New Romney Florida ad: You don’t really want to nominate a disgraced Freddie Mac shill, do you?

posted at 5:00 pm on January 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

I understand why he’d want to hit Newt hard on Freddie in Florida, which has taken a beating from the housing downturn. What I don’t understand is what he’ll say when Newt reminds the world tonight that Mitt put more than $250,000 in mutual funds that invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other government entities. Romney will come prepared with some sort of spin, but I think details are almost meaningless to most voters with tu quoques like this, especially with a candidate like Mitt who’s already perceived as two-faced. (Why is a guy who’s famously worth nine figures calling on anyone to give back some of their earnings, anyway? Terrible optics.) The takeaway will be Newt telling Mitt that his hands are dirty too and therefore he’s in no position to judge, and that’ll be that.

Question: If, like me, you’re clinging to the vaporous hope of a late entrant and/or brokered convention, how should you be rooting in Florida? For Newt, right? If Romney holds off Gingrich there, he’s back on track for the nomination, even if the slog will be longer than he first expected. If Gingrich upsets Romney, establishment Republicans will wet themselves in terror at the thought of an allegedly unelectable candidate becoming the nominee and will scramble to head Newt off. Maybe that means pushing someone new into the race or maybe it means propping the two of them up in various ways so that delegates split three ways between them and Ron Paul and no one has a majority at the convention. The Mitch Daniels fans are pleading with him again to reconsider, which makes sense insofar as Newt’s rise seems to have neutralized character attacks in the race. (In Daniels’s case, any attacks would be aimed at his wife, not at him, which makes them even more unlikely.) The problem with Daniels as a late entrant, though, is that he too would be seen as an “establishment” candidate, perhaps even more so than Romney. He’s a Bush guy, after all, and would have plenty of wealthy donors behind him, which Gingrich would frame as an attempt by “insiders” to rig the election twice at the expense of grassroots conservatives after having failed to do it once with Romney. If establishment Republicans really want to stop Newtmentum, they’d need a candidate with grassroots cred to blunt Newt’s pushback. Jindal seems like the most obvious option to me: He’s a free agent now that Perry’s out of the race and he’s universally respected among grassroots conservatives. But could he win a three-way race with Romney and Gingrich (or, rather, a four-way race with Paul) at this point? Hard to imagine. I think it’s brokered convention or bust.


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Christien

Help him out. YOU can provide the links I requested. Should be easy to do since I’m such an old dog.

I’ll wait. Can’t learn new tricks, so nothing else to do.

Waiting…waiting…waiting…

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I think it’s brokered convention or bust.

I’m on board with the brokered convention. Someone needs to publish a strategy guide for how we need to vote in order to get there.

As far as I’m concerned, there is no one the convention can nominate outside of Mike Castle or Dede Scuzzoflavia who would be worse than our selection now. We’re all spend all day arguing over which lousy candidate sucks less than the others. Why not have the convention pull one of the A-listers off the bench?

Let’s do this.

The Count on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Face it, it is going to be one of these men, either Newt or Mitt. As much baggage as Newt carries, he is still preferable to Mitt who by running such a nasty campaign has revealed himself to be a bitter and spiteful man.

JannyMc on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well, what do you expect Mitt to do. he’s been excoriated for Bain,humiliated on his taxes,etc.

He has to battle Newt on Newts perceived shortcomings.

down and dirty. a long drawn out battle. Until july.

gerry-mittbot-desperate(for a coke and a smile)

gerrym51 on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I love how everybody here cheers Newt on when he goes negative (and marxist) against Romney, then Romney puts out an add and it’s “Oh no he didn’t!”

This feels like high school.

Swerve22 on January 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Do I detect a hint of religious bigotry?

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

No pointing out Mormons are not Christian bigotry. It is a universally accepted fact

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Flashy ones at that. We’ve been using them though…

they make great dustpans in the kitchen, and double as very effective dog pooper scoopers in the yard. Nothing sticks to them. Interesting.

