Newt: I won’t exit the race until Mitt Romney hits 1,144

posted at 6:07 pm on March 26, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Newt Gingrich confirms with this statement what everybody already knew: His purpose in the race at this point is less to secure the nomination himself (or even to spearhead a movement, like Ron Paul) than to thwart Mitt Romney. Same ol’ story:

Gingrich told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he won’t get out of the race until former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) – who Gingrich described as “the weakest frontrunner in modern times” — secures the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination.

“I think the morning that he gets 1,144 that are locked down, then I think he can claim to be the nominee,” Gingrich said. …

“Obviously, if (Romney) becomes the nominee, I will support him. . . . If he doesn’t win the nomination, then it’s going to be wide open and then we’re going to have a conversation for those 60 days,” he said, referring to the length of time between the last nominating contest in June and the national convention in August.

Asked about Santorum’s viability in the race, Gingrich responded that “he doesn’t have a guaranteed lock any more than I do or Mitt Romney does.”

Is it even feasible to stop Romney anymore, though? The day after the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, The Examiner’s Tim Carney wrote an excellent piece that asked the question, “Can the non-Mitts improve by 17 percent?” According to the delegate math at that point, the non-Romneys had to win at least 55 percent of the remaining delegates to stop Romney from securing the nomination. As Carney pointed out, that might not sound like a lot, especially divided among three candidates — but it required them to perform better than they had up to that point. Up until March 14, the non-Romneys had won just 44 percent of the vote.

So, what has happened since then? Missouri began its caucus process — but we won’t know the exact results until June. Romney won Puerto Rico and Illinois. Rick Santorum won Louisiana. Not bad for the non-Mitts, eh? Actually, it is. Romney took 70 of 91 delegates, which means the non-Mitts took just 21 or about 23 percent of the available delegates. That’s a far cry from the 55 percent they need to capture to stop Mitt.

What whiplash I have from my own opinions about this race! One day, I want the challengers out so I can attempt to reconcile myself to Romney. The next day, like today, I sympathize with the challengers. As I wrote this morning, it is perplexing that we’ll mostly likely end this eventful primary season by selecting for ourselves a candidate who, as Rick Santorum says, is “uniquely disqualified” to hit Obama where it hurts — on Obamacare. Probably I feel that way today because, with the hearings on Capitol Hill, I’m reminded of the many weaknesses of Obamacare.

For all that I might be able to sympathize with Santorum and Gingrich on the substance of the race, the reality still is as it was: Mitt Romney will in all likelihood be the nominee.


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Newt, I love you. There was a time when I thought you had a shot and you were great at the debates. But it’s over, and you’re spoiling any chance that Santorum has.

Let it be a two-man race and let the party decide its direction.

Please. Drop out now.

Rixon on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And thus he makes sure that it happens.

Newt has disqualified himself with his titanic ego. He would not make a good president.

wildcat72 on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

He has my total support in his efforts.

astonerii on March 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Tina,Tina ,Tina. Sigh!

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Anything, that prevents romneycare getting to 1,144, I like!

Danielvito on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Newt is Obama’s surrogate now. Spoilers are the worst.

rubberneck on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I have a pet name for Newton Leroy Gingrich. I don’t really want to say what it is, but I’ll give you a hint: It starts with a “jack” and ends with an “a$$.”

rogaineguy on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

By the way, has romneycare commented today about Obamacare and it’s mandates at the Supreme Court! Didn’t think so!

Danielvito on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, Mittbots, but until romneycare gets 1,144 delegates HE’S NOT THE NOMINEE! No candidate should bend over for romneycare, though he’s such a squish he’d probably like it!

Danielvito on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

And what prevents him from getting there, newt continuing to lose?

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

For all that I might be able to sympathize with Santorum and Gingrich on the substance of the race, the reality still is as it was: Mitt Romney will in all likelihood be the nominee.

Mittbots are in a world of disappointment.

promachus on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

A-hole.

RedNewEnglander on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Newt: I won’t exit the race until Mitt Romney hits 1,144

Unlike everything else about the chameleon, it’s ego doesn’t change colors.

rukiddingme on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Newt’s going to give the best speech at the convention.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

So what if Newt stays in until the end? He’s completely irrelevant now.

