Gingrich: The GOP misunderstood the electorate in 2012

posted at 1:06 pm on November 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via Eliana Johnson at NRO, this clip from The View of Newt Gingrich explaining the Republican losses this month has an oddly confessional quality about it.  Perhaps that’s amplified by the affirmative interjections from the hosts of the show, but it might also be that Gingrich offers his critiques on a show as hostile to Gingrich’s politics as The View, too.  But for Gingrich, that’s a large part of his point — that Republicans, including Mitt Romney, didn’t go to where the voters lived and entertained themselves, and so became out of touch with the direction of the nation:

Eliana also reports on remarks made to a friendlier audience, the “Restoration Weekend” staged by David Horowitz this weekend in West Palm Beach:

Giving a nod to legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Gingrich said, “When we won in ’94, we followed Wooden’s theory of a full-court press.” He contrasted that strategy to the Republican Party’s targeted focus on swing states and counties this time around, and argued for a more expansive approach. “We need to take the Left on everywhere they exist,” he said. Gingrich’s remarks came Saturday afternoon in an address to the crowd assembled at David Horowitz’s “Restoration Weekend” in West Palm Beach.

Gingrich is critical of Governor Romney’s failure to engage with the media personalities who shape and influence popular culture. He noted disapprovingly that Romney turned down invitations to appear on The Colbert ReportThe View and Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President, while President Obama was a guest on all three. The former house speaker appeared on The View with his wife, Callista, last week, but was doggedly critical of the mainstream media as a candidate, slamming CNN’s John King for peddling “trash,” blasting the “elite media,” and lamenting their “gotcha questions.” …

And Gingrich, at 69, said he is willing to learn. He declared of his own predictions for the year’s election, “I was dead wrong.” Indeed, Gingrich predicted we’d see Romney elected with over 300 electoral votes and that Republicans would take the Senate. “All through my career, I believed this was a center right country,” he said. “Now, I believe at best, it’s a centrist country with a dominant Left.”

Gingrich announced that he was building a staff to sift through all of the data from this election to determine what the GOP and conservatives can learn from the loss, and to pitch their message more effectively.  This mission suits Gingrich almost perfectly, especially with his own aspirations for the presidency all but discharged now.  Not everyone’s convinced that Gingrich’s aspirations have been fully discharged, though, as one of the hosts makes clear as the clip ends: “So when you run in 2016 …”


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Please go away Newt.

Mr. Arrogant on November 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Are they going to data mine with bunker busters?

MontanaMmmm on November 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

When you want to dispel the myth of the gop being the party of old rich white guys you definitely want to send out…..

#fail

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

And your not going to beat them until you become as ruthless, vile and brutal as they are . . . enough of this nice, nice crap. Steel yourselves for the upcoming battles of 2014 and 2016.

rplat on November 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Sorry but we should never appease the Parasite Class to gain votes… In the next four years we should work constantly on going very aggressively after the Welfare State to gain even more vote among Whites… Our goal among Whites should be at least 65% of their vote, this time around we got 60% the highest since 1984… We should also work to get the Latino votes on our side to 35%… Another important thing we need to do is to find a way to stop early voting and absentee ballots except for the military and Americans living overseas…

It is time for us to play the class warfare on a very large and aggressive scale… Producers (US) vs. Parasites (Democrat Voters)…

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

……and since Mia Love and Allen West both lost can we say that voters in those districts are racists?

How about sending out the friend of Marijuana Rand Paul to “The View” to do some hits with Whoopster and Bette Midler?

What about sending Rubio and let him talk about just merging with Mexico so we can get great TEX-MEX?

Could having Jindal going on the view and talking about making free Condoms, abortions and contraception a constitutional right?

How about having someone in the gop talk about giving everyone a gift card or free cell service?

The gop just needs to be a little more like SANTA CLAUS!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzBvQ9EeF3k

Hillary Claus did it in 2008….

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Newt is the genius who urged Republicans to embrace and contribute money to Todd Akin.

Jon0815 on November 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I kinda like Gingrich, mostly for being able to knock out MSM partisan hacks, but please spare my sight and take Callista and her plastic hair away.

On second thought, I wish we’d nominate the old chap. The rest would still be same but the debates would be so much more fun. Both Ratazz and Cowley would likely be out cold by the first hour of each debate.

Archivarix on November 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Oh Newton – you silly man – go away and let the noise settle – then like a good professor – draw conclusion based on all the data – not simply current predictable rubbish.

Newty – you silly bastard.

jake-the-goose on November 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Sorry but Rush had it right. This was an election where Mitt Romney was running against Santa and there are too many moochers out there that are selfish greedy people who were perfectly happy to vote for the rat-eared bastard so long as they got their special gift from Santa affirmed- be it free contraception, no cuts in expensive entitlement programs, the facade of legitimacy for sodomy, the promise of free citizenship for illegals, or whatever else the rat-eared wonder was able to pull out of his gift bag for a bunch of people that contribute nothing to society.

It really is as simple as that. Mitt Romney might have gone on stupid shows, like The View, that only the moocher class has time to watch but he would not have gotten a single vote from one of these parasites and drains on society had he not been out there promising them all the same goodies that the left has assured them is their right to demand from the productive segment of society in some sort of perverse “justice” where the parasites are encouraged to steal from the productive.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I am over it. Hawk your book and get off the stage….

CoffeeLover on November 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I’m sick of this crap. Rasmussen did a poll showing people believe republicans are less bipartisan than the democrats in the house but who are the ones that always have to conform their beliefs? Republicans. I say let the country have all that they voted for. Most college grads say the American dream is dead? Well it didn’t have to be but u voted for it. Most people think the economy is going to be worse but it didn’t have to be but u voted for it. Let them eat cake.

mrscullen on November 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

What’s the deal with the hair on the Mrs? Not a criticism, just an observation. Looks unnatural.

Alabama Infidel on November 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

LESS Newt, please.

Pork-Chop on November 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Newt is the genius who urged Republicans to embrace and contribute money to Todd Akin.

Jon0815 on November 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

75% of the morons on Hot Air comment boards are the ones who first worked tirelessly to force Romney to be our Nominee, and then urged Conservatives to back the TURD.

Akin was not the top of the ticket, Romney was. Romney was by far the larger drag on the GOP as a whole.

If Republicans would have coalesced around Akin earlier, it may have turned out differently. Instead, they heaped hate on him allowing the progressive media to run with it further and longer than other wise would have been possible.

Quite frankly, Newt is great man who got us the welfare reform we needed and got the talk of a balanced budget amendment main streamed.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Gingrich: The GOP misunderstood the electorate in 2012

That would include you, Newt. How many times did you appear on Fox and also claim a Romney landslide? You are the same idiot who protected Todd Akin.

Just go away, Newt and take that helmet head wife of yours with you.

JPeterman on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I love how everyone is an expert after the fact. where were they during the the campaign

ChunkyLover on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Gingrich happily returning to the couch, picking up his cell phone and speed-dialing Madame Speaker.

The whole idea of recalibrating a message to a “cenrist country with a dominant Left” is absurd. Who cares if the Republicans win or not in that case? If the public gets their fill of the consequences of Obamacare, Green* Energy* and Fair Share taxes and still wants more, then difference between Democrats and victorious Republicans will be about 3 or 4 years before collapse.

HitNRun on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/romney-pumping-gas-photo-151702638–election.html

One day you’re the toast of the nation (well 49%) and the next day……

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Sour grapes from all the “Romney is our only hope! Romney will kick Obama’s butt!” commenters I see.

29Victor on November 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Newt is the genius who urged Republicans to embrace and contribute money to Todd Akin.

Jon0815 on November 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Let’s not forget the couch shot with Nancy Pelosi which second-only most offensive to Chris Chistie slobber-fest of Obama the week before the election. In both cases, I wish they had gotten a room. Also in both cases it has made them unelectable by the GOP on a national level. Christie’s undermining of Mitt hurt him more than I think he realizes- compounded by calling Obama in congratulations but only sending an e-mail of condolence to Mitt. With this kind of support from “Republicans” it is a wonder the election was as close as it was.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Sour grapes from all the “Romney is our only hope! Romney will kick Obama’s butt!” commenters I see.

29Victor on November 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Romney wasn’t the only hope but I am less hopeful our nation will survive as we have known it. Four more years of the parasites mooching off of the productive will not end well.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Problem with the whole ‘parasites v producers’ argument is that many of the producers ( ie, the rich) voted for Obama. 8 out of the 10 wealthiest counties in the nation voted for Obama. Many hedge fund investors, Wall Street types and big company CEOs support the left. Doing so ensures the eventual demise of future competition. And yet we, good little sheep that we are, continue to defend and even lionize them.

Lets face it : rhetoric and clever little arguments don’t cut it. We have to take back institutions and kill off the process of mind molestation the left perpetrates thru ‘education’, media and pop culture.

Sadly, I think this is too heavy a lift for most conservatives.

avgjo on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Looks unnatural.

Alabama Infidel on November 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Her hair is the color that animal fur turns in natural history museums.

I still like Newt in small doses. Meh.

Fallon on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

could our guys stop going on the view

ChunkyLover on November 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Sorry but Rush had it right. This was an election where Mitt Romney was running against Santa and there are too many moochers out there that are selfish greedy people who were perfectly happy to vote for the rat-eared bastard so long as they got their special gift from Santa affirmed- be it free contraception, no cuts in expensive entitlement programs, the facade of legitimacy for sodomy, the promise of free citizenship for illegals, or whatever else the rat-eared wonder was able to pull out of his gift bag for a bunch of people that contribute nothing to society.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Spot on right,and I’m afraid we won’t be able to defeat this. They keep adding new moochers every day and our guys are out there helping them. We expect the card-carrying RINO’s to help them but now we have those we think of as “conservative” helping create new democrats.

Alabama Infidel on November 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/romney-pumping-gas-photo-151702638–election.html

One day you’re the toast of the nation (well 49%) and the next day……
PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Why is he moving to California. Sell the mansion fast, mitt. Cali is a lost cause!

mrscullen on November 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I love how everyone is an expert after the fact. where were they during the the campaign

ChunkyLover on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

They were told to shut up and get out. Romney & his campaign knew better than everyone else.

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

They were told to shut up and get out. Romney & his campaign knew better than everyone else.

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Aint that the truth.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

But for Gingrich, that’s a large part of his point — that Republicans, including Mitt Romney, didn’t go to where the voters lived and entertained themselves, and so became out of touch with the direction of the nation:

So serious people who should be doing serious things should go to idiot-fests like the view to reach the idiots and talk about idiotic things?

It seems this level of stupid is irreversible. Intelligent, smart, useful people WANT to know what’s going on, want to have information to make good decisions.

