Gingrich aide: Romney packed debate hall with supporters

posted at 1:00 pm on January 27, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In the middle of last night’s debate, I actually tweeted about it because the difference was audible: Mitt Romney’s applause, for the first time that I can remember, was louder than Newt Gingrich’s. The Gingrich campaign can think of just one possible explanation as to how Mitt Romney could have inspired such a response in his audience: He must have unfairly packed the hall.

“They definitely packed the room,” Kevin Kellems, one of Gingrich’s senior advisers, told The Huffington Post early Friday morning. “The problem for them is their candidate, at several junctures, couldn’t remember what he had said before on an issue or what the fundamental truth is on a given topic. TV viewers tend to notice and remember things like that.”

A more junior member of the Gingrich campaign said in an email that it was “obvious” that the Romney campaign had worked to make sure the audience was overly favorable toward the former Massachusetts governor. …

The campaign staffer noted that the Florida Republican Party had “picked 900 plus seats.”

Florida Republican Party spokesman Brian Hughes told HuffPost in a phone interview late Thursday that the state party controlled who got roughly 900 of the 1,200 tickets issued to the debate. But he took issue with charges that the crowd was tilted toward any one candidate.

“The vast majority of [the tickets] went to rank and file. We did a very thorough job of getting them to the rank and file, vetting them to make sure they went to registered Republicans and then making sure they went out to people that were not knowingly affiliated” with any of the candidates, Hughes said.

These accusations of room-packing come closely on the heels of Gingrich’s spoken beefs with NBC’s no-audience-applause-allowed policy at Monday night’s debate. After that debate, Gingrich said, “We’re going to serve notice on future debates. We’re just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

Apparently, to Gingrich and his campaign staff, the only “fair” debate is one in which (a) audience participation is allowed and (b) that audience participation works in Gingrich’s favor. After the NBC debate, his gripe seemed legitimate: The utter audience silence of the debate was strange and the bias betrayed by the moderators flat-out offensive to many viewers as well as the candidates themselves. After this debate, his complaints seem weak. Sure, he’s a great debater, but that doesn’t mean another candidate can’t possibly overshadow him in a particular showing. Even Gingrich fans admit the former Speaker’s performance last night was lackluster. Who knows? Maybe he pandered to Floridians too much: Eventually flattery offends as much as it gratifies. At this point, Gingrich just needs to take responsibility for his own poor performances and stop making excuses.

That said, though, it’d be great to watch just one well-moderated debate, one in which the questions are insightful and issues-oriented, one in which the candidates are able to capture our attention and hold it — not with attacks on each other but with compelling plans for the future of the country.


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Ask yourself, do you really want a fair honorable McCain campaign against Obama, or a dirty fighting campaign against Obama?

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Fixed my question. Remember when McCain swore he was going to run an honorable campaign?

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The problem conservatives have with Romney is he doesn’t seem angry about Obama, b/c he isn’t angry about Obama b/c he’s basically the white version of Obama. He likes America a little more but if you compare the two on the issues, you have to break out the high powered microscope to see a difference.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Idiocy. And this guy wants a third party republican to run.

fogw on January 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Based on her chosen subjects and her rhetoric, I get the feeling that Tina aspires to be the next Jennifer Rubin/Kathleen Parker/Peggy Noonan/Mona Charen.

NoNails on January 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’m tired of people with 6th grade writing skills dissing Peggy Noonan.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

“Healthcare policy is not worth getting angry about” Romney

Romney 2012

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Distortion.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

You people here want Romney.fine you got him also you got Obama for 4 more years.

logman1 on January 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

It appears by your wailing that you are going to take your ball and go home?

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The problem conservatives have with Romney is he doesn’t seem angry about Obama, b/c he isn’t angry about Obama b/c he’s basically the white version of Obama. He likes America a little more but if you compare the two on the issues, you have to break out the high powered microscope to see a difference.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Dr. Tesla is just a dkos concern troll. Don’t mind him.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Newt plays the victim card like a Dem. If Newt can’t handle this what’s he going to do when One-bama gets a hold of him?

Newt is nothing more than a Thanksgiving Day baloon: thin skin filled with a a lot of hot air.

