Skip to comments.Gingrich’s Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse
Posted on 02/05/2012 3:49:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Newt Gingrichs postNevada caucus speech included about three minutes of inspired moments about issues and ideas in his usual imaginative and intellectually robust style. So why does he not just stay with that given that he often seems more dynamic and glib than Romney in his attacks on Obama, and not long ago gained ground despite the attacks against him? Instead, he now turns ad nauseam to the tired reasons why he loses yes, including lots of Mormons in Nevada and ends up as Richard Nixon not going to get kicked around any more.
But whether he knows it or not, Gingrich is becoming a caricature of petulance: no concession in Nevada, no call to Romney, no awareness that his inability to raise money at levels of a political rival or to match a competing campaign organization is not necessarily unfair. Thats politics, and Gingrich knows it. I dont understand why he thinks now losing to Romney in 2012 is solely due to Romneys innate deviousness in a way McCain beating Romney in 2008 was not given that Romney was about the same in both 2008 and 2012. Gingrich seems oblivious to the fact that McCains style and history gave him advantages over Romneys money and hardball in ways Gingrichs own proven liabilities apparently do not.
Gingrich should carefully play a tape of his postNevada caucus performance, and then he would quickly grasp that it was little more than a litany of excuses, whining, and accusations characterized by stream-of-conscious confessionals and rambling repetitions. And, I think, will hurt him more than anything yet in the campaign.
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Newts been crashing since Florida (A week or so ago)? I guess you didn't bother to look at this:
I have to say one thing; the media and Left are certainly encouraged by your comments and others who know look to find what Newt does wrong. If we lose this election (Mittens wins the primary), we can only blame ourselves..we will be fully responsible.
NKP_ Vet wrote: Ive seen pictures of Willard without the black dye on his hair and his stage makeup. Aint a pretty sight. Hes hair is almost as white as Newts and he has blotches on his face.
Are they on the net?
know = now
hopefully one of Gingrich’s big money backers can find Santorum’s price....
“VDH is MSM? Or is that the blanket term for ANYone who disagrees w/Newt?”
Perhaps the poster who titled the post was referring to National Review, an old-line slick magazine like Newsweek, Times, and others - all definitely part of the MSM.
I am not willing to rule anything in or out. In my opinion, the nominee of this party could be either Santorum, Gingrich or Romney at this point. I discount Paul. And finally, the nominee may in fact be none of those three men. It is crazy and expect Gingrich to be on top again, then vanquished again, then again re-emergent. It is volatile and highly possible. I still work and hold out hope that my choice, Rick Santorum, will be the nominee as my own comprehensive issues/voting record/personal morals/likability/fidelity scorecard on him vs. the other three has him in the top slot (and how my political enemies, the progressives, seem to truly loathe and ridicule Santorum the most, especially the anti-life and anti-marriage lavender mafia lobby). He was never my initial first choice of all the candidates that entered the race. I had it down to him, Bachmann or Cain, and on the whole for a variety of reasons, went with Cain as I saw him highly effective and gained intelligence that the Obots were scared to death of him. (They fixed THAT didn't they!!?) Your mileage of course might vary. I think perhaps our only common ground is we want neither Romney nor Paul to gain the nomination, and we so want Obama to be rendered a single term, with a sweep of the House and the Senate to reverse the train of our Republic before it goes over the cliff and into the abyss of irreversible Socialism.
I haven't seen this much hatred by the press since Nixon
Newt understands that there may never be peace with his own party establishment and there will never be peace with the MSM
As a historian, he grasps the possible fatal results if Romney wins the nomination. Other civilizations died of weakness and compromise--I am surprised VDH did not come to the same conclusion...
For the first time since 1994, I’m not even remotely interested in Rush’s political opinion on an issue. I’d normally eagerly tune into his show on Monday to find out his opinion on an article like this, but his actions (or lack thereof) have me completely uninterested in his take on the issues.
I never thought I’d ever feel this way.
“Are they on the net?”
You can bet they will be during the general election. The age issue of all the GOP candidates has been studiously ignored. Only Bachmann and Santorum were under 60!
As I recall, there are 58 states. My recollection that Obama said he was in 57 states and he had one more to go. That makes 58.
Maybe I misunderestimated his remarks.
I'm sorry but the election if being fixed. It's so that the voters really do not have a choice in 2012.
It is time to wake up and realize Newt is petty, whiny, egotistical, unstable, and self serving. As the joke goes Newt will love America til it gets sick.
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still just a pig, no amount of defending Newt will make him look any better.
What kind of man would try to change the election rules in a state after the fact , because he did not win.. Newt. You would think Newt would know the election rules of states, being the great Historian that he proclaims to be.
What kind of man would not call another candidate to congratulate him on his win.. Newt. Why because Newt is a poor sport, and a sad “little” man. I use “Little” not in size but in character.
There are five more events before Super Tuesday on Apr 6. They are:
Colorado, Feb 7
Minnesota, Feb 7
Arizona, Feb 27
Michigan, Feb 27
Washington, Mar 3
By the end of Super Tuesday on Apr 6 we’ll have a much clearer picture of a viable challenger to Romney. Money for that challenger will be critical and hopefully doesn’t dry up by them.
You seem to have serious problems dealing with reality. Santorum CANNOT win the primary, ABSOLUTELY CANNOT. No rational person could think so. Even most Ron Paul supporters seem to have realized that Ron Paul can’t win at this point, which makes you less rational than a Ron Paul supporter. One thing Santorum can do is help ensure a Romney victory by staying in the race, which makes conservatives who support him or give him money even more ignorant of reality.
Another point where you ignore reality...you rate candidates on “fidelity” but support Cain and blame the media for him getting out of the race. The main was giving money to a woman that his wife did not know about and calling her regularly. As soon as this came out in the news, he got out of the race. Nobody who was innocent of charges like that would drop out of the race over them. And if they were innocent, the fact that they would run away based on false accusations instead of defending themselves would most certainly disqualify them as presidential material. But Cain was obviously guilty of at least some of the accusations, something that should be obvious to anyone with the capacity for rational thought. Since I’m a Christian, I will gladly support him as President in the next primary IF he comes clean, apologizes, stops his behavior and repents. Any Christian who would fail to forgive him or Newt for their past indiscretions is a CINO (Christian in Name Only) and does not understand basic biblical principles as exemplified by parables like that of the Prodigal Son.
“I’m sorry but the election if being fixed. It’s so that the voters really do not have a choice in 2012. “
Agreed. Mitt’s job is to give 0bama 4 more years and maintain status quo for our minders. I’d call Mitt a tool but I think he’s complicit.
I recommend Mike Gallagher in addition to Mark Levin if you’re looking for a good go-to radio host this election cycle. Mike has revealed himself to be a true conservative in this cycle and always is completely fair, which means unlike other so-called conservatives, he doesn’t ignore Romney’s gaffes or pile on Newt for falsely perceived gaffes. It’s an entertaining show too.
Sorry, my reply in post 64 was meant for AmericanInTokyo.
That is absolute nonsense. Newt hasn't unloaded nearly a fraction of what the Dems will have in store for Mitt. In fact if you add up what the DNC, Was-a-Man Schultz and Axelrod have put out so far in ads and interviews, they've arguably already put together a stronger anti-Mitt campaign than Newt has. They have probably already done a better job outlining the unethical behavior and unjust enrichment that Mitt engaged in at Bain Capital than Newt has. Mitt's attacks on Newt have been so dishonest and inaccurate, that you might be right that the Dems never would have even thought of doing them, but I'm not sure they would imitate them. With 10 times as many people seeing the ads in the general election, I think the Dems would be more afraid that the truth would get out and a backlash would develop against the lies. Certainly the Republicans will have more money to respond in the general election than Newt has now, which would increase that risk. The Dems will have a much harder time attacking Newt in the general election than they would Mitt. There isn't much substance to criticize Newt on since he's been a successful leader for decades. And it's risky to put out lies when your opponent has the money to respond.
