New Rasmussen poll in FL puts Romney up by 8

posted at 9:15 am on January 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney’s performance in Monday’s debate turned out to be a game-changer after all.  Three days after a Rasmussen poll of likely Republican primary voters showed Newt Gingrich up by nine points, a new survey taken yesterday shows Romney has an eight-point lead heading into tonight’s CNN debate:

Mitt Romney has jumped back ahead in the fevered Florida Republican Primary race with his support back to where it was before Newt Gingrich’s big win Saturday in South Carolina.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Wednesday night, shows Romney with 39% support to Gingrich’s 31%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum earns 12%, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with nine percent (9%). Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

That’s a ten-point drop for Gingrich since Sunday’s survey, and a seven-point gain for Romney.  The momentum of the debate performance, and perhaps the renewed aggression on the campaign trail for Romney, seems to be firmly established in new polling.  That makes tonight a must-win evening for Gingricg, and that probably means a lot of bloody knuckles for both men.

Let’s take a look at the differences in the internals.  Very conservative voters still choose Gingrich as the stronger candidate against Obama, but that’s down to 47/34 from 56/24 in the earlier survey.  Women had given a three-point edge to Romney on this question, but that has now jumped to 22 points, 52/30, and men now give Romney a nine-point lead where Gingrich had a double-digit advantage.  The overall rating on this question now favors Romney by 15 points, 49/34, where Gingrich led by 3 on Sunday.  Gingrich’s favorability didn’t change much at 63/35, but Romney’s increased to 73/25.

This looks like a very volatile race, though.  A big debate stumble by Romney could reverse this yet again.  However, with the tax issue off the table and every other line of attack likely to be a rerun, there’s a question about whether Gingrich can find another way to knock Romney off his stride as he did in South Carolina, or go after the media like he did to win in two debates there.


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Newbots (aka former palinbots) say:

OUTLIER!!!

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Good, I’ve had enough of Newt. Romney/Paul ticket? We can dream.

MisterPundit on January 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

This poll must be a bunch of filthy lies.

Esoteric on January 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Still working to turn people against Romney, I see.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I guess the only thing positive I can say about FL is that the Ron Paul supporters seem to have gone silent. Probably because FL is a closed primary an Paulbots are not likely to be Republican.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

*sigh*

Easy come, easy go.

Doomberg on January 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Ugh.

catwrangler on January 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I’ll fulfill my pledge to the RNC that I made just before my husband was furloughed, but if Romney is the nominee, not another dime. Gotta save it for the third party in ’16.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Still working to turn people against Romney, I see.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why? Were you supporting Romney until you read his comment?

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I’ll fulfill my pledge to the RNC that I made just before my husband was furloughed, but if Romney is the nominee, not another dime. Gotta save it for the third party in ’16.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I’m sure Axelrod and Messina will be happy to throw a few bucks your way. They love your hysterical, defeatist attitude. Not to mention the threat to “go rogue” and hand the Left future victories by supporting a third party candidate. Way to go!

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Gingrich can find another way to knock Romney off his stride as he did in South Carolina, or go after the media like he did to win in two debates there.

He’ll accuse Romney of planning to build secret moon base type colonies in the Cayman islands in which to inter all the immigrants from America. Romney will then sit on his @ss in Switzerland (doing nothing and making money) and watch the whole thing unfold while the adoring LSM and GOP establishment will fan him with giant Ostrich feather fans.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Romney’s been campaigning there for 6 years. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in while.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

With Wolfie and king, he’ll go after the media

And king will bring up the ex wife AGAIN

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Wow, have we ever had such a volatile electorate?

