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    Newt staying above the fray

    Newt staying above the fray

    Romney and Perry are doing each other and themselves damage by going at it in the way they have been, which at times seems childish, petty and insincere, which has even such mainstream commentators as John Podhoretz (A Pack of Nonsense) and Scott Johnson (Send in the Clowns) begging them to get serious.

    I still think this all benefits Newt more than anyone, the experienced adult in the room who is staying above the fray, refusing to be drawn in, and focusing on Obama as a way of setting himself apart from the GOP crowd.

    The “Lincoln-Douglass” style debate on November 5 should set Gingrich and Cain even further apart from the rest, but more important for Gingrich, it gives him the chance to eclipse Cain as the best not-Romney:

    Herman Cain is a terrific guy. He is a great talent. He has a terrific career. He has a good story to tell. He has some ideas I don’t agree with, but they’re big ideas – ‘999’ is a big idea.

    I’m in New Hampshire, where there is no sales tax. And I think the idea of a federal sales tax is not going to go over very well up here. But, nonetheless, it’s serious. I don’t have a goal of knocking anybody out. I have a goal of trying to attract people to look at big ideas and big solutions, look at a real track record, and over time, simply outgrow my friends, none of whom are my major opponent.

    In my mind, my major opponent is Barack Obama. And all these guys are friends of mine. They’re are smart people. And there is something you can learn from every single one of them. And Herman and I are going to have a great time in Houston on November 5, where they’re having a dialogue about entitlement reform based on Paul Ryan’s work.

    And I think people are going to find this surprisingly interesting and educational, but not necessarily hostile.

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    workingclass artist | October 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    @barbara

    good summary.

    So how does Perry beat Obama in a debate…the same way he did Romney in the last debate. (And Perry did win that one because he knocked Mitt off his carefully constructed electability perch)

    Get under his skin,Rattle him and show him up for who he is.

    All Perry has to do is keep things focused on the economy, budgets and border security.

    Throw the damn rules out the window.

    The simple truth is this…These debates aren’t fair or worth anything beyond clips the media plays ad nauseum while they quibble & tsk tsk…just like the skewed media and voters know it…and so does Perry.

    Perry goes for the local media because that’s what most voters read,hear and watch.

    WarEagle82 | October 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    You should be more careful when it comes to reading.

    You obviously have never been in a situation where the lesser of two evils is the only thing between something even marginally good and complete chaos. I hope you never come up against that and that you continue to have a clear conscience… particularly when compromising can prevent a greater evil. There are times when absolute “anything” is the wrong path to take.

    Never said you were forced. Read what I wrote carefully and you’ll understand.


       
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      WarEagle82 in reply to MAB. | October 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Frankly, you have no idea what I have come up against. I have lived all over the world. I have had school mates injured by RAF bombs. I have had a dozen friends and acquaintances murdered by Muslim and narco-terrorists. I have had to worry about whether the things I did or did not do would result in the deaths of close friends. I have held my own child in my arms thinking she was dead. Don’t assume to know what I have experienced and then talk to me about LoTE…


     
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    TeaPartyPatriot4ever | October 27, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Herman Cain is not a Washington DC insider politician, which makes him attractive, in face of, and in the comparison of these liberal crony capitalist Republican Party RINO ‘s, in the “who’s on 1st”- Mitt and Rick show.. which has completely exposed themselves to the Nation, for what really are, live on national TV debate time.. as well as the other way out there candidates, like Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman.. although Michele Bachmann is attractive in many ways, she does not have the experience level yet, that she needs.. 
     
    As for Newt Gingrich, 2 reasons for Newt’s rise.. 
     
    1 – the others are so bad,  the dog catcher looks better than these Crony Capitalist Republican Party RINIO elitists, ie; Gov’s  Perry and Romney..  and the rest, fare even worse..  and 2 – Newt Gingrich, who is the only one with the experience, the knowledge, the intelligence,  the skill,  the wherewithal, and the guts, to know, see, and actually do something about the problems we are now facing, and the people causing the problems.. 
     
    So with this current situation in the prospective field of Presidential candidates, Newt is the only one, who stands out as a real serious candidate, who is not a gimmick, that lasts longer than the flavor of the week, for the media to play games with..  
     
    After Gov. Palin quit and abandoned America, and her supporters.. again,  Newt became the only one left, who could be the President, with real true grit, with the US Constitution as the official and final law of the land as his basis of Policy and conduct., and the only one who can not be turned into an ignorant spineless puppet..


       
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      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to TeaPartyPatriot4ever. | October 27, 2011 at 3:02 am

      I thought that Palin & family having all personally experienced massive levels of hate across the land might have thought the level of hate would rise to toxicity if she were to run. After all not every baby has had his very own hate campaign against him & he cannot even speak!

      As it is – the hate is up all over & we now know it has nothing to do with Sarah.

      It was always weird how much sheer abhorrence was directed at Palin & so many things made up to justify the attacks. Now she has stepped aside it is all too clear.

      If rwanda was a 10 America is at 3 in 2011,

      “After Gov. Palin quit and abandoned America, and her supporters.. again”

      By which we learned PDS does not affect just leftists. Assuming this is not actually a liberal, of course; merely someone who acts like a Leftist.


       
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      workingclass artist in reply to TeaPartyPatriot4ever. | October 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Herman Cain was a DC lobbyist…but keep the myth goin’


       
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      WarEagle82 in reply to TeaPartyPatriot4ever. | October 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      There is a 3rd reason for Newt’s bump in the polls. Many people have very short memories.

      Remember NY-23 and the dollars Newt poured into Scozafava’s campaign up to the day she withdrew from the race – AND ENDORSED THE DEMOCRAT. How about his failure to support the GOP candidate in Delaware? How about his attacks on Paul Ryan and his budget? How about that famous couch episode with San Fran Nan? I could go on…

      Eventually, Newt will catch up with Newt, just like Romney reminds us he is still Romney. Newt can run as fast as he wants but he can’t beat himself. Newt will eventually self-destruct if he doesn’t run out of money first…

    If only he had kept his pecker in his pants and divorced number 2 first, then chased number 3. But he is a politician, a very bright one, but a politician nonetheless. Clinton had the same problem. In his defense, he is married to Hillary. That might cause a weaker man to jump off of a bridge, rather than “dally” with a chubby intern. Hmmm, “chubby” was part of the problem.

    Newt would probably make a very good president…but he simply has far too much bagage to get elected. He might make it on a ticket as VP but not as the head liner.

    That being said, he is so far, the only one to remember the Reagan dicta “thou shalt not bash another republican.” And it’s giving him a hell of a log of traction because of it. If Mr. Cain is smart, he’ll follow Newt’s lead on this.


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