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GOP Strategist: Republican Establishment Fears Down-Ballot Disaster If Newt Wins Nomination
Breitbart News ^ | January 23, 2012 | Wynton Hall

Posted on 01/23/2012 10:47:02 AM PST by redstateone

On the heels of Newt Gingrich’s trouncing of Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary, Republican Party brass are privately expressing deep concerns that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s high unfavorable rating in national polls could prove catastrophic to the so-called “down ballot”–the House and Senate races under the presidential race–and may even threaten the Republican Party’s control of the House of Representatives...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gds; newt2012; newtgingrich; obama; pds; romney; steveschmidt; waronsarah
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1 posted on 01/23/2012 10:47:11 AM PST by redstateone
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To: redstateone

Limbaugh is talking about this now. He said they don’t feel they can beat Obama so all they care about is controlling the money in the Senate. WE THE PEOPLE ARE SICK OF SUCH WUSSES WHO WILL NOT STAND UP AGAINST A RADICAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE KNOW WUSSES CANNOT BEAT OBAMA. EITHER GET WITH THE PROGRAM OR GET OUT OF THE WAY! WE THE PEOPLE ARE COMING!!!!


2 posted on 01/23/2012 10:52:03 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather (It's a Newtiful Day today!)
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To: redstateone

Pulling out alllllll the stops...they want a RHINO, not a Bull...and Newt has a few scores to settle and they don’t want him in their china shop. Heh heh heh ... watching these corrupt bastards scurry is priceless.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 10:52:11 AM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: redstateone

“GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist”

Tell me all I need to know.


4 posted on 01/23/2012 10:53:29 AM PST by devildognc (We've lasted through the preliminary bouts; the main event is coming up. But it's not for sissies.)
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To: redstateone
It's their own damned fault...

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

5 posted on 01/23/2012 10:53:41 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: redstateone
On the heels of Newt Gingrich’s trouncing of Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary, Republican Party brass are privately expressing deep concerns that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s high unfavorable rating in national polls could prove catastrophic to the so-called “down ballot”–the House and Senate races under the presidential race–and may even threaten the Republican Party’s control of the House of Representatives...

They're actually afraid Newt might win. That's what the elitists are afraid of. The possibility of having a conservative in the White House with a Tea Party GOP Senate and House scares the living hell out of the Ruling Class.

6 posted on 01/23/2012 10:54:19 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: redstateone
So, ah, basically the Establishment is already conceding the election to Obama. At least John McCain waited until 3 weeks before the election to basically concede and tell us we have nothing to fear from an Obama administration.
7 posted on 01/23/2012 10:55:13 AM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: redstateone

There really is a risk. What gets you the presidency can ruin the outcome in the congressional races. That said, you can also be too smart by half.

Maybe if the republicans in congress started exercising their conservative muscle, they’d have a better chance.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 10:56:02 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: redstateone

These were the same people that said last year that their primary goal in 2012 was winning a senate majority and increasing their house majority—NOT winning the presidency.

I’m sure someone can dig up the memo, but they made it pretty clear they were willing to leave Obama in office another 4 years to achieve those goals. That’s why they were pushing Romney. Not because they thought he had the best chance of winning, but because they thought the GOP would do better in senate and house races with Romney at the top of the ticket—even if he lost.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: redstateone

The only threat the Republican members of the House of Representatives actually see is that their gravy train will end once Newt Gingrich is President.

Note the following:

When Speaker Gingrich allowed Representative John R. Kasich of Ohio, the budget committee chairman, to try to rally House Republicans around a conservative blueprint for more than $100 billion in new savings, the moderates refused to back it.

It was the so-called moderates who pushed Gingrich out of Congress. He left because too many Republicans refused to stop eating off the body of Uncle Sam.

Oh yeah, and many of those Republicans are still in Congress. They are part of the ongoing problem of business as usual in Washignton, D.C. Under a Republican president, they added over $3 trillion to the federal deficit, shunned conservative policy in favor of Beltway influence-peddling, and so damaged the GOP brand that we lost the majority Gingrich had worked years to forge.

Do you really think any of us should give a damn that Newt’s fabulous colleagues think his reemergence would be a disaster for Republicans? No.

