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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“Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall.”


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https://twitter.com/#!/ppppolls

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First night of our Florida polling: Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck.

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2 more people picked Mitt than Newt out of about 600 people we polled tonight…that’s how close we’re talking

commodore on January 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

“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.

This sums up elitism perfectly.

bloghooligan on January 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Still not winner take all. At least it is closed which may be why Paul is bowing out.

Valiant on January 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 22, 2012 at 9:06 PM

No mention of Sarah Palin’s considerable influence in SC. They all live in an alternate universe.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

@ppppolls: First night of our Florida polling: Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck.

Flapjackmaka on January 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It was gratifying to see the conservative voters of South Carolina administer a smackdown to the presidential aspirations of Willard, Lord Romney.

**Smack!**

And it’s fatal. They recognized that Lord Romney is unelectable. Santorum won Iowa, not Mitt. Gingrich won South Carolina, not Mitt. For someone whose fabled electability is the main reason to support him, winning one out of three is really bad. As the old joke says, “The dogs just won’t eat it.”

The meme is that Lord Romney’s Harvard law degree and his Harvard M.B.A. give him impossibly unique skills to fix the economy. But what has Mitt done with those degrees? He ran Bain Capital, an outfit which was dedicated to avarice and the glorification of greedy Yuppies, as in this picture here. He saddled Massachusetts with socialized medicine. That’s not something you learn in Harvard Business School. Whoops!

The country-club Republicans are united in their support of Romney only because he reminds them of themselves. What a nice haircut he has! What well-tailored suits, and tastefully-chosen neckties! And what a harmless, vapid smile he always has on his face. It’s the perfect expression for every occasion! Those country-club Republicans would not let any uncouth, low-born ruffian like Newt Gingrich (who’s adopted!) into their country club, which also boasts the full range of RINO punditry as members.

But they are going to discover that the reason conservatives have been decouncing Mitt as “plastic” and “hollow” is because he really is plastic and hollow.

Or worse, Lord Romney is full of, er, unusual theological doctrines from the Mormon church, like the idea that Jesus and Satan were brothers, and the idea that someday men will all become Gods. (That’s even higher than President, isn’t it?)
No wonder some people confuse Mormons with Moonies.

Lord Romney has also declared that his favorite novel was “Battlefield Earth,” by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. For that reason alone, Willard should be rejected. What planet is this Romney guy from?

Emperor Norton on January 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

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

Former Minnesota Governor knows all about Florida. Demint and Haley picked the correct winners for their home state. oh wait….

Flapjackmaka on January 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Boy am I sick of being told whom I am supposed to like and whom I am supposed to be afraid of.
Yes, I want a fighter who will stick it to Obama, to the servile msm, and to the Republican establishment. Newt seems to be that person.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

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

Damn straight. I am itching for that fight.

Great collection of quotes AP.

Kataklysmic on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

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

Keep pluckin’ that chicken, Erick.

Aren’t you busy enough trying to lose us the Senate again?

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Oh God, a video of Alan Colmes twin sister is featured.

RickB on January 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM

“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…”

I think they are finally getting the message…

Seven Percent Solution on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Still not winner take all. At least it is closed which may be why Paul is bowing out.

Valiant on January 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Paul’s bowing out?
Is it just in FL. or is it of the race?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I met a man, Gingjangles, and he roared for me
With one Reagan and one FDR shoe
With white hair, rumbled shirt and bagging pants
The old side show soft shoe
He roared so high, roared so high, then he came jumping down

I met him in a state of the old south
By Obama and the MSM, I was so bummed out
He looked to be the P.T. Barnum of the age
As he roared right out
He talked of new hope, he talked of new change
But then he laughed so hard and just kicked me instead

Mister Gingjangles
Mister Gingjangles
Mister Gingjangles
Dance!!!

Cheshire Cat on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Revenge of the hobbits…:)

idesign on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Newt seems to be that person.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Yeah, he’s a fighter who will stick it to everything in sight, blah blah blah. But can he lead. Can he govern. Oh, who cares. He yells and has passion. That’s enough! Haven’t you learned anything from the Obama debacle?

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Yes, I want a fighter who will stick it to Obama, to the servile msm, and to the Republican establishment. Newt seems to be that person.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

And then promptly lose in a landslide. Nothing speaks more of impotence than an angry man giving a middle finger.

haner on January 22, 2012 at 9:14 PM

“Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall.”

No truer words have been spoken.

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

AP didn’t give you guy the sober part of the Jay Cost article

There are three major candidates in the race, Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. All of them profess to be conservatives. Romney and Santorum make credible claims that they can sell conservatism to the middle, but they do not stir the hearts of the faithful nearly as much. Gingrich stirs the faithful, for sure, but moderates have been expressing discontent with him since virtually the first moment he stepped on to the stage in the early 1990s.

No doubt conservatives are frustrated, but is that enough to defeat Obama in 10 months?

Trust me. Conservatives like to believe that the country is center-right. False.

The country may espouse center-right responses to pollsters…but they act in CENTER-LEFT ways. Okay?

Don’t be fooled…turning this country around will take a generation. One man is NOT going to do it by himself

r keller on January 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

my take,

I like Newt. I like the fact that he goes balls to the wall on the liberal media and doesn’t take any sh!t from them. I like that he can debate like a bad a$$ and tell it like it is. I want someone in the WH who is going to stand up and kick some a$$ instead of bowing and leading from behind. I want someone who will in a debate against Obama not only run all over him with facts, call him out on his sh!tty policies, but also piss Obama off enough that he says something that will stop people in their tracks and make them think twice about voting for him again. I think that Newt can do that. I hope that he ends up with the nomination. I support “The Newt-a-nater”.

milwife88 on January 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

@ppppolls: First night of our Florida polling: Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck.

Flapjackmaka on January 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Alert alert alert. Code Red. Code Red. Code Red.
All Mittbots report to your stations.
This is not a drill. Repeat. This is not a drill.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Yeah, he’s a fighter who will stick it to everything in sight, blah blah blah. But can he lead. Can he govern. Oh, who cares. He yells and has passion. That’s enough! Haven’t you learned anything from the Obama debacle?

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Sad, isn’t it?

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

And then promptly lose in a landslide. Nothing speaks more of impotence than an angry man giving a middle finger.

haner on January 22, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Presidents Dole and McCain agree. The only way to win is to play nice with Democrats and the MSM.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I believe the media hides the emotion behind the
” Anyone but obama” sentiment in our country. Mitt reminds people
of someone not willing to fight for what is right.

Personally, I’m disgusted with the Dems and the media love-fest.

And I’m sick of where they are steering our Country.

amadan on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Yet the elites ignored the roar. After all, the roar came from the unwashed. It came from the fans of cockfights.

LOL. Yeah, all the unwashed masses that love us some rooster fights. His point is valid but really, cockfights?

BoxHead1 on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Just Florida. Paul is staying to the end and will have mucho delegates.

Valiant on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Their problem is that Coulter’s 100% on the money. That fact is devastating to them, so to them, naturally, it’s Coulter who’s the problem.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I was undecided who to support if the Supreme’s decide to allow TX to have a primary.
Not any more.
Go Newt.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

prayers and $$$ going out to Newt this week. suck on it haters.

GhoulAid on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Alert alert alert. Code Red. Code Red. Code Red.
All Mittbots report to your stations.
This is not a drill. Repeat. This is not a drill.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

For months and months I’ve pictured in my mind at least a dozen posters here side by side with their laptops open at a Romney polling place. *click*click*click*click*click. “Is it payday yet?” *click*click*click*click*click

Marcus on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

my take,

I like Newt. I like the fact that he goes balls to the wall on the liberal media and doesn’t take any sh!t from them. I like that he can debate like a bad a$$ and tell it like it is. I want someone in the WH who is going to stand up and kick some a$$ instead of bowing and leading from behind. I want someone who will in a debate against Obama not only run all over him with facts, call him out on his sh!tty policies, but also piss Obama off enough that he says something that will stop people in their tracks and make them think twice about voting for him again. I think that Newt can do that. I hope that he ends up with the nomination. I support “The Newt-a-nater”.

milwife88 on January 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Funny, but I want someone who can lead this nation out of depression and save my grandchildren’s futures. I really don’t care if they can bully Obama.

