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Did Newt Gingrich Just Win In Michigan? (His plan to win is patient, simple and clever)
American Thinker ^ | 02/29/2012 | Richard F. Miniter

Posted on 02/29/2012 6:14:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Ever since Newt Gingrich's loss in Florida's Republican primary I've been trying to read that gotcha-just-where-I-want-you smile of his. What's his plan for winning the nomination? No matter how bleak his prospects appear, he does have a plan, that we can be certain of. And whatever it is, it is patient, simple and clever.

He's the same man after all who wrote a book explaining how Robert E. Lee could have won the battle of Gettysburg by simply abandoning the field July 2, marching a day south and east and waiting for the Union Army to destroy itself. As Newt has done the same thing himself numerous times, most famously when he stopped negotiating with Bill Clinton when everybody told him he had to and if it wasn't for Bob Dole surrendering the government shut-down, almost folded up that administration like a cheap suit.

Now watching Romney and Santorum each beat the other's brains out in Michigan I think I finally figured out what Newt is up to. Waiting for it to finish so that he can move south and east again. Just like he always does. And if I'm right it means we'll look back and see that both Romney and Santorum showed up for a chess match, clutching a box of checkers.

From day one Gingrich could only win the nomination if he was the only conservative alternative to Romney. That a fact and that's his baggage. And so Michigan was the set-up Newt was waiting for. Let Romney be defeated in his home state he was finished and then Gingrich could take Santorum in the areas of the country where Monsignor Rick doesn't play all that well. Let Romney win and Santorum's momentum would peak and a week he'll be polling 10-15% again.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: gingrich; mi2012; michigan; newt
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To: SeekAndFind
Agree on Newt plans for MI. Believed he got played in FL and he realizes it now.

Newt went for FL and lost badly. Santorum went for MI and lost but managed a split of the Delegates.

They both have been burned by Mittens war chest. Maybe they have both learned to campaign smarter not harder.

Time will tell. If either of them starts campaigning heavily in Mass or Vermont well they have simply lost their mind no matter what the polls say.

One good thing Mittens spent a ton of money in FL and MI his war chest has to be several Million lighter.

41 posted on 02/29/2012 7:32:21 AM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need.)
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To: Sacajaweau

TMI. I hope you have some bayberry candles...


42 posted on 02/29/2012 7:35:56 AM PST by Anti-Hillary (Under Romney's Governorship, MA. was the birthplace of gay marriage & socialized medicine in America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wrong on several points, but one is this:
Last poll showed Santorum leading in Texas, huge.
The idea that Santorum cant play in the south is wrong.

And I dont see how Newt coming in 4th in Michigan is a Newt win. Yesterday was a Romney win, no matter how its spun.


43 posted on 02/29/2012 7:38:08 AM PST by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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To: CAluvdubya
"Rove never says one good thing about Newt."

I'm actually starting to pity Rove. This guy's job is to sell a thoroughly and obviously flawed mitty to us peons, while trying to retain some level of credibility. Talk about a suicide mission.

44 posted on 02/29/2012 7:40:28 AM PST by moehoward
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To: Bailee
TOTAL DELEGATES WON BY CANDIDATES SO FAR:

Romney 163
Santorum 83
Gingrich 32
Paul 19
45 posted on 02/29/2012 7:44:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Bailee

Delegates needed to win nomination: 1,144


46 posted on 02/29/2012 7:45:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: napscoordinator

It’s good if it saps momentum from Santorum while not adding any to Romney.

I think that’s just what happened.


47 posted on 02/29/2012 7:47:06 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: John Valentine

I just think the whole thing is dumb. Our number one objective is to get Romney out of the nomination contest. The entire primary is a mess. I concede that Santorum should have told his supporters to support Newt in Florida. Newt should have done the same in Michigan. Washington is an unknown for now. Super Tuesday will result in all three getting places. However, if these two were really working together, they could have taken all the states on Super Tuesday except Mass. But no. They both have to be selfish and each one’s supporters are just selfish too. If we don’t get our acts together, we are going to hate the result. This is such a crazy primary especially since everything that should have been done was totally not done at all. I for one and probably the only one does NOT want a brokered convention. It will not work out well for us. I just seriously believe that.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 7:52:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Newt's either crazy like a fox, or crazy as a shithouse rat. Either way, he seems to be up to something........

