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Mark Steyn Whacks-a-Newt
American Thinker ^ | 12/20/2011 | J. Robert Smith

Posted on 12/20/2011 4:26:43 PM PST by TBBT

National Review editors have rolled out their big gun, Mark Steyn, to take whacks at the much-whacked Newt Gingrich. Steyn's article was featured at Monday's National Review Online under the banner: "Big-Government Newt." Steyn spends four pages slicing and dicing the eminently sliceable and diceable former U.S. House speaker. But aside from Steyn's always enjoyable trenchant humor, there's really not a lot of there there in the article. By that is meant nothing groundbreaking on Gingrich. The article is a laundry-list recapitulation of the "Many Foibles of Newt." Newt is contradictory, we learn yet again -- here are the examples, mostly recycled, though Steyn does throw in a couple of novel takes, including Newt's space mirrors offering. At this point, though, what does Steyn's article accomplish that dozens of other articles haven't already accomplished at other journals across the spectrum? Newt the Flake; Newt the Philanderer; New the Big, Goofy Ideas Guy; Newt the Unpredictable; Newt the K Street Maven...Newt, Newt, Newt.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: british; marksteyn; newt; romneyfanthread; romneypost; socialist; stealth; ukmeddling
If not Newt, it will be Mitt.
1 posted on 12/20/2011 4:26:51 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

If not Newt, it will be Mitt.
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says who?


2 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:23 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: TBBT

I like Steyn but I also like Newt. And I can’t get over Steyn’s often-stated blunder that Osama bin Laden died in the cave during the battle of Tora Bora. He’s clever and fun to read but he’s not always right.


3 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:24 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: TBBT

I love how conservatives are supposed to compromise everything they believe in to support a candidate who has total contempt for them and would stick it to them if he ever got elected. No one has to vote for Mitt or Gingrich. If you don’t support one, why in the world would you support the other. Mitt being terrible doesn’t make Gingrich any better. This is a guy whose bible tells him the Constitution is obsolete and must be eradicated. Saying you have to vote for Gingrich, because of Romney is like saying you have to hang yourself to prevent yourself from shooting yourself. Choose life.


4 posted on 12/20/2011 4:35:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: TBBT

Now that would be a debate i’d pay to see

Mark Steyn vs Newt Gingrich

Steyn would slice and dice Newt.


5 posted on 12/20/2011 4:36:23 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: mamelukesabre
says who?

Reality.
6 posted on 12/20/2011 4:39:12 PM PST by TBBT
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To: mamelukesabre

says who?
++++++++
Me.


7 posted on 12/20/2011 4:39:31 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: TBBT

ok carmac, why don’t you wait till at least 2 or 3 states turn in their primary results before you pronounce a winner.


8 posted on 12/20/2011 4:45:19 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: InterceptPoint

you too


9 posted on 12/20/2011 4:46:37 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: tennmountainman

“Steyn would slice and dice Newt”

I highly doubt that.


10 posted on 12/20/2011 4:59:02 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TBBT
Big-Government Newt

And Big Dig Mitt is for a teensy weensy government.

ML/NJ

11 posted on 12/20/2011 5:00:41 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: TBBT

I would prefer it if Steyn actually proposed an alternative. I know he likes that Bachmann quotes his book, but he is too focused on the Newtster. Perhaps his Canadian side is comiing out, allowing clever snarkiness in pundits, but not so much in actual candidates.


12 posted on 12/20/2011 5:02:10 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: tennmountainman

lol

right.

There’s not a man alive that could “slice and dice” Newt in a debate on government and poltics.


13 posted on 12/20/2011 5:02:39 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: TBBT
If Newt is the nominee, iTune and MP3 sales of Van Halens "Hot for the Teacher" will soar.

Anyone that doesn't understand what I mean doesn't know Newt very well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4GZFbCqx18

14 posted on 12/20/2011 5:19:42 PM PST by fso301
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To: tennmountainman

Steyn would have a lot of whitty, cute retorts, and even a few gems of intelligence........but compared to what Newt could speak forth regarding our Founding history, our Constitution, the correct way to turn our Country around, the way to handle rogue judges, etc., Steyn’s would be popcorn and cotton candy compared to Newt’s Chateau Briand Entree and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert! IMHO.


15 posted on 12/20/2011 5:20:39 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: TBBT
Bingo!!
16 posted on 12/20/2011 5:31:37 PM PST by CainConservative
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To: TBBT

I’ve lost respect for Mark.


