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Newt and the '10 PM Question'
American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2012 | C. Edmund Wright

Posted on 01/18/2012 2:02:22 AM PST by neverdem

It's 10 pm.  It's Martin Luther King Day.  You're in the South.  A packed auditorium is deathly quiet.  A large national TV audience is watching.  The electoral stakes are sky-high.  You are sweating on behalf of your favorite candidate.  Then an African-American journalist calls your guy's name -- and asks a racially tinged "gotcha" question. 

OH NO!  Hit the mute button.  Take a beer break.  I can't bear to watch!  Why do we let liberals moderate our debates?!

So it's not exactly "the 3 am phone call" from the 2008 race.  No, it's scarier than that.  It's the "10 pm question."  And you can bet your bottom dollar it's coming to a general election debate near you.  You have to know it is.  So the question the Republicans need to ask themselves is this: whom do you trust to handle "the 10 pm question"?

And let's be honest.  We absolutely cringe at the thought of most of our candidates -- past and present -- having to face such a scenario.   We wouldn't want to hear George W...nbsp;

The exchange, of course, is famous now.  YouTube, Rush, and Sean Hannity made sure of that.  If you missed it, it's worth the watch here; it's as delicious as Tebow's game-winner a week ago.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; juanwilliams; newt; newtgingrich

1 posted on 01/18/2012 2:02:24 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Newt Gingrich is our best candidate to defeat Obama.. it’s not even close


2 posted on 01/18/2012 2:24:25 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Agreed


3 posted on 01/18/2012 2:47:37 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: neverdem

The are some things that I don’t agree with Newt on, but two things made me really like him more, in the debate night before last.

First, he began to say that he and Reagan created jobs, but corrected himself to say the the public created jobs in the framework they had laid.

Second, was that exchange with Juan Williams. His tone said “Shut your race baiting trap Juan, and get a pair.”

I liked both points, and I’m thrilled that Newt was willing to quote the right of the pursuit of happiness, given by our Creator, not man.

Good on him.


4 posted on 01/18/2012 3:12:55 AM PST by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: neverdem

Great answers, I’m beginning to lean his way.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 3:19:25 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: neverdem

BAM!!!

Definition of amazing home run.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 3:20:57 AM PST by Principled
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To: Principled

Didnt see it,after reading the american thinker,im still not impressed.Wont vote for Newt,wont vote for mitt.Unless someone else gets in there,Obama will win.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 3:51:51 AM PST by Craftmore
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Agreed. I liked Santorum before the Arlen Specter incident but can’t get past it, unless he is the nominee and I am forced to, which I will.

Newt made mistakes, including the Nancy-on-the couch incident, but it was less egregious than the Specter endorsement over Toomey, IMO, as a pro lifer.

Newt goofed, but he will never vote for Cap and Trade. That the is the most important consideration as far as that particular fail goes, whereas Specter did a lot of damage.

Newt Gingrich IS our best candidate to defeat Obama.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 3:59:42 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: neverdem

I’ve been on the fence wavering between Gingrich and Santorum, but Newt’s smackdown of the idiot Juan Williams and Rick’s whinefest on Hannity yesterday made up my mind.

Newt’s our only choice.


9 posted on 01/18/2012 4:17:05 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: neverdem

Public schools, by and large, are a way to keep blacks “in their place”. If we want to help young black men out of the cultural rut, we need to get them out of the schools that fill their minds with empty promises of the good life - out of the schools that feed them cotton-candy “self-esteem” and allow them to earn meat-and-potatoes self-respect and the respect of their fellows, their women, and their children.

Men are created for work, and get self-respect by working and providing for themselves and for their families. Government handouts are the best way to beat men down and destroy the manhood of a nation or a culture. And when you destroy the manhood, you can run roughshod over that nation or culture.

You wanna help blacks? Give their young men the option to get out of the schools and into the world of work.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 4:28:17 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: neverdem

Santorum is a good man. He has made bad votes. However, anyone in office for a period of time will have bad votes and endorsements.....that is party politics.

Gingrich kept his word while in office. He fulfilled his promises and expanded conservatism. He has personal failings and made money from sitting next to Nancy Pelosi and working for Freddie/Fannie.

