Gingrich up nine in new FL poll

posted at 8:50 am on January 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We already have over 250 comments in the headline thread for this new Insider Advantage poll, which turns the Florida primary on its head — if it’s accurate.  Although polling in the first half of the month had Mitt Romney with a polling lead of twenty or more points, IA shows Newt Gingrich with a nine-point lead from a snap poll last night:

Fresh off his victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, a new poll shows Newt Gingrich surging into the lead in the next Republican battleground, Florida.

An InsiderAdvantage poll released late Sunday shows the former House speaker leading his main rival former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Sunshine state with 34 percent support from likely GOP voters to Romney’s 26 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) receives 13 percent support for third place in the poll, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 11 percent.

Actually, the poll shows 34.4% for Gingrich to 25.6% for Romney, which is closer to nine points than eight.  That would be a 30-point flip from just a week ago, a dramatic turn that almost begs for skepticism, no matter how strong Gingrich performed in South Carolina.  However, PPP also announced last night that their polling showed a dramatic shift in Florida, coming to a dead-heat tie in a survey to be released later this week as more polling takes place:

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

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

Complicating the analysis is the fact that IA hasn’t polled Florida recently, so we can’t determine trending on the IA series alone.  The last time IA polled the Sunshine State was just after Thanksgiving, which was coincidentally the first time Newt Gingrich was having a boomlet.  At that time, both PPP and IA had Gingrich a +24 and a +30, respectively, while CNN/Time and Survey USA had it about the same as IA.  Quinnipiac and NBC/Marist had it Gingrich +13 and +15, respectively.  In its previous look, IA was definitely not an outlier.  Since that’s true, we can use the other series to establish that Gingrich is most certainly trending upward.

The sample does have a few questions.  First, polls taken entirely on Sunday nights might be a little skewed, as many people might not be home or willing to talk with a pollster.  The survey says that it comprises registered Republicans who will vote in the primary, which seems to indicate likely voters, although why it just doesn’t say likely voters is unknown.

If this is accurate, though, Gingrich’s momentum is broad indeed.  He wins every demographic in the poll except 30-44YOs and Hispanics, which he loses to Ron Paul, oddly enough.  Gingrich wins seniors, where Romney had ruled, and Gingrich even wins women, a surprise after the Marianne Gingrich interview.  Mitt Romney had better hope that this Insider Advantage poll is an outlier.

Update: My next post will be about a new Rasmussen poll that corroborates Insider Advantage.


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Reagan was significanly more likeable than Newt, but Obama is significantly blacker than Jimmy Carter.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

And right on schedule the lib troll is here to accuse everyone of being in the Klan. It’s so predictable dude. Don’t you guys ever get new material?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in healthcare, for a doctor. We see between 500 and 600 patients per week. There has not been one week when I haven’t heard something political. It happens, people’s blood pressure are up, frustration with this economy, food prices rising, fatique in general. While there are a few who would vote for Romney, the majority like Newt, remember Newt and quite frankly, they are at a point where they want someone who will take it to Obama while all the while has some experience in navigating the congress and senate. Newt unelectable according to some of you? Only in your dreams. I know that Mittens was “promised” when he suspended his campaign last time to endorse McCain, that he would be the “chosen” one next time around. And most people know that as well. They didn’t like McCain and they sure don’t like the man that lost to McCain. Perhaps Romney could start working on another Olympic bid for the US so he would have something to do? Just a thought. :)

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

No, you’re not the only one. I would be holding my nose pretty hard to vote for either Mitt or Newt, but there’s a part of me screaming “Do Republicans *really* want to nominate the candidate who cheated on his wife, has a history of ethics violations, advocated for climate change legislation and health insurance mandates, and who is the very definition of a Washington politician?”

Sure, Newt talks a great game, and I love it when he makes inflammatory-but-true statements that spark discussion on third-rail topics. But is he really presidential material? And how will he look against a well-prepared cool and calm Obama in debates?

Mohonri on January 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Blame it on fellow conservatives, who methodically destroyed and/or abandoned every other “not-Romney” out there, some before they even threw their hats into the ring. We eat our own, and now we’re left with Newt – who, dispite his flaws, is infintely preferable to a Dem-Lite RINO & human weather vane like Romney.

DRayRaven on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Please do not eat me alive.)

djl130 on January 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Newt’s like novacaine. It works; just give it time. Get them to listen to him. If they’re true Americans, they’ll start to realize that what he says makes a lot of sense.

I’m for paychecks and independence, not foodstamps and dependence.

I think that’s a powerful message for independants.

It may not resonate with the left, but even for those teetering on the edge of government dependence, Newt will make them stop and say, “What am I doing? I don’t want to live in a society like that.”

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I think you are spot on here. We’ve been told what to do, what to eat, what to think, how to behave, etc for the past three years from Obama.

I think people are sick of it and want to do what they want to do.

gophergirl on January 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

You *do* know that you don’t have to actually listen to any of the pundits or when Michelle Obama says things like “eating veggies is good for kids health” if you don’t want to. The ability of some people to imagine themselves as oppressed stuns me sometimes. How exactly has the pundit class or the President forced you to stop thinking or saying anything you would’ve thought or said or done had McCain been in office?

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Newt and Mitt are two sides of the same old PROGRESSIVE coin.

America needs a CONSERVATIVE leader – America needs Rick SANTORUM!

Pork-Chop on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

if your for mitt you must be rooting for the economy to be bad or even get worse. if it gets better what the narrative for mitt

rik on January 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

According to Mitt, the economy is getting better!

Vince on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Mitt Romney is engaging in a HotAir style critique of Obama,

What the hell does that mean

blatantblue on January 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

It means the Mittbots and liberal trolls are getting their talking points from the same source.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I, er, hit publish rather than “save draft”? And I got 30 comments? I know how to take the rest of the day off …….

Ed Morrissey on January 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Just put a picture up of Debbie Whatshername Shitz with no verbage, and see what happens! Just the picture only.

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Is anyone else noticing that we’re seriously talking about nominating Newt Gingrich?

OK then, as long as you think you know what you’re doing, do what you want. Good luck with that.

juanito on January 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I hear the same thing all the time from Dem friends who cant stand Obama, but they hate Gingrich worse. If its Gingrich, its over, hes not going to win, but hey, he will yell at the press, so I guess theres that. We’ll lose women and independents by 30 points, but hey, the debates will be epic! Sigh.

nswider on January 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Oh for pete’s sake, how many times must we go over this. No democrat will ever vote for a republican over a democrat candidate. Everyone who keeps thinking somehow a democrat, friend or not, will not vote for Obama is willfully ignorant.

This line of reasoning continues to lose elections for us. We win by winning our base and the center right independents. There is no such thing as a blue dog democrat, moderate democrat or center left independent. They are all democrats and always vote democrat. Seriously this is a historical fact supported by years of data, people espousing this reasoning need to join reality.

Obamacare proved once and for all democrats always vote democrat.

Skwor on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

These RNC hacks better not get the idea that they can just toss out votes in favor of a brokered convention. They don’t know hell until that happens…

Gunslingergirl on January 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM

We’re already hearing whispers about it now, after Romney just lost SC. If he loses Florida? Those whispers will become roars.

I don’t think they’re dumb enough to do this, but on the other hand, no one ever went broke betting on the stupidity and venality of establishment politicians.

Doomberg on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

And right on schedule the lib troll is here to accuse everyone of being in the Klan. It’s so predictable dude. Don’t you guys ever get new material?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Well….yes considering that there was a whole post before that little closer. But it shows how central race is to your conception of the race as well. And if you’re a Newt fan that is not surprising considering that he’s been race baiting via welfare and food stamps once he realized that class-baiting against Bain Capital wasn’t effective. A week ago you were defending Newt’s class warfare as acceptable, now you’re aghast that people are pointing out Newt’s race baiting? The Newt fan, thy name is hypocrisy.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Update: My next post will be about a new Rasmussen poll that corroborates Insider Advantage.

milking it.

sesquipedalian on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

It worries me. We may be walking off a cliff all because we like the way he talks back to the media.

(Please do not eat me alive.)

djl130 on January 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

your actually right on point.

svs22422 on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Priscilla fumed: I don’t care how many books you’ve written, or how many brilliant ideas you have – if you cannot get the results that you want (and don’t go on about welfare reform…Clinton got that passed, once he decided to triangulate for his re-election) then you are not a good presidential candidate.

Forgive the literary brilliance of Professor Thomas Sowell but can you answer him?

Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results… Romney is a smooth talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachusetts, compared with what Gingrich accomplished as speaker of the House? When you don’t accomplish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want?

Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone?

…waiting. waiting.

*crickets chirp*

Terp Mole on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

If they’re true Americans, they’ll start to realize that what he says makes a lot of sense.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

With Newt the problem isn’t the message, it’s the messenger. Most ppl are skeptical of politicians to begin with, and with Newt there isn’t a big enough grain of salt in the world.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Way to go Newt! Yea!

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

You *do* know that you don’t have to actually listen to any of the pundits or when Michelle Obama says things like “eating veggies is good for kids health” if you don’t want to.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

If all Moochelle did was say veggies are good for you, nobody woudl care. Except what she does is scold people for not eating veggies and then turning around to stuff her mouth full of ribs. And then the next day she pulls crap like this

I know for a kool aid guzzler like yourself it’s hard to understand the hypocrisy.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Mitt Romney had better hope that this Insider Advantage poll is an outlier.

No, America better hope it’s an outlier.

jonkk on January 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

We’re already hearing whispers about it now, after Romney just lost SC.

