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Schmidt: GOP Establishment Will Have A Meltdown If Newt Wins Florida
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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 can’t talk any smack about Bain. Bain is what I want to run on, it has to be positive, don’t undercut that at all.” Which to me, was like a flashing red neon arrow, “here’s my glass jaw, please don’t hit it.” Is there a way to protect Mitt Romney other than, I think, this wrong approach, Ithey’ve 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 it’s a number so high that with the 100% name ID it’s impossible to come back from. You’re 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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KEYWORDS: elections; florida; gingrich; gopelite; gopestablishment; newt; newtgingrich; rinos; rulingclass; schmidt; southcarolina; steveschmidt; teapartyrebellion; vichyrepublicans; votenewt; waronnewt
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Establishment meltdown- that’s to be expected when one gets hit by nuclear Newt.

This is Newt's time; it's his destiny. None so blind as they that will not see.

1 posted on 01/21/2012 8:01:54 PM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

It’s true, I’m afraid. But, I would love to see the GOP establishment have a cow.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 8:03:50 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: VinL

Eff the Contra Club Republicans.

Besides, I can’t stand your cheap whiskey.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 8:04:24 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: VinL
Next...


4 posted on 01/21/2012 8:04:44 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: VinL

I just keep thinking of the words, “For such a time as this.”


5 posted on 01/21/2012 8:07:20 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: VinL
November's election is not going to be a "cool-kid" popularity contest.

Nobody --including me -- was giving Newt a chance back in the summer.

He's going to be the next pres.

6 posted on 01/21/2012 8:07:20 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: VinL

Like Mickey Mantle’s titanic blast that was still rising when it hit the upper deck facade in old Yankee Stadium, here’s a replay of Newt’s blast that changed the course of history. (for those, like me, who never tire of watching great moments.)-:)

http://www.newt.org/news/video-newt-gingrich-juan-williams-americans-want-paychecks-not-food-stamps


7 posted on 01/21/2012 8:08:09 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Tribune7

I worry about him vapor locking


8 posted on 01/21/2012 8:09:29 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: VinL; onyx; trisham; TheOldLady; DJ MacWoW; JoeProBono; RedMDer; musicman; Lady Jag; MEG33; ...

Nobody said that rebellion would be easy or painless. The establishment will not give up their hold on power without a fight. They’ve pooh-poohed the tea party, denied it, belittled it, loathed it, scorned it, torpedoed it, but now they’re learning to fear it. Fear is good. We have not yet begun to fight!!

Rebellion is here!!


9 posted on 01/21/2012 8:09:57 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: VinL

They can have the meltdown for about one hour and then they need to get on board the Newt train. We cannot afford one single vote going elsewhere in the general. If it is Newt than everyone must be all in. I know a lot of people believe this election is going to be a breeze but there is no way it is going to be easy. It will take hard work from everyone.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 8:10:11 PM PST by napscoordinator (Newt MUST win the nomination to get rid of Romney and Obama....Dear God let November 2012 go our way)
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To: VinL

The Republican Establishment in DC has a LOT to fear from a Newt Gingrich Presidency.

First and foremost being, REVENGE...


11 posted on 01/21/2012 8:10:22 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: VinL
Tokyo Karl will be apoplectic if it happens.

rotflol

12 posted on 01/21/2012 8:10:56 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: VinL
Sheer, unadulterated (no pun inteded -- :-) ) projection and panic on their part.

They were all set to shepherd in Romney as the anointed and then crucify him over Bain, Rich White Guy, Mormon...and a genuine Southerner had to hitch his wagon to the Tea Party and ruin it.

Plus, Newt is as close as they've seen in the political world to someone actually *being* as smart as they claim Teh One (Teleprompter Reader) was.

Now all he needs is to avoid Reagan's mistake of choosing a RINO as VP, and ride the Tea Party Tsunami II into the White House while swamping both Houses of Congress.

Then roll back the Communist tide all the way to before the 1920s.

Cheers!

13 posted on 01/21/2012 8:11:08 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yeah, me too. I never thought I’d come to the place where I’m willing to say publicly that I think the GOP establishment needs a meltdown.


14 posted on 01/21/2012 8:11:46 PM PST by delacoert
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To: VinL

Schmidt ain’t no Republican.

They said the same thing about Reagan. His negatives are too high. He’ll never win.

Bull shit.


15 posted on 01/21/2012 8:11:49 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: VinL

This is insane. They are basically telling us that “you vote like we say or else”, its so apparent. We cannot allow Romney to win even if Newt loses.


16 posted on 01/21/2012 8:12:20 PM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: VinL

Anyone who routinely goes on MSNBC to attack Sarah Palin, Cain, and others is not a conservative nor a Republican. His opinion means nothing to me.

