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Tea Party members get behind Gingrich
boston.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Tracy Jan

Posted on 12/08/2011 7:14:36 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

He has surged to the top of the polls, having been crowned the latest Tea Party favorite by the movement’s rank and file. Newt Gingrich’sappeal is not universal among Tea Party conservatives, but for now he is their anointed warrior, boosted by his string of fiery debate performances filled with irreverent quips.

As Gingrich courts the group that will be so crucial to his success in Iowa and beyond, Gallup’s latest poll of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents has him winning 47 percent of voters nationally who say they support the Tea Party movement. (More than half of Republicans consider themselves Tea Party supporters.) A month ago, Gingrich garnered 18 percent of Tea Party support, behind Herman Cain and Mitt Romney.

“Obviously, he’s really kind of taken over among that group,’’ said Jeff Jones, the Gallup Poll’s managing editor. “They’ve been casting about, looking for someone who is a better fit for them than Romney is. It looks like everyone’s had their chance and basically squandered it, so that leaves Gingrich.’’

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt; newtgingrich; teaparty
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1 posted on 12/08/2011 7:14:38 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I feel the grass root TEA Party is waiting to see who their favorite, Sarah Palin, is going to endorse.

I don't see her endorsing Newt or Mitt.

So, who will she endorse? ...I'm guessing Rick Perry after the 1st of the year.

2 posted on 12/08/2011 7:18:00 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"It looks like everyone’s had their chance and basically squandered it, so that leaves Gingrich."

That's a helluva statement about the current condition of the GOP.

3 posted on 12/08/2011 7:18:26 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I would have to hold my nose to vote for Newt, much like I did when I voted for McCain.


4 posted on 12/08/2011 7:18:44 AM PST by SailormanCGA72
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Grinch could very well take the Tea Party down with him.

5 posted on 12/08/2011 7:20:30 AM PST by maggief
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To: Berlin_Freeper

But Newt has very little to do Tea Party ideals other than his early years and Balance Budget measure.....he is a Washington insider


6 posted on 12/08/2011 7:20:40 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Obviously, he’s really kind of taken over among that group,’’ said Jeff Jones, the Gallup Poll’s managing editor.

Uh...no.

If/when Palin endorses Perry, there will be a marked shift in perception, methinks.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 7:21:30 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All

The tear down of Newt has started. Allegations of affair:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2817675/posts


8 posted on 12/08/2011 7:22:29 AM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Timber Rattler

No kidding. Newt is a complete repudiation of everything the tea party stands for.


9 posted on 12/08/2011 7:24:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: jagusafr; TexasCajun
Palin slams Perry on 'crony capitalism'
10 posted on 12/08/2011 7:26:09 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: maggief

The Grinch could very well take the Tea Party down with him.

The DC Hacks on both sides would love that.


11 posted on 12/08/2011 7:26:32 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Tea Party support moved to Newt after Cain left but I doubt it will stay there.

These folks are new to politics and they know nothing about Newt’s past.


12 posted on 12/08/2011 7:26:37 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless & Inhumane)
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To: TexasCajun

Sarah Palin - last night on with Eric Boiler on the Fox Business News:

“Mr. Gingrich, show us what you have done to fight that [corruption], so that we can through relentless and sudden reform that is needed with a new President, that you can be the one to continue that reform.  Now, if you haven’t been a fighter and successfully helped reform, well then you’re not going to get voted into office, and I’m saying that not specifically to Gingrich but to ANY of you, any of the candidates who have been a part of the problem, you’re NOT GOING TO GET MY SUPPORT, you’re not going to get most Independents’ and Conservatives’ support, you’re not going TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.  We want to know WHAT YOU HAVE DONE to successfully fight for the reform and the anti-corruption practices that we need to adopt.”

She says that Gingrich IS a Washington, DC insider, and needs to ask for forgiveness.


13 posted on 12/08/2011 7:27:12 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

NH tea party leader backs Bachmann

http://amherst.patch.com/articles/nh-tea-party-leader-backs-bachmann


14 posted on 12/08/2011 7:28:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Behind newt? Not so much.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 7:28:42 AM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I thought a recent poll said 60% of TP haven’t rallied behind anyone yet


16 posted on 12/08/2011 7:28:59 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Tagline for rent: Inquire within!)
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To: tennmountainman

“The DC Hacks on both sides would love that”

Yes, they would.