Doomberg on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Those are just the voices in your head. Always remember to take your meds.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Well….yes considering that there was a whole post before that little closer. But it shows how central race is to your conception of the race as well. And if you’re a Newt fan that is not surprising considering that he’s been race baiting via welfare and food stamps once he realized that class-baiting against Bain Capital wasn’t effective. A week ago you were defending Newt’s class warfare as acceptable, now you’re aghast that people are pointing out Newt’s race baiting? The Newt fan, thy name is hypocrisy.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I tried reading all of this diatribe but fell asleep 1/2 way through due to the repetition.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I am sure Mitt will close the gap by virtue of this evening’s debate.
Heh heh…have a nice day, Mittards.

Typhonian on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Seriously, race baiting? Speaking the truth is race baiting? Man, I know I’ve seen more people go on food stamps, welfare, medicaid, in the last three years, than I’ve seen in the last 20.

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Yes, but for weeks Jeb Bush was going to be endorsing Romney…
…then came S.C. and suddenly: “neutrality”!!

Czar of Defenestration on January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Got to keep that Bush brand fresh and not stink it up with the turd smell of epic Romney losses. :-)

Punchenko on January 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Ed Morrissey on January 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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Just put a picture up of Debbie Whatshername Shitz with no verbage, and see what happens! Just the picture only.

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

KOOLAID2: Brilliant idea,”Caption Contest”!(sarc):)

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

You *do* know that you don’t have to actually listen to any of the pundits or when Michelle Obama says things like “eating veggies is good for kids health” if you don’t want to. The ability of some people to imagine themselves as oppressed stuns me sometimes. How exactly has the pundit class or the President forced you to stop thinking or saying anything you would’ve thought or said or done had McCain been in office?

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Thank God I can still say what I want. God Bless America.

gophergirl on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I know for a kool aid guzzler like yourself it’s hard to understand the hypocrisy.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Shouldn’t Newt supporters be the last people to lecture anyone on hypocrisy?

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I’ve noticed that, despite the huge Newt momentum, which makes him the frontrunner now, the Dems are still attacking Mitt. I think that says that they are happy with Newt as the surefire loser to Obama. As soon as Mitt is taken down, the class warfare rhetoric will stop, and we’ll hear nothing but detailed stories on Newt’s ethics violations, his cheating on his wives, Calista’s jewelry, etc. But not yet. Only after the rich guy is finished.

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

this means the promised republican establishment meltdown is within reach! this is great news!

nathor on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The same people who think you are not smart enough to manage your own salt intake expect you to vote for them.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

and Gingrich even wins women, a surprise after the Marianne Gingrich interview.

wow. Looks like the women know a chronically bitter and vengeful broad when they see one.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Shouldn’t Newt supporters be the last people to lecture anyone on hypocrisy?

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Awww isn’t this sweet. Lib trolls and Mittbots working together. This speaks so perfectly to who Romney is.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Shouldn’t Newt supporters be the last people to lecture anyone on hypocrisy?

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I think that honor goes to the Obama supporters.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I know for a kool aid guzzler like yourself it’s hard to understand the hypocrisy.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Did Michelle ever suggest that people never eat ribs? Did she suggest vegeterianism? No. She suggested that kids should be eating *more* veggies than many of them are now. Which is none. She has never, ever said that people can’t enjoy ribs or other meaty fatty foods, only that it should be done so in moderation. So she eats one rib meal and everything she’s ever said on healthy kids goes away? Come *on* now. By the way, aren’t you considering voting for a serial adulterer who claims to stand for family values? (Hint, that’s actual hypocrisy).

However, even if Michelle was a huge hypocrite on this issue (which she isn’t) that still doesn’t justify people claiming they are being “oppressed” by her and made to do things against their will. Its like people are offended at being told what to do, as if the mere words of it, with no force of law, are offensive. Get over yourselves.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I, er, hit publish rather than “save draft”? And I got 30 comments? I know how to take the rest of the day off …….

Ed Morrissey on January 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

typin’ on that iPad with your minnesota ice fishing mittens on???/

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

wow. Looks like the women know a chronically bitter and vengeful broad when they see one.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

ted c:MarianneUnFaithFul,I’m glad you said it,haha!:)

canopfor on January 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

But it shows how central race is to your conception of the race as well.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

“Typical white people” couldn’t be reached for comment.

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Shorter lib troll:

Michelle can eat whatever she wants, but you have to eat your veggies, you stupid racist!!

Yawn.

I really miss crr6.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

…waiting. waiting.

*crickets chirp*

Terp Mole on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

They won’t and can’t produce anything. That’s why they spend all their time talking about fat, divorced, unethical, and unelectable Gingrich is.

