Skip to comments.Does Newt Gingrich’s S.C. win show we’re looking for a mean leader? (New meme to attack him?)
Posted on 01/22/2012 1:19:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Of all the qualities people look for in their leaders, heres one you dont hear very often: Mean. Filled with integrity? Yes. Visionary? Certainly. Magnanimous? Sure. But mean? Not one that comes up that frequently.
This, of course, was the response one voter gave to Post reporters for why he voted for Newt Gingrich in Saturdays primary in South Carolina, which the former speaker won by 12 points, thereby upending the Republican race. I think weve reached a point where we need someone whos mean, an 85-year-old Harold Wade said in Sullivans Island, S.C.
Others werent so candid, but said they were looking for a good fight or wanted someone who could handle Obama. And two-thirds of voters in surveys at South Carolina polling stations said the debates, in which the former Speaker tore into moderators, launched into sharp exchanges with his opponents and taunted Romney for not releasing his tax returns, played an important role in their decision.
Yes, the man who said he was committed to running a positive campaign but changed his tune following his loss in Iowa is now more known for his pugnacious debate style and his willingness to go negative than any semblance of a positive campaign. Since Iowa, he has lashed into his competitors, the media and President Obama with a swaggering zeal.
This about-face doesnt appear to bother many voters of South Carolina. Nor, it seems, does Gingrichs efforts to run a campaign that trumpets fear. In Thursdays debate, Gingrich called President Obama the most dangerous president of our lifetime, and if he is reelected, after the disaster he has been, the level of radicalism of his second term will be truly frightening. He repeated a similar phrase in his victory speech Saturday night....
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I notice that everyone has been keeping away from foreign affairs.
They call it “pugnacious” but I think Gingrich has a very good sense of humor. His barbs are very witty.
And if you’ll notice, when he deals with people one on one, even opponents, he is very gracious.
Truman said something to the effect that “I don’t ‘give’em hell’, I just tell the truth and they think its hell”. Or words to the effect.
Thats Gingrich. He just tells the truth and they think he’s “angry” when really, he’s having the time of his life. He loves this stuff.
Anyone notice how Gingrich engages with his opponents when they approach him in person? Very respectful.
Anyone remember the Kerry rally where the guy asking questions got tazed? Somehow, that seems meaner. When Gingrich gets a hostile questioner, he engages and gives the guy a serious and respectful answer (smarmy journalists excepted). When Kerry gets a question he doesn’t like, someone gets zapped and carried out by the cops.
The only ones that will see Newt as mean because he verbally beat up on a hack “journalist” are left wing, hand wringing, America hating liberals. So who cares?
In a word, YES!
The world socialists.
The radical left.
The Soros world octopus.
The "Democratic" Party.
The public employee unions.
The Communist MSM.
They all know they have been able to infest the body politic and the foundation of the country, under the gift of "a kinder and gentler" GOP. Dubya bought into the fiction and failed to veto the "spend like a drunk sailor" legislature.
That list of enemy can only understand mean. They rely on the siren song of "nice" for the opposition. It is their greatest preven political weapon --- when consistently applied to the opposition.
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ObaMao and his handlers will do everything necessary to stack the debates, shape the debates and, failing that, avoid or minimize the debates.
He should run for President!
What you said!
Last night and today, Romney tries accusing Gingrich of criticizing "free enterprise," which is, on its face, false. Gingrich well understands and promotes the Founders' belief in "freedom of individual enterprise" as being the economic dimension of liberty. Next debate, watch for that Romney accusation to crumble under the clear historical definition Newt will provide.
Romney's weaknesses, now that the Republican Establishment and their media spokesmen lost control of the message, are apparent. To say that they are revealed in his mishandling of the "tax return" and "explaining of Bain" is simply not adequate.
Even now, as evident from Brit Hume's "analysis" last night, Romney's supporters wrongly conclude that the overwhelming defeat in SC was due to two or three zingers in "debates" by Gingrich and these surface tax and Bain issues. Such shallow analysis underestimates the wisdom and intelligence of SC voters. The "people" are way beyond that, and they are exhibiting a "spirit of liberty" (Burke's view of the colonists) perhaps unheard of since 1776, because their sense of urgency demands it.
Romney's weakness for the November task cannot be remedied by handlers or coaches. The strength needed for winning the battle of ideas for what he calls "the soul of America" must come from a deep and abiding understanding of the ideas of liberty, as well as an understanding of the poisonous well of ideas from which the opponents of those ideas have drawn.
Without such an understanding, the skill of the well-trained representative of the counterfeit ideas (Obama) may fool "the People" into continuing to surrender their liberty in exchange for the proverbial "pot of porridge."
Romney, as Krauthammer observed last week, has shown no such ability to explain the ideas of what is commonly referred to as "conservatism."
Gingrich has, and it has resonated with "the People" (as in, "We, the People").
I’m telling you, they have totally flipped out with Newt’s win. In their minds, this wasn’t supposed to happen and we nasty knuckle draggers somehow outsmarted them.
I am completely stunned by the level of hatred and anger that is surging out of them (”them” meaning both the liberals and the RINOs, such as Anne Coulter). They’ve called Gingrich every name in the book...and he’s only won one primary out of three. I hope the Secret Service is keeping an eye on him down here in Florida.
Remember: "Let me eat my waffles?" And the several times Obama left them waiting while he disappeared? Oh, but his fans think that he was so justified in treating the press that way...they admired his "spunk." But when a Republican calls out the media for their actions...he is considered "mean." It is sickening.
I wouldn’t exactly call Obama a nice guy...
Hard to imagine how Romney, Santorum, Paul or any other candidate would have responded to such a disgusting line of questioning as that of Juan Williams and John King.
I do not recall Kerry being asked how he liked living off of John Heinz inheritance, or Clinto being asked about sexual assault accusations, or Edwards being asked if he was currently diddling the help, or Obama being asked if he knew Larry Sinclair.
You might have explained that the "marianne" interview is from a bitter, vindictive, neurotic ex-wife.
The ‘lamestream’ media sure can dish it out but can’t take it.
What incredible arrogance and hypocrisy!!
I thought the Washington Post was all about Speaking Truth to Power. Now they want a Presidential challenger to ignore the truth and be “nice”?
He doesn’t have Secret Service protection, as far as I know. He should get some good private persoanl protection officers (”bodyguards”) like these guys: