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Gingrich vs. Santorum (NRO slimes Gingrich with use of shadowy, sneering photo)
National Review website ^ | February 3, 2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 02/03/2012 10:16:26 AM PST by Sideshow Bob

Conservative opponents of Mitt Romney are nervous. If Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich continue to battle for the primary’s non-Romney, non-libertarian slot, the former Massachusetts governor could coast toward the GOP convention as the indubitable front-runner....

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; mittscabinboy; newt4romney; santorum; santorum4romney
I don't have much of an issue with the article other than its Anti-Newt slant. What irritates me is National Review's more subtle efforts to slime Newt Gingrich.

Just when I think NRO cannot stoop any lower in their continuing campaign vendetta against Newt Gingrich, NRO debases itself even further. This time by employing Time/Newsweek left-wing media photo tricks.

Please note the article's accompanying spliced side-by-side photo image. The spliced photo of Rick Santorum is a sunny, bright, frontal view of Santorum smiling out to the viewer. The image of Gingrich is dark and shadowy with Newt's back to the viewer and has the appearance of Newt giving an over-the-shoulder sneer.

Honestly, NRO didn't have any photos of Newt smiling and glancing to his left (or reversing a photo of Newt smiling and glancing to his right)?

There is no excuse for this pathetic, sophomoric, intentional and underhanded effort to subliminally demean Gingrich!! Please go to National Review's website and express your outrage at the editors for their slimy activity!

I guess I'm stunned that NRO didn't instead choose to repeat its depiction of Newt in cartoon form.

What happened? Did Warner Bros. threaten to sue over NRO's Newt parody of Marvin the Martian?

NRO, have you no shame?

1 posted on 02/03/2012 10:16:30 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

You seem a little overexcited.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 10:18:23 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
You seem a little overexcited.

Like he doesn't have a point, right?

Give us a break.
3 posted on 02/03/2012 10:19:44 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: wideawake
You seem a little overexcited.

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You seem a little comatose.

4 posted on 02/03/2012 10:21:04 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m sure you understand the distinction between having a point and blowing a gasket.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 10:21:49 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Sideshow Bob

NR has been in the tank for Romney for 5 or 6 years now. They’re just trying to stir up trouble between Gingrich and Santorum, in order to help Mitt.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 10:22:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sideshow Bob

You make a valid point, it’s really sleezy of them.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 10:26:20 AM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sideshow Bob
You seem a little comatose.

NRO - an opinion magazine, not a news magazine - is of the opinion that Santorum is wonderful and Gingrich isn't.

Amazingly, this opinion magazine has expressed their opinion not only verbally but also visually.

That's life.

What would you prefer? That opinion magazines be subject to some kind of Federal Gingrich Fairness Act, to force them to amend their opinions for the benefit of Mr. Gingrich's easily-offended fanbase?

Let's be serious.

8 posted on 02/03/2012 10:26:29 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
I’m sure you understand the distinction between having a point and blowing a gasket.

No, I don't see that.

If you hadn't been asleep for the past couple of weeks you'd realize that the OP has some relevant points given the smearing of Newt by Romney, his surrogates in the "Conservative" media, and a little bit from the MSM.

Reading your posting history, you seem to be an apologist for Mitt, why is that?
9 posted on 02/03/2012 10:28:08 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Sideshow Bob
The Attack Muffin may not be pleased.

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10 posted on 02/03/2012 10:28:53 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: Cicero
NR has been in the tank for Romney for 5 or 6 years now. They’re just trying to stir up trouble between Gingrich and Santorum, in order to help Mitt.

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Yes, obviously that's the intent. That's what makes their photo trick even more dastardly.

National Review is prominently featuring the story as a jump point on their website and when one follows the link, the negative photo of Newt is the first thing that is imprinted on the viewer.

NRO needs to change the photo and issue an apology!

11 posted on 02/03/2012 10:29:32 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: SoConPubbie
Reading your posting history, you seem to be an apologist for Mitt, why is that?

An apologist for Romney?

I'd love to see what you're basing that on.

12 posted on 02/03/2012 10:30:17 AM PST by wideawake
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To: newheart

The Return of the Attack Muffin! lol cracks me up every time.

Can someone put a giant version of the Attack muffin in a city scape. Sort of like Godzilla?


13 posted on 02/03/2012 10:36:12 AM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Sideshow Bob

Well, the bright side is that a few more jobs reports like this one and we won’t need to worry about Romney for too much longer. The establishment and all the punidts will get their guy, Obama will dispatch him easily, he’ll finally be out of the way and hopefully will take down all his supporters with him, and then conservatives can begin focusing on finding a real candidate for 2016.