Romney will have this thing wrapped as early as May 29 with Texas, or at the latest, June 5th with New Jersey and California.

Firecracker729 on March 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!
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(I’m… just subbing…)

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Newt’s going to give the best speech at the convention.
Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Why would he speak at the convention?

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Yes, it’s Newt’s fault that Gov. Romney is producing vast support.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’m glad Newt is staying in. While I voted for Romney in 2008, I am not yet convinced this time around. If Romney overcomes all the opposition and wins, he will be stronger for it and I will vote for him.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

EgoNewt is a fighter- and wants the chance to call Ocommie a “Food Stamp Prez” – one more time……

FlaMurph on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

the reality still is as it was: Mitt Romney will in all likelihood be the nominee.

That Tina had to add “in all likelihood” tells the story of 2012.

Weak, weak tea.

Also the TEA fell into the harbor.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Why wouldn’t he? I would imagine both he and Sen. Santorum will rally their supporters to the single goal of beating The Won.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

EgoNewt is a fighter- and wants the chance to call Ocommie a “Food Stamp Prez” – one more time……

FlaMurph on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

No one else does.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

“I think the morning that he gets 1,144 that are locked down, then I think he can claim to be the nominee,” Gingrich said. …

What an idiot.

rich801 on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Huckabee did the same thing in 2008… It might earn Huckabee a VP nod in 2012… Can’t say the same about Newt in 2016 though

gatorboy on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Did you guys hear Bob Beckell on the Five say he rode a train with Gingrich and Newt said that he’s in the race so that Obama doesn’t have time to dig up stuff on Romney or something like that?

I caught it out of the side when I was doing something else, but I don’t know if said Newt was doing this to spite Mitt or protect him?

Pcoop on March 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Newt is Obama’s surrogate now. Spoilers are the worst.

rubberneck on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Yet, Axelrod and Obama respond to every fart word Newt lets utters.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Gingrich= sore loser.

To have a temper tantrum is to have a gingrich.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Going for Political Broke!!

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

What an idiot.

rich801 on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Who Rmoney or Newt?

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

but I don’t know if said Newt was doing this to spite Mitt or protect him?

Pcoop on March 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

After Mitt, his PACs and dough, cut Newt’s guts, blood and flesh out, I’d do it to spite him.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

REVENGE!!! served cold lol.

poor bitter old man.

hanzblinx on March 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Who Rmoney or Newt?

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Great comment :) Dire on March 26….

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Newt cares more about Newt than the future of our country. This gets more obvious every day he stays in the race.

deuce on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

REVENGE!!! served cold lol.

poor bitter old man.

hanzblinx on March 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

No one deserves it more than Mitt.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Rick threw a Gingrich over that reporter’s question.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

You know, people don’t have to vote for Newt in the primaries that are left. I hate to break it to everyone, but Rick is not a good candidate-voters up to this point have said as much. Face it, we have terrible choices this cycle. But, anyone but Obama!!

Static21 on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Newt cares more about Newt than the future of our country. This gets more obvious every day he stays in the race.

deuce on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

All 5 weasels who are running are in this same state.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Who will be paying for this Newt?

JPeterman on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Newt needs therapy.

Pork-Chop on March 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I have a pet name for Newton Leroy Gingrich. I don’t really want to say what it is, but I’ll give you a hint: It starts with a “jack” and ends with an “a$$.”

rogaineguy on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Etchy-Sketchy

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Danny Devito is worse than the usually leftist trolls.

jawkneemusic on March 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Sorry, starting over

I have a pet name for Newton Leroy Gingrich Mitt.

rogaineguy on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

All 5 weasels who are running are in this same state.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Can’t argue with you there, we are again in the situation of picking the best of the worst. yay

deuce on March 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Newt’s going to give the best speech at the convention.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

It’s entirely possible he’ll be denied that opportunity. And it is clear he is building himself a cabin in the.political wilderness.

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Who Rmoney or Newt?

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Who was I quoting?

rich801 on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Newt needs therapy.

Pork-Chop on March 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The entire country does, but don’t worry, The Affordable Care Act will cover all.

