Open thread: Sunday morning — and afternoon — talking heads; Update: Obama interview at 4:30

posted at 8:00 am on February 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

The early hours today look dull — “Meet the Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet — but things will pick up this afternoon when The One sits down with Matt Lauer during NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show for a little class warfare before kickoff. No word yet on the exact time (I’d guess between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., when more people are tuning in), but given O’s track record with these things, it’ll be worth watching. Remember, it was during his last Super Bowl interview with Lauer that he uttered the infamous line about needing to turn things around in three years or else he’d be a one-termer. That was … three years ago.

Here’s the full Sunday morning line-up via Politico.

Update: According to Time, Obama and Lauer will go live from the White House promptly at 4:30 p.m. ET.


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“Meet the Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet

…if you’re into hyperbole, lies, demagoguery, exaggeration, desperation…
:)

itsnotaboutme on February 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Really, Sunday morning liefest.

angrymike on February 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Excellent video. But it ought to point out that most recessions have been “fixed” in much less than three years.

itsnotaboutme on February 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM

AP is up early after a night out. /Bishop

Maybe Gingrich will be asked what he would personally do to help the GOP nominee get elected if he wasn’t that nominee. And what Cabinet / White House staff position he would accept.

Then ask Gingrich who he wants in his Cabinet.

NaCly dog on February 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

will hit the mute button when dear leader’s mug appears…can’t tolerate the tripe that he will be spewing as i’m eating my chicken wings and drinkning my cold brew…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

but given O’s track record with these things, it’ll be worth watching.

sarc and no sarc tag?? /dude

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I thought Newt’s mention of using a springboard to help the poor was hilarious. How does he plan on getting them to jump?

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

one n’ done.

where’s that camel that Ed was talkin’ ’bout?

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

My advice to Newt would be to be a little less whiny and remember that Americans are not looking for somebody who can beat Romney as much as they want somebody to beat Obama.
Attacking Romney is getting him nowhere and is an unnecessary diversion.
Newt needs to remember that a lot of people have voted for Romney already
and when he attacks him he alienates his supporters.

Focus on Obama.
Focus on Democrats.
Tell us YOUR plan.

NeoKong on February 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

will hit the mute button when dear leader’s mug appears…can’t tolerate the tripe that he willbe spewing as i’m eating my chicken wings and drinkning my cold brew…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I’ll hit the OFF button. Can’t stand the sight of him either!

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

“when I said three I didn’t mean three earth years.”

vcferlita on February 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

” … things will pick up this afternoon when The One sits down with Matt Lauer during NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show for a little class warfare before kickoff. No word yet on the exact time (I’d guess between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., when more people are tuning in), but given O’s track record with these things, it’ll be worth watching.” ALP

I went to see a football game and a softball game broke out.
You should know by now that Lauer is going to tee up softballs for the Black Narcissus, all the while drooling and worshipping the man-child in mom-jeans. Besides, a FIVE HOUR “pre-game show”?
Give me a break.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Gingrich will be dull?? SERIOUSLY? Did you miss his epic meltdown last nite? The new tone?_

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

spot on….

i’d be happy if they started the game at 3pm eastern

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

yup

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

“No, three like in college, so that’s three and three quarters for me.”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on February 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Look, I know Nevada may appear to be a dull win, but to ignore Newt’s presser and Mitt’s speech is puzzling at best…

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

he said we treat him ‘like a dawg…’ so maybe he meant 3 dog years?? that’s 21 people years or something/

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

from what i gather, newt was sort of a whiner last night?

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Gingrich’s Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse

By Victor Davis Hanson
February 5, 2012 12:52 A.M.

Newt Gingrich’s post–Nevada caucus speech included about three minutes of inspired moments about issues and ideas in his usual imaginative and intellectually robust style. So why does he not just stay with that — given that he often seems more dynamic and glib than Romney in his attacks on Obama, and not long ago gained ground despite the attacks against him? Instead, he now turns ad nauseam to the tired reasons why he loses — yes, including lots of Mormons in Nevada — and ends up as Richard Nixon not going to get kicked around any more.

