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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I see no irony in someone who’s waiting at the mailbox for a government check that is a refund of their own money taking issue with someone who’s waiting at the mailbox for a government check that is entirely someone else’s money.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Those waiting for a refund are part of the parasite class compared to those whose tax money leaves their pockets never to return. So…those getting the refund should probably put a lid on “parasite” talk, unless they’re in the upper-income brackets. Therein, the irony. Get it?

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

You’re mistaken, sorry. It is not parasitic to get a refund of your own money. I’d offer up a cheery “nice try”, but I’d be lying – yours was a fairly feeble attempt at equivalency.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Wow, look – it must be ‘Feeble Strawman Argument Day’ on HA.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yes and no. It was pretty odd to hear Romney say he was going to cut taxes and at the same time grow 12 million jobs, balance the budget, and significantly increase the budget for defense and Medicare.

Outlander on November 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It only sounds odd if you have no idea how it’s actually done.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yes and no. It was pretty odd to hear Romney say he was going to cut taxes and at the same time grow 12 million jobs, balance the budget, and significantly increase the budget for defense and Medicare.

Outlander on November 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It only sounds odd if you have no idea how it’s actually done.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

But, since Romeny never actually said how it was going to be done, it probably sounded odd even to his supporters.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Who’s the biggest bag of “Hot Air” : 1) Dick Morris 2) Gingrich 3) Limbaugh

Craig Nelson on November 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM

.
None of the above.

It’s Joy Behar.

listens2glenn on November 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You’re mistaken, sorry. It is not parasitic to get a refund of your own money. I’d offer up a cheery “nice try”, but I’d be lying – yours was a fairly feeble attempt at equivalency.

Midas on November 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

When the non-refunded taxes of others are propping up the government and yours are being refunded, it is absolutely parasitic. Why do you think there’s the lamentation over the fact that half the country “pays zero income tax”? Yours is a feeble ability to grasp the simplest arithmetic.

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

1) Gingrich is part of the problem. Gingrich painted Romney as a rich, tax-cheating, factory-closing villain months before Obama did. Gingrich is also the one who, in Congress, was painted as a huge villain and had to resign from Congress in disgrace. Do we really need to take Gingrich’s counsel about media issues?

Outlander on November 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Another LIE and another IDIOT.

So easy to spot.

riddick on November 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It’s amazing. The Mittbots-in-rehabilitation repeated such mantric falsehoods and smears over and over and over during the primaries, about any and every potential threat to Romney…and then they have the gall to whine about mean things said about poor ol’ Mitt.

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

A simple question to the Newt-bashers.

What living politician has as many conservative accomplishments on his resume as Newt Gingrich? And yes, I mean the Federal Government.

If you say George W. Bush, congratulations, you’ve just identified yourself as part of the problem.

Reggie1971 on November 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

A simple question to the Newt-bashers.

What living politician has as many conservative accomplishments on his resume as Newt Gingrich? And yes, I mean the Federal Government.

Reggie1971 on November 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Duncan Hunter.

Ronnie on November 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

What living politician has as many conservative accomplishments on his resume as Newt Gingrich? And yes, I mean the Federal Government.

What accomplishments? Just about all he did has been undone by repubs after him or dems. Welfare reform was in many ways a joke. See child support enforcement and daddy shopping nightmares.

oryguncon on November 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

All of the Newt Critics take the PMSNBC party line, racist ,white toooooo educated,but not in a good way. He accomplished the first take over of congress in FORTY years. Screw you republicans, you eat your own. I’m registering as conservative. Karl Rove is a bigger jole than Newt, A^^ holes. Oh yea ANN can tell us who’s cool, her biker love chris twinkie christy! We deserve to lose.

jollybird on November 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Look, Obama got 5.5 million FEWER votes in 2012 than he got in 2008.

Right now with many votes still unrecorded (likely recorded this week), Romney is showing 42,000 less than McCain’s 2008 total. Romney will likely surpass McCain’s total when all the votes are officially recorded and certified.

Obama JUST BARELY won this election and his loss of votes was actually pretty significant. Romney saw no significant loss of support from McCain though some 1.2 million votes likely got siphoned off to Johnson, most of which would likely have gone Republican. So had there not been a Libertarian candidate, we might have seen Romney up a million on McCain’s with Obama still down over 5 million.

