In embracing Newt, conservatives take walk on the wild side

Note: This contains extensive material included in a blog post published Saturday. It is published here as the electronic version of today’s AJC column:

The conservative movement has made its sentiments clear: It does not want to marry the nice, safe boy across the street with the perfect hair and perfect manners. Against the pleas of its parents in Washington, it wants a bad boy, and that bad boy is named Newt Gingrich.

It’s hard to exaggerate the panic that a potential Gingrich nomination sets off among GOP leaders. Given what some of them are saying on the record and in public — words such as “unstable” and “unprincipled” –  you can only imagine what they say in private. But in many ways, they have brought this upon themselves.

If you teach your followers that compromise equals defeat — if that all-or-nothing approach becomes central to your movement’s identity — how can you demand that they accept compromise incarnate in the person of Mitt Romney? Is that not admitting defeat on the most important decision that the party can make? Millions of Republicans clearly believe it is.

If you tell them that being Republican requires allegiance to every single tenet of Republican doctrine — George Will last week noted that the party is “more ideologically homogenous than ever in 156 years of competing for the presidency” — how can you sell them a candidate who is so transparently insincere in embracing that doctrine? (Gingrich is equally insincere; he’s just better at hiding it.)

And if you have nurtured your base on the red meat of anger and resentment, building an elaborate media infrastructure to generate fresh outrage to feed upon, you have prepared them to prefer a demagogic leader with a genius for that style of politics. With his intellectual veneer and flair for the outrageous, Gingrich doesn’t merely throw the crowd red meat; he throws them high-end Kobe beef, broiled to mouthwatering perfection, and they love him for it.

Meanwhile, Romney offers soy burgers. Go ahead, eat it. It’s good for you.

And this is the tough part: For years, you have imbued your voter base with a deep distrust of the media, the establishment and the elites, to the point that distrust is now programmed into the movement’s DNA. The harsher the media attack, the more enthusiastically the party faithful will rally behind its target.

That has proved useful, producing a party base largely immune to outside influence. But having taught your base to distrust anything that Washington elites tell them, you no longer have a credible means of convincing them that Gingrich would be a disaster.  You can’t use the mainstream media, and moderate voices preaching caution from Washington simply have no impact.

For example, it ought to be telling that Romney has been endorsed by 56 Republicans in Congress, including nine senators, while Gingrich — a former speaker who has worked closely with many in Congress — has been endorsed by just eight. The people who know Gingrich best just don’t trust him. But the GOP base has been taught to interpret opposition from Washington as a good thing and a sign that Gingrich can be trusted.

Newt understands that dynamic very well, having helped to create it. He knows that the attacks add to his credibility as an outsider. He has also made an ostentatious point of refusing to attack his fellow Republicans unless provoked, saying he will not participate in a media conspiracy to divide the party.  That too plays perfectly to the mindset of many Republican voters.

Unless Gingrich self-destructs and soon, the party establishment and intelligentsia will have no choice but to spend the next few months trying to discredit him while shoving Romney down the throat of a GOP base that gags at the thought. And maybe it’s what’s left of my naivete, but I have to think that it’s not just concern for party, that patriotism is also playing a role. The party elite know Gingrich; they understand that putting Newt in position to become president of the United States would, in its own way, be as grossly irresponsible as putting someone like Sarah Palin in that role.

They just don’t know how to convince the rest of the party of that fact, because it runs counter to so much of what they’ve been told to believe.

– Jay Bookman

125 comments Add your comment

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:00 am

Newt 2012
Holy Crap that’s funny.

JP

December 14th, 2011
7:02 am

Hey, Jackass… you cheered in print when The Savior canceled F-22. Why weren’t you at the Lockheed plant yesterday to share your feelings with all the Obama-endorsing IAW union guys who are now laid off?

When this rag of a paper finally goes belly-up and your worthless butt is tossed out in the street, I’m going to be the first one out front laughing in your face.

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:05 am

New Reuters poll shows Romney more easily beats Obama than Newt

For what polls are worth these days

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:07 am

Perhaps I should rephrase

Romney loses to Obama by a lot less than Gingrich in the new poll

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:12 am

….and WSJ/NBS shows President Obama beating them both.

Don’t ya’ just love American politics?