The elections of 2010 were NOT a merit promotion; the Republicans were the only alternative in town!


10 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: redstateone

Down Ballot will be ALL TEA PARTY VICTORIES!

THAT is what they fear!


11 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:26 AM PST by G Larry (We need Bare Knuckles Newt to fight this battle.)
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To: redstateone
down ballot fears mean we get rid of a bunch of incumbents. Sounds good to me.
12 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:38 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: devildognc
“GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist”

Schmidt is the ass-wipe attack dog for Mutt supporter, Juan MeCain.

Schmidt is the one responsible for all the bad Palin press coming out during the MeCain/Palin 2008 campaign.

13 posted on 01/23/2012 10:58:32 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: cuban leaf

The RINOs and Democrats are the exact same. All they believe in is power and money. If the RINOs took a poll and it favored communism, they would support communism. They have no core beliefs.


14 posted on 01/23/2012 10:58:41 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: devildognc
“GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist”

LOL. When I first saw the headline "GOP Strategist: Republican Establishment Fears Down-Ballot Disaster If Newt Wins Nomination," mu first thought was: "GOP strategist? Obviously not a very good one."

Turns out I was right.

15 posted on 01/23/2012 10:59:29 AM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: redstateone
The RINO's are fearing this because it is one of the RINO Gang's brethren that Newt just trounced, and they fear that the people are so excited by Newt's stance on it that all the RINO's cushy jobs are at stake.

I think that the people will be so excited by all this that they will vote straight GOP on the "down" ballot that the GOP could very possibly take both houses. BUT, they may also replace a bunch of establishment RINO's with real conservative who ARE ready to fight for the people.

This is a non-starter...
GRAVITAS
16 posted on 01/23/2012 11:00:16 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: redstateone

Got news for them. I am much more inclined to sit out the next election with Romney at the top of the ticket than Newt. I will likely show up either way, but a vote for Romney would be just a “no” vote for Obama, where a vote for Newt would be a vote FOR Newt.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 11:00:35 AM PST by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: redstateone
GOP Strategist is an oxymoron.

All Gingrich has to do is get people to the polls. I think there will be huge turnout if Gingrich is nominated.

-PJ

19 posted on 01/23/2012 11:00:44 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Thane_Banquo
"They're actually afraid Newt might win. That's what the elitists are afraid of. The possibility of having a conservative in the White House with a Tea Party GOP Senate and House scares the living hell out of the Ruling Class." As it should. They ought to take their medicine now, however. It would be much much more bitter in a bankrupt, post-United States America. Right now they will lose their influence and some perks. Then, they could lose all. Perhaps they think they will be lucky like Putin, rather than unlucky like Ceaușescu.
20 posted on 01/23/2012 11:01:42 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: redstateone
Seems to me that since Newt survived the time-tested smear of infidelity, multiple wives, and ‘ethics’ violations, there should be little worry when it comes to the down ballot.

This article doesn't have anything to do with this cycle being "Romney's turn", does it?

21 posted on 01/23/2012 11:02:02 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Real women don't kill their children.)
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To: redstateone

What about the down-ballot effect of choosing Romney?

Republicans could end up being so bored or disgusted by his milquetoast campaign that they wouldn’t show up anyway.

And, to repeat, IF MITT IS THE NOMINEE, THE ELECTION IS LOST ANYWAY.

So .... Let’s take our chances with the Truth, and trust that this time, without Bog Media having a free hand to spew their propaganda - what happened in 2008 - this time America will see what a fraud and fake Obama is.


22 posted on 01/23/2012 11:02:31 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: redstateone

Total BS. Look at the very high turnout in South Caroline in very bad weather with tornado warnings. With these high enthusiastic Conservative turnouts it will help the downstream candidates. GO LEROY GO!


23 posted on 01/23/2012 11:03:11 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: devildognc
“GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist”

Schmidt is the ass-wipe attack dog for Mutt supporter, Juan MeCain.

Schmidt is the one responsible for some of the bad Palin press coming out during the MeCain/Palin 2008 campaign.

24 posted on 01/23/2012 11:03:23 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: redstateone

And well they should fear. None of the Sen. or Reps. have represented the people or the Constitution as they swore to do. They should ALL be kicked out!!


