Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:00 am on January 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Last chance for Newt to try to undo the damage from Thursday’s debate by pushing the “true conservatives vs. establishment RINOs” message he should have been pushing all along. He’s slated for “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” right now but he may add other shows as he tries to catch up to Romney in Florida. Meanwhile, on “Meet the Press,” it’s civil war: Romney backer John McCain versus his buddy, Gingrich backer Fred Thompson.

The full line-up, via WaPo:

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson; GOP candidate Rick Santorum; David Axelrod, Obama 2012 strategist; Joe Scarborough, MSNBC; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian; Director Chuck Todd, NBC

ABC’s This Week: Newt Gingrich; House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH); George Will, ABC; Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; Austan Goolsbee, former Obama economic adviser; Laura Ingraham, radio host

CBS’ Face the Nation: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman; Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); Donald Trump; Rep. Allen West (R-FL); Mario Diaz-Balart; John Dickerson, CBS and Slate; Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics; Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich; Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Brit Hume, Fox News; AB Stoddard, The Hill; Paul Gigot, Wall Street Journal; Juan Williams, Fox News

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL); Carlos Gutierrez, former Bush commerce secretary; and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


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Good morning, Ed!

herm2416 on January 29, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Good morning, Ed!

herm2416 on January 29, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Check again.
AP up early for church?

multiuseless on January 29, 2012 at 8:04 AM

i never watch face the nation….dippity do, no can do…

looking forward to paul ryan’s stop at FNS

cmsinaz on January 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Can’t stand watching that talking brillo pad!

Key West Reader on January 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Santorum will not be on MTP. His 3 yearold with Edwards syndromre is in the hospital. Prayers.

Valiant on January 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Newt making a last big push.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2012 at 8:19 AM

MM’s post on Santorum and his daughter.

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/01/28/prayers-for-bella-santorum/

CW on January 29, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Santorum will not be on MTP. His 3 yearold with Edwards syndromre is in the hospital. Prayers.

Valiant on January 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

So shall it be done. Prayers for Bella and the Santorum family. Looks like FTN has the wildest lineup today. I’m looking forward to West’s comments.

dddave on January 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I’m Rootin’ for Newton!

Naturally Curly on January 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

AP up early for church?

multiuseless on January 29, 2012 at 8:04 AM

He’s got a fevah, and the only prescription is politics in the A.M.

abobo on January 29, 2012 at 8:28 AM

And the winner for the worst line-up of the day is:

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL); Carlos Gutierrez, former Bush commerce secretary; and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

LOL
That’s the best they can do, eh? A crackpot, a Governor, a former Cabinet member no one ever heard of, and the mayor of L.A. ?
“The most trusted name in news.”
(chuckle)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Oh yeah … I forgot Mitch ‘No Chin’ McConnell, an easy thing to do.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Bob Schieffer and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz portend a no holds barred cage-match contest to out-whore for Obama on See-BS Face the Nation.

The View is gonna get jealous….

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I’m Rootin’ for Newton!

Naturally Curly on January 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Then you’re rooting for blanket amnesty for millions and millions of law breaking illegal aliens who will always vote Democratic, thus ensuring that Texas turns blue and the WH will be forever lost to socialist Dems.

TxAnn56 on January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Notably absent are Rubio and Jeb…..

dddave on January 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

And the winner of the 2212 United Federation of Planets straw poll is…Ron Paul’s head in a jar!

Crusty on January 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

The Washington Post online this morning has a three page opinion article on “Why Gingrich would lose in a debate with Obama” and yet never mentions the state of the economy. Funny how the lame-stream media would like us all to forget/ignore the most critical subject facing the electorate.

Rovin on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

The GOP insiders are pushing Mitt so I’m remembering the last election and I’m going for Newt.

mixplix on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Cain endorses Newt.
simply.awesome.

balkanmom on January 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Funny how the lame-stream media would like us all to forget/ignore the most critical subject facing the electorate.

Rovin on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

anything to prop up dear leader

cmsinaz on January 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

The View is gonna get jealous….

