Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

“In [Team Romney's] view, Gingrich has barely run a campaign. As they see it, Team Gingrich doesn’t have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney campaign. They see the former Speaker as somewhat unstable and vulnerable to continued attack on issues of ethics and morals. And most of all, they see Gingrich as a candidate who owes his very existence to the never-ending series of Republican debates — and not much more…

“In the next few days, there will be plenty of analysis attributing Gingrich’s victory to other factors: his commanding performances in debate, his next-door advantage in South Carolina, and Romney’s now-traditional difficulties in the state. But after all the talk of ground game and debate war, there’s a simpler reason Gingrich won: On the stump, in town hall after town hall, across South Carolina, Gingrich has been a markedly better campaigner than Romney

“Gingrich’s success here in South Carolina shows more than just a skepticism toward establishment Republicanism. It also shows a hunger for real substance in the campaign, for a candidate who will talk to voters and give them more than phrases like ‘I believe in America.’ Mitt Romney’s team of seasoned campaign professionals may not think Newt Gingrich has any business playing a deciding role in the race. But they better believe it, and they better take seriously what the Gingrich challenge represents — before it’s too late.”

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“Conservatives are very frustrated, and rightfully so. Their feeling is that they play by the rules – they work hard, pay their taxes, raise their kids right – but what do they get for it? Their values are mocked on television and the movies, the media castigates them as a bunch of extremists, they pay taxes while half of the country does not, and the Obama administration took to demagouging them virtually from day one of his tenure. I know of what I speak – a few months back I was driving down the road and saw a sign in front of a business lamenting, ‘Where is the America I grew up in?’ I nodded my head in approval.

“Enter Newt Gingrich, the person on the debate stage who finally speaks truth to power. ‘Not so fast, John King!’ ‘Hold it just a damned minute, Diane Sawyer!’ ‘How dare you talk to me like that, Brian Williams!’ These are the sorts of thoughts that millions of conservatives have every week. And now here is Newt Gingrich actually saying it right to them. Never mind the fact that he is expressing indignation at liberals while sometimes offering not-so-conservative policies, or using it as a form of misdirection to turn attention away from his own questionable deeds. Conservatives everywhere love to hear somebody finally stick it to the elites.”

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“In an ideal world, Romney would be a strong candidate. But it’s not an ideal world. In fact, it’s a downright mean, nasty, grubby world of imperfect men struggling to confront serious historical and philosophical forces while battling each other for power and prestige. Segments on the right have not entirely digested the notion that Obama and his party are running on a platform of contempt for America and ‘fundamental change’ for the future; it’s like they think the Dems don’t really mean it. And that taking the high road by confining the campaign to “jobs” will appeal to the ‘real’ America somewhere out there in the heartland. And that playing rough is beneath us.

“Newt played rough in South Carolina and won big. That ought to tell the GOP something. Whether it will is another story. If this loss tonight makes Romney a stronger, better, more articulate candidate, terrific. But he has to learn from this stunning defeat: The base is itching for a fight with everything the Obama Democrats stand for and they don’t much care who gives it to them, just as long as somebody does. Tonight, that’s Newt.

“As the late Al Davis used to say, ‘Just win, baby.’ And, as the Democrats say, ‘by any means necessary.’ It’s high time they got a taste of their own medicine — and understand there’s a lot more where that came from.”

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“Yet the elites ignored the roar. After all, the roar came from the unwashed. It came from the fans of cockfights. It came from tea party folks and other such rabble. Inside the sterile cable studios and on their laptops, the pundits scored their debate and their election prospects without the roar. They have their little formulas about who has to raise doubts here and who has to score points there.

“What they don’t understand is what the roar means.

“The roar is passion. The roar is intensity. The roar is pent up frustration. The roar, put another way, is the national mood of conservatives. It is a roar that will demand a fighter. It will demand that those who want our votes must not cower in the face of the liberal template. If fact, it is a roar that demands that we do not accept any liberal templates.

“That’s why Newt has gotten all the roars, and why he has vaulted into serious contention only days after being written off.”

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“But above it all we can hear the weeping, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth of the Republican establishment as Gingrich’s victory sends them into full-blown panic. I’m not talking about mere fear, nor normal nervousness. Not even the feeling you get when the captain says, “We’ve lost power in one of our four engines.’ No, this is worse. Worse even than when your doctor says, ‘I don’t like the looks of that shadow on the X-ray.’

“This is terror. Chest-clutching, breath-sucking, soul-shaking panic. This is your teenage daughter telling you, ‘I think I’m in trouble.’ This is a Turkish border guard pulling you into a holding room when you’ve got a baggie of coke in your pocket. This is what George H.W. Bush famously called ‘deep doo-doo.’”

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“Contrary to the received wisdom up until now, Gingrich is the favorite in the Sunshine State. Yes, Romney has the financial advantage. Yes, he has been on the air with ads for weeks. Yes, there has been early voting in Florida under way for weeks, during which time Romney’s air of inevitability will have given him an edge. But Florida is a closed primary, the first contest so far in which only registered Republicans are allowed to cast ballots. And the state’s GOP voters are far more conservative and anti-Establishment than many people understand. This is especially true in the panhandle of northern Florida, where Gingrich is likely to take up residence for much of the time between now and the vote on January 31. But watch for Gingrich to play hard for the state’s Hispanic voters — and not just the Cuban-Americans who are thick on the ground in South Florida but also the polyglot Latino population around Orlando — by emphasizing his stance on immigration, which is notably more moderate than Romney’s. Between all this and the wave of momentum and free media coverage he’ll enjoy coming out of South Carolina, the former speaker, I think, has the upper hand, though not by a lot…

“If Gingrich wins Florida, the Republican Establishment is going to have a meltdown that makes Three Mile Island look like a marshmallow roast. Why? Because the Establishment will be staring down the barrel of two utterly unpalatable choices. On the one hand, Gingrich’s national favorable-unfavorable ratings of 26.5 and 58.6 percent, respectively make him not just unelectable against Obama but also mean that he would likely be a ten-ton millstone around the necks of down-ballot Republican candidates across the country. And on the other, Romney has shown in two successive contests—one in a bellwether Republican state, the other in a key swing state—an inability to beat his deeply unpopular rival. If this scenario unfolds, the sound of GOP grandees whispering calls for a white knight, be it Indiana governor Mitch Daniels (who, conveniently, is delivering the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night) or Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan or even Jeb Bush, will be deafening.”

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“The buzz in Washington now is that the Republican Establishment fears Gingrich will cause them to lose the House and not get the Senate. Put another way, the current Republican leadership fears that the man who helped the GOP take back the House for the first time in 40 years and his allies in the tea party who helped take back the House in 2010 will cause the GOP to now lose.

“They’ll lose alright — they’ll lose power to others. That’s their real fear.”

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“Were Gingrich to pull off an upset in Florida, the concern among GOP elites now would immediately become something closer to unadulterated panic. The grumbling about Romney would turn into the start of a Dump Mitt campaign.

“But Romney backers say not to worry.

“‘He’s going to win Florida,’ assured Pawlenty.”

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Most people work hard and play by the rules.

Mitt Romney works hard and plays the loopholes. And don’t you dare question him over it, you little peon. ;-)

Mitt would have made a great plutocrat. ;-)

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

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canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

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Florida Voices has a new poll on your choice in the GOP Primary. Take a few seconds to vote http://t.co/KxjCfSz5

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Mitt Romney works hard and plays the loopholes. And don’t you dare question him over it, you little peon. ;-)

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

hmm, sounds vaguely like someone else we know, doesn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Hypocrites.

troyriser_gopftw on January 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

For years the GOP and media elite along with Northeast Republicans have been telling conservatives to put social issues on the back burner to win elections, now that they have, because the stakes are too damn high this time, those same elites and Northeast Republicans are calling them hypocrites. I guess nobody ever told them that when you’re pointing a finger at someone else 3 are pointing back at you.

Speaking for myself, they can all STFU, because I’m not listening to them anymore.