NickDeringer on January 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

What our new populist Republicans forget is that the independents elect the president not the conservatives. They are convinced that the force of their conservative brilliance will win over independents. This is utter nonsense. Independents are not smart, not consistent etc. they must be brought around slowly and calmly. Mitt looks melt mouthed. I don’t think he is but unless conservatives are UTTERLY stupid he should be their default candidate. Neither Newt, Ron Paul nor Santorum have a ghost of a chance of winning independents. Go vote for a conservative congress.

aloysiusmiller on January 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

CNN did the same thing in Florida in 2007

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM


Healthcare policy is not worth getting angry about” Romney

Romney 2012

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM
Distortion.

cicerone on January 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Distortion? How is the man’s own words distortion. Oromney is just like Obama. It’s always some one else’s fault or well, I didn’t know, or boo hoo,I don’t even know what my own campaign ads say, or I don’t control my money, so how am I to know anything, or like Obama, he just lies.

they lie on January 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I told you there is no point of voting… everything is scripted already

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Hers is hoping Newt has an epiphany and quits. Romney is the guy to beat Obama. Newt could never compete with the One.
Romney can and will beat him and proove he is more conservative that the doubters believe.

ObamatheMessiah on January 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

gravityman on January 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

You mean like welfare and social security entitlement reform, school choice, etc…?

Santorum has a lifetime ACU rating of 88% and keep in mind, he earned that while representing a BLUE state.

I do not worry about Santorum’s conservative credentials.

Santorum has left the building.
FlaMurph on January 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

And will be back in 24 hours with his tax returns.

pannw on January 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Listening to audio from the debate last night, and yeah, Mitt stomped Newt.
For Gangrene’s camp to whine about “packing the hall” sounds like weak n’ whiny sour grapes. The idea of this pathetic old roue debating Obama with anything approaching success is laughable.

captn2fat on January 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Dr. Tesla is just a dkos concern troll. Don’t mind him.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I know things get personal fast around here, but that’s one ugly accusation. You can prove it?

de rigueur on January 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

No matter what the media wants you to believe, It’s already a two-man race.
Of the 2,286 total Republican delegates, 1,144 are needed to win nomination. In five (5) States: Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois, Gingrich and Santorum are not even on the ballot. That’s 564 delegates that they cannot get. After South Carolina, only 59 delegates have been allocated to the 4 candidates. Mitt Romney has 39 of those. This means Santorum or Gingrich has to pick up 1,144 delegates from the remaining 1,683. Let’s say that Paul only picks up 20% of the total number of delegates–I happen to believe he will do much better–but let’s pick 20%. That’s 457 delegates for Paul. Add that to the 564 that Newt and Santorum won’t have a shot at and now there are 1,021 delegates that Santorum and Gingrich have no chance of getting. Subtract that 1,021 from the total 2,286 and you’re left with 1,265 delegates. That means that Gingrich and Santorum, one or the other, have to pick up over 90% of the available delegates to get the nomination. So, essentially, we’re down to Paul and Romney. A vote for Gingrich and Santorum is a wasted vote! A vote for Paul is not a wasted vote and may well mean that the next President of the United States will be a man that, for the last 30 years, has never broken a promise, compromised his principles or waffled his position on an issue. A man that still believes that the Constitution of the United States is THE law of the land and that the protection of our individual liberties is the primary reason for the Federal government.

dom89031 on January 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

hey newt. cry me a river

fwm299 on January 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

At this point, Gingrich just needs to take responsibility for his own poor performances and stop making excuses.

Tina Korbe Jan 27, 2012 1:00 PM

That is not cool Tina Korbe… if the debate was rigged it’s dishonest and pretty much a bait and switch tactic that is a violation of our rights…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Is it still whining if it is true? Romney following steps Obama took to get elected. Should we be worried?

jakev on January 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

FOX’s Chris Wallace and Shep Smith just said Romney should fill the audience with his supporters and stack the deck against the the other candidates and not telling you is a brilliant idea… devil demon pieces of garbage

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Tina Korbe criticizes Newt Gingrich for not doing well enough in Mitt Romney’s rigged debate…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

if the debate was rigged it’s dishonest and pretty much a bait and switch tactic that is a violation of our rights…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Right…

So you listen to the candidate answer the question and wait for the crowd reaction to form your opinion?