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

heh

cmsinaz on January 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I can’t hardly watch Fox News anymore.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

The Washington Post online this morning has a three page opinion article on “Why Gingrich would lose in a debate with Obama” and yet never mentions the state of the economy. Funny how the lame-stream media would like us all to forget/ignore the most critical subject facing the electorate.

Rovin on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

The LSM will refuse to mention anything from Obama’s last 3+ years in office in the lead up to the general election. It either didn’t happen or it was Bush’s fault. The Republican nominee better be able to stay on point with the economy and not get diverted in any way shape or form.

dddave on January 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

mixplix on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

While I believe in the old adage, “it ain’t over til it’s over”, I’m also a realist, and with the new PPP and the newly released Rasmussen polls, things aren’t looking very good for Speaker Gingrich in FL right now.

Flora Duh on January 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Feh!

ted c on January 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Rasmussen: Romney 44, Gingrich 28 — apparently even with all 13,000 future moon colonists choosing Newt.

carl todd hand on January 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Flora Duh on January 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

RATS!

Naturally Curly on January 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Last chance for Newt to try to undo the damage from Thursday’s debate by pushing the “true conservatives vs. establishment RINOs” message he should have been pushing all along.

And Allahpundit is still pushing the myth that Newt is not establishment.
AP has admitted he wants a long, drawn-out nomination, hoping it ends in a brokered convention.
So AP will try to help whoever is in 2nd place.

Re. RINO, neither of these candidates are that, but Newt is certainly to the Left of Mitt.

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM

It’s always the same lineup–same people, same talking points. Ingraham may have some highlights.

conservative pilgrim on January 29, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Rasmussen: Romney 44, Gingrich 28 — apparently even with all 13,000 future moon colonists choosing Newt.

carl todd hand on January 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

But was that after the debates or before?/sarc

Oh wait you really need to wait 4 days post debate./sarc

CW on January 29, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Whenever I hear LBJ cheerleader and PBS hack Doris Kearns Goodwin I always wonder whose quotes she is stealing.

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Fox and Drudge and Hot Aur totally ignore the medicaid fraud by Romney…..Can you say cover up?

georgealbert on January 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

When I was a kid, there was a space program that let your imagination go wild. You could imagine space ships and trips to the moon that lead you to engineering, and science careers.

Today, all we have is hope. Hope that our government might have a (unbalanced) budget this year (the Budget Act requires the President to submit a budget request by the first Tuesday in February, two days away). Hope that tomorrow won’t put us out of house and home. Hope that the hunt for the riches of the “rich” won’t deplete our retirement savings. Hope that out paychecks won’t be raped by politicians who have a never-ending quest to perform a “wallet-ectomy” on the half of Americans who don’t vote for them.

Yes. Newt did pander in Florida with the moon base, but a future with achievable dreams is like a day without Obama.

J_Crater on January 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is by any standard, one wacked out propaganda machine.

Joseph Goebbels would be proud

RAGIN CAJUN on January 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

georgealbert on January 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Newt needs to bring it up this morning.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Wonder if anyone of them will adress – Mitt Romney’s family baptized Ann Romney’s atheist father into Mormon church a year AFTER his death

Er, OK.

Karmi on January 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Which program is Mitt on???

BWAK, BWAK, BWAK, BWAK

stenwin77 on January 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Instead of standing toe to toe with Mitt and slinging mud, Newt should have been talking about Zero and what he’s doing to the country and what Newt would do to fix it. Mitt would have kept up the mud tossing anyway but at least Newt would have gotten his message out.

Kissmygrits on January 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

In the national polling Gingrich has gone from down seven points over Romney to up as high as nine points and the RCP average still has Gingrich up by four points nationally. While Romney appears to have the momentum here in Florida, it’s going to be a long horse race to the finish line.

It would be nice if the last man standing will still have enough mojo left to take on both Obama and his liberal media……and his teleprompter, (fully loaded with “this is still Bush’s fault” and the class warfare/envy rhetoric). The liberals and their media seem to be saying, “yeah, but the economy’s improving”, but the skewed numbers just don’t add up. You can expect the Fed to provide another monster QE some time soon to mask over the massive stagflation heading our way……..right after the election.

Rovin on January 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Which program is Mitt on???

stenwin77 on January 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Probably something on the VAIN Network.