17 posted on 01/21/2012 8:12:40 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: VinL

Let the GOP establishment melt down. Their RINO rear ends need to be kicked. Well articulated conservativism wins. Perhaps seeing that happen will adjust their moderate, politically correct, and unexceptional views.


18 posted on 01/21/2012 8:12:40 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Maxine, I'll see you there. I'm not changing my ways.)
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19 posted on 01/21/2012 8:13:05 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: VinL

The GOOD News just keeps on a ‘comin!


20 posted on 01/21/2012 8:14:16 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: tcrlaf

I still can’t figure out why the GOP Establishment is afraid of Newt Gingrich. He IS the GOP Establishment for God’s sake.
Like he doesn’t know how to play ball with the GOP Establishment? Give me a break.


21 posted on 01/21/2012 8:14:16 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: delacoert; JustaDumbBlonde

... and in a coverstion with a dumb blonde no less.


22 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:01 PM PST by delacoert
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To: VinL


Rebellion is here!!

We should rebuild the grassroots conservative movement. From the Reagan Revolution of 1980 through the Contract with America in 1994, it was this movement from outside Washington that carried us to the first center-right majority governing coalition in more than 60 years.

The problem has not been with conservatism or with our voters.

The problem has been with Republican leaders who forgot who elected them and what values their supporters expected to see implemented in Washington.

— Newt Gingrich, 11-13-2006

Please visit the Fundraiser thread.
It's on the Breaking News Sidebar



23 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:50 PM PST by glock rocks (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html)
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To: VinL

Melt away!

There really is no choice here. Either the GOP has got to be totally transformed and renewed, or it has got to be replaced. We have no more time for a “Me too!” party whose deepest desire is to split the pork with the Democrats, no matter how far to the left they go.

Transform, or melt and vanish! Either the RINOs and the Operatives need to go, or the party needs to go.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:50 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Jim Robinson

Hear Hear my brother!


25 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:55 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: SatinDoll

Maybe he has high negatives now, but now makes no difference once Newt is on the campaign trail against BO. That will be a game changer.


26 posted on 01/21/2012 8:15:57 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

This is why TEA has to silently support Newt. We have to keep these RATS dumbfounded and in denial about their very near future death and demise. Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.


27 posted on 01/21/2012 8:16:13 PM PST by txhurl (WELL, Santorum? Still in it for yourself?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, in with you on the Establishment Rebellion. Pledging my contribution this quarter- just waiting, so I can double down when Newt beats the statists in Fla.


28 posted on 01/21/2012 8:16:22 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: grey_whiskers

I hope he picks Ryan as VP. He needs to be in the White House sometime down the line.


29 posted on 01/21/2012 8:16:30 PM PST by Ceebass
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To: Vendome

True, 100% name ID and a high dislike percentage - but that dislike level was manufactured by a lot of abusive media (the myth about telling his wife he wanted a divorce on her deathbed, etc. - which became legend and then was printed without regard for the truth) and Democratic attacks. And it is not immutable. I think the change the Newt managed in SC was indicative of the fact that people are able to listen to him and can be won by his forceful presentation. This is the entire point of Newt - he can chew up and spit out Obama in any Presidential debates, assuming he gets the nomination. If he loses the nomination to Romney, then consult with Newt on the morning of November 7th to hear “I told you so”. Otherwise address him as President-Elect.

That is the uncomfortable part of Newt - you have to have the courage to give him the nomination in order for him to self-rehabilitate. And he can do that best by doing what he does best - and that would be achieved in debating Obama. People would see the contrast and come to the same conclusion that SC voters did (e.g., the ex-wife allegations thing is not so weighty when you see that he is is forceful and powerful as a speaker, debater and leader.)


30 posted on 01/21/2012 8:16:30 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Jim Robinson
You've been having a good way with words lately Boss, keep it up!!
31 posted on 01/21/2012 8:16:51 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: VinL

Establishment Republicans is just another term for liberal. If I were a fly on the wall in the voting booth while Karl Rove is in there I can pretty much guarantee that turd voted for Obama in 2008 and would probably vote for him again.


32 posted on 01/21/2012 8:17:03 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: delacoert

Wonders never cease, my FRiend.


33 posted on 01/21/2012 8:17:39 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: VinL
The "GOP Establishment" tried to stop Reagan too--for all the good it did them. They should just go back to their country clubs, pour a single malt and let the people decide.
34 posted on 01/21/2012 8:18:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: VinL
Snip: Newt Gingrich has a 100% name ID, has a 60% national unfavorable number and it’s a number so high that with the 100% name ID it’s impossible to come back from.

Horse Hocky! The Left and the Established Ruling Class GOP is running scared and trying to say and do anything to keep hold of the power that they have.

Go Newt!
35 posted on 01/21/2012 8:18:18 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: al baby

Al baby, you worry too much.