BacaDog on January 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

“They stacked the hall.” Boo-Hoo

“They cheated in Virginia.” Woe is me.

“All three wives…” (?)

“My friends tried to tell ABC the truf!” Oops!

“I always cry when I remember mama.” Sniff.

“Me and Goldwater were like brothers.” At 14?

This Grinchrich is comedy gold.

I thought for a moment that Ol’ Rick had unsuspended his campaign and decided to forego the Texas Gay Rodeo in Fort Worth, March 2-4, “A Texas Tradition.” Ba-da-bing to you, Newt!

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

de rigueur

You want proof of an assertion on Hot Gas? Next you’ll be asking for links to verify outlandish accusations.

Is there something wrong with you?

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

What a whiner! As Shep indicated a little while ago on Fox News, if he didn’t (and he could have), he should have.

And now Drudge is reporting that Newt’s claiming Romney was the most dishonest in history? More dishonest than Newt was in the CNN SC debate, saying they provided witnesses to ABC when they now admit they didn’t? Or some other brand of dishonesty that surpasses the perjury of a former president?

EconomicNeocon on January 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

if the debate was rigged it’s dishonest and pretty much a bait and switch tactic that is a violation of our rights…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Right… So you listen to the candidate answer the question and wait for the crowd reaction to form your opinion?

BacaDog on January 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I’m not that stupid but the political elites are dirty, conniving, people that want to brain wash the casuals into thinking that non-Romney candidates are bad and this is how they do it…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

apocalypse

The debate last night was “rigged?”

Tell me, how does one “rig” a debate?

Did Romney put something on his glove before he smacked Newt in the nose with it?

Was there a “long count” by one of the moderators?

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Does anyone else find it hilarious that the Newt campaign is wasting money on the Blood Money ads against Romney on HA?

I’m glad HA is raking it in.

haner on January 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

(csdeven)I have no ball just stating my opinion.Just like your opinion it has no more weight than mine.In my OPINION Romney is a first class jerk has no conservative core and has very little chance in beating Obama.I did not say i would not vote.I just will not vote for Romney.Now i guess you will say i am throwing my vote away if i vote third party.I have always had a morale code when voting for anyone and Romney falls very short of it.

logman1 on January 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

What we’ve established.

Newt can debate if the hall is loaded with his supporters.

He can’t debate if the hall is silent or is stacked with the other guys supporters.

I’m sure Obama will let Newt stack the hall with newt supporters

gerrym51 on January 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

apocalypse

The debate last night was “rigged?” Tell me, how does one “rig” a debate? Did Romney put something on his glove before he smacked Newt in the nose with it? Was there a “long count” by one of the moderators?

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You don’t think packing the hall with Romney SHILLS and not informing millions of voters viewing at home rigging a debate?

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

gerrym51

Yeah, and that sofa scene with Nancy Piglosi was “rigged!”

BTW – Has anyone said why Newt couldn’t have stacked the hall with his supporters? Were there Mormon goons blocking the entrances?

Newt probably adopted his Virginia strategery – “Whine When It’s Too Late.”

“Dinosaurs in Space!” Gingrich/Barney 2012!

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

apocalypse

Well, that would explain why us dumb hicks and bitter clingers out here in Flyover Klan Land thought Mitt was hitting home runs or somethin’ in a ball game.

And who stopped Newt from “stacking the hall” with Gingrich shills if he wanted a good audience? Those dang Mormon thugs, I reckon.

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

We are beginning to get glimpses of the Real Newt. He couldn’t keep it down forever.

He is an arrogant, narcissistic egomaniac who cannot focus on anything for very long. He rejects all counsel save his own and won’t work with anyone. This is why you don’t see long lines of the Republicans he served with in Congress coming out to endorse him. They do NOT support him because they KNOW he is no leader.

Why is it so many people insist the candidate they are supporting has no flaws (or that they do not matter)? Many of you have flitted from one infallible hero to the next this cycle. First it was Palin, then Perry, then Cain, now Gingrich. Woe be unto anyone who pointed out their weaknesses.

