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Dick Morris: How Mitt Romney suckered Gingrich in Florida
The Hill ^ | 01/31/12 06:32 PM ET | Dick Morris

Posted on 02/01/2012 1:50:45 PM PST by newgeezer

For students of American politics, following the way the Romney campaign played Newt Gingrich in Florida is a lesson to learn and to keep. Romney’s people must have realized that Newt does best when he is positive. His bold ideas, clear vision, revolutionary insights and extraordinary perspectives resonate with voters and win him millions of supporters.

Romney, less compelling but more consistent, doesn’t need stellar debate performances or bold vision to win. The case for the former Massachusetts governor is more circumstantial: He can reach out to independents by virtue of his past apostasies on healthcare and abortion. He looks, talks and acts like a president. His record of job creation is exemplary.

But Newt needs the bold sally, the breathtaking moment of rhetorical clarity, to prevail.

So Romney’s people set out to mire Newt in negatives so he couldn’t and wouldn’t get out the positive message he needed to project to prevail. They tormented him with negative ads in Iowa. While the ads were generally accurate — the allegation about backing China’s forced-abortion policy aside — they presented only one side of the story and were stinging in their impact. Without funds, Gingrich couldn’t answer the negative ads. He fumed but watched, in impotence, as his vote share fell away.

In Spanish bullfights, the picadors torment the bull by sticking darts into his shoulders. Enraged, bleeding, frustrated and in pain, he lowers his head, snorts, paws the ground and charges straight at the matador, oblivious to the sword awaiting him behind the red cape. That’s about what Romney did to Gingrich in the January primaries.

Enter Sheldon Adelson, a Vegas billionaire who loves Newt. His affection runs so deep that he gave Gingrich the funds to destroy himself. With Adelson’s reported contribution of $5 million-plus, Newt had the weapons to fight back with his own negative ads. In a rage, he put them on TV and devoted his time in the debates to throwing accusations. RomneyCare. Abortion. Gay rights. The taxes Romney paid and the ones he advocated. Massachusetts moderate. No, make that Massachusetts liberal. They tripped off his tongue and his super-PAC put them on the air. Sheldon paid the bill. But Newt paid the price.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
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Regardless of my disdain for Little Dick Morris, I must admit he seems to hit the nail on the head from time to time. (Sure, his use of "generally accurate" is arguable.)
1 posted on 02/01/2012 1:50:57 PM PST by newgeezer
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To: newgeezer

On Romney ***He looks, talks and acts like a president. His record of job creation is exemplary.***

Wrong!


2 posted on 02/01/2012 1:55:26 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: newgeezer
Morris is a weasel. If he told me it was light outside at noon, I'd go outside and look just to be sure.
3 posted on 02/01/2012 1:56:37 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: newgeezer

Once in awhile he gets something right. What’s that they say about blind squirrels and acorns?


4 posted on 02/01/2012 1:57:16 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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5 posted on 02/01/2012 1:58:08 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: newgeezer

He is somewhat right, but somewhat wrong.

Newt is not his best when he’s positive. He’s his best when he goes negative against LIBERALS.

Also, Morris missed that Newt’s PAC ran half positive and half negative ads and that there were 65 TV ads against Newt for every 1 Newt ran in Florida.

In other words, it didn’t matter what Newt ran. 65 to 1 is over wheeling regardless of content .

See American Thinker tomorrow am for what happened to Newt.


6 posted on 02/01/2012 1:58:59 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: newgeezer

no this is not right...mean mitt ran negative ads against god’s other son newt and lied on that great human being and the stupid idiots in florida ate it up....thats what happened!!!!


7 posted on 02/01/2012 1:59:12 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: newgeezer

I think Newt suckered Romney. Romney spent 20 million, and drove his negatives through the roof. Time will tell.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 1:59:15 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: newgeezer

Romney, less compelling but more consistent, doesn’t need stellar debate performances or bold vision to win.
___________________________________________

No I guess if you have enough ill gotten blood money..

and a decided lack of ethics and honor..


9 posted on 02/01/2012 1:59:24 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: sodpoodle

Click to Donate to Newt Gingrich

10 posted on 02/01/2012 2:00:52 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God: Newt, and Sarah will be right next to you.)
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To: newgeezer

One thing I have not seen or read is what kind of USSC picks would Mitt make??


