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    My favorite part of CNBC debate

    My favorite part of CNBC debate

    While Newt’s answer taking on the Occupy Wall Street movement and challenging Maria Bartiromo has received all the attention.

    I think this was the best answer of the night, taking on the academic establishment rather than accepting the premise of the question, which was an attempt to paint him into a corner on continued student loan funding:

    He is the only one on stage who does not take questions at face value.  One of the moderators posed a question to Mitt Romney with the premise that the Stimulus has created 2.7 million jobs, and Romney answered the question without taking on the premise.


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    Newt is doing great. Thankfully, earlier reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

    Newt has been practicing his rhetoric skills for decades. But is that what is needed now in the next president?

    Newt was the bill of fare on “Center Stage” with Fox News Special Report crew. He dismissively referred to his pairing with Nancy Pelosi as a “dumb” move. Yet did he ever denounce the basis for his sitting with Nancy on the couch? No. Newt still believes in the community of scientists (better known as the scientific consensus, see Al Gore).

    He also spoke of leading the world in energy innovation and the like. How different is this than Solyndra and the other cockamamie green investments of the current administration?

    Newt is a big idea, big government technocrat who enjoys hearing the sounds of his words. He is smart enough to say anything to get himself the nomination, similar to Romney in many respects.

    The worst possible outcome in 2012 is the reelection of Obama. The second worst possibility is electing a GOP nominee who likes the sound of his own voice over those who elected him.

      Midwest Rhino (not RINO) in reply to mdw9661. | November 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      yeah, he seemed more neutral though, and stated that science is popular opinion, or consensus (or however he put it). and at least he admitted it was dumb.

      I can accept a more neutral stance, one not ready to sell us out to paying gore indulgences. And for a presidential run this year, blasting global warming may not be necessary or wise.

      Right now I can’t see anyone but Newt rising to the top. Perry is still stumbling, Cain still confused but adamant, too late for anyone else to suddenly display competence and versatility under fire … as I see it.

    The next question he should answer concerns America’s welfare policies. Their role in sabotaging development, distorting the market, and perpetuating the need for welfare.

    Then there’s the matter of extraordinary regulations, illegal aliens (and incentives), obstacles to domestic resource recovery and energy generation, policies which denigrate individual dignity and devalue human life, etc.

    I like the way Newt thinks. He demonstrates an impressive effort to distinguish between cause and effect.

    kobayashi | November 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    “Question the Premise!” ….Yes!

    Browndog | November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Newt has been fielding loaded questions from the press his entire political life.

    He can smell them coming…

    Newt understands 3 things:

    1) The MSM has turned entirely left, and by speaking with one voice, shape the national debate and elections.

    2) Calling out the MSM for their bias never gets to a national audience, because….well, the MSM won’t air it–so no better way than to do than during a national Presidential debate.

    3)……….um…….(53 sec.)..oops.

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