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Gingrich Thinks No Candidate a Match For the Clinton Machine
Washington Post ^ | Sep 14, 2007 | Dan Balz

Posted on 09/14/2007 6:05:28 PM PDT by indcons

Newt Gingrich, who must wake up each day spewing ideas and dispensing advice, offered a gloomy prognosis today of his party's chances of winning the White House in 2008 and his own prospects of running.

"I believe for any Republican to win in 2008, they have to have a clean break and offer a dramatic, bold change," he said. "If we nominate somebody who has not done that...they're very, very unlikely to win it."

Republicans must break with President Bush and separate themselves from the current state of the political system, he said, and so far none of the current candidates has met that test. But he also made clear that there is now almost no likelihood that he will become a candidate himself, having too little money, too much baggage and too much impatience for a successful campaign.

Gingrich, like many Republicans, believes Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, and he spoke with some awe of the Clinton machine after remarking on the fact that, on the same day, Bill Clinton was on Oprah and Hillary Clinton was on the Ellen DeGeneres show. "As a professional, I am very, very impressed," he said.

Clinton can be defeated, he said, but only by the kind of campaign that none of the potential nominees is yet running. "None of the Republicans have figured out how to get a routine, repetitive explanation of the future that breaks out of the current situation and that's their primary challenge," he said. "Whoever does that will both, I think, win the nomination and have a realistic chance of defeating Sen. Clinton."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; clinton; clintonmachine; gingrich; hillary
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1 posted on 09/14/2007 6:05:30 PM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons

Newt knows what it’s like to lose to the Clinton machine.


2 posted on 09/14/2007 6:07:08 PM PDT by counterpunch (Ron Paul is gearing up to be Hillary Clinton's Ross Perot.)
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To: indcons

Still Clinton’s bitc& after all these years.


3 posted on 09/14/2007 6:08:16 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: indcons

I thought Newt was advising Fred. I wonder what Fred thinks Newt saying he is not the quality of a candiate to beat Hillary. Once again Newt proves his time is long past and he is just another media whore that sucks up to democrats and thrashes republicans. Suprised he did not call the republicans pygmies again.


4 posted on 09/14/2007 6:08:58 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: indcons

The problem is, Slick Willie’s wife has been handing the GOP opportunities over and over on a silver platter. The testosterone-free Republicans are too stupid to recongize them for what they are.


5 posted on 09/14/2007 6:09:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRATS own failure and defeat. Success and victory really depresses them.)
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To: indcons

I’d agree with Newt on this. The ‘R’s have alienated their conservative base to an unprecedented degree. FR mirrors this. Should the ‘R’s tender the usual RINO or mushbag, the krintons will regain the White House.


6 posted on 09/14/2007 6:09:01 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Have you developed your 2008 bug-out plan?)
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To: indcons

Gingrich is correct theat the Clinton machine is formidable, but he makes it sound as if Hillary is some kind of unique force never seen before. Hillary has plenty of weaknesses and a good candidate will exploit them.


7 posted on 09/14/2007 6:09:28 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: indcons
So, if Newt thinks he is offering something new and different, I sure don't see it...

Personally I think the straight-shooting from Fred will top the cheat/lie/connive!
8 posted on 09/14/2007 6:09:51 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'm with Fred!)
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To: counterpunch

He’s right, also necessary will be key defections from the Clinton machine...people like Dick Morris who are fed up with the lies and deceit and say: “Enough is enough!”


9 posted on 09/14/2007 6:10:04 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: indcons

Did Newt, fall on his head or something?


10 posted on 09/14/2007 6:10:57 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: indcons

Who in the world needs the advice of “whoremonger newt” much less listens to his spewings? Go away newt. You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame.


11 posted on 09/14/2007 6:11:42 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: indcons

Hey Newt, a little optimism goes a long way.

Leave the doom and gloom to the Democrats.


12 posted on 09/14/2007 6:12:58 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: indcons

Newt is brilliant, but still a spoiled wisacre know-it-all brainiac fat kid with a too-high IQ and no true leadership or manhood.


13 posted on 09/14/2007 6:13:50 PM PDT by Vinomori
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To: indcons

Newt is full of himself.


14 posted on 09/14/2007 6:14:22 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: indcons
"You think the Republican base is proud of New Orleans...?"

Huh?

15 posted on 09/14/2007 6:14:40 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

IMO, the Rs are now concentrating on winning the nomination. The fight against the Ds begins AFTER that happens.


16 posted on 09/14/2007 6:15:45 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: jrooney

As good a guy as Newt is, he is more concerned these days about getting shelf space at Borders and plugging his book on the national media circuit.


17 posted on 09/14/2007 6:16:28 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (When O'Reilly comes out from under his desk, tell him to give me a call. Hunter/Thompson in 08.)
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To: indcons

How does this truly help Fred Thompson, who Newt Gingrich is supposed to presently be a political advisor for? I also think that Newt Gingrich really wants to run for the ‘08 Presidency, but he also knows that his negative personal baggage alone is enough to seriously sink his chances for victory.


18 posted on 09/14/2007 6:16:35 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: indcons
I was going to give a detailed response, as I did in an earlier thread on this subject... but I think I will just say SCREW newt!

LLS

19 posted on 09/14/2007 6:17:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: jrooney

Seems we are getting another whiff of “Gingrich Gas.”


20 posted on 09/14/2007 6:17:56 PM PDT by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: indcons

Newt is replacing McCain as the media’s favorite GOP malcontent.

Just go away, Newt. You’ve harmed us enough.


21 posted on 09/14/2007 6:18:30 PM PDT by Tall_Texan ("The Democrat Party: Where Victory Is Not An Option")
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To: indcons

“I believe for any Republican to win in 2008, they have to have a clean break and offer a dramatic, bold change,” he said. “If we nominate somebody who has not done that...they’re very, very unlikely to win it.”

He’s right and that ain’t Fred.


22 posted on 09/14/2007 6:19:10 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: indcons
Sorry, Newtie - HR(C)H has someone else pegged to be the Secretary of Suck-Up...
23 posted on 09/14/2007 6:19:50 PM PDT by decal (If at first you don't succeed, blame President Bush.)
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To: rusureitflies?

Which is smelling up the place a little too often now. All Newt does is bash republicans and praise the Clintons. Something is seriously wrong there. I have no love for the bonehead myself and would glady flush the turd.


24 posted on 09/14/2007 6:20:34 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: finnman69
As a conservative Newt Gingrich is not one I would go to for advice and leadership. When the going gets tough Gingrich has shown in the past a propensity to turn and run for cover. His leaving his position of leadership in the House is one example. Your statement saying that all a good candidate has to to is stand up to her on the issues and exploit her weaknesses is correct. Face it, Hillary Clinton ran from Bush II so how tough can she be. Further one thing we conservatives have on our side this time is the internet. We can all keep each other advised of information the mainstream media is trying to hide.
25 posted on 09/14/2007 6:21:11 PM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: aroostook war

Be careful saying things like that. Don’t you know that this FRed Republic....


26 posted on 09/14/2007 6:21:40 PM PDT by frankiep (Beer - the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems)
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To: Reagan Man

27 posted on 09/14/2007 6:22:37 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

” I’d agree with Newt on this. The ‘R’s have alienated their conservative base to an unprecedented degree. FR mirrors this. Should the ‘R’s tender the usual RINO or mushbag, the krintons will regain the White House. “

I also agree .


28 posted on 09/14/2007 6:22:44 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: indcons

What a negative pos. Good to see he didn’t decided to run - who needs a prez who thinks ‘their team’ is too weak and in turn is saying hillary is so powerful.


29 posted on 09/14/2007 6:22:58 PM PDT by presently no screen name (:)
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To: aroostook war
He’s right and that ain’t Fred.

How is he right?

Any republican candidate breaking from Bush on his policy of offensive operations against islamonuts in Iraq and elsewhere ain't getting my vote period. Any republican breaking away from Bush on tax cuts ain't getting my vote. Likewise any republican who runs as a gungrabber, pro abortionist or special rights for "special people' ain't getting my vote.

Bush is not perfect but he is a far better man than Clinton's doppleganger from the right, Newt Gingrich.

30 posted on 09/14/2007 6:24:38 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: presently no screen name
Next he will say our military is not tough enough to take on al Qaeda, so we better prepare for conversion to Islam.
31 posted on 09/14/2007 6:25:58 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jwalsh07

Excellent post.


32 posted on 09/14/2007 6:26:52 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: counterpunch

Newt was his own worst enemy as speaker. He thought he could run the government from the House of Representatives, and he couldn’t.

On the day he took over the position, he refused a call from the President, and his ego made him play into their hands. Remember how he lost the PR war on the “government shut down.”

Now that he has apparently joined the ranks of the global warming debate deniers, he has lost my respect. Which is too bad, because I used to admire him tremendously. I still do to some extent, but sometimes I just don’t get where he is coming from anymore.


33 posted on 09/14/2007 6:26:54 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Vinomori
LOL

Is this your final answer?

On another note, the klinton machine (or, more accurately, the drive by media) will be aided significantly by the GOP's failure to demonstrate any backbone whatever.

34 posted on 09/14/2007 6:27:38 PM PDT by pilipo
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To: indcons

Newt’s statement appears to be both a Rope-a-Dope to the overconfident Drive-By Media and a kick in the @$$ to the lackluster GOP fundraising so far.


35 posted on 09/14/2007 6:28:50 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: indcons

Newt. Go away.


36 posted on 09/14/2007 6:29:15 PM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Newt’s Gone RINO cause he lacked the testosterone to take her and the press on when they kicked him around. He ran back to the university and now asks could anyone else have the fortitude to challenge the left. Watch what happens when every camp, left and right, goes after Hillary and they decide to divide the spoils later. Maybe she isn’t so inevitable after all.


37 posted on 09/14/2007 6:29:24 PM PDT by Steamburg (Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: indcons
Newt presumes Clinton will win the nomination.

I do not believe this is pre-ordained. But let's assume it to be true for the sake of argument.

At some point, Clinton's scandals will be used as ammo by her Democrat opponents. The latest finance scandal, where $25k of illegal contributions suddenly became over $800k is a case in point.

Those negatives will weaken her. Plus, once the Republican nominee starts hitting on the same issues, Clinton will end up being hammered on scandals for a year straight.

I for one do not believe Clinton is as strong of a national candidate as some assume. Especially if the campaign is close, and Clinton has to do a lot of last minute stumping, her shrill voice is unlikely to convert voters.

The Nutroots can't stand her, and may stay home if she gets the nomination.

As in the past, Ohio and Florida are in effect, the election.

Oh, and G.W. Bush is not running.

38 posted on 09/14/2007 6:29:28 PM PDT by magellan
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To: WorkingClassFilth
I've always been of the mind that if Republicans would just put forth bold, unapologetic, authentic conservatives -- they'd ignite their conservative base to become so motivated to turn out the polls, and overwhelming victory.

Instead, the GOP goes "big tent" and spits on their base, thus either de-energizing that sizable base to either stay home or take their vote elsewhere -- and the result, not surprisingly, is defeat.

Bush fooled a lot of people with his Texas accent and "aw shucks" speaking, which got people thinking he was a gin-you-wine conservative. But really he's just a big-business, globalist, big government Repub., and he only appeals to those constituencies as well as the Republicans who don't care who's in office, just so long as there's an (R) next to their name.

39 posted on 09/14/2007 6:30:14 PM PDT by Proud2BAmerican
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To: indcons

I wonder if Newt’s negative ratings are higher than Clinton’s.