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I agree with Mark Levin. I will vote for an Orange Juice can over Oblamer. I have lots of family who live in the panhandle of FL and they are much more conservative than me. They have considerable political involvement. They say Newt has more support than Romney and the others at present.

Alborn on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I don’t know what the Romney camp is so worried about. Gingrich will say something stupid and grandiose that reminds everyone why they dislike him or don’t trust him in the next couple of days and meltdown again.

Dukeboy01 on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Newt’s landslide in SC says more about Mitt than anything else.

Let’s face it, Gingrich is crappy candidate. Still, conservatives think he’s better than Romney.

That says it all about Mr-Electable.

TitularHead on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Is Mitt Romney the “electable” one? According to Gallup, here are the things people would NOT be willing to vote for when casting a vote for President……..

Black—–5%
Woman—–6%
Jewish—-9%
Hispanic–10%
Mormon—-22%
Gay——-32%
Athiest—49%

Those are startling numbers against Mr. Electable. There is no improvement on these numbers over the years for the Mormon question either like there has been among the questions for blacks and women.

The numbers are actually more concerning when you look inside the numbers. Its actually 26% in the midwest, which will be this years battleground area. Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana are all considered up for grabs. Losing over a quarter of the voters before the contest even begins is a huge handicap. Also, there are actually more “independents” that say they will not vote for a Mormon then even Republicans. Its not the Republicans who are the biggots.

You may say, why does Mitt do solidly in head to heads with Obama then? One reason is that only 56% actually know Mitt is a Mormon as of two months ago. My guess is that less then 40% of independent voters know Mitt is a Mormon. That will not be the case on general election day.

Why the establishment put ALL their eggs in this losing basket I will always wonder. Whether Mitt loses the nomination or the general election, it will always be the establishments fault for hooking their caboose on the Romney train if he loses. They should have stayed out of this process. Or hooked their train with Mike Pence or Bob McDonnell or Tim Pawlenty. Three people I think most people would have been content with and they would have been VERY ELECTABLE.

KMav on January 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I’ve never seen so many elites in the party this scared of a candidate. Wonder the real reason. This whole BS about Mitt being more electable is crap. Mitt is a loser. He lost the last election, he’ll lose this election and he’ll lose any future election. I like Newt because he actually has ideas.

davemason2k on January 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Funny, but I want someone who can lead this nation out of depression and save my grandchildren’s futures. I really don’t care if they can bully Obama.

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

You’d rather have a cross the aisle, work in a bipartisan manner type of guy who will cave to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi every day like Romney did in MA.

Yeah, cuz that will save your grandkids’ futures.

quadruple facepalm

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Sad, isn’t it?

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Newt’s history shows me he can’t lead, and he can’t govern. He’s very smart, very well-educated, has vast experience in the front lines of government, he knows the issues like no one else. You’d THINK he could lead and govern. But … HE CAN’T! He’s a great talker, just like Obama. But neither of them can lead or govern! It’s too bad about Newt. Because he’s, by and large, really good otherwise. He’s 68, he’s not all the sudden going to become a leader.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Just Florida. Paul is staying to the end and will have mucho delegates.

Valiant on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

We’re anti-Luap Nors living in Luap Nor supporting west Texas.
My beloved Cubbies will win the WS in a 4 game sweep before that …person…gets our votes.
I was just curious.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Doesn’t anyone think it is the least bit funny that so many are melting down over one primary that just a few days earlier Gov. Romney was win handily? Things move quickly and swing unexpectedly and the outcome is far from decided.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I was undecided who to support if the Supreme’s decide to allow TX to have a primary.
Not any more.
Go Newt.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

++
Great news.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

LOL. Yeah, all the unwashed masses that love us some rooster fights. His point is valid but really, cockfights?