2 things hurting Newt here. Since his main claim to electability is that he can squish Obama in a debate, appearing the whither under Romney’s attack in the last debate sure didn’t help. Also, pissing off the uber-popular Rubio is a problem.

mitchellvii on January 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I can’t keep up with the polls anymore. Cage match time.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

If Romney does well tonight he should give the recently hired Bachmann debate person a raise as said person really helped her attack Newt, too.

jonkk on January 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I’m not really a fan of either of them so…

Ukiah on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Since were Strutt’n with Poles,er Polls,I might as well
add this one!!
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NBC/WSJ poll: Obama benefits from growing economic optimism
11 Hours ago
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http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/25/10237484-nbcwsj-poll-obama-benefits-from-growing-economic-optimism
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READ partial results of the NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/NBC_WSJ_Jan_2012_economy.pdf

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 6:16 AM

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I miss Governor Palin’s Facebook posts so I wrote this-I will tweet this and spread the word because the purpose of these primaries is getting lost in the Twilight Zone. I finished it just now:

Hey, Media: Stop Skewing The GOP Primaries

Things are getting out of control in the mainstream media. Unfortunately, this applies to blogs, and especially those websites that do have a reputation to brag about, a large amount of visitors and where people around the world read what they write.

I can’t stress it enough that we in the Republican Party the GOP primaries are taking an unprecedented turn of events, challenging history. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich all have won a state (except for Doctor Ron Paul). Those independents, Democrats that are disappointed in what the Obama presidency has come to and were tricked with his dog-and-pony show where we are in so much debt, our candidate has nothing but do pull a Herculean effort to slow down the mess this country is in.

All the networks-and I am tossing FOX News in the mix-are engaging in this useless catfight, pinning each candidate with a label and with millions of Americans that are incredibly misinformed. It is hard enough to do a proper research and homework on each of these candidates to then do this online and find the same ol’ attacks and innuendos that do not benefit neither each candidate nor We The People that must make a choice. One thing is attention-grabbing headlines in order to grab that audience and get accurate news; another is to do the same (for the sake of competition) and engage in a low-blow “he said, he said” meme that really has my television off and I am fed up.

I am fed up that the media is giving Barack Obama a leg-up, along with Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden attack from the sidelines and surround us, with no place to go. Hence instead of focusing on what the liberals are doing (and those blogs that love to do this to skew the choices in front of us) we are attacking each other with links to old news from the 80′s, the 90′s and every little mistake. We are attacking each other and these blogs that love their money and their attention-grabbing headlines relish on this; the TV networks pick up on this and each candidate has to waste their time (their free air time!) to instead of delivering their positive message to the people, is wasted in responses to all these attacks coming from each candidate’s Super PAC’s and from their personal campaigns.

What are we going to do about this, America? Are we going to continue to let this happen in order for others to decide who will take the fight to President Obama; to send a positive message of conservative values, and how is that candidate going to dig us out of the hole that President Obama put is in? We must be smarter than this, and pay attention to what liberals in DC are doing and not get our focus off of our priority right now: Let the process flow, let’s keep this going in a positive way with a positive message in order for these candidates to stay in the race.

-TPE

ProudPalinFan on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Why? Were you supporting Romney until you read his comment?

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I’m trying very hard to judge Romney on his own merits, such as they are, rather than the nature of his “supporters”. I don’t support him, but I would have picked him over Perry if that had been the title bout.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I’m sure Axelrod and Messina will be happy to throw a few bucks your way. They love your hysterical, defeatist attitude. Not to mention the threat to “go rogue” and hand the Left future victories by supporting a third party candidate. Way to go!

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Since this is obviously the first Republican campaign you ever gave a damn about, why don’t you and your fellow Mittstroturfers give more, make calls, and do those other things I won’t do for Mitt Romney. If you think he doesn’t need my help, get off your Cheeto-eating arse and go do it.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Latest Rasmussen Nationally:

Obama +3 vs Romney
Obama +7 vs Newt

If “electability” is the argument for Romney, it’s a pretty crappy argument.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’ll fulfill my pledge to the RNC that I made just before my husband was furloughed, but if Romney is the nominee, not another dime. Gotta save it for the third party in ’16.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Perhaps you might reserve judgment until you see how Romney performs in office.

cheeflo on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Latest PPP nationally

Obama +5 vs. Romney
Obama +7 vs. Newt

Mr. Electable eh?

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Still working to turn people against Romney, I see.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Oh yeah, I am after that all important group of Gingrich voters who can be manipulated into voting for him because they don’t like what someone says rather than make a rational decision based on their internal thoughts.