But whether he knows it or not, Gingrich is becoming a caricature of petulance: no concession in Nevada, no call to Romney, no awareness that his inability to raise money at levels of a political rival or to match a competing campaign organization is not necessarily unfair. That’s politics, and Gingrich knows it. I don’t understand why he thinks now losing to Romney in 2012 is solely due to Romney’s innate deviousness in a way McCain beating Romney in 2008 was not — given that Romney was about the same in both 2008 and 2012. Gingrich seems oblivious to the fact that McCain’s style and history gave him advantages over Romney’s money and hardball in ways Gingrich’s own proven liabilities apparently do not.

Gingrich should carefully play a tape of his post–Nevada caucus performance, and then he would quickly grasp that it was little more than a litany of excuses, whining, and accusations — characterized by stream-of-conscious confessionals and rambling repetitions. And, I think, will hurt him more than anything yet in the campaign.

More:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/290188/gingrich-s-speech-how-make-bad-night-worse-victor-davis-hanson

mountainaires on February 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The One sits down with Matt Lauer during NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show

I am certain of one thing, Oblamer is no fan of Patriots

hillsoftx on February 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Sounds like a pretty boring morning. Think I’ll stick to a satellite radio country channel.

cartooner on February 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

mountainaires on February 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

thanks for the linky

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I am certain of one thing, Oblamer is no fan of Patriots…

hillsoftx on February 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And he is certainly no giant among men.

cartooner on February 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I didn’t see Debbie Downer in that lineup. Guess she figured she said all she needed to say in her press release last night.

“This week we’ve seen more evidence of the candidate who will say anything to get elected. On every issue important to Nevadans and all Americans– from jobs and housing to immigration –Mitt Romney might try to tell voters what they want to hear, but the fact is he’s on the wrong side of the issues.

“Romney is running on his private sector experience and job creation record, but what he won’t tell voters is that he was actually a corporate raider who lined his pockets by running companies into the ground, closing factories, firing workers and sending jobs overseas. He’s tried to pander to Hispanic voters, when he’s already called the DREAM Act a ‘handout’ and promised to veto it if he had the chance. And he says he wants to help America’s struggling homeowners, but he hasn’t offered a single plan to do so – what’s worse, earlier this week he doubled down on the outrageous statement he originally made in Nevada that we should let the foreclosure process ‘hit the bottom.

“But Mitt Romney’s failed agenda isn’t just wrong for Nevadans – it’s wrong for the entire country. Every week, every contest, everywhere he goes, Romney has shown he’s out of touch with the needs of the middle class and doesn’t understand what American families are going through. In Florida, he said the banks are feeling the same pain as families are feeling – going into Nevada, he said he isn’t concerned about the very poor.

“The truth is we’re ready to face any of the Republican candidates because they are all fundamentally flawed, and they all support the policies of the past that drove our economy to the brink of collapse. But thanks to President Obama’s leadership, we are starting to dig ourselves out. So while the GOP field keeps trying to drag our country backward, the President will continue to move America forward – and come November, the choice for voters will be crystal-clear.”

“But thanks to President Obama’s leadership, we are starting to dig ourselves out.”

LOL Yeah, sure Debs. And you’re one of the most tolerant, bi-partisan and truthful Dems in Congress.

Flora Duh on February 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Does this clown have any idea how many Americans despise him?

I guess not.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Key West Reader on February 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

the bubble he is in, is pretty huge…valerie is the gatekeeper…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Somma yall are jus upset Newt picked the Giants ‘steada your team. He did fine last night and has a lot of fight left in him. Too bad Mitt can’t articulate his beliefs and thoughts on conservatism but then you have to be one to know it.

Kissmygrits on February 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

valerie is the gatekeeper…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

More like cryptkeeper.

Flora Duh on February 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

“Meet The Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet.

Nah. Your best bet is watching the Chelsea v Man U match on Fox!

rcpjr on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Does this clown have any idea how many Americans despise him?

I guess not.

Key West Reader on February 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He loves himself enough to more than outweigh those of us who despise him.

Othniel on February 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

valerie is the gatekeeper…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

She is his Rasputin, and a nasty little troll in her own right.