We’re on a budget.

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wow! That’s exactly what I’ve done. You’re right about the no stick.

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

allahallahoxenfree

Seems you agree with my take.

The amendment process is cleary set out in the document itself. No where does it say that the Constitution can be amended by violating it.

Some now believe that. Obama the Usurper has done alot of damage.

Then again, some of them have only recently learned to read, so they do deserve a break in that regard.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

How come Mitt STILL hasn’t trotted out his Bain Capital success stories, with real people whose businesses were saved or improved with the help of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital?

Huh?….. the silence from all the Bain success stories is deafening, and it would be sooooo easy to make this issue go away, wouldn’t it? Really, wouldn’t it?

Or, the real story is that only Bain Capital, and Mitt personally, who really made the million$ in all his big, successful business deals? C’mon Mitt – Where’s the beef? The way he gets flustered on this subject really makes me wonder – not about capitalism, but about Mitt Romney’s version of it.

Harbingeing on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

cleary = clearly

Old dog, no new tricks.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Are you the oldest person at HotAir? Just curious. You’re in your mid-80s or early-90s, right? If so, you’re Cool like Coolidge, IMO.

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

No pointing out Mormons are not Christian bigotry. It is a universally accepted fact

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Universally accepted fact? By whom?

rich801 on January 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

If establishment Republicans really want to stop Newtmentum,

What a surreal sentence.

Newt… the consummate beltway insider, is the Grassroots Hero. LOL

Lehosh on January 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Romney can pretty much suck it as far as I’m concerned. I won’t vote for him even if he wins the nomination.

bigdicksplace on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

House ethics subcommittee found Saturday that Speaker Newt Gingrich brought discredit to the House by using tax-exempt money for political purposes, and by providing the committee with “inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable information” about the role of a political action committee in a college course he taught.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

A slanderous puke continues to spew lies. The dishonor this person brings to Romney is extraordinary indeed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/gingrich020499.htm

The IRS, concluding a three-year investigation, ruled that the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s donations to Gingrich were “consistent with its stated exempt purposes,” and Gingrich’s course and course book “were educational in content.”

From your own link…

Recently, the flash point of controversy had been whether Gingrich had provided the ethics committee with false information. The committee concluded that he did so when he told the full ethics committee in writing in December 1994 and March 1995 that GOPAC, the political action committee he headed until 1994, had nothing to do with a course he taught at Kennesaw State College and Reinhardt College in Georgia. In October 1994, he told the panel GOPAC was involved with the course.

Earlier this week, Gingrich and his allies appeared to be attributing those erroneous statements to Jan Baran, his attorney for most of the case. Saturday he said, “I did not manage the effort intensely enough to thoroughly direct or review information being submitted to the committee on my behalf.

“In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee,” he said. “Newt’s willingness to acknowledge an unintentional mistake is refreshing,” Boehner said.

Molinari also said, “No one contends Newt ever sought personal financial gain from this college course.”

You are disgusting, trying to score political points with such an injustice, trying to double the damage to the man’s reputation which is already illigitimately tarnished. I imagine you like to go around and tell people about those Duke LaCross players who are Rapists still, right?? There are few on this website ad deeply flawed as you are.

astonerii on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

No pointing out Mormons are not Christian bigotry. It is a universally accepted fact

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Nobody had mentioned ‘Christian’ before, but it’s certainly not a universally excepted fact that Mormons are not Christians. Don’t the Mormons consider themselves Christians?

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Christien

Will turn 112 in a couple of weeks.

Credit it to two bottles of wine a day, wild women and non-filtered cigarettes.

Oh, and the high-fat diet helped, too.

And Coolidge really was “cool.” “Cucumber Cal” we called him in jest.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

And Gingrich did address it. Imagine that.