But we’ll have to start early. I mean we can’t have it be like this year where we’re pinning all our hopes on Newt and Santorum. One guy who wasn’t even seriously running until late November/early December and another guy who was at 1% in Dec, raised all of $2 million for 2011 and basically ended up winning IA by default after everyone else fell apart and he got the Van Der Plaats endorsement to push him over the top by all of 8 votes or so.

We need to have someone like Romney. Someone who as soon as the election is called for Obama around 9-11PM on Nov 6, decides by 11:01 that they’re running for President and starts preparing that minute. If they have 3 years worth of preparation and organization and a network all built up by 2016 they’ll be in much better shape than any of the conservatives were this year.


14 posted on 02/03/2012 10:40:39 AM PST by jeltz25
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To: Sideshow Bob

To me, the Newt photo makes Newt look serious and the photo of Rick makes Rick look goofy.


15 posted on 02/03/2012 10:40:54 AM PST by noexcuses
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To: jeltz25

lol


16 posted on 02/03/2012 10:42:16 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

Thanks for the post. Yes, it is a heavy handed, unfair selection of photos.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by PghBaldy (Person at RP's “Campaign for Liberty”, sold "Protocols of Elders of Zion" for 3 years on C4L site)
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To: Sideshow Bob

They want to portray him as being mean, I guess.


18 posted on 02/03/2012 10:48:01 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: PghBaldy
Thanks for the post. Yes, it is a heavy handed, unfair selection of photos.

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You're welcome. The GOP-e thinks they can keep getting away with this crap. It needs to stop. It needs to stop right now!!!

19 posted on 02/03/2012 10:48:45 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: jeltz25
I mean we can’t have it be like this year where we’re pinning all our hopes on Newt and Santorum.

You can thank Sarah Palin for that.

The "will she/won't she" distracted everyone for far too long.

Romney, who already had an organization, was the only one who did not have to play catch-up: everyone else temporized to see what Palin would do.

As a result, we are left with this underwhelming field.

Good strategy by Palin for any 2016 hopes she has, bad luck for America.

20 posted on 02/03/2012 10:49:12 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Sideshow Bob

Not surprising. NRO is full of RINOs, and Santorum is a RINO. They’re the perfect fit.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 10:52:09 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: Sideshow Bob

I went to see what all the hoohah is about. I don’t see much to get excited over.

I suspect they wanted shots of each man facing the other. I actually think the photo of Newt is pretty good. He has a slight smile that makes him look about as friendly as Newt can be without looking goofy. I don’t see a sneer at all.

I will agree that the photo is a little dark and that may be intended as a subliminal image, but that’s politics, my man


22 posted on 02/03/2012 10:53:56 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

Gingrich... dark, evil, ominous. Threatening.
Santorum... happy little puppy dog.

That’s what those two pictures say to ME.


23 posted on 02/03/2012 10:57:32 AM PST by Pravious
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To: wideawake

You are correct, some people have discovered what happens in a primary. People get to vote for who they wish.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 11:13:33 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Pravious
Gingrich... dark, evil, ominous. Threatening.
Santorum... happy little puppy dog.

That’s what those two pictures say to ME.

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And that's the latest strategy of the GOP-e. They can't positively add to their support in red states, so they need to split the conservative vote in those states to allow Mitt to win those states with a plurality. Right now, Newt represents the biggest threat to Mittens and continued GOP-e control of the party, so the GOP-e will continue to use overt AND SUBLIMINAL attacks on Newt.

But I guarantee that if Santorum were the bigger threat to Willard and continued GOP-e control of the party, you would be seeing stories shrieking about "What kind of father subjects an extremely ill child to unhealthy situations on the campaign trail??" or "What kind of father wastes his time on a doomed and quixotic presidential campaign when he could be at home spending quality time with a terminally ill child???"

25 posted on 02/03/2012 11:20:33 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

Santorum looks worse.


26 posted on 02/03/2012 11:21:51 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: jeltz25
and then conservatives can begin focusing on finding a real candidate for 2016.

It'll be Chris Christie's "turn."

Bank it!