There is no perfect candidate!

All that being said, Gingrich is the only one who has consistently been able to handle the “gotcha” questions and turn the tables on opponents in a debate with an ease we have not seen since Reagan.

Whomever we nominate to go against Obama better be ready for those “gotcha” questions. The MSM moderators will defend Obama to the last and try to trap our candidate.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 4:31:28 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Craftmore

I understand your frustration - BUT - this country CANNOT afford another year of Obama. We simply have to hold our nose and vote for anybody but Obama.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 4:35:05 AM PST by Elkiejg (Democrats/Liberals/progressives are EVIL!!)
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To: neverdem
"He has another debate opp on Thursday night."

Is anyone like me? Breathlessly waiting to hear Newt round 2. I don't know if it can get any better than the debate performance Monday night, but I'll sure be watching to find out. As I read in an article somewhere, he's a popcorn machine of ideas. They just starting popping up left and right. He's the visionary that we all want.

My only concern is that Newt is good and he knows he's good. Sometimes he gets so puffed up and then goes on to make some crazy statement or egregious mistake. For instance, his criticism of Paul Ryan's plan. I just fear that part of Newt coming out during the campaign. If Newt gets the nomination, I hope at some point he announces that Ron Paul will be his treasury secretary. I think that's a post Paul would be great at and may help to get many of his real supporters on board the Republican train.
13 posted on 01/18/2012 4:35:28 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Erik Latranyi

Amen. With respect to race, why are we trying to shore up the 5% of the black vote? Colin Powell should have showed us that we will not be able to bridge the racial divide. It is interesting that when you discuss values and beliefs, we are indeed the same regardless of race. But the democrats and the liberal press have intellectually enslaved the black psyche.


14 posted on 01/18/2012 4:39:44 AM PST by Machavelli (True God)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
Newt has the mental/intellectual chops to take the debate to any progressive, and drive it home. Took this short quiz, and Newt was #1 on my list. It only takes a few minutes and includes Pres. Obama on the list with the Republican candidates. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/candidate-match-game
It is fun; share it with your progressive friends - it'll make 'em crazy!
15 posted on 01/18/2012 4:57:33 AM PST by Montana_Sam (Truth lives.)
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To: Montana_Sam

wow pretty cool.. Newt was first then Perry then Bachman...


16 posted on 01/18/2012 5:10:34 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Montana_Sam

It is fun; share it with your progressive friends - it’ll make ‘em crazy!

...what, it’ll make’em crazy cause they will all be Paulists??? Great example of media bias as USA’s poll will mostly push McRomRino and under no set of answers will anyone be shown to support Perry!! Interesting in that they always show who they fear the most...

ymmv


17 posted on 01/18/2012 5:23:49 AM PST by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: ElectionInspector

You think the left fears Perry?

LOL!


18 posted on 01/18/2012 5:34:50 AM PST by GnL
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Well done. I enjoyed the article. Good points throughout. I loved the analogy to Newt's answer being "as delicious as Tebow's game-winner a week ago."
19 posted on 01/18/2012 5:46:41 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Are you so blind that you cannot see that Ron Paul is a certified lunatic?


20 posted on 01/18/2012 5:46:43 AM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! Because everyone else is just average.)
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To: neverdem
NEWT NOW (more than ever)
21 posted on 01/18/2012 5:48:52 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: P-Marlowe
"Are you so blind that you cannot see that Ron Paul is a certified lunatic?"

He's nuts when it comes to foreign policy and his inferences that we should go back to the gold standard is way off base. But he's right on talking about the terrible policies of the fed and how they are sucking our wealth silently away by inflating the dollar to make it easier to pay of public debt. Yes, I want to see him making monetary policy in this country and reforming the fed. He'd be the one that's crazy enough to do it.
22 posted on 01/18/2012 5:52:58 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

I agree. I was never a Newt fan and have written negatively about him on FR. But this election is tantamount to a ground war and we need the Newt tank.


23 posted on 01/18/2012 6:03:11 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden; xzins

There are 300 million people in this world and there are thousands upon thousands of people who are right as rain about the fed policies who are not toxic raving lunatics to choose from and you think Newt should pick someone as mentally unstable as Ron Paul to run the Treasury Department?

