Skip to comments.Steyn: Newt ‘like Teddy Roosevelt mixed someone sort of novelty-crazed futurologist’(Nails it!)
Posted on 12/07/2011 2:47:47 PM PST by indianrightwinger
Steyn: Newt like Teddy Roosevelt mixed someone sort of novelty-crazed futurologist By Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 9:19 AM 12/07/2011
In an appearance on The Michael Berry Show on KTRH in Houston on Tuesday, a disappointed Mark Steyn, the author of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, declared the 2012 Republican nominating process a failure and chalked up the proliferation of cable debates as a substitute for campaigning in the early primary states as the reason.
I think the nomination process failed last time around when John McCain wound up as the nominee and I think it is heading for failure this time around, Steyn said. Im speaking to you from my home in New Hampshire
but in my state of New Hampshire, one reason we like the primaries is its all supposed to be about swinging by local diners and county fairs, and the annual pancake breakfast and all this kind of thing. And we know the clichés the woman who tells the Washington Post, the New York Times every four years, you know, I wont vote for any candidate I havent danced with at least three times.
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Sorry, most conservatives have read dumpbachmann.com and that’s where we get all our information about her.
And Herman, he’s a womanizer.
We like Newt cuz he’s smart.
And Romney cuz he’s next in line.
/sarc just in case you missed it...
Newt is the worst candidate, except for all the other ones.
It is what it is..... I’ll be voting for Newt Gingrich.
Hehehehehehe.....you sum up very well how badly the GOP is screwed up this season and how badly this bodes for the country with an Obama re-election.
National Post: "You were born in Toronto, but live in the U.S. Are you still a Canadian citizen?"
Mark Steyn: "I'm a citizen of Canada, never been anything else. I don't believe in dual citizenship."
So it seems like this Canuck fellow is telling we Americans how to vote. Has Mark Steyn become an American citizen since that interview with his home country's periodical?
We didn’t have all those debates in 2007 - so how come we got stuck with McCain?
With Newt this will be the true death knell of conservatism as a viable political alternative in the US.
Once again liberal policies will fail, but while being labeled as right wing.
At this point I almost wish ... almost ... that Obama wins so that when the dust clears after the apocalypse all of the blame will be laid at the feet of the liberals.
If you want another good Steyn take down of Newt, try this:
I was saying it in 2009 and 2010. We need an elected conservative leader to do what Palin was doing. We needed someone like Jim DeMint to try and take thew wind of the conservative movement into his sails.
Romney has not been attacked by the Democrats, period. He is their preferred opponent.
Newton Leroy Gingrich is despised, publicly, by both Democratic Party and Republican Party establishment types. He is being trashed AS he attacks Obama, the administration, and Progressive stances and politics.
Who do you think the corrupt politicians fear more?
If you can’t bring yourself to say, “Newt Gingrich”, then you better hope Sarah Palin is drafted during a brokered, free-for-all nominating convention (which will be highly unlikely).
I am not that far behind. In that sense, I would rather lose with an outsider, states rights candidate like Perry than with big liberal Newt/Romney. At least, the philosophical contrast would be aired in the election cycle.
I’m glad debates have replaced all that retail politicing in IA and NH b/c I’m tired of those two niche states shoving themselves to the front every four years. Most who live in medium to large states will never even get a chance to see the candidates up close, much less demand they eat in some greasy spoon diner with them.
He won more primaries.
Blame it on your fellow "citizens".
That's in quotes because they really aren't citizens, because that would require some effort.
They are merely voters, and they vote according to what the LMSM is telling them.
He's more of an observer who has interesting and entertaining opinions. I wouldn't fault him for expressing them. If he ends up working in the White House, like David Frum did, that would be a different matter.
There aren’t any decent candidates. It’s just as bad as the last time around. I’m not commenting too much on these candidate threads recently, because there’s hardly any point.
Any way you slice it, unless something new happens, we’re likely to end up with a lousy candidate, and probably Ron Paul or The Donald running on a third party ticket to deliberately ensure that the GOP loses.
Giuliani was supposed to run and split the moderate vote. For some silly reason he put all his eggs in the Florida basket.
The conservative field was hopelessly divided among several candidates, one of which (Fred) did the Sarah-Palin-Shuffle long enough to sap most of the energy away from the other conservatives preventing any of them from breaking out.
If it turned out that Thomson and Giuliani were paid by McCain to do what they did, I wouldn't be surprised.
“He nails it! The debate process has been a joke and is giving us a choice between Newt and Romney. The worst of the worst. “
It is by no means just “the debate process”. That, at least, has given us a little insight into the candidates, their personalities, and their capabilities. The main reason we’re where we are with the Republican candidates is the MSM, and the very effective smear campaigns launched at our best conservative candidates.