You comment is revealing. The Neutron Newt worshipers (who formerly supported Palin) don’t support him because they like him, they do so because they hate Romney. They betray their corrupt nature by supporting Gingrich, who is everything Palin fought against, because hate has taken over their souls.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I can’t keep up with the polls anymore. Cage match time.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

hawkdriver:Tru dat,GoodMorning,another cage match tonight,er CNN
Debate,with cheering/yell’n aloud,compared to the last
controlled event,at NBC!:)

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Oh goody. Whew! Obamacare (f/k/a Romneycare) is saved! As soon as Mitt wins the election, he can start governing as a Northeastern liberal again. With his background, he can manage America’s decline and disassembly with great skill and finesse.

Perhaps now, Coulter, Murdoch, Ailes, and the entire political establishment can relax and call for us all to come together to defeat Obama … why? They’re going to keep their jobs and make money, anyhow regardless of who’s president.

Scriptor on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Just took a quick score of today’s Hot-Air “Objective” coverage of the GOP Primary race.

Posts currently on Hot-Air Front page including Headlines:

Romney

Positive – 5
Negative – 1/2 (Because it was Norm Coleman about Obamacare not being repealed)

Gingrich

Positive – 1
Negative – 8 1/2 (The half because of the inclusion of aa couple of positive quotes in last night’s “Quotes of the Day” post)

Who would have thought that Hot-Air would turn into an arm of the GOP Establishment. But could it be any more obvious?

Al-Ozarka on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

That’s a ten-point drop for Gingrich since Sunday’s survey, and a seven-point gain for Romney. The momentum of the debate performance, and perhaps the renewed aggression on the campaign trail for Romney, seems to be firmly established in new polling. That makes tonight a must-win evening for Gingricg, and that probably means a lot of bloody knuckles for both men.

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate. Does this mean a standing O for Newt at tonight’s debate will cause the numbers to reverse in his favor once again?

I guess the one good thing to come out of this latest poll is it’ll maybe finally light a fire under Mittens’ behind and convince that there’s only one way to win not only the nomination, but the general election as well: FIGHT!!!

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Perhaps you might reserve judgment until you see how Romney performs in office.

cheeflo on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

We’ve seen him perform in office. Massachusetts got Romneycare. Not impressed.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

From watching polls in the past there is NO state more volitile than Florida. They have scared me with how much they swing around in the past.

Conan on January 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Since this is obviously the first Republican campaign you ever gave a damn about, why don’t you and your fellow Mittstroturfers give more, make calls, and do those other things I won’t do for Mitt Romney. If you think he doesn’t need my help, get off your Cheeto-eating arse and go do it.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

If Willard is the nominee, they are going to get a big surprise when nobody shows up to the phone banks. The CSDevens of the world think that independents and Democrats will be knocking on doors and making phone calls for Willard. Good luck with that strategy.

How’s that electavility working out BTW?

PPP national:
Obama +5

Rasmussen National:
Obama +3

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Good grief, can’t even refresh the site fast enough w/o seeing another negative Newt headline.

It will be hilarious to come here tomorrow if Newt has a good debate performance tonight to see all the Mittbots PDSers in a panic…

davek70 on January 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Al-Ozarka on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Right, right. It couldn’t be that Newt has just been repeatedly shooting himself in the foot these past couple days with renewed attacks on Romney’s wealth, utterly stupid ideas like a moon colony when we’re so deep in debt or trying to attack Romney on the left from immigration. Hot Air is just biased.

WealthofNations on January 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

We’ve seen him perform in office. Massachusetts got Romneycare. Not impressed.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Bbbbut it was a blue state. Ted Kennedy held a gun to his head to create Romneycare and stuff.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Mitt Romney’s performance in Monday’s debate turned out to be a game-changer after all.

Let’s also give kudos to the National Review, The Daily Caller, and Drudge, (among others), for all the superb Newt hit pieces that have shaped the conversation…..errr confliction as we continue to “dig Obama’s hole” for him to bury the last surviving candidate.