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

aww, and he will re-address the issue tomorrow, depending on the direction in which the winds blows from :-), I hope they put that couch in storage somewhere :-), if not for other reasons, atleast just to put things in ‘historical perspective when in comes to Newt’s ambivalent record….oh, and you didn’t mention if he addressed that issue too, the massive new program to build a permanent lunar colony to exploit the moon’s resources :-)…I mean that sounds like a sound idea, I hope he did not change his mind about that too? :-)…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Are you the oldest person at HotAir? Just curious. You’re in your mid-80s or early-90s, right? If so, you’re Cool like Coolidge, IMO.

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I believe I have that honor. Do you have a problem with old people?

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I see you ladies are experiencing the Linda McMahon treatment. That sure worked well for her!

CTSherman on January 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

lol :-) your reasoning is flawless and impeccable :-)…oy, Newt lost his insider grip, jee, this is why Freddie Mac and all other govt and semi-govt entities employ him as their resident ‘historian’ :-)…get real, the man made his dimes on the back of the govt all his life, yeah, his lobbying gigs included…he doesn’t know anything else…and this is the man whose task supposedly is to to shrink the govt :-)…indeed, this puts ‘stupid’ in a whole new perspective :-)…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The talk was about being a GOP insider not about being a DC insider . Its not that hard to understand if you had read what the reply was to because when you dont it does “put stupid in a whole new perspective” .

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Does it bother anyone that the worst thing Romney can say about Obama is that he is in over his head?

Typhonian on January 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Typhonian nails it.

Cleombrotus on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

No pointing out Mormons are not Christian bigotry. It is a universally accepted fact

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM
Universally accepted fact? By whom?

rich801 on January 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

LOL. Switch the subject. Do it like Al Sharptongue… Food stamps? You’re racist! Unemployment? You’re racist! Romney? You’re a bigot racist mormon hating foaming at the mouth ….. <insert the latest lament.

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Nobody had mentioned ‘Christian’ before, but it’s certainly not a universally excepted fact that Mormons are not Christians. Don’t the Mormons consider themselves Christians?

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The Mormon Jesus is different from the normal Jesus in the Bible

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

B.S.!

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m already upset that my state doesn’t vote until after Super Tuesday because my primary vote is basically meaningless. The republican candidate will have already been chosen by the time I get to vote. Throw in a brokered convention where all those votes are discarded anyway and, well, I won’t be any happier. I don’t think there is any chance at all of a brokered convention but if there was it might be enough to get me to switch to independent.

pitythefool on January 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Romney is/was such an electable Republican he barely won for Governor – his only win. Mass. had a history of electing R govs. He was so successful he didn’t run for reelection and was replaced by a D.

How is he the electable candidate after only winning 1, count it 1, election?!?

Want to argue someone is electable, look at someone like Gov Walker. County Executive in Milwaukee, city is very blue! Forced budget fixes through very liberal county board! Re-elected!

Elected to Governor! Passed historic public employee union reforms helping to balance state and local budgets without raising taxes!!!

FuzzyJJE on January 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The Mormon Jesus is different from the normal Jesus in the Bible

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I think the Mormons might disagree.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Kthxbai

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

al on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

In the first part of your story the “scheme” originated with Newt’s ex, Marrianne, implying that she could get Newt to help her(further making her sound like someone whose statements I would not trust). In the last part, the investigators were supposed to see if Gingrich, through his wife, was up to something. I’m going to call BS on this whole story.

Night Owl on January 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I think it’s brokered convention or bust.

Looks like it’s heading that way. Not good.

rubberneck on January 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

In what year was that commercial aired? Was that BEFORE Algore’s hoax was revealed or AFTER Algore’s hoax was revealed?

Get back to us on that, skippypinhead.

Key West Reader on January 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

aww, you got me, I don’t know exactly when was that, before or after, but I know fo sho t’was a few good years after he suggested that a mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for nighttime lighting of the highways :-)…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

katy the mean old lady on January 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Of course not. As I stated, I was just curious, as he claimed he was a kid in the 1920s.