Those are just the voices in your head. Always remember to take your meds.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

You might want to get your own head looked at, you have terrible short term memory.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/21/republican-convention-mitt-romney-south-carolina-primary_n_1221350.html

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2012/01/20/scarborough-conservative-leaders-all-tell-me-they-want-brokered-co

Both these articles were referenced on Hot Air. Try to keep up.

Doomberg on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Looks like the women know a chronically bitter and vengeful broad when they see one.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Or could it be that infidelity isn’t a driving issue of this year’s campaign. As isn’t Romney’s faith and other social issues.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’ve noticed that, despite the huge Newt momentum, which makes him the frontrunner now, the Dems are still attacking Mitt. I think that says that they are happy with Newt as the surefire loser to Obama.

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

AFSCME just put down a million in new anti-Mitt ads today, according to Hotline. The Unions and Gingrich will act as a 1-2 punch to KO their only real competition.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I think Mitt’s “play not to lose” strategy has finally run out of gas. It worked for a while and propped up his 20-25% support, but, for pete’s sake homeboy, show some stones. That’s what voters need this year, we need a fighter. Newt’s strategy has been just that–a little pugilistic and that doesn’t bother me one bit.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Or could it be that infidelity isn’t a driving issue of this year’s campaign. As isn’t Romney’s faith and other social issues.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

It’s only an issue for liberals. The same liberals who always scold so-cons for being obsessed with someone’s sex life.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Shouldn’t Newt supporters be the last people to lecture anyone on hypocrisy?

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Why? Flesh out this thought. Give us your reasoning for saying this. Surely a commenter of your class and standing can come up with a persuasive reason.

Vince on January 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Or could it be that infidelity isn’t a driving issue of this year’s campaign. As isn’t Romney’s faith and other social issues.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

true! you’re probably right. While related to his overall numbers, Newt’s past may not sink him this time when it may have in other elections. Just validates the point that elections are largely contextual. What works one cycle, may not have a snowball’s chance in the next cycle.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Man, I can’t wait to see bitter, stumbling Romney and pompous, loudmouthed Newt go at it tonight. Better that pro wrestling and, given what seems to be working with the Republican primary electorate, half as illuminating.

I do hope that Newt mops the floor with Romney. Every day Newt stays in the race is a good day for Obama.

urban elitist on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

It’s only an issue for liberals. The same liberals who always scold so-cons for being obsessed with someone’s sex life.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Honesty and good moral character are only issues for liberals? Wow, Hot Air has come a long way.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The same people who think you are not smart enough to manage your own salt intake expect you to vote for them.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Are you serious? Lots of Americans clearly *aren’t* smart enough to manage their own salt intake as the rates of blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart related diseases indicate. So I don’t understand why thinking or knowing that about the American populace, broadly conceived, is so horrible. If you are someone who is healthy, doesn’t have any of the problems that come from excessive salt consumption then why are you offended if the first lady points out that fact about other Americans? If you *are* someone who’s suffering from the consequences of a high salt, high sugar, high fat diet, then why are you upset that the White House is trying to draw attention to health issues that are impacting your life in a negative way?

Its pure unadulterated defensiveness and ego on the part of Americans. The health of the populace is actually something the government sohuld be concerned about. Unhealthy populations tend to be less productive and they tend to lead ot greater healthcare costs in systems like Medicare and medicaid. They lead to more visits to the ER etc. People on medical leave cost employers money, etc. etc. Public health is something we should worry about. I do not understand why the White House’s concern with health is offensive ot people.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I’ve noticed that, despite the huge Newt momentum, which makes him the frontrunner now, the Dems are still attacking Mitt. I think that says that they are happy with Newt as the surefire loser to Obama. As soon as Mitt is taken down, the class warfare rhetoric will stop, and we’ll hear nothing but detailed stories on Newt’s ethics violations, his cheating on his wives, Calista’s jewelry, etc. But not yet. Only after the rich guy is finished.

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Surrreeeee….. That’s the ticket. Romney has been absolutely destroyed by the libmedia. He’s fought valiantly for that 25% that he’s held for the past 4 years. Taken many an arrow to the knee. /s

preallocated on January 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Skwor on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Yeah thats not true at all, sorry, alot of blue dog democrats who were fooled into voting for Obama and more liberal Republicans who voted for Obama too are sickened by the guy. They want to vote for someone else, but they will not vote for Gingrich. Look at his negatives in every poll with every group, women, independents, his numbers are terrible. The general electorate is not the primary electorate.

nswider on January 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

. As soon as Mitt is taken down, the class warfare rhetoric will stop, and we’ll hear nothing but detailed stories on Newt’s ethics violations, his cheating on his wives, Calista’s jewelry, etc. But not yet. Only after the rich guy is finished.

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

What? Is this true about Newt? I’ve never heard this stuff before!

Vince on January 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Honesty and good moral character are only issues for liberals? Wow, Hot Air has come a long way.

Go RBNY on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

There is nothing honest about Mitt and I question his moral character after being an outspoken advocate for abortion. Mitt Romney truly is the scum of American politics with the way he lies.

Punchenko on January 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Michelle can eat whatever she wants, but you have to eat your veggies, you stupid racist!!

Yawn.

I really miss crr6.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Your only debate tactic is exaggeration, mischaracterization, no one is fooled. I made an argument, you can’t respond to it. Just move on.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yeah thats not true at all, sorry, alot of blue dog democrats who were fooled into voting for Obama and more liberal Republicans who voted for Obama too are sickened by the guy. They want to vote for someone else, but they will not vote for Gingrich. Look at his negatives in every poll with every group, women, independents, his numbers are terrible. The general electorate is not the primary electorate.

nswider on January 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Yeah. They’re all sickened by Obama and were fooled into voting for him…. so they’ll do it again.

Vince on January 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Are you serious? Lots of Americans clearly *aren’t* smart enough to manage their own salt intake as the rates of blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart related diseases indicate.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Clearly they aren’t smart enough to manage it how YOU think they should. Typical example of the tyrannical nannyism of the left. You say, “Oh, it’s only a suggestion, why are you so upset?”.

Simple reason is that if we follow the nannyism to it’s logical conclusion, you guys would have absolutely NO problem dictating to everyone what they could or couldn’t eat. It’s only a suggestion as long as we stand as the guard of liberty.

preallocated on January 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

We’ll lose women and independents by 30 points, but hey, the debates will be epic! Sigh.

nswider on January 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

With all due respect, I realize the SC primary was just a microcosm of the final vote, but the CNN and FOX News exit polls not reflect your projection.

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

But, but, but mittens is so electable! This can’t be right no no noooooooooo…………….

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Simple reason is that if we follow the nannyism to it’s logical conclusion, you guys would have absolutely NO problem dictating to everyone what they could or couldn’t eat. It’s only a suggestion as long as we stand as the guard of liberty.

preallocated on January 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

So if the government says “scientific evidence indicates that eating arsenic will kill you, we suggest you do not eat it. Your response is “arsenic or death!” The Obamas aren’t making up the last 50 years of cardiology for the fun of it, they are just repeating the advice that doctors give their patients all the time. You can follow it….or not. And if you do follow it, the only consequence is that maybe you’ll be less likely to develop heart conditions earlier in life. If you genuinely believe that the government is going to come to your door and steal your salt from you, then you’re really in a different plane of reality.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Democrats have done tremendous harm to this country, and the world, and we’re sick of it.

Speakup on January 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

and the republicans havent?

svs22422 on January 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Yes, but for weeks Jeb Bush was going to be endorsing Romney…
…then came S.C. and suddenly: “neutrality”!!

Czar of Defenestration on January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

And whom will Marco Rubio endorse?

Steve Z on January 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Angryed
Your still to angry!
How bout we all just ignore libforlife,Bedturd,urban elitist and I think bluegill is one to, that would about clean up the site.

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

If Obama is to be defeated, we desperately need someone else in this race. I remain convinced that neither Romney nor Gingrich can beat Obama.

McDuck on January 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Naa, they’ll be to busy raiding us for our light-bulbs.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Naa, they’ll be to busy raiding us for our light-bulbs.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Ha! But for real, some people think that. And then they call Birthers “crazy.”

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Are you serious? Lots of Americans clearly *aren’t* smart enough to manage their own salt intake as the rates of blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart related diseases indicate. So I don’t understand why thinking or knowing that about the American populace, broadly conceived, is so horrible. If you are someone who is healthy, doesn’t have any of the problems that come from excessive salt consumption then why are you offended if the first lady points out that fact about other Americans? If you *are* someone who’s suffering from the consequences of a high salt, high sugar, high fat diet, then why are you upset that the White House is trying to draw attention to health issues that are impacting your life in a negative way?

Its pure unadulterated defensiveness and ego on the part of Americans. The health of the populace is actually something the government sohuld be concerned about. Unhealthy populations tend to be less productive and they tend to lead ot greater healthcare costs in systems like Medicare and medicaid. They lead to more visits to the ER etc. People on medical leave cost employers money, etc. etc. Public health is something we should worry about. I do not understand why the White House’s concern with health is offensive ot people.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The populace should be educated but not subjected to the social engineering of the elitist, ruling class.
To quote the motto of one of our great states: “Live free or Die”.

rplat on January 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Are you serious? Lots of Americans clearly *aren’t* smart enough to manage their own salt intake as the rates of blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart related diseases indicate. So I don’t understand why thinking or knowing that about the American populace, broadly conceived, is so horrible. If you are someone who is healthy, doesn’t have any of the problems that come from excessive salt consumption then why are you offended if the first lady points out that fact about other Americans? If you *are* someone who’s suffering from the consequences of a high salt, high sugar, high fat diet, then why are you upset that the White House is trying to draw attention to health issues that are impacting your life in a negative way?

