Report: Florida primary actually IS the most negative campaign ever

posted at 4:15 pm on January 31, 2012 by Tina Korbe

At one time or another, both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich said they would try to focus all their attack energy on the incumbent president. Given that, the devolution into negativity toward each other in Florida has been particularly noticeable. Even if they hadn’t initially promised to keep it civil, though, this Florida campaign would have stood out. It’s tempting to excuse their attacks on each other as a return to what’s common for a primary — but, actually, this level of negativity isn’t as typical as you might think.

According to Campaign Media Analysis Group, an organization that tracks political ads in Florida, this campaign is the most negative on the books:

“I spent much of my academic career telling reporters, ‘Relax, this is not the most negative campaign ever,’” CMAG President Ken Goldstein said. “Well, this IS the most negative campaign ever.”

Numbers from CMAG show a total of 11,586 television spots aired in Florida between January 23 and January 29. Of those spots, 10,633 were negative and 953 were positive.

Of the 1,012 spots Newt Gingrich’s campaign ran, 95% were negative. Mitt Romney’s campaign ran 3,276 ads and 99% were negative.

The two super PACs supporting the top candidates were more divergent in their ad strategies. Restore our Future, supporting Romney, ran 4,969 spots, all of which were negative. The Gingrich-backing Winning our Future ran 1,893 spots, and only 53% were negative.

Correspondingly, the bulk of ads in Florida – 68% – were negative toward Gingrich. Twenty-three percent were anti-Romney spots. Gingrich got support from 9% of ads while pro-Romney spots accounted for less than 0.1%.

These stats are no reason to despair, though. The general election will likely also be one of the most negative in history — and that’s OK. This election is as much about what we don’t want as it is about what we do. Often, negativity is disparaged as a dearth of ideas. For some reason, it’s considered an insult to be “The Party of No” or to be the gridlocked Congress or to be the attack candidate. Michele Bachmann is proof of that. But frankly, the “least of the evils” might just be the guy with the fewest ideas. When was the last time the national outlook was actually improved by politicians rushing to “solve” people’s problems?


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So much for Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment… Like Team-O needs the help.

VastRightWingConspirator on January 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Well I guess you really can help little men by tearing down big men…

cynccook on January 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

the “least of the evils” might just be the guy with the fewest ideas

Bravo.

kunegetikos on January 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Negative ads work.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

See? Romney is the 99%.

99% negative, that is.

HopeHeFails on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

GINGRICH: “They are not going to be the nominee. I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee.”

TAPPER: “You are going to be the nominee?”

GINGRICH: “I’m going to be the nominee.

oh really?

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Spoken in the words of a true sycophantic Romney, All Glory be Unto Him and May the Light Ever Shine Upon His Peerless Skin! supporter.

astonerii on January 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

When Newt sends out robo calls saying Romney took food from Holocaust survivors…it was a new low.

Newt’s a pig.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Obama is a great guy, the economy is improving, there is nothing to fear from Obama presidency.

But that Gingrich is a spawn of Satan himself and must be purged!

/RINO MODE OFF

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rTPSmA-QPQ

Here’s the robo call.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Negative ads work.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

In addition to considerations of the manner in which negative ads gratify, there is the circumstance that almost all positive ads are saccharine, feckless, shameful lies.

kunegetikos on January 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Flipper’s Greatest Flops It is not the most ever, but it is pretty negative.

Mr. Joe on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Newt’s a pig.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Romney’s a rich pig.

idesign on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

If Mitt Romney brings a pile of negative ads against Barack Obama — Fast & Furious, Solyndra, the Black Panther case, illegal immigration, the czars, the un-Constitutional “recess” appointments, the deficit, the fake jobs numbers, the “Arab Spring” Islamist uprisings, the pricey vacations at taxpayer expense, the healthcare waivers to his union friends, the jobs in government for his union friends, the government loans to his fund-raisers, the Cash for Clunkers fiasco, the fake GM “come back” — I for one will stand up and cheer. It will be the FIRST time most Americans will be hearing about most of that, and hear about it they MUST.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Good thing Romney will be able to outspend Obama in the general… Oh wait.

Romney fans will have already alienated the conservative base by then.

tetriskid on January 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

“It’s all the PAC’s work, unless it’s my pack” –xxxxxx

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Well look at it this way. We just read on this very site this afternoon that Burmese pythons are taking over the damn state. So why not have the human politicians act like snakes so when our species is overthrown, the politicians will be in good standing with the pythons? Like the traitors in V.

radjah shelduck on January 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“Negative” ads work. And negative ads are a legitimate part of a campaign. It is perfectly legitimate to tell us why we shouldn’t vote for your opponent, and it is also perfectly legitimate if one of those reasons is “because he’s a sleazeball.”