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Another desperate Romney ad going nowhere fast.

Fletch54 on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

What were noot’s ads attacking capitalism in SC? That unfortunately for the party…worked.

rubberneck on January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

What I don’t understand is what he’ll say when Newt reminds the world tonight that Mitt put more than $250,000 in mutual funds that invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other government entities.


Seriously
? Why am I not surprised this is pushed by ThinkProg? He invested in a mutual fund which invested in government securities like….hold on for you hats….U.S. Treasuries. A fund whose Net Asset Value has declined to .01 from over $5.00 in 2007. Where’s the scandal here? An investment is not the same thing as being paid as a “historian”.

I have to run out. Wish I could respond in better detail….

Buy Danish on January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

If Gingrich upsets Romney, establishment Republicans will wet themselves in terror at the thought of an allegedly unelectable candidate becoming the nominee and will scramble to head Newt off.

Allah, maybe we should go along with the GOP establishment. After all, they did groom McCain in 2008. The GOP seems to want someone who is in the middle of the aisle. Well, there is nobody this time around. Romney is a chameleon who flip-flops whenever it serves his interests. He would sell his soul if it made him a dollar. He is as phony as a three dollar bill, and that’s worse than an adulterer.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

You go Romney and big RNC elites, Americans just love little rich boys using Boss Hog money to bully their way around.

Long Boney fingers pointing.

Thing is “We the People” are the ones who voted for Newt so the fact is they are pointing their fingers at U.S..

Should be good for another 5% bump for Newt.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

What’s even worse for Newt is that he had the gall to say Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be arrested for their role in policy making because of the destruction these institutions caused, meanwhile he’s a lobbyist making nearly $2 million pushing Freddie Mac to Republicans!

BradTank on January 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

ddrintn jimver

Where are those links?

Am old, so can’t wait to long.

C’mon, you guys. Macht schnell! Macht schnell!

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The dims have not yet started on Mitt being a morman. I envision an ABC special on “The Beliefs of Mormans”, “The History of Mormans”, “Why Mormans Were Chased Out of Missouri”, etc.

The emphasis will be on why mormans did not allow blacks into the church. While Romney was a missionary in France, they did not allow blacks in the church. Even now blacks are considered inferior. The dims will have a lot of “specials” on mormans without every saying “Romney”.

Kaffa on January 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Looks like it’s heading that way. Not good.

rubberneck on January 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

How is that not good? We might get someone better than one of these stiffs?

The Count on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Here’s a quick link to earlier comment which directs you to this eeevil mutual fund.

L8TR…

Buy Danish on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

At this point, all the candidates are weak and it probably doesn’t matter because whoever we nominate will probably lose to Obama unless there is a second recession, which would be worse than having Obama as president.

Moreover, some people think we should elect the most conservative just to prove a point to the establishment. Well, careful what you wish for. First, I don’t think there is a “conservative” candidate other than maybe Rick Santorum. Second, nominating Santorum or Gingrich and claiming they are the “conservative” candidate will only reenforce that this claim is hogwash when they get blown out by Obama.

Face it…we’re screwed.

One more thing…all those great candidates that didn’t get in chose not to because they lacked the huevos. They won’t get in now with signs that the economy is getting better (even if slight), which would tarnish their image when they get blown out of the water in the general.

cd98 on January 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Your overly optimistic view of the situation is just unrealistic. Tone it down please, or you will have people thinking we have a chance. /

Night Owl on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The talk was about being a GOP insider not about being a DC insider . Its not that hard to understand if you had read what the reply was to because when you dont it does “put stupid in a whole new perspective” .

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

do tell, sooo, now being a DC insider is da good thing, and being a GOP insider is da bad :-)…aww, nuances…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

if the convention is brokered I will not vote at all in the general election.

bgibbs1000 on January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The Mormon Jesus is different from the normal Jesus in the Bible

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I think the Mormons might disagree.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Then you don’t know much about Mormonism or the Bible. Read these carefully.

