Gallup tracking poll puts Romney up nationally by … one point

posted at 3:15 pm on January 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, Mitt Romney can finally look at a poll today where he’s leading.  Unfortunately, it’s still bad news for Romney, as the Gallup national tracking poll shows Newt Gingrich has closed to within one point over the last three days.  Romney now leads Gingrich only 29/28, dropping one point while Gingrich rose three overnight.  That means that polling over the last couple of days has gone for Gingrich as the race heads into Florida.

There is more bad news in the poll as well.  Romney continues to do well in Gallup’s polling in the “trial heat” head to head matchup against Obama, scoring a 48/50 against the incumbent.  However, Gingrich picked up four points overnight in the same poll to get to the exact same 48/50 rating, which helps Gingrich make the argument that he’s at least as electable against Obama as Romney.

This makes the stakes for tonight’s debate in Florida that much higher for Romney.  He has to find ways to reverse the momentum and start putting distance between himself and Gingrich, which he started to do yesterday and today by hammering Gingrich over his connection to Freddie Mac.  That’s a rather silly line of attack, though, and Romney has another obstacle in the fact that both of them have very similar positions on issues — and the same track record on them, too.  If Romney wants to take an effective line of attack tonight, he should concentrate entirely on Gingrich’s fall from grace with Republicans the last time he was trusted with a national leadership position and contrast that with his own successful executive experience. That’s probably the only issue that will have conservatives reconsidering their recent adoption of Gingrich as the alternative to Mr. Inevitable.

For Gingrich, the strategy tonight will have to be finding a balance between attacking Romney and demonstrating statesmanship in the GOP.  He achieved that last debate by attacking the media more than Romney, but we’ll see if NBC provides Gingrich that opportunity tonight.  Gingrich learned in Iowa that he can’t go all soft-focus in debates or on the campaign trail, and perhaps relearned James Carville’s old political adage that your opponent can’t land a punch while you have your fist in their face.  The tax return issue is off the table now, though, and Gingrich can’t effectively attack on the RomneyCare program he hailed six years ago in his own newsletters.

Rick Santorum certainly can, though, and will against both Gingrich and Romney.  This is the last week that Santorum will have a clear shot at trying to capture some momentum for himself.  After Thursday’s debate, there are none scheduled until February 22nd, and then none again until March.  Santorum’s shoestring campaign can’t buy enough media to make his case effectively against Gingrich and Romney, so he has to do what he did in the second South Carolina debate last week and hope it works better in Florida. He’s trailing at the 11% mark nationally and in Florida, and if Santorum can’t pull off a game-changer soon, he’s all but finished.

Ron Paul will be an afterthought in Florida, where he’s not competing actively, but not in tonight’s debate; NBC will make sure of that.  Paul will always be Paul, so discussing his strategy is moot to a certain extent, but it will be interesting to see whether he goes after Romney and/or Gingrich and to what extent.  If he attacks Romney to the exclusion of all others, Gingrich will send over a fruit basket later.  If he goes after both, he might end up helping Santorum, with whom he has tangled more often in previous debates.  If Paul goes after Santorum, it will prove he’s not terribly serious at all, but even that might help Santorum in Florida.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

3 states down!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Since that is a five day rolling average poll Newt has to be up by a wide margin in the most recent sampling.

CommentGuy on January 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

3 polls changed!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Remember back in October when Mitt was inevitable….as was a Bills-Lions Super Bowl.

LOL

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I predict Romney will fail tonight. Newt knows the attacks are coming and will have a response. Mitt then will stutter and turn red as he searches tor an answer. Lol

davemason2k on January 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

If you were in a rally for your candidate and Karl Rove came by and said “I will make you famous on FOX news but support Mitt Romney now” and put his arm around you..What would you do?

apocalypse on January 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

3 states down!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

54 to go.

Sincerely

Obama

msupertas on January 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Others here have researched what happened in Congress regarding the ethics attacks and his resignation. I’m sure that Newt will have no problem explaining that issue.

Rose on January 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Wow this surge looks for real.

