Trend: Romney ahead in Florida in new CNN poll too

posted at 6:00 pm on January 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

This makes three new polls showing him either tied with Newt or back in the lead after Gingrich’s big post-South Carolina surge. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has them even at 33 percent and Tina blogged the ARG poll earlier showing Romney with a seven-point lead. CNN puts it closer than that, but Romney will consider this a moral victory: He seems to have stopped the bleeding, at least.

According to the poll, 36% of people likely to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the Sunshine State say they are backing Romney as the party’s nominee, with 34% supporting Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor’s two point margin over the former House speaker is well within the survey’s sampling error…

The new survey was conducted Sunday through Tuesday, after the Palmetto State primary, and mostly before and partially after Monday night’s Republican presidential debate in Tampa, where in a role reversal, Romney aggressively attacked Gingrich.

On Sunday, the day after Gingrich won big in South Carolina, he was at 38% in Florida, with Romney at 36%, Santorum at 11% and Paul at 8%. Looking only at Monday and Tuesday’s results, Romney was at 38%, Gingrich 29% Santorum at 11% and Paul at 9%.

Looks like Mitt’s Freddie Mac attacks at the last debate were more effective than we thought. Romney’s now back above 60 percent on InTrade as a favorite to win Florida after having dipped below 40 percent yesterday. (Newt, conversely, now enjoys odds of just 38.9 percent.) Those InTrade numbers are being driven entirely by today’s polling news as far as I can tell, which reminds me that it’s, er, kind of stupid to cite InTrade for anything, even as I’m doing it right now. It’s vaguely interesting as a snapshot of conventional wisdom at any given moment, but in theory InTrade was supposed to be a leading indicator of momentum shifts as savvy insiders quietly placed bets according to what they expected was about to happen. Instead, it’s basically just a poll barometer: If Rasmussen shows Romney up five points tomorrow, his InTrade numbers will bump up to 80 percent and we’ll all ooooh and aaaah. Am I wrong about that and there’s more to the IT figures than I assume? Let me know in the comments.

Two reasons to think there may yet be another turn in Florida before Tuesday. One: Santorum’s apparently giving up on the state, which is good news for Newt as he scrambles for Not Romney votes. Two: Newt told Laura Ingraham yesterday that his strategy on Monday night was to show viewers how desperate Romney was by letting him attack “until he disgusted people.” (Click here and listen at 2:05 and then 9:05.) Whether you believe that or not, Gingrich assured her that his approach tomorrow night would be different, so if aggressive Newt shows up, he might be in for the same sort of eleventh-hour bump that he got after the Carolina debates. Two clips for you here, then, looking ahead to tomorrow — one of Round Two between John King and Gingrich and the other of Romney further endearing himself to the base by criticizing Newt for dumping on the moderators. If it happens again tomorrow, I wonder if Romney won’t pipe up and call Gingrich out on his grandstanding to try to neutralize the next big Newt bump before it gets going. He’s got a devastating line of attack all ready to go, thanks to Philip Klein. Click the image to watch.



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kg598301 on January 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

It’s been an unconventional primary season so far. Was disappointed when Sarah didn’t run; then when Gov. Perry dropped out.

I’ve looked at Romney’s record and compared the pros & cons. His cons are more than his pros in my opinion.

I’ve done the same with Newt’s record. I find his pros are more than his cons.

This is the primary season, so we’ll vote and then on to the General Election!!

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Actually, far from “resonating” with people, Newt Gingrich repulses the average voter. Newt Gingrich is a polarizing man who has been severely disliked for a very long time.

bluegill on January 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

So says a Romney supporter. Try just speaking for yourself, people do tire of your rants.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Tea Party voters want a small-government, anti-establishment Washington outsider. Gingrich fails on all three counts.

Establishment Republicans want an electable candidate. Gingrich fails here, as well.

Social conservatives want a candidate who reflects their family values. Um . . .

…Obvious “true conservative” Gingrich backers are just out looking for a good time.

1punchWill on January 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I’ve looked at Romney’s record and compared the pros & cons. His cons are more than his pros in my opinion.

I’ve done the same with Newt’s record. I find his pros are more than his cons.

This is the primary season, so we’ll vote and then on to the General Election!!

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

This.

We aren’t going to get the perfect candidate. Back in 1980, some people said the same things about Reagan (granted, none of the candidates are near as good as Reagan even before his election). We don’t have a lot of choices in this field. Weigh the pluses and minuses and make your decision. Just don’t expect that everybody else has the same opinion as you do and deride them because of that. Every one of these candidates is flawed, it’s how you weight the flaws, if you are honest with yourself, that will lead to your choice.