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Cain endorses Newt.
simply.awesome.

balkanmom on January 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Adulterers of a feather flock together. Shocka!

Philly on January 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

with ya there…special report is the only show i watch religiously…

cmsinaz on January 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The idea that Newt Gingrich is an “anti-establishment conservative” is just ridiculous. It’s a Mein Kampf “Big Lie”.

Newt Gingrich has a 35-year career behind him as a WASHINGTON INSIDER. The only reason he’s getting grief from so-called “Establishment Republicans” is because THEY KNOW HIM, and they know him well. He’s been tolerated in their midst for more than three decades because in his recent capacity as a pundit and influence peddler, he wasn’t really hurting the party. If he’s been cast out now, it’s not because he’s rocking the boat for conservatism. It’s because they know HE CAN’T WIN. His temperament is such that it guarantees an eventual implosion, and he’s got no appeal with the centrist voters who will have to be brought into the fold.

To accept that Newt Gingrich is the voice of conservatism, one has to completely dismiss nearly everything we know about him. That, as well as brand such Republican stalwarts as Tom Cobern as RINO.

Murf76 on January 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Philly on January 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Didn’t take long.

pambi on January 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Philly on January 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Didn’t take long.

pambi on January 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Nope, it didn’t.

Philly on January 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Wonder if anyone of them will adress – Mitt Romney’s family baptized Ann Romney’s atheist father into Mormon church a year AFTER his death…

Er, OK.

Karmi on January 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Trying to think if this matters in my decision making process…..

PFFFFFFFFFTTTTT.

Limerick on January 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The Hill reports that Obama and the missus attended the Alfalfa Club dinner last night, where the nation’s celebrity president supposedly made fun of himself. Uh, I don’t think so.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/207229-obama-pokes-fun-at-himself-at-annual-alfalfa-club-dinner

The WaPo gives a more complete list of attendees, and the majority of them are Obama sycophants. Good grief!

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

MM’s post on Santorum and his daughter.

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/01/28/prayers-for-bella-santorum/

CW on January 29, 2012 at 8:22 AM

If you haven’t seen it, watch the video at the end of the post, MM calls it Meet Bella. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Fallon on January 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Then you’re rooting for blanket amnesty for millions and millions of law breaking illegal aliens who will always vote Democratic, thus ensuring that Texas turns blue and the WH will be forever lost to socialist Dems.

TxAnn56 on January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Please explain, specifically. As step 5, 6, or 7 of his plan, legal residence–not citizenship–for people here for 25 years, no criminal conduct, taxpaying, and a sponsoring American family. I’m not seeing the amnesty point.

Please explain what I’m missing. I’m happy to be persuaded otherwise. I see Newt’s approach as gutting Democratic demagoguery.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Mitt’s fighting hard against Newt. That’s because Mitt’s a RINO and Newt’s a conservative. RINO’s always fight hard against conservatives, folks. Romney is not going to go after Obama with the same intensity he has with Newt. Ain’t going to happen.

Also, if Romney gets the nomination or is close to wrapping it up… out are going to see his hand reach out across the aisle to Democrats big time. It’s going to happen. At some point, Mitt is going to prove he’s “above it all” and wants to work with and can work with Democrats. He’s going to have ads that proves he’s not an extremist like the rest of the GOP. He’s compassionate.

This is what all the RINO’s do. Romney is more of a RINO that McCain is.

Hey, I hope I am wrong. I really do. I wish it was all going to go our way, but, I really don’t see it happening. Romney is fighting against conservatives right now. Newt and Santorum. When that battle is done, all he has to worry about is Obama. He doesn’t have to pretend he a conservative to anyone anymore. He just has to prove he’ll make the economy better.

Obama will be a nice guy, now. Obama is going to even be praised by Romney I bet at some points.

I hope I’m wrong. A RINO is a RINO. They’re going to do what they do.

JellyToast on January 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Newt was very good on This Week with Tapper. Tapper was very fair and let Newt speak without interruption. Indeed, I’m surprised by the least that Tapper gave him.

It further confirmed that Romney is a total POS.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The Alfalfa Club ?