I supported Gingrich, but if he is going to feed the media (the view, really?) talking points and give intel in order for them to have newer and better ways to stab us in the back, then so be it. They obviously don’t want some of us back.

This really is the party of stupid.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Quite frankly, Newt is great man who got us the welfare reform we needed and got the talk of a balanced budget amendment main streamed.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Newt is a man with more baggage than a 747. If he had been nominated he would have lost to the rat-eared wonder by a greater margin than Rick Santorum who was utterly unelectable.

To suggest otherwise makes you as delusional as any of the filthy Ron Paul supporters who stayed home and wanted to see the rat-eared wonder win out of spite that their racist idiot didn’t win a single primary. I hate you all because you don’t have the best interests of the nation at heart- which makes you no better than the parasites and moochers who voted for Obama. You are just as selfish and greedy with a different agenda.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

He noted disapprovingly that Romney turned down invitations to appear on The Colbert Report, The View and Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President

Stupidest thing I have read today.

As if going on three liberal shows where Colbert is the most feminine would have altered the electorate.

The electorate (50.76%) are stupid, stupid, stupid.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Newt was my first choice for President but the MSM and the Democrats, convinced primary voters he couldn’t win and we needed the more moderate Romney. Well, we’ve had the more moderate Romney and the more Moderate McCain, how did that work out?

The best thing about Newt is, not only does he engage the left, but they don’t often win against him. He won’t take their false premises and red herrings, he’ll call them out and point out the flaws.

The vast majority of the people who don’t like Gingrich are those who have been swayed by the Democrats and the MSM, neither of which have been successful making him look bad.

bflat879 on November 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Newt is a man with more baggage than a 747. If he had been nominated he would have lost to the rat-eared wonder by a greater margin than Rick Santorum who was utterly unelectable.

To suggest otherwise makes you as delusional as any of the filthy Ron Paul supporters who stayed home and wanted to see the rat-eared wonder win out of spite that their racist idiot didn’t win a single primary. I hate you all because you don’t have the best interests of the nation at heart- which makes you no better than the parasites and moochers who voted for Obama. You are just as selfish and greedy with a different agenda.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You have no proof he would have lost at all.

We do have proof that the moron you all picked and promoted is a loser.

Romney was a lost cause, I do not know why I let the morons here convince me otherwise. Fortunately for me, I will do fine with Obama as president unless he starts a shooting war against conservatives.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The media is the core of our problems followed by our ‘educational’ system.

We must fight them and fight hard now or we lose everything for good.

GardenGnome on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Since *freebies* is what everyone wants, raise them one and call for everyone’s mortgage to be paid off.

moonsbreath on November 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

75% of the morons on Hot Air comment boards are the ones who first worked tirelessly to force Romney to be our Nominee, and then urged Conservatives to back the TURD.
astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

That is out and out BS. Sorry. B. S.

Have you forgotten the primary wars already? Some really nasty crap was flung back and forth. You forget all the ABR’s?

BS. Nothing but BS. My guess would be 90%+ wanted someone else to be the nominee and then only when we realized it was Romney or Obama, we GRUDGINGLY came along.

Get over it and reboot your history app.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

For all the Newt bashing, he is th ONE Republican you can enjoy in a setting as vile as Joy Behar and not flinch at what he may say.

Marcus on November 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Problem with the whole ‘parasites v producers’ argument is that many of the producers ( ie, the rich) voted for Obama. 8 out of the 10 wealthiest counties in the nation voted for Obama. Many hedge fund investors, Wall Street types and big company CEOs support the left. Doing so ensures the eventual demise of future competition. And yet we, good little sheep that we are, continue to defend and even lionize them.

Lets face it : rhetoric and clever little arguments don’t cut it. We have to take back institutions and kill off the process of mind molestation the left perpetrates thru ‘education’, media and pop culture.

Sadly, I think this is too heavy a lift for most conservatives.

avgjo on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

According to the exit polls people making over $ 250,000 voted 55% for Romney and 42% for Obama… In fact for all voters making more than $ 50,000 a year 53% voted for Romney and 45% voted for Obama… http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012-exit-poll

Can you deny the absolute fact that wihtout the Parasite class the democrats cannot win a single national elections…

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The best thing about Newt is, not only does he engage the left, but they don’t often win against him. He won’t take their false premises and red herrings, he’ll call them out and point out the flaws.

bflat879 on November 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Which is why I thought he would be a good choice for the Romney cabinet but his negatives will never put him at the top of a ticket.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Quite frankly, Newt is great man who got us the welfare reform we needed and got the talk of a balanced budget amendment main streamed.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Very True. Newt fought Clinton hard. He accomplished more for conservatives in his tenure as Speaker than any of the others combined. He got a balanced budget through, and Clinton had to sign it.

Newt knew hot to fight. Harball & dirty. Just like the democrats.

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The Republican party is the party of the Producers and most of the Producers in the country are Whites, it is a fact that cannot be denied… In fact Romney won every faction among Whites by large numbers and he even won the young White voters by 51% to 44% for Obama… The Latinos are split half/half between producers and parasites but the disaster is among blacks where most of them belong the parasite class…

In the next four years we should work constantly on going very aggressively after the Welfare State to gain even more vote among Whites… Our goal among Whites should be at least 65% of their vote, this time around we got 60% the highest since 1984… We should also work to get the Latino votes on our side to 35%…

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Makers and Takers………….Welcome to TEATERMERICA 2012

….AND if you think this was good? wait to see what the country looks like in 4 more years.

the gop will NOT be able to outgive Santa.

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

It was nice of the gals to let Gingy bring his pet bird on the show.

As if going on three liberal shows where Colbert is the most feminine would have altered the electorate.

The electorate (50.76%) are stupid, stupid, stupid.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Another wide stance republican! That guy’s a homo!

It really is as simple as that. Mitt Romney might have gone on stupid shows, like The View, that only the moocher class has time to watch but he would not have gotten a single vote from one of these parasites and drains on society had he not been out there promising them all the same goodies that the left has assured them is their right to demand from the productive segment of society in some sort of perverse “justice” where the parasites are encouraged to steal from the productive.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Didn’t Bobby Jindal tel you to stfu about this?!?!?! Man you guys got used and abused. You think you are foaming and raging now wait until Haley Barbour and Daniels send you off to pasture with nothing but your adult diapers and those stupid uncle sam hats. Thats some sad weak tea…

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I agree with Newt 100%. But when you see how viciously Ann Romney was questioned on “The View” and see how an interview Marco Rubio just did with GQ, in which he talked about his love of rap music, is getting noticed only befcause of his answer to a single non-sequitur “gotcha” question on the age of the Earth, you see what we are up against even trying to break into the popular media.

Just showing up in popular media isn’t going to be enough, if our candidates keep getting bombed with questions about Biblical truth and “forcible” rape and magic Mormon underwear on the one hand, and trashed by conservatives for even trying on the other.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Conservatives have lost the culture war – they are defined as “villains” for most of the electorate by TV & film on a daily basis.

In an election year it’s easy to tap into that heuristic (stereotype, for those of you in Rio Linda)with attack ads and MSM news-shaping.

The road back will be long and hard, and likely full of self-inflicted wounds to boot.

Bruno Strozek on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

You have no proof he would have lost at all.

We do have proof that the moron you all picked and promoted is a loser.

Romney was a lost cause, I do not know why I let the morons here convince me otherwise. Fortunately for me, I will do fine with Obama as president unless he starts a shooting war against conservatives.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

You think Gingrich would have done better against the “war on women” than Romney did?

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

*koff* *koff*

Sorry. Please continue.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Newton will prostitute himself to any TV show that he can get himself and his stepford-robot wife on. Why would it surprise anyone that he would go on the RearView since he was the original attacker of Bain corporate vampires.

Both he and that elitist phony George Will were on some Sunday talking head show this past Sunday lambasting Romney as the Demorats on the panel shrieked with joy and laughter. You could see how much this pleased Newt that he was getting approval from his fellow beltway elitists.

Newt is done. He needs to go sit down and try and pimp his crappy books and videos on the shopping network and get out of the way.

The time for change and new blood in the conservative and republican party is now!

Rockshine on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

You have no proof he would have lost at all.

We do have proof that the moron you all picked and promoted is a loser.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yeah, I really see the guy who was pictured all but french kissing Nancy Pelosi was going to energize the right. And you stupid parasite, if he was so damned electable, why didn’t he win the primaries?

You may be bitter for a variety of reasons but to call Mitt Romney a moron just because he lost an election by 1.5M votes says more about you than anything else.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Get over it and reboot your history app.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

You are right, I should have split the two.
5% of the commenters up until the open registration were Romney pushers, they then became about 35%. After about 5 weeks of this, many people stopped commenting, leaving the Romney supporters pushing 50% of the population, with Hot Air big wigs pushing it over the top with their destroy everyone else posts, but always spare Romney.

Then after the nomination was done, it became a house of filth filled with predominantly support Romney or you are a F&CKING TRAITOR THAT SHOULD BE SLAIN WHERE YOU STAND area in the neighborhood of 75%.

That better for you?

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

So there are more moochers than makers. Why do I work so hard again?

mrscullen on November 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Her hair is the color that animal fur turns in natural history museums.

I still like Newt in small doses. Meh.

Fallon on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

LMAO!!

KickandSwimMom on November 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

You have no proof he would have lost at all.

We do have proof that the moron you all picked and promoted is a loser.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Can you give us all the Powerball number? Because you are the only one I know with a Crystal Ball.

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

You think Gingrich would have done better against the “war on women” than Romney did?

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I guess it is all in the spin. Romney’s mistake IMO was not taking some really outlandish charges more seriously.

Newt’s spin could be that he is a battle-tested veteran in the war on women.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The vast majority of the people who don’t like Gingrich are those who have been swayed by the Democrats and the MSM, neither of which have been successful making him look bad.

bflat879 on November 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

That’s crap. So the Democrat’s and the MSM made Newt release “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” that was anti-capitalist propaganda?

JPeterman on November 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

So Newt now suffers from a defeatist attitude.

Republicans can go on The View, or Colbert, or wherever, but the problem is that these shows are not just rabidly liberal, but openly hostile to conservatives. Gotcha questions are dangerous for a candidate because they stuff words in his/her mouth before they can answer.

And seriously, if this country wants to vote for people because they call in to a radio show called “pimp with a limp”, then it deserves to burn.

It’s not up to conservative candidates to go on these shows, it’s up to conservatives in general break the liberal control of all things media. I swear there’s a 90% chance that conservatives will be mocked or attacked in any TV show, movie, talk show, cooking show, home improvement show, song, or news program that I watch. Liberals got pissed off during the red scare and have responded their own blacklist. Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers shouldn’t waste their money on flailing Presidential campaigns, they need to get into media if they want to protect Free Enterprise; all deep pocketed conservative activists need to do this. Especially with Rupert Murdoch up there in years and his whack job lefty son ready to take over.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

LOL I’m supposed to believe this is a centrist left country when Obama lost nearly TEN MILLION VOTES from his 2008 totals.