36 posted on 01/21/2012 8:20:02 PM PST by itsahoot (You are no longer a person, you are now a Unit when you need health care.)
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To: VinL
Newt Gingrich has a 100% name ID, has a 60% national unfavorable number and it’s a number so high that with the 100% name ID it’s impossible to come back from.

That sounds like establishment thinking, too.

The same establishment that said secretly to go easy on Obama, and don't attack him personally.

-PJ

37 posted on 01/21/2012 8:20:10 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: All
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38 posted on 01/21/2012 8:21:36 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: al baby
I'm less worried about that now than I was last week.
39 posted on 01/21/2012 8:22:25 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: VinL
Schmidt: GOP Establishment Will Have A Meltdown If Newt Wins Florida

Mr. Schmidt is EXACTLY right! The inside the beltway b*stards LIKE their playhouse just as it is and will do ANYTHING to protect it!

40 posted on 01/21/2012 8:22:36 PM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: grey_whiskers
Now all he needs is to avoid Reagan's mistake of choosing a RINO as VP

By picking dorkie George, Reagan hoped to buy the acquiescence of the same idiot establishment. Even then they threw up the professorial John Anderson against Ronnie as a turd partier.So yes, there is nothing for Newt to gain by a repeat. He knows the history well enough, he was there at the time, so I don't think he will.

41 posted on 01/21/2012 8:24:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: VinL

Nuclear meltdowns happen when the nim-rods are blown out of the cooling water.


42 posted on 01/21/2012 8:24:27 PM PST by badpacifist (Hey Libs ......Is your dream turning into a nightmare yet? Newt 2012)
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To: VinL
I hope Picks Sarah Palin to be on his cabinet after he's elected in November. That should drive Schmidt permanently insane.
43 posted on 01/21/2012 8:24:39 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: VinL
Newt Gingrich has a 100% name ID, has a 60% national unfavorable number and it’s a number so high that with the 100% name ID it’s impossible to come back from.

Schmidt -- and the entire "Establishment" -- rely upon a reality that consists of media-created numbers.

So, Newt has a 60% unfavorable rating. And Palin has a 60% unfavorable rating. Who created those numbers, if not the media?

Yet, with the vast majority of people, the media is beneath contempt. Fewer than 20% of the people believe what they report. Respect for journalists is even worse than lawyers.

Consider the crowd reaction every time Newt scores against the media moderators. Does that sound like an audience that believes and respects the media, as an institution?

If we accept that the high unfavorables are a creation of the media, we must also recognize that they are an illusion -- as distinct from reality.

The media is a paper tiger. And the unfavorable ratings for any Republican are a fragile fabrication.

44 posted on 01/21/2012 8:25:22 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: grey_whiskers

“avoid Reagan’s mistake of choosing a RINO as VP”

To fend off charge of “racism” it would be ideal if the VP were a minority, like Allan West or Bobby Jindal.

That ticket would blunt not only the “Republican’s are stupid” attack but the “Republicans are racists” charge. Hee, hee.


45 posted on 01/21/2012 8:26:04 PM PST by garjog (If Not Newt, Who?)
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Establishment meltdown? - sweeeeet!


46 posted on 01/21/2012 8:27:43 PM PST by Jenny217
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To: VinL

Bottom line is who can go nuclear on Obama? We will win this election if we have a candidate that can go nuclear. Only one can do it...........NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a night!


47 posted on 01/21/2012 8:30:38 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: okie01

Newt just blasted through the left and LSM’s biggest meme that he can’t get the women’s vote.

Let’s laugh and see what other can’t-do memes they try to throw at us.


48 posted on 01/21/2012 8:30:53 PM PST by txhurl (WELL, Santorum? Still in it for yourself?)
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To: SatinDoll
Is this seer prophesying doom for Newt that same Steve Schmidt who ran McLain's campaign so well he imploded and gave us The One?

Listening to Fox tonight I made a vow to turn off whenever someone starts pushing Romney. With ALL their support, Romney can't get above the 20s in polling.

I would like to see the last of Rove, Perino, and several others.

vaudine

49 posted on 01/21/2012 8:31:18 PM PST by vaudine
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To: VinL

Are Freepers actually fooled into thinking Newt is NOT an establishment candidate? I thought the overall average IQ was far higher here.

Newt is every bit as much of a Republican “Establishment” candidate as Romney. The GOP establishment isn’t dumb enough to have just one “horse” in the race. Just as the Dems had two back in ‘08 - Obama and Hitlery. While their “chosen one” was Obama (he was picked long ago for the role), To give the “voters” an illusion of an option, they had Hillary as the “anti-Obama” candidate. Even if she had pulled off a “win”, she would have still given the Dems a gift.

The GOP has Romney, and Newt (the Anti-Romney). Either one is an establishment candidate.


50 posted on 01/21/2012 8:32:54 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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