Skip to comments.Gingrich’s Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse
Posted on 02/05/2012 3:49:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Newt Gingrichs postNevada caucus speech included about three minutes of inspired moments about issues and ideas in his usual imaginative and intellectually robust style. So why does he not just stay with that given that he often seems more dynamic and glib than Romney in his attacks on Obama, and not long ago gained ground despite the attacks against him? Instead, he now turns ad nauseam to the tired reasons why he loses yes, including lots of Mormons in Nevada and ends up as Richard Nixon not going to get kicked around any more.
But whether he knows it or not, Gingrich is becoming a caricature of petulance: no concession in Nevada, no call to Romney, no awareness that his inability to raise money at levels of a political rival or to match a competing campaign organization is not necessarily unfair. Thats politics, and Gingrich knows it. I dont understand why he thinks now losing to Romney in 2012 is solely due to Romneys innate deviousness in a way McCain beating Romney in 2008 was not given that Romney was about the same in both 2008 and 2012. Gingrich seems oblivious to the fact that McCains style and history gave him advantages over Romneys money and hardball in ways Gingrichs own proven liabilities apparently do not.
Gingrich should carefully play a tape of his postNevada caucus performance, and then he would quickly grasp that it was little more than a litany of excuses, whining, and accusations characterized by stream-of-conscious confessionals and rambling repetitions. And, I think, will hurt him more than anything yet in the campaign.
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Newt Gingrich is giving the facts and the MSM (who can't control Mitt's incompetence and penchant for lying) are the ones who have started WHINING, MAKING EXCUSES AND HURLING ACCUSATIONS to protect their candidate, Mitt.
“and ends up as Richard Nixon not going to get kicked around any more. “
And then Nixon went on to win the Presidency.
VDH is MSM? Or is that the blanket term for ANYone who disagrees w/Newt?
Why would Newt concede anything, if he’s willing to fight on?
Well, I’m definitely supporting Newt over Romney but here lately, my man Newt has come across as a tired, angry, desperate old man. RINO-Rom comes across as fiery, fresh and friendly. I wish to goodness Newt would get a grip. He’s hurting himself.
That. Oh, another blanket term: RINO and Romney supporter.
That. Oh, another blanket terms: RINO and Romney supporter.
On the other hand, when you look at that race from a relatively simple point of view, that is, where are Conservatives voting, you find that the Conservatives are NOT voting for Mitt, and yet they are far more than 50% of the voters.
Now, more detail ~ without the Cubans in SE Florida, or the Mormons in Nevada, Mitt Romney would probably have not gotten as high a percentage as Newt.
Maybe nobody remembers the lesson of the 1992 primaries where it was Clinton vs Gore and Gore vs Clinton ~ and nobody was blowing it away. One day Clinton, who had exhausted all his campaign money, made a deal with Gore, who had ALL the campaign money anyone could ever want.
Gore accepted the VP position and Clinton got his and everybody else's campaign debts paid.
The labels sound pretty accurate to me. Y’all must have watched a different press conference to get all huffty and puffty.
“One day Clinton, who had exhausted all his campaign money, made a deal with Gore, who had ALL the campaign money anyone could ever want.”
The difference is Newt won’t make a deal. Even if that’s the smartest thing for him to do. But his opponents will be more than happy to make a deal.
Newt is becoming a caricature of himself.
VDH is sorta right here.
Newt just needs to stick to issues and inspiration. It’s what he’s good at. When you explain why you lost, even if what you’re saying is technically correct, it just comes across as whining, and makes people focus on the loss, instead of preparing for future victories.
Also, when you lay out detailed reasons why you lost, and try to demonstrate particulars in your argument, the simple fact of the matter is, a lot of people are simply not intelligent enough to follow the argument. To a stupid person, a complex argument is easily confused for making excuses or trying to obfuscate an issue.
Your support for Perry was unrelentingly positive. Your new style certainly is not.
Looks like Newt critics are here rather than Newt supporters.
Some will SAY they support Newt but end up critics.
I watched the Presser and thought it reasonable, factually sound and forward looking.
But what do I know...I’m just a lowly former Rick Perry supporter.
Who (Perry), by the way, endorsed Newt and has vowed to help him.
My suspicions are aroused when people SOUND like the LSM while identifying as Conservatives and Romney opponents.
How do you know? If nobody gets a majority of delegates, then anything goes.
WHo is she supposed to be positive towards that you are criticizing her about...Victor Davis Hanson?
Since when did that become a necessity when we are discussing candidates?
We must not be negative towards the candidates’ negative critics??
There is a so called Conservative Media out there who has gone relentlessly negative on Newt and positive on Romney.
They are not immune from the critiques of ordinary Conservatives down here in the trenches.
Not in my book they’re not.
Maybe in yours.
Five states. Fifty two more states to go. How can this be over?
What tripe. Making a concession call once the opponent has been chosen is one thing, they seem to think that Generals on the battlefield should pat each other on the back for individual battles when the war continues as they try to take each other out. I guess they also think that Mitt's ties to lots of money somehow makes him superior. God help us.
His reputation as a flipflopper was earned the hardway ~ by duplicity.
Perhaps when you become indistinguishable from the MSM you become part of the MSM.
Yes Newt looks unhealthy....I wouldn’t be surprised if he isnt hiding some health issue...
It worked in 2008 and appears to be working in 2012 at this time.
No doubt Perri Caliente is still in the race ~ but not as a candidate. He had a few million saved up to run, and he has access to more!
Making veiled and undecipherable remarks is your stock and trade.