Shump on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Well it is just me, but I DO NOT LIKE THESE NEGATIVE ADS one tiny bit! It make any and all look like spoiled brats that mom says they can’t have some ice cream and pitch a fit. The major bottom line it to get bho and mo out of Our House in 2012. Go after that forked snake bho! bho is by far the worse person we have EVER had in the wh and he needs to get the boot!
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letget on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Well it is just me, but I DO NOT LIKE THESE NEGATIVE ADS one tiny bit! It make any and all look like spoiled brats that mom says they can’t have some ice cream and pitch a fit. The major bottom line it to get bho and mo out of Our House in 2012. Go after that forked snake bho! bho is by far the worse person we have EVER had in the wh and he needs to get the boot!
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letget on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Let’s make it dirtier.

Romney and his family claim 6 vacation homes around the nation, right? Are there “housekeepers” living in those homes? And…are they “single mothers”?

After all, Mitt IS only a generation or so away from the “extended” family of his ancestors, ain’t he?

Just sayin’.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

When Newt sends out robo calls saying Romney took food from Holocaust survivors…it was a new low.

Newt’s a pig.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Truly despicable. I cannot imagine what Newt’s campaign was thinking.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Good thing Romney will be able to outspend Obama in the general… Oh wait.

Romney fans will have already alienated the conservative base by then.

tetriskid on January 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

If you venture a few steps outside of hotair.com, you will see he’s quite popular out there. Time to exit your protective bubble.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

When was the last time the national outlook was actually improved by politicians rushing to “solve” people’s problems?

It’s not the people’s problems that need solving. It’s the way Washington functions, and the total lack of Constitutional boundaries it displays, that needs solving. And none of the current crop of ‘electable’ presidential possibilities for the next four years is likely to fix that.

gravityman on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Oh dear, sorry on the double post!
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letget on January 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

We just saw the Brokaw ad and I have to tell you, the husband is not happy.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

To be honest, I’m willing to give Obama a pass on his ignorance of the semiconductor industry. While he may be expected to be well-versed on a lot of things, I think it’s unreasonable to expect him to know off the top of his head how every specific sector of every specific industry is doing (although if he’s stumping for tax breaks for high-tech industries, he probably should).

What *is* inexcusable, however, is his complete avoidance of the question. The woman’s question was (in effect) “why aren’t you restricting the number of H1B visas?” and he completely ignored that question.

Mohonri on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Well, it can’t be THAT bad. Nobody has unleashed the
PYTHONS yet!!

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/01/31/burmese-pythons-pretty-much-taking-over-the-everglades/

ToddPA on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

MOST of these ads are put out by super pacs without ANY input from the candidates ,please get a clue.

jsunrise on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

It’s a negative – and not a small one – for our prospects next November. The GOP brand is taking a hit with this primary – check the generic vote numbers – and that won’t solely affect the presidential race.

joana on January 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Aw, dangit, wrong thread. Sorry, folks.

Mohonri on January 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Good thing Romney will be able to outspend Obama in the general… Oh wait.

Romney fans will have already alienated the conservative base by then.

tetriskid on January 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM


Nobody will outspend obumbles. Nobody. Plus ObieOne has the media, hollywood,the pop-music industry and, it would appear, lotsa newtnuts on his side.

FlaMurph on January 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Romney’s a rich pig.

idesign on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

THREAD WINNER!

ToddPA on January 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Negative ads are easier. A candidate does not have to promise anything in a negative ad against their opponent. They just have to tell you why the other guy is bad.

If they tell you what their platform is, what they will do, or what they stand for in a positive ad, then… well… gee… god forbid… YOU might just hold them to that! And our politicians can’t have that now, can they?

gravityman on January 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

But frankly, the “least of the evils” might just be the guy with the fewest ideas.

Tina, even if you believe in limited government, it’s very naive to suggest that the guy with the fewest ideas- the biggest idiot- is going to lead this nation forward to economic success against the likes of China and Germany.

In a complex and increasingly competitive global economy, the US isn’t going to win simply as a consequence of it’s wealth and power.