25 posted on 01/23/2012 11:04:40 AM PST by Crazy ole coot (Mr. obama will be tried, but as a British Citizen or American Citizen? Who knows?)
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To: redstateone

This is nonsense. What the republican establishment fears is downballot victories for conservatives! In the 1980 election, liberals were mowed down across the country. Republicans gained 12! seats in the senate and something like 30 in the house. McConnell and Boehner are worried they’ll be swept out of their cushy leadership positions.

A truly conservative house and senate, combined with a conservative president can really shake up the government.

Both the democratic and republican establishments want a moderate to win the republican nomination so there will be a close election and the gravy train can keep flowing to both sides.

A massive blowout in a conservative direction ruins everything they’ve been trying to put back in place since Reagan’s landlides upset their apple cart.


26 posted on 01/23/2012 11:04:40 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: redstateone

The GOP ran supposedly the “most electable” candidate in 2008 with John McCain who would “appeal” to moderates and independents. (The way the MSM fawned over McCain one would think he was the “most electable” ever). The GOP lost a net 8 senate seats and net 21 house seats.


27 posted on 01/23/2012 11:04:51 AM PST by C19fan
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To: redstateone

I want a list of the “GOP Establishment” members that are saying this stuff.

I keep hearing all the media saying it. What GOP Politicians are saying this?


28 posted on 01/23/2012 11:04:56 AM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: redstateone

Santorum was probably always leading in Iowa. Romney was probably never leading in SC. As the elections neared, the BS polls were forced to correct themselves.

But with “unfavorable rating in national polls”, that kind of garbage can go on forever.

Is it any surprise they attack Gingrich like this?

Of course not!


29 posted on 01/23/2012 11:05:45 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: canuck_conservative; Windflier

****Let’s take our chances with the Truth,****

Before I slammed the ‘mute’ button - I actually heard Ann Coulter screaming that Newt would lose the General election if he called Obama “that Kenyan Socialist”.

Hasn’t she herself used that description?????

‘To anger a conservative - tell a lie - to anger a liberal - tell the truth’. Windflier tag.


30 posted on 01/23/2012 11:07:05 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: Timber Rattler

The Tea Party is rising up to take control and throw out the RINOs controlling the GOP in Washington. It is scaring the hell out of them. Time to “refresh the tree of liberty”


31 posted on 01/23/2012 11:08:07 AM PST by kgrif_Salinas
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To: devildognc

Yea, the same Steve Schmidt who ran Rob Cornellies’s campaign in Oregon against David Wu in 2010.

The guy was so lame he totally missed all the media coverup of Wu’s out of control life until it came out 6 months later.

I’ve felt for years Steve Schmidt is an DNC Infiltrator designed to leak strategy and give bad advice.


32 posted on 01/23/2012 11:09:21 AM PST by Zathras
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To: redstateone
If that is their fear, then they need to get with the "People's" agenda, which is restoring the ideas of liberty to the "American mind" (Jefferson)--just as they existed when Thomas Jefferson articulated them in our Declaration of Independence in 1776. That act brought along "down-ballot" support for individual freedom and limits on coercive government power when its principles were incorporated into the written Constitution in 1787.

By the way, who appointed the GOP establishment to select the "People's" President?

33 posted on 01/23/2012 11:10:18 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Brookhaven
These were the same people that said last year that their primary goal in 2012 was winning a senate majority and increasing their house majority—NOT winning the presidency.

We know why and we're not going to take their s*** anymore!

34 posted on 01/23/2012 11:10:40 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. Lets Newter the RINOS, then the Blank.)
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To: redstateone

Their logic is horsecrap. We have a majority now in the house because of the tea party. The tea party supports newt by a vast majority. Newt as the candidate will bring us an even bigger majority in the house and a majority in the senate. Mitt will not, in fact, we will likely lose seats if Mitt is the candidate.


35 posted on 01/23/2012 11:11:24 AM PST by HerrBlucher (.)
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To: cuban leaf
There really is a risk. What gets you the presidency can ruin the outcome in the congressional races. That said, you can also be too smart by half.