But Gingrich is the worst. Not only has he NOT been a faithful conservative, he has repeatedly stabbed conservatives in the back when it suited him. His long history of walking the tightrope line on ethics and serial adultery (you ain’t seen nuttin’ yet, folks, but he makes Cain look like a choir boy) and making outrageously stupid statements, added to his toxic negatives with everyone except Republicans which have been steady for over 16 years even when he was out of the news, combine to make him the worst possible of nominees.

It is possible Gingrich could win if the economy doesn’t improve or gets worse but he will hurt the down-ticket anyway. The disillusioned leftists and Democrats who might stay home otherwise will be motivated to come out to vote against the hated Newt. That means we win fewer House and Senate seats, fewer Governor’s Mansions, fewer seats in state legislatures and city councils.

He’s a disaster waiting to happen AGAIN.

Adjoran on January 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Neutron Newt is the Elmer Gantry of the 2012 GOP primary.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Even if Newt’s complaints are true and the Romney camp “packed the hall” (a very, very BIG IF) — WTF does Newt think is going to happen with the debates against Obama? Because I guarantee you the Obama camp AND the networks themselves are going to pack those debate halls with as many Obama supporters as they can find (and pay, if need be).

It isn’t a “fair” thing to do, but still, it is unrealistic to expect a completely neutral audience and for sure no one (other than Obama) is guaranteed an audience that agrees with them at these things — what makes someone a “great debater” (a title which I think was bestowed on Newt much too quickly) is not how much you can get the choir to agree with you, but how effective you are at persuading the opposition that your points are right (or at least presenting your points in such a way that you “silence” the opposition — that is, leaving them no effective comeback).

Dark Star on January 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Neutron Newt is the Elmer Gantry of the 2012 GOP primary.

csdeven on January 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Good one!

Newt must be taking over Perry’s rule – he’s gonna “Heal!” us.

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The debate last night was “rigged?” Tell me, how does one “rig” a debate?

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You don’t think packing the hall with Romney SHILLS and not informing millions of voters viewing at home rigging a debate?

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

apocalypse

Well, that would explain why us dumb hicks and bitter clingers out here in Flyover Klan Land thought Mitt was hitting home runs or somethin’ in a ball game.

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

That’s not an answer spineless coward. You know as well as I do that it’s not fair to stack the audience and then not tell the voters at home watching. That is a betrayal of our trust, and, of course, it shows Romney’s a phony… and they’re all phonies. The media is more dangerous… is much more dangerous than ever before… traitors on the low. It’s a fact.

And who stopped Newt from “stacking the hall” with Gingrich shills if he wanted a good audience?

Run full sprint into a wall of spikes

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Callista will never be First Lady because she
was not Newt’s first lady.

Capitalist Hog on January 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

RedHotinNJ on January 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Sorry about that. I hit something that posted my post before I could type my comment.
I was going to say Newt’s attempt to portray Callista as the next Maria von Trapp isn’t going to fly either

RedHotinNJ on January 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Newt simply will not believe that the majority of Republicans don’t agree with his crazy open borders plan (point 6) that REWARDS illegal aliens with their ill-gotten goods (residency). That is not “amnesty” — it is worse, it is a reward of the ill-gotten goods to the criminal who stole them. Duh.

One of the biggest applause outbursts for Romney was when he defended his approach versus Newt’s “what do we do with the grandmothers” plea, straight out of the La Raza handbook.

Newt is in the minority on this issue – EVEN AMONG DEMOCRATS!!

And when 62% of Republicans favor Romney’s (current!!) approach of self-deportation over the 22% who favor Newt’s point 6, Newt refuses to listen. Maybe the applause ratio was 62 to 22 on this issue?? Hmmmm?

Here, Newt, listen to this illegal alien ‘splain it to you.

I am not excited about any candidate, but I refuse to go down the road of G.W. Bush and McCain’s comprehensive amnesty path once more.

fred5678 on January 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

fred,

You come across as more intelligent if you knew that Romney supported McCain’s amnesty plan just a few years ago.

