Skip to comments.Psst: Hear the Roar and Pay Attention
Posted on 01/22/2012 8:11:25 AM PST by SmithL
After Thursday's debate was over in Charleston, I assumed that Newt had not only survived the Marianne episode, but had benefitted from it. I also figured he would win S.C. and that Santorum would fade as a challenger to him. Everyone I knew who saw the debate reached this same conclusion.
Yet as incredible as it may seem, all day Friday we were treated to multiple reviews from members of the conservative media on how Rick Santorum "won" the Thursday night debate in Charleston and that how this would help him in South Carolina. Dick Morris flatly proclaimed that Santorum did so well he might sweep in and take second from Newt Gingrich. Morris also predicted this would mean a S.C. win and nomination for Mitt Romney.
Terrence Jeffrey also proudly proclaimed a big Santorum win in the debate. On the Rush Limbaugh Show, the host refused to give his analysis, but mentioned multiple times that his personal email caucus was swept by the Pennsylvania Senator. Charles Krauthammer, meanwhile, admitted that Newt won it "in the first three minutes" but that Santorum had a very strong night after that.
And I'm thinking: what debate did these folks watch? Do they not pay attention to the crowd reaction? Do they not know what it indicates?
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
What they don't understand is what the roar means.I think you called it.
The roar is passion. The roar is intensity. The roar is pent up frustration. The roar, put another way, is the national mood of conservatives. It is a roar that will demand a fighter. It will demand that those who want our votes must not cower in the face of the liberal template. If fact, it is a roar that demands that we do not accept any liberal templates.
Nice to see that Dickie Morris is still batting a thousand.
Someone finally gets it!
BTTT - a darn fine article. The pundits are stunned for the moment, they never will get it.
Prepare for full assault in the coming weeks.
However, most Americans have a very short attention span and are very fickle.
Dead bang right ... finally!!!!!!!!!!
Grrrrrreat article! Hits the nail on the head.
Excellent, excellent article! One of the best I’ve seen!
When Cain exited like a scared little girl, I totally lost all interest in politics (again)
But Newt’s stand in this debate gave me new hope.
Before the SC debate, I was prepared to vote for Newt only because Romney was totally unacceptable, and Santorum does not carry himself very well (no chance against Obama)
I really hope Newt understands and capitalizes on the passion he tapped in on... because now he has won not only my vote with that debate performance, but also my support.
Damn right I want a fighter.
I think the pundits, like the politicians, live in a bubble of prosperity. I don’t think they have a clue what the rest of the country looks, sounds, or feels like. They dissect and dismember our constitution, our traditions, and our love for country, God, and family. They will never get it because like the politicians they follow around they have lost touch with reality and feed on the taxpayers money.
It’s a roar that will hold their candidate accountable on 2nd Amendment rights, shrinking the size and scope of government, and all the other reasons this candidate won the election. Not Newt bashing...just sayin’.
What amazes me is that someone who is wrong as much as Dick Morris can make a living selling political predictions, analyses,, and consultations
Luckily it won’t take most Americans ... It will take those of us who have been paying attention to stay focused and driven.
Luckily it won’t take most Americans ... It will take those of us who have been paying attention to stay focused and driven.
“what the voters are craving in the debates and on the stump is someone who can look liberals squarely in the eye and tell them why we are right and they are wrong. The American conservative base has had to put up with being called stupid, racist, greedy and unfair for decades by not only the Democrats but the vast majority of the media. The pent up frustration of these decades is magnified by the fact that George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain would not or perhaps could not confront this.”
Mittsy Flippsy is another mushy Rino who dares not confront the media and cultural elites that attack conservative values on a daily basis.
Newt genuinely despises the elites. As the article states, that’s where he gets his biggest applause lines.
A strange calculus seems to be afoot: The more the elites attack Newt (ex-wife interview on eve of SC primary), the angrier the Republican base become
s and the more they rally to Newt’s defense, especially when he fights back.
The MSM still doesn’t get it. They’ll dredge up all the old charges to derail Newt in the days ahead. Quite possibly it will backfire in their faces.
Thanks for posting. C. Edmund got it right. The public craves passion, and the ability to take the fight to the enemy. This trumps the negatives which are old news.
Any comments from the author...?
Most people are sick and tired of being told by the Big Liberal Media how to vote. They ignore Obama’s numerous shortcomings and point the finger at the GOP to blame all the problems. They ignore Obama and his Democrat Team have made things 100 times worse.
Pinging the Freeper author so he can read the (positive) reaction.
Absolutely. No one - NO ONE - gets enthused over a coward or an appeaser. Democrats learned this fact many election cycles ago, while the GOP is apparently content to pretend it is not a factor.
Nonetheless, it is a factor, if not THE factor.
I'm not a big fan of Newt Gingrich, but I'm not much of a fan of anyone outside of wage-earning, lower middle class, flyover country types anymore.