27 posted on 02/03/2012 11:23:56 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: wideawake

Perhaps, but Palin not running didn’t affect anyone else. SHe didn’t prevent anyone else from doing the legwork and laying the groundwork. Didn’t stop anyone else from running or preparing. Besides, all the experts and those in the know said from the moment she resigned in July 2009 that she wasn’t running and would never run, so it’s not like her decision was unexpected or a surprise or anything. Everyone knew or should have known for 2 years that she wasn’t going to run. She gave them enough of a warning.

I also think Huckabee not running was a factor. Huckabee would have won IA easily and likely won SC easily as well. He’d have been less of a target than Newt and I think conservatives would have gotten behind him to stop Romney. He’d have won in FL and been the heavy favorite right about now. I bet he’s kicking himself that he didn’t run.

And, we also have to admit that we need candidates to run good campaigns or at least campaigns free of huge blunders and gaffes. We can’t have candidates that we find out had multiple sexual harrasment settlements and were giving money to a “mistress” for years including well into the campaign itself. We can’t have a guy who struggles at putting sentences together, insults the base on a major issue, and then can’t even remember the 3 agencies he wants to eliminate and has the worst debate gaffe of all time. We can’t have someone whose last political act was getting blown out in a key swing state by 20 pts despite being a 2 term incumbent(the worst loss by an incumbent Senator in US history) and who is on record as being against contraception among other positions. We can’t be reduced to pinning all our hopes on a guy who has been out of office and hasn’t campaigned/run in an election for 15 years, not to mention never ran in an election outisde his home district in GA, who has been married 3 times and has a record as an adulterer/cheater, and has all the other baggage Newt has.

So, finding a solid candidate, and having him or her start preparing right away to unify the base and prevent situation like this year and in 08 where the base is split 4 or 5 ways for too long, is really the key going forward


28 posted on 02/03/2012 11:25:08 AM PST by jeltz25
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To: Leep
I'll have to work on the Godzilla version sometime, but this one may be of use:

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29 posted on 02/03/2012 11:26:52 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: org.whodat
You are correct, some people have discovered what happens in a primary. People get to vote for who they wish.

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Unless you live in one of the 46 states that have primaries after February 1, then you get a choice of the Establishment's pre-selected candidate and nutjob Ron Paul.

Whooopee!

And if that's my primary choice in April, I'm voting for the nutjob to protest against the Establishment.

30 posted on 02/03/2012 11:27:47 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Cicero

I’m convinced that Santorum is in the race to prevent Newt from winning. I think he’s made some behind the scene deals.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 11:31:33 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Sideshow Bob

Correct ! Vote for whom you wish.


32 posted on 02/03/2012 11:38:48 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: jeltz25
Good post. Other than the Huckabee nonsense. Tax Hike Mike may be an evangelical, but he's no conservative.

Adding Huckabee to the race would have split the social conservative vote with Santorum, making Romney the big winner in Iowa. In South Carolina the evangelicals could have followed Santorum, but didn't and stuck with Gingrich. Huckabee's presence in South Carolina would have had little effect other than splitting or absorbing Santorum's 9%.

33 posted on 02/03/2012 11:43:51 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Pravious

You know I didn’t really pay much attention to Santorum in the pictures, but that is my usual stance on Santorum anyway.

He’s always reminded me of the school nerd, thirty years later.


34 posted on 02/03/2012 11:43:55 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: org.whodat
Correct ! Vote for whom you wish.

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But it's hardly a "choice" then, right?

Other than the obvious Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson line - "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

Which of the candidates is a phantom fear and which one is kindness that can kill?

As Canadians - what do they know anyway?

35 posted on 02/03/2012 12:11:06 PM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: org.whodat
Correct ! Vote for whom you wish.

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But it's hardly a "choice" then, right?

Other than the obvious Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart line - "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

Which of the candidates is a phantom fear and which one is kindness that can kill?

As Canadians - what do they know anyway?

36 posted on 02/03/2012 12:12:01 PM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

Which of the pictures did you think was sneering? GIngrich looked presidential and thoughtful; Santorum had a kind of half-smile expression that seemed more off-putting to me.

Of course, Gingrich is never going to look “as good” as Santorum, even if you run a picture of him from 20 years ago.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 1:04:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Cicero

“They’re just trying to stir up trouble between Gingrich and Santorum, in order to help Mitt.”

It seems to be working, sadly.


38 posted on 02/03/2012 1:10:38 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: newheart

I agree. They should have used the muffin picture; it’s so cute.

P.S. It’s not like Gingrich himself didn’t “stir it up” by demanding (twice) that Santorum drop out of the race.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 1:14:24 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Governor Jan Brewer, My Hero!! You Rock!!)
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