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Does this clown have any idea how many Americans despise him?

Who, Newt?

BacaDog on February 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Thank you for the link – most enlightening.

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Well,

The “Puppy Bowl” starts at 3 … probably will watch that instead of NBC spews….

ProfShadow on February 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Flora Duh on February 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

heh

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

good one…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

not for nothing, but gregory is an a$$…i don’t care who the gop folk talking with him, he is a major putz

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Whoopie!
No TV now, thank God.
The only saving grace would be the packers in the BIG GAME. This game will be boring IMHO.

And then I have to work at 11:00.

JimboHoffa on February 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

“Romney is running on his private sector experience and job creation record, but what he won’t tell voters is that he was actually a corporate raider who lined his pockets by running companies into the ground, closing factories, firing workers and sending jobs overseas. He’s tried to pander to Hispanic voters, when he’s already called the DREAM Act a ‘handout’ and promised to veto it if he had the chance. And he says he wants to help America’s struggling homeowners, but he hasn’t offered a single plan to do so – what’s worse, earlier this week he doubled down on the outrageous statement he originally made in Nevada that we should let the foreclosure process ‘hit the bottom.

“But Mitt Romney’s failed agenda isn’t just wrong for Nevadans – it’s wrong for the entire country. Every week, every contest, everywhere he goes, Romney has shown he’s out of touch with the needs of the middle class and doesn’t understand what American families are going through. In Florida, he said the banks are feeling the same pain as families are feeling – going into Nevada, he said he isn’t concerned about the very poor.” – Debbie Downer

That sounds about right to me.
Romney is gafftastic! And a left-of-center loon who WILL lose.
ØbaJobi can hardly wait to begin the assaults. Too bad Mittens is such a wimp he needs surrogates to derail any and all opposition.
“But, but, it’s MY turn”. Ya … You run on that DoleMcMittens.

I worked for a Romney type of “turn-around specialist”, and I gotta say that DWS nailed it. Watch for that meme to sink the American military-hating Romney and Family.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The early hours today look dull — “Meet the Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet — but things will pick up this afternoon when The One sits down with Matt Lauer during “NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show” for a little class warfare before kickoff.

excerpt: Allahpundit

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listens2glenn on February 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Mitt Romney’s character revealed. A preview of the coming Romney Presidency.

Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

As one of the commentors said there, Mitt’s character was never an issue. It’s his positions (or, in some cases, lack thereof) that I have a problem with. Mormonism is also a significant put-off – and I’m not even a Christian.

Archivarix on February 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The good thing about living in Hawaii today is that we can compare the Sunday talk shows in their entirety, as they try to get America to understand that Pres. Obama is as relevant as the Super Bowl. Reminder for Pres. Obama, the Super Bowl is and American made product and dose more good for its viewers in one day that President Obama does in a week or longer.

MSGTAS on February 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Nah. Your best bet is watching the Chelsea v Man U match on Fox!

rcpjr on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hell yeah! Go Blues!

Trafalgar on February 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Newt unhinged: The Video, all 22:11 of it. It begins with policy differences. Fine. It rapidly goes down hill once the eeevil media begin to ask questions at around 4:20…

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Thanks for the link, Danish. I fell asleep last night before the presser and only caught the last 10 minutes of Bret and the panel on Fox. Based on their comments, it didn’t sound good for Newt, but I want to see for myself first.

BacaDog on February 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Mitt Romney’s character revealed. A preview of the coming Romney Presidency.

Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Willard’s pal Gay, who later teamed up with the Huntsman Family, is a Mormon.
I wonder: of all the missing children, why Mitt only chose to help a fellow traveler? Next, someone will claim that he helped find Elizabeth Smart.
BFD
Most people have NO idea about Willard’s core beliefs. Now that’s sad. ChicagØbama underwent religious scrutiny, why not Willard’s clan?
There’s a reason that the Mormon Mafia exists. Only the anti-intellectual elítists and poorly educated and apathetic “average” Americans don’t care. Hell, one might as well vote for Tom Cruise.
Now there’s a thought … A Scientologist in the White House!
(at least Cruise can memorize his lines – chuckle)
MMM MMM Good!
(ahem)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Newt unhinged: The Video, all 22:11 of it. It begins with policy differences. Fine. It rapidly goes down hill once the eeevil media begin to ask questions at around 4:20…

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I missed Mitt’s speech – do you have a link to that?