Lincoln (a flawed man) said of Grant (a flawed man): "I can't spare this man- he fights!" Newt is willing to fight Obama and the communists. McCain was (and is) only willing to bully other Republicans and conservatives. Newt already knows names, and I am gratified to watch him kick some asses.
I don't need another messiah, I don't want a fuehrer, and I don't expect a saint. I want someone who will at least stand up and throw a punch in person instead of not doing it at all or having surrogates do it.
Morris must have been right about something, sometime. Let me see now.......................................................................................................................................I give up.
Thanks for posting, and all the comments here just validate what I know in my mind and in my heart - that the people - including many here on FR - are way ahead of the pundit class and certainly the establishment class.
Newt won by tapping into the passion, and that passion is the hatred and justified fear of what liberalism is doing to this country and a burning desire to call them out on it. Only Newt does that.
Here’s hoping he will get it, and ignore Mitt and Ricky other than to continue to contrast how he will fight and they simply cannot.
Very good article. I was “roaring & cheering” right here at home watching both debates.
Santorum did have a good night Thursday, he had two doubles and a single.
But Newt had two grand slams.
If Santorum had “won” the debate, it would have translated to a big bump above what the polls were showing, but his bump was small, big enough to get him past Ron Paul (for which I am grateful) but not much more....he went from 14% in the polls to an actual 17%. Right direction, but he needs something bigger.
“saving the gay whales from global warming.”
Now that is a goal worthy of pursuit, almost as much so as saving the warm whales from global gaying or gay globing or whatever else is currently in vogue with the “intellectuals”.
I know, save the global whales from gay Log Cabin warming.
It’s the passion and his willingness to take it to the MSM, GOP establishment and Obama that brought me to his corner. And SC simply proves I’m not alone. I especially liked his victory speech last night. His calling out of Saul Alinsky tactics, his generous comments on the other candidates, his talking with his supporters instead of making platitudes, and his taking it to Obama. Very well done. He acted presidential. And if I can see that, so can others.
True. IIRC, somewhere between 12-19% of the registered voters actually vote.
The "roar" may be a newly-discovered passion for liberty among American citizens who now feel threatened by the threatening expansions and intrusions of government into their lives.
Although the enemies of freedom have been working for decades, like termites, at eroding the foundation ideas of our liberty, now, attacks on Constitutional principles are visible, threatening, and demand response from the Constitution's "KEEPERS," (Justice Story).
Gingrich, like Reagan, has studied America's Founders and the motivation and passion which culminated in a written Constitution to protect liberty. His ability, like Reagan's, to frame current issues in the context of the underlying principle of liberty, is connecting with "the People," and arouses a passion which, if cultivated, can defeat the counterfeit ideas of Obama and those who control his agenda.
No lightweight thinker who simply regurgitates familiar phrases about America from poems and songs will be able to conduct a months-long campaign to undermine, expose, rebut, rebuke, and defeat the Democrat opponent. That candidate's ideological basis is firmly grounded in a set of counterfeit ideas about the nature and role of government, complete with a manual of tactical maneuvers to impose that role on America.
Over the next few months, America needs a skilled teacher to help us rediscover our roots in Creator-endowed, therefore unalienable, life, liberty, and rights--ideas which so-called "progressives" have helped to erase from the nation's textbooks.
Once understood by millions of voters, their own passion for liberty will defeat the ideas of tyranny cloaked in Obama's "we're here to take care of you" message which, in the end leads to slavery to government.
Which is actually no bump at all. When he had 14%, there were like 25% undecideds. He got very few of those. Remember, there's no "undecided" ballot on election day.
I should have said ....of the populace.
“The pent up frustration of these decades is magnified by the fact that George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain would not or perhaps could not confront this.
You could call it pent up frustration. On the other hand you could just say I am pissed off after seeing the compassionate conservatives turn the other cheek so many times and getting plowed all the time. For the last 50 years we have been beaten back three steps by the left and respond with compromise to not even level the playing field. Face it, we have been crapped on for at least five decades. The likes of Bush, Dole, Bush, McLame, Bohner et al have allowed the right and the producers of the United States to be buried under a great steaming heap of dung.
I’m tired of pretty boys and politically correct hacks. I want a President who will jerk the enemy up by the nose and beat the living hell out of them. This may be our last stand. Nobody can turn the attitude of the entitlement class, created in the last 50 years, around in four years. Legally, I see no way to even turn around the massive system of laws and regulations that have all but destroyed the United States. Instead, I see it likely that attempts at change will only enrage the entitlement class and their lefty over lords. Maybe they will be too lazy to even rise up in useful protest? I know that the over lords will at least try to whip them into a frenzy and the lib lovers in the media will do their best to make it an across the board crisis.
