Skip to comments.Newt grabs himself a South Carolina lifeline. Gingrich wins debate as Mitt Romney stumbles
Posted on 01/17/2012 6:37:23 AM PST by xzins
Newt Gingrich's fluent, policy-rich performances in the early debates, laced with derision for the media's attempts to question the Republican candidates, propelled him to the front of the GOP pack in early December.
His command of the stage here in Myrtle Beach for the 16th (yep, there have been that many, and the next is in Charleston on Thursday) could just be the lifeline he needs to achieve the task he has set himself - overcoming Mitt Romney's clear lead in the South Carolina polls to win the state on Saturday.
Romney was under pressure over releasing his tax returns (he eventually said that he would "probably" do so in April), on why he had not objected as Massachusetts governor to felons on parole having the right to vote and he gave an awkward, fumbling response to a softball about whether he had been hunting since 2007, even mixing up moose and elk.
Gingrich, however, ... scored quite a few points against Romney and the former Speaker's fluency with policy and ability to dissect questions and make a big-picture conservative case against Obama made him the night's big winner.
There were two standing ovations for Gingrich in the hall, where 3,000 Republicans roared, cheered ...
Gingrich said that in the debate room "there was a strong sense that somebody finally just had the courage to tell the truth about how we've got to go about helping people".
"...it's clear if you look at the polls the only conservative who can beat Romney in South Carolina is Newt Gingrich... we have five days to win South Carolina. I think we will win South Cariolina."
A lot of conservatives are queasy about Romney and unconvinced that he could beat the President in November.
(Excerpt) Read more at harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk ...
Newt all the way to the White House!
Up here, we refer to them as "Mass-holes".
And--proof of the truth in what you posted is how delighted Juan Williams seemed after the debate. Not the kind of reaction one might expect of to someone who was deeply concerned about a "bruised ego"!
I’ll give you that. Perry rocked last night.
That was so evident in the post-debate conversation. Both Juan's words and the animation in his face indicated a positive response to Newt.
And the pitcher is NOT on the "other team"--though he might put on the uniform for the "game". But, as I think Juan Williams understands very well, politics is not JUST a game. It is often a matter of freedom's life--or death!
it says you cannot run for president unless you are from a state that always votes heavily in your party’s favor, and that republicans will be destroyed because the media and opponent will simply spend a billion dollars savaging them in their home state, while the liberal from new york gets a pass.
Watch Newt beat Juan here...
Oooops! You got tons of links already. FReepers rock!
I haven’t read Juan’s book. Thank you for correcting my perception of him.
That elections matter.
That voting for voting for the most likable guy, instead of the grumpy guy that knew what he was talking about has caused us big problems in the past.
That voting with your feeling instead of with your brain has caused us problems.
I’m not serious when I say that...although it makes a candidate look really weak if they do lose their home state.
If Romney still lists Massholechusetts as his home state, he will lose here badly, making him look even weaker, even if he did win POTUS. And you can bet the MSM will never tire of reminding the masses that Romney lost his home state.
Another reason for Romney not to be the nominee is control of the US Senate: Romney as the nominee will get more Rat voters out here and that means they’ll also vote for Lizzy the Carpetbagger against RINO Brown which could decide the balance of Senate.
Perry isn’t doing well in the polls but ur sure gotta love the guy........! I find myself rooting for him every time he speaks.
He does have a big heart for our country.....!
I could easily support the guy.....!
Also, what happened to the children murdered by the Nazis
in the French palace in which Romney lived which then FINANCIALLY benefited Romney?
Any of these is a viable October surprise.
"(The GroundZero Mosque) cleared its final hurdle
developers plan to build the $100 million center which will include a mosque.
Since its incipient stages in July 2009, when a Muslim-run real-estate development
company purchased the damaged, vacant building and land where the new center
will be built, the project has sparked controversy and debate.
.... the tattered building that was bought by the Muslim real estate company had
been owned by a subsidiary of Bain Capital, a company Romney founded in 1984.
So its OK if his company can profit off the sale of the land ."
I don't know how any conservative could "gladly support" a man who's record shows him to be a pale imitation of Barack Obama.
Oh, and welcome to Free Republic.
Look at the information Dio posted. Do you have anything in your files about the topic?
Perry will be 69 in eight years. Not exactly the prime age for a presidential contender. He'll be long out of the Texas Governor's office by that time, and largely irrelevant.
Just my opinion, but I think 2012 is his best shot.
Karl Rove is the biggest enemy the republican party has. He has utmost contmept and disdain for conservatives and does everything within his power to belittle and destroy all of our conservative candidates.
It amazes me that “so called” conservative media folks invite the lying, blue blood socialist on their show to give a conservtive point of view.
What are they thinking and were is their loyalty.......?
I never heard about this French palace thing before.
Here’s a link I found that gave some info. about that:
Yep. I thought Newt might've intended to bring that up with his other criticism of Bain Capital. Alas, nothing yet. Maybe he's saving it 'til just before the Florida primary, when it might do the most damage.
The Soros stuff is unsavory as Hell, but not surprising with a company like Bain. The 9/11 Mosque connection, though - that's highly toxic. Why leave that arrow in the quiver?
SO since Juan is black and many were listening to his questioning because he's a role model(how many AA moderators have the other stations used) was he in fact telegraphing more pro-Newt message to the black community than is obvious to the white listener?
That's my dissertation topic LOL
SC has an open primary IIRC hmmmmmm????
I thought how smart is he that he would gamble the highest office of the land for an average looking fat chick? My conclusion “not that smart.”