Newt is an insider; ie. Scozzafava ... don’t trust him either.


17 posted on 12/08/2011 7:29:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: dynachrome

“The tear down of Newt has started. Allegations of affair:”

It will be tough to tear him down over that since he’s already admitted and apologized for them publicly... It seems to me the the affairs have already been discounted in his support.

Are people going to say “gosh he’s had one I hadn’t heard about?”. Cant vote for him now...


18 posted on 12/08/2011 7:29:48 AM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Not this Tea Party Member nor any of the others I know of personally. We can do better then the 3 Rinos: Romney, Newt and Huntsman.


19 posted on 12/08/2011 7:33:07 AM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: Bigtigermike

“and needs to ask for forgiveness.”

And of course he has admitted his past mistakes and ask for forgiveness... Weren’t you paying attention?


20 posted on 12/08/2011 7:34:05 AM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Mechanicos
Not this Tea Party Member nor any of the others I know of personally. We can do better

Ditto.

21 posted on 12/08/2011 7:35:30 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Bigtigermike

Sarah Palin matters to fewer and fewer. She needs to just take care of her young’ns.


22 posted on 12/08/2011 7:35:50 AM PST by Jukeman (Texas Guy born and bred and proud of it.)
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To: babygene

He asked for his personal sins not his political sins


23 posted on 12/08/2011 7:37:30 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: dynachrome

Newt doesn’t need affairs to sully him. His marriages are sordid enough!

NO Newt!


24 posted on 12/08/2011 7:37:42 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: TexasCajun
I don't see her endorsing Newt or Mitt.

I dunno 'bout that. She endorsed McCainiac in AZ last year....

25 posted on 12/08/2011 7:38:12 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So what’s his plan for Gingrichcare? Will we have to elect him first in order to find out what’s in it?


26 posted on 12/08/2011 7:39:13 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: babygene

I’m thinking this will be like what happened to Cain. A steady drip of stories like that.


27 posted on 12/08/2011 7:41:36 AM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
With some people running their jaw a little long against Gingrich, it is helpful to post some facts:

In 1996, after constructing two welfare reform bills that were vetoed by President Clinton, Gingrich and his supporters pushed for passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which was intended to reconstruct the welfare system. The act gave state governments more autonomy over welfare delivery, while also reducing the federal government's responsibilities. It instituted the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, which placed time limits on welfare assistance and replaced the longstanding Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Other changes to the welfare system included stricter conditions for food stamp eligibility, reductions in immigrant welfare assistance, and recipient work requirements.

28 posted on 12/08/2011 7:42:54 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: Hoodat

She showed her hand when she made her choice. She sure does talk a good game, but in the end.....

Too bad to....I was one of her supporters she left at the alter. She could have made history....and the needed wrecking ball for the DC elite. Guess she lacked “the right stuff” after all.


29 posted on 12/08/2011 7:43:07 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Mechanicos

Agree 100%.


30 posted on 12/08/2011 7:47:28 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: babygene

“the affairs have already been discounted in his support.”

We’ll see but I doubt it. The likely voters of today weren’t paying attention to politics 20 years ago when Newt was making headlines.


31 posted on 12/08/2011 7:49:14 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless & Inhumane)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Needs repeating for anyone waiting for Palin’s endorsement to make up their own minds:

She endorsed McCain instead of the conservative in the AZ senate election!


32 posted on 12/08/2011 7:49:40 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: Bigtigermike

Do you have the video to that, Mike?


33 posted on 12/08/2011 7:50:19 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Yes I do......one of the best interviews she ever done, very feisty!

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/12/video-of-governor-palins-interview-with-eric-bolling.html?nomobile


34 posted on 12/08/2011 7:55:49 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Berlin_Freeper

OH cripes. Tea Party people, it won’t be long and he’ll shoot himself in the foot. He is a good talker, he could talk a horse out of it’s tail. He’s a prof, a writer, a man who loves the limelight, a man with good ideas, but as a president??? I think he’s a weak sister. The reason he did well as Speaker, was because Americans were sick and tired of the clinton/democrat antics. And yes, he did help with the taxes, but Social Security recipients are still paying taxes on their social security “income”.