I don’t think that MItt will lose to Zero. I think Big Money (the banks) has taken over America and that Mitt is even more of a stalking horse for the banks than Obama. Therefore he will win since Zero does their bidding financially but is unreliable in foreign affairs, being a Muslim and all.
Newt seemed to clearly be sick, or perhaps exhausted last night. He was having a lot of trouble with his throat during the press conference. The main problem I saw was a bad attitude from reporters and a whole lot of nonsense questions like “why is Romney in your head?” Do they ask Romney why Obama seems to be in his head after he spends time talking about Obama? It’s difficult to deal with a hostile press in a press conference. He probably should have just refused to answer some of the questions that he did, but that might not have looked good either. Otherwise Newt ever since his concession speech in Florida has been just terrific this week, so this seemed just to be a bad night where he might not have been feeling well.
The only story so far is that Mitt seems to be doing worse than he did 4 years ago in Nevada. He’s got a lower percentage, only HALF the votes he got last time. Newt has a higher percentage and more votes than McCain did last time. Ron Paul’s vote total went down but his percentage went up. However only 71% of the votes are in it seems so these numbers could change.
Unfortunately, that's because he is one. I can't think of a better statesman for Secretary of State than Gingrich. He would be the best we've ever had in this country's history.
As far as Romney goes, I think there was a personal thing between he and Governor Perry. I supported Perry in every way I could. His endorsement of Gingrich is kind of like your husband introducing you to your new husband as a condition of his will. I just can't fall in love with the guy and the decision will already have been made by the time my primary comes around. When my primary came around last time, Romney had been forced to withdraw by the Republican elitist in favor of McCain. Romney did so with grace and dignity.
I know that Nevada's voters were 1 in 4 Mormon with the economy their number one issue. You don't find Mormons having to worry about abortions which is the number one issue of the right. I also know Romney won 51% of the “very conservative” voters with Gingrich getting 24%. I think a combination percentage of Paul and Santorum was a good show for them there. Having had to endure 5% and less for the best candidate in the race, I know how I felt when Governor Perry went down. He endured the most hateful of attacks from Imperfect Citizen Cain and his raucous crew of Cainiacs and Michele Bachman. I read FReepers hideous comments in disbelief. I imagine Romney supporters are in the same state. Perry took it courageously, with humor and with dignity. He withdrew graciously. He didn't give all kinds of excuses. He just said he could see no path forward...and my heart broke. No path forward.
I'm not saying what Gingrich “needs to do.” Only God knows that. What I am saying is that I will enthusiastically vote for Romney in the general if he's there. I won't read or entertain the vicious hate-speak anymore. For better or worse and in my opinion, it can't get worse than Obama.
Sorry, but Newt has been off his game. I honestly think his age is catching up to him. He actually stood there at the debate at one point for 4-5 uncomfrtable seconds not able to think of what to say. That’s not like the old Newt.
If he stays in the gutter with Bishop Romney he loses due to the huge money imbalance...he can’t compete negative vs. negative. His only hope at this point is to get back to the old Newt and start inspiring people again. Poeple are looking for someone who can fix our problems and that inspires them. but mostly they are looking for someone that can defeat Zero.
You’re not alone. I feel the exact same way about Rush. He has always been a hero of conservatism to me. The last few weeks, to say I’ve been disappointed in him would be an understatement!
I’ve gone back and forth with that myself.
I just don’t see how Romney can win against Barak. He can’t campaign on any Conservative pillar. Conservatives don’t want him and Moderates will see Obama eviscerate him every time he opens his mouth about commie-care, bailouts, abortion, gay marriage, gun restrictions, etc.
Romney has made the point that he was able to get things done in Mass. by working with the Dems. He’s basically admitting that Dem policies led to any success he claims to have had. Obama will make sure that everyone understands that Romney was (by his own admission) successful because Dems held power.
