Your morning jolt: Newt Gingrich as Mitt Romney’s drill sergeant

Wrap-ups of the Sunday talk shows primarily focused on Newt Gingrich’s concession that Mitt Romney will “most likely” be the GOP presidential nominee.

Much less focus was placed on Gingrich’s intention of becoming the fellow who will keep Romney pinned rightward during the general election. From the interview with Brit Hume on “Fox News Sunday”:

Gingrich: You have this long term evolution of the party and we’re not an Etch-a-Sketch party. It was an unfortunate comment by Romney’s communications director. We are a broadly conservative party. We don’t have to be severely conservative, as Romney said in CPAC.”

Gingrich’s topics will include energy independence, an overhaul of Social Security, and religion:

Gingrich: We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it’s not just the Catholic Church.

Hume: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?

Gingrich: I think you have a platform that says flatly that the government should not force its values on any religious institution. I think that’s a very key part of this.

One reason Gingrich may need to stay alive, as either a threat to Romney or a champion to the GOP’s base: His campaign is $4.5 million in debt. He’ll need some help to pay that off.

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Presumably, Brit Hume was in the interviewer’s chair, subbing for Chris Wallace, because the latter’s father died over the weekend at age 93.

Quick, short story on Mike Wallace, the long-time anchor of CBS’ “60 Minutes”: I met him once – nearly 25 years ago – when he came to address a small group of journalist professionals at the University of Michigan.

At the time, when conservatives complained about the liberal, mainstream media, “60 Minutes” and Wallace were what many had in mind.

But Wallace was anything but a traditional liberal – a fact that he only rarely let show. He did so in Ann Arbor. “Abortion, simply put, is murder,” Wallace said during that session.

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Democrat whose residences have included Athens and Savannah, has formally moved to Augusta. Here’s Masters-oriented TV spot that the National Republican Congressional Committee greeted him with:

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At CNN.com, David Frum has these interesting paragraphs on the need for the U.S. to address those who have gone for years without a job:

To do better, we’ll need a program to stimulate employment for the long-term unemployed — including potentially a New Deal-style requirement that nobody receive benefits without working. It’s no good to anybody — the unemployed least of all — to allow the unemployed to collect two years’ worth of benefits while waiting at home, their skills atrophying, their resumes going stale.

To do better, we may need to induce employers to create jobs, not only through tax cuts but through direct subsidies, including subsidies of the cost of health coverage. (Especially for older workers, health costs can be more of a deterrent to hiring even than the cost of wages.)

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The Pittsburg Tribune-Review has the details of Mitt Romney’s move to crush Rick Santorum in his home state of Pennsylvania:

The $2.9 million advertising campaign will run in the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Erie, Altoona and Philadelphia media markets until the April 24 primary election.

Within a week, the ads will run in the Pittsburgh market. The Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is airing commercials on cable channels statewide.

The campaign’s ad buy reinforces the former Massachusetts governor’s determination to win the home state of ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum grew up in Butler County and owns a Penn Hills home, Gingrich spent childhood years in the Harrisburg area and Paul is a Green Tree native.

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The Charlotte Observer this morning reports that because of her job as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will skip this summer’s Democratic National Convention – probably spurring more talk, not less, of the former senator and first lady as a 2016 presidential candidate.

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Georgia’s effort to sell Washington on the dredging of the Port of Savannah continues apace today. From the Associated Press:

Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, was scheduled to meet Monday with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston for a briefing and tour of the port.

Georgia port officials have been wooing high-ranking officials to visit the Savannah River terminal as they seek federal funding for a $600 million deepening of the river channel. Savannah has the fourth busiest container port in the U.S.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s reasoning for signing into law a ban on synthetic marijuana.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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127 comments Add your comment

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
9:23 am

Newt needs to go ahead and drop out. I do like him but he stands zero chance right now.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 9th, 2012
9:28 am

Romney and Gingrich – a pair of pansy Vietnam draft-dodgers, servants to Mammon, perversion, and treasonous fascist plutocracy. Neither one a man or an American.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
9:29 am

Will….Remind us all again. What war did Obama serve in? Which branch of the military?

clyde

April 9th, 2012
9:34 am

It’s clear that Romney will be the nominee,but can he beat Obama in November is the burning question?Me thinks not.Too many conservatives will not vote for him.They would rather sit home and let Obama in by default.

The goobernator

April 9th, 2012
9:38 am

Both parties are Etch-a-Sketch parties. They change policies to fit the campaign season, not reality.
Too bad for them, the people don’t erase memories of stupid statements and die hard promises so fast.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
9:38 am

Clyde….There is not one single conservative that would vote for Obama over Romney. Here is the better question. Being that Romney is a left leaning conservative, how may liberals will vote for Romney?

td

April 9th, 2012
9:38 am

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
9:23 am

He can not officially end his campaign because then he could not continue to raise money to pay off the debt in his campaign. He basically said yesterday that he could not win and was starting to back Romney and turned his attention to Obama’s horrible record.

