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    The attack on Newt goes Sci-Fi

    The attack on Newt goes Sci-Fi

    ABC is hosting a debate Saturday night.  I’ll be live here.

    Should be fun.  Let’s see if Romney has the guts to confront Newt face to face with all the “crazy” talk being spread about Newt by Romney’s campaign, surrogates and supporters, and if he can do it successfully.  If not, he’s Tim Pawlenty.  I’m betting on Pawlenty.

    The anti-Newt derangement not only has gone off the rails, it’s now intergalactic.  The former historian of the House, who Newt fired as one of his first acts as Speaker, has this to say:

    If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, Newt Gingrich is from the planet Trantor, a fictional world created by Isaac Asimov in his classic Foundation series about galactic empire.   Newt’s master plan for America does not come from a Republican Party playbook.  It comes from the science fiction that he read in high school.  He is playing out, on a national and global scale, dreams he had as a teenager with his nose buried in pulp fiction.

    Back on planet Earth, Mark Levin (not a Newt supporter) sees exactly what is going on (via Protein Wisdom):

    There’s only one way this country can be saved, with a conservative! And it’s high damn time that so-called conservative pundits, and conservative outlets, and conservative websites, and conservative magazines start acting their role! And I don’t just mean in their fundraising appeals, how conservative they are, but I mean use their intellectual power, use substance to support a conservative!

    Romney is not a conservative. You’ve been going on and on about how Newt’s not a conservative. Great! So is the Weekly Standard going to endorse Santorum or Bachmann? Will National Review endorse Santorum or Bachmann? Will the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has it’s own conservative problems with open borders and some other dumbass positions that it takes, will it be backing Santorum or Bachmann? Or are they all going to rally behind Romney? Now all of a sudden they want conservative purity when they apply it to Gingrich, but they don’t want conservative purity when they apply it to Romney.

    Levin’s audio is here, you must listen particularly to his point about Romney’s hiding behind others to do his dirty work.


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    Malonth | December 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Newt seems to be the default conservative candidate at the moment. But never forget that this time last election Giuliani had it all wrapped up at this point. Then the voting happened.

    I believe if Perry or Santorum can do respectfully in Iowa, the voters will give them a second (or in Santorum’s case a first) look. The party energy always has to go somewhere and now it rests on Newt. Before Newt, Cain had it and before Cain, Perry had it.

    I say this because I sense on this blog site that no one has settled on Newt because they think he’s ideal. Rather, Newt has one important factor on his side, as did Cain and Perry: he is not Mitt Romney.

      JayDick in reply to Malonth. | December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      I want whoever is most likely to win. Right now, I think Newt is that person, although Romney looks OK too.

      Santorum seems to have little appeal to anyone, and I can’t see that changing much. Perry comes off as a complete fool way too often. I don’t think either of them would provide the kind of opposition needed to beat Obama.

        NbyNW in reply to JayDick. | December 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

        Perry comes off as someone who’s not used to the national spotlight. His resume proves he’s no fool. He’s improving, and if he improves enough to get the nomination, no one will be worried about his early performances. Just like they’ve forgotten about Newt’s rejection of Paul Ryan’s ideas as “right-wing social engineering”. Which, by the way indicates how Newt really thinks – that’s really not something that’s going to improve in a few months.

    ThomasD | December 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I would gladly, and forcefully support a revived Santorum bid. But only if it was a campaign about real issues, and specific changes, not a nebulous feel good paean to Social Conservatism.

    This election, win or lose, needs to be about advancing real choice in the direction of this nation. Not forever nibbling around the fringes of ossified set-piece issues, as much as the left would like us to stay on that familiar (and as they see it winning) ground.

    It is ruling class vs. country class, and whoever most fully embraces this paradigm can win.

      syn in reply to ThomasD. | December 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      “not a nebulous feel good paean to Social Conservatism.”

      Isn’t it interesting that as Romney is losing to Newt Gingrich, Romney’s campaign quickly resorts to ‘social conservative’ issues such as length of his marriage to the same woman.

      Darling, the Republican Establishment typical abuse towards social conservatives aside, you are kidding yourself if you believe the Progressive Left will not divide and conquer the nation via social issues such as marriage, abortion, illegal immigration etc.

      The Proggs will make up ‘social issues’ crap to pile on any Republican candidate be it Romney or any one else.

      Just take a look at what Proggs in California did to Mormons over Prop 8; funny thing is, the majority in California who voted for Obama voted against gay marriage.

      Heck, Obama is against gay marriage yet for some odd reason he is not considered a ‘social conservative’!

      Why not stand and defend instead of hiding behind your wallet pretending Proggs will keep social issues off the table?

      If you cannot stand for something greater than your own wallet then do not demand that I should rise to defend it.

    “Now all of a sudden they want conservative purity when they apply it to Gingrich, but they don’t want conservative purity when they apply it to Romney.”

    Why Mark Levin is The Great One.

      NbyNW in reply to syn. | December 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      The main reason people get fired is for personality problems. Romney is no conservative, so I agree it’s hypocritical in that light, but you don’t hear people attacking his ability to work with others to get the job done.

    1. Peggy Noonan has a hit piece on Gingrich. The misleadingly evenhanded opening makes it a dishonest hit piece.

    2. I don’t support Newt at this time, but I don’t oppose him like I opposed Palin after her resignation.

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