Video: Romney vs. Newt on immigration, Santorum vs. Romney on RomneyCare

posted at 10:30 pm on January 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Two highlights of the evening, both via BuzzFeed. Remind me again, what’s the evidence from this interminable debate series that Newt would totally PWN Obama in the debates this fall? He’s had two memorable moments, one attacking Juan Williams and the other attacking John King, neither of whom is actually running for president. All day long we heard about how angry he was on the stump about Romney’s Freddie Mac hypocrisy and his secret bank accounts and his richie-rich richness, and how Newt was spoiling for a fight. So what ended up happening? Romney neutralized him on the big immigration exchange at the beginning, and then it fell to Santorum — for the second debate in a row — to pick Romney apart on his core policy vulnerability. (He did a darned fine job of it too.) If you’re operating under the illusion that the election will turn on the presidential debates in October, kindly explain why Gingrich is somehow superior to Santorum. He wouldn’t even accept Blitzer’s invite to hit Romney on his Swiss bank account even though he’s been criticizing him on the trail for it for days. The hapless moderator/punching bag had to badger him into answering. Mystifying. Didn’t Newt realize that the primary was on the line tonight?

You’ll be pleased to know that Romney is now a 91 percent favorite to win Florida on InTrade as I write this, up from 74 percent earlier today. Stats guru Nate Silver thinks it’s possible that Romney wins by double digits, perhaps by as much as 20 points. And why not? After Santorum’s strong performance tonight, there are bound to be tepid Newt fans and true undecideds who prefer him as the anointed Not Romney and will start peeling away tomorrow. Who could blame them?

Exit question: Did Brett O’Donnell just cinch the nomination for Romney?


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Newt wants to be the Liberal Conservative, whatever that is.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Yay. Cheer for the candidate that’s proven he knows how to lose.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Exit question: Did Brett O’Donnell just cinch the nomination for Romney?

Given the fall of each successive Not Romney after they’re revealed as a terribly risky bet for Republicans, I’d say Christine O’Donnell had a hand in it too.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Another look at – wait, where did everyone go? Is this all we get to choose from?

Augh.

karenhasfreedom on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Santorum the “working class warrior” Reagan Democrat would have voted for Romneycare in PA too if he had the opportunity.

haner on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Newt and Romney both make me sick on immigration. We legally allow a million immigrants a year to come to this country. Isn’t that enough when we have over 8% unemployment?

DFCtomm on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Half that audience had to be illegals from the clapping for Romney that was going on.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Santorum definitely wont the debate… In a choice between Paul, Romney or Santorum… I think I would have to pick Santorum although his Social Conservative views make me queasy… But nothing like Paul’s turtle shell & Romney’s car salesmanship… As for Newt… He as a me too debater… Guess the first Super Tuesday will probably narrow the field…

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Newt had a terrible night and it’s too bad Santorum has no chance.

So enjoy establishment, you’ve hooked your wagons to Mitt and when Obama destroys him in Nov, you’ll own it.

davek70 on January 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

MITT WAS VG TONIGHT.

HE WON BOTH IF THESE EXCHANGES.

ROMNEYCARE IMMUNIZES ROMNEY FROM MEDISCARE AND MAKES HIM THE MOST CREDIBLE ANT-OBAMACARE CANDIDATE.

reliapundit on January 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Newt should’ve requested a quiet audience…that cheering for Romney’s answer on immigration was probably the best reaction he’s gotten.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

wont= WON!

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

If we elect a Republican House and Senate, can impeach and toss out whoever wins the Presidency?

Uggh.

Our candidates all suck… a lot.

dforston on January 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Half that audience had to be illegals from the clapping for Romney that was going on.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Then they’d be clapping for Newt…he’s to the left of Romney on it.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

as=was

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

“Spreading the wealth around…it’s good for everyone.”

This is what we are up against….

Right leaning Garden Noam…

Electrongod on January 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

“DFCtomm”

I think that million a year number is a little outdated. Lately a lot of the illegals have been going home. The unemployment rate is lower, for one thing. And for the ag workers, a lot of the farmers they have been working for in California are moving their operations to Mexico because California regulation and irrigation policy is driving them out of the state.

Sacramento estimated that it lost about 10,000 illegals in the metro area in 2010. Illegals were working here, sending money home, building houses down there, and now are moving back.

Mexico has about a 5% unemployment rate. Why would they want to come here?