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Another wide stance republican! That guy’s a homo!

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

He might be, but he sure is unfunny.

You must be upset that the voice of Elmo quit Sesame Street for diddling some kids. To be more specific, you must be upset he got caught, not his gay pedophilia.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Mnjg

Problem with that argument is that it is a well known fact that welfare recipients have a very low participation rate in the electoral process. Actually what keeps the dims in power are sufficient numbers of middle class producer-parasites (sure they work and pay taxes, but doncha dare touch their precious as or Medicare, sufficient numbers of educated fools with high incomes whose skulls are filled with the dung their moron professors fed them, sufficient numbers of wealthy elites who want no social constraints on their behavior, along with racist minority radical, homofascists and just about every other group you can think of. Oh and you might want to look at those numbers again… They’re not too promising.

avgjo on November 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Oh, and we won independents, and Democrats ran multiple blue dogs across the country that won certain seats.

Yea, real center left country we live in.

Oh, and don’t forget all the progun, anti tax, pro life Democrats the DNC had to employ back in 2008.

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

75% of the morons on Hot Air comment boards are the ones who first worked tirelessly to force Romney to be our Nominee, and then urged Conservatives to back the TURD.

Akin was not the top of the ticket, Romney was. Romney was by far the larger drag on the GOP as a whole.

If Republicans would have coalesced around Akin earlier, it may have turned out differently. Instead, they heaped hate on him allowing the progressive media to run with it further and longer than other wise would have been possible.

Quite frankly, Newt is great man who got us the welfare reform we needed and got the talk of a balanced budget amendment main streamed.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Every one of your points is bs.

Romney supporters on this site were a minority. People did not support Romney in substantial numbers until after he won the nomination.

Mitt led Mourdock by 10% and Akin by 15%. They may have cost Romney the election. Along with you.

Welfare was not reformed. It was transferred to the federal government and is now worse than ever.

Basilsbest on November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You are right, I should have split the two.
5% of the commenters up until the open registration were Romney pushers, they then became about 35%. After about 5 weeks of this, many people stopped commenting, leaving the Romney supporters pushing 50% of the population, with Hot Air big wigs pushing it over the top with their destroy everyone else posts, but always spare Romney.

Then after the nomination was done, it became a house of filth filled with predominantly support Romney or you are a F&CKING TRAITOR THAT SHOULD BE SLAIN WHERE YOU STAND area in the neighborhood of 75%.

That better for you?

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

You mean the adults who actually wanted to do the right thing AFTER the primary are bad people?

You know, it’s funny that the only people who are acting this butthurt are Palinistas. She would be ashamed of you, you know, because she said we should get behind the nominee. I bet even Palin voted for Romney (and didn’t like it one bit) because she knew of the chaos of another four years of Obama.

But she’s an adult.

Anyone who didn’t figure that out AFTER the primary are selfish children. Why don’t you take your ball and go home now? The rest of us will try to make the best of it.

Thanks.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

….AND if you think this was good? wait to see what the country looks like in 4 more years.

the gop will NOT be able to outgive Santa.

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Yes we can overcome Santa who is giving to the Parasite Class only… Remember that Whites are still 72% of the voters and getting 65% to 70% of the White voters, it is very possible to get this percentage, in addition to 35% of the Latinos would get us over 50% of the vote… Also remember that 6-7 millions of Obama voters from 2008 stayed home in 2012 because they did not want to vote for this incompetent fool again but unfortunately we could not get them on our side this time around… Constantly and very aggressively playing the Producers vs. Parasites card and increasing the anger of the Producers toward the Parasites would bring us millions of additional voters among Whites and some Latinos…

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Yeah, I really see the guy who was pictured all but french kissing Nancy Pelosi was going to energize the right. And you stupid parasite, if he was so damned electable, why didn’t he win the primaries?

You may be bitter for a variety of reasons but to call Mitt Romney a moron just because he lost an election by 1.5M votes says more about you than anything else.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Had nothing at all to do with the friendly fire from every supposed movement conservative and Republican publication site I imagine.

Romney was a moron, he totally lost a completely easily winnable election. Remember the ham sandwich can win this, so Romney can argument?

He overpaid for TV slots, he relied exclusively on an untested GOTV program, he disdained the base who stayed home in number higher than the number of moderates he got to come out that might (MIGHT) have otherwise stayed home, he allowed Obama months of framing who he was with no push back, he pretty much blew just about every opportunity he had to increase his votes with the exception of his first debate performance which afterwords he turned the ship back around and restarted his war against conservatives.

In fact, outside of John McCain, I can’t imagine there has been a worse run campaign by a Republican candidate. From the supposedly aweome CEO Executive former Governor of awesomeness!

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I also find Gingrich’s defeatist attitude amusing and ironic because he got his clock cleaned by Romney in the primaries after trying to run a positive campaign while Romney was tearing him to shreds in the ads and the debates – THAT’S how you win. That is how Bush won twice, it’s how Obama won twice, and it’s how both McCain and Romney lost. You can’t win an election being positive, you can’t beat Obama by calling him a nice guy as Romney did, you need to go for the throat. That’s politics, that’s what works in America whether hypocritical Americans want to admit it or not.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Stupidest thing I have read today.