No matter who emerges from this, remember that flawed though our candidate may be, he will be going up against the biggest flaw in office this country has ever seen. Once the decision is made, we’ve got to remember that and drag whoever gets nominated across the finish line.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Hint to Romney, the moderators are not there to ask questions so that people can determine your positions. The moderators are there to ask questions that show you to be a primitive knuckle dragging neanderthal compared to their beloved idol Barack Hussein Obama (mmmm mmmm mmm). Assess every question they ask you with that simple fact in mind.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

thanks for telling it like it is. I don’t know how they cannot know these things; they are politicians after all. The voters understand the purpose of the questions and the tactics, what is wrong with the Candidates? Good grief. You are right tho, they accept the basis of the question and proceed to answer.

However, I don’t see that with Newt so much tho.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Or it might suggest that you’re on the wrong side of conservatives.

Hannity has been in the tank for Gingrich for a long long time.

haner on January 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

No Haner..I’m not on the wrong side of conservatism. I’m on the reasonable side. Let me tell you, that there comes a time when many of the talk show elitist (and whether you or they like to admit it, that’s what they are) When they start to get into a mode that irritating to me. (Beck, Malkin, Ingraham to name a few. All of which I like!)
They start into a tear where NO ONE is acceptable because they aren’t conservative enough. So they writhe and flop about in endless hissy fits not supporting ANYONE till the last minute.
Thats what happened with Laura Ingraham in 2008. When she finally was to endorse and put her support to Romney and do so while introducing him…it was then told to her that he (Romney) was about to fold up tent and drop out.
I imagine that the reason for all of the blowhards blowing so hard, is that at a certain point it becomes more about THEM (the talk elite). They get so wrapped up in their own self importance that they lose sight of the end goal.

Hannity was telling Michelle that her criticisms at the candidates are so pointed and that at the end of the day..she’s gotta cut the whining and support SOMEONE, right?

Of course she does. Otherwise, she stops being a help and instead becomes part of the problem. For no other reason than to feed a hungry ego.
…And that’s not good.

Handel on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Hannity has been in the tank for Gingrich for a long long time.

it’s amazing how people can see things differently. I would have thought based on what I have seen of him-as a Romney guy(although reluctantly

gerrym51 on January 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

You can say that again. I thot the entire Fox News Network was for Romney. I’ll have to catch the rerun. Can’t imagine Hannity disagreeing with Malkin tho.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I can only guess that Gingrich supporters are so hungry for a Jerry Springer-like moment in the general election debates that they are willing to throw it all away for the momentary satisfaction of hearing Newt spew out one of his high-and-mighty lectures right in the face of The One. After that moment, when he loses what little dignity he has left, and Obama has calmly and cooly dispatched with him, the True Conservatives will live on the memories forever. Sort of like old NY guys still talk about Bobby Thompson’s walk-off homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers….

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

However, I don’t see that with Newt so much tho.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Agreed. Imagine how Romney might have tried to answer a similar question asked him by King. [I know Romney doesn't have that flaw, but let's say King came out with a question about one of Romney's investments or a disgruntled laid off worker from one of the Bain acquisitions].

Just like the race card can’t be played by a Democrat minority candidate for every uncomfortable question, Newt can’t play the moderator bias card for every question. However, he certainly chose the right time to play it in that debate. Rephrasing biased questions and throwing them back at the moderators should be a standard practice for Republican candidates.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

You can say that again. I thot the entire Fox News Network was for Romney. I’ll have to catch the rerun. Can’t imagine Hannity disagreeing with Malkin tho.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

what did they disagree on?

jimver on January 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

No matter who emerges from this, remember that flawed though our candidate may be, he will be going up against the biggest flaw in office this country has ever seen. Once the decision is made, we’ve got to remember that and drag whoever gets nominated across the finish line.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Yes, we can make the best decision in the Primary, but close ranks and work to accomplish the objective. There will be a lot of factors to overcome no matter who the R Nominee will be. We are fighting for the survival of our Country and no sacrifice is too great for that. Our Military face life and death everyday and night, thank God for them. We must do whatever is necessary to get to the polls and vote!!

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Go Romney!

He needs the points, have you seen how totally frazzled he is when he is behind. He needs to be allowed to succeed, regardless of his merits!

Romney, this gold star is for you, you are the best man! The BEST!

astonerii on January 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I can only guess that Gingrich supporters are so hungry for a Jerry Springer-like moment in the general election debates that they are willing to throw it all away for the momentary satisfaction of hearing Newt spew out one of his high-and-mighty lectures right in the face of The One. After that moment, when he loses what little dignity he has left, and Obama has calmly and cooly dispatched with him, the True Conservatives will live on the memories forever. Sort of like old NY guys still talk about Bobby Thompson’s walk-off homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers….

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

You would guess wrong. However, let me rephrase your statement to the other side:

I can only guess that Romney supporters are so afraid of a Jerry Springer-like moment in the general election debates that they are willing to throw it all away for the satisfaction of seeing Romney act subservient and acquiescent throughout the debates with The One in order to maintain the semblance of dignity and fair play that accompany moderate Republican politics. After those moments, when he loses what little political policy differentiation he has left, and Obama has calmly and cooly dispatched with him, the True Fair Play Moderates will live on the memories forever. Sort of like old NY guys still talk about Bobby Thompson’s walk-off homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers….

Works both ways.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

If you truly think that, then you miss what Newt is all about and the reason he’s connecting.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Insider Advantage poll now has Romney ahead of Gingrich 40 to 32

poll was released at 10.40 pm and is on newsmax

gerrym51 on January 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Oh, you mean like Romney acted all subservient to the Newtster as he pwned him on the Freddie Mac contracts? Gotcha.

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Rephrasing biased questions and throwing them back at the moderators should be a standard practice for Republican candidates.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

And, on that, I totally agree with you.

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Oh, you mean like Romney acted all subservient to the Newtster as he pwned him on the Freddie Mac contracts? Gotcha.

Priscilla on January 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Umm, that was Romney attacking a fellow Republican. Republicans like Romney have no qualms about savaging a fellow Republican. McCain did it to Romney in 2008, he did it to Bush in 2000. During the primaries, the moderate Republicans will give no quarter when fighting other Republicans.

However, when actually facing the Democrat candidate, these same moderate Republicans who have absolutely no qualms about savaging their primary opponents and making them out to be the worst sort of people (remember “voodoo economics”?) then turn around and work to run an “honorable campaign” against their democrat opponent. To the point of silliness. Examples from 2008:
– I don’t condone using my opponent’s middle name! You are no longer welcome on my campaign!
– We have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency

Now, Romney has started in on this already with his Obama is nice person comment as well as others. He’s already telegraphed his punches that if he is the nominee, we are going to get another McCain “honorable campaign”.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Works both ways.

AZfederalist on January 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Only if you ignore the fact that Romney has been hitting Obama for months.

Priscilla is a lot closer to the truth than you may realize or care to admit.

ghostwriter on January 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

If you truly think that, then you miss what Newt is all about and the reason he’s connecting.

bluefox on January 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Well… Then I must be missing it too, because it seems to me that Newt is simply the last notRomney standing.

ghostwriter on January 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

If the last Not Romney loses Fl, I am changing party affiliations to Libertarian. I’ll be tilting at windmills, but I just can’t vote for that lying socialist Mitt Romney.

Typhonian on January 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM

If the last Not Romney loses Fl, I am changing party affiliations to Libertarian. I’ll be tilting at windmills, but I just can’t vote for that lying socialist Mitt Romney.

Typhonian on January 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Oh please… Romney’s no socialist; he’s about as socialist as Gingrich or Santorum. Ideologically, there isn’t much space between the three of them. They are all center-right politicians, with a bit of a technocratic bent, and some activist government baggage. There’s no such thing as a perfect politician–even Reagan had made compromises as governor of California. You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Romney is the one with the best chance of winning the election, and he’s also probably the one that’s best suited to be president if he wins.

ghostwriter on January 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Insider Advantage poll now has Romney ahead of Gingrich 40 to 32

poll was released at 10.40 pm and is on newsmax

gerrym51 on January 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Perhaps it wasn’t Gingrich’s wonderful debate skills. Just his waffling on his taxes.

rubberneck on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Common Sense!! Wake up!! Don’t Settle!! Stop being told who to vote for!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJEbFI03BNA

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM

…Romney has been hitting Obama for months days.
ghostwriter on January 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

FIFY Barracuda
Yeah M.Mitten’s been a real pebble in BHO’s shoe!
Can’t wait to see this whitebread version of Obamba
tapdance his way into the hearts & minds of the Tea Party!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Here in Brevard, Florida, I just missed getting into a townhall to see Newt this afternoon. Too crowded. Watched him get off the bus though. Couldn’t believe how many people were there. Made up my mind to vote for him today.