Lds “prophet” Gordon B. Hinckley: “There are those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints do not believe in the traditional Christ. No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.” (LDS Church News, June 20, 1998)

Hinckley again: As a Church we have critics, many of them. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some substance to what they say. Our faith, our knowledge is not based on ancient tradition, the creeds which came of a finite understanding and out of the almost infinite discussions of men trying to arrive at a definition of the risen Christ. Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in this dispensation who saw before him the great God of the universe and His Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. (“We Look to Christ”, from April 2002 General Conference.)

It is true that many of the Christian churches worship a different Jesus Christ than is worshipped by the Mormons.” – LDS publication, Ensign Magazine, May 1977, p. 26

I could go on listing dozens of such quotes, but there is no need.

DarkCurrent says the Mormon Jesus and the Jesus of biblical Christianity are one in the same. But official Mormon publications say they worship a different Jesus and the Mormon “prophet” said they speak about, believe and acknowledge a different Jesus. Who are we to believe?

Stayright on January 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

A brokered convention may keep Romney off the nomination, but the establishment will still be in charge.

Valiant on January 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

bgibbs5500 on January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

astonerii on January 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Oops time to stop the cocktails.

angrymike on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

What’s even worse for Newt is that he had the gall to say Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be arrested for their role in policy making because of the destruction these institutions caused, meanwhile he’s a lobbyist making nearly $2 million pushing Freddie Mac to Republicans!

BradTank on January 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

He wasn’t a lobbyist no matter what CNBC and CNN say.
Goole it and get educated.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

An R candidacy for Newt brings Obama easily back into office.

The majority of the U.S. electorate can’t stand Colonel Foghorn Leghorn Gingrich.

While his showboating bluster is getting the MSM-hating amen-choir among the GOP to have paroxysms of glee at his smackdowns of the media, it would be smart to remember that the media isn’t who you need to win in the general.

It’s the mass of American people who want the economy stabilized and the country restored to its greatness by someone stable.

Newt is an inherently unstable type who will turn off the nervous majority in November with his grandiose proclamations and snarky sneering and cede the Oval Office back to Barack, who will look steady and unscary compared to “wing it!” “idea a minute” Newt.

A Gingrich campaign voyage will look like the Costa Concordia’s.

profitsbeard on January 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

do tell, sooo, now being a DC insider is da good thing, and being a GOP insider is da bad :-)…aww, nuances…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

No not taking the time to read and understand what was the point of the post is bad.

And now trying to cover you butt after making that mistake instead of saying “My bad, didnt read what I was replying to” is also bad.

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Newt Cartman. He will fed you your parents in chili if you don’t respect his authoriTAY. He is that smartest person in his world.

borntoraisehogs on January 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Adelson just cut Newt another $5 million check. Romney going to have a bad hair week.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

borntoraisehogs on January 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Cartman riff fail. It’s authoritah…and you will respect it.

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Jindal’s parents were not citizens at his birth. Jindal was born here. Jindal is “native born,” not “natural born.” Everything in these two sentences is true. If not, provide a link that shows that.

Has the Constitution been amended? Does Article II, Section 1 no longer read the same? Please provide any link to any amendment which amended this Article or any Supreme Court case which held that this Article had been amended.

Easy to name-call, but kinda hard to provide rebuttal facts and evidence, ain’t it?

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

pray tell and enlighten what Dumas did you have in mind and why :-) oh, back to the birtherism thing, may I remind you that the father of our current president was not an American citizen either (not only that, but he never became one, like Jindal’s parents, through naturalization), yet he is the president…like, seriously, are you going there again, I mean the birther thing??

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I don’t know why people don’t a highly popular former Governor, “34% approval rating”, who didn’t run for re-election.

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Supposedly a number of Ronulans are pledging allegiance to Romney hoping there will be a second round of votes. At that point they are then free to vote for Ron Paul.