11 posted on 02/01/2012 2:02:56 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: sodpoodle

I agree that Romney has no testable job-creation stats. (It’s one reason I liked Perry before Perry’s mouth undid him: (although governors don’t create jobs,) Texas has an unbeatable job-creation track record.)

Romney DOES “look like a president” in the central casting sense. I have some relatives who actually SAY THIS to me when they explain their “Romney First” stances. Uhm, ok? It’s nice that he doesn’t look like Martin van Buren? But just dang.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:19 PM PST by pogo101
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To: newgeezer

It was a throw away article, useless.


13 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:27 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Romney has just proven that elections can and are bought.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:49 PM PST by RC2
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To: WKB

Look at his record in Massachusetts.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 2:04:28 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: newgeezer

Romney has been fooling democrats to vote for him for years..
Currently he is fooling republican women..
His “niceness” is an act.. but he does have Presidential Hair..
The women in Florida are evidentially ditzes..


16 posted on 02/01/2012 2:04:54 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: WKB
what kind of USSC picks would Mitt make??

This is one and maybe the ONLY area where I have some "consolation prize" hope if there is a Mitt nomination.

The co-chair of Mitt's judge-picking committee is Robert Bork.

Now, it is possible that Mitt is just using Bork (who, I must take as a given, will ONLY recommend Scalia-types, never Souters or worse).

By "using Bork," I mean it is possible that President Mitt (...gulp!) will ask Bork, "So, Bob, who's your pick for this SCOTUS vacancy? Oh? Strong conservative? Nahh, I don't want a Senate fight. Thanks, but I'll pick [Souter II, etc.]."

Still, bottom line, it is at least SOMEthing that Bork is on board there. If nothing else, Bork could threaten to resign in a public huff if Romney does something like what I'm fearing. Sometimes "wets" need a little pushing to be kept in line, e.g., from Miers to Alito.

17 posted on 02/01/2012 2:08:31 PM PST by pogo101
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To: sodpoodle

Yes, I nearly stopped reading when I saw that stupid remark. Mr. Plastic Man does not look, talk or act like a president...well, unless you mean Obama...and he has no “job creation” record.

Even without going into the specifics of what Bain Capital did and how it did it, there is absolutely no record of “job creation” in any of this. For one thing, they kept no records of this and backing it out is a highly subjective and probably somewhat impossible task. As many if not more jobs were probably lost in the numerous companies they bought and sold, and it was actually that claim (job creation) that Gingrich was challenging. But Romney seems to be exempt from the requirement to tell the truth or provide the facts about anything, another quality he shares with Obama.


18 posted on 02/01/2012 2:09:12 PM PST by livius
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To: newgeezer

This isn’t newts first rodeo. He knows there is a long road ahead for Romney, geesh just one day later he is being eaten alive with the comment about the poor. Just the tip of te iceberg.


19 posted on 02/01/2012 2:11:21 PM PST by Toespi
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
I think Newt suckered Romney. Romney spent 20 million, and drove his negatives through the roof. Time will tell.

I agree. Oh, and he also drove the negatives of "Twits for Mitt" - Haley and Bondi - through the roof, too.

20 posted on 02/01/2012 2:12:21 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: newgeezer
Newt suffers blowback from negative ads but Romney doesn't? Disagree with that, but I do agree Newt does need to be more like Romney in his personal encounters: pretend to be nice in public, but play smash mouth in the ads. Romney is excellent as coming off as Ward Cleaver, meanwhile his buddies are stealing the tires off your car while it sits in the garage.
21 posted on 02/01/2012 2:14:24 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Toespi
Just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm looking forward to the 'Mitt's Magic Underwear' expose (so to speak) on an upcoming episode of 'The Daily Show'.

22 posted on 02/01/2012 2:18:13 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RC2
Romney has just proven that elections can and are bought.

Well yes - and no. He's proven that when you can run 65 ads to every 1 your opponent can run, you can buy elections. He's also proven that he can't win nationally, since no one has the money to buy 65 to 1 across an entire country. So you can buy a state, but at that rate, he cannot buy a country.