JP, the taxpayers will be paying for it all, no matter who makes it.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

That is more like it.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

He has my total support in his efforts.

astonerii on March 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I agree, why should anyone of them drop out?

If Romney is going to get the nomination he can work for it, there is no reason to just handed it to him as if he’s entitled. It actually helps Romney’s credibility if he has to fight for the nomination. Of course the Mobys won’t agree, because they want the republican primary wrapped up so the left can start attacking Romney now and soften him up for Obama, and the general.

Dr Evil on March 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Can’t argue with you there, we are again in the situation of picking the best of the worst. yay

deuce on March 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yep, doing same thing, expecting different results…we all need therapy.

The Affordable Care Act will cover all.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Newt is Obama’s surrogate now. Spoilers are the worst.

rubberneck on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Yet, Axelrod and Obama respond to every fart word Newt lets utters.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

My guess is that Newt will have the strongest and most eloquent criticisms of Obama regarding the Florida incident and Obama’s statement to Medvedev. Perhaps Romney will learn from Newt how to attack Obama and his fellow race baiters.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

.
Sticks and Stones…….with no rubber and no glue.

FlaMurph on March 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

That’s what I love about Republicans. Do anything for the middle and ostracize all who appeal to the base . There is no end to the winning tactics.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Dr Evil on March 26, 2012 at 6:29

Right, like the Obama administration is sitting around wondering who our nominee is going to be.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on March 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

In general you’re right, but all the fools, from both sides, already declared Zimmerman guilty.

I hope the Hispanics will punish all 5 of them.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:32 PM

JPeterman on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Those who contribute, same as always. He has no power to tax anyone.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Well since Romney very limply said that Obama’s traitorous remarks to the Russians is “alarming”, I guess we need to keep the other guys in the race.

ALARMING???????????????? WTF.

Obama is selling our country’s safety and defense down to the Russians and the best our leading delegate candidate can say is ALARMING?????????????

karenhasfreedom on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Newt’s going to give the best speech at the convention.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Based on his extremely uneven event speeches thus far, the Republican Party would be very unwise to let him give a speech at the convention. It’s 50-50 whether they would get good Newt or bad Newt. The last thing the Republican party needs is more bad Newt. They can find more reliable speakers.

talkingpoints on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

They can find more reliable speakers.

talkingpoints on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

None beat Zell Miller.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

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canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The Obama-Romney debates on ObamaCare and healthcare policy should be entertaining to see how Romney tries to spin it. I don’t think the state vs federal thing is going to work.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Newt cares more about Newt than the future of our country. This gets more obvious every day he stays in the race.

deuce on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

EgoNewt will/may get a nice book deal out of this……. or at least get a big jump start for his new company’s, “Li’l Colored boy Janitor training schools-of America”, franchising and licensing.

FlaMurph on March 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Newt is still the best candidate compared to Romney and Santorum.

Newt is smart to hang in there while the other two self-implode.

Sparky5253 on March 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

talkingpoints on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Oh please.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I do. But I also think there are other issues to debate.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I doubt Romney only cares about the country. He’s in it for himself just like Newt and Santorum. Let’s stop pretending Romney has no ego. They all do.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Go Newt!

donyalola on March 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

You know, people don’t have to vote for Newt in the primaries that are left. I hate to break it to everyone, but Rick is not a good candidate-voters up to this point have said as much. Face it, we have terrible choices this cycle. But, anyone but Obama!!

Static21 on March 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

This is why I am hoping for a brokered convention. Let’s his the reset button for NONE of the above this time.

karenhasfreedom on March 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

That’s what I love about Republicans. Do anything for the middle and ostracize all who appeal to the base . There is no end to the winning tactics.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I understand the perception; certainly that’s the course Mitt has chosen. But it seems to me that Newt’s campaign has never risen above a an exercise in vanity, partly because his base-oriented rants have been in a set with his usual pompous ‘great notions’ that are anything but conservative.

Meanwhile, I think Santorum has greatly improved his political future with a consistently accelerating drive toward a conservative compendium of ideas.

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

The problem is Romney’s been pretty liberal on every issue under the sun. It’s going to be awkward for him to debate Obama. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

FlaMurph on March 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

He never said “coloered kids only should work”.

Stop this, or you are no different than liberal4life.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I’m all for a long, dragged out, bare-knuckles primary. I’m all for Mitt having to scrape and scratch for every delegate. I’m all for True Conservatives having a real voice, and holding RINO establishment candidates’ feet to the fire. Romney is a better candidate for going through this process, and the ones who would crack under the pressure have cracked and are gone.

Except one. Santorum needs to go. He’s not hurting Romney now, he’s hurting the Republican brand, and that’s going to hurt Romney in the general. Romney is teflon at this point, and his negatives are baked into the cake. He’s weathered all the attacks, and he has shown himself to be pretty unflappable, yet capable of vigorous ruthlessness when attacked. He stays on message, he acts Presidential, and he lets surragates do his dirty work for him. He could win against Obama.

Santorum is becoming a caricature of every negative stereotype people have about Republicans. He is single-handedly responsible for the Democrats getting the electorate’s attention off the economy and onto specious issues like contraception. His surge empowered well-meaning but politically clueless social-cons in Virginia to push a disastrous transvaginal ultrasound law, the repercussions of which may keep the Commonwealth blue in 2008. Alone, his claim that there is no diffference between Romney and Obama, to the point where we might as well just leave the incumbent in office, makes him unfit to be taken seriously as a candidate. He’s pretty much working for the other side now; he just doesn’t know it.

Believe me, TrueCons, I feel your pain. We could have used a genuine conservative alternative to Obama, and he or she could have won. We didn’t get one. Santorum is not it. He’s a fake. Let him go.

Why shouldn’t Newt stay around? He’s smart, entertaining and, since he’s no longer taken seriously, he’s stopped making a national ass out of himself. He’s not working for them anymore.

Mr. Arkadin on March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

S/b colored

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I was ok with flip flopping in general, I would have flip flopped on RomneyCare. I think Romney’s advisers didn’t serve him well there. I would have said I had personal problems with it but it’s what the people of Mass wanted, but he double downs on it as a good idea.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I’m lovin’ it. Let these RINOs eat each other.

MadisonConservative on March 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

The problem is Romney’s been pretty liberal on every issue under the sun. It’s going to be awkward for him to debate Obama. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.
Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

How about this: The problem is Obama has lied about every issue under the sun. It’s going to be awkward for him to debate anyone. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’m lovin’ it. Let these RINOs eat each other.

MadisonConservative on March 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

If I’d drink, I’d have another one!

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The Obama-Romney debates on ObamaCarethe Unaffordable with No Care Act and healthcare policy should be entertaining to see how Romney tries to spin it. I don’t think the state vs federal thing is going to work.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Why not? As a Texan, I buy into the concept.

jazzuscounty on March 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Both Newt and Sen. Santorum should speak at the convention. Anything else would be insulting to a large contingent of the Republican party.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Romney should have been sincere from the get-go and say he never was that interested in political philosophy when he was govenor of Mass and he would go along with stuff that he now sees as bad policy.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

That’s not good.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

How about this: The problem is Obama has lied about every issue under the sun. It’s going to be awkward for him to debate anyone. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Etchy-Sketchy/Liar

If they’d hook up, mono-partisanship w/b solved. The RINOs, DINOs, all the establishment, the bi-partisan bullshi**ers, the so-called indies, would all be happy.

Brit Hume and Chris Matthews would soak their pants.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Why not? As a Texan, I buy into the concept.

jazzuscounty on March 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I don’t see how it’s conservative to support big government at the state level. I think states rights is the excuse for big government at the state level. You’ve seen Perry use it for that reason, and Romney.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

You’re right, NO one lies better than Obama, and the media let him.

However, satin gloves won’t get him off his fancy perch.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

As I wrote this morning, it is perplexing that we’ll mostly likely end this eventful primary season by selecting for ourselves a candidate who, as Rick Santorum says, is “uniquely disqualified” to hit Obama where it hurts — on Obamacare. Probably I feel that way today because, with the hearings on Capitol Hill, I’m reminded of the many weaknesses of Obamacare.

Santorum, and those who accept his argument, have it exactly backwards. Why is Romney unqualified to oppose Obamacare? Does he not know the file? In fact he knows this file better than anyone. He, better than anyone, can explain why Obamacare is bad legislation.