Roymunson on January 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Rush destroying the establishment and their candidate

http://www.therightscoop.com/rush-republican-establishment-in-a-full-blown-panic/

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

And the fact the NEITHER is over 30% speaks VOLUMES: people ain’t happy with the choices.

michaelo on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Paul will always be Paul, so discussing his strategy is moot to a certain extent, but it will be interesting to see whether he goes after Romney and/or Gingrich and to what extent.

Paul go after Romney? When has that ever happened?

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Adulterer! Adulterer!

El_Terrible on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If you were in a rally for your candidate and Karl Rove came by and said “I will make you famous on FOX news but support Mitt Romney now” and put his arm around you..What would you do?

apocalypse on January 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Take a shower.

msupertas on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Ethics violations! Ethics violations!

El_Terrible on January 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The Romney Coronation is put on hold.

I hope that life size Mitt Romney Ice Sculpture they ordered didn’t cost too much.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

LOL. Just got my first robocall from “Restore our Future”. I’m sure they’ll be many many more between now and Jan. 31.

Did you guys know Newt pulls the wings off butterflies and puts teh cute little puppies in garbage bags then throws them in the river? //

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Mittens is in big trouble. He’s gonna try to get tough with Newt tonight, but that’s not his forte. Plus even though he can cite Newt’s “disgraceful resignation” from the Speakership, that can easily be countered with his record the previous 4 years which included balanced budgets, a capital gains tax cut, welfare reform, and a booming economy. And it’s not like Romney left the governship in good standing in MassachusettEs. Dude was polling in the mid-30′s as his one and only term was coming to an end.

Doughboy on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

MAYBEMITT the headless chicken

rik on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Did you guys know Newt pulls the wings off butterflies and puts teh cute little puppies in garbage bags then throws them in the river? //

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

When he’s not snorting coke off a dead hooker? Yeah, knew that…

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Somebody here came up with this, but it’s worth repeating:

Myth Romney

Heh.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Its amusing that all these Republican pundits thinks that if Newt wins Florida the GOP establishment is going to toss Mitt under the bus in favor of a more conservative, establishment-approved alternative to Newt. Why exactly would that work? If they wait until after Florida, might they risk it being too late?

Basically, what is the guarantee that Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, or even Jeb Bush would be ready for prime time? I would prefer both Daniels and Jindal over anyone in the current field, but there is no guarantee that Mitt and Newt, both of whom have been preparing to run for President for years, wouldn’t just chew up and spit out a late entrant. If the GOP establishment wants to dump Mitt, they better do it before Newt gathers too much momentum to be stopped.

Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Somebody here came up with this, but it’s worth repeating:

Myth Romney

Heh.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thats a good one

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

You know who’s fault this is? Mitt’s.

Anyone running as long as he has, with his preparation and resources, should have had this thing locked up. Instead he hoped to divide the conservatives and win with just the moderates in the party.

El_Terrible on January 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Downfall , last days in the mittler bunker.

the_nile on January 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

If the GOP establishment wants to dump Mitt, they better do it before Newt gathers too much momentum to be stopped.

Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

After all the money he’s paid them, he’s not going to be happy.

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Of course you realize that it’s STATE-BY-STATE that matters in the primaries; national polls are largely irrelevant (no different in the general election, either). Newt has already taken a sizable lead in Florida, and that lead will only continue to grow with two Florida debates looming. The word’s out: Romney is a timid, milktoast, flip-flopping, Massachusetts moderate/liberal.

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Basically, what is the guarantee that Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, or even Jeb Bush would be ready for prime time?
Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Is Jeb seriously being considered? If so the Stupid Party just got 1000 times stupider.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Willard chose “divide and conquer” instead of articulating his views and it backfired right in his face. I’m still not writing him off in FL though

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Downfall , last days in the mittler bunker.

the_nile on January 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

That’s cold…LOL

idesign on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

FL robocall overdrive will hurt mitt cause of annoyance

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

My husband and I were discussing this last night.

The problem with Romney, for me, is that there is not much daylight between him and Obama when you look at how Romney governed Massachusetts. There will be little to contrast in the general election. Why would undecided, non-partisan voters switch to the new guy when he is just like the old guy?

Gingrich, at the very least, will offer a pointed contrast to Obama when looking at his accomplishments/voting record.

