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    More Newt momentum

    More Newt momentum

    Newt appeared on Center Seat to face the panel Mitt Romney refuses to face (video h/t The Right Scoop):

    Steven Hayward at Powerline points out a key point:

    Maybe the best part was when Steve Hayes played the infamous TV ad Newt cut with Nancy Pelosi three years ago about the “climate crisis” (about the 6:50 mark of the video).  Newt didn’t finesse it: he straight out said, “That was the dumbest single thing I’ve done. . . simply inexplicable. . . it was just dumb.”  Not often a politician admits a mistake that straightforwardly.

    Now if only Mitt Romney would admit the same for Romneycare.

    Meanwhile, Dorothy Rabinowitz writes of Newt’s climb, Why Gingrich Could Win:

    His rise in the polls suggests that more and more Republicans are absorbing that fact, along with the possibility that Mr. Gingrich’s qualifications all ’round could well make him the most formidable contender for the contest with Barack Obama.

    Update: From Margaret Carlson (h/t @JamesTaranto):

    I admit that Newt Gingrich is an unlikely virgin. He’s famously undisciplined — as his multiple marriages suggest. He has little money, was abandoned by his staff and probably never expected to be seriously considered for the nomination. On his way to the recent Bloomberg-Washington Post debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, Gingrich traveled alone, getting his own coffee, carrying his own suitcase and shaking any hand he could grab hold of.


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    Aarradin | November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I really want to back Perry, based on his record. I still think he can make a comeback, but he’d have to do three things: 1) Like Newt, run a POSITIVE campaign. He’s not going to recover by attacking Romney. 2) Greatly increase his debating ability. His advisors should be putting him through mock debates daily. 3) Formulate an immigration (ie. illegal alien) policy more in line with R primary voters.

    I doubt he’ll do any of the above.

    Cain: My main concern is the 9% national sales tax (assuming he survives the current witch-hunt). This is a serious electability problem. The D’s will demagogue this endlessly, and effectively. Retirees, paying very little tax, would find themselves paying a 9% national sales tax. As Biden would say, this is a big f’n deal. I’m a Conservative, and I’m opposed to a national sales tax (or VAT, which it would inevitably turn into) UNLESS it is implemented simultaneously with repeal of the 16th Amendment (income tax).

    So, Newt. He’s definitely growing on me. On the couch with Nancy and Dede Scozzafova (sp?) won’t be serious problems for him. Think about how the media is trashing Cain now, then consider what they’ll do when/if Gingrich is the front runner. He’s had affairs with women that work with him (some of whom he later married), while he was married. There’s quotes from some of them about ‘Lewinsky’ requests, accepted, in his Senate office. What might save him here is his honesty and willingness to apologize (which he’s already done, repeatedly). It works – at least as far as defusing the 24/7 news cycle of ‘scandal’. The facts are admitted, the apology is made, there’s nothing more for the media to dig up. The issue is still there, of course, but its not front page every day for weeks.

    His ability is really beyond question: he’d be fantastic. I’d pay money to see him debate Obama (assuming O doesn’t run and hide – which he will, as much as possible).

    Gingrich believes that CO2 is causing global warming as reflected in the 2007 interview on NPR:

    Question: In 2000, candidate George Bush pledged mandatory carbon caps; it was a campaign pledge. What did you think of it at the time? Were you for that?

    Gingrich: I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.

    It is not surprising that the power of Newt’s ego would have him believe that man can threaten the Earth. Once past this bad assumption, however, he further exposes his bias by agreeing to a big government, big spending solution to a non-problem that can only contribute to a further decline in our economy.

    I know, I know . . . anybody but Romney and Obama. This primary campaign is indeed surreal.

      Aarradin in reply to gad-fly. | November 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Newt can definitely be too clever for his own good. Like Romney, he thinks he can make anything work. The problem is, he should have paused in advance and asked himself: ‘should we be doing this at all’, and answered “NO!”. This is where I appreciate the Conservative instincts of a Palin/Perry/Cain. They may not have the brainpower or the experience, but their first instinct of: ‘wait, the govt shouldn’t be doing this at all’ is invaluable.

      Romney, btw, actually signed a climate bill into law as MA governor that resulted in the closure of several coal-fired plants. MA has, from that day ’till now, had to import roughly 20% of its power (up from about 5% before the law took effect) with the expected results in rate increases to everyone in the state. Romney’s position on global warming has still not changed.

      Seems odd that we’re waiting for a man who actually wrote a book with the title, “No Apology” to come out and apologize for his positions on Romneycare and global warming. We’ll know he’s absolutely desperate to win the nomination, and in a dead heat with a rival, when he does. But, by then, it’ll be too late.

    mdw9661 | November 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    while now “dumb” to be couch buddies with Pelosi, did Newt disavow his basic contention about man-caused global warming?

    I don’t think he did. Moreover, how likely is he then to unravel the EPA regulations stifling this country?

    mdw9661 | November 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Finding new innovative ways to new energy = Solyndra.

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