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Honesty is not a social issue. Neither is fidelity. Neither are integrity and constancy and humility. They are attributes, qualities, character traits most healthy, balanced people strive to acquire and cultivate.

No, we’re not looking to elect an Eagle Scout or a Pope. I understand that. What I want–what the country needs–is a reasonably decent human being unburdened by glaring character defects and personality flaws. Newt Gingrich–grandiose, egomaniacal, amoral, temperamental, thin-skinned, vindictive, opportunistic, given to comparing himself to the likes of Churchill, Reagan, and Thatcher–isn’t it. Paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt, ‘I could carve a better man from a banana.’

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The living room TV is on CBS, (sis in law, sigh,.. nonpolitically aware), Dining room kids TV now that their in school is on FOX,..

Caught the latest Obama walks on water commercial on CBS as I was getting a coffee. How they can air such a blatent set of bald faced lies and not be struck by lightning is beyond me.

We have got to win, or we’ll be stuck with that fool till his impeachment, after the collapse. I wish to God we had someone with Newt’s fire, brains, and none of his baggage…

Mitt’s a bad joke, and the conservatives pushing him, have little credibility left. I’ll never see Coulter the same way again, Rove, any of them. Mitt may have business skillz.. but he hasn’t got fire, or any commitment to base. We do not trust him.

Why that is so hard for his groupies to get a handle on, is anyones guess.

mark81150 on January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I love your posts mostly,

No, we’re not looking to elect an Eagle Scout or a Pope. I understand that. What I want–what the country needs–is a reasonably decent human being unburdened by glaring character defects and personality flaws. Newt Gingrich–grandiose, egomaniacal, amoral, temperamental, thin-skinned, vindictive, opportunistic, given to comparing himself to the likes of Churchill, Reagan, and Thatcher–isn’t it. Paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt, ‘I could carve a better man from a banana.’

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

But your banana carving isn’t on the ballot.

I wish we had better choices, but Mitt isn’t any more likely to survive what the MSM will do to him. They won’t care that Mitt doesn’t have personal baggage, and his progressive tendencies have alienated the base, more so now that he can only seem to attack conservatives, sparing Obama anything harsher than good morning.

Mitt wants to win, he needs to start acting like it. He needs to start waging war on the left, without the aw shucks Mr. Rogers nice sweater outlook.

mark81150 on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Newt Supporter, I know you forgave Newt when lied to you about his relationship with Freddie Mac a few months ago, and then, of course, there was that embarrassing incident with Nancy on the couch last year and that strange ‘right-wing engineering’ slip of his early in the primaries. Look, I know Newt’s told you he’s a changed man now, that’s he’s found Jesus and that he is no longer the old Newt who would pander and peddle, lie and dissemble, and I know he said he’d never, ever do it again. But you know he’ll do it again. That’s just who he is, honey. He’ll say and do anything to get what he wants. But you like that about him, don’t you? That edgy, adrenalin-fueled prospect of instant political suicide?

My advice? It’s your vote, but if you’re going to fall for it again, at least play hard to get.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I hate to break it to you, but all those flaws you assign to Newt are in Romney, he just displays them differently. I think they are in most candidates for higher office. You should be happy that in most cases Newt will display those traits in a overreaching error that the public can’t overlook.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Honesty is not a social issue. Neither is fidelity. Neither are integrity and constancy and humility. They are attributes, qualities, character traits most healthy, balanced people strive to acquire and cultivate.

(snip)

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Those traits are THE basis for any civil society.
Read Hobbes, Locke, Homans, etc. for an explanation. I’m busy.

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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

My advice? It’s your vote, but if you’re going to fall for it again, at least play hard to get.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

and the problem is, we see much the same dynamic with Mitt and his supporters, falling again for the same old lines by the soft safe establishment type who never changes, and forgets who he’s commited too the instant the election is done.

So the exact same points could be used on Mitt.

Another McCain the media adore, because he slaps conservatives around for their pleasure, but just when he thinks it’s a done deal and they like him. They dump him in the sewer for the fresh progressive, forgetting anything they said about moderation…

We just saw them do it to McCain, Mitt’s no different.