40 posted on 09/14/2007 6:31:36 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: jrooney

Newt and all Republicans mouthpieces who get the media time, need to build up the Republicans instead of constantly tearing down.

We may have our faults, but not to the degree the Dems do,
and our positive attributes and much stronger. Everyone needs to get on the bandwagon so as to overcome the obstacles out there.


41 posted on 09/14/2007 6:32:16 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: indcons
Sometimes I think that Newt is the smartest guy around, and other times I think that he’s an ass. He is great at finding fault and disparaging Republican candidates. Why doesn’t he turn that ability toward the Dems for a change? Maybe he should look at his own personal flaws before attacking others.
42 posted on 09/14/2007 6:33:05 PM PDT by Ferox
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To: indcons
You know, Newt, just because you HAVE an opinion, doesn't mean you have to share it.

With friends like him, who needs enemas, I mean enemies! ;o)

43 posted on 09/14/2007 6:33:15 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: indcons
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44 posted on 09/14/2007 6:33:19 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: Maceman

What Newt did on global warming was politically smart.
He knew, at least for the time being, that fighting Big Green and the Global Warming Lobby is like shouting into the wind, and is a losing battle. So instead he did what no one else had, which is to say “OK, but your solution is wrong.” If things keep going the way it has been, the only salvation for our economy and our way of life may be paying lip service to the myth so we at least get a seat in the debate of what to do about it.


45 posted on 09/14/2007 6:33:35 PM PDT by counterpunch (Ron Paul is gearing up to be Hillary Clinton's Ross Perot.)
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To: jrooney
I wonder what Fred thinks Newt saying he is not the quality of a candiate to beat Hillary.

Who cares what Fred thinks about it?

The only thing that matters is, is it true?

46 posted on 09/14/2007 6:34:49 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Trails of troubles, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: elpadre
Amen. Newt has forgotten Reagan’s 11th amendment and his character is reaching the lows of his moral integrity.
47 posted on 09/14/2007 6:34:57 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: magellan
“Newt presumes Clinton will win the nomination.
I do not believe this is pre-ordained. But let’s assume it to be true for the sake of argument.

At some point, Clinton’s scandals will be used as ammo by her Democrat opponents. The latest finance scandal, where $25k of illegal contributions suddenly became over $800k is a case in point.

Those negatives will weaken her. Plus, once the Republican nominee starts hitting on the same issues, Clinton will end up being hammered on scandals for a year straight.

I for one do not believe Clinton is as strong of a national candidate as some assume. Especially if the campaign is close, and Clinton has to do a lot of last minute stumping, her shrill voice is unlikely to convert voters.

The Nutroots can’t stand her, and may stay home if she gets the nomination.

As in the past, Ohio and Florida are in effect, the election.

Oh, and G.W. Bush is not running.”

There’s a lot of wisdom to what you say. In the end she is just a senator from NY and former White House caterer. Her negatives, especially in the southern states are very high.

Also I know it’s primary season and the candidates are sparring with one another (in both parties). But the dems in general are spending their time bashing Bush. Your last statement about that is very telling.

48 posted on 09/14/2007 6:36:02 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: rfp1234
I thing the GOP would do a lot better at fundraising if they hadn't pissed off most of their core supporters over the last six years of gluttony, waste and disdain.

I'm not sure who would be inspired to write a check to the GOP by having Newt tell them that the GOP is weak and has an 80% chance of losing.

According to him whoever you support is a loser. Might as well bet your money on tomorrow's Notre Dame (0-2) vs. Michigan (0-2) football game.

49 posted on 09/14/2007 6:36:40 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications)
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To: indcons

....I have to agree with him.

What do we want in ‘08? A North Eastern Liberal who will let in illegals, give our healthcare to government and raise taxes as high as they can or Hillary Clinton?

What a choice. :(:(:(


50 posted on 09/14/2007 6:36:43 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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