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Why Gingrich won-Why Romney lost
The Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2011 | Byron York

Posted on 01/21/2012 11:53:54 PM PST by OddLane

COLUMBIA, SC -- They won't say it publicly -- they didn't want to appear churlish or disrespectful on a night they took a serious beating -- but it's no exaggeration to say that even after losing the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich, members of Mitt Romney's circle find it absurd -- almost crazy -- that the former House speaker has even a ghost of a chance of becoming the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

In their view, Gingrich has barely run a campaign. As they see it, Team Gingrich doesn't have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney campaign. They see the former Speaker as somewhat unstable and vulnerable to continued attack on issues of ethics and morals. And most of all, they see Gingrich as a candidate who owes his very existence to the never-ending series of Republican debates -- and not much more.

(Excerpt) Read more at campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: byronyork; dsj; mittromney; newtgingrich; washingtonexaminer
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1 posted on 01/21/2012 11:53:55 PM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane

What’s the confussion?

One is a dipshit with vacuous and Platitudeness sound bites.

The other is a visionary with an aggressive agenda that any sane American would support.

Got Newt?


2 posted on 01/21/2012 11:56:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: OddLane

Romney’s folks see the world through the lens of political consultants and PR firms. They’re symptomatic of how insulated and out of touch the entrenched, ruling political class is from reality.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 12:01:55 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: OddLane
Romenys are angling for an Iowa result in SC...

Who's saying Gingrich won anyway? It's actually a virtual tie between Newt and Mitt. Why, the separation is only a mere 75874 votes. After the certification, we're sure we'll see Mitt actually won!

4 posted on 01/22/2012 12:02:02 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: Vendome

Loved this line:

“Gingrich respected them enough to discuss things with them seriously.”

BINGO! a mediot finally gets it. Mittens has no substance.


5 posted on 01/22/2012 12:03:27 AM PST by Leto (Damn shame Sarah didn't run the Presidency was there for the taking)
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To: Vendome; OddLane; Jim Robinson; STARWISE; RedMDer; trisham; DJ MacWoW; musicman; The Cajun

Goes to precisely prove Newt’s claim

Romney would BUY the presidency if he could.

Too damn bad for Romney.

Newt Gingrich has the debates and the premiere conservative site on the whole of the Internet backing him!

GO NEWT!!


6 posted on 01/22/2012 12:04:37 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: OddLane

I’m guessing it’s the reasons conservatives always support someone that made them support Gingrich—character and substantial real-world (not government or academic) experience, not to mention opposition to Romneycare.

Obama just called to cancel the movers for next January.


7 posted on 01/22/2012 12:05:29 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.--C.S. Lewis)
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To: OddLane

He has the base, the Christian right and the tea party. We shall overcome!!


8 posted on 01/22/2012 12:06:10 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: OddLane

Nice to know that in an open primary like SC in a meaningless dinky little state like SC grandchildren upon birth are looking at $50,000 debt to government.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 12:06:58 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks OddLane.
Byron York: [snip] ...it's no exaggeration to say that even after losing the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich, members of Mitt Romney's circle find it absurd -- almost crazy -- that the former House speaker has even a ghost of a chance of becoming the Republican Party's presidential nominee... see Gingrich as a candidate who owes his very existence to the never-ending series of Republican debates -- and not much more. [/snip]

10 posted on 01/22/2012 12:09:05 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Jim Robinson
In spite of all of the M/S hoopla about Mitt, and the large amount of money he has spent, most thinking people realize that Mitt is just an empty suit. People want someone that can go to Washington and turn it around, Mitt is just more of the same/ I remember when Newt was just a back bench bomb thrower, he kept on bring up Jim Wright and all he had done wrong, soon Wright left town, and Newt was still there.
11 posted on 01/22/2012 12:13:51 AM PST by BooBoo1000 ("Only through helping others: can we hope to save ourselves")
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To: OddLane

12 posted on 01/22/2012 12:14:03 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: OddLane
And most of all, they see Gingrich Abraham Lincoln as a candidate who owes his very existence to the never-ending series of Republican debates -- and not much more.

And we all know just how far those debates took him.

13 posted on 01/22/2012 12:15:22 AM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, the father of gay marriage and socialized medicine in the US, is a lying socialist)
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To: OddLane
They never put their faith where it matters..we, the people..

(All over the news tonight I seen a pattern played over- Newt only won due to his debate performances and he has no message to last. blah blah blah)

14 posted on 01/22/2012 12:16:25 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: OddLane

“Team Gingrich doesn’t have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney.”

Who needs all of that when you have the votes?


15 posted on 01/22/2012 12:20:38 AM PST by JimmyMc
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To: OddLane
You just can't make it any more clear to the "Republican" Establishment....Conservatives are fed up with people like Bobble-headed Romney and friend McCain. Tired of those in the Establishment telling us why and for whom to vote and now trying to discredit Newt Gingrich, a man of superior intellect about America; how the American government works; why and how the U.S. Constitution works; Gingrich does not put up with the status quo if it is in the wrong for the country. He loves America and understands her and shows enormous courage in defending that. We are lucky to have such a man willing to serve...willing to try and lead us out of this Socialist/Marxist morass of bailouts and cronyism with Unions for the last three years under the hyphenated Black American who can't give a speech without his teleprompter or Valery Jarrett telling him what to do.
16 posted on 01/22/2012 12:22:55 AM PST by yoe
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To: All

One of the best “NOT ROMNEY” videos out there...

http://nebraskattitude.blogspot.com/2012/01/not-romney-video.html


17 posted on 01/22/2012 12:24:46 AM PST by ak267
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To: yoe

We also remember Bob Dole “who time had come” therefore he was the uninspiring candidate....


18 posted on 01/22/2012 12:30:01 AM PST by Jumper
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To: onyx

I wish Newt nothing but good in the quest for the nomination and then the presidency. If history since 1980 is any indication, winning SC foreshadows winning the nomination. After Obama just about any Republican ham sandwich would be a relief, but Newt promises to fill the White House with real attitude.

What I’m curious about is how much FR is clout and how much it is small loyal fan club? Does the Tea Party generally take this premiere site seriously? Does it have any particular reason to sour on Newt like on Mitt?


19 posted on 01/22/2012 12:35:07 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

We may be small, but we are wiry.

The attitude of Freepers extends far beyond this website.


20 posted on 01/22/2012 12:40:56 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: OddLane

Not a big fan of any of the current contenders for the nomination , but Romney lost me when he said Obama was not a bad guy , and that he was just in over his head . Romney too meek and not viscious enough to take on Obama and expose him for the Marxist fraud that he is . Newt is mean enough to take on the Russians , Chinese and Iranians .


21 posted on 01/22/2012 12:41:30 AM PST by sushiman
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To: JimmyMc

Ultimately it’s the man, not the image, that matters. Mitt should open a national chain of waffle houses, and Newt should be seated in the Oval Office.

It seemed crazy to me only a couple of months ago that Newt would be tearing down the main stretch like this, and yet here he is. America loves a scrappy winner. This might have been Herman Cain if he’d been single or even his wife was a Republican. But as it is, the Newtron Bomb is now blowing up the Mittboaters. Newt got sucker punched once in NH. No more.


22 posted on 01/22/2012 12:42:54 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: OddLane

Quote from the story “Gingrich respected them enough to discuss issues with them seriously.” Talking about his stump speeches in SC. I loved the part about how Romney’s events are perfect and Gingrich events are not. But Newt turns them into gold!


23 posted on 01/22/2012 12:47:51 AM PST by Paddy Irish
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To: sushiman

I think the word is vicious, not viscous. Obama is NOT a nice guy. He is not getting further than he is, not due to incompetence on the part of those who pull his puppet strings and write for the Teleprompter, but because he has truly worn out whatever welcome he had among mainstream Americans.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 12:48:06 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Paddy Irish

“America will rediscover its riches with Gingrich.” How’s that sound?


25 posted on 01/22/2012 12:49:28 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: SunkenCiv
see Gingrich as a candidate who owes his very existence to the never-ending series of Republican debates -- and not much more.

What a shock to the elites to think that we the voters might want to get to know who the candidates are through our own eyes rather than bend over and allow them to be "selected" for us.

26 posted on 01/22/2012 12:57:18 AM PST by JediJones
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To: Leto

Money line


27 posted on 01/22/2012 12:57:31 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Leto

Money line


28 posted on 01/22/2012 12:57:56 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: JimmyMc
Team Gingrich doesn’t have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney.

Of course, if you haven't gone to Hah-vahd or Yale, you can't possibly have brains. Intellect isn't a God-given talent, it's something you can only acquire through liberal brainwashing.

29 posted on 01/22/2012 1:00:13 AM PST by JediJones
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To: HiTech RedNeck

” I think the word is vicious, not viscous “

Pardon moi ...Typo ...It happens ...you understood , right ? F-in anal around here .


30 posted on 01/22/2012 1:05:45 AM PST by sushiman
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To: Paddy Irish

Liberals love humanity, it’s just people they hate.

This article, along with the Politico one about how Newt and Mitt treat their press corps, illustrates that axiom perfectly.


31 posted on 01/22/2012 1:06:02 AM PST by JediJones
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To: sushiman

Every time I see a “viscous” where “vicious” was meant, I think of something like Karo syrup. Can’t help myself.