As if going on three liberal shows where Colbert is the most feminine would have altered the electorate.

The electorate (50.76%) are stupid, stupid, stupid.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

That’s not what Newt meant. He meant that our side completely abandoned this field, thought it was unimportant and stupid, and ridiculed Obama for paying so much attention to it.

We have to have a candidate that is popular and likeable before his/her views and vision will even be heard. In America today, the number one criterion for high office is that you can make fun of yourself and not be seen as haughty and out of touch with the culture. Haughty is what killed John Kerry in 2004 (I still wince remembering his disastrous appearance on the Jay Leno show), and it killed Mitt Romney this year.

We have to have a candidate and a party that will at least attempt to win young voters. No, they should not be running the country, but they are the people who will be running the country someday and we need to get more of them early so they will vote with us later. We had the youngest and coolest candidate on either ticket, but the only college he visited was his own alma mater, and that was only because it was in Ohio. Obama was on two and sometimes four campuses a week, and went to some more than once. And he didn’t just show up to give them free stuff, he went there to show them he respected them and wanted their votes.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

LOL I’m supposed to believe this is a centrist left country when Obama lost nearly TEN MILLION VOTES from his 2008 totals.

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

With the electoral college, it isn’t so much how many but where he got or lost votes. IMO, there is enough stuff coming out to suggest that Obama only won certain key states by the fraud that made Chicago famous. That’s certainly clear here in VA where I personally watched an unregistered voter get a “provisional ballot.”
The law says you have to have been registered 22 days before the election and the voter acknowledged that he was not registered. So why did the polling official even give him a ballot?

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You think Gingrich would have done better against the “war on women” than Romney did?

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

*koff* *koff*

Sorry. Please continue.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Why not?

Governor RomneyCare didn’t do so well fighting ObamaCare.
Governor RomneyBain didn’t do so well fighting the “rich outsourcer” meme.
Governor RomneyFootInMouth “47%” torpedoed his own campaign.
Governor Romney “Severely Conservative” candidate? He has to tell people they are “Severely Conservative”?

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Romney was just a bad candidate for this election. When hate for Wall Street is at an all time high, you can’t run a guy who is perceived to have made his money there. Stuff like this The Infamous “Money shot” really hurt perceptions about Romney.

Romney WON on the ECONOMY, THE DEFICIT, JOBS, the only issue he lost on was the superficial “Which candidate cares more about people like me”

And another thing why all this focus on small business owners? They make up 2% of the freaking electorate. Most people seeing Romney talk about “small business owners and regulations” have no idea what regulations are or how they would impact them. Because they are just employees somewhere. Not everyone wants to start a small business.

Voter outreach really needs to improve for the GOP.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I’m sick and tired of the self-recrimination of the GOP when democrats have shown themselves to be no better than scum.

Are we saying its valid for the left to be corrupt?
Are saying its valid for the left to pay for play?
Are we saying its valid for the left to purposely lie and demean?
Are we actually validating liberal-ism?

Conservatives have one problem a visceral hate propagated by their enemies.

What’s the solution? Cry in the corner?

Speakup on November 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

99 percent victories in district after district..

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You’re right, Romney ended up being one of the worst candidates the GOP had had in the last 50 years. He rivals Bob Dole.

I put the most blame on the idiots who ran his campaign, but he is ultimately to blame.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Say what you want about Newt, but he is fearless. And he is not giving up. What can we expect from Romney in the next four years as far as working to improve our electoral success in the future? I bet after all the post game shows we never hear from him again, unless, heaven forbid, he decides to try it again in 2016.

HANG IN THERE NEWT!

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

In fact, outside of John McCain, I can’t imagine there has been a worse run campaign by a Republican candidate. From the supposedly aweome CEO Executive former Governor of awesomeness!

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Well that explains it, you’re an eighth-grader. To completely ignore the Bob Dole campaign shows just how young you are. Otherwise you’d understand what an inept GOP campaign looks like.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Can you give us all the Powerball number? Because you are the only one I know with a Crystal Ball.

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Oh, c’mon. You don’t think Allred wouldn’t have been more successful? How about his ex-wives and how they became ex-wives?

While the current missus is probably a lovely women and I personally have no problem with her or their arrangement(s), can you imagine how it would have been played?

Too much baggage. Look what they did with a relative monk like Romney. They accused him of killing some man’s wife and being a felon.

That is why we MUST neuter the media. Until we do, we will be left with candidates we don’t want and fighting someone else’s narrative.

I was a Gingrich supporter, too, but I knew that it would have been an ugly, hard slog with little chance of success.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

You mean the adults who actually wanted to do the right thing AFTER the primary are bad people?

You know, it’s funny that the only people who are acting this butthurt are Palinistas. She would be ashamed of you, you know, because she said we should get behind the nominee. I bet even Palin voted for Romney (and didn’t like it one bit) because she knew of the chaos of another four years of Obama.

But she’s an adult.

Anyone who didn’t figure that out AFTER the primary are selfish children. Why don’t you take your ball and go home now? The rest of us will try to make the best of it.

Thanks.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You mean the adults that allowed Romney to run around like a child ignorant of his stupidity and allowed him to keep thinking that hew was severely conservative? They should have BEEN ADULTS and stood up like me and wrote him letters telling him to GROW UP and put out some specifics. Give the voters a platform that is well hashed out to vote for.

Remember me saying he needed to do that? It is what NEWT would have done. He would have had dozens if not over a hundred other politicians signed onto a platform for change with specific goals and paths forward to reach those goals.

With Romney, all we got was spending over a trillion a year in debt is immoral for this generation. Then nothing to back it up. You have maybe 10 million total voters in this nation actively engaged in the process, the rest are just low information voters that need to be INFORMED of the CHOICE.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Newt is right. With an electorate that keeps getting dumber by the second, to focus on big issues and appeal to voters intellect is a losing proposition.

Rubio needs to start going on Leno and the Daily Show once every few months. He needs to become a pseudo-celebrity, and if he does, he will have a much better chance.

If you look at elections over the last 60 years (and even longer), the more likable of the 2 candidates almost always wins. So, Republicans need to run someone likable, and to be that in 2016, Rubio needs to become a pseudo-celebrity.

milcus on November 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Eh, I have a special hatred for the View (not that I ever liked it) after I saw a clip of Behar imperiously saying that Mitt WILL appear on the view. She sounded the like the evil queen in Snow White. I thought she was going to demand his heart in a box next. No show business person should think she is that important.

juliesa on November 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers shouldn’t waste their money on flailing Presidential campaigns, they need to get into media if they want to protect Free Enterprise; all deep pocketed conservative activists need to do this. Especially with Rupert Murdoch up there in years and his whack job lefty son ready to take over.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

THIS. We also need to mount a relentless campaign against Comcast/NBC, the way the left has against Fox. There’s a new conservative talk radio host in Philadelphia who started talking about this today. Comcast HQ is in Philly. He’s talking about not just pickets and boycotts, but getting some conservatives in Philly with money to start some alternatives and force Comcast to carry more conservative programming.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

People who want to lambast Romney as the Worst Candidate Evah are ignorant of history, and ignorant of the events of this campaign. Almost purposefully so, just so they can run around and say:

“SEE I TOLD YOU SO!”

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I guess it is all in the spin. Romney’s mistake IMO was not taking some really outlandish charges more seriously.

Newt’s spin could be that he is a battle-tested veteran in the war on women.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I would have loved to have seen it, but ultimately I think he would have been unsuccessful. I honestly wonder whether anyone will be successful with the power of the media and the stupidity of the average voter.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

He might be, but he sure is unfunny.

You must be upset that the voice of Elmo quit Sesame Street for diddling some kids. To be more specific, you must be upset he got caught, not his gay pedophilia.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Blech-a typical issues laden teabagger. Did you get that from your “make me straight jesus” newsletter?

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I was a Gingrich supporter, too, but I knew that it would have been an ugly, hard slog with little chance of success.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Of course it would have been a fight. We must fight! Republicans play defense. We need to be as brutal, and underhanded as the dems!

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

We have to have a candidate and a party that will at least attempt to win young voters. No, they should not be running the country, but they are the people who will be running the country someday and we need to get more of them early so they will vote with us later.

We did have it this year. Romney won White voters Age 18-30 by a 51-44%, a 14% swing compared to 2008.

Concentrate on the economy and they switched.

Romney lost young Blacks and Hispanics.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

So Newt now suffers from a defeatist attitude.

Republicans can go on The View, or Colbert, or wherever, but the problem is that these shows are not just rabidly liberal, but openly hostile to conservatives. Gotcha questions are dangerous for a candidate because they stuff words in his/her mouth before they can answer.

And seriously, if this country wants to vote for people because they call in to a radio show called “pimp with a limp”, then it deserves to burn.

It’s not up to conservative candidates to go on these shows, it’s up to conservatives in general break the liberal control of all things media. I swear there’s a 90% chance that conservatives will be mocked or attacked in any TV show, movie, talk show, cooking show, home improvement show, song, or news program that I watch. Liberals got pissed off during the red scare and have responded their own blacklist. Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers shouldn’t waste their money on flailing Presidential campaigns, they need to get into media if they want to protect Free Enterprise; all deep pocketed conservative activists need to do this. Especially with Rupert Murdoch up there in years and his whack job lefty son ready to take over.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Thank you. Spot on.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Blech-a typical issues laden teabagger. Did you get that from your “make me straight jesus” newsletter?

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

No, I got it from my Obamaphone given to me by a member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Church of Hate and Bigotry.

sentinelrules on November 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

milcus on November 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That’s a good point. If low info voters want a pseudo-celebrity, that’s what we need to give them.

juliesa on November 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

To suggest otherwise makes you as delusional as any of the filthy Ron Paul supporters who stayed home and wanted to see the rat-eared wonder win out of spite that their racist idiot didn’t win a single primary. I hate you all because you don’t have the best interests of the nation at heart- which makes you no better than the parasites and moochers who voted for Obama. You are just as selfish and greedy with a different agenda.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

That’s one cool rant, bro. In hindsight, wouldn’t you rather have a racist idiot who is fiscally conservative and a staunch pro-lifer rather than a racist idiot who is neither?

Archivarix on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Fortunately for me, I will do fine with Obama as president unless he starts a shooting war against conservatives.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

..can you explain that remark more fully. I am not being catty; I sincerely want to understand your thought processes.

The War Planner on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Quite frankly, Newt is great man who got us the welfare reform we needed and got the talk of a balanced budget amendment main streamed.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Yeah, that was a hundred years ago, it’s 2012, grandpa, time to love in the present a little..

jimver on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Love/live in the present that is :)

jimver on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

People who want to lambast Romney as the Worst Candidate Evah are ignorant of history, and ignorant of the events of this campaign. Almost purposefully so, just so they can run around and say:

“SEE I TOLD YOU SO!”

blatantblue on November 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

He wasn’t the worst candidate ever, but close to it. Could Obama have asked for a better candidate to run his class warfare soak the rich campaign on??