Another Little Rascals character seems more fitting but I’ll keep my mouth shut.

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I sure wish we had a whole new set of talking heads to listen to.

You’d think Romney would want to be on one of those shows this week but what do I know.

scalleywag on January 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

TxAnn56 on January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

What’s the goal? Securing the border or keeping the issue alive? You really think Romney’s “self deport” plan is better? The debate about what to do with that small percentage of illegals that have really have no “home” to go to is keeping us from securing the border.

mike_NC9 on January 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Fox and Drudge and Hot Aur totally ignore the medicaid fraud by Romney…..Can you say cover up?

georgealbert on January 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Newt mentioned that in his interview with Tapper on This Week.

The first I’ve heard of it. And I wonder why that is. Mitt’s a POS.

To paraphrase Johnny Cochrane: “If it’s a POS, it has to be Mitt.”

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I am watching Idiocracy, it’s has turned into a documentary of how we got to this point in our country/

Plot
During the prologue, a narrator (Earl Mann) explains that in modern society, natural selection is indifferent toward intelligence, with the result that stupid people easily outnumber the intelligent.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

In the national polling Gingrich has gone from down seven points over Romney to up as high as nine points and the RCP average still has Gingrich up by four points nationally. While Romney appears to have the momentum here in Florida, it’s going to be a long horse race to the finish line.

Rovin on January 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Gingrich doesn’t have the money or organization to go the entire race. And at some point, Shel Adelson’s purse strings are going to draw shut.

If Newt loses in FLA, I suspect you’ll see him crumble rather quickly, as the race moves to the West, where Romney and Paul are strongest.

JohnGalt23 on January 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I can’t hardly watch Fox News anymore.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I don’t watch Fox News at all, unless I read about an upcoming appearance by Newt, Sarah, etc.

These faux conservative news sources, pundits etc have really hurt their own credibility. No matter how this primary election turns out, they won’t escape the ‘establishment sell out’ label; they are no longer fair and balanced.

http://www.therightscoop.com/palin-rage-against-the-machine-vote-for-newt/

Palin: Rage against the machine, vote for Newt!
Posted by The Right Scoop on January 28th, 2012 in Politics

Sarah Palin says that it tells you something that both party establishments and the media are trying to crucify Newt right now, and thus she is once again encouraging voters to keep the vetting process going by voting for Newt in Florida:

Newt!

IndeCon on January 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Is this the Sarah thread? Hi Sarah

angrymike on January 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I was watching Fox & Friends, and they had to have had the dumbest AG out of Florida to date, and yes she’s blonde. It looked like she was having trouble reading the teleprompter. Romney should screen the people endorsing him. This one spoke slowly so you know we all could understand why she’s against Obamacare but pro Romneycare. This is what devolution of the species looks like, Sunday Morning Gabfest.

Idiocracy it’s not just comedic satire anymore.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I haven’t had Fox News on in my home for at least 18 months now. I simply can’t stand Shep, Juan, Geraldo, and so many others they have prompted up over the past 2-years. I started noticing that FN was repeating the same talking points spewed on the network news over and over. I listen to talk radio and go to my trusted blogs. All I ever wanted was fair and balanced; somewhere along the line FN became a puppet.

Keemo on January 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Santorum is the best choice, by far.

Santorum is the only candidate of the remaining (top) three who can effective, substantively and TRUTHFULLY distinguish himself from obama – Santorum is the only candidate who can beat obama.

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Idiocracy it’s not just comedic satire anymore.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I was making coffee while she was on, so I didn’t hear it all real well. Did she kind of tap dance around the State mandate vs the Fed mandate question?

predator on January 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Here’s the facts about Romneys PAC Restore our Future. Grand Total Spent on 2012 Federal Elections: $17,447,665 (Vicious and untrue attack ads in Florida must have taken a bunch of this expense).
Total Independent Expenditures: $17,447,665
For Democrats: $0
Against Democrats: $0
For Republicans: $760,679
Against Republicans: $16,686,986

That’s Right $16.6 Mil AGAINST Republicans

Source: Open Secrets.org

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I can’t hardly watch Fox News anymore.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I was watching Fox News. I am now watching comedy central, turn the channel see if you can tell the difference between the two ;) Hint, one at least is dumb but entertaining, the other is just dumb.