Its pure unadulterated defensiveness and ego on the part of Americans. The health of the populace is actually something the government sohuld be concerned about. Unhealthy populations tend to be less productive and they tend to lead ot greater healthcare costs in systems like Medicare and medicaid. They lead to more visits to the ER etc. People on medical leave cost employers money, etc. etc. Public health is something we should worry about. I do not understand why the White House’s concern with health is offensive ot people.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Proof that liberalism IS a disease. You cannot see the forest through the trees for cripes sake. Do 70% of America a huge favor and please just leave us the heck alone.

NY Conservative on January 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The populace should be educated but not subjected to the social engineering of the elitist, ruling class.
To quote the motto of one of our great states: “Live free or Die”.

rplat on January 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

And what social engineering, regarding your diet, are you being subjected to under the Obama White House?

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Tune in next week to see Newt slap moderator
Mickey around at Disney World for being in the tank for Minnie!!

ToddPA on January 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

And what social engineering, regarding your diet, are you being subjected to under the Obama White House?

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

How about calorie counts in giant huge print EVERYWHERE you look on containers, in advertising, on menu`s…`ala Cass Sunstein, just a lil “nudge”

NY Conservative on January 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Also, tune in next week..er this week, to see
Romney fold like a cheap suit.

ToddPA on January 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Not sure why all the “if this is accurate” statements regarding the Insider Advantage poll. This is a very, very reliable polling institution that has a long record of accurate predictions. Whether you want to believe it or not is up to you, but IA is right up there with Rasmussen Reports with regard to reliability.

jfs756 on January 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Most independents or liberal-leaning friends I have can’t get over the fact that Republicans are selfish, stoooooooopid, only care about the Rich, want to establish a Christian Theocracy where women have no rights, and want poor people and minorities to die in the street with no health-care.

Newt is the pretty much the only remaining candidate, aside from Ron Paul (who loses credibility for the isolationist craziness) who can challenge this image. Even bleeding heart libs will say that Newt is smart. These independents/liberal-leaning folks are not going to be bothered by Newt’s affairs, since most of them were Clinton fans.

In the end, this comes down to COMMUNICATION. We need someone who can explain conservative ideas, logically, without resorting to “Because Jesus says so” as an explanation (Santorum, I’m talking to you). I mean, McCain couldn’t even EXPLAIN why lowering taxes can help create jobs & wealth for everyone. Obama has a unique talent for telling lies in a way that they sound credible. Aside from maybe Cain (who is not in the running anymore), Newt is the only one who I have confidence in being able to stick it to Obama and call him out on it. I have no such confidence in Romney.

Violina23 on January 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Team Romney’s response to this is to tell Newt voters they are stupid. Not a good plan.

If Romney is the most electable, why does he keep losing to the unelectable guy? Doesn’t “being electable” mean actually winning elections?

mitchellvii on January 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

What I like about Newt mainly is that he is a deep well of new ideas and a passionately direct (and blunt at times) fellow. I think that is the sort of person we need in the times we are living in today.

I find it rather fascinating that Newt supposedly has all of this baggage, and I would propose that there are not that many people by now who are not aware of said baggage, yet he still polls well. Regardless of the spin and the various interpretations as to why he is doing well, I just stick with the bottom line that he is well supported. To me, the people who seem to have the biggest problem with Newt’s “baggage” are all the media and GOP elite, who hate that their influence of determining who gets picked as the nominee for the great unwashed isn’t as strong as it used to be.

Of course, for those of you who consider the Newt’s baggage to be a disqualifier for POTUS, that is also perfectly acceptable for me. I would also say that Romney would be a great president and I would support him unconditionally if he became the nominee.

Weebork on January 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Seriously, race baiting? Speaking the truth is race baiting? Man, I know I’ve seen more people go on food stamps, welfare, medicaid, in the last three years, than I’ve seen in the last 20.

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Agreed,

I know a few black families, and everyone I know whoes on welfare, or foodstamps, is white. In Ohio it’s a poverty issue, and Newt’s correct about it. Typical too of a liberal, if a republican doesn’t discuss race, he’s a coward..

if he does,…

He’s race baiting..

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Typical,.. call any attempt to discuss poverty racist, while rushing to man the barricades as Obama let’s this country bleed out jobs.. can you tell us how Obama shutting down the Gulf’s oil industry has been great for that? Hundreds of thousands of jobs gone, with Obama’s fingerprints on the pink slips as he defied the courts to shut down domestic drilling..

and you call his throwing millions more into poverty and the foodstamp program racebaiting?

uh huh,…

Liberals are such demagouges.

and worse, they think we arestupid enough to buy the guy who promised before his election to drive energy prices through the roof has not carried through on his green pandering. What’s a few million poor compared to some of those lovely eco-freak votes…

but Obama like every democrat loves the poor…. so much, they spend their lives making as many as they can.

