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Newt Gingrich back on his game
Politico ^ | 2/23/2012 | GINGER GIBSON

Posted on 02/23/2012 7:15:07 AM PST by RoosterRedux

Newt Gingrich didn’t have a game-changing moment in Wednesday night’s Arizona debate.

But the former House speaker’s newest approach to the Republican presidential race — staying above the fray, avoiding attacks and focusing on the issues — proved to be a winner for him anyway.

“Newt’s last two outings were disjointed and low-energy,” said Rick Wilson, a GOP strategist who is unaligned in the presidential race. “Tonight was markedly better.” But Gingrich had more ground to make up than the other candidates in Wednesday’s debate. More than his GOP rivals, Gingrich has used his debate performances — often marked by scathing attacks on the media — as a springboard for jump-starting his erratic campaign. Many attributed Gingrich’s sole win this primary season in South Carolina to a confident performance in a pre-primary debate.

As his poll numbers have continued to dive, the debate was seen as one of Gingrich’s last opportunities to regain traction before Super Tuesday on March 6. The question is whether a good debate performance can translate into major momentum so late in the game, especially with Rick Santorum now challenging Mitt Romney for first place.

“He dealt himself back in the game with some of the Newt magic,” Wilson said. “But Newt doing well now comes out of Santorum’s numbers, not Mitt’s.”

Gingrich laughed and smiled during the debate, leaned back in his chair on several occasions and beamed when Romney gave him several pointed looks during his responses to questions. When asked to use one word to describe himself, Gingrich responded with: “Cheerful.”

“He looked relaxed and looked like he was having fun,” said Chip Saltsman, who was Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager in 2008. “Definitely in his element.”

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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
I think the two things that most damaged Newt in Florida were 1) his attacks on Bain Capital from the left, and 2) the moon colony idea, which I think was something he mentioned out of desperation.

I wonder what your opinion of this was.

Returning to the moon and building an outpost there is not new. Until three years ago, it was U.S. policy and billions of dollars were spent on that idea.

Staying on the moon dates at least to 1969, when a government committee recommended that NASA first build a winged, reusable space shuttle followed by a space station and then a moon outpost. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush proposed going to the moon and staying there.

Sixteen years later, in 2005, his son, President George W. Bush, proposed a similar lunar outpost, phased out the space shuttle program and spent more than $9 billion designing a return to the moon program.

George Washington University space policy director Scott Pace, who was NASA’s associate administrator in the second Bush administration and is a Romney supporter, said the 2020 lunar base date Gingrich mentioned was feasible when it was proposed in 2005.

http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2012/01/31/experts_say_gingrich_moon_base_dreams_not_lunacy/

51 posted on 02/23/2012 10:51:56 AM PST by McGruff (Go Newtclear.)
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To: duffee
I think that his answer reflected that he thought the question was inane.

Which it certainly was.

52 posted on 02/23/2012 10:56:36 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: paul51
Newt's intellect, sense of history, deference to the constitution, debating ability, statesmanship and ability to think big is way ahead of the other schoolboys.

Additionally he sees the big picture from back to front and ahead for those very reasons and more... and why his responses are articulated and fully understood by the audiance.

There's no solid reason for not supporting Newt at this time in our country's peril...all the others will never be able to move congress and his plans are ready to impliment from day one.

It's truly astounding people aren't getting we're not just voting for a Presidential Candidate...it encompasses so many areas of "emergency" that only a seasoned and well equipped "surgeon" can re-attach, cut out, and sew up all the damage impossed on the body we call the USA...and that under fire!

53 posted on 02/23/2012 11:25:57 AM PST by caww
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To: paul51
Newt's intellect, sense of history, deference to the constitution, debating ability, statesmanship and ability to think big is way ahead of the other schoolboys.

Additionally he sees the big picture from back to front and ahead for those very reasons and more... and why his responses are articulated and fully understood by the audiance.

There's no solid reason for not supporting Newt at this time in our country's peril...all the others will never be able to move congress and his plans are ready to impliment from day one.

It's truly astounding people aren't getting we're not just voting for a Presidential Candidate...it encompasses so many areas of "emergency" that only a seasoned and well equipped "surgeon" can re-attach, cut out, and sew up all the damage impossed on the body we call the USA...and that under fire!

54 posted on 02/23/2012 11:26:09 AM PST by caww
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To: paul51
Newt's intellect, sense of history, deference to the constitution, debating ability, statesmanship and ability to think big is way ahead of the other schoolboys.

Additionally he sees the big picture from back to front and ahead for those very reasons and more... and why his responses are articulated and fully understood by the audience.