I don’t know why Roger Ailes is shilling for Mitt Romney, but it’s not helping the News Corp Brand.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

That’s because stupid is as stupid does. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist…

mike_NC9 on January 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is by any standard, one wacked out propaganda machine.

I HATE HATE HATE that woman.

Did i say i HATE that woman.

gerrym51 on January 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM

That’s Right $16.6 Mil AGAINST Republicans

Source: Open Secrets.org

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Shhhh… do you hear that?… off in the distance?… what is that?…

Why it sounds like… is it?… yes… it’s a violin, playing way off in the distance.

Must be playing for Newt.

Me, I’m encouraged by the fact that they can raise that type of money just for the primary. Imagine the type of money they’ll be able to raise for use against Obama in the general.

JohnGalt23 on January 29, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I call bs on Allah being up this early. He scheduled this to post at 8:00.

thirtyandseven on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Is this the Sarah thread? Hi Sarah

angrymike on January 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Hi.

Ha. I should have typed OT, but I had to include that Sarah link because I think it’s epic when she encourages voters in Florida to support Newt.

IndeCon on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

JellyToast on January 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I don’t agree that “Newt is conservative”. Where was he in NY-23 in 2009?… behind Dede Scozzafava and NOT behind the conservative in the race. It’s not just that one incident though. On nearly every issue you can name, if you look thoroughly enough, you’ll find TWO Newts, one for and one against. Nope, I reject the idea that Gingrich is “conservative”. What he is, is a partisan opportunist, who has chosen party power over conservatism consistently.

You’re right. Romney will work with both Republicans and Democrats. But he should. Not on subjects which offend our core principles, but wherever compromise does not so offend… yeah, we should do that. After four years of Barack Obama, it’s kind of hard to imagine what commonalities we might be able to find at this point, but I’m sure there are at least some. Take the subject of crony capitalism. We all hate that. Why not collaborate on it, instead of feeding the partisan divide?

Murf76 on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Being true Viking in appearance as well as in name… watching so much blonde hair on FoxNews levitating over dark eyebrows always gives me the creeps.

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Breaking News: Obama to make a campaign stop in a bathroom at Cracker Barrell.

predator on January 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Gingrich doesn’t have the money or organization to go the entire race. And at some point, Shel Adelson’s purse strings are going to draw shut.

If Newt loses in FLA, I suspect you’ll see him crumble rather quickly, as the race moves to the West, where Romney and Paul are strongest.

JohnGalt23 on January 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

No you won’t.

There is no way a guy who is polling in the lead nationally is going to drop out with the Primary rules we have of proportional awarding of delegates up through March 31st.

Newt is here to stay as long as his polling nationally is securely at 5%+ over Mittens.

It is a different game this time around and he knows it.

The math is still favoring him to stay in, and I believe he will.

KirknBurker on January 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Newt or bust
Go Newt

angrymike on January 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The idea that Newt Gingrich is an “anti-establishment conservative” is just ridiculous. It’s a Mein Kampf “Big Lie”.

Newt Gingrich has a 35-year career behind him as a WASHINGTON INSIDER. The only reason he’s getting grief from so-called “Establishment Republicans” is because THEY KNOW HIM, and they know him well. He’s been tolerated in their midst for more than three decades because in his recent capacity as a pundit and influence peddler, he wasn’t really hurting the party. If he’s been cast out now, it’s not because he’s rocking the boat for conservatism. It’s because they know HE CAN’T WIN. His temperament is such that it guarantees an eventual implosion, and he’s got no appeal with the centrist voters who will have to be brought into the fold.

To accept that Newt Gingrich is the voice of conservatism, one has to completely dismiss nearly everything we know about him. That, as well as brand such Republican stalwarts as Tom Cobern as RINO.

Murf76 on January 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Well said.

Newt, the outsider conservative choice?

He wrote a doctoral dissertation criticizing Christian missionaries who discouraged adultery in the Congo. He wrote that adultery was “the essence of tribal stability.”