Rovin on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate. Does this mean a standing O for Newt at tonight’s debate will cause the numbers to reverse in his favor once again?

I guess the one good thing to come out of this latest poll is it’ll maybe finally light a fire under Mittens’ behind and convince that there’s only one way to win not only the nomination, but the general election as well: FIGHT!!!

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hot Air wrote Governor Perry off after a single debate.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

And king will bring up the ex wife AGAIN

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Well, since Gingrich didn’t answer the question the first time, maybe King’ll try it again, who knows.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I don’t think this has anything to do with debates.

I think a whole bunch of Republicans went to work last week and had to deal with everyone else coming up to them at the water cooler saying: “WTH are you Republicans thinking?”

I know I got that all last week. And not just from the Democrats, all the independents, and even some less attached Republicans were that way too.

Sackett on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Wow…crazy race. Still not comfortable making any predictions there yet, though…who knows what’ll happen tonight.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

You mean women aren’t lining up to vote for the Open Marriage candidate?

Shocking!

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s polls of this sort that come off to me as nothing more than a mix of campaign advertising and agitprop.

In the last days before the South Carolina Primary, all the polling and talk was, “Romney has the lead, even though Gingrich is gaining steam.”

Even right up to the final hour before polls closed, Fox News – among other stations – were claiming “it’s going to be neck and neck.”

Then, the polls closed at 7pm…and within five seconds, Fox announced, “we’re calling this race for Gingrich.”

TRANSLATION: “we’ve been lying to you all along to make you vote for Romney.”

(And Gingrich won by 12.5%, in the state which has voted for the nominee for the last 32 years.)

Nothing else is going on here. Don’t believe the stories.

UNLEASH GINGRICH IN 2012!

Czar of Defenestration on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

You comment is revealing. The Neutron Newt worshipers (who formerly supported Palin) don’t support him because they like him, they do so because they hate Romney. They betray their corrupt nature by supporting Gingrich, who is everything Palin fought against, because hate has taken over their souls.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This comment is a keeper. It will be a nice contrast to the

“you’re an idiot” and “shut up moron” comments coming out of you and your fellow Mitt shills later today.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Hot Air wrote Governor Perry off after a single debate.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Well in fairness, so did the base. His numbers started to tank after the “heartless” debate. And he was totally finished after the “oops” debacle.

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Perhaps you might reserve judgment until you see how Romney performs in office.

cheeflo on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Chief, Mitt’s likely performance in the election (and if he wins) in office is what’s going to CAUSE the third party. He can talk until his lips fall off, but he has a liberal record. He has a glass jaw, and when people hit it, they are told they should have sat down and shut up. That ain’t gonna fly in the general election.

But I guess that matters less to most of you Mittstroturfers than the fact that he’s a MOOOOOORRRRRRMOOOOOONNN. Never mind if he knows his arse from a hole in the ground, he’s one of y’all just like Harry Reid. We elected 0bama because idiots like you on the other side went, oh wow, he’s BLAAAAAAACCCCKK, instead of caring what he’d actually do in office.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

So the man that authored socialized medicine in the USA, pushes for a VAT tax, raised taxes in MA, supported amnesty for illegals, described himself as a progressive, ran to the left of Ted Kennedy, currently advocates man-made global warming, and ardently supported a “woman’s right to choose” (while applauding the notion that a judge could override a parent’s express wishes on the subject), is leading in the FL poll?

Florida hasn’t changed much since 2000…

Typhonian on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Newt needs to come out swinging tonight…

Lawdawg86 on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate.

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I think a lot of it has to do with Newt’s mood swings. You never know which Newt is going to show up, the cordial Newt or the bitter Newt.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I’m trying very hard to judge Romney on his own merits, such as they are, rather than the nature of his “supporters”. I don’t support him, but I would have picked him over Perry if that had been the title bout.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

How d@mn hard can it be? Your original statement is one of the most ignorant I see on comment blogs. You and only you are in charge of your thoughts. You act as if I am living in your head and fighting you at your every attempt to judge Romney on his merits.