I mean, Cain “is a horrible womanizer”...never mind that Gingrich is at least as bad, but is somehow still in the race...and now the frontrunner?
I find it horribly ironic that in 2008 the Republicans nominated a squishy moderate, not-so-charismatic, too old WASP with temperament issues...and this time the Republicans are about to nominate a squishy moderate, not-so-charismatic, too old WASP with temperament issues - with really less to recommend him personally than McCain the war hero. Sadly this inanity/insanity comes at a time the country can least afford it, both figuratively and literally.
Sarah Palin so far outshines the current field it isn’t even funny. Too bad the attack dogs got to her. At this point I could learn to like Santorum.
Or how about RuPaul? At least we'd be able to say our president had balls!
Thanks for the feedback and it is appreciated. Where in the world did Mark Steyn get that British accent? He's from Toronto and most of them speak like, well, Americans albeit with an occasional "eh" thrown in. :-)
Newt was a big fan of “futurist” Alvin Toffler, for those old enough to remember “Future Shock” and “The Third Wave”.
A lot of Brits emigrated to Canada right after WWII. Steyne's parents may have been among them; I don't know.
You sound just like the feminazis who used to tell me I had no right to an opinion on abortion because I wasn't a woman. It was a stupid argument.
You were born a man, not a woman. You can't change biology (regardless of what liberals might claim).
Mark Steyn was born a Canadian. He can't change that. But he can change his citizenship and become an American.
That was supposed to happen in his first term...
I'm not a Ron Paul zealot by any means, but we need someone to stick the establishment in the eye..
I am sick of the idea that we are “stuck” with Newt and Romney without 1 stinking vote being cast! Looks to me like there are still others on the ballot and here we are braying like donkeys about the front runners selected by some mysterious polls or msm hacks. What is wrong with us? We are supposedly the electorate. Are we that swayed by these bogus polls? If so, then we are simply no better than those with whom we are against. Get up and fight for the candidate you want, it’s the only way we are going to get the best of the best.
But you forget how good Obama is at shifting the blame onto someone else. It’ll be “Bush’s fault”.
But I disagree with Steyn that the debates have been a bad thing.
The debates were invaluable in flushing out a couple of unworthy candidates (much as it pains me to say this): Perry and Cain.
Steyn seems to have forgotten that the GOP nominee, whoever he or she is, will have to debate the Dem nominee next fall. Ability to handle a debate is crucial, even if the Dems throw up Obama again.
If the only way we had to evaluate candidates was Steyn's preferred process (actually I'm not sure he's being serious here) -- i.e. the ol' pressin' the flesh in Iowa diners and dancin' with the ladies shtick -- we would probably have stayed bowled over with Herman Cain's charm .... and would not have discovered that he was a fraud ... until too late.
I disagree. The debate with Obama will be a sham, as the McCain/Obama and all other presidential debates in my memory have been. McCain was lackluster in the debates, but so was Obama. Both were too afraid to make a mistake to really score any points. If you don't make some really bad mistake (like Gore sighing and shaking his head every time Bush spoke) you get through it with a bunch of people saying "The dem won" and a buch saying "the republican won". It won't be a deciding factor, it never really is (Kennedy/Nixon perhaps being the exception that proves the rule).
All that said, it would be nice to for once have a candidate we didn't have to defend as "not a dummy".
He’s not good at it.
He has the media on his side.
Steyn was GREAT on EIB last week. It was so refreshing to hear intelligent, honest analysis and commentary about the GOP race instead of the brain dead, pom-pom waving, lipstick-on-a-pig SPIN being ladled out by the big three of talk radio.
Care to guess how many of our news casters are American Citizens? Sadly the ones that are, are traitorus fools.
I like Mark Steyn, but he’s out in left field when it comes to US electoral politics. He’s a Romney guy—I can’t take seriously anyone who’s a Romney guy.
Agree completely. I also agree that anybody is preferable to 0. Giving 0 another four years will put at least one more liberal on the Supreme Court, maybe two.
Romney’s support has been the same set of voters all along - everyone else is anti-Romney.
At the end of the primary, all anti-Romney’s will outvote the Romney people (only between 20% to 25%).
It’s highly doubtful that Romney will be the nominee, much to the chagrin of the establishment.
Newt is trying to capture not all but enough from both the establishment and anti-establishment Republican camps.
Over the next few months I guess we’ll see if there is not a “revolt” amongst the anti-establishment to rally around one of the other candidates if they’re still in the race.
I personally hope Michele Bachmann resurges, but of course at this point Newt looks to be doing very well.
I don’t think Steyn is a Romney guy (I don’t think any many serious conservatives are); this link, for example shows some text from Steyn revealing that he’s not enamored with his politics: