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Newt's Contagious Swagger
Texas GOP Vote ^ | January 21, 2012 | Artemio Muniz

Posted on 01/21/2012 5:22:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Newt Gingrich now has that intangible that unfortunately our Republicans have been missing, except for Sarah Palin. It is called swagger. I am talking about the Contract with America creating, welfare reforming, budget balancing, race card killing, CNN bashing, Obama debate challenging swagger. More than confidence, it's pure belief and trust in his own ability to carry out the conservative cause while winning hearts and minds. Public arena winning, back room brawling, media manhandling, Newt is a seasoned, battle tested statesman who has finally found his rhythm.

It is very contagious to witness a confident conservative who can articulate our principles without apologizing and in the modern context. He can weave a verbal tapestry of past historical anchors with time tested truths from our founding fathers and tie them in with sometimes simple, real talk statements that resonate with all. I believe South Carolinians will admit to the entire nation on Saturday that they are feeling the ripple effect of a conservative message that transcends culture and race. If South Carolina says yes to Newt, Florida almost certainly will embrace this new confident message of idea driven conservatism. Obama has built his house of cards on race and class division, and Newt is the only conservative that can maneuver around these traps. Last Sunday, Newt stood in front of a predominantly African American church and eloquently laid out the conservative policy ideas that would benefit all Americans regardless of race. When was the last time you heard of any Republican figure sharing his heart with an African American church and proudly explain his ideas on how to help all Americans? That's swagger.

If there is one thing Texans admire, it is someone who is confident and willing to take on huge challenges. There is no doubt in my mind Newt Gingrich is the only conservative with the swagger needed to overcome a democratic opponent who is charismatic, billion dollar funded, and media protected. It is no longer enough for conservatives to only criticize and angrily point out the failures of our opposition. Americans are ready to embrace a center right, idea driven conservatism that is bold and a problem-solver. Newt knows he is the man to make it happen. This new found confidence is contagious to all conservatives who have been anxiously waiting to send a powerful message on election day.


TOPICS: Florida; Georgia; South Carolina; Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012; florida; georgia; gingrich; newt; palin; southcarolina; texas
Hear, hear!
1 posted on 01/21/2012 5:22:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Libs talk about “swagger” like it is a bad thing . . . sorry SWAGGER is a very good thing! I’m from TX and the South and I love strong “swagger”. It is Reaganesque, John Wayne and all that is good and strong. Sweater vests, ummm not so much. Rick Perry had “swagger” but faltered in the early debates. Voters seem drawn to it . . . Reagan won twice, W twice . . . they want a strong LEADER and not an affirmative action do nothing President.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 5:27:22 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Qwackertoo

Swagger beats pantywaist ten times out of ten.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 5:30:41 PM PST by fhayek (The pantywaist in this scenario is Obama for you folks in Rio Linda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney has always been the “Well, it looked good on paper” candidate.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 5:31:46 PM PST by aruanan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just want to thank the South Carolina Freepers that helped make this happen with boots on the ground. This is a such a gratifying turn around.


5 posted on 01/21/2012 5:38:07 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yup, Newt has that Pattonesque swagger, no doubt about it. He's knows we're at war with a domestic enemy and he and we will be damned if we're not going to put up a hell of a fight! Charge!
7 posted on 01/21/2012 5:43:50 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: ExtremeUnction

“I think as a human being he is revolting.”

You probably find most human beings revolting.


8 posted on 01/21/2012 5:47:29 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will not vote for a candidate who dumped two wives after they fell ill with serious medical problems, cancer and ms, and married a younger blonde for wife number three. No way. There is no argument you can make that will get me to vote for Newt. Ever.


9 posted on 01/21/2012 5:51:41 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To the media, “swagger” describes the annoying way that a Republican walks when he really SHOULD know that his proper job is to don spectables like MacFly and go about getting his books smacked down in the hallway by huge, cool guys wearing Letterman jackets.

“Swagger” means they think we’re acting UPPITY and that we should stop.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 5:52:38 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Ciexyz

This is a lie started by Mother Jones that has been repeatedly debunked. Newt’s wife NEVER had cancer, SHE asked him for a divorce PRIOR to having a biopsy done on a benign tumor. And Newt took her daughters to the hospital so that they could be with during this tough time.


11 posted on 01/21/2012 5:56:22 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
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To: Ciexyz

Too bad that’s not how it happened, huh? Don’t believe me? Do some research.


12 posted on 01/21/2012 6:02:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Art in Idaho

I would love to hear Newt give the Patton speech. It would have Conservatives leaping to their feet to applaud and liberals quaking in terror.


13 posted on 01/21/2012 6:05:13 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: ExtremeUnction

Pigs can’t swagger? I guess you live in an area that has no ferals. If you are unlucky enough to be in the path of a feral charge, you might have a different opinion.

Voting on appearance is a losing proposition.

I would be deeply surprised that ANY politician is not revolting, my FRiend. Some hide it better than others. Even the esteemed Ronald Reagan characterized politics as the second oldest profession.

They all try to say the right things. That being said, Newt has been the only one that made me stand and applause during the debates.

He can, and will, take on Obambi.


14 posted on 01/21/2012 6:09:07 PM PST by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know who has swagger? Alpha males. Leaders.

You know who doesn’t have swagger? Whiney excuse makers.


15 posted on 01/21/2012 6:18:43 PM PST by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yesirree, Bob!

I see the detractors are here already, drawn like moths to a flame.

Is Newt perfect? Hell, no. Was he my first choice? No again.

Was Reagan perfect? Was Churchill? Was Jefferson? Was King David?

God raises up whom He wills, and uses imperfect vessels like ourselves.