It was simply turnout. A decent GOTV effort might have made the difference. Calling someone and telling them you know they haven’t voted yet is often a decent motivator to get them to the polling place if they were going to fart it off.

crosspatch on November 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

What accomplishments? Just about all he did has been undone by repubs after him or dems. Welfare reform was in many ways a joke. See child support enforcement and daddy shopping nightmares.

oryguncon on November 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I’d don’t see how something has to last forever to be considered an accomplishment, though admittedly the clownish Hastert led crew did take the House back to business as usual. This of course was not Newt’s fault.

Reggie1971 on November 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Duncan Hunter.

Ronnie on November 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Well I certainly think Duncan Hunter is one of the good guys, but what accomplishments of his rank above Newt’s?

Reggie1971 on November 21, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Well I certainly think Duncan Hunter is one of the good guys, but what accomplishments of his rank above Newt’s?

Reggie1971 on November 21, 2012 at 2:06 AM

I think we probably disagree on how much credit Newt deserves for some things, so there wouldn’t be much point in reciting Duncan’s record.

Ronnie on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Have you ever been right about anything?

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I count myself among 60+ million who were wrong..:(

PS..I consider you a great “Patriot” to come on a conservative message board and berate folks///..You are a nutter..Plain and simple..:)

Dire Straits on November 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Also..Enjoy yourself..You have earned it..:):)

Dire Straits on November 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM

crosspatch on November 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

The vote has been increasing by 7% per Presidential election cycle recently. So breaking even while Obama collapsed seems to be a pretty big failure. Where did all the new voters go, since we are told how many young voters came out and voted?

Did that many people die off? I do not think so.

Romney failed to connect to the voters (poor use of advertising dollars and their message). Failed to inspire them to get out to vote (wrong policies for a country in deep recession). Failed to Get out the vote(use of untested GOTV ORCA).

All in all, we got exactly what was predicted by the ABR nuts like me.

An eminently beatable president that lost nearly 10% of his vote total from the last election winning against an uninspiring progressive who refused to attack Obama even remotely as much as he attacked stalwart conservatives in the primary.

Way to go mushies and progressive lights, your need to have a worthless person be in the Office of President has ended with a malevolent person in that office.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Results are in for voter turn out in WA state. Republican county turn was down 7 percent on average from 2008. We lost a Governorship and at least one Congressional seat. Thanks Mitt Romney and RNC.

Mr. Arrogant on November 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

PS..I consider you a great “Patriot” to come on a conservative message board and berate folks///..You are a nutter..Plain and simple..:)

Dire Straits on November 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Coming from you, that’s quite a compliment. I’ll stick with those plain and simple nutters, and you can stick with those sane people who were predicting a Romney landslide while saying “go die in a fire if you believe otherwise”. Nutters, yeah.

ddrintn on November 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

ddrintn on November 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Good deal..I wish you luck..:)

Dire Straits on November 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I don’t enjoy saying this but, get ready for President Hillary Clinton. She’ll inherit the same ground game that Obama had, and if you think Benghazi will hurt her you’re kidding yourself. The Democrat base and more importantly, the media- couldn’t care less about it. She will get independents galore, use Bill to the max and this time she won’t have to fight The Obama machine to do it.

kg598301 on November 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Those waiting for a refund are part of the parasite class compared to those whose tax money leaves their pockets never to return.

Those waiting for a refund either didn’t declare their exemptions properly, overpaid estimated taxes or had a year with increased deductions. Seriously, we can’t get out of this mess if people don’t even grasp how personal income taxes work.

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yeah, we misread the electorate. We just didn’t believe that they were that stupid and degenerate. That’s it in a nut shell. The right cannot wrap its mind around the pure idiocy of the left. It’s hard to understand why they would want to take the greatest country in the history of the world and destroy it….perhaps they are so ill educated that they missed what the left did to the world in the 20th century. That’s the only explanation. Sheer ignorance.

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

When the non-refunded taxes of others are propping up the government and yours are being refunded, it is absolutely parasitic. Why do you think there’s the lamentation over the fact that half the country “pays zero income tax”? Yours is a feeble ability to grasp the simplest arithmetic.

A refund is an overpayment. Those who pay 0 are not getting

refund

. Try to keep up.

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I wonder if Gingrich really means all this. If people were telling the truth during the campaign then they believe the system will collapse eventually. it wouldn’t surprise me though if Gingrich is backing up to another position like “we can run the nanny state better” Bad thing about professional polticians is they really just look at how to win the next election so they can get back on the payroll.