He is now in a fight against the establishment GOP. We on the other hand right now are saying this is not our guy and we dont have to hold our nose again and vote like we did for loser Mccain even if we dont like Newt. Wierd. Either way they all seem to be working to get zero re elected.
He might be tired from campaigning and the associated activities.
Does well for someone no longer young.
To speculate that he’s “hiding a health issue” adds nothing but does do potential harm.
It’s like rumor mongering based on NOTHING factual.
Perry walked out of the race with somewhere in the neighborhood of $17 million. I really do think he'd love to be Vice President.
He chose to back Newt and not Santorum.
The Leftwingtards have totally excluded him and his body of donors from further consideration though.
I doubt that Newt has excluded him.
You are probably just now figuring out that sometimes candidates don’t have on the makeup that makes the TV cameras make them look 20 years younger.
This is because the GOP establishment, which includes the "conservative" media, are all in for their guy Mitt, since he won't rock the boat.
Does anybody here really think that the staffers at NRO, or Matt Drudge, or Ann Coulter, or any of the other "conservative" Manhattan set want to see any actual conservative - or even someone likely to stick to conservative principles more often than not - be elected? No way. Remember, even through 8 years of successful conservative governance, Reagan still had his Rockefeller Republican critics who were convinced that his insane cowboy policies were harming the country. These folks are simply not connected with reality.
Frankly, it may be time to break the GOP once and for all, and start afresh with a new conservative party that will reach out to conservative Dems and to independents who care about the little guy instead Mahattan elites. If the GOP establishment doesn't have anything left to be an establishment over, then it has no more power.
If anyone does, my guess is it would be Santorum. In the debate when they asked if the candidates would release their medical records, all were quick to reply yes, except Santorum. He got a funny look on his face and only nodded.
In several different debates as soon as the network went to a commercial break, Santorum would be almost running off the stage. It really looked weird, like he has some problem that sends him to the bathroom alot.
I believe VDH read this one completely wrong.
No, the usual term is infidel.
The writer of this article obviously didn’t see Willard’s
“concession” speech after Gingrich CRUSHED him in SC. Willard said that Gingrich was part of the Washington establishment and only Willard could go in and shake things up. He mentioned character and morals and blah, blah, blah.
He then goes on national TV and has the nerve to say that Gingrich had outspend him in SC and most of the negative ads run in the state were ran by Gingrich against him. Did Faux News call him a the liar that he is, absolutely not. The establishment darling, the ultra New England liberal Romney, is delusional. He has yet to win in a state where there is a level playing field. If the race were on-on-one, Newt Gingrich would be crushing him. And that’s a fac. One more thing, apparently Mormans and blacks do have something in common. If not, please tell me the reason that baby killing, pro-homo marriage-loving Obama gets about 95% of the black vote and Willard the liberal, another pro-abortion, pro-homo-marriage liberal, gets about 95% of the Morman vote. Can you imagine Santorum, Gingrich or any other Catholic candidate getting 95% of the Catholic vote???? Something to think about.
Second, Nevada (and my home state of Utah) are heavily Mormon. This usually conservative voting block will cast away all common sense and vote for “one of their own.” Case in point are my LDS neighbors. These are very conservative folks, but in our conversations make excuse, after excuse for Romney's stands on the issues. They even laud the fact that he never disowned Romneycare. My guess is, Newt will pick up steam in the states that don't have a high LDS voting base.
What I find most disturbing, is that most LDS suffer from “victim syndrome” and would be appalled if someone chose NOT to vote for Romney because he WAS LDS. This hypocrisy is breathtaking. Oh, and to those drinking the media Kool-aid dumping on Newt for this that and the other; my guess is you wouldn't have lasted a day in his shoes. If you can do better, step away from the keyboard and run. I mean, afterall you seem to know exactly what he and others should do.
Six years after the remark was made,after a loss for the California governorship.
the thing I loved best about last nights news coverage.... they must of mentioned Mormons about 1,000 times :)
I was thinking ... FINALLY ! Anyone who didn’t know Mitt was a Mormon and was watching the news last night sure knows now!
I’ve seen pictures of Willard without the black dye on his hair and his stage makeup. Aint a pretty sight. He’s hair is almost as white as Newt’s and he has blotches on his face.
Makeup works wonders.
Buckley was a good Republican. He wasn't a Conservative as we would define one today.
The GOP-e are really in full panic mode!!!
The only people making Romney’s Mormonism the issue are LDS members and the Media.
I could care less that He’s LDS...he’s got Socialist tendancies (Despite what El Rushblow says).
Romney got beat in 2008 because he had a pro-mccain BINO (Baptist In Name Only) who hated Romney because he’s a mormon. That and mccain had his friends in the media like Romney does now. But Romney does not have a huckster against him this time.
Mitt must be stopped! We can’t have a blotchy faced President!
I’m glad I went back and watched the presser. I dozed for the first few minutes last night and came in where Newt says “everybody will get a chance.” The beginning was the best part where he was able to articulate organized thoughts. The thing disintegrates when the press starts asking dumbass questions based on their groupthink.
For the life of me, I don’t know what happened to Newt. He was the one man in the race who could excite the voters with his big ideas, articulation of conservatism, and experience. But ever since FL he has been content to wallow in the gutter with Bishop Romney. RISE ABOVE IT NEWT!!!
Please reel in the wife. thanx.
What’s your point?
He still turned it around and became President.
Sadly, many conservatives are helping to put Obama in by continuing to support Santorum, Paul, Romney. I do not believe the negative numbers on Newt’s electability quotient. Many, many I know in Texas grass roots country like him plenty well. I am saddened at how “conservative” media is so clearly supporting Romney. I hope Fox’s viewer numbers go in the cellar.
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