Obama v Romney is like choosing between vanilla v vanilla bean ice cream. The argument can be made that one is better, but unless you have a gourmet’s palate, you wouldn’t notice the difference.

MississippiMom on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Against the grain. The “blank slate” TR Progressive Newt is arguably not clearly conservative. Most important, blowhard zany ideas mismanaging ‘internet campaign’ very unpopular Newt is not electable.
Fight the O’Donnell syndrome. Go with Mitt, or get somebody else to jump in then. Get it done. We can’t go down with this ship.

anotherJoe on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The word’s out: Romney is a timid, milktoast, flip-flopping, Massachusetts moderate/liberal.

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Many of us knew this 6 years ago. But we were a lone voice in the wilderness told by our betters to shut up. Nice to know others have finally woken up.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

which helps Gingrich make the argument that he’s at least as electable against Obama as Romney.

But is he more likeable, now that Mitt is evitable?

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Romney should anticipate his campaign blowing up if he pushes too hard on the ethics issue tonight. Same thought regarding the network.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Did you guys know Newt pulls the wings off butterflies and puts teh cute little puppies in garbage bags then throws them in the river? //

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I heard he strapped puppies to the roof of his car in airtight containers to tortue them. Oh wait…….

Southernblogger on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Any Floridian who wants to see Newt as the nominee, vote for Newt. Any Floridian who doesn’t want Mitt Romney as the nominee, vote for Newt. And most importantly, any Floridian who wants more candidates in the race, vote for Newt.

Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Ron Paul will be an afterthought in Florida, where he’s not competing actively, but not in tonight’s debate; NBC will make sure of that.

NBC has to be NBC after all.

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I have just read all the previous comments. No Newt supporter can again accuse Mitt supporters of name calling. Still, poll sux for me. Sigh

bluealice on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Another troubling sign for team Mitt is that Newt is the first “non-Romney” to go back up in the polls after the same downward trend. That’s something the other non-Romneys couldn’t accomplish.

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

However, Gingrich picked up four points overnight in the same poll to get to the exact same 48/50 rating, which helps Gingrich make the argument that he’s at least as electable against Obama as Romney.

Whaaaa??!! But I thought Ann Coulter, Brit Hume, Steve Schmidt, Mike Murphy, and Joe Scarborough all said this wasn’t possible?

Rush articulated perfectly today why all these establishment doofuses straw man arguments about Newt being un-electable against Obama is just complete BS.

davek70 on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Rush destroying the establishment and their candidate

http://www.therightscoop.com/rush-republican-establishment-in-a-full-blown-panic/

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Do you…do you throw up on your screen, when you hear Rush’s voice?
Oh, now I’m wondering if someone can drool AND puke AT the same time! Wait, yep..you possibly could since you always use both orifices at one time.

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Alternate headline: Romney plummets to 1% nationally

/Just kidding, Ed

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Fight the O’Donnell syndrome. Go with Mitt, or get somebody else to jump in then. Get it done. We can’t go down with this ship.

anotherJoe on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

O’Donnell endorsed Myth , just sayin’.

the_nile on January 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

My husband and I were discussing this last night.
The problem with Romney, for me, is that there is not much daylight between him and Obama when you look at how Romney governed Massachusetts. There will be little to contrast in the general election. Why would undecided, non-partisan voters switch to the new guy when he is just like the old guy?

Gingrich, at the very least, will offer a pointed contrast to Obama when looking at his accomplishments/voting record.

Obama v Romney is like choosing between vanilla v vanilla bean ice cream. The argument can be made that one is better, but unless you have a gourmet’s palate, you wouldn’t notice the difference.

MississippiMom on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Excellent post, and oh, so true!

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Lenny Curry was on Fox this a.m. and asked all the candidates to drop the caca-flinging and focus on jobs and what ails the country.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Whaaaa??!! But I thought Ann Coulter, Brit Hume, Steve Schmidt, Mike Murphy, and Joe Scarborough all said this wasn’t possible?

davek70 on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Dude you’re blowing my mind here. Are you saying my elite betters are – I can’t even say the word – wrong?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Man, the hits just keep coming. Epic buthurt for the Romney nutballs.

