee ballots could mean that a third or more of the votes will already be cast before the second debate in Florida takes place.  That will give Romney a very big head start.

Update III: Caputo updated those figures this morning, and now the total is nearly 200,000:

But it could be a different story in Florida, where Republicans have been casting early votes by mail all month. Early voting at special precincts is now underway statewide as well. Only one campain, Mitt Romney’s, has made a concerted effort to target those voters.

So far, 185,435 absentee ballots have been cast and 11,836 early votes have been cast at precincts for a total of 197,271.

Assuming that Romney got 41% of these (80,881) and Gingrich 22% (43,400) as RCP’s polling average would suggest, Romney would have a 37,481 vote lead at this point in time — and that doesn’t take into account Romney’s organization and GOTV efforts on early/absentee voting.  That’s pretty significant, and as the early vote progresses, that advantage will continue to grow.  (via DebitKing)


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Uh Oh! Mr Electable not feeling so electable afterall.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Mitt: “See? I do have a pair?”

predator on January 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

These debates are grueling. To watch. I wouldn’t want to be in them either.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Mitt: “See? I do have a pair?”

predator on January 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I sooooo didn’t need that visual.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Newt: “Lovely.”

spiritof61 on January 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Uh Oh! Mr Electable not feeling so electable afterall.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Good lord.

If he didn’t go, he’d be a chicken.

If he does go, he’s now desperate.

Maybe he should just go for half of it.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I’ve got to get home.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Ok Newtnuts – more OWSer time !

FlaMurph on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

You couldn’t be bothered when you thought you were a lock. Don’t bother now.

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Gingrich’s childish rants at the media and attacks on the free market aren’t going to work in FL. These are older people and they live off their investments. Investments that were serious damaged by the people Gingrich was in bed with. Freddie and Fannie.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Maybe he should just go for half of it.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Palin could show him how to do that.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Have to disagree with the “inevitable / not inevitable” premise here. Once the smoke clears after South Carolina and the GOP electorate remembers that Newt will be running against Barack Obama, not the media, a certain “inevitably” may reassert itself … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on January 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Good lord.

If he didn’t go, he’d be a chicken.

If he does go, he’s now desperate.

Maybe he should just go for half of it.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

As I said yesterday, I would prefer a free-for-all cage fight. Much more entertaining.

predator on January 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Uh Oh! Mr Electable not feeling so electable afterall.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Good lord.

If he didn’t go, he’d be a chicken.

If he does go, he’s now desperate.

Maybe he should just go for half of it.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Good lord back at you. It was just this week before the SC debate that Mitt and his organization were talking about not participating in the Florida debate. So there, nah na nah na boo boo.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Ron Paul is not running in FL. If Santorum cannot break 10% in SC, he may drop out before FL. That could leave Mitt debating Newt. Now that will be worth watching. Go Newt!

Kaffa on January 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Investments that were serious damaged by the people Gingrich was in bed with. Freddie and Fannie.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Actually their investments were seriously damaged by liberal Democrats. Those were the ones Mitt was in bed with in Massachusetts, remember?

spiritof61 on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Five other counties started early voting last Monday, due to a loophole Romney and the establishment rigging the state law, and absentee voting presumably has taken place this entire month.

FIFY

davek70 on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Good lord.

If he didn’t go, he’d be a chicken.

If he does go, he’s now desperate.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Maybe his staffers shouldn’t have leaked the he was thinking about not attending. Now his critics have it both ways.

de rigueur on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I love the pic.

Thumb in the thumb place, fingers all together!
This is the song we sing in mitten weather.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

predator on January 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM
bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You guys are too fast.

de rigueur on January 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Have to disagree with the “inevitable / not inevitable” premise here.

ombdz on January 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

A hard look at Newt reveals a “shoot from the lipster”, unfocused, UNRELIABLE, unfollowable. A bedazzler who first and foremost wants to wow people with his brilliance. And he whines. Do we want ANOTHER President who whines?

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Speaking of which, Florida still looks pretty solid for Romney, although we haven’t seen any polling there since Gingrich caught his second wind in South Carolina, and a win for Gingrich there tonight will have some impact on the Sunshine State.