BoxHead1 on January 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

We all have a ” little Jerry ” in our basement who we train to fight for money !!!

burrata on January 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Newt: You are fat, pale, white and from the South. Please dissolve your candidacy at once and allow Smitt Romney the easy ride he so deserves because it IS HIS TURN! Damn!

carbon_footprint on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Seeing how Jeb Bush isnt endorsing after signaling a Romney endorsement, I doubt Rubio will either. He doesnt want egg on his face like Nikki Haley.

Flapjackmaka on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Go Newt Go…….We real conservatives are tired of the democRATS telling us who or what is right. This isn’t the country we grew up in, the government panders to illegal immigrants and legal immigrants, what about the heart and sole of america? We need a fighter to stand up to the establishment, and Newts the one to do it.

angrymike on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Their problem is that Coulter’s 100% on the money. That fact is devastating to them, so to them, naturally, it’s Coulter who’s the problem.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I have never seen so many messengers shot in my life.

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yeah, he’s a fighter who will stick it to everything in sight, blah blah blah. But can he lead. Can he govern. Oh, who cares. He yells and has passion. That’s enough! Haven’t you learned anything from the Obama debacle?

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Well I’m ready to give him the chance.

arnold ziffel on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I’m kind of losing confidence in Ann Coulter; she’s well and truly part of the establishment now. People are sick of the same old, same old, play it safe approach.

cynccook on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Do you people hear yourselves? You like Newt because he will call the media and Obama names?

This country is in deep trouble and you are choosing a president based on glib retorts?

God help us!

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Itchin for a fight?

WTH does that even mean to the base?

Are you Newt fans under the delusion that fighting Obama means calling him names at a debate? As if he would wither and die at being called an anti colonialist European socialist on TV.

The problem is you TruCons believe a lot of this nonsense. You create fantasies and then moan when reality intrudes.

The idea that the msm is somehow trying to foist Romney on us, that the Dems are afraid of Sarah Palin, or laughably Newt.

You need these things to be true in order for the rest of your delusions to have any validity.

And since none are true you look insane.

Most of you TruCons are so naive when it comes to politics, or just plain stupid, you insist our candidate make himself unelectable before you’ll let him get the nomination.

freshface on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I’ve never seen so many elites in the party this scared of a candidate. Wonder the real reason. This whole BS about Mitt being more electable is crap. Mitt is a loser. He lost the last election, he’ll lose this election and he’ll lose any future election. I like Newt because he actually has ideas.

davemason2k on January 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

You are right – they are afraid. ABC now understands why. He’s not going to play their game.

sleepingiantsup on January 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Revenge of the hobbits…:)

idesign on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Funny.

I can’t see the GOP top bringing in a new guy during the campaign. It would be flatly demoralizing. I can see them successfully maneuvering in a brokered convention (I don’t expect to see that either).

INC on January 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Well I’m ready to give him the chance.

arnold ziffel on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yep, that’s what the Obama supporters said in 2008. How’s that working out for you?

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Sad, isn’t it?

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Newt’s history shows me he can’t lead, and he can’t govern. He’s very smart, very well-educated, has vast experience in the front lines of government, he knows the issues like no one else. You’d THINK he could lead and govern. But … HE CAN’T! He’s a great talker, just like Obama. But neither of them can lead or govern! It’s too bad about Newt. Because he’s, by and large, really good otherwise. He’s 68, he’s not all the sudden going to become a leader.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Keep telling that to yourselves. Newt had real, conservative, impact, through his leadership in his Contract with America. You can run it down as much as you want, but it doesn’t change the facts. On top of that, he will fight, which I know disappoints you.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

freshface on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I’m a Perry fan-but he’s out.
Newt has Chutzpah.
Sometimes chutzpah is enough.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

People are voting for Newt, because he’s not Romney

TitularHead on January 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Newt’s history shows me he can’t lead, and he can’t govern. He’s very smart, very well-educated, has vast experience in the front lines of government, he knows the issues like no one else. You’d THINK he could lead and govern. But … HE CAN’T! He’s a great talker, just like Obama. But neither of them can lead or govern! It’s too bad about Newt. Because he’s, by and large, really good otherwise. He’s 68, he’s not all the sudden going to become a leader.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I see your point. But here are the 2 choices

1. liberal who is a good manager
2. conservative who is a crappy manager

I pick #2. A president delegates most of the actual “work” done by the administration. He doesn’t have to lead in the CEO sense of leadership. He gives out the marching orders to be implemented. And to me Newt is the perfect guy for that role.