Hard Right on January 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

He wasn’t a lobbyist no matter what CNBC and CNN say.
Goole it and get educated.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

of course not, he puts ‘historian’ in lobbyst :-)

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

At the risk of sounding stupid, how does a brokered convention work? I’m assuming it means that someone other than Romney/Newt/Paul can end up being the nominee, but how does it work? How do they decide who is the winner in a brokered convention?

imasoulman on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

DarkCurrent says the Mormon Jesus and the Jesus of biblical Christianity are one in the same. But official Mormon publications say they worship a different Jesus and the Mormon “prophet” said they speak about, believe and acknowledge a different Jesus. Who are we to believe?

Stayright on January 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Thank you, that was enlightening. Obviously as a Buddhist I don’t have your understanding of Jesus.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

pray tell and enlighten what Dumas did you have in mind

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Alexander

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

In the end Newt would have been better to have gone away quietly after Iowa, he is now going to have every crazy foolish statement he has ever made replayed for him to defend.

Beck replayed his glowing comments on FDR and Progressivism, Coulter will be out discussing his philandering and Pawlenty will talk about Freddie and Fannie.

Tater Salad on January 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

To clarify, at the convention

Hard Right on January 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I don’t know why people don’t a highly popular former Governor, “34% approval rating”, who didn’t run for re-election.

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Yeah it’s really hard to figure why people aren’t flocking to a stiff and really rich politician during a high employment.

terryannonline on January 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Horace
From the return thread,”Two youngest sons”, have they considered Athens Ga. Still a pretty good music scene going on there.

Bmore on January 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

What I don’t understand is what he’ll say when Newt reminds the world tonight that Mitt put more than $250,000 in mutual funds that invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other government entities.

Oh, please. The amounts may be smaller, but Allahpundit, I’m very surprised if you didn’t already know that many, many, many, many, many mutual funds invested (and continue to invest) in bonds of quasi-governmental entities. It turned out to be a smart investment decision, too, because for political reasons, those nominally bonds — which were not marketed as being guaranteed by the federal government’s full faith and credit — were indeed extended that guarantee.

This is another attack that depends on stupidity about economic reality. I’m disappointed to see Allah trafficking in that.

Beldar on January 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Alexander

RickB on January 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

it’s Alexandre actually :-)…my question was on the rhetorical side :-), what I wanted to know is why he called me that :-)

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

imasoulman on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

It’s like the NFL playoff overtime rules. Btw, good question and nice screenname.

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Supposedly a number of Ronulans are pledging allegiance to Romney hoping there will be a second round of votes. At that point they are then free to vote for Ron Paul.

Hard Right on January 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

.
Gramps maybe a little crazy- if you could get him to change the plan for bogo’s on the drug trade- he would garner many more votes than you think. He should be able to walk that back , like newt a==has gotten away with the pelosi love seat pic.

FlaMurph on January 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Forget the “disgraced” deal, that has nothing to do with it. He is mathematically incapable of winning the general election. If he lost by only 10 points it would be a miracle. NOBODY outside of conservative Republicans is going to vote for the guy unless he changes his name. His name is mud among center Democrats because of what he did to Bill Clinton.

He can’t get enough non-Republican votes to win.

crosspatch on January 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

http://newtjudgesyou.tumblr.com/post/16134406210/newt-idea-for-the-day-untapped-vote-winning

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

taking the pulse of his (SS) electorate :-)

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

*I* own shares in mutual funds that invested in Freddie and Fannie bonds. If Gingrich accused me of some impropriety for that, I’d punch him in the nose. It’s a load of crap. Can we conservatives quit peddling the Dems’ crap for them, please?

Beldar on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

What is that nasty smell on you?

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Probably the smell of your points being crushed into powder.

You-Eh-Vee on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Buy Danish on January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Hey BD, did you know that prominent Romney endorser, John Sununu, once received a donation from Lisa Falcone, wife of Philip Falcone of Lightsquared fame?