He’d probably fire all the Jews so his fans wouldn’t think he was part of the Bilderburg/Rothchild Zionist Banking Conspiracy.

Ron Paul is toxic. Newt isn’t that stupid. Wake up!


24 posted on 01/18/2012 6:06:58 AM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! Because everyone else is just average.)
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To: Craftmore

Well that’s what voting is for. I hope that whoever we end up with we can unite behind.I hope. No perfect candidate.


25 posted on 01/18/2012 6:14:34 AM PST by Principled
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To: P-Marlowe; Old Teufel Hunden; onyx; wmfights
Ron Paul to run the Treasury

I know there's an entire segment of folks who keep repeating that Paul is nutso on foreign policy, but that he's really sane when it comes to the economy.

That is a trough of hogwash if I ever heard it. It operates under the principle that if something is repeated often enough that it will be bought by the masses.

Ron Paul said the other night that he wants zero taxes. He has said that he wants a trillion dollar spending cut the first year of his presidency.

Sitting here at this keyboard and you all at yours, we all know that that is a pie-in-the-sky, irrational pipe dream.

There is no way congress is going to even propose zero taxes and a one year trillion dollar cut in spending.

And, since taxes are included in the US Constitution -- even the original one before all the amending began -- the Founders did not believe in ZERO taxes.

That is a totally irrational response. Absolutely, completely, irrevocably nutso economic proposal.

And this is the so-called "economic policy" expert? Puh...leeese!

26 posted on 01/18/2012 6:15:39 AM PST by xzins (Newt Gingrich Cleaned Up In Last Night's Debate! Awesome Performance!)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Newt is the Best Candidate of this bunch, PERIOD, no one else is even in the same ballpark. He’s the only one who can actually articulate the conservative philosophy, and not be intimidated by those who are going to attack him over it.

He can and will make the general election an ideological debate, he won’t allow Teleprompter and his minions paint him with petty attacks and gotcha crap, he’ll keep it focused on the fundamental difference between this failed administration, its flawed world view and the American Ideal.

The only risk Newt has had was keeping his temper and hyperbole in check, something he was not able to do well back in the 90s, but 20 years certainly appear to have tempered him greatly, I think that risk is very very low at this point.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 6:22:09 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: neverdem; Bill W was a conservative; verga; thesaleboat; Sick of Lefties; Chainmail; ...

Look at their accomplishments. Newt allied himself with Ronald Reagan to build the Reagan Coalition, the Religious Right, and the Republican majority (together the Reagan Revolution) which directly led the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Contract with America, government reforms, less government, tax cuts, a balanced budget, and the great, long-standing Reagan economy.

Romney, on the other hand, vehemently denied Ronald Reagan and aligned himself with Ted Kennedy and the left. Romney accomplished installing liberal big government programs, defended and promoted Roe v Wade and legalized abortion as “settled law,” advocated and implemented RomneyCare with its liberty killing government mandates against formerly free citizens and its taxpayer funded or subsidized and mandated abortion procedures. He ran and governed to the left of Ted Kennedy on the “gay agenda” resulting in gay marriage in Massachusetts. He appointed liberal judges and liberal appointees throughout his government. Under his “leadership” conservatism and the Republican party was all but destroyed in Massachusetts.

Romney is one evil liberal progressive. No way in hell will MittBots be allowed to support this abortionist, big government, socialist scumbag on FR!

Guess my message isn’t clear enough. I have to keep repeating it and zotting would be MittBots.

79 posted on Sat Dec 03 2011 19:59:37 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by Jim Robinson


28 posted on 01/18/2012 6:27:31 AM PST by narses
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To: HamiltonJay

There is a time in every generation that calls for a special sort of leader, a visionary. I believe this is that time, and that Newt is that leader.

Please for the sake of the country, for the sake of western civilization and Christendom itself, please vote for Gingrich.