I really wish we could separate the country and kick your progressive 20% the Hell away from the sane parts. Everything you’ve said has been provably false, from the race baiting nonsense to the Michelle isn’t a hypocrite.. let alone, partying hard on the taxpayer dime on the Air Force One Travel Service, and her need to live as royalty while the people suffer..

You don’t see the optics of her wild spending and extravagent lifestyle don’t suck?

and you guys went ape if Bush just went to his ranch..

but Michelle can vacation three countries a month, and you don’t say squat. Any liberal who claims to be for the common man, is a liar.

mark81150 on January 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

All of my Communist friends like Mitt and are open to Mitt should he become the nominee. WITH THAT SAID, my Communist friends really, really hate Newt and have advised me to tell you all not to vote for Newt. They also said something or another about Obama, something, something, and something about really, really hating Newt Gingrich.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on January 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Am I the only one who is happy that Newt is making Mitt work for it but am having nightmares about an actual Newt v. Obama contest?

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM

No.

eyedoc on January 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM
Camel’s nose under the tent, libloser. This is the root of WHY Medicare/Medicaid and ultimately ObamaCare is inherently a such an assault on personal liberty. Because liberal powerhungry busybodies use it as a justification to intrude on the personal decisions of individuals. If the State weren’t “paying for it” what justification would you use to intrude on the healthcare and eating decisions of individuals? I think I will start a movement if ObamaCare stays law that since I am paying for people’s abortions then they have to be told they are unhealthy past the 1st trimester. How’s that grab you?

txmomof6 on January 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Punchenko: All of my Communist friends like Mitt

weird …my Marxist friends say the same thing!

kabuki-rific

Terp Mole on January 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Whole lot of panic in the air. The smell of fear in the morning, the smell of victory?

Bmore on January 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Must read article. I think this is what is happening here. The people have chosen their champion, imperfect and flawed though he is, to go against the establishment. No more business as usual. The base is in full rebellion.

My humble opinion is that Rick Perry started something huge the day he resigned and endorsed Newt Gingrich. Palin only said to vote for Gingrich as a strategy- to stop Romney from becoming the inevitable nominee. Perry went much further and gave the Christian, small government and socially conservative stamp of approval to him. Chuck Norris and Michael Reagan then followed suit to strengthen it.

Perry tanked in the polls because he did not initially prove himself to be an effective spokesman for grass roots conservatism, not because people did not believe in his cause or his sincerity. This gave far greater weight to his endorsement than would be expected from his poll numbers. The timing was also perfect to offset Marianne Gingrich’s interview. Perry’s statement about redemption along with Gingrich’s intelligent, forceful self defense in the debate turned a negative into a positive for him.

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/newt-the-tea-party-palin-perry-reform-evangelicals-etc-.html

cheetah2 on January 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Mitt on the attack in Florida

Mr. Joe on January 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

He does try to switch up a bit when he posts as liberal4life.

hawkdriver on January 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in healthcare, for a doctor. We see between 500 and 600 patients per week. There has not been one week when I haven’t heard something political. It happens, people’s blood pressure are up, frustration with this economy, food prices rising, fatique in general. While there are a few who would vote for Romney, the majority like Newt, remember Newt and quite frankly, they are at a point where they want someone who will take it to Obama while all the while has some experience in navigating the congress and senate. Newt unelectable according to some of you? Only in your dreams.

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I think in an election about the economy and jobs, voters will associate Newt with a time when they were a lot better off than they are now. Back in the 90′s, it was a time( maybe the last time) when the economy was thriving, people had a good job and money in their pockets. Gas was cheap, Mom and Pop businesses were on every corner and people could afford to take vacations and put their kids through school. The American dollar was worth 1&1/2 times the Canadian dollar and ordinary people were buying stocks and making money. It was Camelot compared to today. At least that’s how I remember it.

saspepper on January 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I live in FL and I get the feeling that ppl are sick and tired of being “told” what to do. They don’t care anymore what the all knowing pundits think. They are voting with their gut, not their head and everyone be damned. People are fed up! And I think they will vote for Newt because and in spite of all the so called experts.

Jeb knows this and that’s why he’s keeping his hands clean.

suzyque on January 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I agree. I also live in FL. Tea Party is strong here. People have long forgotten “JEB!”. If Romney is counting on the Bush organization to deliver votes, he better get real!

Jeb couldn’t get his people into office against Rick Scott (now our governor) or the senate against Marco Rubio.

Gunslingergirl on January 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Reagan was significanly more likeable than Newt, but Obama is significantly blacker than Jimmy Carter.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Liberals: the last racists left in America.