35 posted on 12/08/2011 8:01:09 AM PST by tillacum
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To: TexasCajun
So, who will she endorse? ...I'm guessing Rick Perry after the 1st of the year.

I'd appreciate the endorsemnet. Hope she doesn't take a flyer and endorse Newt. That would be tragic.

36 posted on 12/08/2011 8:02:52 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: TexasCajun

She’ll endorse the almsot certain winner.


37 posted on 12/08/2011 8:03:57 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It’s assumed that the GOP nod will be a battle between the Establishment, represented by Mitt Romney and the TEA Party, represented by: Bachmann then Perry and then Cain.

Newt is a big government guy as long as he and his people are in charge of it. He is not a TEA Party guy. Right now he is representing the “not Mitt Romney” vote.

The TEA Party candidates have risen and fallen. One may still rise again but right now, the GOP does not have a TEA Party candidate.


38 posted on 12/08/2011 8:05:07 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
stricter conditions for food stamp eligibility, reductions in immigrant welfare assistance, and recipient work requirements.

How did that all work out? As a percentage of the population, are there fewer people on foodstamps and welfare today then there were then?

39 posted on 12/08/2011 8:06:22 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Glenn

Since that is a concern of yours, then you should support Gingrich for President - to win the next battle in the continuing war.


40 posted on 12/08/2011 8:11:35 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: BigBobber

That was really a good opportunity for her to STFU.


41 posted on 12/08/2011 8:13:40 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: maggief
The Grinch could very well take the Tea Party down with him.

Maybe that's the plan. The GOP elite hate the Tea Party.

42 posted on 12/08/2011 8:14:33 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: cripplecreek
Newt is a complete repudiation of everything the tea party stands for.

Right.

If he is so great, why didn't he jump to the front when he first announced his candidacy in May?

Nah. He only got there by default. Is that how the GOP gets their nominees? After 2008, it may be.
43 posted on 12/08/2011 8:14:48 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TexasCajun

Palin has said she wont endorse till after Iowa.

After Iowa there won’t be anyone left but Gingrich and Romney.


44 posted on 12/08/2011 8:14:50 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: Mechanicos

I’m a Tea Partier - and NO! I don’t support Big Government Newt! It’s goes against EVERYTHING I have marched for and supported. The number of “Tea Party” people that are so willing to support the media’s pick - makes me want to vomit!

There are more conservative candidates running - but these “fair-weather” conservatives won’t support them because the media tells them they can’t win. It is beyond disgusting & it will give Obama a second term.

I pray to GOD that these sheeple will please wake up before it’s too late.


45 posted on 12/08/2011 8:15:04 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: Bigtigermike
...he is a Washington insider.

And a big government, NWO globalist.

46 posted on 12/08/2011 8:16:22 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’m Tea Party, and I won’t be voting for Gingrich. There are already two candidates available to choose from, Bachmann and Santorum.

Stop saying you’re Tea Party when you are going to vote for Gingrich because you’re not.

It’s oxymoronic.


47 posted on 12/08/2011 8:16:22 AM PST by JohnBrownUSA (Don't Tread On America!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Go Newt!!!!!!!!!!! the voters are rallying behind Newt because they like his solutions; they like his statement that all the republican candidates would make a better president than Obama; they like NEWT attacking Obama instead of the other gop candidates; they like Newt going after the media. As the Bachmanns go after everyone but Romney...Newt carries on and looks very presidential. The evangelicals and tea party folks are rallying behind Gingrich. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 12/08/2011 8:19:41 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Timber Rattler
It is a helluva statement and pretty much dead-on accurate.

Bachmann had her shot. Perry his. Cain his.

No one's going for Huntsman, Paul or Santorum. And three quarters are looking for the non-Romney.

That leaves Newt.

If Perry had been half the debater of Newt, he'd be it, but this was not a race he was prepared for nor seemed keen on.

49 posted on 12/08/2011 8:19:41 AM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: JohnBrownUSA
I am sure you are.

And I am sure you are for Freedom of Speech.

Although it is difficult to tell...

"Stop saying you’re Tea Party when you are going to vote for Gingrich because you’re not."

50 posted on 12/08/2011 8:20:09 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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