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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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    workingclass artist | December 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    When Perry was on Megyn Kelly’s show she asked him what Big Media 24/7 were going to cover if Congress becomes a part-time legislature?

    I for one like the idea of Washington becoming inconsequential in my life…Like Austin is except for 140 days session every other year.

    Henry Hawkins | December 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm


    Here’s the primary election schedules.

    Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and now Florida, will drive the selection of the candidate – just like in elections past.

      GrumpyOne in reply to logos. | December 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Don’t count on it… No longer does the winner take all and that ensures that the primary season will be an extended effort. It’s even possible that it could end up in the hands of the convention.

      Look for a messy show that will be long running…

    Henry Hawkins | December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    The Dems understand, I believe, that they are screwed whether the GOP goes with Gingrich or Romney. It’s the GOP establishment that’s going apoplectic over the rise of The Newt. Just for the fun of seeing big gov GOP squishes squirm, imagine Newt actually wins the nomination. OK, now imagine he chooses for his running mate……..Sarah Palin.

    What I like about Newt is he debates like a street fighter. Any other candidate with as much luggage as him would be dead in the water. I dare say he’s the GOP equivalent of the Clintons in that regard, but with 1/10 the amount of corruption.

    Is he perfect? No.

    Can he get us out of the present economic callamity? Probably.

    Can he halt and end Obamacare without compromise?…. he’s said he would. I hope he’s not speaking in campaign tongue.

    Will he be tough on foreign policy? Yes.

    Illegal immigration. ????

    Abortion? I expect he’ll be as good as Bush.

    Reducing the size and scope of Government? I’m nervous.

    Reforming Social Security and Medicare? He can’t do worse than all the previous presidents combined.

      Darkstar58 in reply to Andy. | December 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      “Illegal immigration. ????”

      Its a Yes – and he will likely actually get it done instead of pushing an ideal which ultimately leads to nothing more then the conversation never going away.

      Look, we have to realize that this pipe-dream of “deport everyone and put tanks on the border” is just that, a pipe dream. It is about the most unrealistic thing talked about in politics, and it is doing absolutely nothing more then feed the Democrat narrative of “Racist Republicans want to break up families because they hate everyone”

      Michele Bachmanns “he is going to give Amnesty to a hundred million quintillion centillion people” because he dared come up with a solution which can get done, secure the border, satisfy Conservatives and not send Democrats off the deep end on a “see, they hate everyone and want you dead” rant, is doing nothing but hurting her and the Tea Party she repeatedly claims she represents.

        Astroman in reply to Darkstar58. | December 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        Gingrich is not a question on illegal immigration. He will push for amnesty.

        The fact is, we don’t need to deport the millions already here. If we actually enforce the law for once, they will self-deport.

          Darkstar58 in reply to Astroman. | December 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

          There is nothing, anywhere, that says Gingrich will push for Amnesty other then Bachmanns wild claim

          Michele did hire Amnesty-pushing faithful, and 40year insider, Ed Rollins as her campaign manager though…

        GrumpyOne in reply to Darkstar58. | December 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Uh, enforce ALL of the current laws regarding border security and illegal immigration and you’d be surprised on just how fast the issue resolves itself.

        Look at Alabama… Tough new laws, (well at the state level), and they are leaving in droves.

        Enforcement is exactly what Eisenhower did in the 1950’s when faced with a similar crisis and yes, the problem went away all by itself in less than a year..

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Andy. | December 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Aernate Bachmann illegal immigration plan: force them all to take HPV vaccinations.

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