I daresay that if I were as critical of a candidate you did not like, you wouldn’t have a problem keeping me out of your head.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Newt needs to come out swinging tonight…

Lawdawg86 on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Isn’t that what got him in trouble with wife number two?

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Let’s face it, the conservative movement has not had strong leaders in several decades, this is why we get Dole, McCain, Romney, and the “leaders” in congress. The tea party has failed to make a real difference beyond our contribution to 2010. We are in trouble, it will take a lot of work to reverse the trend.

neuquenguy on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You comment is revealing. The Neutron Newt worshipers (who formerly supported Palin) don’t support him because they like him, they do so because they hate Romney. They betray their corrupt nature by supporting Gingrich, who is everything Palin fought against, because hate has taken over their souls.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Your comments are always revealing. They shriek volumes. You don’t give a damn about boosting support for Romney as long as you can cut down Palin and everyone who thinks well of her. The only thing I’m not clear on is whether the candidate you claim to support would approve.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

PPP national:
Obama +5

Rasmussen National:
Obama +3

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

If you like Obama at this point you are a Kool-aid drinker (and there are plenty). If you are undecided you are unlikely to be won over in the next year. Undecided translates to “I am too big a squish to commit to Obama’s opponent 10 months before the election and am hoping for some event to influence me back to Obama”

If he isn’t ahead of or gets well above 50% in “does Obama deserve re-election” he is very vulnerable no matter what the Chicken Littles say.

Conan on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Mitt Romney’s performance in Monday’s debate turned out to be a game-changer after all.

Let’s also give kudos to the National Review, The Daily Caller, and Drudge, (among others), for all the superb Newt hit pieces that have shaped the conversation…..errr confliction as we continue to “dig Obama’s hole” for him to bury the last surviving candidate.

Rovin on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

If the information is bad, then, the reported information is bad, too.

Should they all just make things up about Gingrich to make some “feel better”?

It’s like when the DoJ accuses LE of “racism” by arresting more of one ethnicity than another, while the population of issue is more one ethnicity than others (thus, the arrested are more of that one ethnicity who is represented by larger numbers among a population than any others).

It’s a case of reality: when the news is bad, the news reported is bad.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You just knew Newt was going to blow himself up. Who wants to turn on the nightly news for four straight years only to be scolded by the president. It just gets tiring.

And something to keep in mind. Yesterday we found out that Newt has come out on the losing end of two more tangles with the truth. About whether he lied in his divorce deposition (there was no depo.) and we found out the names of the witnesses he offered to ABC to refute the ex-wife’s story–there were no witnesses offered other than his daughters by another marriage, which we already knew. This hasn’t had time to factor into the polls that are coming out now.

I think you can see where his numbers are headed. And good riddance.

rogaineguy on January 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

O/T,Breaking!
—————

Democratic North Carolina Gov Bev Perdue will not seek re-election, Democratic source tells

Submitted 13 mins ago
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canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Democratic North Carolina Gov Bev Perdue will not seek re-election, Democratic source tells

Submitted 13 mins ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

She doesn’t have to. Obama will suspend all elections at her request.

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate. Does this mean a standing O for Newt at tonight’s debate will cause the numbers to reverse in his favor once again?

It was very revealing how Newt performed on the merits of just being Newt, vs. Newt with a crowd of foot stomping supporters behind him. Taking out the audience definitly took the wind out of his sails. I hope they do it again tonite.

BettyRuth on January 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Romney/Paul ticket? We can dream.

MisterPundit on January 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I think that’s a very possible ticket, so long as you are referring to Paul (R-KY).

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate.

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

It was one of the worst, boring C-SPAN type teevee show I have ever seen. I said my byes here and went to sleep, right here in the living room.

People dropped like flies; some people here were flipping channels. Didn’t miss anything.

ProudPalinFan on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I daresay that if I were as critical of a candidate you did not like, you wouldn’t have a problem keeping me out of your head.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

You give yourself way too much credit. You’re just one of an army of Mitt-heads who all post this kind of nonsense. At some point one can’t help wondering whether this kind of support reflects on the candidate being “supported”.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Most folks think it would be hard to run for reelection in jail cano.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

They betray their corrupt nature by supporting Gingrich, who is everything Palin fought against, because hate has taken over their souls.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

That’s right, — you show them what a model of love and understanding is! Not to mention, er — “civil discourse”.