Conservatives hate him for his stances and, IMHO, Moderates will figure he’s no different than Obama except that Obama has four more years experience than Romney.
I don’t think white boy with nice hair wins against Socialist, black super-hero.
Did Mitt can and chat on the phone with Newt after SC? If he did i didnt hear about it.
Newt does not have the money to put out the volume of attack ads Romney does, claim no control over them and then look positive in public, so he is making good use of the media attention when he can. He is well aware how many people are watching. He will do this in every state they go to in order to get his message out. It puts him in a bad position to be out in the open as owning his attacks whereas Romney can use his sneak attack ads and claim he has no control.
Most of us are sick of our current Blamer-In-Chief. We do not want another one.
The campaign will start once santorum drops out. My thinking is that santorum will drop and sopport romney....wont make a difference. then romney and newt debate.....
Correct me if im wrong, but don’t mormons ACTUALLY drink a lot of Kool-aid? Kinda ironic,,,
Here is a video that I believe is the speech they are talking about:
Newt Gingrich Slams Mitt Romney as Fundamentally Dishonest in Nevada Press Conference; Says He Can be Frontrunner Again by the April 3 Texas Primary Complete Video 2/4/12
At 9:38 minutes in the video he makes this statement:
Newt Gingrich: “The Obama administration has declared war on religious freedom in this country”
Newt is correct.
VDH has now jumped tte shark?
I watched the whole speech and questions. I thought Gingrich was spot on, a fighter. The punditocracy has lost its mind.
NRO has been bashing Newt from day one. Just like Fox and Drudge.
My heart is still broken. Gov. Perry would've been a great president.
You're not alone on that. I remember the first time I ever heard him in 1990 and I've been with him ever since. Not anymore. I'm just not interested in what his opinion is anymore. I was dumbfounded by his three hour a day, two week defense of Herman Cain and comparing him to Justice Thomas. I was winded from gasping from the lunacy. It was insane. I was livid that he failed to even speak the name of my candidate, Rick Perry. Months ago he had taken to a deliberate, gravelly voice that I associate with condescension, and self-induced stutter-speak (buh-duh -buh-duh-buh-duh) to fill air space. I got the distinct impression he didn't even believe what he was saying. So...over a month ago, he went the same way as Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin in my life.
I never thought I would ever ever end this relationship. I didn't even get to taste his tea.
Sanctimonium makes people sick from a distance, think how sick he must get being up that close to himself.
There are five more events before Super Tuesday on Apr 6. They are:
Colorado, Feb 7
Minnesota, Feb 7
Arizona, Feb 27
Michigan, Feb 27
Washington, Mar 3
Mitt is ahead in all the polls to win in these states. Even Newt’s major backer of super pacs Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has said he would have no trouble supporting Mitt if he is the nominee. Adelson knows the odds of Mitt Winning and is adjusting. Newt may want to burn bridges and tear down the chances of defeating Obama in November because he puts Newt ahead of Country..isn’t it time you all adjusted?
You’re not alone.
Everyone had better adjust to four more years of Zero and Moochelle, because Obama is gong to beat Bishop Romney like a drum...at least 10 percentage points...maybe more. Conservatives will NOT vote for the pro-sodomite pro-abortion Romney.
I watched the entire Newt Gingrich press conference!!! It confirmed in my mind that Newt Gingrich is not the “one”, not even close. It also confirmed my switching my support from Gingrich to Rcik Santorum. Actually, Romney, Paul, Santorum are all better candidates then Newt Gingrich.
I love Newt, but.....being objective, he has lost it!!! This “sour grapes” mantra he is now living by, will not cut it. He got slaughtered in Florida and Nevada (the current posted results for Nevada have yet to post the Romney votes in the “Clark County” slaughter, which will take Romney to between 50-55% of the overall vote!!!