Gingrich bragged about being a moderate with this comment: “There is a new synthesis evolving with the classic moderate wing of the party, where as a former Rockefeller state chairman, I’ve spent most of my life.”

Gingrich starred in a 2007 global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi that was sponsored by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. He has since has flip-flopped spectacularly on global warming.

Gingrich was paid $312,000 by ethanol interests, and then said ethanol is good for national security and for the economy.

Gingrich has consistently supported the type of individual mandates for health insurance that conservatives are trying to overturn through court challenges to Obamacare.

Gingrich went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and called Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.”

Gingrich said of the Medicare prescription drug plan that was the largest expansion of entitlements since the Great Society, “Every conservative member of Congress should vote for this Medicare bill. Obstructionist conservatives can always find reasons to vote no.”

Gingrich attacked Steve Largent, Tom Coburn and other conservatives as “the Perfectionist Caucus,” while giving his last speech as speaker in support of Dick Gephardt and Dave Obey’s colossal Omnibus Bill of 1998.

Newt is the only Speaker of the House ever to have been disciplined for an ethics violation.

Gingrich on Reagan: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing and without a dramatic, fundamental change in strategy will continue to fail…The burden of the failure frankly must be placed first upon President Reagan…Beyond the obvious indicators of decay, the fact is that President Reagan has lost control of the national agenda.”

Gingrich dumped his first wife because he fell for another woman, & after marrying her, he dumped her when he fell for yet another.

Gingrich accepted $1,500,000 in “consulting” fees from the corrupto-crats at Freddie Mac, which probably were actually lobbying fees, which is probably illegal.

Gingrich once announced to reporters that a personal grudge against President Clinton affected his duties as Speaker.

Gingrich flipped & then flopped on abortion:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/newt-unwilling-say-life-begins-conception/235106

More serious Gingrich problems:

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/284472/newt-gingrich-said-iwhati

Not electable or presidential.

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I don’t agree that “Newt is conservative”. Where was he in NY-23 in 2009?… behind Dede Scozzafava and NOT behind the conservative in the race.

Murf76 on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Newt backed Scozzafava because…she was moderate and independents would vote for her! It was electability. How ironic is that??!!

Rational Thought on January 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I was making coffee while she was on, so I didn’t hear it all real well. Did she kind of tap dance around the State mandate vs the Fed mandate question?

predator on January 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

It’s wasn’t so much tap dancing as it was clogging LOL!

I get she has an official position in Florida, and is part of the suit against Obamacare, but she comes off as a dim blonde on screen. It didn’t help that FNC had the difference between Mass’s mandate penalty, and the federal penalty for not buying private health insurance captioned on the screen while she spoke. I don’t know if the state of Massachusetts enforces it’s penalty yet, but it’s 1,200.00 fine. The Federal fine is much lower. She’s a Romney supporter so she explains, that it’s at state level so it’s different. Last time I looked a resident of the United States was protected by the U.S. Constitution no matter what state they are residing in. She is arguing the Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate in the federal suit. I don’t know who is running Romney’s campaign but they need to get a tighter grip on his proxy’s rhetoric. She came off as eye candy and little more. I am glad it’s not just Florida’s AG arguing against Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme court.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I HATE HATE HATE that woman.

Did i say i HATE that woman.

gerrym51 on January 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM

How do you think I feel? Right smack in her district.

katy the mean old lady on January 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Murf76 on January 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

No you don’t work with the Dems. They are solidly progressive now. The moderates pretty much are gone from their party.

You don’t compromise with them when it moves policy further to the left like what McCain has done in the past.

Newt will fight, and that is what the GOP voter wants.

Romney is throwing everything into Florida, but he can’t throw everything as hard in other states. That will be when Newt starts picking up a state or two here and there.

By the end of April this thing will be decided probably, but not by the end of March.

KirknBurker on January 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I consider Rick Santorum the best of a bad lot (with Newt next best) and, sadly for me, my first thought was that with Bella in the hospital, he can’t campaign right now.

I’m an atheist; I can’t pray for Bella–I can only hope she is OK.

All four candidates are flawed IMO. I hope for a deadlocked convention and the appearance of a Dark Horse (Sarah?).

