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    “Mothers are the civilizing influence”

    “Mothers are the civilizing influence”

    It’s the major headline at Drudge:

    But the headline suggests it’s a reaction to polling, but instead it was questioning by Frank Luntz about Newt’s mother.

    The most poignant moment to me was not the discussion of his mother but at 4:25 when he recounted a story told by a young mother about how she had 3 children in three different schools the morning of 9/11, and how she had to decide which one to get first; she said she would do anything not to have to do that again.

    Matt Lewis points to the evolving reaction of the public to candidates expressing emotion:

    Crying, of course, was once political death — think Ed Muskie. But Hillary  Clinton’s tears four years ago probably helped her win in New Hampshire. And  Speaker John Boehner’s very frequent tears have, perhaps,  helped remove the stigma of public crying….

    As Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “I don’t trust a man who doesn’t cry.”

    Help? Hurt? No difference?

    Update:  The more this race continues, the less I like Romney on a personal level, Mitt tweaks Newt: ‘I won’t cry’:

    Here in Merrimack, Romney started talking about his parents and what they meant to him, and how they taught him to love America — and said, “No, no, I won’t cry.”

    See updates in related post as to Romney campaign disputing this was a shot at Newt.


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    “I’ve lost so much respect for some pundits and blogs I used to frequent on a more regular basis. This has been a terrible election cycle for conservatives.”

    You and me both. I won’t ever buy a Coulter book again, or take the time to watch her clips or appearances. Same with many others. I wonder if they have any idea what we’re talking about, the damage they’ve done with their arrogant tribal elitism. I see many “conservatives” now the way I’ve always seen the Left — completely contemptuous of ordinary Americans and our sense of judgment. What a disaster this mad rush to Romney is proving, and will yet prove, to be.

      Browndog in reply to raven. | December 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm


      From day one-

      Make your case for yourself, as opposed to Obama.


      An episode of “Survivor”

      Thinking Michelle set the tone, going after Palin, but that’s beside the point-

      As far as Coulter goes….the writing was on the wall.

    Hawksridge | December 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Anyone who has lost a parent or loved one especially to alzheimers disease can relate to the pain. My mother-in-law is losing the fight with this horrible disease. You would have to be some kind of cold hearted SOB not to be affected. I believe it helps Newt.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Hawksridge. | December 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

      Alhzeiers is a particularly devestating disease & much more than general dementia – where sufferers can be somewhat themselves.

      Until recently it was only able to be diagnosed post mortem – so many many families suffered unbearable turmoil & upheaval without knowing why.

      Bi Polar + Alzheimers would be a turbulent combination.

      I would be crying too .

    …Think the level of tears out of proportion and he blew it in the sincerity department with what he would tell his mother…that was total campaigning mode and cheesey..would have been impressed if he would have said a simple, “I love you, Mom. Thank you always being there for me.” But a campaign pitch??? Damn. Just when I was starting to take him seriously again!

    Hope Change | December 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I suspect that Newt is someone who feels things deeply and tries to cope by staying in a more though-oriented mode. He says earlier in this interview that he tears up when they sing Christmas carols, that his mother loved to sing, that his mother was someone who had joy in life and her friends, and who gradually lost herself to illness, including bi-polar disease. That is an excruciating way to lose someone we love. That is how Newt began to study brain disease and Alzheimer’s. He said, it isn’t just “policy” – it’s my mother.

    I was especially moved at the very end, when Frank Luntz asked Newt what Newt would say to his mother, now, and what Newt would say to the people in the audience. Newt basically said that he hopes to be a candidate worthy of our country and that we are in serious trouble and we must rise above politics as usual.

    The Republican Establishment is acting as if we can have another Dole/McCain experience, and pushing their preferred candidate, Romney.

    But that ship sailed a long time ago. Our country has a profound choice to make in this primary, so that we can then make a profound choice in the general election. Newt is the guy who understand the profound solutons we need.

    With the new technologies, the government is on the verge of being able to track us in real time and record our emails and even keep records of 20-year-old phone conversations, should they ever decide to “investigate” someone.

    We have to elect people who love liberty. We must not elect people who just want to manage. We can’t police elected politicians 24-7. We need elected oficials who themselves, in their hearts, love liberty.

    Newt wants to use the new technology to empower the American people to take back our power, to enforce the 10th Amendment: all the powers not explicitly written down and given to the federal government are retained by the people and the states. Newt wants the American people to be the driving force to return us to prosperity and freedom. Newt gets it.

    This election may be the most important in our history. Have we not had enough of the soulless socialist machine?

    The most important thing to me is to dismantle what the Leftist have been putting in place for some 80 years. Do you not see that they want to dictate to you every aspect of your life? Americans are born free. All humans are meant to be born free.

    Let us take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

    I watched the video of Newt with the Moms 2012 where Newt tears up and I felt sympathy and empathy and appreciation for Newt. Beware the snares of the Establishment and don’t fall for it.

    BTW, Newt is apparently close to raising $10 million dollars in the last quarter of 2011, so if you are planning to give money to Newt, today before midnight would be a really powerful day to give.

    Happy New Year to ALL!

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