I saw most of Newt’s.

gophergirl on February 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

itsnotaboutme

yourright

Speakup on February 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

where’s that camel that Ed was talkin’ ’bout?

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

The hump is spittin’ mad that he’s not getting any coverage out on the stump.

Flange on February 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Lauer will be at the White House this weekend for the annual live pre-game presidential interview.

They act like this has been going on every year and all Presidents have been doing this. I don’t remember W giving a “Super Bowl presidential interview.” It’s like this is a semi-SOTU speech. I’m so sick of seeing the Obamas and federal government everywhere that they shouldn’t be. Get out of my life!

conservative pilgrim on February 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Some gems from the Fox News Panel, immediately after Newt’s press conference -

A.B. Stoddard: This will be remembered as one of the most remarkable moments of the entire 2012 election, primary and general. He came out and wandered in minutiae about petty complaints, about a game he should have been prepared for. He has been staggered and stunned and shocked over the back and forth with Mitt Romney. … He was in the weeds. It was a very, very strange event. And it was to announce a new positive campaign, by the way.

BILL KRISTOL: There was not a lot of, honestly, graciousness, I didn’t think, in his demeanor tonight.

STEVE HAYES: This is what flailing looks like. This was not a pretty performance, I think, by Newt Gingrich. He at one point said that he didn’t know — he was very surprised that Mitt Romney was going to go negative after Romney lost South Carolina so decisively. If that is true, Newt Gingrich was the only person in the country who didn’t know that Mitt Romney was going to go negative going into Florida. He makes these arguments that undermine the rationale for his own campaign. He says, ‘Mitt Romney was dishonest on the stage next to me’ — what does he think Barack Obama is going to be? ‘I was outspent’ — what does he think Barack Obama’s going to do?”

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

gophergirl on February 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I linked to the video – all 22 agonizing minutes. As it’s not to be missed, I’ll link to it again.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And then there’s this:

Headline: Gingrich Patron Could Have a Plan B: Romney

LAS VEGAS — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino executive keeping Newt Gingrich’s presidential hopes alive, has relayed assurances to Mitt Romney that he will provide even more generous support to his candidacy if he becomes the Republican nominee, several associates said in interviews here.

[snip]

Several people who have spoken with Mr. Adelson over the past two weeks said he would most likely continue to help the group as long as Mr. Gingrich remained in the race. But, they said, he is concerned that additional deep-pocketed donors have not joined him. And, they said, his affection for and loyalty to Mr. Gingrich, who met with him here on Friday, have not blinded him to the reality that the nominating contest is tilting in Mr. Romney’s favor.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Here’s what the Brits think of Newtie this morning. It’s not pretty. Tragic.

http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/02/newt-gingrichs-bizarree-new-campaign-strategy.html

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

POTUS should steer clear of the Super Bowl. Politicians and sport do not mix… then again that’s what we get when a cult of personality is elected…

mjbrooks3 on February 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Most people have NO idea about Willard’s core beliefs. Now that’s sad. ChicagØbama underwent religious scrutiny, why not Willard’s clan?

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I’m staying away from your Mormon analysis (It shouldn’t matter), but the people of Massachusetts, in an all Dem state (by county) know what Romney believes. Says something. The rest of us have no clue because Romney’s positions come with expiration dates. Here’s a quiz on Romney’s positions I came across recently. See how you fare.

conservative pilgrim on February 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

OOPS, I left comment about Sheldon Adelson which hasn’t showed up yet – used wrong link. Here’s link to NYT. Don’t shoot the messenger…

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I thought Newt’s mention of using a springboard to help the poor was hilarious. How does he plan on getting them to jump?

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

“What the poor need is a trampoline so they can spring up,” Gingrich said. “So I want to replace a safety net with a trampoline.”

I don’t like Mitt or Newt but, at least, use correct quotes.