I don’t know what the real answer is for lasting change to return us to our principles. We may only see a season of encouragement. Either way, lasting change or a season I want a President who will act boldly and continuously against the left with the same aggression the left has acted against the principles of our founding and the Constitution.
The Establishment was hoping to shift votes from Newt to Santorum, clearing the way for a Romney victory, by convincing us rubes that Santorum really won the debate. They really think we’re stupid.
I too, felt like you, after Cain’s exit. Back when Newt was in DC years ago I still considered myself a Democrat (rebelling against my Dad at the time honestly). I was afraid that all the problems from years back would be too detrimental to Newt’s candidacy. I’m glad to say I was wrong.
I had forgotten what it’s like when you have a candidate who won’t put up with the crap from the media and doesn’t pussyfoot around the real issues. He’s the ONLY candidate I’ve seen who handles the “racist” issue well - absolutely refusing to accept the liberal premise off the bat and not getting into a “gotcha” question. He’s a master at that.
I definitely don’t agree with Newt’s position on some issues, BUT he’s the ONLY one that seems to be able to change the attitude in this nation. We need a STRONG leader - and Newt fits the bill (the best of our possible choices). After hearing some of the SC debate he has won my support as well. As long as he keeps up the fight, I’ll stand with him...
Great article, great post, C. Edmund Wright always makes great comments and posts and I appreciate his contribution and his efforts for Newt. My wife is on the phone now talking to her brother and sister-in-law in Florida about Newt, the SC outcome and the coming Florida primary. I’ve already sent this article to my e-mail and I’m about to forward to all on my list. This is the best analysis I’ve seen of Newt’s debate skills and the impact on the electorate. Finally Conservatives, the people, have an advocate.
Newt points the way to victory...Stand up and fight!
This is exactly right. I knew it after hearing Gingrich on Thursday night as well. I was one of those people cheering in my living room. I don’t want a candidate to tell me that Obama is a “nice guy who is in over his head.” I want a candidate to tell me that Obama is what he is - a dangerous, arrogant utopian statist who is consciously destroying my country, and I want him stopped. I want someone to take it to the media, who protects him and lies about his agenda. I want a candidate who reflects the passion and anger I feel. I don’t see that in any of the candidates except Ginrich at the moment. Santorum has it, I think, but I don’t think he has the ability to draw blood in the contest against Obama when the time comes, especially in debates. It amazes me how out of touch even the conservative pundits are - except for Levin. Everyone should read “Ameritopia” - it states the problem so clearly and perfectly.
He is the best political strategist to watch, because he is 100% wrong every time. I don't think there is anyone that has that perfect of record.
You can take it to the bank that what ever he says, the opposite will happen.
In fact, I always make sure to watch and listen to him, because he is the person who's opinion I value the most.
Dick Morris meet Karl Rove.
Really good article and well worth the time to read.
Im tired of pretty boys and politically correct hacks. I want a President who will jerk the enemy up by the nose and beat the living hell out of them. (snip)
I want a President who will act boldly and continuously against the left with the same aggression the left has acted against the principles of our founding and the Constitution.
Well, that's putting it plainly.
I think Newt "gets it." I think he knows exactly what people are looking for and understands exactly what he's tapping into.
I don't think that "playing nice" is in his game plan, not when it comes to dealing with the media and with President Obama.
I’m listening to cspan’s radio repeat of Meet the Press. It’s incredible how they’re so saturated with koolaid, they think Romney’s the destined candidate. They’re comfortable discussing his shortcomings, because none of those matter — he’s going to win. Newt can’t possibly win, his candidacy is unsustainable, it will not be allowed.
Someone on Newt’s team better make sure he reads this article.
That is the only way they can predict the outcome and direct the result to their liking.
American voters are sick of their rules and political script, they hunger for a candidate that will tell the media to stuff it up their pompous @ss.
Newt is that guy, and Mutt and Lil Rickie never can be.
We absolutely must have more of this type of confrontation WITH FACTS to the multi-billion dollar socialist machinery, that owns the media, owns the corrupt offices now, and promotes itself 24/7 in the State-Run-Media by hyping the hopes of slugs and parasites, including Union members, who want to be lavished with handouts and cash taken from others who are responsible for themselves.
It's a hard road to hoe, but those who are 4th generation parasites, with no fathers in the home (which is rewarded by MORE handouts "for the children", and illegal invaders who live off the same style of handouts) are going to have to be shown the hard way that no one is entitled to ANYTHING but to be left alone to provide for themselves productively.
I cannot wait, hopefully, to see Newt debate Obama. I can see it now. He will finally say what we all know
“Mr. President, you blame the republicans for everything while you had a democratic congress for two years. Even now only half of congress is controlled by republicans. And while you complain that they are stopping your progress, we all know that is exactly why the american people elected them in 2010: to stop your agenda.”