Skip to comments.Is Newt Electable? Hell Yes!
Posted on 11/17/2011 2:25:24 PM PST by TitansAFC
As the debates accumulate, it becomes more and more evident that Newt Gingrichs intellect, experience, articulateness and depth of knowledge elevate him to the top of the GOP field. Anyone should be happy to pay admission to watch him duel with President Obama in debate! Hes not as charismatic as Herman Cain or as smooth as Mitt Romney, but boy, does he have a brain!
Ever since the campaign started, Newt has always gotten in his own way. Now he has graciously stepped aside and let his creativity and intellect shine through.
Earlier in the debates, he bit the questioners heads off in a pique of surly crankiness. No longer. Now he just answers the questions as they come, often hitting them out of the ballpark. His perspective and insights are penetrating and his condescension has vanished (or at least is sublimated).
Unfortunately, he does owe some of his current surge to the unsubstantiated and vague charges against Cain. While Republicans generally dismiss these charges, they worry that they will hurt him in November should he win the nomination. Herman will recover. His positive solutions for our economy will lift him back into the top tier of contention. Michele Bachmann might also come back, lifted by a tide of opposition to any tax increases embedded in the deficit-reduction supercommittees recommendations.
But any recovery by Cain or Bachmann will not bump Newt from the top tier. The likely result of the debate process is to bequeath to Iowa three or four contending candidates and leave it to them to sort out.
If Newt is the candidate, will his personal baggage drag him down? It will hurt, no doubt about that. His marriages will be dissected by the media, and his family will be deluged with questions and well-laid traps.
His ratings will decline as the inevitable baptism of fire begins. As with Cain, he will experience a few bad weeks. But, as with Cain, his positive strengths will carry him through the fire and he will come out the other end.
But once Newt survives the process, he will be inoculated against the charges. He will have immunity against the issue.
And here is the core of Obamas problem. All of the Republican candidates will be so thoroughly vetted and purified by the brutal process they are going through that they will be immune to his charges against them in the fall.
John Kerry never went through that process. His quick knockout of Howard Dean and the tepid challenge mounted by John Edwards did nothing to vet his claims of hero status in Vietnam.
Obama, on the other hand, survived the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers charges in the primary. When the general election came, they were old hat and had no electoral punch. Similarly, Bill Clinton got the nomination only after he had survived Gennifer Flowers and the accusations of draft-dodging. In November, those charges were spent bullets.
Thats the good news for Republicans. The nominating process has been so combative and the media scrutiny so searing that the candidates have been pre-screened. The FBI screening process is nowhere near as intense as the negative-research capacities of the media and political opponents.
If nominated, Romney will have survived the accusations of flip-flopping, Cain will have overcome the sexual harassment charges and Newts marital history will be yesterdays news. And then we can get on with the business of winning the election.
And win it we will. Obama cannot survive his 60 percent disapproval rating on his handling of the economy (the highest ever recorded by CBS during his administration). Under his leadership, Gallup reports an almost 10-point edge for the Republican Party on handling the economy. Against a generic opponent, Obama draws only 43 percent of the vote. With the personal negatives on the Republican candidates aired and used up during the primaries, there will be nothing for Obama to hide behind.
Dick we don’t want your help. Go suck a toe.
Perhaps but he has to win the primary and I'm not voting for him..........
I don’t vote for serial philanderers, we’ve tried a couple of those in the White House before, I wasn’t impressed with the results.
Of course he’s electable, we’ve been electing people just like him for decades. Both parties even. LOL
On the other hand, I wasn't impressed with Jimmy Carter, neither.
..well since ‘Toes” backs him, that’s enuff for me...Go Neuter..
Yep. I’m not worried about Newt’s brain. I’m worried about the same part of his anatomy that he has even more trouble controlling than DICK Morris.
I guess if 0bama was electable, then Newt is equally so.
Electable is a secondary issue. Can you trust him is the key with Newt.
As with all candidates the question is where was he in 2008 and conservatism seemed unpopular and leftism seemed to be the wave of the future. The way to see who is a solid confident conservative is to see where they were in 2008.
Well we all know where Newt was then. He was on a coach with Nancy Pelosi flacking the global warming hoax.
He was a socialist, different set of problems and why I won’t vote for Romney.
Newt is almost as good as Romney in the establishment’s eyes. If it’s not Romney, Go Newt Go! They’ll rally behind the next best cocktail party candidate.
Folks, this is what we’re stuck with. The “solid” conservatives refused to step up. This saddens me. We need Paul Ryan or like to step up. They didn’t. The second tier is what we got, and some washed up has beens.
We’ve been on this forum for years, this is what we have. It’s obama or vote for the nominee. Sit it out? And another 4 years of unregulated obama? God, imagine what HELL will be unleashed on this country. We’ve been saying for years, it’s going to take a LONG time to correct it all. And right now, we’re in the process. We won’t win them all, but, we are chipping away. Pray for America.
Why in the world would we elect someone who is a part of the problem, not the solution?
I hope we Tea Partiers Unite again to change Washington, not let Washington further enslave us.
No to Newt.....Hell NO!
We are hearing from the Newt haters.
Haven’t heard one yet to say that one of the other nominees was smarter.
Lots of thing I dont like about Newt. Lot of thing I don’t like about the others.
If we start judging Presidents by their affairs we will have a lot of them to Judge.
I want a president who can get rid of Obama and have some chance of establishing the USA as a powerful nation once again. With what is going on in the Middle East and the Muslimisation of Europe we are going to need one.
Newt, u got’em worried son. They can feel that butt whoppin coming.....GIVE’EM HELL.
Let’s not fool ourselves kiddies. Like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich is a moderate. He is a DC insider who will put the good of global capitalists, the rich and powerful and foreign nations ahead of what’s best for this country.
Newt has betrayed conservatives as often as he has betrayed his wives.
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