17 posted on 12/20/2011 5:41:24 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Dr. Sivana
I would prefer it if Steyn actually proposed an alternative. I know he likes that Bachmann quotes his book, but he is too focused on the Newtster. Perhaps his Canadian side is comiing out, allowing clever snarkiness in pundits, but not so much in actual candidates.

Bingo.

Any pundit, who blasts one candidate without promoting another is hand waving and smoke blowing.

Who cares, Steyn?

Go away.

18 posted on 12/20/2011 5:54:08 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: TBBT
Mark Steyn in the title and opening paragraphs is just a tease to get people to read the article.

Call it counterintuitive, but Gingrich has two things going for him not much appreciated. One is that deep down in Gingrich's compromised self is still the instincts of a revolutionary. ... The other consideration with Gingrich is legacy. ... For all anyone knows, Gingrich's last years could be spent in the presidency. What does Gingrich leave behind him?

It's doubtful that Gingrich the Deep-Down Revolutionary wants to build a bigger, better welfare state. That runs contrary to much of Gingrich's history of challenging the status quo. Gingrich's knowledge of history is that great men don't go along to get along; they often tackle the prevailing wisdom and seek significant departures. More big governmentism would make President Gingrich a one-of-the-crowd guy.

What he misses is just that big ideas big government Teddy Roosevelt side of Gingrich that others have noticed.

19 posted on 12/20/2011 5:54:32 PM PST by x
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To: TBBT

If not Newt, it will be Mitt.

That is the biggest crock ever. People are sick of RINOs and won’t chose either Newt, Romney or Perry. Get over it. This is the year of the conservative and it will be when all said and done Bachmann or Santorum.


20 posted on 12/20/2011 6:01:27 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: Tucker39

Quite frankly, I would hate to see Steyn take advantage of Gingrich,
as Gingrich has started his downfall in the polls. He should have explained in detail the work he performed for Freddie Mac. His “history lessons” comment was not credible. He first said his company made 300k, when it was actually 1.6 million. He has yet to say exactly the specifics “history lessons” he performed for 1.6 million.

Until he is able to do so, his down ward trend will continue.


21 posted on 12/20/2011 6:03:40 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Dr. Sivana

“I would prefer it if Steyn actually proposed an alternative.”

Yep.

Who exactly is the individual that Steyn is supporting during this primary process?


22 posted on 12/20/2011 6:08:57 PM PST by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

One very big difference between Gingrich and Romney. There is no government takeover of healtcare called NewtCare.

How do the liberal-Romney loving “conservatives” at
National Review spin that one.

Truth of the matter is since the death of William F. Buckley
National Review has became nothing in the world but a mouthpiece for the RINOs that control the GOP.

And the last time I checked Gingrich has never been an advocate for abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, and wanted to take away my gun. RINO Romney has advocated all these positions trying to win elections.

They can’t control Newt Gingrich. Therefore he’s to be destroyed.


23 posted on 12/20/2011 6:10:53 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Tucker39

Steyn would have to close out with a song in a last-ditch effort to win the audience over.


24 posted on 12/20/2011 6:17:22 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: tennmountainman

$300K is what HE made over several years. His firm charged them $1.6 million over several years. He never said he was a “historian,” he said he was a consultant and he gave them advice as a historian. That’s just like saying I work for a hospital, but I am also a mechanic and when my boss had problems with his car one day I gave him advice as a mechanic.


25 posted on 12/20/2011 6:21:41 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: JediJones

So what kind of advice from a historian will get you 1.6 million.
How much did he bill per hour for this “advice”?
And what are the specific’s of his “advice”?


26 posted on 12/20/2011 6:25:45 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Parley Baer; tennmountainman
“Steyn would slice and dice Newt”

I highly doubt that.

Steyn's articles can be great, but he struggles when he sits in for Limbaugh. Not so light on his feet.

Newt would win on his feet!

27 posted on 12/20/2011 6:51:17 PM PST by bondserv (God governs our universe and has seen fit to offer us a pardon. †)
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To: nickcarraway

I enjoyed the article. Steyn is always fun to read. I wonder if he doesn’t resent it that Newt has even more to say than Steyn and Steyn has much to say.

The article ran 5 pages printed.

It was clever and contained a lot of truth but disregarded the real accomplishments made back when Newt was instrumental in getting the House.

Newt’s my second choice and I would much prefer him to anybody but Perry.


28 posted on 12/20/2011 7:28:55 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: TBBT

Steyn’s article was very entertaining, but not at all persuasive. Go Newt!


29 posted on 12/20/2011 7:37:28 PM PST by T Ruth (Islam shall be defeated.)
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