Um, your your use of the favorite Lefty perjorative, “corrupt” may lead some here to draw unwarranted assumptions about your real political affiliations — just a friendly warning meant in the spirit of love and kumbaya and all that good stuff.

Scriptor on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

If you like Obama at this point you are a Kool-aid drinker (and there are plenty). If you are undecided you are unlikely to be won over in the next year. Undecided translates to “I am too big a squish to commit to Obama’s opponent 10 months before the election and am hoping for some event to influence me back to Obama”

If he isn’t ahead of or gets well above 50% in “does Obama deserve re-election” he is very vulnerable no matter what the Chicken Littles say.

Conan on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I think what you’re saying then is any Republican will beat him. Which makes the “Romney is the only one that can beat him” argumnet moot.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I don’t think this has anything to do with debates.

I think a whole bunch of Republicans went to work last week and had to deal with everyone else coming up to them at the water cooler saying: “WTH are you Republicans thinking?”

I know I got that all last week. And not just from the Democrats, all the independents, and even some less attached Republicans were that way too.

Sackett on January 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m agnostic on our candidates but I find it pretty rich that people who support or supported Obama would have the audacity to ask you what we were thinking.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

You comment is revealing. The Neutron Newt worshipers (who formerly supported Palin) don’t support him because they like him, they do so because they hate Romney. They betray their corrupt nature by supporting Gingrich, who is everything Palin fought against, because hate has taken over their souls.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Your comments are always revealing. They shriek volumes. You don’t give a damn about boosting support for Romney as long as you can cut down Palin and everyone who thinks well of her. The only thing I’m not clear on is whether the candidate you claim to support would approve.

ElectricPhase on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I agree with “csdeven”. My experiences agree with csdeven’s.

Reading several of the news articles from earlier today that the Gingrich supporters are condemning, the comments that follow them each and all are ALL attack-Romney comments. Not too much if any time devoted addressing the Gingrich issues, they all just lapse into attack-Romney remarks.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

yay!!!

Let’s have the Establishment pick the biggest moderate wimp we can think of!!

They made sure that the “polarizing” Palin couldn’t run, got rid of the real conservatives in Cain and Bachmann. Now even the severely flawed Newt isn’t good enough.

We need a true Establishment hack. Someone who won’t call Obama a socialist and had his advisors meet with Obama’s advisors to help implement Obamacare!

We need a true wimp who’d never been a conservative!! YAY!!!

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Was the Monday debate THAT bad for Gingrich? I don’t understand the mood swings of the electorate. Does this mean a standing O for Newt at tonight’s debate will cause the numbers to reverse in his favor once again?

I guess the one good thing to come out of this latest poll is it’ll maybe finally light a fire under Mittens’ behind and convince that there’s only one way to win not only the nomination, but the general election as well: FIGHT!!!

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

What happened was the media has started another broad side against Gingrich, similar to what he got in Iowa, and he doesn’t have a way to deal with it. Part of the reason he won SC was a “virtuous cycle” of good news – he won both debates handily, and looked good doing it, and got the Palin and Perry endorsements as well. That blew him way over the top.

But since then the drumbeat of negative stories against Gingrich has resumed. Just go through a brief survey of recent Hot Air stories and headlines for a sampling: “Re-elect Obama, vote Newt!” “Club for Growth Rips newt” “Rubio rips Newt” “Second Freddie Contract required Gingrich…” “Pelosi: I know something about Gingrich!”

Negative campaigning works, and Gingrich doesn’t appear to be as good at it as Romney. He is unable to generate as many negative stories for Romney. Both candidates are falling (note Romney’s tanking numbers vs. Obama and with independents), but Gingrich is falling faster.

Doomberg on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I think that’s a very possible ticket, so long as you are referring to Paul (R-KY).

