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    Thomas Sowell contrasted with anti-Newt Romney PAC money

    Thomas Sowell contrasted with anti-Newt Romney PAC money

    Thomas Sowell has an interesting column today pushing back against the demonization of Newt.  It’s not an endorsement, but it sure sounds like Sowell is not liking all the hate being directed Newt’s way (h/t jeannebodine in the Tip Line):

    Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results.

    In a world where we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama — and better than Mitt Romney.

    Romney is a smooth talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachusetts, compared to what Gingrich accomplished as Speaker of the House? When you don’t accomplish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want?

    Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland leading the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain.

    Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Newt Gingrich’s past, rather than on the nation’s future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.

    Contrast Sowell’s sober assessment with this chart from The New York Times showing that a pro-Romney SuperPAC is pouring far more money into negative ads against Newt in Iowa than all the other candidates combined.

    Getting people to hate Newt is the easy part, giving us a reason to vote for Romney is the hard part.

    I’ve said it since the beginning of this campaign, Romney needs to make the case for him, not just against others.  If he cannot do that, and he hasn’t so far, he may win the nomination but he will not defeat Obama.

    Update: via National Journal:

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his allies are making an all-out push to win the Iowa caucuses — or at least to knock down their toughest opponent — according to advertising data…

    The $971,187 in combined Romney advertising is nearly as much as the rest of the Republican field is spending in Iowa…. And the tone isn’t going to reflect the Christmas spirit.


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    Tamminator | December 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    You know what is appealing to me about Gingrich?
    That he seems like he could be a big “don’t fuck with us” leader.
    Americans are looking for that after since Obama is such a wimp.
    And THAT may make me vote for him over the others.
    I’ll vote for anyone who is the Republican nomination no matter what, but I’m starting to like the guy who people hate.

    Henry Hawkins | December 21, 2011 at 1:48 am

    –> Burkean Badger:

    “Name ONE thing Newt has done to advance conservatism since 1998? ONE.”

    1. Served on the US Commission on Nat’l Security (examines nat’l security issues concerning the military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies)

    1. Taught at both the USAF’s Air University (Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course) and National Defense University (teaching various courses to officers from all branches).

    1. Informal special advisor to Donald Rumsfeld on nat’l security strategic issues.

    1. Member, Project On National Security Reform.

    1. Founder and Chairman of American Solutions For Winning The Future (recruits, trains, supports citizens and elected officials in reforming how government is conducted).

    1. Formed Gingrich Productions (assorted conservative documentaries, books, etc).

    1. Renewing American Leadership (religious group providing education on conservative cultural and governmental reform)

    1. Signed the Strong America Now pledge towards cutting government spending.

    1. Regular appearances on FOX News and many other media outlets supporting the conservative viewpoint with his experience as Speaker, knowledge of history, etc.

    “I agree that Romney does not have a stellar record of practical conservative accomplishments. But, neither does Newt.”

    Newt’s non-stellar non-practical non-conservative non-accomplishments:

    1. Congress, 1981 – co-founded the Congressional Military Reform Caucus.

    1. Congress, 1983 – founded the Conservative Opportunity Society for House GOP, especially younger, newer ones (prepatory move to eventual takeover of House majority). Reagan took the ideas of this Gingrich-led group and used them in his 1984 reelection.

    1. Congress, 1988 – major player in forcing resignation of Jim Wright (D).

    1. Congress, 1989 – named House minority whip

    1. Congress, 1994 – led writing of the Contract With America, which led to GOP takeover of House for first time 40+ years.

    1. Congress, 1995 – voted Speaker

    1. Speaker, 1995 – Congressional Accountability Act to remove many of the entitlements enjoyed by members of congress

    1. Speaker, 1996 – Welfare reform

    1. Speaker, 1997 – Capital gains tax cuts (Taxpayer Relief Act)

    1. Speaker, 1999 – Worked with Clinton to produce first balanced fed budget in 30+ years.

    Sorry – I could only find the one thing.

    Maybe a supporter could provide a no doubt equally poor list of Romney’s conservative accomplishments for comparison?

      Hope Change in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 21, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Henry Hawkins, major kudos and props!! Thank you for this list. I know it is on;y partial, and yet it is still great.

      I support Newt more surely with every passing day.

      Some people haven’t watched the speeches yet and still don’t know what’s going on.

      Whether you decide to support Newt or not, once you watch the speeches, you will understand why others do.

      I came of age in a very idealistic 1960’s. I so wanted George McGovern to win! In later years, I realized he was very naive and his plans wouldn’t work in the real world. Newet’s campaign is the first since I began to understand what Reagan was doing and began to support Reagan that I have been truly excited about the campaign of a candidate.

      The American people can shift away from quasi-communism and the always-growing power of the federal government STATE. Newt understands that we need to do this. He and his team are working on how we can do this.

      I am really looking forward to Newt’s first day in office if he wins, and I think he will win, when he abolishes the executive-branch czars. Gone!

      Thank you again, Henry Hawkins, for that list! I don’t need to say negative things about the other candidates, just the positive things about Newt.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Hope Change. | December 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

        Thank you, and you are welcome.

        It is striking that Romney talks and talks about his conservatism, but touts no achievements involving conservatism, indeed, spends much time explaining away decidedly unconservative actions and statements from his past. I’ve been asking for many weeks now for a Romney supporter to name one thing that Romney has done to advance conservatism – not mere words or campaign happy talk – but a definitive action or achievement that demonstrates Romney’s conservatism. There may be dozens of them, but how telling is it that his supporters cannot seem to list even one?

        Well, now they have a chance to list Romney’s achievements right next to an abbreviated list of Gingrich’s, that we all may compare the two.

    Henry Hawkins | December 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Suspiciously quiet, isn’t it? lol

    Well – Romney supporters couldn’t/wouldn’t ‘name one thing’, so I’ll do it for them:

    One thing Romney did to help advance conservatism began in February 2008 when he gave up on his nomination run and endorsed McCain within the week. Since that time and through the 2010 midterm elections Romney was a tireless supporter and fundraiser for GOP candidates across the nation, many of which were conservative. That was a good thing.

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