Abraham Lincoln was a Dark Horse.

EL on January 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

juan mccain was a pure attack dog against newt on mtp.

if only the old guy had been half as ferocious back in 08.

renalin on January 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Gerrym51
We agree on ONE thing!
;-)

angrymike on January 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Really disappointed in Brit Hume, for the first time ever.

mike_NC9 on January 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM

While I believe in the old adage, “it ain’t over til it’s over”, I’m also a realist, and with the new PPP and the newly released Rasmussen polls, things aren’t looking very good for Speaker Gingrich in FL right now.

Flora Duh on January 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

If this thing goes on too much longer, some real damage could be done to our nominee. The sooner Romney can focus squarely on Obama, the better.

Gingrich will never be president. Newt must know that he is entirely unelectable. I’m beginning to wonder whether Newt’s just an egomaniac who doesn’t care if he brings down the whole party by pushing forward with his floundering campaign. Newt has already shown that he has no compunction about going after fellow Republicans in ways that help to legitimize leftist/Occupy Wall Street-style attacks. Newt Gingrich is turning out to be the best friend Barack Obama could have ever hoped for.

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Really disappointed in Brit Hume, for the first time ever.

mike_NC9 on January 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I heard him explaining to Brett Baier how he was not pro-Romney the other day.

I remain unconvinced.

predator on January 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Gingrich leads by 9 points in national GOP poll

The races is state by state, and when Santorum drops out there isn’t going to be anyone splitting the conservative vote.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I can’t hardly watch Fox News anymore.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

So, what’s left?

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Just like you, Romney can’t win on the issues so he goes full on drama queen with the personal attacks.

mike_NC9 on January 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Newt will fight, and that is what the GOP voter wants.

KirknBurker on January 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

A fighter? Actually, Newt looked like a wimpering puppy in the last debate when Romney demolished him in the head-to-head exchanges.

Gingrich is just a demagogue who will resort to irresponsible attacks when he is denied the power he craves. Newt Gingrich is no principled conservative.

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Gingrich leads by 9 points in national GOP poll

The races is state by state, and when Santorum drops out there isn’t going to be anyone splitting the conservative vote.

Dr Evil on January 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Yep. Throw in a formal endorsement by Gov. Palin and a campaign stop or two and Newt will win this.

KirknBurker on January 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

So, what’s left?

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Reading the news stories on the internet.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Gingrich is just a demagogue who will resort to irresponsible attacks when he is denied the power he craves. Newt Gingrich is no principled conservative.

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Mitt is no Conservative.

By the way, do they pay you time and a half for posting your Mitt lovefests on Sunday morning?

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

juan mccain was a pure attack dog against newt on mtp.

if only the old guy had been half as ferocious back in 08.

renalin on January 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Not possible against his “friends across the aisle.”

viking01 on January 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is by any standard, one wacked out propaganda machine.

I HATE HATE HATE that woman.

Did i say i HATE that woman.

gerrym51 on January 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM

So do I. And I’m going to do everything I can to replace her with Karen Harrington.

Flora Duh on January 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I can’t hardly watch Fox News anymore.

kingsjester on January 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Aw, you must only like to hear and read opinions that mirror your own.

I actually think that FNC has given all kinds of favorable coverage to Gingrich. Probably more than Newt deserved, IMO.

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Gingrich is just a demagogue who will resort to irresponsible attacks when he is denied the power he craves. Newt Gingrich is no principled conservative.

bluegill on January 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

But he can articulate a conservative vision opposite Obama’s record.

Mittens can’t do that. People know he is lieing, and that his record is very liberal.

It is amazing that the Mittens supporters have not figured out yet that conservatives will vote for the closest conservative in the race, not the liberal.

Why is this so difficult to understand?

KirknBurker on January 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Bluegill
Don’t you mean O can focus on mittens? O will crush mittens on ORomny care !

angrymike on January 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Speaking of Medicare Fraud, watch the video.

http://markamerica.com/2012/01/28/so-shocking-im-speechless/

momoftxmomof3 on January 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I didn’t watch any of the talking heads pile-on.

Did any of them have any updates on little Bella?

Flora Duh on January 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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