Also that a piece of Mitt Romney 2011 campaign literature for a fundraiser listed the name of a guy that lobbied for Fannie Mae as one of the hosts?

Since you seem to enjoy creating conspiracy theories, I was wondering if you could create one for me with the information I’ve provided?

Flora Duh on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Does it bother anyone that the worst thing Romney can say about Obama is that he is in over his head?

Cleombrotus on January 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

That’s not as outrageous as it sounds. If you’re in middle squishland, that’s the line that’s being sold on squish TV and in squishmags. And for a lot of moderates and independents who can’t decide between Obama and Romney because after all they both have photogenic children but Obama’s are a bit cuter while Mitt has nicer hair, that’s as deep as it gets.

Mitt really doesn’t understand the base. He doesn’t care about the base. He has ignored the base hoping he could win without it. He’s playing for the middle.

Good luck with that.

Burke on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Romney needs (1) to tout his business record as unique qualification to balance the budget instead letting Bain be a liablity; (2) attack O instead of Newt; and (3) show that he can do something other than stammer about his taxes and trying to run the clock out.

We are all now looking to see if he can do anything other than attack a Republican.

kunegetikos on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Newt, Mitt, and Rick would ALL make good Presidents, far better than Obama. The question is, who has the best chance of beating Obama? I don’t wanna take a risk or roll the dice. I want Obama gone. And I’m not yet convinced that Newt can beat Obama. Especially when every single poll shows him trailing Obama badly.

Jack_Burton on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Yeah it’s really hard to figure why people aren’t flocking to a stiff and really rich politician during a high employment.

terryannonline on January 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yeah, kind of like supporting an FDR loving, disgraced for Congressman, who has been working as a “historian” for the past 14 years.

Tater Salad on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Stayright on January 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Thank you, that was enlightening. Obviously as a Buddhist I don’t have your understanding of Jesus.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

BUWAHAHAHA!!!

Stayright, are you a newbie or you just don’t pay attention?

ladyingray on January 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Adelson just cut Newt another $5 million check. Romney going to have a bad hair week.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Awesome! Adelson operates his business here in mormon-controlled Las Vegas. He knows what he knows…

Also – All you doomsayers on both sides of NewtvMittens – Chill the f**k out! Obama is going to have to run on his record – housing, the economy, and unemployment – the ultimate trifecta of FAIL. He’s going to be put on the defensive big time with all the facts working against him, and don’t forget what a brittle narcissist he is. He’ll crash and burn spectacularly because he cannot convince anyone that 2+2=5. Nobody believes a word out of his lying blowhole anymore, and like millions and millions of others like me, who’ve lost a great deal under this destroyer-in-chief, I’ll vote for ABO. Even Romney.

Harbingeing on January 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

*I* own shares in mutual funds that invested in Freddie and Fannie bonds. If Gingrich accused me of some impropriety for that, I’d punch him in the nose. It’s a load of crap. Can we conservatives quit peddling the Dems’ crap for them, please?

Beldar on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

you what the short or the long answer. the short one is ‘no’. the long one is ‘no, as long as it helps Newt with demagoguing, and by that I mean beat Obama in da debates :-)

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Buy Danish on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Danish is right: the tripe about the mutual fund is what O calls “Special Olympics.”

kunegetikos on January 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Gramps maybe a little crazy- if you could get him to change the plan for bogo’s on the drug trade- he would garner many more votes than you think. He should be able to walk that back , like newt a==has gotten away with the pelosi love seat pic.

FlaMurph on January 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Doubt it would help that much, he comes off as a “True Believer” of the worst kind so no one would ever believe a walkback from him.

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The equivalency made here between investing in a mutual fund that invested in Fannie and Freddie vs. being paid millions by Fannie and Freddie to lobby Republicans on the hill to call off the dogs on reform….is laughable.

AYNBLAND on January 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

That’s not as outrageous as it sounds. If you’re in middle squishland, that’s the line that’s being sold on squish TV and in squishmags. And for a lot of moderates and independents who can’t decide between Obama and Romney because after all they both have photogenic children but Obama’s are a bit cuter while Mitt has nicer hair, that’s as deep as it gets.

Mitt really doesn’t understand the base. He doesn’t care about the base. He has ignored the base hoping he could win without it. He’s playing for the middle.

Good luck with that.

Burke on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Ayup.

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Finally Gingrich is going to have to face the fact that someone is going to expose him as the the only Washington insider in the race who has a record of corruption and deep, deep, character flaws.

csdeven on January 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

is laughable.

AYNBLAND on January 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Laughable is the only word that adequately describes Gingrich worshipers.

csdeven on January 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Mitt really doesn’t understand the base. He doesn’t care about the base. He has ignored the base hoping he could win without it. He’s playing for the middle.

Good luck with that.

Burke on January 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

excuse Mitt for not having thrown a piece of freshly bloodied dread meat to the base and calling Obama a Kenyan with an anti-colonial world wiew (can you imagine what a terrible thing to have a world view informed by anti-colonialism :-)…could it be maybe because the base Mitt is addressing is the one with the higher IQ?…what do you know, when it comes to the Rep electorate, it’s always a a tale of ‘two bases’ :-)….

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

read meat :-)…not dread meat :-)…so, either way…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I don’t see the GOP letting Newt win the nomination, too many Republicans are rightfully terrified about sharing a ballot with him. I think even Newt voters (if they were being honest) would acknowledge they would prefer a better “vessel” for their rage, this is more a vote against Mitt.

I know in my case, I’m supporting Romney, but I would trade him in for about a dozen different names in a heartbeat.

I see some sort of “Unity” ticket coming forward if Newt wins Florida decisively. Hopefully Jeb Bush will stay the hell away from it (doubtful), but I would take him over Newt in a heart beat.

BradTank on January 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“But could he win a three-way race with Romney and Gingrich (or, rather, a four-way race with Paul) at this point? Hard to imagine. I think it’s brokered convention or bust.”

I’m there on the brokered convention gambit and Jindal would be the ideal candidate at this point.

Do you see that Bobby? Start getting your campaign strategy put together now and get the organization planned out, too.

Dusty on January 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Gingrich Ethics violations, lobbyist, cheater & adulterer,trice married, tiffanys 1 million dollar account spender…a fat crying slob…Heh
If he wins democrats would be very happy indeed

residentblue on January 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

… they wanted the power Newt was giving to the people back in their own little dirty hands…
Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Where am I? In the comments section of the Pravda? How did Gingrich give the power to the people?

Gelsomina on January 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

While his showboating bluster is getting the MSM-hating amen-choir among the GOP to have paroxysms of glee at his smackdowns of the media, it would be smart to remember that the media isn’t who you need to win in the general.

No, one of two who we need to beat.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

…could it be maybe because the base Mitt is addressing is the one with the higher IQ?

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

So your saying that conservatives have less IQ then moderates?

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I believe it was Napoleon who said, “Never interrupt your enemies when they are making a mistake.” That is precisely what Obama, Wasserman and the rest of the dems are doing: laughing histerically as they watch conservatives voting for the penultimate insider/Rhino. But never fear, don’t panic—Newt will implode, that’s what he does best.

Oracleforhire on January 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

You don’t really want to nominate a disgraced Freddie Mac shill, do you?

I don’t, and I don’t understand why anyone else would either. To quote Tim Pawlenty…REALLY?!

changer1701 on January 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Gingrich Ethics violations, lobbyist, cheater & adulterer,trice married, tiffanys 1 million dollar account spender…a fat crying slob…Heh
If he wins democrats would be very happy indeed

residentblue on January 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Lalalaaaa, oh, we don’t care.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

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