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Second look at… ? Nobody.

davek70 on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

The Australian Tea Party.

you guys should “friend” them on Facebook.

Great resource, great therapy to survive the Obama years.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Is all we need..

Clicked the Submit button too soon.

Electrongod on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Santorum won’t win because the criminal news media/elites won’t allow it

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Newt and Romney both make me sick on immigration. We legally allow a million immigrants a year to come to this country. Isn’t that enough when we have over 8% unemployment?

DFCtomm on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

A larger influx of legal immigrants doesn’t mean a damn thing for unemployment. If they’re legal, they have to obey wage laws, they have to pay the same taxes as everyone else, and they have to compete, just like everyone else, for jobs.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

“If we elect a Republican House and Senate, can impeach and toss out whoever wins the Presidency? ”

Only if they have committed a crime. Impeachment is not like a recall, just to kick someone out because you don’t like their policies, they would have to commit a crime. The articles of impeachment against Clinton, for example, were for perjury and he was acquitted.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Romney was great tonight. He had a strong answer for every attack thrown at him. Probably the best debate he has had. Hot Gas, it looks like we now have our candidate to beat Obummer.

Roymunson on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

“The Australian Tea Party”

Bunch of Ron Paul supporters.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

The evil news media is a tyrant

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Well I still can’t believe that we’re crowning someone who says that “healthcare isn’t something to get angry” over as the winner.So all of your “outrage” during the healthcare debate was just faux outrage?

I left the D party because they nominated a POS like Obama and now we have the known “stupid party” waiting to corronate Mitt Obamacare Romney as the standard bearer of the Republican party. Obamacare will NEVER be repealed. Too much power in it for both parties.

Bet you’ll really attract independents after that spectacular cluster f*&k answer from Romney tonight about “getting angry”. It should be made into a commercial from the dems to run 24/7.

noneoftheabove on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I think that million a year number is a little outdated. Lately a lot of the illegals have been going home. The unemployment rate is lower, for one thing. And for the ag workers, a lot of the farmers they have been working for in California are moving their operations to Mexico because California regulation and irrigation policy is driving them out of the state.

Sacramento estimated that it lost about 10,000 illegals in the metro area in 2010. Illegals were working here, sending money home, building houses down there, and now are moving back.

Mexico has about a 5% unemployment rate. Why would they want to come here?

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

A million is the number of legal immigrants who enter the country legally, and I just read that Obama has been burning up the reunification visas.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Both Romney and Newt were just awful tonight.

Santorum was superb, while Paul did pretty good.

My state (CO) is voting the week after FL, Santorum will get my vote.

Norwegian on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Mitt wiped the floor up with Newt in the immigration exchange.

“Our problem is not 11 million grandmothers!” lmao

He beat Newt at Newt’s own game and got the crowd involved.

kunegetikos on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The pain on Erick Erickson’s face having to discuss Romney’s success over Gingrich is palpable.

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Half that audience had to be illegals from the clapping for Romney that was going on.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I’m pretty sure Romney bussed in those “supporters” using the same buses Obama uses.

The big winner tonight (and today): the establishment GOP. They launched an all-out, coordinated demolition on one guy today. They won’t go after Obama the way they went after Gingrich today.

shannon76 on January 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Santorum was the best. Unfortunately he ain’t going to get the nod. Mitt sounded fine but his previous words and actions as governor not too cool. Newt is too worried about the moon and dinosaurs.

It’s going to be a long rest of my life. Yep that’s me, Mr. Positive.

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

the closest thing that we have to a Fearless, CONSISTENT, Conservative (that’s not a whacko on Foreign policy)?

SANTORUM

**and really with the “he’s not electable” stuff? really? We all know polls change and we all know Obama is VERY BEATABLE in the General election. And let’s actually give America a choice between a free-market capitalist and a Marxist wannabe and see what they choose.

NOBAMA
NO MO PROGRESSIVES in the White House.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I suppose this finally concludes the primary saga. Mitt gets 40+% in FL, sweeps February primaries and then wins on super Tuesday, even though Newt and Santorum may wish to hang around.

Everyone in the GOP is happy, Mitt raises tons of money, gets slaughtered in the media, loses some presidential debates and then loses to Obama 47-51 (I hope he can keep it that close, if the Eurocrisis goes bad in the summer, it may get even closer, but I don’t think so).