Burke on January 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The worst thing that could ever happen to the GOP, is nominating Newt Gingrich as the presidential nominee. He is by far the biggest admirer of big government of all the candidates running. The GOP doesn’t need a nominee who has a love affair with FDR.

HarryBackside on January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What I like about Newt mainly is that he is a deep well of new ideas…

Weebork on January 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

It’s called progressivism. If you like the idea of a central planner, who thinks that government can provide the solutions to all of your problems, then you should love the idea of Next vs Obama, because either way, you win.

HarryBackside on January 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Reagan was significanly more likeable than Newt, but Obama is significantly blacker than Jimmy Carter.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
And right on schedule the lib troll is here to accuse everyone of being in the Klan. It’s so predictable dude. Don’t you guys ever get new material?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM
Seriously, race baiting? Speaking the truth is race baiting? Man, I know I’ve seen more people go on food stamps, welfare, medicaid, in the last three years, than I’ve seen in the last 20.

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Its pure unadulterated defensiveness and ego on the part of Americans. The health of the populace is actually something the government sohuld be concerned about. Unhealthy populations tend to be less productive and they tend to lead ot greater healthcare costs in systems like Medicare and medicaid. They lead to more visits to the ER etc. People on medical leave cost employers money, etc. etc. Public health is something we should worry about. I do not understand why the White House’s concern with health is offensive ot people.

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

See that libturdordie is back, playing nanny and mommy!
I’m just responding because ‘it’ does not like ‘different strokes for different folks’…you have to post a certain way…use your strong or emphasis a certain way, and not deviate from the block quotes
libturdordie is the “gobbermint” of the posting world, and is going to home school me on how to post!
Hey turd! Check your typo’s/spelling before you hold class! You are like your messiah!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

No, you’re not the only one. I would be holding my nose pretty hard to vote for either Mitt or Newt, but there’s a part of me screaming “Do Republicans *really* want to nominate the candidate who cheated on his wife, has a history of ethics violations, advocated for climate change legislation and health insurance mandates, and who is the very definition of a Washington politician?”

Sure, Newt talks a great game, and I love it when he makes inflammatory-but-true statements that spark discussion on third-rail topics. But is he really presidential material? And how will he look against a well-prepared cool and calm Obama in debates?

Mohonri on January 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

DITTO.

And, unlike others who responded and commented to what you wrote there, I am horrified at the idea of “having to” vote for Gingrich and I don’t consider him any improvement over, whatever.

Obama is wretched but does the GOP have to be driven into destruction by Gingrich and his “we hate the GOP” supporters? Do we HAVE to lose the House majority and continue to suffer losses in the Senate? Which will happen if Gingrich is the nominee and certainly if he’s elected.

I don’t think Gingrich will be elected, however, I strongly doubt he can win when matched up with Obama, irregardless of how many debates Gingrich taunts Obama with.

Gingrich is glib and offers a hearty performance but he’s also a glib deceiver. I don’t like him, I don’t trust him and his testy debate performances are already grating on me after the reveals about his close relationships with and mutual fascinations among that media he likes to publicly ridicule and blame while offstage is laughing with and embracing. Seems to be quite the sneaky cheater, that Gingrich.

Lourdes on January 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

It’s hilarious watching all these Romney/Republican establishment types melting down on Hotair. Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing polls after tonight’s debate. Let’s see if any poo that Romney hurls at Newt tonight sticks.

Decoski on January 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Go ahead. Walk off the cliff if you want. Not only do Democrats hate Gingrich but plenty of Republicans don’t like him either. They will all swallow Romney but not all will swallow Gingrich. Why should a ethically challenged, dumped Speaker of the House, three-times married man be the GOP nominee? How long do you really think yelling at the press will take you? The people here better wake up or you are going to have a migraine headache in November when Obama wins in a landslide and takes the House and Senate with him against Gingrich. In my mind, Santorum would be a far better candidate than Gingrich in the end but it doesn’t appear he has the support to win the nomination. I expect you will now see large numbers of Republicans, many conservatives coming out for Romney. They will not let the party go down the drain because an egotistical malcontent has won South Carolina.

jake22 on January 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Looks like the game of “Play to not lose” is catching up with Mittster.

ted c on January 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM

+1

SparkPlug on January 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

jake22 on January 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Yes.
Leroy’s yelling-at-the-press schtick will only take him so far; I think it’ll actually hurt him if he continues to do it in the general.

captn2fat on January 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

if you’re a Newt fan that is not surprising considering that he’s been race baiting via welfare and food stamps

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

It is sad that when you hear the words “food stamps” and “welfare” that you immediately associate those words with black people. The fact that there are more white Americans on welfare than black Americans doesn’t seem to get in the way of your world view. It is unfortunate you have such a stereotypical idea of black Americans that is clearly bigoted.

Dollayo on January 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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