At least he admits in a very understaed way that we have lost the country we had in the past that could hear appeals from the right for fiscal sanity.

Conan on November 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I’ll also just put this out there. The illegal immigration problem was always going to cause a demographics problem and several people have written books on it. 70% of the non-white population and 95% of the black population believe in socailism. UNless the white population decided in numbers greater than 60% to save the country it will collapse under the non-white population. California is the future.

Conan on November 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

When the non-refunded taxes of others are propping up the government and yours are being refunded, it is absolutely parasitic. Why do you think there’s the lamentation over the fact that half the country “pays zero income tax”? Yours is a feeble ability to grasp the simplest arithmetic.

A refund is an overpayment. Those who pay 0 are not getting
refund
. Try to keep up.

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Uh, no. Those who are getting refunds are paying zero federal income taxes. Those who do not are either getting no income whatsoever, or they ARE paying federal income taxes.

YOU try to keep up. It’s really not all that difficult.

ddrintn on November 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

A refund is an overpayment. Those who pay 0 are not getting.
It was simply turnout. A decent GOTV effort might have made the difference. Calling someone and telling them you know they haven’t voted yet is often a decent motivator to get them to the polling place if they were going to fart it off.

crosspatch on November 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

There are hundreds of horror stories from Romney volunteers who worked GOTV on election day. The ORCA systems didn’t work election day and many, if not most, couldn’t work GOTV much of the day.

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, we misread the electorate. We just didn’t believe that they were that stupid and degenerate. That’s it in a nut shell. The right cannot wrap its mind around the pure idiocy of the left. It’s hard to understand why they would want to take the greatest country in the history of the world and destroy it….perhaps they are so ill educated that they missed what the left did to the world in the 20th century. That’s the only explanation. Sheer ignorance.

Haunches on November 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

They wanted the left’s free candy of every dirty possible kind and they could give a hoot about economic lessons.

Democracy folks, just doesn’t work without folks who are reasonably educated, morally responsible, and believe in the good truth that all of their rights come from God-not the government or some charleton who owns a deceit vomiting media.

It wasn’t about politics or the “economy stupid” atr all.

It was about our malfunctioning culture – and the left understood the degree that this nation has become degenerate and thus suceptible to any evil they wanted to push upon us.

We are but a bunch of Pinnocchios on Treasure Island thinking free things and believing lies have no consequences.

We threw away God and foolishly expected good things to happen anywaay. The destruction has just begun.

Don L on November 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Don L on November 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Plenty of people on Hot Air prove the point of how degenerate the electorate is. But the ones here are trying to get their degenerate ways through the Republican party and get rid of the last bastion between us and Ancient Rome.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I find it disconcerting that as a professed Catholic voter Ed, you unblinkingly state Romney needs the voters who live and entertain themselves in the false popular culture constructed by corporatists to push product tie-in via the media junket global gateway of London. Is there nothing that isn’t hostile to religion? TV, movies, music, clothing, Big Advertising, Big Logo, etc. Just as Gingrich makes the case in corporatist media on a corporatist show telling the indoctrinated corporatist audience that only they are the “hope and change” for future political entrepreneurs to mine and pandering for votes, I never hear anyone mention how the Queen of Corporatists Oprah Winfrey has no audience now they must pay for a cable subscription to view and receive her product tie-in and celebrity theology.

Conservatives can’t win when old crony Republicans like Newt Gingrich keep telling party donors to only spend money targeting the same audience as the Democrats. Contrite Newt and Callista have an ever growing product catalog to push and for them it matters most that they get face time in the Democrat Media Complex and it is clearly a winning sales strategy for them, and all RINOs, to sheepishly call for the “other” (to which they belong but will never tire of reforming for their own good!) to wear away at the international Left’s brand loyalty. However, for the conservative movement, it would behoove them to get out of the crowded media complex and go to the people. Larger than The View’s rating are the number of Americans who don’t watch TV, or vote, or were ignored by their local GOP office because driving grassroots involvement is not what New Gingrich and lobbyists are about. Team Romney held many rallies and thousands came to the candidate. Who will go to where the (disenfranchised) people gather and give the conservative message?

FeFe on November 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Gingrich is a troll and a boil on the butt of the right. His pronouncements do not help and should not guide us for the future. The same goes for Santorum, Bachmann and the others.

flataffect on November 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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