16 posted on 01/21/2012 6:18:43 PM PST by One Name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reagan had a swagger!!!

He also knew how to govern the US of A.


17 posted on 01/21/2012 6:29:27 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
Artemio Muniz: [snip] Newt Gingrich now has that intangible that unfortunately our Republicans have been missing, except for Sarah Palin. It is called swagger. I am talking about the Contract with America creating, welfare reforming, budget balancing, race card killing, CNN bashing, Obama debate challenging swagger... It is very contagious to witness a confident conservative who can articulate our principles without apologizing and in the modern context. [/snip]

18 posted on 01/21/2012 7:08:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
I would love to hear Newt give the Patton speech. It would have Conservatives leaping to their feet to applaud and liberals quaking in terror.

Newt will give the Patton speech and many more like it. His speech just concluded said he was going to fight Obama. Seven 3 hour debates plus he mentioned Saul Alinsky radical several times. That means he's going to take it to Obama and the MSM. Go Newt!

19 posted on 01/21/2012 7:22:37 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have always said that anyone who wants to be President must have a vision for America. Sarah Palin and Rick Perry have it but Newt’s vision is so well articulated that it approaches Reagan’s shining city on a hill. That vision for America is what will likely win Newt the nomination.


20 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:50 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm not going goo goo over Newt anytime soon.

He's far better than Romney, and that's the best I can hope for at this point.

I'll definitely vote for him, but with a good deal of skepticism.

21 posted on 01/21/2012 8:26:26 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

You know who I wanted. sigh


22 posted on 01/21/2012 8:36:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I have always adored your tagline. Can’t wait to change mine back to pre-primary.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 8:43:50 PM PST by txhurl (WELL, Santorum? Still in it for yourself?)
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To: Ciexyz

Then vote for the zero. You are also repeating lies about Newt. Sounds like you get your news from the alphabet stations, or are a DEM plant on here.

Gosh, I sure hope you have never done anything in your life which needs God’s forgiveness. However, if you have, may he withhold that forgiveness from you since you are so self-righteous.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 1:25:02 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In all due respect, why should I do the research to find information that you claim supports your position? If you have the info I need, why don't you provide it to me? My research in the past shows that Newt dumped two wives for something 'better' - why should I vote to put in the marriage buster who is a young, thin, blonde? Can't the males in our population see that this might be a problem with women voters? I'm just sayin'.
25 posted on 01/24/2012 4:53:17 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In all due respect, why should I do the research to find information that you claim supports your position? If you have the info I need, why don't you provide it to me? My research in the past shows that Newt dumped two wives for something 'better' - why should I vote to put in the marriage buster as First Lady, who is a young, thin, blonde? Can't the males in our population see that this might be a problem with women voters? I'm just sayin'.
26 posted on 01/24/2012 4:54:05 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Catsrus
My goodness, what an angry post. I never said I am not in need of God's forgiveness. We all are. I'm just standing on my position that I won't vote in as First Lady the woman who contributed to Newt's marriage busting up. I am not a Dem plant, either. I'm simply not voting for Newt and his trophy wife. That doesn't mean I want to vote for Romney, either. I just wish Bobby Jindahl or some other good conservative candidate will get into this race. PLEASE!!!
27 posted on 01/24/2012 4:58:19 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Bender2

How ‘bout them Texans!!


28 posted on 01/24/2012 5:00:19 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
Newt apparently didn't do right financially by his second wife or she wouldn't have spilled her guts to the media recently, claiming he asked for an open marriage so he could share time with the woman who became wife number three. I certainly fault a man for his stupidity if he doesn't pay wife number two enough to shut her mouth. That's my position and I'm standing on it.

In other words, dear Jesus please send us a decent candidate will you please?

29 posted on 01/24/2012 5:02:40 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

David had a man killed so he could steal his wife. Yet he is considered the greatest human king who ever lived and Our Lord came for The House of David. Of course, he didn’t have to worry about female voters, did he? Almost every French ruler since the fall of Rome has had at least one mistress. You do know that Gov. Romney’s father was born in Mexico because his ancestors fled there to practice polygamy, right? Want me to keep going?


30 posted on 01/24/2012 5:11:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why play into this? “Swagger” and “smirk” are codewords for overconfidence or arrogance, which aren’t really good things. A lot of Democrat politicians swagger or smirk, but you don’t hear about it from the media. Whatever his other bad qualities, I don’t see much swaggering yet in Newt, and it would be foolish to put out the idea that he does, to create a negative image for a candidate by foolishly trying to pretend that it’s really a positive one.


31 posted on 01/24/2012 5:15:27 PM PST by x
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To: Ciexyz

Bobby Jindal isn’t going to run. He’s quite happy being governor of Louisiana. As far as Newt’s wife = unless she is a Deomocrat - she has no power or authority. I don’t care if Newt has been married 15 times, (well, maybe that’s an exaggeration) because right now we need someone with the fire in the belly to stop this country from going under. Mitt doesn’t have it, nor does Santorum. Ron Paul is a joke for the most part. Newt shoots from the hip sometimes, but, by gosh - he is smart and a fighter - not some wishy-washy, Mr. Rogers type who doesn’t stand chance in this year’s political climate. It is rough and tumble out there, and so much more with a dictator wannabe occupying our White House.


32 posted on 01/25/2012 12:26:50 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: Ciexyz

Newt didn’t ask for an “open marriage.” An open marriage is where both parties are free to see whomever they wish and with as many different partners as they wish. You are spewing MSM talking points. His ex-wife is bitter, and you seem to put all the blame on Newt. Sounds like she was a shrew to live with. Not all women are innocent when marriages fail.


33 posted on 01/25/2012 12:29:38 AM PST by Catsrus
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