Is Romney a right winger who the people won’t listen to because he is ideologically opposed to affordable health care? No, he tried to provide MA with affordable health care.

The Romneycare mandate is limited to MA. Santorum talks as though it applies to the whole country.

The objective in the General is not to convince Republicans that Obamacare should be repealed but to convince non-Republicans. The arguments Romney will make are going to be more favorably received than the arguments of someone opposed to affordable health care.

Basilsbest on March 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Both Newt and Sen. Santorum should speak at the convention. Anything else would be insulting to a large contingent of the Republican party.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

On the face of it, yes, but…

Machiavelli still rules in this combat theater.

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Feuds have altered history before and I think this will happen here. The conservatives are being attacked on every front. There is a virtually monolithic left leaning machine that is and will be agitating until Nov.

Rs are not standing up well to this barrage. Ego and factional fighting is a formula for total disaster at the polls (esp. in the face of a leviathan left).

In some ways it is a shame, but really the Rs and conservatives have been playing a losing hand for a long time. They have let the left define what is good and bad in the country.

For example…barry.care will be very bad for the average person. The brutal irony is that if this is upheld the country will be worse off than single payer.

Single payer would simply be medical care paid from a fund of taxpayers money…SS/Meidcare, etc.

Barry.care could set the precedent that the Feds can compel you to buy things so that they can regulate you (Volts to regulate mpg)

r keller on March 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’m skeptical the founding fathers meant to imply states could do whatever they wanted to citizens. I’m not a Constitutional scholar but that seems to go against the point of the Constitution, to restrain government power, not just at the federal level but in general.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’m not Newt supporter, but dayum, that was just about the worst picture y’all could have chosen for him.

Dark Star on March 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Look, this isn’t complicated. Neither Newt nor Santorum will be nominated. Neither one is capable of winning a national election. Looks like Tim Pawlenty gave up too quickly; Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, and Jeb Bush are unavailable. This is what it is. Romneycare is an embarrassment but Romney will bluff his way past it, he has no choice. Romney is a plausible candidate and he is the only plausible candidate, so what are we arguing about???

wbcoleman on March 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

True, but he will have a lot more coming at him this time than just Mitt Romney.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

M240H on March 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Too bad you can’t use the argument to keep The Won from making speeches. I think you fear the wrong people.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

ALARMING???????????????? WTF.

Obama is selling our country’s safety and defense down to the Russians and the best our leading delegate candidate can say is ALARMING?????????????

karenhasfreedom on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

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JPeterman on March 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

None beat Zell Miller.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Very true.

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Women find Newtie poo extremely attractive, that’s why he had all those affairs. Beatufiful women throwing themselves at him, few men could resist that temptation. I’m one of those few.

Dr. Tesla on March 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I think Newt has been the Establishment’s Man all along, his job was to siphon votes from real conservatives and he’s done that job perfectly.

Axion on March 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Who was I quoting?

rich801 on March 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I wasn’t sure, hence my question.

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

A “Nixon Goes to China” case can be made that Romney is the only one uniquely qualified to attack Obama on the Obama Affordable Care Act.

Since he orchestrated and then signed the Massachusetts health care law, Romney is uniquely qualified to lead the GOP attacks against the federal health care reform bill.

Why? He would be the first GOP nominee in nearly 50 years with a proven track record on health care who has been praised by Democrats — including the president — as fair and compassionate. He can’t be demonized as an out-of-touch, uncompassionate, hard-right ideologue on this issue.

Americans have been telling pollsters since 1965 that they favor Democrats over Republicans when asked whom they trust on health care issues. That was when President Lyndon B. Johnson and congressional Democrats passed the historic Medicare program — over the objections of many high-profile Republican opponents, including future President Ronald Reagan.

This political landscape meant GOP presidential nominees have regularly been put on the defensive, sometimes even demonized, on health care issues. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are typical in this regard.

Romney is the exception. Political chess masters have a phrase for this unusual circumstance: “Nixon goes to China.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74441.html#ixzz1qGZZn0XT

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74441.html#ixzz1qGQOOMRi

Dark Star on March 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

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