29 posted on 01/18/2012 6:37:26 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: P-Marlowe
"there are thousands upon thousands of people who are right as rain about the fed policies who are not toxic raving lunatics to choose from"

I don't agree that he's a raving lunatic. Crazy in some parts of his policy, but he's not a raving lunatic. As for those thousands and thousands of people, the difference between them and Ron Paul is they are not pulling a consistent 20% of the primary electorate. Now, out of this 20% there is certainly a percentage of people that are most likely Dems that will vote for Obama. However, we deceive ourselves if we don't realize that there is a segment there that we need to bring into the Republican party. Sarah Palin realizes this and I doubt you would call her a raving lunatic. This is the target segment I'm looking at and we will need every vote to beat Obama. We need to unite this party after this election season.
30 posted on 01/18/2012 6:42:29 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: neverdem

Somehow Newt has got to hold it together and come back to defeat Willard. Maybe Palin’s lukewarm endorsement will do him some good this week.


31 posted on 01/18/2012 7:09:16 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: xzins; P-Marlowe; Old Teufel Hunden; onyx
And this is the so-called "economic policy" expert? Puh...leeese!

The income tax has only existed since 1913. I believe he is of the mind that the Fed. Govt. should collect it's revenue from tariffs and fees.

I know there's an entire segment of folks who keep repeating that Paul is nutso on foreign policy, but that he's really sane when it comes to the economy.

I'm taking a 2nd look at him. I think he's wrong on foreign policy, but he's always been good on Life and he is absolutely right about the need to go on the gold standard and the corruption of the federal reserve. He is a free enterprise capitalist, which I am as well.

32 posted on 01/18/2012 8:27:49 AM PST by wmfights
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To: Servant of the Cross

Thanks, and I liked that analogy myself. I found myself watching every Tebow replay I could last week, and since Monday night, I keep going back to the video of Newt and Juan over and over. I can’t get enough of either.


33 posted on 01/18/2012 8:41:21 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: wmfights; xzins; P-Marlowe; onyx
" I believe he is of the mind that the Fed. Govt. should collect it's revenue from tariffs and fees."

That again is 19th century thinking. I don't want to get in any trade wars. I want to open up foreign markets and the best way to do that is by negotiating trade deals. That involves lowering tarriffs. I agree that the income tax (especially as it's presently set up) is wrong. I would rather see a consumption tax or if we have to have an income tax, let it be a relatively flat tax.

"he is absolutely right about the need to go on the gold standard"

More 19th century thinking. As Newt himself said, I don't want the U.S. economy to be held hostage to a gold miner in South Africa. You do realize that if the U.S. government did not hold the requisite supplies of gold to back up the currency under a gold standard, when the economy was able to expand, we could not print more money to sustain the expansion. It is right to print more currency when our economy becomes more valuable. It's only wrong to print money when our economy is stagnant or shrinking. That's when inflation creeps in and steals our wealth.

"corruption of the federal reserve"

He is right about the politicization of the federal reserve and how they are stealing our wealth. Hence why I want to see him as Treasury Sec to crack down on that.
34 posted on 01/18/2012 8:51:24 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: P-Marlowe

There are 300 million people in this world “””

I think you mean ‘in this country’.


35 posted on 01/18/2012 1:08:40 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

Americans are the only people in the world who count. :-)


36 posted on 01/18/2012 1:14:27 PM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! Because everyone else is just average.)
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To: neverdem
it's as delicious as Tebow's game-winner a week ago.

YUMMIER!!! ";^)

37 posted on 01/18/2012 3:21:06 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

I pray you are correct but, tonight, the Ex blasting and ABC’s going full bore to smash Newt is on schedule. If Newt could overcome this one, he will be strong till the Convention. Most Pubs quit as Cain did. People forgave Clinton, Jesse Jackson, the Kennedys, LBJ, MLK but never never a Pub. What hypocrisy!@ I am an Evang. and I forgive Newt since he says, he has repented and found God. OK, then it is up to voters and to God not the MSM.


38 posted on 01/18/2012 6:54:19 PM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: phillyfanatic
The bashing will happen NO MATTER WHO the republican is. That is a constant. Who will stand up to the attack and not whither? I believe Newt would fare the best, as he has already been tested and has more years and wisdom under his belt. I truly think that at his age he has the desire to be a positive force for history and the sake of the US of A. That said, If chosen,I will vote for Santorum or Romney if they are selected as Barry's opponent. In a heartbeat.
39 posted on 01/26/2012 7:10:30 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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