I actually felt sorry for Newt last night. What he gave was the press conference that a pure novice would give, infused with his disgrunted and sore loser input. Worse then that, he had a clear shot at finishing Romney off in Florida an he blew every open opportunity he had. I also believe that Rick Santorum will soon replace Newt as the real alternative to Mitt Romney!!! Again, I’m sorry for Newt, but....he only has himself to blame!!!
isnt it time you all adjusted?
Adjustments and reality outside of the money barons will most likely come after the Apr. 6, Super Tuesday showdown. JMO.
I love your post, I just love it. And you are right, Newt was talking to us. He couldn’t have given a regular speech and taken on Willard Your Worst Nightmare that way, so he did it here and there, by bits and pieces, and we got to hear what we needed to hear: That Willard is crapola, so is the GOP and media, and we are going to fight!! Of course the media didn’t like it, he outsmarted them, spoke over their heads and straight to the troops...
that’s our newtie, he’s a cutie!
I hate the media sliming up the joint for Romney 10 times as much as when they do it for Obama
Were the old soviet-era propgandists as gleefullly willing as the American Media? or were they forced to say what they were told.
I was not “sold” on Newt early on; but, have come to believe he truly has changed. Fears of ones own mortality and past misdeeds tends to engender a moral metamorphosis even in the worst of people.
I wish I knew why Newt frowns so much; his message would be better received if he could project more the image of a “happy warrior.”
The are all just subjetive value judgements on your own and may or may not bear resemblance to a wider reality. At any rate, you cannot set yourself as the grand arbiter and say “this one can WIN and this one CANNOT win”. Why that clearly belongs to the soverignty and final decision of the voter. I will leave it to them and not to your predictions and biases, as to whether a certain candidate should stay in the race or not..
OK I HAVE HAD ABOUT ENOUGH OF THE LAMESTREAM MEDIA
*WE* ARE THE NEW MEDIA
SCORCHED EARTH ON ROMNEY- NOW!
DIG UP EVERY PIECE OF CRAP YOU CAN FIND ON HIM
(JUST LIKE THE REGULAR MEDIA DO FOR OUR GUYS)
Thank you BUMP.
I am stunned at the number of posters here, (I do not classify them as FReepers. Honestly, I do not classify them as conservative at all, and fear that they are in fact, moderates or worse), who read/listen to what the pundits and reporters say and pronounce immediate acceptance of someone else’s interpretation. There have been threads with page upon page of knee jerk reaction posts, where people have been totally aghast/inflamed/dejected by the spin of whoever wrote the article, without ever bothering to actually LISTEN to what the candidate actually said!
Please. Listen To What The Candidate Says. If at all possible, listen to him/her BEFORE you read the OPINION piece that is passing for news today.
Newt was fine. He was not, in my estimation, whiny or petulant in the least. He was remarkably good humored. IMHO, his ONLY mistake was in not pointing out that they only reason he continued to “talk about” Romney was because that was ALL the reporters kept asking about!!
The only advice I would give Newt is to revert to professorial mode with the press - make a clear, complete, but concise statement at the outset and then refuse to answer any further questions on it.
I really do like the press conference format, and think it plays to Gingrich’s strengths IF he insists upon POLICY questions. It also highlights something Americans have not seen in years - the very real possibility of once again having a president who is unafraid of standing up in front of people and answering questions.
Dear Lord, please grant Newt strength, and remind the American people that they do indeed have the ability to use their eyes and ears and make decisions for themselves, but much like accepting Christ, it is THEIR choice, and it does require some effort on their part.
Agree completely. I like VDH and there is no way I would consider him to be part of the MSM, in fact, I consider him to be a mainstay bastion of honesty against the MSM.
I watched some of the conference and saw nothing of what VDH writes about.
VDH got one wrong, but he has gotten many, many more right over the years. I'll give him a mulligan.
Probably a good thing to do would be to reframe the contest so as not to focus on a loss, but rather to have people see each state contest more like one inning in a baseball game.
LISTEN for yourselves BUMP!
May God grant us strength.