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    Battle of the Iowa ads

    Battle of the Iowa ads

    Newt Gingrich just released his first Iowa television ad, a few days after Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul did so. (Some SuperPACs have been running ads longer, but these are from the campaigns.) Very different themes, with Newt keeping it in a “Morning in America” style (the background music is fromt he movie Rudy), Perry clearly focusing on religious voters, Romney touting business experience, and Paul poking Washington in the eye.


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    workingclass artist | December 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Newt keeps trying to fashion himself into hybrid Reagan clone. His comparison of current wife Callista to Nancy/Jackie/Laura combo-clone isn’t going to down well with women thrown over for trophy wives.

    Neither will his latest fudge on when life begins which makes folks wonder just how “deep” or complete his conversion to the RCC is.

    I wish he’d just gone High Anglican. Better fit.

      spartan in reply to workingclass artist. | December 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      “I wish he’d just gone High Anglican. Better fit.”

      To paraphrase A Man For All Seasons; My dear workingclass artist, this isn’t Spain …… this is England.

      Newt is the same guy who once said almost 4 years ago, “We are at the end of the George W. Bush era. We are at the end of the Reagan era. We’re at a point in time when we’re about to start redefining — as a number of people started talking about, starting to redefine — the nature of the Republican Party, in response to what the country needs.”

      It’s nice to see a return to Reagan.

    scottinwisconsin | December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    It’s sad to read yet another “limited government” commenter say that he loves everything about Ron Paul, except he’s just not willing to give up our Empire. Small government everywhere, except we need American solders in 190 countries around the world.
    Yes, the world is a scary and dangerous place — BECAUSE of our foreign policy. We don’t intervene and meddle because the world is dangerous to US; The world is dangerous to US because we intervene and meddle. Wise up.
    The Ron Paul commercial reminded me it was time to go contribute again. Go Ron.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to scottinwisconsin. | December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      From Wisconsin, eh? I’m shocked.

      Aarradin in reply to scottinwisconsin. | December 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      The opposite is true. The world would be far more dangerous and chaotic without the US military. Our power and influence has prevented dozens of wars from ever occuring. We are the the reason why tin-pot dictators don’t invade their neighbors (as Saddam Hussein found out).

      Before us, the British fulfilled the same role.

      The stability we provide allows trade to flourish worldwide. We are ALL more prosperous as a result.

      Your only objection is that it makes us a lightning rod for criticism and terrorist attacks. That’s true. Get over it.

      valleyforge in reply to scottinwisconsin. | December 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Henry Hawkins, I agree with Scott and I’m from the Philadelphia suburbs. There is more to Wisconsin than Madison.

      Aarradin, your argument could apply to the Roman, Chinese, and Russian/Soviet empires as well. They were all stable until they collapsed in chaos – not once but many times in their histories – and always because their fiscal systems could not support their military and political ambitions. Britain and France suffered the same fate last century.

      Instead of looking at where US military intervention has stabilized things you might want to look at where it hasn’t, including areas where we can actually see it has made things worse and, more difficult, the unseen stability that never occurred because of constant meddling. The Middle East and the Balkans are prime examples of the latter. For the former just look at Vietname. Three decades US meddling (1945-1975) created a humanitarian disaster. Now, after three decades hands-off we are trading partners and they are a very stable country that partially counterbalances China even if not our ideological cup of tea.

    Ron Paul has the funnest ad, too bad he’s a nutcase. And I don’t just have his ideas about foreign policy in mind. He’s absolutely not trustworthy on domestic issues. In addition to be a conspiracy cook, Paul asks for earmarks, and then votes against the bill that contains his earmarks. So he gets to bring the pork home and claim that he opposes pork. See here:
    Libertarian ideas need a better champion.

    I live in rural Texas and think Governor Perry has done a fine job as Lt Gov and Gov. I also feel he would have done much better in the debates if not for the fact that the moderators were all leftist loons. It is what it is, though and the Donks will have a party comparing his C average at a tough school in tough subjects with Obama’s secret record at the elite Affirmative Action schools.For some odd reason a barely literate Yankee imagines anyone with a western or southern accent to be lower than the village idiot. I do not know how he could govern under such conditions. And the newsrooms of America are filled with the kids who had parents who realized that the kid was too dumb for the family business so sent them to J school. I remember when reporters were the bright working class kids who escaped the farms and factories because they had a way with words. They learned from the reporters and editors as they worked their way up from copy boy.

    Anyhow Newt is my second choice, with ol’ Mittens the last one. Of course all Republicans are going to be portrayed as vile, venal Christianist loons. That’s what modern Journalists and Democrats (but I repeat myself) do.

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