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td

April 9th, 2012
9:42 am

The goobernator

April 9th, 2012
9:38 am

Both parties are Etch-a-Sketch parties. They change policies to fit the campaign season, not reality.

The Dems are masters at changing the message but they never actually change their policy. Just look at what Obama has done the past three years as an example.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
9:43 am

td….

I agree. This election should be so simple.

Michael #1

April 9th, 2012
9:54 am

Maybe Newt should turn his attention towards his horrible record. But he will always have his idiot followers blinded by their own ingnorance. Can you spell TD.

D man

April 9th, 2012
9:55 am

I’m a conservative who is not excited about Romney for President, but I will be in line to vote this November to cast a vote against Obama by voting for Romney. Conservatives like me are upset at the way the country has been run the last 3 years and we will be out in force to elect Mitt… Heck, if Hillary was running on the conservative ticket, I would even vote for her before I would sit at home.

clyde

April 9th, 2012
9:57 am

UGA 1999,
I agree with you that no conservatives will vote for Obama.What I said is that many conservatives will not vote for Romney either,thereby allowing Obama to win by default.

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UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:00 am

Clyde, so you really think conservatives are going to sit home and let Obama have another horrible 4 years?

pebblebeach

April 9th, 2012
10:03 am

Team Obama…

M

April 9th, 2012
10:07 am

The last four years have been “horrible” only to those with their eyes shut, fingers in their ears, and who keep saying “THIS IS AWFUL” over and over and over again.

Jack

April 9th, 2012
10:07 am

I’ll be comfortable with the ticket if Ryan is the VP running mate.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:07 am

pebblebeach….Team Loser.

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:09 am

Obama 2012. No other discussion needed. You cons had a chance a year ago to put your party back in the WH but you screwed up so royally and screwed women in the process that you all will just have to deal with it! hahahhahahahahahahaaha

Team Obama must go

April 9th, 2012
10:13 am

Please people lets all go vote for Romney.He may not be the conservative candidate we wanted,but Obama HAS to be defeated so Americans will have some hope.

td

April 9th, 2012
10:14 am

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:09 am

Are you talking about the contrived contraception debate and spin done by the media and the Obama administration? It is all one big huge lie. There has never been any legislation offered or discussed by any Republican that would take contraception away from women. One big fat lie.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:15 am

Becky…Why?

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:17 am

td-you and your party are so full of it you should be seeing yellow and brown. You have lost, you know it, and there is not one thing you can do about it! Go away.

td

April 9th, 2012
10:22 am

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:17 am

If you think this election is over then you are completely delusional. The General election has not even started yet. It will turn 4 or 5 more times between now and Nov. If you are so confident then there is no reason for you to even go to the polls and vote now is there?

Road Scholar

April 9th, 2012
10:24 am

UGA: To answer your question, President Obama has served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as Commander in Chief. Remember he gave the order to get OBL. If this explanation isn’t good enough for you, what war did George Bush (shrub) served in? The invasion of Alabama does not count!

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:26 am

td-sorry to be the one to remind you of this:

The women of this great country are not stupid, we will not be kept barefoot and pregnant, we WILL turn out in a huge force to defeat the idiots that thought they could progress with the War on Women. It backfired on them big time. My sisters and I will see you at the polls. Actually, you don’t even need to vote yourselves, the fat lady will enjoy the all day singing!!

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:29 am

Road….No he DIDNT! He ran! Thank you to the Navy Seal Team 6! There you guys go again! Reverting to George Bush. HAHA so typical.

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:30 am

Becky…How is Obama going to win Georgia?

td

April 9th, 2012
10:30 am

Road Scholar

April 9th, 2012
10:24 am

He sure did give the actual order and should be given credit but what other choice did he have? What would have happened to his re election chances if it had come out in public that Obama could have killed Bin Laden and he did not do it?

Just a few weeks ago the History channel had a special on the killing of Bin Laden and one of the interesting facts that you libs seem to not want to bring up is the plan as to how to find him was put in place during the Bush administration and they had been staking out the compound since 2006.

NoBama 2012

April 9th, 2012
10:31 am

M, what planet have you been living on the last few years? This president who will most definately go down as the worst president in history (thank you for displacing Carter) has fundamentally challenged the American way of life. He has wasted more of mine and your tax dollars than any president in history, on frivilous handouts to the welfare voting block. For the sake of our country please open your eyes and quit drinking the cool-aid!

td

April 9th, 2012
10:34 am

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:26 am

Your whole argument is BS and made up. Show us some evidence where Republicans want to have women “barefoot and pregnant”?

