Skip to comments.For Gingrich, keeping it positive isnít working in Iowa
Posted on 01/01/2012 8:40:11 PM PST by VinL
[edit}.... The Gingrich team on Sunday started to hit Romney for voting for Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary when the former U.S. Senator for Massachusetts was in a primary with Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown.
That plays into the most central rap against Romney that he is not a real conservative, that he converted for the campaign and in essence he is a Massachusetts moderate. In the context of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, that is not a compliment.
The Tsongas vote has been raised before when Romney ran the first time for president in the 2008 GOP primary.
In 2007, Romney explained his Tsongas support in an ABC News interview, noting that President George H.W. Bush faced no real opposition for re-nomination.
In Massachusetts, if you register as an independent, you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, Id vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican, Romney said.
I take it that the Gingrich team will use New Hampshire as an experiment to see if they can drive down Romneys numbers. What the Gingrich forces dont have are SuperPacs poised to help him right away in New Hampshire.
Said Gingrich in Ames, a narrow win for him (in New Hampshire) will be the equivalent of a defeat.
Romney said- "Id vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican."
That's a pretty lame excuse, even for a politician- even for Romney!
How in good faith can "conservative" media try to paint this guy as conservative? Ms. Coulter?
The real conservatives need to reach down deep, and pull for all their worth to make their cases. The sands are running out.
Considering Tsongas was almost dead by then, that’s not a bad excuse.
Nothing "lame" about it. The Democrats do it all the time to screw up the Republicasn primaries, and will do it again this year. Rush promotes this also.
That revelation may play among a few of the oldsters, but
‘92 was a ways back to create much of a pants on fire turning point in time for Iowa.
What is eerie to me is that Romney is spending money on negative ads and opposition research and mean connections against all threats, but is basically saying nothing, offering nothing, doing nothing, IS nothing, and on top of that he is a bore! How do you get in the lead and be the guy to beat like that, by just showing up with your hair on?
Some local conservative friends think highly of Romney. The problem is they are looking through the media, they are not on the internet and what the media shows is all highly favorable speech snippets (while playing gaffs by other candidates over and over).
Happy New Year, Palmer. Then, why bother to vote for him?
I have stuck entirely to FR and a few other sites but dumped TV entirely for the past three weeks, until five minutes ago following the Dallas game. Decided to watch Chris Wallace. Caught the tail end of Brett Baier’s program where the panel is stupidly giving it to Romney with just a win in Iowa! LOL!
South Carolina will eat his lunch, and if we fight mortal combat for Newt, we may take Florida. Romney Who, if that happens.
Make no mistake about it: Romney is evil.
His goal in life is POTUS.
He must be stopped from buying the nomination.
Happy New Year to you! The theory is that a weak candidate is beatable. I think some Dems crossed to vote for McLame in the 2008 primaries for that reason.
This time around, the players will have to play all four quarters of the “political” football game...and it will mostly like will come down to the final two minutes of the political “football” game.
Those two NH debates next week are going to be must see TV.
They should hold them in an octagon. Newt is taking off the gloves!
The spin I heard (on WTOP news radio in DC) is that Romney didn’t really campaign in Iowa (”only recently” blah blah blah) so his win there will be an upset.
Santorum is going to demolish Willard......in Iowa:
Tea Party voters: Santorum 23, Gingrich 18, Paul 16, Bachmann 15, Romney 12. If Mitt doesnt win thats why
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Only 3 candidates moved more than a point in the last week- Santorum up, Paul and Bachmann down
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Paul, Romney, Santorum all within 2 points of each other
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Happy new year, Prok. And that’s a qualification for President?— Integrity? I switched parties temporarily to sabotage the other guy’s election.
I think he probably favored Tsongas- but that’s just a guess.
The only thing that happens here is someone quits.
I am appalled that 12% of Tea Party people would support Romney. I just don’t get it.
We’re going to launch weekly South Carolina tracking starting Wednesday night and will do one last NH poll next weekend
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IOWA: Santorum is 2nd choice of Bachmann, Newt, and Perry’s voters. Interesting to see how much ship jumping there is in last 2 days
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IOWA: Santorum’s up 8 points in the last 5 days. Most popular candidate with 60/30 favorability:
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IOWA: Paul 20, Romney 19, Santorum 18, Gingrich 14, Perry 10, Bachmann 8, Huntsman 4, Roemer 2:
I've done it, in TX primaries. When GWB was the obvious far and away winner, I would go over to the Dim Primary to screw their side up.
I’m sure you’re right, my friend. And I’m not trying to belabor the point. But, if Rush sends out “operation chaos” or the union bosses send out the goons- that I understand.
But, a man who would be President? A statesman- admitting that he engaged in ambuscade?
Strikes me odd- and very telling of the type of person he is by the nature of his act or his rationalization of the act.
I thought in the very recent past Gingrich’s team finally did get a big bucks team behind him? He REALLY needs $$$$$. And he’s smart enough to figure out how to go after Romney without being ‘negative.’ I don’t quite understand how people switch votes based on paid negative advertising.
Thanks for the poll, CC- and Happy New Year—
I hear our former favorite, Mr. Cain, is going to be on CNN wt Newt tomrrow night (Piers guy)— don’t know what that’s about. -:)
Obama did the same thing. Romney is running the same “empty suit” campaign that Obama did. Problem is the media let Obama get away with it but once the GE starts, they won’t let Romney get away with it. He’s even more at risk because he is such a bland character. The media has all the room in the world to fill up his empty suit with any narrative they want, most likely the heartless Wall Street capitalist angle with some of the flip-flopping chameleon angle thrown in. How is Romney going to claim he’s anything else? He has no compelling life story and no record of achievements to define him as anything. “Good family man” sure as hell won’t cut it.
Part of the problem is people who think they’re armchair political consultants, thinking they can’t nominate a candidate who they think has “baggage.” Just think about the illogical logic behind that. People like a candidate, but instead they vote for a candidate that is boring and doesn’t excite them, because they think the candidate they like has “baggage.” Then who they nominate is a boring candidate that doesn’t excite anybody else either and loses the election. An exciting candidate with “baggage” is more electable than a boring candidate who won’t inspire anybody to vote for him.
What people don’t seem to get is that a boring candidate like Romney could only win if Obama is incredibly weak and doesn’t excite his base. But he absolutely will. He is a real leftist and both the left-wing and the right-wing know it, although the independents are clueless. They will rally to one of their own. If we don’t have someone who can make a compelling and inspiring case for conservatism, then we will lose the election due to low turnout from our side.
Happy New Year, EdinVa- I don’t either. Don’t understand how people can change their minds in these polls, period.
Newt is going to hit him body shots in NH- Tables are turned- no expectations for Newt, big expectations for Mittie. It’s free whacks for Newt.
The only people I’ve known who like Romney are Obama supporters who would never actually vote for him over Obama.
And a happy New Year to you, too, VinL. Can’t believe it’s FINALLY election year!
I have to wonder if the Newsmax/Michael Reagan presentation that was to flood the IA airwaves over this weekend will help Newt come Tuesday. Do people have a half hour to watch? Or really any interst left? Time will tell.
The way the IA Caucuses go, IIRC, is they are VERY local, and a local supporter of each candidate speaks directly to his/her neighbors in a small setting, persuading them to vote for XYZ. So, if the undecided vote is as large as it seems, it’s really all up for grabs still. Tho I do sense the “Christian Right,” probably the largest single bloc of voters in IA GOP politics, is trending toward Santorum and he will pick up votes from Bachmann and Perry.
At this point, Newt should IMO spend more time in SC than NH. And play the Romney game .. let others do his attacking for him! (that nauseates me, that someone running for POTUS will hid behind others but that’s the game they’re in)
Cain endorsing Newt. GREAT!
They’re doing it with Romney in my opinion.
Cain will be Newts VP
Core my baloney! Iowa=Home to Senator Tom Harkin. 'Nough said.
Is that Monday night or Tuesday night, because come Tuesday night, seems a bit late, don’t you think for any “endorsement.” Besides, what a total disappointment Cain turned out to be. Like, endorsing Newt at this point, with all the stuff that came out about Cain (especially the last woman who claimed a long-time affair that resulted in his campaign suspension)...just doesn’t add up to much of a positive for Newt, IMHO.
” Besides, what a total disappointment Cain turned out to be.” <<<
Republicans have had now a couple of players, running amok ammong us as faux candidates, Palin and Cain. The profits flowed with the exposure, so, for Palin by way of the McCain campaign, and by keeping us dangling, and Cain as an actual candidate in the primary, both are pretty much financially fixed for life, because they were willing to milk exposure for all it was worth.
Most conservatives resent being used for a cash cow by these players, but others even today would still turn their inheritence over to either one of them.
And you know what, I think Palin and Cain would take it. (For the “cause”, don’t you know.)
Newt at least has had an epiphany in his personal life but remains HELL on wheels in his political life. Can you imagine the utter dread by the Democrat Party of NEWT, given he rolled them once, stepped over their bodies and handed everyone of us a Republican Congress after 40 years in the desert? Don’t kid yourself, actual “doers” strike fear among the Marxists far more than the bloviaters do.
Wish such a thing mattered more to conservatives.
Not as disappointing as people who lap up MSM attack propaganda. Cain turned out to be too much of a threat, so they neutralized him.
BS, campaign money cannot be turned into fixed for life money.
Come on, in the case of Sarah, give a value on the AZ home and the home-away-from-home bus, funded by her cash for crap campaign, liquidate that and throw in a couple of books and what does it take for you to call “set” for life (retirement)? To boot, there’s another million from FOX for yakking through the election. Please, huh?