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Excellent post, and oh, so true!

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Why thank you!

MississippiMom on January 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Rush nailed it today.

The hunger is for an Articulate Conservative who has the power of his/her convictions.

I guess that’s just too complex for the GOP brain-trust to grasp.

Bruno Strozek on January 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

What is Romney’s favorite kind of cake?

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

My husband and I were discussing this last night.
The problem with Romney, for me, is that there is not much daylight between him and Obama when you look at how Romney governed Massachusetts. There will be little to contrast in the general election. Why would undecided, non-partisan voters switch to the new guy when he is just like the old guy?

Gingrich, at the very least, will offer a pointed contrast to Obama when looking at his accomplishments/voting record.

Obama v Romney is like choosing between vanilla v vanilla bean ice cream. The argument can be made that one is better, but unless you have a gourmet’s palate, you wouldn’t notice the difference.

MississippiMom on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Excellent post, and oh, so true!

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

He’s the bland, yet competent Obama with a verifiable history.

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Rush nailed it today.

The hunger is for an Articulate Conservative who has the power of his/her convictions.

I guess that’s just too complex for the GOP brain-trust to grasp.

Bruno Strozek on January 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I’m listening to him now. He’s nailing it big time.

gophergirl on January 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

He’s the bland, yet competent Obama with a verifiable history.

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Obama: sheite sandwich

Romney: sheite sandwich with some mayo and mustard. Marginally better tasting, but you’re still eating sheite.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Did you guys know Newt pulls the wings off butterflies and puts teh cute little puppies in garbage bags then throws them in the river? //

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

When he’s not snorting coke off a dead hooker? Yeah, knew that…

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Or making omelettes in back of abortion clinics…

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I will anxiously await the Establishment’s call to vote for Newt, since he’s now the “electable candidate”.

faraway on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Anyone running as long as he has, with his preparation and resources, should have had this thing locked up. Instead he hoped to divide the conservatives and win with just the moderates in the party.

El_Terrible on January 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This is funny, considering he’s been criticized for all that preparation and trying to lock it up early.

changer1701 on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

There is more bad news in the poll as well. Romney continues to do well in Gallup’s polling in the “trial heat” head to head matchup against Obama, scoring a 48/50 against the incumbent. However, Gingrich picked up four points overnight in the same poll to get to the exact same 48/50 rating, which helps Gingrich make the argument that he’s at least as electable against Obama as Romney.

Ed, you hid the lead on this story! Gingrich polls the same as Romney against Obama.

Joe Biden: “This is a big f___ing deal!”

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Alternate headline “Lead narrowas to 1%”

Caption “evitable”.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Gingrich can’t effectively attack on the RomneyCare program he hailed six years ago in his own newsletters.

He can certainly be effective in attacking Romney for (1) implementing it; and (2) continuing to vociferously defend it – two clear delineations from Gingrich.

besser tot als rot on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I hope after tonight Romney is toast……….burnt toast.

GO NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AmayasNana on January 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

You know, the worst part of Newt winning the Nomination is that Hannity is going to become even more full of himself. The guy was pro-Newt when Newt was polling in the single digits.

Buckshot Bill on January 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Almost time to break out the humpbot!

Let’s warm up the crowd with a little na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.

Bill C on January 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Down goes Romney! Down goes Romney!

/Howard Cosell

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

You know, the worst part of Newt winning the Nomination is that Hannity is going to become even more full of himself. The guy was pro-Newt when Newt was polling in the single digits.

Buckshot Bill on January 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Yeah, all conservatives don’t like Sean Hannity. /sarc

Bill C on January 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

There is more bad news in the poll as well.

Interesting Freudian slip by Ed: What Ed describes as “more bad news” is bad news only for Romney and his Republican Establishment supporters.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

You know, the worst part of Newt winning the Nomination is that Hannity is going to become even more full of himself. The guy was pro-Newt when Newt was polling in the single digits.

Buckshot Bill on January 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

People I wouldn’t trust to tell me the time of day let alone take political advice from:

1. Glenn Beck
2. Sean Hannity

At least Beck’s funny to listen to since he’s so paranoid about everything.