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:12 am

Corrine reportedly knew of customer funds transfers according to regulator interviews with former employees

And this guy was at the top of Obama’s list for next Treasury Secretary. Unbelievable

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:13 am

Normal

December 14th, 2011
7:13 am

Let the GOP do what they will…President Obama will be there until 2016.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:13 am

make that NBC…..

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:14 am

Fry Corzine….when proven guilty.

Everybody agrees.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:15 am

Normal

Warren 2016??

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:15 am

Granny
It’s early yet. If Obama wins re-election, it’s a sad statement on the quality of American politics

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:17 am

Jm

Not surprised your thinking is so backwards on that.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:18 am

I think Newts bubble will burst soon….

Normal

December 14th, 2011
7:27 am

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:15 am

One can only hope, Granny G. She would be perfect.

barking frog

December 14th, 2011
7:28 am

Granny Godzilla, 7:18, You got that right, the RNC is using a
jackhammer rather than a pin to burst Newt’s bubble.

Normal

December 14th, 2011
7:28 am

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:30 am

Barking frog

and a prick from inside the bubble might burst it as well…

one must be careful with pins

nelsonh

December 14th, 2011
7:31 am

The GOP will give Newt the boot
The GOP elite donot want Newt
The GOP does not want Mitt
7 more days
The GOP will have their candidate
He will have a clear mandate

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:33 am

Nelsonh. Gibberish

barking frog

December 14th, 2011
7:34 am

Granny Godzilla 7:30 Excellent.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:35 am

barking frog

gee thanks

ragnar danneskjold

December 14th, 2011
7:36 am

Silly essay, as nothing could be so grossly irresponsible as giving the community organizer in chief another four years to continue to destroy the country. Even Newt is a 1000% improvement.

barking frog

December 14th, 2011
7:38 am

Jm. if your man romney is nominated it will be a horserace as
his major weak point is his religion and I don’t think the President
will allow his campaign to exploit that, which will be a major mistake
on his part but is part of the price you pay for having ethics in politics.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:38 am

Community Organizing…..like Krytonite to Republicans.

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:42 am

Frog
I have no real idea as to what will happen

But I do think Romney can give Obama a run for his money and possibly win

stands for decibels

December 14th, 2011
7:43 am

conservatives take walk on the wild side

And the white boys sing
do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

(that, and “commuuuuunity organizer which is somehow Teh Skarey!”)

barking frog

December 14th, 2011
7:46 am

Jm, 7:42, I agree. Basically, it will boil down to 4 more years or new hand on
the tiller…A popularity contest..

ByteMe

December 14th, 2011
7:49 am

I don’t know which is funnier: that Republicans like ragnar actually believe that Obama was only a community organizer instead of a constitutional law professor, senator, and state senator… or that their war hero + hot mama got slaughtered by a community organizer.

cosby

December 14th, 2011
7:50 am

Yawn, another lets kill the Republican blog by I love socialism Jay. I have no dog in the fight as I do not see any candidate including Barry aka Obama that has the statesman like mind to lead this country. All I see is a bunch of elite politicians that live the good life while the rest of the country pays. see Mrs. Obama and her wonderful vacations with family and friends that cost the citizens millions of dollars. Gee Jay, if you spent as much time investigation the real cause of the problems of the country in lieu of one liners and hate speech, perhaps you would make a good journalist. But I assume you are like Debbie W. Shultz…a puppet for big gvernment, making the citizens dependent on big government and wanting so much to live on the Government Plantation!

Jimmy62

December 14th, 2011
7:51 am

The people who know Gingrich best? I don’t know if you noticed, but most of us don’t have a opinion of the current incumbents, so if you tell me they don’t like Gingrich then I consider that a good thing.

Second… We know a hell of a lot more about Gingrich than we do about the current President. That shouldn’t be a knock on Gingrich, it’s a knock on the press, who still refuses to do the kind of investigating on Obama that they do on everyone else. We’ve seen grades for Newt, we’ve seen former students interviewed about his time as a professor, we’ve interviewed his former girlfriends, we’ve dig up every sensitive part of his past and thrown it on the front page. Yet almost none of those things are known about Obama, and if you dare point that out, you get called a racist. I guarantee someone later in this thread will say that the GOP just hates Obama because he’s black and we’re a bunch of racists. Why? Because the left is one of the most intolerant groups on Earth. As long as you have the same politics, they are great, but dare to step outside of the groupthink, and you are evil!