It’s hard to make Romney out as some kind of badazz on immigration.

Dr. Tesla on January 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Ask yourself, do you really want a fair McCain campaign against Obama, or a dirty fighting campaign against Obama?

haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Do I want an Obama clone beating Obama in the general? Romney is every bit as sleazy as Obama, that’s true. Ask yourself, do you really want another sleazy, dishonest copy of Obama?

NOMOBO on January 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

“They definitely packed the room,” Kevin Kellems, a Gingrich adviser, told the Post.

Former Republican Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, who is now a Romney adviser, says ObamaCare will never be repealed in total.

Pop quiz, Tina… which of these two statements from campaign advisers do you think is more troubling?

Sour grapes in a campaign ain’t exactly newsworthy, IMHO.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

You can question me “fighting a war” but have you ever thought that maybe after working 7 days a week for 14-16 hours a day I can take a little respite and talk politics instead of thinking about the death I see on a daily basis?

g2825m on January 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

That would be possible, if you didn’t post on every Romney thread, every day for weeks…how much are you being paid?
We have had others do the same last election cycle…he was paid actually pretty handsomely.
He also denied, and denied, and denied…and then confessed when I kept dogging him.
Others caught on also…we will see…

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Dr. Tesla is just a dkos concern troll. Don’t mind him.
haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

This…

Votes for Dr. tesla as worst new addition to hotair commentariat?

*Raises hand*

Well that’s one Yay vote.

Genuine on January 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Mitt is an interesting character…he promotes integrity, and honesty, and yet his people lie, deceive at every opportunity. Run millions of dollars of hit ads, than pretends he never did it, he points a finger when caught.
He was taught well. Something in his background has taught him how to deceive by choosing just the right words, and then being coy when he gets caught.
It must have taken years of study, to develop this technique, few have it.

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Dr. Tesla is just a dkos concern troll. Don’t mind him.
haner on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Yeah, good thinking, anyone against Mitt must be dkos troll…that’s the way to think, gee I wonder how Obama ever got elected, you don’t think it’s because he was supported by mindless dolts do you? If so that won’t happen again, you have to be pretty obsessed to do that as a conservative…

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why didn’t Gingrich ship in his 13,000 Moon colonists and pack the hall with them?

Whiney and cheesy, Newt.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

It is still hard to believe that Mitt’s supporters agree that lying in an ad is ok…Newt called him out and he denied he knew about an ad, that stated in his voice he approved of the ad…remarkable someone cold so boldly lie…but then again he did support Paul Tsongas, the democrat, and denied that also.
Newt mishaps, missteps were decades ago…Mitt’s were minutes ago…

right2bright on January 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Not on board for anyone yet, but I have to say this line of attack (whining) by Newt smacks of desperation. Even if it were true, why didn’t Newt’s campaign do likewise? Oversight on their part, no. You had a bad night, accept it and move on. Give me a reason to support you. All this being said, I’d vote for any of the three over Jugeared Jesus.

Huckabye-Romney on January 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Yeah, and that sofa scene with Nancy Piglosi was “rigged!”

BTW – Has anyone said why Newt couldn’t have stacked the hall with his supporters? Were there Mormon goons blocking the entrances?

Newt probably adopted his Virginia strategery – “Whine When It’s Too Late.”

“Dinosaurs in Space!” Gingrich/Barney 2012!

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Piglosi? Hehe.

Dinosaurs in Space? A little Jurassic Snark by Horace. Good one.

SparkPlug on January 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Newt Gingrich is a thumb-sucking crybaby.

Face it, Newt, you’re a loser!

Newt Gingrich would lose to Obama in a landslide. We cannot nominate a corrupt liar like Newt Gingrich.

bluegill on January 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Did anyone think that this is exactly what the Newt campaign did in South Carolina????

I just think that this may be the pot calling the kettle ya know..

uhangtight on January 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Pack the hall with supporters? Why not? But that’s nothing compared to fraud on a massive scale. This will come out in the election if Romney’s the nominee and Obama will win. Please share it with your friends:

http://www.therightscoop.com/blood-money-mitt-romneys-medicare-scandal/

pacificisland on January 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Yeah, since when do people cheer for Romney?!?