32 posted on 01/22/2012 1:13:12 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: JediJones

Gingrich was the “Contract with America” guy who shined out into the darkness of the Bill Clinton regime. Sure he’s a populist politician, who does not always get along well with other politicians of his party. The people are sick of Obama now and passionately long for an antidote. Newt, at this point, looks very much like the right man at the right time.


33 posted on 01/22/2012 1:16:24 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This might sound a tad wierd, but everytime I see romney, Prince Charming in Shrek comes to mind. And then there is Newt, Shrek the Ogre himself, whose good qualities overcome even fairydust and establishment magic..


34 posted on 01/22/2012 1:37:56 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

35 posted on 01/22/2012 1:43:33 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Jumper

We also remember Reagan who’s time had come


36 posted on 01/22/2012 1:50:15 AM PST by byteback
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To: onyx

Byron York gets it!


37 posted on 01/22/2012 1:50:22 AM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: OddLane
Romney did the Top 10 List on Letterman a while back.

One of the things Romney said (and I paraphrase) was Newt Gingrich, really? Got a big chuckle form the Libtard audience and the Libtard host.

Well Mittens, Newt Gingrich, REALLY!

38 posted on 01/22/2012 1:51:17 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: OddLane

Talking with some friends I think one nailed it. People used to just vote their wallet where the candidate who can best benefit them got the vote. In S Carolina that seems like it just got shot to hell. This race isn’t about jobs and the economy at least in SC.


39 posted on 01/22/2012 2:02:56 AM PST by byteback
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To: Jim Robinson
"He has the base, the Christian right and the tea party. "

"I think Newt's people, they had more on-the-ground staff, and they worked." There were a lot of them, too."

Unpaid staff, grassroots that have been organized into little known local precursors that morphed into The Tea Party.

There has been one in my little town. These are the little groups something like "Citizens Concerned About Everytown", Nevada Research Organization, etc.

Newt's e-mail newsletter has been around since he left office laying the specific groundwork to towns all over the country on how to form grassroots organizations (They are the ones who came out to Tea Party rallys and Sarah Palin knows it). Years and years.

Newt has always had a nationwide organization. It just didn't have his name on it.

yitbos

40 posted on 01/22/2012 2:10:54 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: ari-freedom

Isn’t that uncanny?


41 posted on 01/22/2012 2:47:05 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Vendome

Newt gives a speech and he goes for the throat. Mitt gives a speech and couches every noun, verb and adjective.


42 posted on 01/22/2012 3:32:55 AM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What I’m curious about is how much FR is clout and how much it is small loyal fan club? Does the Tea Party generally take this premiere site seriously? Does it have any particular reason to sour on Newt like on Mitt?

We're pretty well known. The last two random conservatives I happened across, knew of Free Republic when I mentioned it. One of them was a pretty prominent conservative.

43 posted on 01/22/2012 3:35:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (Every single decision Obama makes is to harm America.)
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To: OddLane

It’s a good piece. Newt actually summed it well in his speech last evening.

Paraphrase” “It’s not that I am a good debater. I simply articulate the deeply held beliefs of the American people.”

Therefore there is only one question:

Are there enough Americans left?


44 posted on 01/22/2012 3:46:27 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: OddLane

I remain curious about these early states that call these contests Republican primaries and then let everyone vote. Finally we have reached a place where only Republicans can vote and we will have a clear and well defined Republican result. My sense is that after several of these such elections we will know what it is we truly need to know form a bona fide Republican standpoint.


45 posted on 01/22/2012 3:57:06 AM PST by tenthirteen
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To: OddLane
As they see it, Team Gingrich doesn't have the money, professionalism, brains, or organization of the Romney campaign.

All Team Gingrich has is a candidate worthy of the office. Romney? I find it absurd -- almost crazy -- that the far left founder of ROmneyCare has even a ghost of a chance of becoming the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

46 posted on 01/22/2012 4:06:50 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: don-o

“Are there enough Americans left?”

My question, too. Newt’s win in a Bible Belt state like S.C. makes sense. In the areas populated with freaks in huge numbers — L.A., NYC, SFO, etc. — I’m afraid he’ll do badly. In those areas, shallow and superficial are positive attributes, and Romney will be attractive.


47 posted on 01/22/2012 4:26:53 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: sushiman
Pardon moi ...Typo ...It happens ...you understood , right ? F-in anal around here .

Hitler finds out there is no spell checker on FR...

Ok, just funnin'... ; D

48 posted on 01/22/2012 4:44:41 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: JimmyMc

I hope Perry turns his campaign machine over to Newt. Perry is a classy guy, no doubt.


49 posted on 01/22/2012 4:53:26 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: OddLane

It’s the candidate, stupid.


50 posted on 01/22/2012 5:25:00 AM PST by cmj328
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