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


49 posted on 02/29/2012 7:53:02 AM PST by Viking2002
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To: Bailee; All
Agree on Newt plans for MI. Believed he got played in FL and he realizes it now.

Given his background in teaching war college(s) etc. I am curious as to what he and his team did aka having a Vince Lombardi moment, "Gentlemen this is a football" and review that debate and how as a military strategist how he lost and how he will prevent it in the future.

That conversation might be one for the history books that might be pointed too as a tipping point if he wins and goes all the way to POTUS...

50 posted on 02/29/2012 7:53:45 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: WOSG

Regardless of who wins the GOP nomination, I already see the following states as a lock for Obama regardless of how bad the economy goes (and their electoral votes):

NJ 15
NY 31
Connecticut 7 ,
Delaware 3,
Masschusetts 12,
Rhode Island 4
Vermont 3,
Maine 4,
Maryland 10
California 55 ,
Oregon 7,
Washington 11,
Illinois 21,
Hawaii 4,
DC 3

That’s 190 of the 270 needed to win right there.


51 posted on 02/29/2012 7:59:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Cboldt
I think the GOP wouldn't mind at all if Romney won the nomination then lost in the general. What I think they fear is that their charade is being uncovered, and that a substantial fraction of the voters insist on less government.

It is becoming evident that the corruption in DC extends throughout both major parties.

We will work to drag the GOP nominee across the finish line, kicking and screaming if we have to, becasue the fate of the nation depends on it.

But it will be the last time.

Unless it is Newt or Sarah, I don't see the kind of reform needed taking place.

Therefore, the GOP will be finished as a major party. A new third party will arise after Nov. 5th, a conservative party, in time for the 2014 mid terms.

Boehner and McConnell are weak sisters, and the entire GOP leadership is weak, at a time when boldness and courage is called for to save America.

52 posted on 02/29/2012 8:00:36 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: georgiagirl_pam
“These ALL proportional delegates. Now, tell me, which of these do you think Mitt is going to win? Massachusetts, of course. Ohio, maybe. Vermont, yes. Virginia, not if all of the Rick and Newt supporters vote for Ron Paul! And again, these are ALL PROPORTIONAL!”

WOW, it just hit me, this will show the ANTI Romney vote straight up. This could be the most revealing primary vote of the year, one way or another. I hope Ron Paul (I mean Santorum & Newt voters) TROUNCE Romney. It would be far bigger blow to Romney than a Newt or Santorum win, were they on the ballot.

53 posted on 02/29/2012 8:01:52 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

“......Santorum’s momentum would peak and a week he’ll be polling 10-15% again.”

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


54 posted on 02/29/2012 8:03:00 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Only about half of what says is worth your time. Some days none of it is. He also can be great sometimes.


55 posted on 02/29/2012 8:05:13 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: napscoordinator

I don’t know about Florida, but I think by not contesting Michigan, Newt did effectively release his supporters to Santorum. I don’t think many Gingrich supporters would have migrated to Romney; their stomaches couldn’t take the gastronomic distress. As a result, Romney was deprived of a convincing win in his nominal home state and Santorum wound up taking almost as many delegates as Romney.

I now believe that Romney is mortally wounded and I have always believed Santorum has to be a non-finisher from the start.


56 posted on 02/29/2012 8:32:48 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: moehoward

Mitt has always looked to me like a human who has been plasticized.

Everything about him is plastic.


57 posted on 02/29/2012 8:34:49 AM PST by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: faucetman

Once I read something he said...In that one paragraph, he repeated himself 7 times. I kid you not.

My gawd he’s monotonous.


58 posted on 02/29/2012 8:49:30 AM PST by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: faucetman

P.S.

“He also can be great sometimes.”

But that is the problem I have with Rush. If he could announce ahead of time “I am going to be great tomorrow at 12:39 1/2” I would considering listening. :)


59 posted on 02/29/2012 8:59:38 AM PST by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, my prayers have been answered.

I think more news will be coming. My uncle in Ohio was planning to vote for Rick if he beat Romney. He told me this morning that he and my aunt are now voting for Newt.

60 posted on 02/29/2012 9:12:01 AM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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