Hannity on the other hand, a repetitive fresh off the printer RNC talking point dummy. How he made it to national prominence is one of life’s greatest mysteries.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Is Jeb seriously being considered? If so the Stupid Party just got 1000 times stupider.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

His name is being floated around, but I agree that its an establishment pipedream. Its possible to imagine Daniels or Jindal or even Christie making a late splash in the race and getting traction, but Jeb Bush would enter the race to questions about political dynasty and whether he could escape his brother’s shadow; the base would not have enough time to get to know the guy to feel comfortable nominating another Bush, and he would all but ensure Newt’s nomination.

Bobby Jindal, as a conservative Southern governor with establishment support, would stand the best chance of forming a winning coalition that could eat into Mitt and Newt’s bases of support… which all sounds good on paper, but the guy didn’t exactly shine in his response to Obama’s SOTU a few years back. Christie is probably the best-prepared for the limelight, but it would be hard for him to walk back his political striptease last October/November. Mitch Daniels… maybe he could do it, but his personality would hardly match the expectations and hype that would accompany his late entry. He could be a real dud.

Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

OT:

John Kerry Breaks Nose Playing Hockey

And “two” black eyes. How does someone get 2 black eyes at once?

Great comments.

faraway on January 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

If I were Paul I’d attack all 3 as being big-government conservatives who Obama will destroy and call hypocritical over and over again in the debates.

I would make reference to how true conservatives had to sit and watch John McCain, a big government conservative” being unable to articulate a strong defense of conservatism because he really wasn’t. Romney got McCain’s endorsement.

“I voted against the stimulus, bailouts, obamacare, NDAA, Patriot Act and the Iraq War. These big government people next to me supported several big government items on the list and they’ll continue to do so”. ect..

We need to do more than just “beat obama”, conservatism needs to be articulated and defended properly in a way that will grow the movement for future generations. If we pick someone simply because of some vague notion of looking Presidential in the debates than conservatism is not getting anywhere.

fatlibertarianinokc on January 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I really hope the surge doesn’t last. While Independents, Blue dogs and Paul Supporters were hostile to Romney, they loathe Gingrich….and we need them to win.

I can see the history lesson now…”Obama was coming off a bad first term as his big spending philosophy had failed and the Republicans had a great chance to seize power. They made the mistake of selecting for their nominee a lifelong scandal plagued politician who was extremely unpopular outside of his own party and it led to, not only a landslide for for Obama, but a sweeping return to power in the house for the Democrats and a strengthened majority in the Senate.”

Believe me, this is not far from the truth unless you think that the millions of Americans that hate the guy are all of sudden going to trust him to run the country.

Zybalto on January 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hmmm, I am certain that much of the Paul/Santorum vote would swing to Newt. So, in a way, he is already leading.

Droopy on January 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Christie is probably the best-prepared for the limelight, but it would be hard for him to walk back his political striptease last October/November. Mitch Daniels… maybe he could do it, but his personality would hardly match the expectations and hype that would accompany his late entry. He could be a real dud.

Lawdawg86 on January 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Christie = Romney. They stump together, Coulter loves that flavor of eastern RINO sandwich, and we in the cheap seats trust him only a little more than Mitt.

beatcanvas on January 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Ed, you hid the lead on this story! Gingrich polls the same as Romney against Obama.

Joe Biden: “This is a big f___ing deal!”

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

If there were only one poll in the universe, then yeah.

But Rasmussen yesterday had Obama and Romney tied, Newt losing to Obama by 7.

And Newt loses to Obama by double digits in the RCP average.

Jon0815 on January 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I really hope the surge doesn’t last. While Independents, Blue dogs and Paul Supporters were hostile to Romney, they loathe Gingrich….and we need them to win.

Zybalto on January 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Uh huh….

However, Gingrich picked up four points overnight in the same poll to get to the exact same 48/50 rating, which helps Gingrich make the argument that he’s at least as electable against Obama as Romney.

You were saying….

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

newt victory at least in floriday is the promise of the republican establishment meltdown. please, oh please, let it happen!

nathor on January 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

John Kerry looks like Newt’s debate practice dummy.

Typhonian on January 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

If there were only one poll in the universe, then yeah.

But Rasmussen yesterday had Obama and Romney tied, Newt losing to Obama by 7.

And Newt loses to Obama by double digits in the RCP average.

Jon0815 on January 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

LOL. Just last week when 2 or 3 polls came out showing Obama beating Romney the Mittbots swore up and down polls don’t mean anything this early.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

What is Romney’s favorite kind of cake?

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Sponge, as in light airy and squishy.

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Romney now leads Gingrich only 29/28

Speaks volumes about the contenders.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM

LOL. Just last week when 2 or 3 polls came out showing Obama beating Romney the Mittbots swore up and down polls don’t mean anything this early.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

And that’s what Newton’s fans have claimed, too. Point?

changer1701 on January 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM

All of the Kabuki theater, RNC, establishment home boys and girls have to be thrown out. Replaced with Conservatives not just in name only.

Get ready for the Republican party to undermine and run ads against their own candidate. And it wouldn’t be the first time too Conservative candidates were on the GOP contract hit list.

Enough placating assurances and then business as usual, no wonder they all visit the same bars, its easier to knock back a few in the same booth while both parties can slip us the shaft.

Speakup on January 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Newt knows Romney is coming after him tonight on his ethics charges. Newt has an answer that will put Romney back in his corner and have the crowd cheering. Count it!

Decoski on January 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

FL robocall overdrive will hurt mitt cause of annoyance

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

You got that right. I turned mine off.

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Willard chose “divide and conquer” instead of articulating his views and it backfired right in his face. I’m still not writing him off in FL though

liberal4life on January 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Is that something Rush told you…or are you brain farting again?
(If you get a stink from all of those…please stay in the basement or the EPA will have to be notifyed)

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

If you were in a rally for your candidate and Karl Rove came by and said “I will make you famous on FOX news but support Mitt Romney now” and put his arm around you..What would you do?

apocalypse on January 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Take a shower.

msupertas on January 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Respect

apocalypse on January 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

What is Romney’s favorite kind of cake?

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Fruit cake. Stale and full of dried fruit.

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Tin man’s going down!!!

abobo on January 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

nathor on January 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

That’s what I have been thinking all day too!

Decoski on January 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Mitt Romney vanishes without a trace.

Dack Thrombosis on January 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Newt knows Romney is coming after him tonight on his ethics charges. Newt has an answer that will put Romney back in his corner and have the crowd cheering. Count it!

Decoski on January 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Agreed. Further, Newt’s response will show how the network and Romney are Frick and Frack when it comes to attacking conservatives.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Where is the poll to have the electable Newt at 64 to Obama 30. That one seems to be missing. Well any head to head Newt vs. Obama in a two man race.

tjexcite on January 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The Newt-ron Bomb has killed Myth’s electable meme. It is withered away now.

Myth just doesn’t know that he is dead yet. But Romney’s youngsters behind him on the Saturday night podium knew it had happened.

jimw on January 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Bobby Jindal, as a conservative Southern governor with establishment support, would stand the best chance of forming a winning coalition that could eat into Mitt and Newt’s bases of support… which all sounds good on paper, but the guy didn’t exactly shine in his response to Obama’s SOTU a few years back. Christie is probably the best-prepared for the limelight, but it would be hard for him to walk back his political striptease last October/November. Mitch Daniels… maybe he could do it, but his personality would hardly match the expectations and hype that would accompany his late entry. He could be a real dud.

I would have preferred Jindal to every single GOP candidate who has been on that stage since last June. But there’s evidence that even a conservative with a successful recent track record can’t just be airlifted into the middle of a race with little preparation and knock the ball out of the park.

Right Mover on January 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

OT:

John Kerry Breaks Nose Playing Hockey

And “two” black eyes. How does someone get 2 black eyes at once?

Great comments.

faraway on January 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

John Kerry to hockey puck:

“Don’t you know who I am?”

Dack Thrombosis on January 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

My first thought without reading the posting – Where the heck
did you get that photo? Romney looks like the Cheshire Cat and
Newt looks like he wants to kill it!

Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Comment pages: 1 2