Just for the record, one of the last things that put me on team Newt was the absolute vicious and personal nastiness coming from Romney and his little goblins out carrying his water.

Screw you, Romney and the vicious little things creeping around on the internet shilling for you. I’m tired of your scorched earth crap.

Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 1:14 AM

The Real New Gingrich:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWPz1Qdq1uI

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

In 1988, Newt Gingrich warned George H. W. Bush not to run as “a continuation of Reaganism” and that Bush would lose if he did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOnWzGB7G1g

haner on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Newt Not a Conservative

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgRq6s7GONY

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

…one of the last things that put me on team Newt was the absolute vicious and personal nastiness coming from Romney and his little goblins out carrying his water.

Screw you, Romney and the vicious little things creeping around on the internet shilling for you. I’m tired of your scorched earth crap. Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 1:14 AM

As they say ’45,
“couldn’t have said it better myself”
Phones here: office, car, & home roiling
with pol-turds mouthing phony praises
fot the “REAL REPUBLICAN”. Typical
Mittbots Massachewsh!ts malarchy!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 1:41 AM

If you guys think Newt is a real conservative…you are blind…typical RINO’s

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Let a true conservative say it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42fg7z8LjKg

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

A few Facts about Mitt Romney – After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney. As a venture-capitalist, Romney’s first major business deal involved investing in a start-up office supply company with one store in Massachusetts …that sold office supplies. That company, called Staples, now has over 2,000 stores and employs over 90,000 people. Romney or his company Bain Capital (using what became known as the “Bain Way”) would go on to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others…Got your calculators handy? Let’s recap. Volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign – 1 year. Unpaid intern in Governor’s office – 8 years. Mormon missionary in Paris – 2 years. Unpaid bishop and stake president for his church – 10 years. No salary as president of the Olympics – 3 years. No salary as MA governor – 4 years. That’s a grand total of 28 years of unpaid service to his country, his community and his church. Why? Because that’s the kind of man Mitt Romney is.

Swerve22 on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

If you guys think Newt is a real conservative…you are blind…typical RINO’s dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Ha!
He’ll sure fill the bill till he cleans out
the mess that the Obama’crats Left!
Expect the Newt POTUS will bring,
a ‘Contract with America’ two!

Gingrich/Palin 2012

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Mitt has nothing on Dr. Paul. This is the Kind of man Ron Paul is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rv0Z5SNrF4

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Really? That’s all you want out of this. To “fill the bill”. Your better than that man. Your a conservative. New is not. There is only on REAL conservative in the race Ron Paul. Sorry man, but it’s the truth

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

He’s got a devastating line of attack all ready to go, thanks to Philip Klein.

OK, had a few minutes to kill and clicked on the link. Pure drivel. Have no idea why Allahpundit thinks this is going somehow affect the debates, its laughable. As can be attested by the comments in response to the “thoughts” of Klein. Anyone can see that the more the establishment is trying to steer us towards Romney the more people will pay attention to details and simply say No Way. At the rate this is going Coulter and a few others will be seeking treatment for heart attacks sometime next week. Maybe Fox will become watchable again, although I am sure its just a dream.

riddick on January 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM

…campaign worker for his dad… – 1 year. intern in Governor’s office – 8 years. Mormon missionary in Paris – 2 years. …bishop and stake president for his church – 10 years. …president of the Olympics – 3 years. …MA governor – 4 years. That’s a grand total of 28 years of unpaid service to his country Swerve22 on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

“unpaid service to his country”?????
Now that’s a hoot and a half!
09 yrs In kiddie politics
02 yrs Peddling in Paris
10 yrs Nice Church lady
03 yrs Olympics clerk
04 yrs Romneycare

28 yrs “UnPaid service to his country”

If this MA joker or his spawn had spent even a couple of years in real unpaid “service to country”(ARMY NAVY AIR COASTIES or MARINES), then and only then, you might have a point about his “service”. However, what you foist off is a self-indulgent wonk and his whiny whelps pretending to be Conservatives, in order to continue their Socialst maledictions of the RINOitus strain, which has allowed him and and them to avoid genuine service to country!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Really? That’s all you want out of this. To “fill the bill”. Your better than that man. Your a conservative. New is not. There is only on REAL conservative in the race Ron Paul. Sorry man, but it’s the truth

dom89031 on January 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Brother Dom+
Problem with Paul is
he’s not in it to win it,
the libertarian God Bless him,
is way to old and way too iso for
the existential global fight that looms ahead~~~