23 posted on 02/01/2012 2:19:22 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: newgeezer
Romney's attacks should be COUNTERED, NOT ANSWERED.

Show Romney to be the liar he is, THEN it's safe to get your message through.

Morris paints the picture well enough, but he doesn't provide the solution.

24 posted on 02/01/2012 2:24:35 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: newgeezer

I think Newt’s biggest mistake was going after Romney for investing in Freddie and Fannie when he had done the same. That was embarrassing.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 2:27:19 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: newgeezer

Never a good idea to have the word "suck" in a sentence with Dick Morris...

26 posted on 02/01/2012 2:33:35 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: newgeezer

The only way Romney can win elections is by totally demolishing and smearing an opponent who can’t answer back, and who has few establishment supporters to defend him. Obama is not going to be such an opponent. If the playing field is level, Romney will get crushed. Newt blew the Florida race in the debates..he should have kept attacking.


27 posted on 02/01/2012 2:33:42 PM PST by BearArms (Remember Florida!)
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To: newgeezer

Not too profound. So Morris points out Romney went negative. Yawn. Negative ads work.


28 posted on 02/01/2012 2:36:35 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: sodpoodle
He looks, talks and acts like a president. His record of job creation is exemplary.

Wrong!

That one didn't ring right with me, either. Romney didn't make the case that his Bain Capital is a turnaround company, not a vulture capitalist. I think they were vulture capitalists, myself, until someone proves better.

As for "talks like a president", uh, no -- not quite so much. If anyone, when Mittens is up and animated, he reminds me of The Gorebot, actually.

29 posted on 02/01/2012 2:40:14 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: GVnana
Morris paints the picture well enough, but he doesn't provide the solution.

For that, you have to hire him. At the monthly rate. With a minimum.

30 posted on 02/01/2012 2:43:33 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: sodpoodle
His record of job creation is exemplary

This argument falls on deaf ears because no politician ever created a job without destroying more jobs.

If we continue to accept the premise that politicians create jobs we are sunk forever.

31 posted on 02/01/2012 2:46:28 PM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: throwback
Romney is excellent as coming off as Ward Cleaver, meanwhile his buddies are stealing the tires off your car while it sits in the garage.

Who was that kid who was so two-faced? Eddie something?

Willard's like him. So, for that matter, is Dickie Morris.

32 posted on 02/01/2012 2:49:31 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

I think you might be right. I am in florida and worked my heart out for Newt. I was expecting to feel totally awful when the returns became apparent last night - only I didn’t and I don’t. Newt gave a very inspiring and noble speech, and he touched our weary hearts.

What did Willard Your Worst Nightmare do in Fla? He made everyone with even just a glancing like of Newt more disgusted, more determined, more turned on for Newt than ever... and that will pay dividends in the future for Newt. No one on Newt’s side will ever forget what it was like in Florida because of Willard Your Worst Nightmare... it was like a blanket of darkness and evil enveloped the entire state because of him... at the last, people, even neutral ones, couldn’t stand the sight of Willard Your Worst Nightmare, or the sound of his voice...


33 posted on 02/01/2012 2:50:35 PM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: WKB
One thing I have not seen or read is what kind of USSC picks would Mitt make?

Typical RiNO faves -- social liberals who make the close calls for Big Business when there's money on the table. Give 'em "same-sex marriage" but get us the dough.

Anthony Kennedy, Stevens, Souter, guys like that.

34 posted on 02/01/2012 2:53:38 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

****when Mittens is up and animated****

He reminds me of Eddie Haskell - without the charm. He really does need a speech coach - to slow him down - his mouth is in 4th gear and his brain is in neutral.

I don’t remember any inspirational policy or mission statement that he has articulated - only a resume of past experiences....none of which are very impressive for a supposedly Conservative visionary.

His intellect is dwarfed by Newt’s and without any sense of humility or humor. There is no ‘there’ there.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 2:55:28 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: BearArms
The only way Romney can win elections is by totally demolishing and smearing an opponent who can’t answer back, and who has few establishment supporters to defend him

Have you ever looked at how Obama got to political office? By removing his opponent with devastating smears. He never had to run against anyone because he wiped them all away. Politics is war people. That is exactly what is coming from the Dems. They don't want to run against any Republican; they will try to destroy them first.