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Interesting. But, if he can’t ever get through TSA, how does he get to the inauguration?

hawkdriver on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in while.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Exactly. Newty’s victory in South Carolina is a case in point.

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

With his background, he can manage America’s decline and disassembly with great skill and finesse.

Scriptor on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

He has two advanced degrees.
Bain Capital was a complete success.
He created companies that still exist today and employ 100,000 Americans.
He saved the Olympics from bankruptcy.
He saved MA by balancing the budget and creating a surplus.

Poor background? You have no idea what you are talking about.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I thought debates didn’t matter…or so the Mittbots said when the topic of Obama/Ginggrich or Obama/Romney debates came up.

Now all of a sudden one debate is responsible for a 15 point swing in FL.

So debates do matter when Romney does well, but they don’t mean a thing when Newt does well.

Got it.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

FIGHT!!!

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

+1

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Isn’t that what got him in trouble with wife number two?

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

LMAO

Brilliant :)

It was very revealing how Newt performed on the merits of just being Newt, vs. Newt with a crowd of foot stomping supporters behind him. Taking out the audience definitly took the wind out of his sails. I hope they do it again tonite.

BettyRuth on January 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I don’t think the debate audience had a lot to do with it. Newt had a crappy answer for his time at Freddie. Then this stuff about dissing Reagan. His stupid space grandiosity. Saying that investment income is bad… he’s not too bright some days, and I don’t like Mitt but at least Mitt stays on message and remains consistent. Newt? He’s all over the place, and it’s hurting him.

beatcanvas on January 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

A vote for Newt is a vote for more candidates in the race.

Lawdawg86 on January 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hey, Lourdes…
From the last thread…Did you get together that list of Romney’s Conservative accomplishments for me, yet?
Again, thanks in dvance.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Reading several of the news articles from earlier today that the Gingrich supporters are condemning, the comments that follow them each and all are ALL attack-Romney comments. Not too much if any time devoted addressing the Gingrich issues, they all just lapse into attack-Romney remarks.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Right you are. Every Mittbot comment here is nothing but praise for Romney and nothing anti-Gingrich whatsoever.

Newbots (aka former palinbots) say:

OUTLIER!!!

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Those who want to throw the word “Establishment” around are of the same mindset of those who want to accuse the “1%” of all the country’s ills.

CNN will be waiting for Newt Hefner to pull his attack the media schtick tonight.

I think the Florida people realize that Republicans need something more then an angry old white man to yell at Obama and the media to get off out collective lawns. Newt loses to Obambie by 11 points in national polls, while Romney is at least tied with him at 45% all.

Rockshine on January 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Newt is the only one in the race fighting one of the biggest problems the conservatives have in politics. It doesn’t matter what you think of him he is doing it well.

I hope Romney is up to the task if he wins the nomination. ABO.

DanMan on January 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Lets all elect Mitt who is a progressive republican who hated Reagan policy. Who ran as a pro-choice candidate.

Mitt could have ran as governor of Utah but was way to liberal to win the primary so he decided to ran for governor of Mass because that state fits him better.

Don’t complain to me when we have another McCain lets have a positive campaign. Lets not tell the American people who Barack’s friends and his history is candidate.

This country is LOST.

BroncosRock on January 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

He has two advanced degrees.
Bain Capital was a complete success.
He created companies that still exist today and employ 100,000 Americans.
He saved the Olympics from bankruptcy.
He saved MA by balancing the budget and creating a surplus.

Poor background? You have no idea what you are talking about.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Obama has advanced degrees too.

He “saved” MA by increased taxes by $150M and increasing fees by $400M. Spending under him increased by 30% during 4 years.

100K jobs – that has been debunked 100 ways already.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Gingrich admits ABC claim was false

I don’t know if this has been covered here, but Gingrich got busted for having lied about offering ABC “a number of witnesses to refute his ex-wife’s claims”, and all he offered them was his two daughters? This is so indicative of what a good liar he is! How many times did he repeat that ABC wouldn’t listen to his side of the story? And it was such an easy lie to get caught in. Dumb.