Fallon on February 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The Super Bowl will divert attention away from the campaign today (probably something to be thankful about).

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Here’s how the Lauer oral sex interview is going to go:

“Mr. President, three years ago you sat here and told me that if you didn’t turn the economy around, you’d be a one-term president. The economy is now roaring back, we had those great new jobs numbers this week, you saved the car companies and they’re breaking all sales records, the Dow is climbing to historic heights. Did you know three years ago that your policies – which most Republicans refused to support – would be so effective in turning around the Bush recession?”

That is pretty much verbatim what Lauer’s first question will be.

Rational Thought on February 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Well,

The Puppy Bowl starts at 3 … probably will watch that instead of NBC spews….

ProfShadow on February 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Count me in! Puppy Bowl VIII!

Fallon on February 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Somma yall are jus upset Newt picked the Giants ‘steada your team. He did fine last night and has a lot of fight left in him. Too bad Mitt can’t articulate his beliefs and thoughts on conservatism but then you have to be one to know it.

Kissmygrits on February 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Ha, that and just that they’re Romney trolls/drones.

Newt was great last night; Newt’s conservative, Romney’s not. You’re right, you have to be a conservative to know conservatism.

Mitt’s revealing his true liberal beliefs for all to see. It’s fun to watch all of his cheerleaders try to cover for him though. Like, gee, golly, Mitt is new to conservatism, so he hasn’t learned how to ‘speak it’ yet. Ugh.

IndeCon on February 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Newt did manage to get this right:

I think the contrast between Governor Romney and me is going to get wider and wider and clearer and clearer over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, some gems from Romney’s speech:

“Four years ago, candidate Obama came to Nevada, promising to help,” Romney told a boisterous crowd here at his victory party. “Today, Nevada unemployment is over 12%, home values have plummeted, and Nevada’s foreclosure rate is the highest in the nation. I’ve walked in Nevada neighborhoods, blighted by abandoned homes, where people wonder why Barack Obama failed them.

