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Dole vs. Gingrich: The GOP Empire Strikes Back
http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/dole-vs-gingrich-the-gop-empire-strikes-ba ^ | 1-26-2012 | Major Garrett

Posted on 01/26/2012 8:37:11 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather

The Republican establishment mobilizes to prevent the nomination of Newt.

By Major Garrett

Updated: January 26, 2012 | 10:53 p.m. January 26, 2012 | 4:52 p.m.

After arriving in Florida like a rolling ball of butcher knives, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is looking less edgy and more flabby by the hour. The last four polls in Florida now show Mitt Romney back ahead (the previous four had Gingrich up).

That's at least in part because Republicans-–some conservative, some semiconservative, and some conveniently conservative–-are attacking Gingrich as a walking, talking party menace; a flu-like contagion who will lose the presidency and contaminate down-ballot Republicans with erratic extremism.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: dole; establishment; gingrich; mobilizes; sourcetitlenoturl
I heard CNN after the debate (Jacksonville, Fl.) discussion tonight and they said establishment types from as far away as Utah are making themselves available to the press after Newts events here in Florida to dispute what he says.
1 posted on 01/26/2012 8:37:25 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather
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To: VinL; kristinn; Jim Robinson; RitaOK; Matchett-PI

PING


2 posted on 01/26/2012 8:43:31 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (It's a Newtiful Day today!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
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"Oh well, just another boring day saving the universe." (Obi-Wan)

3 posted on 01/26/2012 8:45:36 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The Country Club Republican elites don’t think they can control Newt - so they attack him mercilessly in coordinated fashion.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 8:46:23 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Rembrandt

Do they think they can prop Romney up the same way in the general? Notice they have not moved at all in Santorum’s direction. They have put too much money on another poor choice, hoping that the economy will bring Obama down.


5 posted on 01/26/2012 8:51:50 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Rembrandt

When did Newt stop being one of the establishment elites?


6 posted on 01/26/2012 8:52:27 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Florida Tea Party Alert is in order. Rebellion is dying if this comes off as threatened. Newt’s ground game is now being taken out and effectively, for four days, Newt is gagged. Do we take this sitting down?


7 posted on 01/26/2012 8:56:42 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

As far as I can see, the GOP saw it’s best days long ago. Sadly, the Establishment owns both parties. The Tea Party is more important to traditional conservatives. We are no longer wanted in the GOP.


8 posted on 01/26/2012 8:56:56 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Paperdoll

“As far as I can see, the GOP saw it’s best days long ago.”

Yeah when Newt was in charge in the 90’s...


9 posted on 01/26/2012 8:59:26 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

When they decided he was a genuine threat that they couldn’t control?


10 posted on 01/26/2012 9:00:13 PM PST by berdie
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I think it was not when he orchestrated the CONTRACT WITH AMERICA and led the Republican sweep of Congress in ‘94, for the first time in 40 years. What’s your guy done for sweeping anyone anywhere? Hmmm?


11 posted on 01/26/2012 9:01:01 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Here's the money line I took away from Major's article....

While this is advertised as a fight over conservatism, it’s really a fight over winning or what the party decides winning is about or what winning is meant to pursue. Gingrich wants to win to bring about “radical change.” Romney and the new wave of party critics contend the only thing radical about a 2012 campaign with Gingrich as nominee would be the radical loss of political clout in Congress and state legislatures across the land, along with the White House itself.

Rush is right...the Establishment/Country Club RINO's are only worried about their clout in Congress, and they're fighting an epic battle to maintain power of the purse strings. They don't give a hoot about radical change to actually restore this country for the better.

12 posted on 01/26/2012 9:01:19 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

What does Dick Cheney say?


13 posted on 01/26/2012 9:02:26 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Major is a Obama bot. This dem fraud was going to the Axelrod birthdays and Obama cookouts .
He got canned at Fox for being too obvious about it.
So now this Obama troll works at this left wing Internet rag
He is a liar And fraud .


14 posted on 01/26/2012 9:03:33 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
When did Newt stop being one of the establishment elites?

When he pizzed 'em all off by not passing their grow-the-government/line-their-pockets legislation.

15 posted on 01/26/2012 9:05:06 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Bob Dole is one of the most perplexing people to have ever walked the face of the earth. I can think of few people that I have more admired, or more wanted to strangle, in my life. Sometimes changing between the two extremes in just the space of a few days. In some ways he is even worse than Mclame, who I have only mildly liked at times while being completely disillusioned with most of the time.
16 posted on 01/26/2012 9:05:07 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: sheikdetailfeather

We know the “cocktail party” rePUBES.
Backing the mayonnaise sandwich on white bread-Mitt. Ain’t gonna work.
Go ahead—make yourselves irrelevant.

Tea Party is alive and well. Never forget.


17 posted on 01/26/2012 9:05:17 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Gingrich / Palin.

Third party 2012. Tea Party.

Replace the country club.


18 posted on 01/26/2012 9:06:35 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (1/26/12: Replaced my drudge.rino link, with "Townhall.com". Buh bye Matt.)
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To: Jane Long

You realize Major is A Axelrod Soros troll ?
A huge obama bot !


19 posted on 01/26/2012 9:07:07 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: ncalburt

Thanks for the background story on him. I hardly ever watch CNN but I heard what they said about the establishment going after Newt and looked for more information to back it up. I know Newt spoke about it in Mt. Dora today and there sure are a lot of false stories about Newt and Reagan being dumped suddenly. Limbaugh, Levin and Michael Reagan were disputing all of them today.


20 posted on 01/26/2012 9:07:59 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (It's a Newtiful Day today!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather; kristinn; Jim Robinson; mcmuffin; seekthetruth; Bob Ireland; gonzo; Syncro
"I heard CNN after the debate (Jacksonville, Fl.) discussion tonight and they said establishment types from as far away as Utah are making themselves available to the press after Newts events here in Florida to dispute what he says."

In the comments section at the link to Garrett's article, someone said that she saw Donna Brazille (sp?) say that these same establishment types are planning on showing up at every one of Newt's campaign stops between now and election day on Tuesday, to "refute" what he says.

They have declared all out war here in Florida against us right now.

21 posted on 01/26/2012 9:11:08 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
When did Newt stop being one of the establishment elites?

If you can still ask that question after the past 48 hours, you're obviously not paying attention.

In order to be an "establishment elite" doesn't one have to have at least one friend inside the Beltway?

It would appear that Newt has none so situated...

22 posted on 01/26/2012 9:13:12 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: ncalburt
Yes...I know Major's a dim hack.

But the contrast between Newt (a true reformer) and Milt (an Establishment Elite Moderate) is at least made. Milt is just in it to assist in the power play of the purse strings. Milt's not in it to fix the country. Newt is.

23 posted on 01/26/2012 9:13:47 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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So that wasn’t Newt -n-Nancy gabbing about Global Warming and being all establishment?
I don’t care who attacks me, Newt sucks and I’m furious that once again I’m put in a situation to vote for someone just to prevent another from getting in. You know what would work? Pull a real conservative out out the wilderness and BACK him with money, ads, the whole 9 yards. And for the love of God, quit letting the media dictate EVERYTHING to us. Our side spends more time being led around by the nose by the media( these ridiculous debates are a good example), more time responding to a**holes like Jon Stewart than trying to get our message out. By ignoring the media, using our own resources and banning the word “electability” from our lexicon, we just might do something...but we won’t, we will expend all of our energy with infighting and spending all the money and credibility by the convention, paving the way for Hawaii Vacation parts 3, 4, 5..


24 posted on 01/26/2012 9:14:01 PM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: sheikdetailfeather; kristinn; katiedidit1

FOX is scrolling the story on Romney supporters crashing Newt events. I am delighted! BACKFIRE has a chance.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 9:16:00 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Obama state media entire election play book depends on Mittens being
The nominee and phoney Major is out doing his part for the cause .Lefty Major se t out a press release stating his reason for leaving Fox that he missed being newspaper biz but actually he was going to a left wing website.
Sure leaving big time cushy tv gig for a lefty internet gig !


26 posted on 01/26/2012 9:19:34 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Jane Long

True


27 posted on 01/26/2012 9:22:33 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Matchett-PI

“In the comments section at the link to Garrett’s article, someone said that she saw Donna Brazille (sp?) say that these same establishment types are planning on showing up at every one of Newt’s campaign stops between now and election day on Tuesday, to “refute” what he says.” <<<

It was I who posted under the article. I repeated sheikdetailfeather’s experience and entoned that I “heard”..... As you can see, I think it is an urgent situation, but I am relieved that FOX has been scrolling the story on the Romney “supporters crashing Gingrich events”. How else can we hope for a BACKFIRE, lest the dirty tricks be exposed immediately?


