Skip to comments.Schmidt: GOP Establishment Will Have A Meltdown If Newt Wins Florida
Posted on 01/21/2012 8:01:49 PM PST by VinL
Schmidt: "Not only are we not moving toward a coalescing of support with the establishment of Newt Gingrich, we're probably moving toward a declaration of war on Newt Gingrich by the Republican establishment. And if Newt Gingrich is able to win the Florida primary, you will see a panic and a meltdown of the Republican establishment that is beyond my ability to articulate in the English language. People will go crazy,"
And you will have this five week period until the Super Tuesday states that will be just as unpredictable, tumultuous as any period in modern American politics. It will be a remarkable thing to watch, should that happen in Florida."
Maddow: "Is there a component of that which is building a firewall around Mitt Romney, protecting him? We saw the establishment try to do that and Romney helping, saying You cant talk any smack about Bain. Bain is what I want to run on, it has to be positive, dont undercut that at all. Which to me, was like a flashing red neon arrow, heres my glass jaw, please dont hit it. Is there a way to protect Mitt Romney other than, I think, this wrong approach, Itheyve taken with Bain."
Schmidt: "I think everybody in the establishment Republican circles in Washington D.C. is fixated on the numbers we talked about earlier. Newt Gingrich has a 100% name ID, has a 60% national unfavorable number and its a number so high that with the 100% name ID its impossible to come back from. Youre not electable in a general election, in a 2012 presidential election if your unfavorable numbers are that high. Particularly against a president, that while vulnerable...
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“Now all he needs is to avoid Reagan’s mistake of choosing a RINO as VP . . .”
Wasn’t that a burden put on Reagan by the GOP machine? Correct me if I am wrong, please.
Special place in hell.
When they decide to blatantly mis-represent us
and choose their own vested political, personal
power, financial interests and Beltway bubbahood
over the good of this great nation, they earn the
rebukes and retribution they get, and I feel that
sentiment growing .. and as well for the shamestreams.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Did DeMint make any comments tonight?
Heard Newt picked up a pretty good-sized FL
Hispanic group’s endorsement tonight, and Marco
Rubio’s guy is running Newt’s FL Hispanic outreach.
Whew! What a night it must’ve been!! Was it
certain and obvious from the start? JUST WOW!
I think you pegged Romney’s debate technique perfectly. And I think you’re also right, when pressured, he gets visibly shaken. And, I think that’s what people saw- and I think that’s why the Establishment is now concerned. Romney tanking those last 2 debates, hurt him more than Gingrich winning them.
YES. SC was called for Newt a minute after the polls closed!
YES on Marco’s campaign guy and the Latino Group’s Endorsement and their workers!
Harder- but even more satisfying when we see the panic after Newt wins.
I want to get up sort of early tomorrow = 77 degree weather again!!!
Lots of early absentee FL ballots already mailed. Hope those weren’t for Romney!
WOO HOO! Happy day and
Uh oh .. FL was always going to be challenging, for sure.
GO NEWTMENTOM! Prayers for our beloved country. Hope
you feel 100% better in the mid ;) morning and sit in God’s healing sunshine for a bit, my dear O. Newt’s NOT on ABC or Fox in the am.
What happens when the Republican establishment turns on Gingrich?
DNA, I think they’ve been against him from day one- don’t you? From what I can see, Newt’s working Tea Party, conservatives (indies, Reps and Dems), and the 50M who don’t usually vote because they’re disaffected (perot crowd)—
The elites of both parties will be his foils-— that’s how it looks to me, anyway.
Right! He cancelled ppearances on the morning shows = woo-hoo! Why bother with those silly shows when he can better use his time at Mass?
God bless him and his Callista! GO NEWT! Enjoy Lord’s Day and thank Him for His many blessings and seek His blessings and protection for a safe and successful run for the presidency!
Yeah, which is why he just blew the doors off Mitt's limousine in South Carolina. *rolls eyes*
Class of 2000. I might have known.
In a year in which the Voters hate anyone in office, wouldn’t it be nice to be the non-officeholder? Or, better yet, the guy the media hates? Republican establishment? Karl Rove (he’s lookin’ real nervous, isn’t he?)?
Karl is a POS just like the rest of the College Republicans; Ralph Reed, Grover “always wanted to be an Arab Moslem” Norgquist, et all.
Hilary Clinton used to have terrible negatives too, right, but she rehabilitated herself. People already took a second look at Newt in the primary twice. To think that the current national polls on him are a static number that cannot change as he gets a chance to reinvent himself on the national stage is just silly. Kerry was ahead of Bush since Kerry got the nomination and was still ahead by 7 points 4 months before the 2004 election, before he lost decisively.
I like Maddow’s comments on Mitt’s glass jaw being his record at Bain Capital. 30% of the vote in SC viewed Mitt’s Bain experience as a negative and almost all of those voted against him. We need to keep pointing out the sleazy stuff he did at Bain, e.g. borrowing money on companies, transferring it to Bain, and then watching those companies go bankrupt while Bain kept all the borrowed money under a different corporate “umbrella,” and the creditors could not lay claim to it.
Like Mark Levin said, Mitt Romney is more of a corporatist than a capitalist. Those attacks should be refined and explained better but must continue. He cannot be allowed to run as a businessman who claims he can fix the economy just like he “fixed up” companies. That account is a ridiculous fictional fabrication of what he actually did at Bain, which was little more than a big money Wall Street shell game.
Obama did the same thing Mitt does.
He’d yap and yap and yap and never answer a question.
Let’s tell the establishment IT’S NEWT’S TURN!