All else being equal, a good manager is better than a bad manager. But giving up on conservative principles purely for managerial skills is crazy IMO.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

It is going to take a very big white board to figure this one out…

d1carter on January 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I am seeing all these pathetic displays of emotionalism and I am quite enjoying the spectacle. All these contests are sideshow, the real contest will begin when the winner take all states begin to happen and the person who was most responsible for SC win is out there and when she eners then the real race will begin.

promachus on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Yep, that’s what the Obama supporters said in 2008. How’s that working out for you?

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

For liberals it’s working out great. You just invalidated your own point.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

freshface on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I’m also not a ‘truecon’-I’m a right-leaning libertarian who is a registered republican.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

We all have a ” little Jerry ” in our basement who we train to fight for money !!!

burrata on January 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

LOL little jerry

BoxHead1 on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Keep telling that to yourselves. Newt had real, conservative, impact, through his leadership in his Contract with America. You can run it down as much as you want, but it doesn’t change the facts. On top of that, he will fight, which I know disappoints you.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

The people in congress who he “led” have disavowed him. But you can hope he becomes a new person.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

David Bowie – Space Oddity

In honor of the rapidly balding, TOM Brady. Enjoy your fruits, Tom. Because in ten years you will be crying into cheap bourbon in some small town outside of the Cape. You ugly, Cheap Cologne Hawking bastard .

carbon_footprint on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

You’d rather have a cross the aisle, work in a bipartisan manner type of guy who will cave to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi every day like Romney did in MA.

Yeah, cuz that will save your grandkids’ futures.

quadruple facepalm

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

“The word ‘bipartisan’ means that some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”

– George Carlin

RickB on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The GOP elites are afraid of ideas. They don’t wanna go head to head with Obama on ideas, they wanna play defense and hope Obama loses the election by himself. What a bunch of pansies. If Reagan was running they would call him a nutball and unelectable. What a joke! I hope Newt and the American people shove it up their arses!

davemason2k on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Doesn’t anyone think it is the least bit funny that so many are melting down over one primary that just a few days earlier Gov. Romney was win handily? Things move quickly and swing unexpectedly and the outcome is far from decided.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Here is some more irony for you:

Looking ahead to the Florida primary, 94 percent of tea party Republicans say they will vote for whomever wins the GOP nomination. Only 77 percent of non-tea party Republicans are willing to make the same pledge.

(h/t Flora Duh)

Remind me again whose all for beating Obama and who isn’t?

Kataklysmic on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

These national/ media polls should be taken with a grain of salt.

How the questions are worded and how they select who is to polled
is nothing more than a shell game.

These polls tell what the pollsters want them to tell.

Do you think they are random ? Have you ever been cold-called ?

Many people think that their opinion is none of the media’s
concern, and others check caller ID and don’t answer.

Can’t blame them.

amadan on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Most of you TruCons are so naive when it comes to politics, or just plain stupid, you insist our candidate make himself unelectable before you’ll let him get the nomination.

freshface on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Ad Hominem: it’s what’s for dinner at Romney HQ. You people cannot help yourselves.

angryed on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I am seeing all these pathetic displays of emotionalism and I am quite enjoying the spectacle. All these contests are sideshow, the real contest will begin when the winner take all states begin to happen and the person who was most responsible for SC win is out there and when she eners then the real race will begin.

promachus on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

She’s not running. Isn’t it about time you got over it?

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I wonder if the Washington establishment understands how much they are Pis*ing us off by their reaction to Newt’s win. I’m not a strong Newt supporter but just reading some of these articles makes me want to vote for Newt 100 times more then I did before reading them.

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I think the GOP is in fear of watching itself be destroyed.

If Newt wins and gives Sarah a high spot or VP, there goes the elite’s golden boys (one of them VERY fat) changes forever AND their hold on the power.