And how do we lose when we WON the argument on all the issues?? Exit polls, favored the GOP on jobs, economy, taxes, deficit.

Only thing they favored Obama on? “He cares more about people like me”

Bottom line is this loss is 95% on Romney.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Romney was a moron, he totally lost a completely easily winnable election. Remember the ham sandwich can win this, so Romney can argument?

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You’re really struggling today, aren’t you?

Ham wasn’t going to win. Ham was a better choice than Obama. No one here ever thought Ham was a shoo-in.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Problem with that argument is that it is a well known fact that welfare recipients have a very low participation rate in the electoral process. Actually what keeps the dims in power are sufficient numbers of middle class producer-parasites (sure they work and pay taxes, but doncha dare touch their precious as or Medicare, sufficient numbers of educated fools with high incomes whose skulls are filled with the dung their moron professors fed them, sufficient numbers of wealthy elites who want no social constraints on their behavior, along with racist minority radical, homofascists and just about every other group you can think of. Oh and you might want to look at those numbers again… They’re not too promising.

avgjo on November 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The welfare queens and kings of the inner cities are what make the democrats win national elections… They vote by droves… If you look at Ohio for example where Obama won by 100,000 vote he was able to win a shithole like Cleveland by over 250,000 vote margin, in other word he lost all of Ohio except Cleveland which was enough to make up for his loses… The same story goes for other states like Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc…

Romney won the White Vote in 2012 by almost 60% the highest since 1984… In fact he won each faction of the White Vote by a very large margin and he even won the Young White voters by 51% to 44% for Obama… There are millions of White Voters who stayed home this election for one reason or another including 6 million of Obama voters from 2008 who did not want to vote for this incompetent fool again but unfortunately we could not get them to our side… With a constant and aggressive campaign of riling up the White Voters against the Welfare State we will be able to get 65% if not 70% of them in 2016 and if we can increase our share among Latinos to 35% then we get over 50% of the vote…

mnjg on November 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Well that explains it, you’re an eighth-grader. To completely ignore the Bob Dole campaign shows just how young you are. Otherwise you’d understand what an inept GOP campaign looks like.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Bob Dole Earned my vote in 1996. He went out there and actively worked to get conservative votes. Bob Dole was up against a POPULAR President at a time of ECONOMIC PROSPERITY and was WORKING WITH the Republican House getting things done. A very different and much more difficult incumbent to take out with all those things going on. Right track/wrong track were pretty positive at the time as well.

Romney was up against a President who just pushed the Republican congress to its highest numbers in 80 years, the state houses to their highest in 80 years, an economy in ruins and getting worse, unpopular bills passed, high gas prices. What exactly was Romney’s excuse?

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

portlandon on November 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Newt would have been destroyed because he couldn’t keep it in his pants. It doesn’t matter what Clinton did in his day, you saw how the media worked this last election, Newt was done. Somehow a squeaky clean family man and successful businessman like Mitt Romney was turned into a monster by the Obama campaign, and both the media and the complacent Romney campaign made that possible. Newt couldn’t even defend himself against the Fannie and Freddie attacks, he barely had a working campaign structure, he would have been destroyed.

Rick Perry is the only one who would have had a shot, but after his debate performances I just don’t know.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

; I sincerely want to understand your thought processes.

The War Planner on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Good luck with that :)

jimver on November 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I unfollowed Newt on Twitter today. All his recent tweets are shilling for his book, and I realized I’m just sick of him anyway.

Shump on November 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Fortunately for me, I will do fine with Obama as president unless he starts a shooting war against conservatives.

astonerii on November 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

..can you explain that remark more fully. I am not being catty; I sincerely want to understand your thought processes.

The War Planner on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I’ll second the stoner. My employer is a Big Pharma company who couldn’t shovel contribution money to Obama fast enough. Kill the FDA budget, and my job is gone for good; kill OgabeCare, and the plans for rabid expansion my company has put forward are in jeopardy.

Archivarix on November 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers shouldn’t waste their money on flailing Presidential campaigns, they need to get into media if they want to protect Free Enterprise; all deep pocketed conservative activists need to do this. Especially with Rupert Murdoch up there in years and his whack job lefty son ready to take over.

Daemonocracy on November 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Totally agree. Conservatives have lost the culture war and the fiscal sanity war at this point. It is going to be an unbelievable uphill climb that I’m not even sure would be successful. However, as you suggest, it ALL begins with the media and public schools.

KickandSwimMom on November 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

If you look at elections over the last 60 years (and even longer), the more likable of the 2 candidates almost always wins. So, Republicans need to run someone likable, and to be that in 2016, Rubio needs to become a pseudo-celebrity.

milcus on November 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Democrats know this too, and I think they must be a little scared about 2016 when their candidate will be either old Joe Biden, old Hillary Clinton, or boring Andrew Cuomo. That’s why they have their knives out for Rubio already, and they will be relentless. If they can paint Rubio early as nothing but an opportunist who won’t call out the crazies on the Right, he won’t even get a hearing in the popular culture.

Remember how savagely they jumped on Paul Ryan for “lying” in his RNC convention speech? It was imperative for them to keep him from becoming popular with young voters. “Lyin’ Ryan” became their mantra in their emails and social media.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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