The Nerve on January 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

is there a bigger crybaby in modern American politics than Obama, Gingrich and Palin?!!

have some cheese with those whines.

for someone supposedly who was going to “bloody” obama- Newt sure does complain alot about EVERYTHING that does not go exactly as he wishes.. just like he complains and is thin skinned for the last 30 years of his life in politics. he is a narcissist and really a weak character.

and the idea of fat and old Newtie “bloodying” obama is a freaking joke- that lying sack of Fannie Mae couldn’t take down Obama’s illegal immigrant aunt and uncle..

Gingrich sucks in every way possible.

AirForceCane on January 28, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Newt must be taking over Perry’s rule – he’s gonna “Heal!” us.

Horace on January 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

St Palin the Victimized, pray for us!

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

lets take the next step….

Gingrich says Romney did pack the room.

Romney says his adviser is wrong and he will repeal all of Obamacare.

Facts are pesky little things aren’t they?

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 1:42 AM

OUCH! It continues with those that served IN REAGAN’S CABINET:

g2825m on January 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Didn’t Mitt vote for both Carter and Mondale? I seem to remember hearing that from Michael Reagan.

But do go on telling me how much Mitt is like Reagan…

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM

…that’s nothing compared to fraud on a massive scale. This will come out in the election if Romney’s the nominee and Obama will win. Please share it with your friends:

pacificisland on January 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Thanks for posting it…

apocalypse on January 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

At this point, Gingrich just needs to take responsibility for his own poor performances and stop making excuses.

Tina Korbe Jan 27, 2012 1:00 PM

That is not cool Tina Korbe… if the debate was rigged it’s dishonest and pretty much a bait and switch tactic that is a violation of our rights…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Talk about rigging the debate audience, how about the media spins after the debate?

I’ve had more friends tell me that they watched the debate and thought Newt did great; then they heard the Romney media spin and couldn’t believe how biased they were. The meme from the establishment media now seems to be: Newt didn’t get a standing ovation; therefore he lost.

They completely ignored Romney’s withering performance under Rick Santorum’s critique of Mitt and his mandated RomneyCare (that he still defends). No mention of when Romney got caught in a lie about his bogus ad against Newt. No mention of Romney’s nastiness when Newt offered a truce after all the back and forth about ad wars. Romney is a hateful, dishonest man.

IndeCon on January 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You want rigged? Tell me how Iowa “loses” eight precincts on a recount?

scotash on January 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

At this point, Gingrich just needs to take responsibility for his own poor performances and stop making excuses.

Tina Korbe Jan 27, 2012 1:00 PM

That is not cool Tina Korbe… if the debate was rigged it’s dishonest and pretty much a bait and switch tactic that is a violation of our rights…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Talk about rigging the debate audience, how about the media spins after the debate?

I’ve had more friends tell me that they watched the debate and thought Newt did great; then they heard the Romney media spin and couldn’t believe how biased they were. The meme from the establishment media now seems to be: Newt didn’t get a standing ovation; therefore he lost.

They completely ignored Romney’s withering performance under Rick Santorum’s critique of Mitt and his mandated RomneyCare (that he still defends). No mention of when Romney got caught in a lie about his bogus ad against Newt. No mention of Romney’s nastiness when Newt offered a truce after all the back and forth about ad wars. Romney is a hateful, dishonest man.

IndeCon on January 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

That’s what these devils do… they stack the crowd and the media spins after the debate… much respect to IndeCon for seeing the truth and spreading it around…

apocalypse on January 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You want rigged? Tell me how Iowa “loses” eight precincts on a recount?

scotash on January 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

…they are evil

apocalypse on January 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The fact that Newt proclaimed he just might “take his toys and go home” if the debate is not held to his liking is very similar to what I have heard from many Newt-supporting Romney-haters. They will sit out the election or vote 3rd party if Mitt is the nominee. Granted, I support Romney and feel a Newt nomination would be catastrophic by securing an Obama 2nd term BUT Newt would definitely have my vote if he ended up as nominee. Childish behaviour by both Newt and his supporters indeed….

BabysCatz on January 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

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