Like the quote above, Newt and the Tea Party don’t know about making majorities???

HA HA HA

And they BETTER be scared! I will give till it hurts and volunteer and whatever else I can do.

It’s going to be REAL REAL ugly folks, but Newt and Sarah are the TWO best to handle it and I am talking LANDSLIDE for the PEOPLE!

I may be wrong, but I can’t be near to being as all wet as the leaders of the GOP (and Ann Coulter, sadly to say)

golfmann on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Revenge of the hobbits…:)

idesign on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Yep

Night Owl on January 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

He yells and has passion. That’s enough! Haven’t you learned anything from the Obama debacle?

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Actually, Newt doesn’t do a lot of yelling. He speaks clearly, authoritatively and substantively on topics that interest conservatives. I’d say that’s a better description.

Burke on January 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

golfmann on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Newt/Palin would work…or Newt/Jindal….the mensa ticket.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I don’t know what the Romney camp is so worried about. Gingrich will say something stupid and grandiose that reminds everyone why they dislike him or don’t trust him in the next couple of days and meltdown again.

Dukeboy01 on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Well Mr Electable already beat him to it when he said on Laura Ingram’s show that the economy has improved under the Marxist.

bgibbs1000 on January 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Are you Newt fans under the delusion that fighting Obama means calling him names at a debate? As if he would wither and die at being called an anti colonialist European socialist on TV.

freshface on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Obama would smile and laugh, and the viewing audience of 50 million or whatever would weigh what Newt said against the normal-looking guy they’ve seen every day in the White House. And the MSM would cluck their tongues at Newt’s “bigotry” and “jingoism” and “xenophobia”. They’d shake their heads and say the old, mean Newt is back. Well … the conservative base would love it. Just like the OWSers think they’re doing something by vandalizing, living outdoors, and crapping on police cars, fighting the Man. Newt will stick it to Obama. Sigh.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I have never seen so many messengers shot in my life.

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Coulter, Krauthammer, Ziegler, Fox News, Chris Christie, Tom Coburn, and the list goes on.

They’ll need a firing squad at this rate.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

She’s not running. Isn’t it about time you got over it?

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

But she’s causing a lot of damage…LOL

idesign on January 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

She’s not running. Isn’t it about time you got over it?

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

She is 100 times better than Mitt and Newt. So what is there to “get over”? If she enters fine, if she campaigns for a candidate you know that candidate will win the primaries. She is the 800lb pink elephant in the room and what she does will impact the race be it an endorsement, campaigning or even if she decides to run a late campaign. Until Palin makes a move the race really hasn’t started for millions of people.

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Paul’s bowing out?
Is it just in FL. or is it of the race?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

The Paulbots here don’t even register to vote. Just spout their crap. Plus, it’s a closed primary. No shot.

katy the mean old lady on January 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

The people in congress who he “led” have disavowed him. But you can hope he becomes a new person.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

That’s right, regarding some of them, who got weak in the knees. Boehner was one of them, and we sure are thriving under his leadership.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Funny, but I want someone who can lead this nation out of depression and save my grandchildren’s futures. I really don’t care if they can bully Obama.

fight like a girl on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

The Presidential debates equate to the playoffs, the general election equals the Superbowl..we have no chance to win the Big Un unless we win the playoffs, therefore, we have to put the best man out that can out-debate Oblamer. Americans will want someone that can champion ALL of us, not just the identities loyal to the Dems..Obama will be in a squirm-athon of epic propotions…

hillsoftx on January 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

But, but, but…everyone has been saying how much Romney is leading in Florida. And, now, they’re neck and neck? Do you mean the media and party elites have been misleading us?

FoxyLady on January 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Actually, Newt doesn’t do a lot of yelling. He speaks clearly, authoritatively and substantively on topics that interest conservatives. I’d say that’s a better description.