LOL
So enough New Yawkers are tilting the Florida numbers?
If Floridians want a RINO³ after Jeb Bush, I guess Mittens may be their man-child.
(sigh)
I hope it isn’t true.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Can’t blame Mittens for deciding to show up at the FL debate:

toddstarnes @toddstarnes 23m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Final polling out of SC indicates Newt’s ex-wife actually helped his campaign.

toddstarnes @toddstarnes 26m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
ARG Poll says SC GOP women favor Newt over Romney 42% to 26%

toddstarnes @toddstarnes 27m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
ARG Final SC poll – Newt 40% Romney 26% Paul 18% Santorum 13%

The Marianne thing was Newt’s biggest bag and… it failed.

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Maybe his staffers shouldn’t have leaked the he was thinking about not attending. Now his critics have it both ways.

de rigueur on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Yup. It was very disrespectful to the people of Florida.

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Do we want ANOTHER President who whines?

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Nah. Let’s stick with Obama.

spiritof61 on January 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Maybe he should just go for half of it.

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That would be in line with his decision making process.

ElectricPhase on January 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The Gingrich surge is mostly emotional. Newt is throwing red meat to the angry crowd, but emotions have a tendency to fade. Just ask…Newt Gingrich.

NickDeringer on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Meanwhile….HamGate!
———————

Mitt and Newt,scheduled at the same time,at Toms
Country Ham House!!
====================

AlexNBCNews tweeted:
*********************
Newt starts speech at Ham House: “I have a question. Where is Mitt?” Said thought they could have a debate… #hamgate

#decision2012Story metadata:
Submitted 19 mins ago from twitter.com/AlexNBCNews by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Newt is like Obama in that they are both brilliant, but their brilliance doesn’t facilitate anything. Obama is in left-wing la-la land, and Newt is an idea-generating machine barely connected to reality, with some major personality flaws.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Like everything else, except RomneyCare, Mr Electable flip flops on whether to participate in the Florida debate.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Newt is like Obama in that they are both brilliant, but their brilliance doesn’t facilitate anything. Obama is in left-wing la-la land, and Newt is an idea-generating machine barely connected to reality, with some major personality flaws.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Where on earth do you get the idea that Obama is brilliant?

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

FL resident here (Orlando).

Romney ads airing all the time on FNC, and have been since Iowa. Direct mail very frequent.

Nothing – NOTHING – from any other candidates.

Purple Fury on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

He was for the debate before he was against it.

Dextrous on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Newt is like Obama in that they are both brilliant, but their brilliance doesn’t facilitate anything. Obama is in left-wing la-la land, and Newt is an idea-generating machine barely connected to reality, with some major personality flaws.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

And both Obama and Gingrich managed to get their agendas through.

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Newt’s ups and downs have surely been interesting to watch. I don’t know where he’ll end up, but more scrutiny isn’t going to help him. We’ll see what happens. Obama talked his way into the White House, so maybe Newt can too.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The Gingrich surge is mostly emotional. Newt is throwing red meat to the angry crowd, but emotions have a tendency to fade. Just ask…Newt Gingrich.

NickDeringer on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Oh, I don’t know. The emotions are going to be pretty thick at Mitt’s concession speech in November. The whole loving, extended family will be smiling through their tears as he stresses the unity of a vision that all Americans, Republican or Democrat, can share. “I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And God bless our great country!”

I challenge you to not get emotional at that moment.

spiritof61 on January 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Early voting is ludicrous-you vote early and then find out before election day that you voted for somebody who-well you can fill in the blank with all kinds of unsavory,unethical and perhaps even illegal activity.What’s wrong with everybody voting on the same day?

redware on January 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Romney looks weaker at every turn.

Typhonian on January 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

We need to compile a quick Thesaurus of Gingrich is Crazy accusations at our finger tips for quick drawRombots to use’

I’ll start the list. Feel free to add ones that I missed:

Zany
Childish
Grandiose (my favorite)
Thinks too much
Unpredictable
Lose lipped
Only wants more book royalties
Too educated for his own good
If not autistic, then definitely a high functioning asschaser.
A meanie that scares women
Not our type at the Country Club (exception for Trumps new club where he is tolerated.

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Good Morning HA!

nailbiter this primary?

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And both Obama and Gingrich managed to get their agendas through.

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obamacare will be repealed or radically reduced, and Gingrich was tossed out of leadership by his own people. Obama’s victories aren’t sustainable. Borrowing $1.5 trillion a year. Like Ron Paul said in the last debate, pretty soon countries will stop lending us money.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The Gingrich surge is mostly emotional. Newt is throwing red meat to the angry crowd, but emotions have a tendency to fade. Just ask…Newt Gingrich.