Putting a wuss on the ballot can cost you as well, if Republican voters are so disgusted that they are unmotivated to show up.

36 posted on 01/23/2012 11:11:30 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: cotton1706

You use the phrase “shake up.” Isn’t that where Palin comes in to stir the TEA party movement to action?


37 posted on 01/23/2012 11:12:58 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: redstateone

They are afraid of US.

38 posted on 01/23/2012 11:12:58 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I am so sick and tired of the wussy republicans and republican party that won’t go after the Marxist in the White House afraid that the American people won’t be behind you if you stand up. We want another Reagan and Newt is it! He is the conservative champion to further our cause he is for everyone liberal, conservative, Black, White, purple it don’t matter to Newt. He will tear up the Republican establishment and will Change how Washington is done...


39 posted on 01/23/2012 11:13:26 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: redstateone
GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist... [said] "With Newt Gingrich as the nominee of the party, [the GOP-controlled congress], is perhaps, all up in the air."

You mean we would have a down-ballot disaster like the time we did when we nominated McCain and Steve Schmidt ran the campaign?

40 posted on 01/23/2012 11:13:26 AM PST by HapaxLegamenon
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To: redstateone

“I’m a fiscal conservative, and a social libertarian.”

“No you’re not. You’re just a cheap, chickens%$# Democrat.”


41 posted on 01/23/2012 11:13:26 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: redstateone

Steve Schmidt

That’s all that needs to be said. He is not a strategist - all he has done is fail in life.

He and Nicolle Wallace were the two who were throwing Palin under the bus while they worked for mcstain.

Steve probably aint happy that Palin is indirectly helping Newt.


42 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:14 AM PST by AdamBomb
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To: Psalm 144

“It would be much much more bitter in a bankrupt, post-United States America.”

One reason the ‘conservative’ radio talk people have lost a lot of credibility is they barely touch on that very point. The consequences we face by failing to reverse course sharply - and soon - are unimaginable.

Hopefully Rush, Sean, etc. will read your post and make it clear to so many who don’t see what’s coming.


43 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:18 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Real women don't kill their children.)
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To: jessduntno

I am hating the GOP establisment more with each passing hour! They really don’t get it do they?


44 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:31 AM PST by KansasGirl (NO ROMNEY! NOT NOW! NOT EVER! GO NEWT!)
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To: redstateone; All
Weeellll, y'know, it could be true. Newt might be an electoral disaster.

But the Republicans who are both solid conservatives and (apparently) free of warts chose not to run. If Barbour, Daniels, DeMint, Ryan, Jindal had run, I'd likely be supporting one of them instead of Newt.

But they all wimped out, so I have to go with the most conservative candidate who is left, "likable" or not.

45 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:53 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: redstateone

Talk about pushing Granny’s wheelchair over the cliff !!!


46 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:53 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: kgrif_Salinas; All

actually this reminds me of Charlie Crist establishment endorsements.

The establishment went so far as to endorse crist during the primary. Rubio worked and beat him.

Now we have crist’s buddy running for the nomination...along with all the better candidates.

The establishment has been not doing well.


47 posted on 01/23/2012 11:17:21 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: redstateone
Speaking for the Republican Brass:

GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who previously served as Sen. John McCain’s senior campaign strategist, told MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow that if Mr. Gingrich wins next week’s Florida GOP primary, there will be “a panic and a meltdown of the Republican establishment that is beyond my ability to articulate in the English language. People will go crazy.”

FUSM

48 posted on 01/23/2012 11:18:06 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: devildognc

That would be the same Steve Schmidt who routinely offered vicious and unfounded opinions about Sarah Palin’s mental state to the media in 2009, currently promotes gay marriage, and argues that conservatism is “exhausted”. He ought to be a Democrat consultant, and probably will become one once he’s convinced they’’ll pay more.


49 posted on 01/23/2012 11:18:06 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

“Limbaugh is talking about this now...”

Yes, and he is spinning it in such a way as to make it seem that this is the moderates genuine and legitimate concern, and we need to understand and respect it.

Limbaugh has become almost unlistenable. Except to monitor him for purposes of knowing what the establishment wants us to think.


50 posted on 01/23/2012 11:18:28 AM PST by ngat
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