I have always admired Gingrich, but does he not have a six shooter cemented to his foot? So smart he can't control his mouth? He can't control his spending (jewelry) he can't control his ethics? He can't control his beliefs? Not smart enough to know not to ever be caught on camera with Pelosi?
He's a hell of a speaker, a great historian, but as arrogant as they come. Which means he lacks real confidence and lacks personal intuition.
After Newt got bullied in Iowa, he announces to the world he is now going to take the gloves off?
The smart guy just does it he doesn't need to announce it. When you kick the ass of a bully the whole neighborhood knows it.
Just an observation.
AND he is party to the law suit in GA, that if he wins puts Newt on the ballot.
I agree; to this point, I have yet to see or hear anything from Juan that lacks from sincerity of belief about love of country (as opposed to love of ideology, self, power and greed—like the rapid liberals, and republican elitists/establishment.
rapid = rabid
Ron Paul said taxes should be zero.
He will spin it to say he meant we should abolish the income tax or something like that.
It was interesting at one point when Gingrich said something along the lines of “getting support” to enact his program.H e’s the only one with the either the integrity or the knowledge to make that clear.
That makes Ron Paul’s statement about zero taxes such a contrast. Paul isn’t getting anyone to follow him anyplace, yet he comes out with this garbage about zero taxes and trillion dollar spending cuts in the 1st year.
He knows, I know, you know, and the whole world knows that Congress doesn’t work that way. I doubt they’d follow him to the water fountain for a drink, much less in cutting taxes to zero and spending by a trillion the first year.
I heard that and nearly gagged.
I guess Romney hasn't been reading about "Fast and Furious" has he? Of all that was said last night by Romney, that tipped the scale past clueless and went all the way to "stupid".
And it means that the blue-bloods have accepted Obama as a club member.
Good word. Thanks. It’ll go on the list of what candidates to describe that Ron Paul plaint-whine or whatever it is. Drives me nuts.
Suggest hes a racist because he talks about the dignity of work and the indignity of food stamps? Hell clean your clock. At least in my book."
Rich Lowry at NRO: "He was absolutely splendid. He proved once again that if debating was all it took to become president, hed be president, Secretary General of the U.N., and King of Siam."
Newt is getting special treatment in the debates. If Newt is elected President, the First Lady will be his former mistress. Why isn’t that question asked directly? Why do they just hint at it in an embarassed manner, like the way the Governor of Texas hinted at it, yet didn’t directly ask it? This is a recipe for failure. Anyone who thinks this won’t come up in the general election is being delusional. It doesn’t matter how smart Newt is if the voters play stupid and pretend this won’t happen. Because it will. For a forgiven man, as he professes, he sure does get an attitude. I say, he is still struggling with the issue, he is much too angry. Anyone who is that angry, still has problems. Anger is the root of all major sin. Don’t trust him when he says he is forgiven.
I remember the News Media saying Bill Clinton was the smartest politician in history. He could talk on the phone to Arafat while doing the NY Times crossword puzzle.
And that ain’t all.
Can you show where Newt is in financial trouble due to jewelry purchases? What is the entire story about his financial difficulty stemming from jewelry purchases?
In Obama's case, not even that was necessary. Just an adoring press and a guilt-ridden electorate. Well that, plus a functioning and omnipresent teleprompter.
I guarantee you that Romney will be hit in the general election with Bain Capital, using taxpayer money to fund either entering or exiting some of his deals, his flip-flops on abortion/gay marriage/guns/taxes, and, of course, RomneyCare.
Against that, we have Gingrich being hit for getting divorced twice.
My take is this: there are now zero families in the United States who either are not divorced at least once, or who have children, siblings, parents or first cousins who have not gotten divorced. I don’t think it will play well as an attack ad.
Besides, Roman Catholicism is America’s largest church, and they annulled Newt’s previous marriage, the meaning of which is that they weren’t right in the first place.
Romney has lost 2 out of 3 races he’s ever been in. He was pounded to death by Kennedy over Bain Capital. Do you honestly think Obama won’t use that?
Romney's corporatism relied heavily on manipulating the local, state and federal governments to give his companies tax incentives, subsidies, government contracts and when all else failed he was able to bankrupt the company, loot it of its assets by borrowing money to pay himself dividends and then hiding behind the corporate shield from any personal liability for the debts he and his venture capital company incurred.
Corporatism is Capitalism on government supplied crack.
“Yes, it’s hard for him [Mitt] to perform in front of conservative Republicans”
Five claws for that reply!! ;o)
How many people do you know whose first job out of college is telling corporate CEOs what to do?
Wonder how he landed that job?
" I see only one man who has the intellectual overview to fully fathom the peril we are now facing, the verbal virtuosity to clearly articulate all of the ramifications to the nation, and the courage and audacity to take the daring actions necessary to return this nation to the fiscal probity, economic dynamism and the moral substance we exhibited as a nation just a few decades ago."
Dan, wherever you are, GOOD JOB!!!
Another reason why I don’t want Romney, No More Political Dynasties, be they Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, or Romneys.
Where in the world did you get that from?
Are you talking about Romney or Obama?
Twins from the same momma.
Vote Gingrich or get Romney = Obama.
All this time, the Obama people have been planning for Romney and they are being thrown into panic mode over a possible Gingrich candidacy.
Ah Bullshit. Some of you peeps just don't dare to risk success.
Yes, I think Santorum dinged him but good, and then Perry and Gingrich added to his misery, and then the booing probably put Mittens in a tailspin. At least it surely looked that way from this end. :^D
He looked like a wet cat, wondering what the heck just happened. Hahahahahaha! Man, that was good TV.
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