USinUK

December 14th, 2011
7:52 am

ByteMe – 7:49 – :lol: you’re right … it is a toss-up …

Jm

December 14th, 2011
7:52 am

Frog
I happen to think there are real and substantive policy differences between Obama and Romney

And I think Romney would be a better manager of the federal government. And a better president.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
7:52 am

cosby

have you thought about adding more fiber and roughage to your diet?

Airdale

December 14th, 2011
7:53 am

Newt -great for them Dems, a disaster for the country. Wait, country is not important. It’s the Repugnant party that matters.

AmVet

December 14th, 2011
7:53 am

That has proved useful, producing a party base largely immune to outside influence.

Yep. Like the scientific community (hat tip John Huntsman), the international community, the academic community, the law enforcement community and the environmental community.

They stand virtually alone against the rest of mankind on countless important matters now and are fiercely proud of never having left Joseph McCarthy’s1950s. (They see communists socialists everywhere!)

Even the lifelong Republicans outside of the Moron Belt must be saying wtf? THIS chunky, wormy would-be Cassanova is all we have???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jOzuLsJIUE

ByteMe

December 14th, 2011
7:56 am

I happen to think there are real and substantive policy differences between Obama and Romney

I think there might be real differences, but I think the real problem is that we’ll be trading one style of communicating with another and be dissatisfied with both.

Obama doesn’t use the bully pulpit enough to keep people focused on where he wants to go. He’s more comfortable keeping a low profile.

Romney comes across and insincere, especially when he tries to dance on both sides of an issue, which is becoming increasingly regular.

Both are problems for the Presidency.

barking frog

December 14th, 2011
7:57 am

Jm, 7:52, healthcare, war, terrorism, economy, seem to me to be similar..

willydoit?

December 14th, 2011
8:02 am

Evil will prevail-ve!
Newt!! in 2012!

independent thinker

December 14th, 2011
8:13 am

The gasbag Newt keeps rising- it must be all that mental flatulence

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:15 am

“Obama doesn’t use the bully pulpit enough to keep people focused on where he wants to go.”
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Obama has made it very clear “where he wants to go.” It is not up to Obama to keep the people focused. That is their responsibility to themselves. Some may still need an authoritarian, paternalistic leader. But the world is quickly moving past this hierarchial consciousness. Obama leads by urging citizens to recognize their own autonomy and their own interests, recognizing that all are interconnected.

meinpvb

December 14th, 2011
8:16 am

Look, I am not a huge Newt supporter. That being said, I am an ABO (anyone BUT Obama) supporter. I’ve watched my once proud country sink into financial ruin and become a laughingstock throughout the world. Perhaps if the media would work as hard uncovering Obama’s past (Rev. Wright, the Resko land deal, Solyndra fiasco, arms for Mexicans) I would put more stock in your gotcha pieces on Republicans. However, you guys have lost all credibility when you won’t even mention Obama’s baggage.

Normal

December 14th, 2011
8:18 am

Granny G.
“have you thought about adding more fiber and roughage to your diet?”

I think my sunny disposition comes from my Granny. Whenever I was “snippy”, she always made me take a dose of caster oil….whew! I learned to smile all the time…even if I didn’t feel like it. :)

stands for decibels

December 14th, 2011
8:21 am

Obama leads by urging citizens to recognize their own autonomy and their own interests, recognizing that all are interconnected.

You’re gone make them rat-wing heads essplode if they allow themselves for a nanosecond to believe that they don’t have the market on individualism cornered, ME.

think of the children.

carlosgvv

December 14th, 2011
8:22 am

There have been certain times in our past when the quality of our presidential candidates reached the level of the penthouse. Unfortunately, in recent years that quality level has been steadly declining and now is approaching the level of the outhouse. The dumbing down of America continues. The only question remaining is when will we hit rock bottom?

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
8:24 am

meinpvb

” I’ve watched my once proud country sink into financial ruin and become a laughingstock throughout the world”

Ok you have covered the W years….

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:24 am

Our financial ruin started with the Bush tax cuts and two unpaid for wars. Obama has finally regained respect for the United States throughout the world. Respect, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

GM

December 14th, 2011
8:25 am

meinpvb

22 out of 28 terriost taken off the field, so idiots like you can make coments to bash our President,
Thanks Obama for keeping our country safe including the idiots that hate you, but rather have someone like newt, no family or moral values and for saving the 1 million teachers, firemen, police officers jobs when the retards on the right wanted to put them in the unemployment line, you really are a socialist, what a bunch of morons we have on the right.

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:26 am

USinUK

December 14th, 2011
8:26 am

“The only question remaining is when will we hit rock bottom?”

well, I thought the elevation of Sarah Palin in the political marketplace was DEFINITELY a key indicator that we had not only hit bottom, we had pulled out a pickaxe …

O'Really

December 14th, 2011
8:26 am

Jimmy62 @ 7:51
Perhaps if you/they hadn’t spent so much time pushing/investigating birther myths, Muslim myths, racist myths and socialist myths, etc., you’d have put more into time into trotting out information on Obama. But wait…maybe you couldn’t do that because, unlike Newt, Obama does not have a string of infidelities, never brought the government to a halt, never was ousted by his own party leadership, never was censured and fined by the Congress. Shall I go on?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 14th, 2011
8:29 am

AmVet

December 14th, 2011
8:32 am

meinpvb, we’ve seen that same screed here at least a thousand times. Almost word for word.

And in virtually every case that Obama Derangement Syndrome is exhibited by those desperately trying to cover up for the fact that they voted for George “The (W)orst Ever” Bush.

Twice, right?

Normal

December 14th, 2011
8:34 am

Speaking of Fox News, I posted this below but it’s worth another look, just to show how fair and balanced they really are…

http://news.icanhascheezburger.com/2011/12/13/political-pictures-fox-news-unemployment-creative-graphing/

JKL2

December 14th, 2011
8:34 am

byteme- Obama doesn’t use the bully pulpit enough to keep people focused on where he wants to go. He’s more comfortable keeping a low profile.

That’s what happens when you elect a president based on his skin color and ability to read. Try someone with leadership skills next time.

USinUK

December 14th, 2011
8:36 am

“Try someone with leadership skills next time.”

let’s see, he led with healthcare and what did we get??? whines that he was a dictator …

so, sorry, your damned if he does / damned if he doesn’t complaints no longer count … but you will be charged for the call …

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:37 am

OReally@8:26
“. . .unlike Newt, Obama does not have a string of infidelities, never brought the government to a halt, never was ousted by his own party leadership, never was censured and fined by the Congress. Shall I go on?”
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And if we want 4 or 8 years of continual upheavals played out domestically and on the world’s stage, just elect Newt Gingrich. You can be guaranteed of it because dramatic upheavals are part of his psychology. If you want a sound, steady hand to work through problems, re-elect Obama.

AmVet

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am

And if that beautiful 8:26 by O’Really doesn’t shut up these “But the Uppity Muslim wasn’t vetted by the liberal media!!!” dufuses, I don’t know what will.

Under no circumstances, should the American electorate ever again trust the lives or futures of our children, in the hands of the most incompetent and deadly movement in the history of our country – n(e)o-conservatism…

Georgrdawg

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am

Anybody but Obama and his gang of incompetent, unpricipled appointees and staff. Wait til the focus turns to his ideas and record. You liberals are something.Look at at your constituency people who want something for nothing and want the achievers to pick up even more of the tap, unions who have destroyed our manufacturing base and now turn to bankrupting our govt with their rediculous demands and finally reasonably well educated big gov’t folks who want to run everyone elses life. And idiots like Jane Fonda.
Electing Obama was rock bottom USinUK. Stop socialism and big govt/

meinpvb

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am

Hey G. Godzilla, Say what you want about W. He didn’t spend even a fraction of what Obama has spent in just 3 years. Stimulus? Highest unemployment numbers since the 1920’s. Companies refusing to hire due to fears of Obamacare and taxes. Then Obama has the gall to blame Republicans for all his failures and when that gets old, blame Bush. Glad you’re enjoying Obama’s kool-aid ’cause once he gets done, that’s all you’ll afford.

Talking Head

December 14th, 2011
8:44 am

“If you want a sound, steady hand to work through problems, re-elect Obama.”

hahaha…when has Obama ever had ‘a sound, stead hand to work through problems’? thanks for the laugh, I needed that this morning!

Atlas Shrugging

December 14th, 2011
8:44 am

Granny it’s not as funny as your statment that your family owns two businesses….Just how many people work at those two businesses???? On another note, I say let the Rep-ugants and Dem-wits ban radios, coffee, make-up, smoking and any other activity that can be performed while driving.

USinUK

December 14th, 2011
8:44 am

“And idiots like Jane Fonda.”

:lol:

dude. digging DEEP for that one … why not just blame the dirty effing hippies and be done with it?

as for socialism, please, sir, do tell us the definition of socialism and follow up with examples in the US economy.

oh, and show your work.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
8:44 am

Georgrdawg

“You liberals are something”

Damn straight we are. Proud of it to.

So much better than being nothing….

Jm

December 14th, 2011
8:45 am

Fire the spendthrift

GM

December 14th, 2011
8:46 am

O’Really

Dead on point,

We hate a President that shows humilty, we are sorry he is not white and has a white cow boy hate and setting in the sun set, we are sorry when he killed biln linen he did not jump on a aircraft and make dumb commets like mission accomplish when thousands of more American troops died.
We have a President that no body is going to throw a shoe at, we have President that has not cheating on his wife with a intern, I will take class and moral values any day.

USinUK

December 14th, 2011
8:46 am

“Fire the spendthrift”

um, yeah – Bush has been out of office now for a few years …

it was in all the papers.

Murph

December 14th, 2011
8:47 am

Newt is a man of ethical convictions – 84 of them to be exact.
Newt is a man of history – The first Speaker to ever be disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.
Newt has paid his dues – Fined $300,000 by a 395-28 House vote for ethic violations.

Doggone/GA

December 14th, 2011
8:47 am

“Fire the spendthrift”

We already did – he’s been out of office for over 3 years now

Corey

December 14th, 2011
8:48 am

JP, where were you when Mr. Gates, the former Secretary of Defense a Bush appointee, decided to scale back production of the F-22 by less than 10 than were originally planned to be built? I believe this was decided over three years ago. Moreover, the F-35 will be built by these same workers at Lockhead. Get a grip man, and please keep up with current events.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 14th, 2011
8:48 am

Fire the spendthrift – we tried but you reelected Bush. Fortunately we did not hire his proposed successor. But the damage had already been done and we’re still trying to fix the mess the conned idiots have created even as they attempt to block all efforts.

HDB

December 14th, 2011
8:48 am

meinpvb

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am

Are you SURE about that?? Remember: Bush kept war spending OFF THE BOOKS….so we really don’t know how much he spent on a venture that could wind up costing us MORE to fix!!

Georgrdawg

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am

“unions who have destroyed our manufacturing base ”
Excuse me….but MANAGEMENT took manufacturing offshore to maximize profit and create hazardous work conditions that the unions fought AGAINST! If you are HONEST, look at management…….

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:48 am

JKL2@8:34

“That’s what happens when you elect a president based on his skin color and ability to read. Try someone with leadership skills next time.”

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I could care less about Obama’s skin color. It is not the fact that Obama can read that appeals to me (Millions can read); it is the calibre of his in-depth mind that appeals to me. His leadership to command is shown through his steely mental strength like calling for bin Laden to be killed; like placing troops in Australia to China’s dismay; like “leading from behind” to insure Gaddafi’s fall in Libya; like taking on the Clintons and McCain and winning.

Granny Godzilla

December 14th, 2011
8:49 am

A.

meinpvb

December 14th, 2011
8:42 am
Hey G. Godzilla, Say what you want about W. He didn’t spend even a fraction of what Obama has spent in just 3 years.

Thanks…
Go wrong and do it early in the post so we don’t have to read the rest.

B.

Atlas Shrugging

You want to know how small our small business is? How many we employ?

Well, we sure aren’t just one hedge fund manager….

We are part of the 98% of small business that won’t be hit with increased taxes….

RB from Gwinnett

December 14th, 2011
8:50 am

Gee. The libs on here awarding themselves the next election just like they did the last one. No surprise there. Perhaps too many years of getting a participation trophy have made you forget how wrong you were in 2010?

Corey

December 14th, 2011
8:51 am

“And if you have nurtured your base on the red meat of anger and resentment, building an elaborate media infrastructure to generate fresh outrage to feed upon, you have prepared them to prefer a demagogic leader with a genius for that style of politics. With his intellectual veneer and flair for the outrageous, Gingrich doesn’t merely throw the crowd red meat; he throws them high-end Kobe beef, broiled to mouthwatering perfection, and they love him for it.”

Can we frame this Jay, please?

Jay

December 14th, 2011
8:51 am

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

December 14th, 2011
8:53 am

I see the Fox News idiots are still trying to gin up a fake controversy on Obama – using Corzine this time.