The downticket candidates though are happy to have Mitt on the top of the ticket, and the GOP gets a couple of Senate seats and may even hold on to the House. In Jan 2013 we are back to the business as usual, rinse, repeat.

buridan on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Romney was great tonight. He had a strong answer for every attack thrown at him. Probably the best debate he has had. Hot Gas, it looks like we now have our candidate to beat Obummer.

Roymunson on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Only if national mandates are off the table… The only out Romney has on that issue is The Supreme’s… Other then that… He is going to have to twist himself like a pretzel…

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

what’s the evidence from this interminable debate series that Newt would totally PWN Obama in the debates this fall?

There’s only so far he can stretch the bounds of credibility before people catch on and the illusion pops. He is a great debater but a weak candidate with a lot of negatives that can’t be overcome with mere words.

FloatingRock on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I thought Newt did pretty well. Mitt didn’t do very good at all. Santorum had some good answers but at other times he just rambled.

I think the ads are going to matter more now. Most people have made up their minds.

JellyToast on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Mitt wiped the floor up with Newt in the immigration exchange.

“Our problem is not 11 million grandmothers!” lmao

He beat Newt at Newt’s own game and got the crowd involved.

kunegetikos on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

That and “Have you checked your own investments?” Newt is done. It’s Romney or Santorum.

Ronnie on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

A larger influx of legal immigrants doesn’t mean a damn thing for unemployment. If they’re legal, they have to obey wage laws, they have to pay the same taxes as everyone else, and they have to compete, just like everyone else, for jobs.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

So with the economy in the crapper and over 8% unemployment and nearly 50% non-participation you think it’s a good ideal to import legal immigrants to compete with American workers?

DFCtomm on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

This Tuesday I am not voting for Romney, which means I will casting a vote for Newt.

He said all the right things tonight, but I just don’t believe him.

Sorry folks.

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Next on list- Crisis Garden
Take up hunting
Learn how to make Moonshine!

MontanaMmmm on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

you’ve hooked your wagons to Mitt and when Obama destroys him in Nov, you’ll own it.

davek70 on January 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I agree we will own it. We’re not like some of you True Conservatives who would then blame the loss on the media, etc.

Romney will kick Obama’s ass back to Chicago. Bank on it.

haner on January 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

“The Australian Tea Party”

Bunch of Ron Paul supporters.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

They’ve got some great photos/visuals and we’re capable of wading through the muck if we have to. I haven’t seen anything wacky (a bit profane occasionally on the visual).

Some great stuff otherwise.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Allahpundit,

You will not answer this, but why Santorum to Romney? There is no ideological argument that he is more conservative than Romney. If anything there are even, does Romneycare trump Right to Work?

Now, I think there is a debate. Union Santorum v.s. Romneycare Mittens.

Still, for anyone to classify Santorum as conservative is whacky. Newt is more conservative than Santorum, a lot but Newt is unelectable. Therefore we land at milk warm Mittens.

Please, no more “second look at Santorum?”

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

You’ll be pleased faintly nauseated to know that Romney is now a 91 percent favorite to win Florida on InTrade as I write this, up from 74 percent earlier today.

cynccook on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Mitt looked like he was going to cry. It was pathetic. How can you debate when you can’t handle being attacked.

Rose on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

MITT KICKED NEWT’S FAT ASS TONITE

THANK YOU LORD JESUS!!!!

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

Its over, tools.

out.

Jailbreak on January 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers, grandmothers !!!!!!!!!

Gingrich looks like a grandmother. Like a great-great blubbery grandmother with his white hair, or his toupee’s white hair.

Oh the humanity! What a demagogue. What a shlemiel.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

He Romney said all the right things tonight, but I just don’t believe him

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

You will not answer this, but why Santorum Gingrich to Romney? There is no ideological argument that he is more conservative than Romney. If anything there are even, does Romneycare trump Right to Work the foundational basis of Romneycare?

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

The rationale for Gingrich’s entire candidacy, remember, is that no one can ever lay a finger on him in the debates.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

out.
Jailbreak on January 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Please God make it so.

MontanaMmmm on January 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM

The pain on Erick Erickson’s face having to discuss Romney’s success over Gingrich is palpable.

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Maybe Charles Johnson will comfort him. Or pat him on the head at least.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The rationale for Gingrich’s entire candidacy, remember, is that no one can ever lay a finger on him in the debates.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

…..and the fact that he led the largest conservative policy push in the latter half of the twentieth century. Other than that you are correct.