“Well, Mr. President, Nevada has had enough of your kind of help!”

~~~

“This week, he’s been trying to take a bow for 8.3% unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President,” said Romney, to the delight of the crowd. “We welcome any good news on the jobs front, but it is thanks to the innovation of the American people in the private sector, and not to you, Mr. President.”

And my personal fave:

“Our mission is to increase the freedom and opportunity of the American people,” said Romney, surrounded by family members, including a passel of grandkids. “Our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States. We will build an America where ‘hope’ is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker.”

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Mitt Romney’s character revealed. A preview of the coming Romney Presidency.

Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Why have I never heard that story until now?

JohnGalt23 on February 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Remember, it was during his last Super Bowl interview with Lauer that he uttered the infamous line about needing to turn things around in three years or else he’d be a one-termer. That was … three years ago.

So basically, NBC has the video of the same person interviewing Obama today on the Super Bowl pre-game show hearing Obama tell him three years ago on the Super Bowl pre-game show that he needed to turn the country around in three years.

Prior to the release of the unemployment numbers on Friday, I would have said the odds were about zero that NBC would allow Matt Lauer to use the 2009 video of Obama’s statement to have him comment on it. But now I’d guess there’s about a 30-50 percent chance … after Matt’s put in all the qualifiers about the lower jobless rate to make sure he tees it up for the president to smack (i.e. — Lauer’s not asking him about that drop of 1.2 million people in the nation’s labor force that accompanied the .2 drop in the jobless rate).

jon1979 on February 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Newt’s about to appear on Face the Nation. I’m not sure if I want to watch.

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

STEVE HAYES: “This is what flailing looks like. This was not a pretty performance, I think, by Newt Gingrich.”

I think that Newt is purposefully trying to restrain himself. In doing so however, he risks losing it all. He’ll never endorse Mittens of course. I imagine that the man does have some principles.
And, given the remaining field, that’s good enough for me.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Fallon on February 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

MIne is more accurate, since a trampoline just goes up and down – on the spot. A springboard is used to spring forward. It still doesn’t explain how he gets them to jump.

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

The early hours today look dull — “Meet the Press,” which leads with Gingrich, is probably your best bet —

Just finished watching the Gregory-Gingrich interview. Gregory grossly misstated the Obama administration’s decision on Catholic institutions–other than Catholic churches. Sadly, Newt didn’t hammer him on the mistake. Yes, Catholic churches are exempt from the DHS’s rule to require all health plan provide contraception welfare (no co-pays, no deductibles). But Gregory went further to insist that the exemption applied to all Catholic institutions. Gingrich blew it. He shouldn’t have allowed Gregory to muck up the issue. In a backhanded way, Gingrich kinda sorta corrected him, but he didn’t beat him over the head and insist that he clarify the position. Low information voters will watch it and see it as GOP politics, rather than the issue of religious liberty that it is.

BuckeyeSam on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No one is really remarking about this, but it is critical to the outcome of the TEXAS PRIMARY upon which Newt Gingrich has staked his entire campaign. There are 155 delegates at stake.

But no one knows WHEN TEXAS will actually hold its primary.

http://www.news-journal.com/panola/news/texas-primary-election-schedule-nowhere-in-sight/article_eb3895d1-6ec6-541e-b8a6-bd778f329fb3.html

mountainaires on February 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

MIne is more accurate, since a trampoline just goes up and down – on the spot. A springboard is used to spring forward. It still doesn’t explain how he gets them to jump.

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

School choice is a nice start. The GOP should be beating the inner cities with that message.

BuckeyeSam on February 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Mitt Romney’s character revealed. A preview of the coming Romney Presidency.
Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Why have I never heard that story until now?
JohnGalt23 on February 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Here’s another one for you from Jack’s Welch’s wife, Suzy Welch, who worked with Romney at Bain. Most poignant are her words about Mitt’s leadership, how beautifully Mitt handled Lockerbie crash, which killed two Bain employees.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

That is pretty much verbatim what Lauer’s first question will be.

Rational Thought on February 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

There is no doubt in my mind that you are 1000% correct.

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Watching Meet the Press now. Newt is kicking ass. “The social safety net has become a spiderweb.”

David Gregory is a puke.

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

mountainaires on February 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I saw that link in the Daily Mail blog. I’ve heard about that issue in the past, but did not know if it had been resolved.

That is a great point. If the TX issue is not resolved by tomorrow, the primary date will be moved again. That is assuming that it will even be held.

Could get interesting.

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

MIne is more accurate, since a trampoline just goes up and down – on the spot. A springboard is used to spring forward. It still doesn’t explain how he gets them to jump.

OldEnglish on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’ve never seen anyone hang in the air (only going up) from a springboard. In fact, they usually end up at a lower point after jumping off a springboard (think of diving into a pool). Maybe a ladder would be a better metaphor.

But, you are not more accurate when you say “I thought Newt’s mention of using a springboard to help the poor…,” since he didn’t say it. I gave you the correct quote. The candidates say enough stupid things without making stuff up. That’s all.

Fallon on February 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

David Gregory is a puke.

Naturally Curly on February 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Supporters of all GOP candidates are able to reach consensus on that position.

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Newt was quite contained during his short appearance on FTN. Thank goodness.