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 3:07 AM

If this MA joker or his spawn had spent even a couple of years in real unpaid “service to country”(ARMY NAVY AIR COASTIES or MARINES), then and only then, you might have a point about his “service”. However, what you foist off is a self-indulgent wonk and his whiny whelps pretending to be Conservatives, in order to continue their Socialst maledictions of the RINOitus strain, which has allowed him and and them to avoid genuine service to country!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM

You ARE aware that our military is paid for their service. They’re certainly remunerated for the work and service they perform. Military service isn’t a real unpaid “service to country.”

SauerKraut537 on January 26, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Military…They’re certainly remunerated for the work and service they perform….SauerKraut537 on January 26, 2012 at 3:22 AM

BullSquat Pal!
Tell that to the Mother
or Father who have to bury a son!

The claim was made of 28yrs of “service to country”, for going to Paris and touting Mormanism etc etc etc. REAL “service to country” is more than phoney make-work political JOBs whether “unpaid” or “remunerated”! I’m sure a Romney rebate of pay to the Treasury to bury wardead earned through genuine “service to country” would be gladly accepted! Moreover, him & his clan would begin to look more like Patriots than self-promoting progressive partisans!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 5:04 AM

Hannity was telling Michelle that her criticisms at the candidates are so pointed and that at the end of the day..she’s gotta cut the whining and support SOMEONE, right?

Of course she does. Otherwise, she stops being a help and instead becomes part of the problem. For no other reason than to feed a hungry ego.
…And that’s not good.

Handel on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I agree with you. Malkin has a problem with everyone and everything, it seems. No one is good enough for her. It gets a bit old after awhile. She always appears to be in such a sour mood. It’s one thing to express reservations about candidates who may otherwise have many positive attributes, but to always go on about needing “noseplugs” gets a bit tiresome.

Allahpundit is SORT OF similar in that he always whines about everything and everyone. He always finds something to complain about, no matter what the story is. I don’t find this to be a positive trait. He’s like a boo-hoo baby. Maybe he doesn’t want to come out and support any particular candidate because it would alienate a lot of readers and reduce overall traffic, though. I just can’t stand the type of person who merely whines and laments without ever taking a stand or positively advocating for something or someone. Allahpundit seems like he’s always willing to give up and throw in the towel. The tone of his writing usually sounds like the tone of a wimp. And I say that with all due respect.

Anyone can complain about everything and everyone. That’s so easy to do. I think it takes more courage to take a stand and be a positive advocate. You will get people upset, but at least you are making a decision and pushing for a specific, achieveable outcome.

You know who I actually kind of appreciate? Hugh Hewitt and people like him. Good ol’ Hugh shamelessly advocates for his guy, and doesn’t even try to hide it. I actually appreciate that sort of thing. At least you know where they are coming from. I’d love it for people just to put it all out there and tell us who they support and what all their biases are.

Yeah, Hannity, who I like, is having to straddle the fence, so as not to alienate any of his viewers. Obviously, once Romney wins the nomination, Hannity can be even more complimentary of Romney and advocate for him, but now he has to remain impartial. I actually think Fox News has been way too complimentary of Gingrich lately. The breathless coverage of his silly outburst at the debate and the standing ovation was just ridiculous. Disappointingly, many of the Fox News personalities seemed openly supportive of Gingrich’s attempt to deflect questions about his vile past. They totally bought into his lame ploy attempt to reframe the issue as “Newt VS. CNN”. I think that Fox News and CNN coverage has been WAY more favorable towards Newt Gingrich than Romney lately. No question. I think Newt’s momentary (and already disappearing) poll boost was due a lot to the Fox News (and CNN) coverage. I’m beginning to think these shows just like to have something new to talk about from day to day, so much so that they pump up certain stories just to give themselves fresh narratives to keep the audience interested.

