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    If Newt survives the next two weeks

    If Newt survives the next two weeks

    The latest polling has caused an avalanche of attacks on Newt from just about every corner:

    • Newt had an extensive interview with Glenn Beck (audio and transcript).  Beck hammered Newt on all the known Newt policy issues, and all of the questions were appropriate.  I think Newt handled it extremely well. Listen to the audio, and Newt fully addresses accusations that he is a “progressive.”  Beck has been a frequent critic of Newt, which shows that Newt is not afraid to go into a hostile forum. (added) Katrina Trinko has a good sampling of excerpts from the interview.
    • Michele Bachmann again shows why I never could vote for her (other than against Obama).  She was on Greta last night repeating like a mindless robot that Newt wants to legalize 11 million illegal aliens, and on the Beck show calling Newt a “frugal socialist.” Really, we can do better than Bachmann, please I hope I never have to vote for her.
    • Ron Paul is going negative for 4-5 days of new anti-Newt ads in Iowa.
    • Romney backer Ramesh Ponnuru is warning about “heartbreak” if Newt gets the nomination; Jennifer Rubin is doing her usual anti-Newt routine; and Rush is going all out as I type pointing out that the beltway Republican media is going all out against Newt.
    • MSNBC, picking up on a theme pushed last week by Politico, is accusing Newt of having a “split personality.”
    • A “conservative” concern troll at The Atlantic who always has been anti-Tea Party is saying Newt will be the end of the Tea Party.

    If Newt survives the next two weeks in the lead, it will be hard to stop him.

    I think he will survive the onslaught because none of these critics (other than the candidates themselves) makes the case for anyone else.  It’s just trying to tear down the latest challenger to Romney.

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    Henry Hawkins | December 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    “What I like about Newt is he debates like a street fighter.”

    Exactly. Pelosi makes a threat about outing info from the ethics investigation when Gingrich was Speaker. Within *hours* Newt smacks that ball back across the net and down her throat. Within *one day* Pelosi is backpedaling so fast her hooves are a blur. That is a skill this year’s GOP nominee must have.

    As for affecting the economy, dealing with Obamacare, reducing the deficit, cutting spending, etc., whichever GOP-er hopefully wins the White House need only sign the bills sent him or her from Congress, at a minimum. “Just shut up and sign the bill, sir.” The key, of course, will be if the GOP leadership in the House and Senate will have the cajones to make major moves. If the GOP takes the WH, you have to believe they will also strengthen the majority in the House and at least close the gap in the Senate – if not take the Senate outright.

    We’ve held the WH and both houses before, and fairly recently. If they win all three and blow it again….

    I don’t even want to think about it.


     
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    ConserveLiberty | December 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    All this bomb-throwing does is make me sympathetic to Gingrich – a sentiment I am not certain I should hold.


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