Guiliani is annoying.

Philly on February 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Gingrich should carefully play a tape of his post–Nevada caucus performance, and then he would quickly grasp that it was little more than a litany of excuses, whining, and accusations — characterized by stream-of-conscious confessionals and rambling repetitions. And, I think, will hurt him more than anything yet in the campaign.

More:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/290188/gingrich-s-speech-how-make-bad-night-worse-victor-davis-hanson

mountainaires on February 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Didn’t see Mitt’s speech last night, but I trust VDH to be an impartial observer.

Sadly, the Mitt-Bots will read this and claim that VDH must have been watching a different speech. In fact, there are even a couple of them commenting at your link, still claiming Newt is the “better candidate”.

Del Dolemonte on February 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The One sits down with Matt Lauer during NBC’s endless Super Bowl pre-game show

I am certain of one thing, Oblamer is no fan of Patriots…

hillsoftx on February 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

O’bama refused to make a pick for the game. After all, it’s 2 Blue State Teams.

Del Dolemonte on February 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

one n’ done.

where’s that camel that Ed was talkin’ ’bout?

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

ted -Didn’t you see the picture leading to the thread?
Oh! You thought, those big humps were ears!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

will hit the mute button when dear leader’s mug appears…can’t tolerate the tripe that he willbe spewing as i’m eating my chicken wings and drinkning my cold brew…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Wouldn’t it be nice if a TV manufacturer installed voice recognition software that would allow you to pre-mute any voices you did not want to hear? That way you could block Obama, Moochelle, Axelrod, or even celebrities that offend one’s ears.

TXUS on February 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Ha! Jerry Doyle, Sin City Talk Radio host:

I will say this concerning Mitt Romney’s victory in Vegas. The guy who doesn’t smoke, the guy who doesn’t drink, walks out of this town a winner. I think people should reassess their priorities when they come here.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Mitt Romney’s character revealed. A preview of the coming Romney Presidency.

Basilsbest on February 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Here’s another one for you from Jack’s Welch’s wife, Suzy Welch, who worked with Romney at Bain. Most poignant are her words about Mitt’s leadership, how beautifully Mitt handled Lockerbie crash, which killed two Bain employees.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Inasmuch as such stories reveal a side of Romney some folks may not know about, I am dubious of the “my guy cares more about people” than your guy does. That is the entirety of Obama’s campaign, and it is total BS. Romney should not even think about getting into a war of pathos with the president. No good ever comes of that for conservatives because the MSM just spins “caring” to mean big government spending programs. I want to see Romney wage a war of ethos and logos – integrity, genuine intellectual acuity and proven competence. Those are the qualities Americans will vote for.

Rational Thought on February 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Didn’t see Mitt’s speech last night, but I trust VDH to be an impartial observer.
Del Dolemonte on February 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

C-SPAN link to video and transcripts.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Ha! Exactly according to what we know of his character, Zero has to inject himself into Superbowl Sunday. The textbook narcissist proves it once again.

stvnscott on February 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Rational Thought on February 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Agreed vis a vis Obama, but ‘true conservatives’ may be interested to learn more about our candidates.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I missed Mitt’s speech – do you have a link to that?

I saw most of Newt’s.

gophergirl on February 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

You have noticed that Perry has been very quiet lately, right? As in silent. You know why because I already told you.

He will be the one.

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to NOT have the channel on at that time. I seriously do not want my Superbowl Sunday ruined by obama.

so-notbuyingit on February 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Meet the Press?
Beat the Bu11sh!t!
Mayor Bloomberg is wearing Rick Santy’s sweater vest under his suit coat…and the Democrats are using the word “investment” gain and again and again!
OT…(just a thought)…have you noticed that most 1%’s don’t have a full head of hair? Doe’s a “widow’s peak” cost money?

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Who just typed that?
a gain….doe’s? again and does

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

can’t tolerate the tripe that he will be spewing as i’m eating my chicken wings and drinkning my cold brew…

cmsinaz on February 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I hear you..:)

PS..Wings and Cold Beer sounds good..Even this early in the morning..:)

Dire Straits on February 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Alternate headline, Oboobi to give KOD at 4:30 today for Superbowl game.

AH_C on February 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Somebody should ask Jugears if he knows which end of the football is the head and which end is the tail.

He’ll suck that lure up like a dumb trout.

platypus on February 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I won’t waste the electricity!

vietvet68 on February 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Lauer is going to tee up softballs for the Black Narcissus, all the while drooling and worshipping the man-child in mom-jeans.
Karl Magnus on February 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I would love (LOVE) for those two idiots to toss the ol’ pigskin around a bit! We saw how adept Odumbo was at throwing a baseball–let’s see that tight spiral, champ!

I would actually be confident of a GOP win at that point.

RedCrow on February 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

he said we treat him ‘like a dawg…’ so maybe he meant 3 dog years?? that’s 21 people years or something/

ted c on February 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Beat me to it!
NBC is very nice to interview JugEars at this particular moment during the campaign season, by the way!
For Boooooooosh…they would have said…”Oh we can’t do an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, since the other candidate’s would declare equal time!”

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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