NickDeringer on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Well when the crowd is obviously angry from being on a moderate vegetarian diet for so long with GW Bush and now Boehner and McConnell coupled with the vegetable Romney, a little red meat goes a long way.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

FL resident here (Orlando).

Romney ads airing all the time on FNC, and have been since Iowa. Direct mail very frequent.

Nothing – NOTHING – from any other candidates.

Purple Fury on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

It’s one of the most expensive markets in the country. Aren’t you getting a tad tired of them?

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Good Morning HA!

nailbiter this primary?

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yep, Mr Electable is biting his nails.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

This will not sit well with the crowd hoping Mitt Romney would be wiping up the stage by now.

aryeung on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Great. Two More Debates next week, where Newt can yell at the moderator and/or throw some red meat at you people and away we go.

It doesn’t matter that Newt actually LOST the debates later on (if you listened and weren’t shallow enough to just be looking for some bromides) let’s by all means give Obama more locker room material on whomever wins. More debates as Sarah Palin says!!

btw, Palin said yes to being McCain’s VP. Nah, let’s forget that, we’ll file it away in the Freddie Mac folder.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yes Gingrich is grandiose. Also unreliable. Arrogant. And as rockmom added, megalomaniacal.

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a (mg-l-mn-, -mny)
n.
1. A psychopathological condition in which delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence predominate.
2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Something bad happened on the way to the coronation

social-justice on January 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Great. Two More Debates next week, where Newt can yell at the moderator and/or throw some red meat at you people and away we go.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

When Gingrich answered the first ex-wife question in the last debate, I mentally imagined him literally throwing red meat into the crowd. I really did. :) I think it was Porterhouse, choice cut. Uncooked. It was red.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It’s one of the most expensive markets in the country. Aren’t you getting a tad tired of them?

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I’m long past tired of everything having to do with Mitt.

Just thought it was a striking indicator of his money and organization.

Also, interesting that despite all that… South Carolina. And all those debates that the pundits say don’t really matter.

Yeah.

Purple Fury on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I almost wish they’d all decline to debate anymore; all the rest of the debates are sponsored by NBC, CNN and one by PBS.

Shay on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Great. Two More Debates next week, where Newt can yell at the moderator and/or throw some red meat at you people and away we go.

It doesn’t matter that Newt actually LOST the debates later on (if you listened and weren’t shallow enough to just be looking for some bromides) let’s by all means give Obama more locker room material on whomever wins. More debates as Sarah Palin says!!

btw, Palin said yes to being McCain’s VP. Nah, let’s forget that, we’ll file it away in the Freddie Mac folder.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hey genius! Explain RomneyCare, why is it good and ObamaCare not good? Bye now.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Speaking of which, Florida still looks pretty solid for Romney


Pretty solid
.

An 18 point, or whatever, lead for Gingrich would be described as LANDSLIDE.

The latest, and last, not-Romney surge will be just like the rest. It’s funny to look back over the names. Palin to Santorum, and the others in between.

Moesart on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

…and Gingrich was tossed out of leadership by his own people.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Very Thatcher-esque. :-)

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

toddstarnes @toddstarnes 26m Reply Retweet Favorite · ARG Poll says SC GOP women favor Newt over Romney 42% to 26%

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Impossible! We’ve been told over and over during the past 2 days by men and women on this site, that there was absolutely, positively, no way now how, women would support that “ugly, fat, adulterous pig” and his weird looking she-devil of a wife.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Gingrich was a big white beached whale after New Hampshire. But he kept fighting anyhow. That has caused the analogy that he is a Churchill or a U S Grant character.

Now, if the South Carolina voters launch the whale back into the waters, he will start playing the theme music from Jaws while he terrorizes the Florida beaches until Mitt is chased out of the waters in panic.

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Oops!!
=======

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

22,000 added to voter list lacking ID
**************************************

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has added more than 22,000 inactive voters to the list of people who may face hassles while voting because they lack state-issued photo identification, according to data the state Election Commission released Wednesday.

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.
(More..)
=========

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2011/10/19/2453799/22000-added-to-voter-list-lacking.html

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

All I know is if Newt wins the primary I expect all the Romney supporters to get behind Newt and vote for him. After all this is what I have had screamed at me over and over about Romney.

Remember beating Obama is all that matters, right Romney fans?

Goose, gander, you get my meaning.

Skwor on January 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It doesn’t matter that Newt actually LOST the debates later on (if you listened and weren’t shallow enough to just be looking for some bromides) let’s by all means give Obama more locker room material on whomever wins. More debates as Sarah Palin says!!

btw, Palin said yes to being McCain’s VP. Nah, let’s forget that, we’ll file it away in the Freddie Mac folder.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Vetting is good..:)

idesign on January 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

And both Obama and Gingrich managed to get their agendas through.

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’ll take Newt’s agenda.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Good Morning HA!

nailbiter this primary?

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

cmsinaz:GoodMorning,might be close,or a blow out!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Good Morning HA!

nailbiter this primary?

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Mornin’, cms!

We’ve been told over and over during the past 2 days by men and women on this site, that there was absolutely, positively, no way now how, women would support that “ugly, fat, adulterous pig” and his weird looking she-devil of a wife.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Another paradox.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Newt is like Obama in that they are both brilliant, but their brilliance doesn’t facilitate anything. Obama is in left-wing la-la land, and Newt is an idea-generating machine barely connected to reality, with some major personality flaws.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Obama is brilliant? I just don’t see it.

Naturally Curly on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Now, if the South Carolina voters launch the whale back into the waters, he will start playing the theme music from Jaws while he terrorizes the Florida beaches until Mitt is chased out of the waters in panic.

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Mitt is imploding. He looked and sounded pretty crazy while giving his few remarks at the Ham House in SC today. Mitt wasn’t cut out for politics, sadly. :-(

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Another good read on Gingrich:
Bill Clinton of the Right With Half the Charm and Twice the Abrasiveness
http://spectator.org/blog/2012/01/20/bill-clinton-of-the-right-minu

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

@Paul-Cincy…I have known Newt for 32 years. He is not mentally ill. He is just an asshole.

But you underestimate his intelligence and political skills at your own peril.

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

It doesn’t matter that Newt actually LOST the debates later on (if you listened and weren’t shallow enough to just be looking for some bromides) let’s by all means give Obama more locker room material on whomever wins. More debates as Sarah Palin says!!

btw, Palin said yes to being McCain’s VP. Nah, let’s forget that, we’ll file it away in the Freddie Mac folder.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Vetting is good..:)

idesign on January 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Right. It’s good when Romney is being vetted by the MSM and Republican Candidates using Left wing talking points. But it’s not good when someone brings up how Gingrich had a six year affair with his current wife and possible future first lady.

You people are fickle on vetting.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Gingrich foreign policy…

http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/the-dangerously-unpredictable-foreign-policy-of-newt-gingrich-20120121

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

From the article:
His conception of the world, as he reveals it time and again in episodes like this one, seems to have little ideological underpinning beyond a love of his own cleverness and a compulsive need to look smarter than the other guy.

That’s Newt. Personality does matter. Temperament does matter. They cause him to be not reliable.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Those were the ones Mitt was in bed with in Massachusetts, remember?

spiritof61 on January 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

There you go again.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Romney effort very strong in Florida. My parents received a mailer this morning from Romney letting them know early voting was starting and why they should vote for him and where their polling location was. Also attached to it was an absentee ballot in case they would rather vote from home. Parents now on their way to go early vote for Romney. Newt is going to have a terrific night tonight and good for him he earned it, but the Romney machine in Florida is massive. Every commercial being run is Romneys right now as well.

nswider on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Kleenex?

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Sounds like wishful thinking by Ed.

Even if Mittens gets 50% of all absentee ballots cast so far, it will have minimal impact on final election result.

Norwegian on January 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

We’ve been told over and over during the past 2 days by men and women on this site, that there was absolutely, positively, no way now how, women would support that “ugly, fat, adulterous pig” and his weird looking she-devil of a wife.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Another paradox.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I believe we are now considered traitors to our sex.

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Every commercial being run is Romneys right now as well.

nswider on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Weirdly, we’re hearing Gingrich ads in Chicago.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Right. It’s good when Romney is being vetted by the MSM and Republican Candidates using Left wing talking points. But it’s not good when someone brings up how Gingrich had a six year affair with his current wife and possible future first lady.

You people are fickle on vetting.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I see, mitt can’t take left wing talking points so lets bring up the sex life of someone 12 yrs ago.

Hummm?

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

South Carolina is playing the contrarian role traditionally played by New Hampshire. The frontrunner from the Northeast hits a speed bump in the South.

Ted Torgerson on January 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Mitt is getting desperate:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/byu-students-bus-in-to-south-carolina-to-rally-for

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Just like obama and the left.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Remember beating Obama is all that matters, right Romney fans?

Goose, gander, you get my meaning.

Skwor on January 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’ll vote for anyone who gets the GOP nomination.

Will you Newtnuts?

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

South Carolina is playing the contrarian role traditionally played by New Hampshire. The frontrunner from the Northeast hits a speed bump in the South.

Ted Torgerson on January 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

And loses control.

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Right. It’s good when Romney is being vetted by the MSM and Republican Candidates using Left wing talking points. But it’s not good when someone brings up how Gingrich had a six year affair with his current wife and possible future first lady.

You people are fickle on vetting.

AYNBLAND on January 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Hey, Newt’s picadillos are out there for all to see, it seems like most SC voters don’t care to much about them.
Quit whining like a baby.

idesign on January 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Ham and Egos. It’s what’s for breakfast.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

O/t,Ugh,heres a laugh…Promises…Promises,
and its only 3 years too late!!
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canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

bgibbs1000 on January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

only the shadow knows

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

indeed

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Romney has to show for the debate and he has to have a solution for the issue of his tax returns.

If Newt chooses to have yet another meltdown at another moderator, one of the other candidates should say to the effect, “Gee Newt, you sure are thin-skinned and anger easily. This looks like a pattern. That might not be such a good thing if the the leader of the free world gets irate so easily.”

Philly on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Just ask…Newt Gingrich.

NickDeringer on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Look at Gingrich’s utter failure in NH. Those are indies and they aren’t impressed with his childish rants. As the process continues, the attitude of the electorate moves away from the reactionary knee jerk attitude of the country bumpkins of SC to the reasoned adult attitude of the rest of the country.

Additionally, he also reminds folks of Palin and her utter failure in national politics.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Mitt is getting desperate:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/byu-students-bus-in-to-south-carolina-to-rally-for

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Punch…
what you call desperation, others call a Nationwide organization that one needs to make run for POTUS something that Santorum nor Gingrich have.

I do not see stories of buses of Gingrich’s coming from Nebraska or Minnesota…yet Mitt could make one call and would have people from any of the 50 States head to wherever he needed them. THAT. is a POTUS organization. THAT. shows that you have strength and support.

Go Romney!

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

layout one now….lololol

bloody idiot

cmsinaz on January 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Ham and Egos. It’s what’s for breakfast.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Fallon:Yup,heres the back story!!
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Gingrich, Romney heading for Ham House showdown in SC over schedule conflict

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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

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Skwor on January 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Well, will you?

BacaDog on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Additionally, he also reminds folks of Palin and her utter failure in national politics.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Rent free…LOL

idesign on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Expect Newt to gin up the “establishment elite” line as he complains about Romney’s on the ground organization in Florida. Having money will become bad until it is not….
He will blame his loss on a hostile media manipulated by his ex-wife. And the ABR’s will lap it up like a chocolate milkshake.

Bradky on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Additionally, he also reminds folks of Palin and her utter failure in national politics.

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

You do know she’s not running, right?

Rent-free.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

“Why should Romney debate someone he’s beating?”

“Why should Romney punch below his weight?”

“Debates are over-rated. Why should Romney play to his opponent’s strength?”

“Why should Romney give any advantage to a loser?”

Just wondering if them’s still the sentiments. Or what has changed.

de rigueur on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Mitt is getting desperate:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/byu-students-bus-in-to-south-carolina-to-rally-for

Punchenko on January 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Just like obama and the left.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Mitt’s not my guy but I’m not sure it’s a bad idea to adopt some of Obama’s tactics, such as this one. We may need them in the general. It’s too bad it comes down to this but we have to fight at least as hard as Obama does.

Shay on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Ham and Egos. It’s what’s for breakfast.

Fallon on January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

THAT. WAS. FUNNY.

haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

It would appear that CS and I live rent free in your mind given your constant patrols of the threads.
KJ, lord of the threads! Feel his thunder!!!

Bradky on January 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

He will blame his loss on a hostile media manipulated by his ex-wife. And the ABR’s will lap it up like a chocolate milkshake.

Bradky on January 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Ignoring the polls and the trends, huh?

Whatever gets you through the night, Skippy. Keep a stiff upper lip.

Kleenex?

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Romney has to show for the debate and he has to have a solution for the issue of his tax returns.

If Newt chooses to have yet another meltdown at another moderator, one of the other candidates should say to the effect, “Gee Newt, you sure are thin-skinned and anger easily. This looks like a pattern. That might not be such a good thing if the the leader of the free world gets irate so easily.”

Philly on January 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Agreed. The red meat action can backfire exponentially.

Slainte on January 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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