Your weakest effort yet – you guys should go back to your fake “War on Christmas” garbage.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 14th, 2011
8:54 am

<I.what happens when you elect a president based on his skin color and ability to read

And although it is offputting to actually agree with Beck, Newt is what happens when the Tea Party opposes the President because of race.

So if you’ve got a big government progressive or a big government progressive in Obama, one in Newt Gingrich, one in Obama, ask yourself this Tea Party: Is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race. It’s the policies that matter.

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
8:55 am

Talking Head@ 8:44

“hahaha…when has Obama ever had ‘a sound, stead hand to work through problems’? thanks for the laugh, I needed that this morning!”

————————————————————–

Had Obama not been elected president, you might be in the middle of a major Depression right now, because the economic dynamics prior to the 1929 Crash were the same as when Obama was elected. Somehow he stablilized this nation economically and added 3 million private sector jobs in the last 2 years.

I don’t think you would be laughing so much if you had had to stand in bread lines as Americans had to do in the 1930s. You should be thanking Obama. But of course you don’t see that.

AmVet

December 14th, 2011
8:55 am

getalife has the perfect moniker for these conservafrauds – “suddenly fiscal”.

They cheered their monied and betters and Wall Street idols who blew up the entire American economy, causing historical devastation to an already decimated middle class.

Now they lick the boots of the men who did it.

But oooh-wee, they sure are concerned about things now, huh? And magically this “concern” all started on January 21, 2009!!

If you despise the generation of kids who are coming of age, vote Republican, like the flea-bitten dawgs do…

JKL2

December 14th, 2011
8:56 am

USinUK- let’s see, he led with healthcare and what did we get??? whines that he was a dictator …

A bill so great he had to bribe his own party to pass it. Even they were smart enough to realize that pork-filled POS did nothing to address the problem.

obama should have stayed as a do-nothing senator since he has been a “behind the scene” guy his entire life. (IE community organizer, not a leader). I think Hillary is pure evil, but at least she would have been a leader.

Bob Woodward

December 14th, 2011
8:59 am

You can’t use the mainstream media, and moderate voices preaching caution from Washington simply have no impact.
Really? Mainstream media? There isn’t any mainstream media left. You have Fox News cramming Republican talking points down your throat, you have The D-bag Ed show and Chrissie Matthews (my leg tingles) cramming democrat talking points down your throat and won’t mention the Saviors name in any scandals unfolding, then you have cable and local news which has become Entertainment Weekly heavy, Then we have the paper media, predominantly liberal. The only one I trust is the Judge on fox who will call out Newt as being unelectable as well.

Bob Woodward

December 14th, 2011
9:02 am

His leadership to command is shown through his steely mental strength like calling for bin Laden to be killed….
Thats about as tough a decision as stopping at a gas pump when your gauge is on E! I’ll bet your leg tingles too!

JKL2

December 14th, 2011
9:02 am

Mary Elizebeth- it is the calibre of his in-depth mind that appeals to me. His leadership to command is shown through his steely mental strength like calling for bin Laden to be killed;

ROFL! Please join your hero at the little kids table in the corner. I think you had as much to do with getting Bin Laden as his “steely mental strength” did.

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

December 14th, 2011
9:04 am

US Dollar gaining strength again at 80.22 (DXY) – gold falling, inflation dead, 10 yr Treasuries yield 2%, GDP revised up to 3.5% by Goldman, Budget Deficit for 2012 30% below Bush’s last deficit, US exports all time high, etc

We are on the verge of a gigantic rebound.

meinpvb

December 14th, 2011
9:06 am

Godzilla, look it up. This man has spent literally trillions of dollars in useless stimulus projects that have had NO effect on the wretched economy. Look at the facts on ObamaCare. Collect the taxes now, have the program go into effect a few years down the road and act like we have a surplus. When has a government program ever stayed within budget. Obama stated that we don’t have to worry about the economy. What planet is he on? He taxes, spends and refuses to cut anything then lectures us (while on his 17 day vacation) about how we must trust him and let him do his work. Guess what Godzilla? He overhyped and over promised and the American people have seen through him. This man couldn’t manage a piggy bank much less a nation. Now go look up the facts so we can argue like rational people.

John K

December 14th, 2011
9:08 am

You’re correct about the completely delusional and single-minded GOP.

They’re so entrenched in their paranoia and fear, an American serviceman was booed at one of their debates.