There's no solid reason for not supporting Newt at this time in our country's peril...all the others will never be able to move congress and his plans are ready to implement from day one.

It's truly astounding people aren't getting we're not just voting for a Presidential Candidate...it encompasses so many areas of "emergency" that only a seasoned and well equipped "surgeon" can reattach, cut out, and sew up all the damage imposed on the body we call the USA...and that under fire!

55 posted on 02/23/2012 11:27:44 AM PST by caww
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To: McGruff
Well, why didn't Reagan build a moon colony? Why didn't Bush 41 or Bush 43? You've cited a lot of talk, but nobody actually doing it.

I'd say the reason it didn't happen during any of those Presidencies is because of the cost. So now, at a time when both our immediate and longer-term fiscal peril is much worse than it was for Reagan or either Bush, now is the time to spend all that money?

And I've read that article. It's full of space geeks applauding Gingrich generally for putting emphasis on space. Gee, that's a suprise. Like asking a car salesman if he thinks its a good idea if you buy a new car.

But in any case, even that article has quotes saying how the promise of a permanent lunar colony by 2020 was "out there". And it is a huge leap from saying that someone is "technologically feasible", and saying it actually is practical, and an intelligent use of taxpayer money.

Anyway, if you want to support this, feel free to contribute what you want out of your own pocket. Just keep your hands out of mine.

56 posted on 02/23/2012 11:31:28 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: KansasGirl

Didn’t someone just hin’t that they would love to be Romney’s VP?


57 posted on 02/23/2012 11:46:43 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: duffee
Great idea. That means a Romney/Paul ticket flips the bird to the conservative movement and they pull in the 25% of moderate "Independent" squishes plus the 10% of insane lunatics (read: "former Obama voters and bong-smoking college boys") that are Paul's base. That gives him 35%. #Winning.

If this is what really happens, then it is obvious that the flag has been captured and both parties have been corrupted by the Communist left. They want to lose and it's all over but the really nasty death rattle.

58 posted on 02/23/2012 12:09:13 PM PST by ponygirl ( Obamanomics: Handing out condoms on the Titanic. (Mark Steyn))
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To: bereanway
Romney is the poison that has resulted in all the carnage in this year’s pubbie primary season ...

I am not so sure Romney is behind it.

Look at the pattern. First a candidate rises from low single digits to the lead. Then, the flurry of destructive attack begin, pretty much destroying the candidate, and driving him back into low double digits or lower.

Could Romney be behind the attacks? Certainly. But, I can't attribute the initial upsurge to him. More likely it is the Obama machine and the compliant propaganda machine of the MSM. They have the power to surge the candidate to the forefront. Romney does not. They would be doing this to stir up discontent and confusion among the Republicans and to make the GOP look bad.

Sadly, all the bickering among Romney, Santorum, and Paul plays into this strategy. Only Newt has focused on Obama's failed policies and detailed solutions.

59 posted on 02/23/2012 12:19:33 PM PST by foxfield
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

The reason a moon colony hasn’t been built is because there is a damn treaty that prevents nations from exploiting space for monetary gain. And incredibly enough, there is money to be made in space.

One near earth asteroid, rich in platinum-group-metals (important in manufacturing hi-tech electronics), is equal in worth to the entire planet’s gross annual product. That is TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS!

Google: asteroid mining
G.Harry Stine’s book, The Third Industrial Revolution (1975)

As you can see, this is not a recent idea. It has been around for decades. We’ve had the technology to mine, smelt, and manufacture in space for quite some time.

The Chinese will be first to crap on the treaty with the Russians following suit.

International corporations have hundreds of billions of dollars stashed overseas (avoiding our capital gains taxes) they can invest on such a risky venture. The United States must make the first move and we won’t have to shell out big bucks, either. We should facilitate this, or the Chinese will do it.


60 posted on 02/23/2012 12:25:39 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: marstegreg

You may have a good point. Santorum, as well, to me had his worst debate performance last night. Maybe the hubris gets in their way. I thought Newt did great last night..but I really wish he’d ditch that purple tie.


61 posted on 02/23/2012 12:31:19 PM PST by alamogal
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

It was as proposed by Newt to be done by private enterprise, if you owned stock in a company that wanted to get involved in this effort you could sell your stock. If private enterprise doesn’t care to invest in it, then it won’t happen. It would give those left at NASA something to do that is keeping with their original purpose. Just this morning someone on another thread was complaing that the problem with the GOP is that there is no leader with bold or grand ideas or solutions.


62 posted on 02/23/2012 12:37:05 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: foxfield

The Romney and Paul campaigns and their PACS have been paying for and running the negative ads. Romney’s minions have been constantly attacking anyone that threatens Romney. I have lost all respect for Christie as he has to have known that he was repeating proven lies and distortions about Newt.


63 posted on 02/23/2012 12:46:27 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee; A'elian' nation; LUV W
To: PSYCHO-FREEP; Jim Robinson; onyx; STARWISE

Just read this on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

“Sarah Palin
Newt’s message on energy development was spot-on. Drill now and stop bowing to foreign regimes begging them to do it for us. Then we’ll all be “cheerful.”

Sounds positive about him, hmmmm?

1,191 posted on 02/22/2012 7:48:49 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)

64 posted on 02/23/2012 12:50:46 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: bereanway; KansasGirl
Romney is up to fifty nine million in negative ads...Should make a good ad. He spends and spends and spends and spends and all he has to show for it is a pile of dog poo.
65 posted on 02/23/2012 1:10:29 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: bopdowah
Last night when they asked for one word to describe each candidate, I thought BULLDOG.
66 posted on 02/23/2012 1:16:14 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Most agree Newt did a fine job in the debate.

A fair-minded assessment of Santorum's performance knows it was a problem for him. The back and forth with Romney probably hurt Romney less.

It could help Newt keep Georgia but we can expect Santorum "winning" Michigan will be a boost into Super Tuesday. Neither will catch Romney in Arizona looking at polling released pre-debate.

The establishment tag team wants Newt out to the detriment of us all.

67 posted on 02/23/2012 1:33:41 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Still root’n for Newton..:)


68 posted on 02/23/2012 1:53:14 PM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: KansasGirl

Paul is split the vote mole?


69 posted on 02/23/2012 2:17:09 PM PST by plenipotentiary (Obama was a BRITISH SUBJECT at birth, passed to him via Pops, can't be NBC)
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To: duffee
It was as proposed by Newt to be done by private enterprise.

Promising the American people that private enterprise is actually going to be willing to make this huge of an investment, and have permanent moon colony by 2020, is a promise Gingrich cannot possibly make in good faith. It is entirely possible (I'd say overwhelmingly likely), that it would not happen that quickly.

That's my problem with the statement. If he wants to say he'd "encourage" private industry to do it, that's reasonable. But if he is going to make it a promise, then he must be willing to support it with whatever government funding is necessary to ensure that promise is fulfilled.

Promising that someone else is going to pick up the check is not a good idea unless you've gotten their promise ahead of time to do it. And here, Newt is making a commitment on behalf of purely private entities he has no power to fulfill.

70 posted on 02/23/2012 2:41:38 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: RoosterRedux

at least he is not discussing Satan. Newt is on David Boze’s
show now and hitting them out of the park regarding energy policy, and hitting The One on his algae-based fuel scheme.

I’m beginning to realize that Newt is the best chance we have.


71 posted on 02/23/2012 3:26:04 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: McGruff

When Newt made the statement about a moon station, he was talking to an audience of NASA employees and unemployed NASA ex-employees. How can anyone fault him for giving them hope of a better future and a reason to hang in there?


72 posted on 02/23/2012 4:01:54 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: who knows what evil?
"That would be correct...Romnuts has a ten million dollar home on that lake which is ALREADY being referred to as the 'summer White House' by the Red Hampshire media. Wolfeboro is already freaking out wondering how town roads will be able to handle the increase in traffic..."

Seriously? Wow........those folks have dramatically misplaced concerns. Lol! Romney NEVER should be, nor will be President. GO NEWT!!!

73 posted on 02/24/2012 6:50:43 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: KansasGirl
"I just don’t understand Paul’s motivation."

From what I'm hearing is that Paul would like Romney to pick his son for VP.

74 posted on 02/24/2012 10:59:41 AM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: bereanway; RoosterRedux; GOPsterinMA; KansasGirl

” It’s easy to stay above the fray when you don’t have a big bullseye on your back. At this point Newt isn’t leading the pack and therefore Flip and his hounds and his media enablers aren’t focused on tearing him apart. “

YOU are absolutely right, as I believe they all expect a Newt rise again, which requires “Round III” salvo’s to be saved for Newt’s third moment.

My concern is that if “we” can’t make Newt more of a movement candidate, I don’t see how the $millions of media, Establishment and Marxist powers and money and virtual blackout can be offset, overcome? Newt has what, one big backer, who has left some huge gaps in Newt’s campaign, particularly Florida, where Newt is permitted to twist in the wind, under virulant attack, left a half million dollars in debt, subjected to smears, dwarfed by cash, and silenced, before our friend coughs up another ten.

Gasp, cough, donate, interview, gasp, cough, another interview, brag on $100 million available, interview, interview, gasp...............


75 posted on 02/24/2012 12:08:26 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: WVNan; McGruff

What you say Nan is true. A Florida, NASA audience in need of many jobs and a spark of hope. What goes unsaid, chilling in the freezer, is that Newt when queried about his remarks, plainly stated he would expect a NASA future funded with 80%-90% private money!

Perhaps he should have said that in his NASA speech, but borrowing from China to save NASA would never be a part of a Gingrich equasion to revive NASA.


76 posted on 02/24/2012 12:23:12 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: SatinDoll; Bruce Campbells Chin

Just saw a headline very recently on China and space warfare. Didn’t read it, but get the picture, so enough said against Newt’s remarks on space exploration, I’m certain.

It’s amazing what Newt “gets”! To repeat, also, Newt said NASA’s future would be funded 80%-90% with private money.

This mind and intellect of his just can not be relegated to the ash heap of politics, rent by socialist contenders and Marxists fighting for take-over of America. Can it?


77 posted on 02/24/2012 12:29:49 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: onyx

Absolutely Palin recognizes the giant among men. The ones that don’t, fear him, dread him and must stop him. They have already seen Newt’s buriel ground for the galactically stupid, opportunist, narrow, and one dimensional, ie., RINO leadership & Company.

I believe Sarah is silent on the formalities because endorsements in this era are useless, utterly, and damaging and trouble making for the endorser and the endorsee in every edorsement. Who needs it?

Who wants most to be seen rising above it all, now....Jeb Bush. I believe he is in and it hasn’t been announced. Otherwise, STHU, Bigfoot Bush! (H = heck, of course.)

.)


78 posted on 02/24/2012 12:40:38 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: RitaOK

“This mind and intellect of his just can not be relegated to the ash heap of politics, rent by socialist contenders and Marxists fighting for take-over of America. Can it?”

No, nor should it. I keep returning over and over again to how often a leader, no matter how improbable, appears when a nation in trouble needs one.

Newt Gingrich is our Sir Winston Churchill. Neither man was/is perfect, both have been deemed ‘mad’ by opponents and supporters alike. We need a true leader, and one with ideas, willing to listen to possible solutions even those proposals not his own.

“Never, never, never, never give up!”


79 posted on 02/24/2012 12:57:04 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Naionals as our President!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Newt is the obvious choice. I just don’t get why people aren’t voting for him. He is miles better than the other two. Why are people still voting for Romney. Doesn’t anyone have a brain anymore?


80 posted on 02/24/2012 1:55:07 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl
I think Romney's $20+ million smear campaign of lies directed at Newt did some real damage.

BTW, I will NEVER vote for Romney! NEVER!

81 posted on 02/24/2012 2:30:39 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: RitaOK
I don't have a problem with generic "remarks" on space exploration". I have a problem with a very specific promise of a very specific event -- a permanent lunar colony -- occuring by a specific date.

Either 1) it's an empty promise because he can't guarantee that private enterprise will put up the hundreds of billions necessary, and complete it in that time frame, or 2) it's a promise he is going to ensure is fulfilled via hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

Those are the only two options, and neither is something I want to hear from the candidate I support.

82 posted on 02/24/2012 7:43:53 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

THere aren’t hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and Newt very well knows that.

He isn’t willing to borrow from China for that...he understands that China is a potential threat.

China believes in space warfare, therefore I see Newt as wanting to counter that. As of now we have nothing.

The idea in general of continuing in space exploration and activity is good, even essential, in this dangerous world.

The specifics can be tweaked.

I will await further reveals from Newt before condemning it and him.

Because even if he turned out to be wrong on this, he is still by far the best candidate.


83 posted on 02/26/2012 12:05:44 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

I support Newt as well. I was just pointing out that he can’t just blame Romney for his drop in the polls. He’s got some self-inflicted wounds as well.


84 posted on 02/26/2012 11:44:03 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: onyx

Newt gets it! He really does. I have been in the Oil business for over 30 years, and I have yet to see a politician who actually understands what it takes, and especially what approach to take. That is, until Newt came along.

It is not a simple task, that we can increase equipmentment, supplies and production in a matter of days or weeks, it take years! It also takes some planned help from Government to just get out of the way, so we can effectively do our jobs.

We know what to do, and how to do it. Just lift all the restrictions, regulations and red tape required to plan any given well. We already have environmental safety practices that we have used for decades, before the EPA was even an actual agency. Give us half a break, and we WILL get it done!


85 posted on 02/26/2012 12:01:32 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You should look into algae. I hear it’s the fuel of the future.


86 posted on 02/26/2012 12:11:21 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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