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM

MITT KICKED NEWT’S FAT ASS TONITE

THANK YOU LORD JESUS!!!!

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

Its over, tools. OBAMA WINS! OBAMA WINS!!!! MANDATES FOR EVERYBODY!!!!

out.

Jailbreak on January 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

FIFY

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I think if Mitt Romney can explain to every America (except the screw ball liberals) that they have the opportunity to be as successful as him, and that he can provide the tools to do so….He’s our next President. Obama is offering nothing but handouts….

rubberneck on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

MontanaMmmm on January 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM

LOL!!!

Jailbreak on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Santorum’s advantage as the third place candidate, nobody cares about his views on gays, contraception, and other social issues, however they come to the forefront as a top tier candidate.

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

If Romney ends up as the nominee he would well served to pick up on Gingrich’s “food stamp to pay check” narrative. It’s simple, understandable, and puts the left on the defensive.

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Exit question: Did Brett O’Donnell just cinch the nomination for Romney?

No, because Newt and Rick will unite.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

There’s only so far he can stretch the bounds of credibility before people catch on and the illusion pops. He is a great debater but a weak candidate with a lot of negatives that can’t be overcome with mere words.

FloatingRock on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

loling at the irony…

catmman on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Thinks Rush will take the day off tomorrow?

AYNBLAND on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Romney will forgive Newty Fruity and name him the first ambassador to the first moon colony or as the head groundskeeper at Jurassic Park until the moon colony is built.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Only if national mandates are off the table… The only out Romney has on that issue is The Supreme’s… Other then that… He is going to have to twist himself like a pretzel…

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Why? Cuz Obama’s gonna run against ObamaCare? Believe it or not, most people realize the difference between a state-level mandate and a federal mandate. They are both bad, in my opinion, but Obama’s end-game is national socialized medicine. Everyone understands that. That was never the endgame with RomneyCare. I actually think a lot of voters who are worried about health care, worried about access/costs, but also worried about socialized medicine, will choose Romney. His candidacy will utterly neuter Obama’s “Do you want to go back to the days of people with pre-existing conditions being denied health care? The Republican candidate is a heartless bastard!” RomneyCare isn’t the anchor around Mitt’s neck everyone thinks it is. He’ll say “Go to your states and get the health care you want, rather than have it shoved down your throats by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.”

Rational Thought on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Let’s hope Fl. wants to stop letting the establishment ram their choice down their throats and do like SC voters and vote for Gingrich. Otherwise, it may be another 4 years of Obama.

they lie on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

After “it’s nothing to get angry about” and the subsequent audience applause, this is my general sentiment tonight. http://youtu.be/dsx2vdn7gpY

schmitty on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Why do Latinos come here?

Would you want to work and live down there?

Crime is a lot easier up here, too. We give them the run of our homes.

Cops just “execute” the sentences down there and that may be a favor.

Jails are out of the 18th century.

Write and I can send examples.

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

We legally allow a million immigrants a year to come to this country. Isn’t that enough when we have over 8% unemployment?

DFCtomm on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

You must be a liberal.

That’s like saying “The poor can’t earn more because the rich have it all.”

itsnotaboutme on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Both Romney and Newt were just awful tonight.

Santorum was superb, while Paul did pretty good.

My state (CO) is voting the week after FL, Santorum will get my vote.

Norwegian on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Santorum was superb–the only adult in the room tonight. I hope I get a chance to vote for him. Romney’s hit squad may have fatally damaged Newt. He looked tired and beaten-down tonight. If Gingrich doesn’t make it, he will endorse Santorum. That would be fantastic.

KickandSwimMom on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Thinks Rush will take the day off tomorrow?

AYNBLAND on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

He certainly needs a rest for all he has been worth lately.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Santorum is the only option for conservatives.

Newt is simply too unstable, and has a questionable past.
Romney is a liberal. He is not even an option. If he is the nominee I am staying home in November.

Norwegian on January 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

This Tuesday I am not voting for Romney, which means I will casting a vote for Newt.

He said all the right things tonight, but I just don’t believe him.

Sorry folks.

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Think about Rick.

He had the right answers AND you can believe him alot more than Newt and Mitt.

I’ve had no dog in this hunt so far. Rick changed that.