BettyRuth on January 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Since this is obviously the first Republican campaign you ever gave a damn about, why don’t you and your fellow Mittstroturfers give more, make calls, and do those other things I won’t do for Mitt Romney. If you think he doesn’t need my help, get off your Cheeto-eating arse and go do it.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Making false assumptions about me doesn’t help your case at all. Do you have anything substantive?

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The ABR fear is palpable. Can you smell it?

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Who wants to turn on the nightly news for four straight years only to be scolded by the president. It just gets tiring.

You’re talking about the current President, right?

Right Mover on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Oh, I think you already know the answer to that question friend.

WealthofNations on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

My views are progressive
– Mitt Romney in 2002 TV interview

I was an independent during Reagan Bush. I don’t want to go back to Reagan Bush
– Mitt Romney during 1994 debate with Ted Kennedy

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Let’s look at the polls after everybody sees how Newt ‘really’ carried on during his time with Reagan and Bush.

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Face it, the GOP is determined to make us choose between and squish and a Socialist. Again.

TitularHead on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I’m sure Axelrod and Messina will be happy to throw a few bucks your way. They love your hysterical, defeatist attitude. Not to mention the threat to “go rogue” and hand the Left future victories by supporting a third party candidate. Way to go!

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Ya might want to police your own side. Didn’t you hear the Romney supporter on Rush yesterday threatening to sit out the election if Newt is nominated? Get over yourself already.

fossten on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I thought debates didn’t matter…or so the Mittbots said when the topic of Obama/Ginggrich or Obama/Romney debates came up.

Now all of a sudden one debate is responsible for a 15 point swing in FL.

So debates do matter when Romney does well, but they don’t mean a thing when Newt does well.

Got it.

angryed on January 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Do you understand the difference between a general election debate with a non-partisan (or pro Obama, more than likely) crowd that won’t be cheering wildly versus ones with a partisan GOP crowd that acts as if it’s The Price Is Right? Debates have clearly mattered in the primary, but Newt’s perceived strengths will be mostly negated in the general election forums.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM
She doesn’t have to. Obama will suspend all elections at her request.

Doughboy on January 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Doughboy:Lol,ahem,maybe the DemoRats are flee’n the ship again,
as maybe the writing is on zee wall,on Hopeys re-elec
tion ability!

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Okay. Since Lourdes can’t find ‘em…would somebody please provide a list of Gov. Romney’s Conservative accomplishments?
Thanks so much.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Not so fast, Romney-heads. Five days is still an eternity in politics, and we’ve still got a big debate tonight, so, I wouldn’t be counting my chickens so fast. Given the volatility in this race, anything can still happen. It ain’t over ’till it’s over.

jfs756 on January 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I’m agnostic on our candidates but I find it pretty rich that people who support or supported Obama would have the audacity to ask you what we were thinking.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Those people can at least plead ignorance the first time around. With the help of a complicit press corps, Obama was a largely unknown entity last time around.

But if we, as a party, are foolish enough to nominate Newt Gingrich, having seen what happens to our party when he is in control of it? Nobody will be able to claim “If I had only known then what I know now”, because everybody who is old enough to vote should remember his term as Speakership, and the punchline it turned into.

JohnGalt23 on January 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Newt beat Romney on energy policy. Romney has a bunch of Bush advisors who were lackeys for the EPA.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289260/newt-beats-mitt-energy-robert-zubrin

onlineanalyst on January 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in while.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Exactly. Newty’s victory in South Carolina is a case in point.

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Irony.

Newbots (aka former palinbots) say:

OUTLIER!!!

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

fossten on January 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

If Newt was smart(he is), he would appeal to the seniors with this: The Connie Chung interview where she tricks his elderly mother. That should tick off a few seniors.

bloggless on January 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Newt calling Spanish the language of the ghetto back in 2008 will go over real well in Florida, Texas and California.

galtani on January 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Face it, the GOP is determined to make us choose between and squish and a Socialist. Again.

TitularHead on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

How is the GOP forcing anyone to do anything? I’ve not heard of any reports of RNC members forcing primary voters to vote for this person or that person.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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