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.
LOL. At 68 I think you can put your worries at ease.
Actually that started as far back as the 60s, with Marianne Ginther.
Oops! I meant 80s.
I agree, it is pretty grotesque.
I would vote for Newt. I’m definately not voting for Obama. Not Voting is a vote for Obama.
I would vote for Newt. I’m definately not voting for Obama. Not Voting is a vote for Obama.
We don't need a "smarter" President. We need one that's principled enough to stay on message even in his own home. Newt's already proved that he can stick to his political principles about as well as he sticks to his moral ones.
Newt NEVER lied and his children support him completely. You know, the children by the woman he supposedly dumped while she was "dying" of cancer. Oh, she also supports him.
Newt's not Lincoln, but he masterminded the first Republican control of Congress in 40 years and he stopped the Clinton Socialist agenda in its tracks. He deserves people's respect if not their votes.
We The People are hungering for a Patton-style politician who has the gonads to tell us the truth about the corruption in this Regime, the corruption in this Congress, the corruption on Wall Street, the corruption in the thug unions, the corruption at every level of government in this country including all the DC agencies filled with sewer RATs. We The People are waiting for a candidate who has the spine and guts to call for investigations into every aspect of the DC corruption. Let the investigations, trials, and prison time begin.
The candidate who has the guts to take on the amoral, sleaze in office today will win our votes.
Thank you, Titans AFC,
for posting and for pinging me.
The road ahead is hard and tough,
but hopefully, we have enough
intelligence among the troops
to hunker through the latest scoops
and not be blinded by bad news
that tries to shape and twist our views.
At least we won’t get quite so p!ssed
if you can ping the Gingrich list!
How soon we have forgotten one of our goals was to get the insiders out of Washington and get some new blood in there.
Of course, the one we have is criticized for his lack of insider experience....go figure.
You and others seem to have a fetish for that sort of thing. If you didn't, you wouldn't be reading and commenting on Morris' columns.
I'll take a man who knows how to surround himself with the right people that I CAN TRUST vs a smart guy who has all the answers and will screw me as soon as I turn around.
Re your post 17, I agree. The Newt haters have no substantive argument. All they can do is reference “affairs” and yet they don’t give any details so that we can know what a scumbag the man is.
And I fail to see any connection between the man’s personal life and his ability to serve. Please elucidate on the connection.
Spamming is frownded upon here n00b
Absolutely!!!!!!!!!! Newt is the best candidate we have running! He will make a great president.
Uh, Cobra64, don’t you get tired to talking about Dick Morris’s possible emotional problem? What the hell does it have to do with the man’s ability to analyze politics?
Oops, sorry. I misread your post. My comment applies to all those who just delight in making toe refeences.
How about this, if a man cannot keep a promise to his wife, how can you trust him to keep a promise to his electorate?
Don’t listen to the crap on this board about Newt.
latest Iowa Caucus Poll. Gingrich 32%!!! Romney 19% Cain 13%
Keep something in mind. Whenever you hear Gingrich talk he continually goes back to the Constitution and teaches us through easy to follow examples where this country’s gone wrong and how we can get back on track. Think about that. No other candidate is using the Constitution as their template. That should tell you how serious this guy really is.
Why don’t some of you “conservatives” take the time and research Newt’s CONSERVATIVE accomplishments while serving the government? I know you have computers, so google Gingrich and what he achieved instead of crying about failed marriages, global warmning and other vague accuasations. He is a serious candidate, not someone vying for a beauty pageant. This nation is in real trouble and we need someone who can navigate the dangerous waters.
Newt lugs more baggage than would be allowed in the undercarriage of a 747. He is so yesterday. Iowans have a way of picking a loser for the rest of us.
The details are pretty easy to get, he was sleeping with wife #2 before even seeking divorce from #1, and repeated the setup with #3. Then there’s the hilarity of saying the cheating happened because of his love of country (no really).
And as for connection with his ability to serve, he’s proven he can’t keep an oath. I’m not willing to bet he’ll keep the oath of office better than the oath of marriage.
What a filthy comment. And you’re worried about how Newt thinks?
HERMAN CAIN 2012
Wasn't he asked to leave as Speaker of the House? He must have been surrounded by the right people.
I wonder if some of you are for real. While I loath adultery, I also love the blessing of repentance for ALL. Both Thomas Jefferson & Alexander Hamilton were known adulterers. They were still great leaders of our nation.
Newt has asked for forgiveness from those that matter. His family seems to have put the matter to rest. It must take some of you a long time each day to climb on those high horses you ride on.
That's fracking and was this the coach?
I always thought that K was such a nice guy, but you never know about coaches.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.