For me, I look at the candidates, decide who is the best one, and then support the heck out of him or her. I don’t see the point in whining all the time. I’d rather move forward with the person who has the best chance of defeating Obama (and that is NOT Newt Gingrich). People need to face reality, stop the hand-wringing for two seconds, and get to work. We have an election to win, people. I have been very pleased with Romney, who will be our most conservative nominee in decades. This is a very talented, capable man who has had an amazing and honorable career, and I’m disappointed to see the over-the-top and silly attacks on him. I believe that future generations will look back on the Romney presidency and declare Mitt one of the greatest presidents in the last 60 years. I love that Romney is dignified and I like the idea of having a president who doesn’t talk about “panties in wads” or act like a circus clown. Sometimes it seems like the more uncouth a candidate is, or the more outrageous, over-the-top things they say, the more you guys fawn over them. Anyway, we can turn around a lot in the next 8 years with Romney, and I look forward to his victory in November.

bluegill on January 26, 2012 at 5:37 AM

I agree with you. Malkin has a problem with everyone and everything, it seems. No one is good enough for her.

Frankly, I think that this is a trait associated with anybody that obsessively follows this kind of stuff. That’s why you see people making mountains out of molehills, or hoping for a perfect candidate. The truth is that even a Reagan wouldn’t be good enough for some of these people, because they would just sit around and point out all of his violations of conservative pieties. The “ideal” candiate isn’t out there; we have to pick from among the choices that we have available, and they all have their faults.

ghostwriter on January 26, 2012 at 6:23 AM

I have been very pleased with Romney, who will be our most conservative nominee in decades.

Interesting point. I think that you might be onto something here. At any rate, I think that Romney is probably as conservative as GWB.

ghostwriter on January 26, 2012 at 6:28 AM

…Romney has been hitting Obama for months.
ghostwriter on January 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

FIFY Barracuda
Yeah M.Mitten’s been a real pebble in BHO’s shoe!
Can’t wait to see this whitebread version of Obamba
tapdance his way into the hearts & minds of the Tea Party!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Here in Brevard, Florida, I just missed getting into a t

If you’re going to fact-check me, slick, at least get your facts straight. M’Kay? Thanks.

ghostwriter on January 26, 2012 at 6:31 AM

For all of you Newt supporters, Ann Coulter is telling it like it really is concerning Gingrich vs Romney:

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-01-25.html

The HOTAIR Newt band-wagoners should be paying better attention to the facts about these two men, rather than running on pure emotion and irrational hatred of Romney. Mitt Romney is our best hope right now to beat Obama and get the USA boat heading back in the right direction. We can either face this fact or plan on going down in flames in November. Regardless of what you think about Ann, her article is spot on. Newt is a gift from God for Obama and the Democrats. If we let him, Newt will single-highhandedly destroy any credibility that still exists in the conservative movement.

NuclearPhysicist on January 26, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Boy, it looks like old Mitt’s money is rolling around hot and heavy – paying off the media, opportunist journalists like Ann Coulter (poor unhinged thing) and trying to buy Florida like he did in Iowa and NH. I hope Floridians aren’t that gullible. I agree with Michelle Malkin – she’s concerned about the dumbing down and diluting of conservatism that’s been happening over the past 30 years. Once again we’re supposed to compromise and shut up to support and swallow the candidate the media and republican establishment are telling us is the most “electable”. The problem with that is the more people find out about Romney, the more we dislike him. Now Michelle is right and there are plenty of warts to go around, but right now we have to see who can communicate conservatism best and we need to vet and vet hard. And even though Rick Santorum is my first choice, I see Newt Gingrich as a fighter and not a push-over like Romney. Not all that impressed with his baggage but definitely better than Romney’s. Romney is too glossy and sleazy for my taste. The people are deciding and that’s why the media and republican establishment are so outraged and manic about destroying Newt Gingrich as fast as possible. We beg to differ and not quite ready for a coronation.

mozalf on January 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM

NuclearPhysicist on January 26, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Thanks for linking the Coulter cloumn, which really does put it in perspective. I remain flabbergasted that any real conservative ( as opposed to the True Conservatives™) could support Gingrich over Romney.

And that is not to say that I would not support Gingrich if he becomes the nominee. God help us if he does, though, because I think that a loose cannon like Newt could do more than take down the election, he could potentially take down the party.

I find it very disingenuous of conservative talk show hosts like Mark Levin to, on the one hand, mock and deride a truly transformative blue state governor like Christie, then turn around and praise Gingrich, who couldn’t even run his own caucus. It causes me to see Levin in a different light, and realize that he, like Newt, is first of all an entertainer in search of ratings, as Newt is in search of votes, not always the principled conservative he says he is.

Priscilla on January 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM

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