Somebody better be ready for this and obviously it is not Newt since he is still whining and had no idea what hit him.

36 posted on 02/01/2012 2:59:02 PM PST by Hattie
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To: lentulusgracchus

That’s weird - I left a few minutes ago after googling Leave it to Beaver for the characters....and didn’t notice your post on Ward and Eddie.

Very spooky;) LOL!!!

http://www.leaveittobeaver.org/gang.htm#Wally_Cleaver_


37 posted on 02/01/2012 2:59:11 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: WKB

Sununu Gave Souter to Bush 1. Sununu will be picking judges for Mitt.


38 posted on 02/01/2012 3:28:39 PM PST by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: pogo101
Robert Bork is a statist. He'd have voted to NOT recognize a fundamental right to own firearms in the Heller decision, and he'd have voted in favor of the State in all drug and terrorism cases. To him, if the Congress passed a law then its THE law - never mind the Constitution. I am very glad that he's not on the USSC (though I'd gladly replace Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor or Kagan with him in an instant - then again, I'd replace them with my kids' hamster and at least get the right decision half of the time).
39 posted on 02/01/2012 3:40:25 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Hattie

“Somebody better be ready for this and obviously it is not Newt since he is still whining and had no idea what hit him.”

Conservatives liked Newt because they saw him as a fighter and tough debater but he wasn’t.


40 posted on 02/01/2012 3:53:29 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Ancesthntr

I believe in a balanced Supreme Court. 2 Scalias, 2 Thomases, 2 Alitos and 3 Robertses. :P


41 posted on 02/01/2012 3:56:16 PM PST by pogo101
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
I think Newt suckered Romney. Romney spent 20 million, and drove his negatives through the roof. Time will tell.

That's $400,000 per delegate. If we can force him to spend at that rate, he'll need to blow $450 million to clench the nomination.

42 posted on 02/01/2012 4:12:02 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: newgeezer
Eeeuuuuuuuw... dick used the word “suckered”... and all I can see his his face and a fungal infected foot.

LLS

43 posted on 02/01/2012 4:52:28 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: skaterboy
Here is what happened. Florida is filled with retirees from up north that are “mostly” liberal. These are the last of the fdr dims. You have the jeb bush, charlie crist school of republican machinery... you have seniors voting for more medicare and they want their meds... operations and hospital stays to be paid for by Uncle Sugar. You have young liberal Cubans and other immigrant groups that want free stuff... you have liberal women that swoon over romney and despise the pudgy adulterer because they have one scratching himself on the couch next to them... and then you have Conservatives. All of the above groups but Conservatives voted for romney... the rest voted for newt or santorum.

LLS

44 posted on 02/01/2012 5:00:44 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: pogo101
I believe in a balanced Supreme Court. 2 Scalias, 2 Thomases, 2 Alitos and 3 Robertses. :P

Sounds like a very well balanced court to me.

:)

45 posted on 02/01/2012 5:13:46 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: hosepipe

“His “niceness” is an act.. but he does have Presidential Hair.. The women in Florida are evidentially ditzes..”

He reminds me of a teleevangelist like Oral Roberts.


46 posted on 02/01/2012 6:01:28 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: newgeezer; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Dengar01; ...

Morris seems to be a conservative Republican these days, but one friendly to the establishment. Strange the Clinton toe sucking guy ended up on our side.

Newt gave a pretty good concession speech. If he sounded like that in the debates he would have won.

It’s amazing how these stupid debates have totally driven this contest.

The next one isn’t for 3 weeks.


47 posted on 02/01/2012 6:38:19 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; All

Sounds like a prototypical earth pimp.


48 posted on 02/01/2012 6:40:23 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Farewell sweet Rick, we barely knew ye...)
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To: sodpoodle

Try this. He looks talks and acts like (Republican party national elites and Wall Street bankers’)their idea of a President.
I don’t like Newt, but I detest Romney and the process which dumps him on us.


49 posted on 02/02/2012 4:51:31 AM PST by steve8714
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To: newgeezer

Dick, Dubs needs a walk.

And go write another goofy kids book.

Then promote it shamelessly every chance you get, even when it is not germane to the subject being discussed.


50 posted on 02/02/2012 5:01:17 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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