NoBama 2012

April 9th, 2012
10:37 am

td – There is no evidence and she knows it. All she can do is spit out stock liberal phrases, put her fingers in her ears and yell and scream like a spoiled child. Liberals never let facts get in the way of a good protest.

td

April 9th, 2012
10:37 am

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:26 am

The only “war on women” I have seen is the war on conservative women. Where were you and your sisters standing up for the relentless attacks on Palin? Where were you when this blog was attacking Karen Handel day after day?

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:37 am

td-you are not worth my time. Really-go away and try to get your head out of the sand. The election is over and has been for about 4 months. The only remaining thing to decide is how much more embarrassing can your candidates be? The clown car just keeps on rolling with no one getting off. I know you all will enjoy your convention.

The great place to be is Charlotte, NC as we affirm the re-election of President Obama.

Deal with it.

wovoka

April 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Hume: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?

Gingrich: I think you have a platform that says flatly that the government should not force its values on any religious institution. I think that’s a very key part of this.

AND You need to add..NO religious institution should force its values on the government.

td

April 9th, 2012
10:45 am

Yea, we do not need id’s because no one would ever commit voter fraud. I guess Eric Holder needs to check his own ballot now. What a shame to know how much Dems really care about an individuals vote. Lets see if any of you libs actually have to courage to watch the below video and come back and say it is not legitimate evidence that we need voter id laws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5p70YbRiPw

UGA 1999

April 9th, 2012
10:48 am

Typical democrat response when they cannot intelligently repond to a question..”Not worth my time”! Priceless!

Becky, So you think Obama will win NC?

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:48 am

And bazinga-the new talking point is out.

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:49 am

uga 1999-you really are stupid aren’t you? Did I say that? I said we will enjoy our convention in NC. Don’t think the election is actually until November-please correct me if I am wrong.

zgoldatl

April 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Becky and women like her are the true 1%. What happened to feminism Becky? I am woman, hear me beg? There is no war on women. The only intelligent thing you have said, is that women are smart. That is true, and most women(even liberals) do not believe there is a war on women. You can go to Target and buy a month supply for $8. Hardly a burden. Try something else Becky, maybe play the race card next, like you intellectually bankrupt liberals are know to do when they have no leg to stand on. You are a Starbucks socialist, teachers lounge liberal, and it’s pathetic.

Uhhhhbama

April 9th, 2012
10:51 am

Becky,

Based on your delusional diatribe; if you represented the majority of women who would re-elect Obama in 2012, then you are dead wrong about women not being stupid.

I’m from California. I date a lot of female liberals (Berkeley grads, die-hard Obama lovers, etc). Trust me, they are all stupid, ignorant, naive, and gullible. I don’t date Conservatives as much because they’re typically not as liberal sexually (slutty), and are usually too smart to take advantage of on the quick.

So I laugh at your imagined ‘War on Women’ party slogan you so easily regurgitate. Shows how dumb and gullible your types actually are.

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:52 am

This is all I am hearing-blah blah blah blah.

Too late for you asshats to walk back the War on Women. Deal with it!!!!

sheepdawg

April 9th, 2012
10:53 am

Becky – no use trying to educate td and uga1999, or many others on here. they evidently lack basic intelligence and can only regurgitate what they hear on faux “news”. the last laugh will be in november…..hahahahahahaha, four more year of our great president, then 8 years of hillary…hahahahahahahaha

zgoldatl

April 9th, 2012
10:54 am

And TD is correct. Where were y’all when Gov Palin, or rep Bachmann were being attacked and called horrible names? Are they not women just because they have a different political view than you?

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:54 am

I will be voting Clinton-Clinton in 2016. Hillary and Bill on the same ticket. Love it!!! The con’s heads will truly explode.

Road Scholar

April 9th, 2012
10:56 am

td: didn’t they have OBL cornered in Tora Bora at the beginning of the Afgan war? What did George do? Invade Iraq?

UGA: You asked the question; and don’t like my answer! Shocked, I say , Shocked! Who gave the order to Seal Team 6?

sheepdawg

April 9th, 2012
10:56 am

some of these idiots actually voted for moon dog noot to run our country

Becky

April 9th, 2012
10:57 am

You know-anyone that chooses to be in the public spotlight should not expect to be talked or written about with kid gloves. Handel and Palin chose the public spotlight and they got what they asked for. No sympathy from me at all.

And it is one half term Palin-not governor. And Bachmann? There are no words, she wil not be re-elected.