Burke on January 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Fair enough. He did give John King an earful though. And he speaks with passion and a kind of continual attitude of surprise that people don’t see issues as clearly and brilliantly as he himself does.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

katy the mean old lady on January 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Outstanding.
My husband is running for precinct committeeman here and he thinks that TX has ‘closed’ as well.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

But, but, but…everyone has been saying how much Romney is leading in Florida. And, now, they’re neck and neck? Do you mean the media and party elites have been misleading us? /

FoxyLady on January 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Conservatism ALWAYS works when you have the floor and can articulate it.

On the other hand, if Mitt DOES get installed, I’ll vote mostly for the down ticket, but money? work? volunteer?

You GOT to be kidding!

Your play GOP… this is your LAST chance!

golfmann on January 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I wonder if the Washington establishment understands how much they are Pis*ing us off by their reaction to Newt’s win. I’m not a strong Newt supporter but just reading some of these articles makes me want to vote for Newt 100 times more then I did before reading them.

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I AM a strong Newt supporter and the way the conservative
media (is there such a thing?)and the bloggers (yes, on Hot Air too) treat Newt Gingrich is shameful. Of course, I am sort of
used to it as they did the same thing to Palin.

The more they tick us off the more we will gather around Newt
in protection and support.

Amjean on January 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Looking ahead to the Florida primary, 94 percent of tea party Republicans say they will vote for whomever wins the GOP nomination. Only 77 percent of non-tea party Republicans are willing to make the same pledge.

(h/t Flora Duh)

Remind me again whose all for beating Obama and who isn’t?

Kataklysmic on January 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

You may want to keep that info to yourself, given that it blows monstrous holes in the weaksauce attack that Mitt “won’t be able to hold the base.” Clearly, he will.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I have never seen so many messengers shot in my life.

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Coulter, Krauthammer, Ziegler, Fox News, Chris Christie, Tom Coburn, and the list goes on.

They’ll need a firing squad at this rate.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

dang uppity Hobbits

TitularHead on January 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Coulter, Krauthammer, Ziegler, Fox News, Chris Christie, Tom Coburn, and the list goes on.

They’ll need a firing squad at this rate.

KingGold on January 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

You forgot John Bolton. I never thought I’d see the day when they’d shoot John Bolton, but they did. Nothing is sacred anymore.

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

hmmm Palin gives Santourm a shout out before the IA election and he zooms from 4th to 1st. Palin gives Newt a shout out before the SC election and he erasers a double diget hole and wins the primary. Maybe Mitt should try to get Palin on his team instead of bad mouthing her and her supporters….nah they aren’t smart enough to do that….Besides Mitt the biggest losers in Sc were Haley and Christie. they have ZERO pull among the grassroots no matte rhow much the establishment hopes they hav efooled us with them….

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I AM a strong Newt supporter and the way the conservative
media (is there such a thing?)and the bloggers (yes, on Hot Air too) treat Newt Gingrich is shameful. Of course, I am sort of
used to it as they did the same thing to Palin.

Amjean on January 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Newt is no Palin. Sarah is a leader, focused, disciplined, humble. Newt is none of those.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I’m kind of losing confidence in Ann Coulter; she’s well and truly part of the establishment now. People are sick of the same old, same old, play it safe approach.

cynccook on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

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I love Ann… but she is drawing a line in the sand that is making me shake my head and wonder…
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RalphyBoy on January 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The more they tick us off the more we will gather around Newt
in protection and support.

Amjean on January 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

yeap. It’s like the Palin attack plan all over again. It worked for Palin they think so why not do the same thing.

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

JPeterman on January 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

My opinion of those I was interested in before(Cavuto, Kraut. ‘Stache) remains unchanged…even though I’m supporting Newt.
I’m a conserva-tarian…not an uber-conservative.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

hmmm Palin gives Santourm a shout out before the IA election and he zooms from 4th to 1st. Palin gives Newt a shout out before the SC election and he erasers a double diget hole and wins the primary. Maybe Mitt should try to get Palin on his team instead of bad mouthing her and her supporters….nah they aren’t smart enough to do that….Besides Mitt the biggest losers in Sc were Haley and Christie. they have ZERO pull among the grassroots no matte rhow much the establishment hopes they hav efooled us with them….

unseen on January 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I noticed that too.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The MittBots started the dungfest a long time ago.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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