Let’s hope that the future of US elections isn’t determined by the candidate with the biggest warchest (aka super pac) to out-blast the other with negative messages. As the Tea Party is learning, it’s hard to compete with a candidate with deep friendships in the hedge fund industry.

bayam on January 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The Newtron’s campaign against free speech.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/everyone-step-toes-gingrich-security-harasses-ron-paul-165042767.html

The Newtron says, free speech for me but not for thee.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

pro-Romney spots accounted for less than 0.1%.

Yeah, makes sense. If Romney actually had to campaign on his record (instead of just smearing other candidates) he’d have been out of the race before the Iowa straw poll.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Romney’s a rich pig.

idesign on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

LOL…envious conservatives. Liberals post here.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

To follow up on my prior post…

I’m still not sure what either Gingrich or Romney stand FOR. I know what they don’t like about their opponent, but I’m not sure what either one will actually DO themselves if they get elected. But that Romney/Gingrich sure is conservative… I think… maybe… hard to say… I’d like to think so though.

gravityman on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

MOST of these ads are put out by super pacs without ANY input from the candidates ,please get a clue.

jsunrise on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

There’s no direct communication but clearly there are ways for campaigns to send signals to the pacs without breaking any election laws. Romney’s repeated claims of ‘no control’ and disingenuous.

bayam on January 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

We just saw the Brokaw ad and I have to tell you, the husband is not happy.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

How does he feel about the Newt robocall to old Jewish ladies in nursing homes saying Romney tried to “deny” them kosher food?

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Can someone smarter than me answer an honest question? Some claim that 0dumbo is not qualified to be President because his father was a Kenyan. (Natural born citizen thingy) If Romney’s father was born in Mexico, using the same logic, is HE qualified to be President? Thanks in advance!

Sasha List on January 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

idesign on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Down with the capitalist pigs!

gyrmnix on January 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Yeah, makes sense. If Romney actually had to campaign on his record (instead of just smearing other candidates) he’d have been out of the race before the Iowa straw poll.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

More importantly, he might actually have to do what he said he would do. A politican’s worst nightmare!

gravityman on January 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

“Well, this IS the most negative campaign ever.”

That’s what “they” say every election cycle. Said it during the last one and they’ll say it again in the next one.

Wonder how they critique the degree of nastiness per ad. What if one candidate has more negative ads then the other but the other guys negative ads are twice as nasty and effective?

Lots of BS here if you ask me. Some things never change, like negative ads getting worse every year and GOP candidates sucking more every year.

fogw on January 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

@JonahNRO
Jonah Goldberg
I’ve been trying to get Newt’s back where I can. But this is disgusting and beneath him. nationalreview.com/corner/289740/

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Al-Ozarka

Yeah, and if you are from the Ozarks, as you screen name implies, you are only a generation or so away from sleeping on straw, considering the local blacktop highway your “meat store” and attending your sister’s wedding as the groom.

What kind of snakes you handling these days when you go to hear the preachin’?

Oh, and btw – how about the trigamist Newt’s “extended family?” Does serial polygamy count?

Dinosaurs in Space 2012! Go Newt! Make you wives proud!

Horace on January 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

This explosion of negativity is emblematic of the unresolved tensions that have been percolating within the party for years.

writeblock on January 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

How does he feel about the Newt robocall to old Jewish ladies in nursing homes saying Romney tried to “deny” them kosher food?

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Probably about the same as the cheapshot ad regarding Gingrich and Ronald Reagan. Your pious outrage is about as amusing as your glee last week when those cheapshots were being lobbed from the Romney camp.

eva3071 on January 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Romney wants to destroy Gingrich? Let him be destroyed in return.

eva3071 on January 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Al-Ozarka

Yeah, and if you are from the Ozarks, as you screen name implies, you are only a generation or so away from sleeping on straw, considering the local blacktop highway your “meat store” and attending your sister’s wedding as the groom.

What kind of snakes you handling these days when you go to hear the preachin’?

Oh, and btw – how about the trigamist Newt’s “extended family?” Does serial polygamy count?

Dinosaurs in Space 2012! Go Newt! Make you wives proud!

Horace on January 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Excuse me, Ed? AP? Is this what the best Conservative Website in the World has turned into? Pi-ti-ful.

kingsjester on January 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

How does he feel about the Newt robocall to old Jewish ladies in nursing homes saying Romney tried to “deny” them kosher food?

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It’s a really bad smear, especially since it’s not exactly true, and didn’t end up even happening.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Horace on January 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Good thing there h’ain’t no hillbilly runnin’ fer Prezidint, h’ain’t it?

Let’s have an investigation into who lives in Romney’s homes when the “rest” of his family is at home in Mass.

Anyone who believes the DNC or the Obama Campaign (especially the Super PACs) won’t hit Romney’s religion is a fool. Period.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

One thing all the negative ads will do, will toughen up our nominee for what will be coming out of ‘that fan’…in the fall!
I don’t like them…but it may be a plus this time.

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Mitt’s proving he’s a liberal.

Only they need to smear.

Speakup on January 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

No. The 2010 Republican Primary was way worse.

Rick Scott v. Bill McCollum and Rubio v. Crist.

The gubernatorial race was awful.

joekenha on January 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Negative ads work.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

If only to turn people off.

daddysgirl on January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Mitt Newt’s proving he’s a liberal.

Only they need to smear.

Speakup on January 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

FIFY

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Horace on January 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM
Good thing there h’ain’t no hillbilly runnin’ fer Prezidint, h’ain’t it?

Let’s have an investigation into who lives in Romney’s homes when the “rest” of his family is at home in Mass.

Anyone who believes the DNC or the Obama Campaign (especially the Super PACs) won’t hit Romney’s religion is a fool. Period.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You’re right about that, “Al-Ozarka.” And…for good reason. Romney’s “religion” is actually a conglomeration of extremely weird, unbiblical, cult beliefs called Mormonism. This is what Romney believes and defines him as an individual.

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

It’s a really bad smear, especially since it’s not exactly true, and didn’t end up even happening.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The Newtron is above the truth, it is for those other campaigns.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I’m still not sure what either Gingrich or Romney stand FOR. I know what they don’t like about their opponent, but I’m not sure what either one will actually DO themselves if they get elected. But that Romney/Gingrich sure is conservative… I think… maybe… hard to say… I’d like to think so though.

gravityman on January 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Gingrich has a American Conservative Union voting record of 90%.

Romney ran for governor as pro-choice, pro-gun law, pro-socialized medicine.

Are you stupid? The only way you wouldn’t know what these men stand for is to have your head ^7*%&^(^%& for the past 6 months.

Bill C on January 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Mitt Romney: The Bill Henrickson of the establishment GOP? LOL!

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

A friendly reminder to all Romney supporters… just looked at the clock and it’s almost time for your daily worshipping session of the RINO establishment…

apocalypse on January 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Romney’s a rich pig.

idesign on January 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Interpretation: “My life sucks, I wish I was like Mitt.”

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jailbreak on January 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Good thing Romney will be able to outspend Obama in the general… Oh wait.

Romney fans will have already alienated the conservative base by then.

You read my mind. I will caucus for Gingrich on Feb. 7th and then change my status to unaffiliated.

Does the Republican Establishment not remember George H. Bush and the Ross Perot movement? Romney is another moderate like George Bush, Sr. was, and if elected, will likely face an independent or third party opponent next time around. People won’t forget how they were not allowed to pick their candidate.

lea on January 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

A friendly reminder to all Romney supporters… just looked at the clock and it’s almost time for your daily worshipping session of the RINO establishment…

apocalypse on January 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

A friendly reminder to all ABRtards… just looked at the clock and it’s almost time for your daily freakout session of the ABRtard establishment…

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

And…for good reason. Romney’s “religion” is actually a conglomeration of extremely weird, unbiblical, cult beliefs called Mormonism. This is what Romney believes and defines him as an individual.

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oh, look. The religious bigots showed up.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

This just in:

Mitt Romney has bought all the residents at the Villages
a Hoveround!

ToddPA on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama is a great guy, the economy is improving, there is nothing to fear from Obama presidency.

But that Gingrich is a spawn of Satan himself and must be purged!

/RINO MODE OFF

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

LOL…yep.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Oh, look. The religious bigots showed up.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I think the word you are looking for is “Teavangelicals”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

See? Romney is the 99%.

This article fails to mention some of those Romney ads were directed at Obama, not Newt.

writeblock on January 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

“But this or go to Jail.”

-Governor Mitt Romney

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I didn’t know Romney hated Jews until I heard Newts robocall explaining it to me. Glad Newt is doing us all a service and getting these facts out before the general.

1punchWill on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The Newtron is above the truth, it is for those other campaigns.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yeah, because all of Team Romney’s smears have been accurate, right?

It’s an ugly campaign.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

PAY FOR MY MOONBASE OR GO TO JAIL!!

-Newt Gingrich.

1punchWill on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

When Newt sends out robo calls saying Romney took food from Holocaust survivors…it was a new low.

Newt’s a pig.

rubberneck on January 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

But it’s perfectly OK to go around claiming that Gingrich was drummed out of the GOP for ethics problems. Yep, love that Mittbot consistency.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This reminds me of how the Dems, during the hearing on Clinton’s impeachment, kept whining that the GOP weren’t being bipartisan like they had been during Watergate.

Consider a few facts of live.

1. Neither side side can swear off negative ads, unless the other will as well.

2. Negative ads work, and attacks that go unanswered stick.

3. If you try to respond to negative ads on their own terms, you end up always on the defense, chasing old attacks while your opponent is launching new ones.

4. One purpose of primary elections is to demonstrate the campaigning ability of the various candidates. If you come in unprepared, without funding or organization, don’t whine when you get out-spent.

Think about those points. They may not be fair, but they are dictated by life and the nature of politics.

Is it fair for so many people to exclude even a consideration of Mitt Romney before the campaign, largely on the basis of a lot of rumors and lies about him that basically boil down to his religion?

Newt came into this with a huge pack of baggage from his previous history on the national stage. He tried to avoid that by acting avuncular, talking about his new-found faith and his repentance, but you can’t just say that, you’ve got to live it. And when Mitt ran ads that Newt couldn’t match because he didn’t have money, Newt decided his best choice was to go off the reservation and go populist attacking Mitt’s success as a businessman. Now he’s trying to accuse Mitt of doing the same thing he’s been doing himself, and become a first class whiner. We don’t need another whiner. We have one in the White House already.

flataffect on January 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

But it’s perfectly OK to go around claiming that Gingrich was drummed out of the GOP for ethics problems. Yep, love that Mittbot consistency.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Your right, I’m sure the Newt is just as Ethical now as when he cheated on his first two wives…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Negative ads work.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Romney’s negatives are going waaaaaay up too. And I’d bet that was even before the much-bewailed Bain spots.

People are coming to the realization that with Romney there really isn’t much there. The more he’s in the spotlight, the lower he’s going to go. Bank on it.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Your right, I’m sure the Newt is just as Ethical now as when he cheated on his first two wives…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Do you really think that that sh1t is going to get people roused up to vote for Romney? It’s turning people AGAINST Romney.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

All I heard so far is Romney is electale , inevitable, then why is he spending $12MIL. in neg. Ads. instead of focusing on his good record?

evergreenland on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Do you really think that that sh1t is going to get people roused up to vote for Romney? It’s turning people AGAINST Romney.

ddrintn on January 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Really? Who is winning in FL?

And who is Newt going to vote for in his home state of VA in the Primary?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

You want the GOP candidate vetted or not? Romney should be vetted. His faith will be a target in the General Election campaign. Just as Obama’s was in ’08. Don’t believe that? Then you’re a fool.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

electale = electable

evergreenland on January 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Good thing Romney will be able to outspend Obama in the general… Oh wait.
Romney fans will have already alienated the conservative base by then.
tetriskid on January 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Actually kid, if there’s no money left it will because Newt wants to reenact Sherman’s March and stay in until the convention no matter how few delegates he actually amasses in the interim. This is where Sarah Palinsky et al are either deceiving us or deceiving themselves when they say how great it is for this to drag on forever so they can be “vetted” and see who’s the big dog. The only person a grueling, extended primary benefits is Barack Obama. Although it’s possible Palinsky fantasizes about a brokered convention so she can ride in as savior…

Buy Danish on January 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You want the GOP candidate vetted or not? Romney should be vetted. His faith will be a target in the General Election campaign. Just as Obama’s was in ’08. Don’t believe that? Then you’re a fool.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

There is a different between vetting and just mouthing off the typical and inaccurate anti-Mormon talking points.

I’m all for vetting, but just typing crap that isn’t any more accurate than Newt’s “Kosher” attack is pathetic.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

And…for good reason. Romney’s “religion” is actually a conglomeration of extremely weird, unbiblical, cult beliefs called Mormonism. This is what Romney believes and defines him as an individual.

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM
Oh, look. The religious bigots showed up.

Gunlock Bill on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Oh, look! It’s “Gunlock Bill” again! He’s using his favorite wittle word he learned…”bigot”! Wittle Bill just loves him some “bigot” talk! Unfortunately, along with “moron,” it’s the only two words he knows.

Tell you what, wittle Bill, maybe we can all take up a collection on here to buy you a wittle dictionary that you can use to look up more words! Wouldn’t that be da bomb? I mean, since Mama wouldn’t give you an advance on your allowance, I think it’s the only right thing to do….

Hee hee hee hee!!!!!!!!

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Go learn about the Mormon faith and see if you feel the same way afterwards. When you come back, answer the question: Will the DNC, Obama Campaign, and Obama Super PACS use Romney’s beliefs against him in the General Election?

Please quote me when I have written anything that is bigoted towards Mormonism. I’ll be waiting for that as well.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Gingrich: “I don’t mean to sound negative or anything but…Everybody knows that Mitt has been starving Holocaust survivors and conducting human sacrifices in his basement for years now. But the establishment doesn’t want to talk about that!!!1!!!1!

cicerone on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Hee hee hee hee!!!!!!!!
jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

What does the “j” stand for? “Juvenile”? “Jackass”?

Buy Danish on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Negative ads work.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The GOP nominee is going to be on the other end of some pretty vicious ones from the Obamacrats.

I cringe to think of it.

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Romney is another moderate like George Bush, Sr. was, and if elected, will likely face an independent or third party opponent next time around. People won’t forget how they were not allowed to pick their candidate.

lea on January 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

This is ridiculous. How is Romney moderate and Newt isn’t? On almost every issue Newt is to the left of Romney–even on the issue of individual mandates. Newt approved of these on the federal level–far more restrictive to our freedoms than Romney’s state proposal. Romney vetoed embryonic stem cell research, Newt supported it. Romney opposes illegal immigration, Newt supported amnesty. If there is a third party movement, then I hope that populist soc cons who only vote on the basis of social issues would flock to it. Right now they’re wrecking the GOP with their litmus tests demanding purity on wedge issues but ignoring fiscal illiteracy. They’re the ones who gave us McCain instead of Rudy and now want Newt instead of Romney.

writeblock on January 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You want the GOP candidate vetted or not? Romney should be vetted. His faith will be a target in the General Election campaign. Just as Obama’s was in ’08. Don’t believe that? Then you’re a fool.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Obama’s faith was a target in 2008? Hardly. If the left wants to play comparative religions with Romney and obama in 2012, I say bring it. It’s about time.

Ronnie on January 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You want the GOP candidate vetted or not? Romney should be vetted. His faith will be a target in the General Election campaign. Just as Obama’s was in ’08. Don’t believe that? Then you’re a fool.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

No, you are. The vetting process for Romney has been ongoing since 2007.

cicerone on January 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

You want the GOP candidate vetted or not? Romney should be vetted. His faith will be a target in the General Election campaign. Just as Obama’s was in ’08. Don’t believe that? Then you’re a fool.
Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Do you have evidence of Mitt’s church damning America? Featuring Minister Farrakhan on the cover of the church bulletin? Anything like that?

Buy Danish on January 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

When you come back, answer the question: Will the DNC, Obama Campaign, and Obama Super PACS use Romney’s beliefs against him in the General Election?

If the DNC etc open up the door, they will have Jeremiah Wright all over the place. If you think that they can defend “God Damn America” while trying to paint Mormonism with a broad brush, you have another thing coming.

Please quote me when I have written anything that is bigoted towards Mormonism. I’ll be waiting for that as well.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

First off what you have said here is inaccurate.

And…for good reason. Romney’s “religion” is actually a conglomeration of extremely weird, unbiblical, cult beliefs called Mormonism.

The LDS is not a cult. It is not un-biblical, and it is not extremely weird.

Go ahead and list off specifics, I’ll be happy to slap you around like a red-headed step-child.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM
Go learn about the Mormon faith and see if you feel the same way afterwards. When you come back, answer the question: Will the DNC, Obama Campaign, and Obama Super PACS use Romney’s beliefs against him in the General Election?

Please quote me when I have written anything that is bigoted towards Mormonism. I’ll be waiting for that as well.

Al-Ozarka on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

You haven’t “Al-Ozarka.” That’s just it; the truth hurts, and you’ve nailed them. Well done, my friend.

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hee hee hee hee!!!!!!!!
jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM
What does the “j” stand for? “Juvenile”? “Jackass”?

Buy Danish on January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Nope. Afraid not, “Buy Danish”! But…you’ve described yourself perfectly! Well done!!!

jfs756 on January 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Go learn about the Mormon faith and see if you feel the same way afterwards. When you come back, answer the question: Will the DNC, Obama Campaign, and Obama Super PACS use Romney’s beliefs against him in the General Election?

Then let them be branded as religious bigots–same as we ought to brand as a bigot anybody on our side using this argument. This is a political fight, not a religious one.

writeblock on January 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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