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

December 14th, 2011
9:09 am

“spent trillions” on stimulus?

What a joke.

Obama $500 billion (minus the tax cuts) on stimulus
Bush $240 billion on stimulus (those $300 checks)

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

December 14th, 2011
9:12 am

Obama’s “stimulus” was less than Bush’s TARP of $700 billion (although roughly 50% has been repaid).

Morrus

December 14th, 2011
9:14 am

and let us not forget that right here in GA our governor and others have endorsed Newt. welcome to the feeding troph.

tiger-uga

December 14th, 2011
9:29 am

You know, you guys bashed Gov. Deal to no end. What a crook he was on and on and on! WHERE IS HE NOW! Go on and bash Newt! LOL

Rooting For Newt

December 14th, 2011
9:30 am

Can you believe this? The tea party gets all stirred up and talks about how bad everything in Washington is…and then jumps in behind Newt Ginigrich! That is too funny. Newt IS the mess in
Washington!!!! I am personally rooting for Newt because it would be soooooooo entertaining to watch him over the next 11 months try to wiggle out of all he has created. Then it would be soooooooooo entertaining to watch him concede to President Obama next November!

Newtpewt

December 14th, 2011
9:30 am

The GOP would take Newt home to Momma to meet her parents, bragging about how smart he is, even if he fondles other girls in public, picks his nose and asks Daddy to pull his finger.

Mary Elizabeth

December 14th, 2011
9:31 am

JKL2@9:02

“ROFL! Please join your hero at the little kids table in the corner. I think you had as much to do with getting Bin Laden as his “steely mental strength” did.”

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You can get up off the the floor, rolling around laughing. What an image!

Many analysts have disagreed with you. I think I will go with their assessments rather than yours.

Bill Orvis White

December 14th, 2011
9:36 am

The majority of this once-free nation is beyond enthusiastic about Speaker Gingrich in the general election and on his journey to the White House. This is someone who indeed has been in the establishment, but operated against the establishment. This is what’s called Real Leadership. I suggest reading “Decision Points” by the honorable Pres George W. Bush and any book written by both Speaker Gingrich and the honorable Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. These are real men who know how to make the right decisions even if they’re considered unpopular decisions. Speaker Gingrich has always been a forward-thinking man who has proven to shake up Washington to produce Welfare Reform, balance budgets, a common sense Contract,low/no taxe$ and a pro-business attitude that produced millions of job$. Furthermore, Speaker Gingrich has become committed to a beautiful fidelity pledge which shows that He is a man dedicated to his gorgeous wife and faith. Those qualities alone make me and millions of others wish to put Speaker Gingrich in the White House.
Merry Christmas and Amen,
Bill

Thulsa Doom

December 14th, 2011
9:38 am

“And if you have nurtured your base on the red meat of anger and resentment, building an elaborate media infrastructure to generate fresh outrage to feed upon, you have prepared them to prefer a demagogic leader with a genius for that style of politics”- Jay

Building a base on red meat or anger and resentment. I guess Jay is now understanding the class warfare, the OWS hate, and the librul hate of all them 1%ers. Demagogic leader? I guess Jay is acknowledging that well known phenomenon peculiar to Left wing politics. You know, the cult of personality thing- Stalin, Mao, Obama. Talk about demagogues.

Robert Lee

December 14th, 2011
9:38 am

JKL2@9:02

“ROFL! Please join your hero at the little kids table in the corner. I think you had as much to do with getting Bin Laden as his “steely mental strength” did.”

Well, we darn sure know that Obama had more to do with getting bin Laden than W did, since he quit looking for him even thought that was the whole reason for going to Afghanistan.

What

December 14th, 2011
9:48 am

Only a republican would blame the democrats for their lack of a real candidate. You know, the party that touts personal responsibility, but rarely displays any.

Robert Lee

December 14th, 2011
9:50 am

Thulsa Doom

December 14th, 2011
9:38 am
You know, the cult of personality thing- Stalin, Mao, Obama. Talk about demagogues.

Really, you are going to put Obama in with Stalin and Mao? Holy crap, how did you make that leap? Lets see, Stalin and Mao took over their countries and brought in Communism. Last time I looked Obama only wanted us to take care of people that Insurance companies refuse to cover and to bring the troops home from two useless wars that should have been over in less that 6 months.

Not sure about everyone else but to me that comparison is so dumb that its hard to comprehend