In the early ‘90s Newt reportedly described himself as an “insider revolutionary.” IMO he hasn’t changed a bit. The idea that we can put a true outsider into Washington and expect them to know enough about how Washington works to take it apart and change it might be a pipe dream. It is far better to have a man on the inside who knows the system and who is committed to taking the system down from the inside.
Funny, I said to my wife at that moment, "The robot doesn't have an answer and his circuits got shorted".
Thaks STARWISE. They won’t melt down, but it will take them some time to adjust.
>>Romney is more of a corporatist than a capitalist. Those —>attacks should be refined and explained better but must continue. He cannot be allowed to run as a businessman who claims he can fix the economy just like he fixed up companies. That account is a ridiculous fictional fabrication of what he actually did at Bain, which was little more than a big money Wall Street shell game.
I agree with you. Great points.
Revenge is a dish best served with TEA!
Ryan would be better staying where he is. How about Rick Perry as the VP?
Romney represents the wing of the GOP that’s driven our country to the edge. We wouldn’t have an Obama presidency were it not for them dragging us left all these years.
The GOP “establishment” ass clowns like Juan Boehner, are NOT going to CUT this bloated fed gub mint.
Reagan was hated by establishment Republicans, and of course by all Democrats, from the beginning. He was that generation's Sarah Palin (if she had stayed in).
The establishment Republicans sent in GWH Bush as both a CIA Handler (He was formerly the head of the CIA) and to keep Reagan in check.
I remember him as one of the most visible VP's in my memory, GWH was.
The Establishment forced Reagan to take him.
If Gingrich wins the presidency, look for Tokyo Rove to do everything in his power to sabatoge that presidency.
Rove is heinous.
Who cares what this piece of Schmidt thinks? He was one of the lead backstabbers of Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign and in its aftermath.
Amen brother FReeper...pass the ammo!!!!!!!!!
The man is delusional. He is hoping his words will have a negative effect on reality that is Newt
Can I buy tickets to watch this Meltdown? I want to make some popcorn.
I missed the Meltdown when the democrats nominated a communist,oh well heres hoping we all get to see the Meltdown
I worry about Romney Losing that Smirk on National TV, starting to cry when obama Thanks Him For his Good Idea on Romneycare
I worry about Romney Losing that Smirk on National TV, starting to cry when obama Thanks Him For his Good Idea on Romneycare
I don’t think a Perry selection would add anything to the ticket.
Ryan is liked by most conservatives and his selection would throw a bone to the establishment types.
I would like to see him as president someday but as a congressman he has no pathway there, eg Hunter, Bachman, etc. A VP nomination would give him that.
Our own pundits are in lock step with the Newt can't win meme, Chris Christie is on Meet The Depressed that he (Newt) is an embarrassment to the GOP.
Maybe it's time we start The Tea Party with our first candidate being Newt, screw the elitist, Mittiot GOP.
I might believe all these “pro-Newt” posts, if only his actions, statements, and words over the last few years didn’t betray something for different.
I have posted several times in regards to Newt and his “Manmade Global Warming” fiasco - and while I have read posts claiming that Newt has distanced himself from that position - his official platform includes support for “green energy” and “alternative fuels” to “protect the environment”. That doesn’t sound like someone who has forsaken his wrong position - just softening it up to try to gain voters.
Newt is unabashedly soft on illegal immigration.
And I suppose the party of “moral high-ground” really isn’t any more....
Believe me, I fully grasp the concept that we MUST get Obama out of office. And I absolutely refuse to vote for Mitt Romney for even dog catcher. I firmly believe that, just as I have posted before, that our only hope is someone who is soundly Conservative, and who can “rally the troops” - There are no Republican candidates left who can, in my eyes, energize the party and the grass roots. Herman Cain was the closest - but his bad decisions flushed his campaign down the toilet.
Who? Do you mean GHW (as in Bush 1)?
Newt and the TEA Party? Great - lets turn the only bright movement of the last decade into another “establishment” version of the GOP....
This is what I was talking about:
It is only a few votes between them—this whole primary is just up and down and back and forth! Wheeeee! :^D
Maybe you hadn't noticed, but lately there's been a rash of freepicide amongst Freepers in your class.
Don't know what it is, but a lot of folks who joined up around that time are suddenly developing strong disagreements with the founder, and FR in general. I've seen a lot of them up and quit, or invite JR to ban them.
From what I've observed, most of them have had objections to JR's clamping down on Romney and Paul supporters on the site. A lot of them have complained that zotting such people only creates an echo chamber, or that differing viewpoints are being shut out.
That surprises me, because Jim clearly says in his mission statement, that he feels no obligation to provide a forum for liberals, statists, RINOs, and doom and gloomers to spread their demoralizing message here.
Your post looked a lot like others I've seen that disagree with that.
Half of my comment was tongue 'N cheek, the other half is worthy of discussion.
The TP could keep him in line, along with the appropriate Congress.
The GOP on the other hand is clearly pure RINO establishment.
This ship will not be turned on a dime, that is, it's taken many a year to get to where we are. This could begin the turn, unless you have a better suggestion?
Ah, now I get it....Paulbot.
I remember it well. Now, I'm not saying Newt is exactly like Reagan, but he's definitely more conservative than Romney!
Rebellion is here!
The Tea Party Movementis alive and well, an example of getting stronger as the establishment attempts to kill it.
Schmidt is a sneaky back stabbing BFF of Rove's who, along with Romney's people, stabbed Palin in the back when she was chosen to be McCain's running mate.
And Schmidt is a political commentator on MSNBC, don't know when they hired him.
Plus I'm sure Maddow has a special love for him as he has a homosexual daughter, and supports the homosexual agenda.
Yup, they fear the Tea Party Movement and well they should!