And why is it pandering when Newt goes after the media, but not pandering by Mitt when he says all the things the media want to hear?

Mitt’s not figured out, the MSM can’t vote, something Newt knows well. Mitt can cry about it, but till he remembers the base is where the votes are, he’ll loose.

mark81150 on January 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I hate to break it to you, but all those flaws you assign to Newt are in Romney, he just displays them differently. I think they are in most candidates for higher office. You should be happy that in most cases Newt will display those traits in a overreaching error that the public can’t overlook.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

No evidence exists anywhere that Romney possesses the character deficiencies Gingrich holds with such abundance. In every personal and professional account I’ve read, people who know Romney hold him in high regard. Even those who disagree strongly with Romney’s views–lucky them for knowing his views–remark on his conscientiousness, honesty, and good faith.

Look, I’m not big on Romney, but compared to Gingrich, he’s a saint–as are most of us not in prison–and also has the added virtues of being a competent businessman and capable leader.

Gingrich could very well be nominated solely on the basis of his reputation as a debater and rhetorical whiz kid. That’s nice. Hey, you know those Lincoln/Douglas-style debates with Obama that Newt and his supporters fantasize about? Not happening. President Obama and his people would never play to an opponent’s strengths.

So without Newt’s vaunted debating skills, what have you got? Answer: baggage. Lots and lots of baggage.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Those traits are THE basis for any civil society.
Read Hobbes, Locke, Homans, etc. for an explanation. I’m busy.

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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m sorry you’re busy, Karl. I was really in the mood for a interminable dissertation on the Canon of Dead White Guys expounded by someone who places the Latin word for ‘great’ after his name. Can’t wait.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

First, don’t worry, I have every confidence that Newt will shoot himself in the foot but if you think Gov. Romney is without personality flaws, wait until he is the nominee. You will think Obama’s campaign is stupid but you won’t be the target audience. Gov. Romney needs to connect to people and his base, he has time to make them believe he will make the changes needed. Right now, that’s not the message we are getting.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Gov. Romney needs to connect to people and his base, he has time to make them believe he will make the changes needed. Right now, that’s not the message we are getting.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Agreed. Romney needs to fire his army of consultants, throw away the script, dispense with The Plan, and make his case. Otherwise, Gingrich wins by default.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I can’t believe campaigns don’t have people that read blogs. Someone had a fantastic idea the other day for a commercial, comparing and contrast how Gov. Romney’s company invested and produced for private willing investors and how Obama has invested and lost billions of taxpayer money. I love that idea and while I understand that it would normally be an ad for the general, he needs it NOW.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I love that idea and while I understand that it would normally be an ad for the general, he needs it NOW.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

We’re talking about the Republican Party here, Cindy. GOP leadership thinks ‘new media’ is another word for telegraph.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I don’t want it on new media. I want it on TV in Florida. Thirty seconds, quick like a bunny.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I don’t want it on new media. I want it on TV in Florida. Thirty seconds, quick like a bunny.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The Florida primary is on the 31st. To be effective, the TV spot you describe would need airplay at least two days prior. Someone with the software I use could conceivably make a rudimentary but reasonably effective video in, say, a week, working nonstop. Not enough time to be ready for Florida–not enough time for me, anyway.

It is a good idea, though.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I wish I could find the thread where it was in the comments, I feel bad promoting it without proper attribution. Maybe Gov. Romney will at least read Steyn’s article, those changes could be made quickly.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Honesty is not a social issue. Neither is fidelity. Neither are integrity and constancy and humility. They are attributes, qualities, character traits most healthy, balanced people strive to acquire and cultivate.

No, we’re not looking to elect an Eagle Scout or a Pope. I understand that. What I want–what the country needs–is a reasonably decent human being unburdened by glaring character defects and personality flaws. Newt Gingrich–grandiose, egomaniacal, amoral, temperamental, thin-skinned, vindictive, opportunistic, given to comparing himself to the likes of Churchill, Reagan, and Thatcher–isn’t it. Paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt, ‘I could carve a better man from a banana.’

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Er, where do you put lying on your moral imperative for character flaws? Romney has been lying his entire life. Shall we start with the incredible story about him dying in France and miraculously come back to life? How about marching with his father? How about saying Newt lobbyed? (he didn’t–ever) How about him saying Newt, himself, earned $1.6 lobbying from Feddy Mac when it was Newt’s CAPITALIST business that got paid and the money went for salaries and overhead over a six to eight year period? How about him pulling to the side of the road and crying when his church decided to do away with its institutional racism (brought about, BTW, because they were about to be sued for their schools a private holdings). I do not believe Romney. Newt has screwed up, like any person who has lived. But I’ve never heard him called a liar or a man whose word is worthless. He went against the Washington Republican establishment for reform. He worked with a Democrat President to balance the budget. His positions on immigration and Bain, BTW, are going to be PLUSES in the general. Mitt isn’t quick on his feet and his knowledge-gap is showing big time.

And Ann Coulter telling me I’m making a decision based on a one-liner is not going to make me more amenable to Mitt. She, after all, supported Hillary Clinton over McCain. Her creds as a conservative are not at all spotless.

And considering Romney’s left-wing record, I find it astounding that his supporters are decrying Newt sitting on a couch with Nancy. Mitt can change his mind (about everything BUT government mandates), but Newt can’t? Seriously?

Portia46 on January 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

And considering Romney’s left-wing record, I find it astounding that his supporters are decrying Newt sitting on a couch with Nancy. Mitt can change his mind (about everything BUT government mandates), but Newt can’t? Seriously?

Portia46 on January 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Newt said, publicly, during a televised debate, that he was paid $300,000 as a history consultant for Freddie Mac. Turns out he was paid $1.6 million and–according to former and current Freddie Mac officials–the nature of his work extended far beyond the occasional history lecture. Newt lied, and he did so fairly recently. So much for the New Newt Transformed By Divine Grace.

Romney was injured in a car accident while on his Mormon mission in France. A woman in his car was killed (I don’t know if she was driving or not). I also don’t know if Romney’s heart stopped at any point, or if he was simply unconcious. If he claimed a near-death experience some people describe in such circumstances, I can’t gainsay him. Such an experience would obviously be subjective.

Look, we’re obviously not going to persuade each other of anything. Truth is, I’m not particularly happy with my best choice in the primary being Mitt Romney, but I intend to play the cards I’m dealt as best as I can.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Basically the GOP elite don’t have clue one how to pick out leaders or winners. Hence their love affair with Romney and their hatred of Newt. They did not like Reagan and they don’t like Newt for some of the same reasons. If Newt wins, the only people who deserve the credit for that victory is the GOP elite. They foisted Romney on us, demanded we vote for him, and when we watched his act and did not like it they scold us for being bad.

The GOP elite better watch out or they will suffer the same fate as the Whig party. What a bunch of stupid pompous snobs!

William Eaton on January 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So without Newt’s vaunted debating skills, what have you got? Answer: baggage. Lots and lots of baggage.

troyriser_gopftw on January 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Romneycare trumps anything Newt has done wrong. That is something that if Romney was half the politician people claim he was he would have distanced himself from by now. You can’t be the nominee of the conservative party if your biggest achievement as a public leader was a massive new left wing entitlement.

William Eaton on January 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

How about a nice blast from the past circa 1998. Dan Balz at WaPo in full frontal unsourced attack from the left and taking credit for pointing out divisions in the GOP.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/house110798.htm

I read that article and it confirms Newt has been on the right side for a very long time and he was a team player even in defeat. And that leftist journalists are exactly the same as they’ve always been.

DanMan on January 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’m writing as someone who has no dog in the fight. They both have some baggage….So What! They don’t have the baggage of 9% unemployment, 6 trillion in deficit spending and Solyndra, Gun running. Let the primaries shake out and I’ll be on the band wagon for whomever the nominee is. The goal is to beat Obama, and with the baggage he has the eventual nominee just needs to hammer home what Obama’s record is. Newt or Mitt, I don’t get too worked up, both would be an great improvement.

buckeyerich on January 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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