WisRich on January 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Newt wants to be the Liberal Conservative, whatever that is.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

A conservative friend of mine said almost exactly the same thing this evening in a telephone conversation when we were discussing Gingrich prior to the debate. I was initially dismissive but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Gingrich is an iconoclast, a gadfly in love with big ideas but balked by the power and resources it takes to carry them out. For Newt Gingrich, the presidency would be akin to the way Orson Welles described feeling when he was given the reins to direct his first big-budget Hollywood feature: ‘It’s like owning the world’s biggest train set.’

I detest Newt Gingrich, by the way, and have since his Speaker days. For all that, he’s a fascinating public figure. In his own way, Gingrich reminds me of William Jennings Bryan, renowned orator and perennial presidential candidate during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bryan was thankfully never elected president, but he was always out there, speaking his mind to any who would listen.

Mitt Romney played it smart and capable, holding his own as always. Tell you what, though: if Romney takes the GOP nomination, he’ll have to select a firebrand for the VP slot, that’s for sure, a banger ready to take it downstairs with the Chicago boys. The gentlemanly approach just won’t do the job.

Insofar as Santorum is concerned, I just don’t see Newt Gingrich supporters splitting off and heading his way. If Hot Air Newt supporters are any indication, they’re invested in their guy and they’re not going anywhere. They’ll stick with Newt even if he starts talking about the expanding employment possibilities of the Martian tourism industry.

troyriser_gopftw on January 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Thinks Rush will take the day off tomorrow?

AYNBLAND on January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

him, newt and hannity will hit a gentlemen’s club.

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Romney’s hit squad may have fatally damaged Newt.

KickandSwimMom on January 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Don’t blame his suicide on anyone but Grandma Newty herself.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Newt has to end his campaign tonight and endorse Santorum. It’s the only way to keep the anti-Mitt of-the-moment thingee going

kunegetikos on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Santorum’s advantage as the third place candidate, nobody cares about his views on gays, contraception, and other social issues, however they come to the forefront as a top tier candidate.

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Santorum’s views on social issues are essentially the same as what Romney professes his to be. The only difference I know about is Santorum as a Catholic does not believe in contraception, but he has made it clear in at least 2 debates that he would never try and outlaw contraception. He certainly will not be an advocate for government to pay for it though which is as it should be.

KickandSwimMom on January 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

him, newt and hannity will hit a gentlemen’s club.

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

And then engage in some wife swapping, at least if Newty gets his way.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I didn’t honestly think it would happen, but Mitt DESTROYED Newt in tonight’s debate, and probably sealed up Florida and the nomination as well.

How the hell did this happen, again?

Esoteric on January 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

In-trade is favoring Romney.
Ok, now I know who to vote for. yeah right.

Romney is a lib, or moderate at best. HE WILL NOT REPEAL OBAMACARE. DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM!

balkanmom on January 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Don’t blame his suicide on anyone but Grandma Newty herself.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

To hell with the f*cking La Raza Newt!

Igor R. on January 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Concur. I agree with Rick on a number of those issues, but disagree with a ‘federal’ policy approach. He is true to his cause and I respect that core conviction, but that would also be his undoing as he would feel the need to ardently defend each issue brought up by the lame stream media instead of turning to economic issues.

Meat Fighter on January 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Newt for the leader of “Hispanic Leadership Network”!

Igor R. on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

As far as I’m concerned Romneycare disqualifies Romney and Freddie Mac and amnesty disqualify Newt.

Ron Paul and Santorum are the only candidates I would even consider voting for, and I’m not a Santorum fan.

FloatingRock on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Romney is never going to be as conservative as we want him to be. Suck it up ladies. Gingrich cannot win and Santorum is union lefty social con.

It is about beating Obama. We failed on finding the ideal candidate, blame those candidates that stayed out of the race. I do. But Romney is our best chance.

The Paultards, the antimormons and the fools will never be satisfied.

So, pull up your #^&#% big boy panties and get with the program. Stop pissing and moaning about Romney, lets beat Obama. Geesh :)

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Before the debate I was thinking Santorum should drop out and endorse Newt on Sunday or Monday. Now I’m thinking Newt should drop out and endorse Santorum. Not sure how much difference it makes in the long run. Ugh.

ritewhit on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Florida is not the fat lady. She wont take the stage until late March at the earliest. Still have a bunch of proportional states to cast their votes. Sorta like NASCAR where a consistent second place can win the championship wile first place seesaws betweenseveral others. Given the narrow fields the nominee nerds a few firsts. Right now we have a virtual three way tie and Fla is winner take all. I’m no longer rooting for anyone to win, only that I wont vote for Mittness and am open to voting the others while not committed. Better yet, I’d like to see someone else jump in right after Fla and really stir the pot.