28 posted on 01/26/2012 9:25:33 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Dole remains an important figure in the party, although his attachment to it has waned in recent years and he has no links to the tea party-inspired segment of the party responsible for propelling Republicans to a House majority and Senate gains in 2010. Dole’s message, however, is not unlike the warnings that GOP veterans issued in 2010 when tea party activists nominated Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware–-hard-line conservatives who turned jump-ball Senate races into slam-dunk Democratic victories.

Yes, Dole is trying to do the same thing to Gingrich that the RINOs did to Angle and O'Donnell. It was bad enough they trashed them before they were nominated, they continued afterward. IMHO, had Republicans, like Rove, gotten behind them we'd have gained control of the Senate. They wanted the SOS and to h&!! with what conservatives wanted. Also, I believe the RINOs think conservatives are so sick of Obama we'll vote for anyone they put up, so they're pushing the SOS at us once again. Newt isn't as conservative as I'd like, but, I sure don't want someone Dole or McCain push at me.

29 posted on 01/26/2012 9:29:11 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

YOU better watch out for the Viking Kitties with a statement like that... pffffft


30 posted on 01/26/2012 9:30:22 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The 2nd Amendment IS my concealed carry permit)
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To: RitaOK
"It was I who posted under the article."

LOL! Good job! bttt

31 posted on 01/26/2012 9:34:23 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Matchett-PI

Now I read on another thread that it was the Republicans who purchased the 3000 seats for tonight’s debate, which is logical, but only 890+ were used. Highly suspicious since it is Romney’s habit to bus in Brigham Young students from up north. With all those seats gone to waste, I wonder who THAT helped?

Did you catch Erick Erickson’s column today, on Redstate?
* “The Horserace for January 26,”. Seems our Newt had a heck of a ground game in South Carolina. Read it. Bet that is one of the reasons Romney’s machine is going after it in Florida. Seems Newt used local sheriffs in SC, for whatever that means! LOL. Romney had shipped in the BYU boys from the north.

I just pray Floridians are onto the execution tactics and it backfires by Tuesday.


32 posted on 01/26/2012 9:58:22 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Doncha love two senile failed candidates like McCain and Dole telling us Newt can’t win? I guess irony isn’t their strong suit.


33 posted on 01/26/2012 10:14:22 PM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: RitaOK; sheikdetailfeather; kristinn; Jim Robinson; Syncro; mcmuffin; seekthetruth
Yeah, I get Erickson's morning briefing every day.

TEA PARTY is really going to have to mobilize here in Florida between now and Tuesday.

Here's the latest from Sarah Palin at Big Government.com:

Palin: establishment trying to "crucify" Newt
byPhilip Klein Senior Editorial Writer

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a pre-recorded interview with Fox Business Network to air tonight, said the establishment was trying to "crucify" Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential race.

In an interview to air on Stossel at 10 p.m., Palin also says she sympathized with Ron Paul and defended his record on domestic issues, though she expressed differences with his foreign policy views.

Here's some advanced excerpts of the interview:

On whether she is sympathetic toward Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX):

“I sure am….he is not the only one vilified, though, look at Newt Gingrich, what’s going on with him, via the establishment’s attacks. They’re trying to crucify this man and rewrite history, and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years. It’s not just Ron Paul. I believe it is also Newt Gingrich that the establishment, that the liberal media, certainly that the progressives and Democrats don’t like.”

On her concerns about Ron Paul’s foreign policy stance:

“I still sense his desire to be more of an isolated country and not be as aware and active on the international scene when it comes to protecting our allies like Israel and doing all we can. However, on the domestic front, he has been the only one who has been so adamantly passionate about doing something about the suffocating debt, about reigning in government growth, and slashing budgets. I respect that. I appreciate it. His austerity measures that he wants to see Congress adopt in order to reign in government and let the private sector actually grow and thrive and hire more people are absolutely spot on.”

34 posted on 01/26/2012 10:19:37 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Hugin

Yes. I hope Newt trounces Romney!!!


35 posted on 01/26/2012 10:21:12 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (It's a Newtiful Day today!)
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To: Paperdoll

From the Godfather; We are bigger than U. S. Steel.


36 posted on 01/26/2012 10:41:44 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: Jane Long; sheikdetailfeather

The GOP elites are happy with only having a fillabuster in the Senate. They are not happy at all with the Congressional Tea Party caucus, and would cede control of the House back to Democrats to remove them.

The GOP elite only wants the Senate fillabuster, and wants to play nice as a minority party with the majority Democrats and a Dem POTUS.


37 posted on 01/27/2012 12:59:28 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: RobbyS

Sad, they must bring out the old loser farts


38 posted on 01/27/2012 1:14:28 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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