AH_C on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I think Romney did well with the “we aren’t talking about 11 million grandmothers” comment. It smacked Newt’s catastrophizing with a sharp backhand.

I was impressed with Santorum and I believe if Romney is too liberal for someone, I could respect their support of Santorum. I have NO respect for Newt and little for people who support him unless it is just out of sheer ignorance. If they still support him after learning what a worm Newt is, then I have little respect for them either. This isn’t about conservative or liberal or moderate. This is a little more fundamental than that. Newt Gingrich is not the sort of human being I would want in the White House representing out country.

I would eagerly vote for either Santorum or Romney for President against Obama. I would even hold my nose and vote for Paul if he were to somehow be nominated. I would also vote for Newt, but it would make me physically ill to have to do so.

crosspatch on January 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“It’s not worth getting angry about”.

Flora Duh on January 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Don’t blame his suicide on anyone but Grandma Newty herself.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Look, Romney is a sleeze albeit a rich one. When you have presidential candidates in 2 elections now complaining about Romney’s dirty campaigning (Huckabee, McCain, Guiliani, Thompson, Santorum, Gingrich), then you know there is something to it. Yes, Romney’s surrogates are responsible for at least 2 major attacks on Gingrich–Iowa and Florida. To claim Gingrich did it all to himself is complete intellectual dishonesty.

KickandSwimMom on January 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Newt wins debates = “Debates don’t matter.”
Newt puts in a meh performance in a debate = “Mitt Romney has this locked up!”

alwaysfiredup on January 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

You’ll be pleased to know that Romney is now a 91 percent favorite to win Florida on InTrade as I write this, up from 74 percent earlier today.
Allahpundit

I know you’re pleased Allah. Beta Males of the world unite.

Beta Males ’12

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

No, because Newt and Rick will unite.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Only if Gingrich drops out and endorses Santorum.

fight like a girl on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Newt for the leader of “Hispanic Leadership Network”!

Igor R. on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

They will all live together and broadcast from their Mexican moon colony.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Santorum has zero chance of winning the nomination, people. A vote for Rick is a vote for Mitt. And Mitt will be a disaster, win or lose.

alwaysfiredup on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Insofar as Santorum is concerned, I just don’t see Newt Gingrich supporters splitting off and heading his way. If Hot Air Newt supporters are any indication, they’re invested in their guy and they’re not going anywhere. They’ll stick with Newt even if he starts talking about the expanding employment possibilities of the Martian tourism industry.

troyriser_gopftw on January 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Liked your analysis but I disagree with your thoughts on Newt supporters. If there anything like me, Newt was just a firewall against Romney. We just needed the process to continue until we found a better candidate.

I think Santorum can not only pull Newt support but Mitts’ as well.

WisRich on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

No, because Newt and Rick will unite.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Only if Gingrich drops out and endorses Santorum.

fight like a girl on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I truly hope this happens. You know though that Romney’s hit squad will be trashing Santorum at that point. Count on it.

KickandSwimMom on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

THE HOUNDS OF ROMNEY WILL BE LOOSED ON SANTORUM SOON.

Opposition research to flood the media emails in 5….4….3…

did you know that Santorum cheated on his 1st grade spelling exam?

did you know that Santorum shot a pellet gun at the neighbors mother who was pregnant with twins?

did you know that Santorum said that Reagan was a senile old loon in 1989 when he left office?

did you know that Santorum supports >>>>gasp<<<< limited government?

I can see Drudge and the sirens now.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

No, because Newt and Rick will unite.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Rick will be Cisco and Newt will be Poncho.

VorDaj on January 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Newt wins debates = “Debates don’t matter.”
Newt puts in a meh performance in a debate = “Mitt Romney has this locked up!”

alwaysfiredup on January 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

The reason “debates don’t matter,” is because with one meh performance you give the game away, which is exactly what Newt did.

He just got spanked by a stilted, stuttering “milquetoast” when he’s supposed to be the master of rhetoric.

KingGold on January 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

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