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Santorumís Turn [NRO Editorial: Calls Gingrich To Resign, Says Romney Suffers "Lack of Enthusiasm"]
National Review ^ | February 13, 2012

Posted on 02/13/2012 10:25:00 PM PST by Steelfish

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 Santorum’s Turn By The Editors

At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney. Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls. In at least one poll, he also leads Romney. It isn’t yet a Romney–Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way.

We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.

It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride: an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

Santorum has been conducting himself rather impressively in his moments of triumph and avoiding characteristic temptations. He is doing his best to keep the press from dismissing him as merely a “social-issues candidate.” His recent remark that losing his Senate seat in 2006 taught him the importance of humility suggests an appealing self-awareness.

And he has rightly identified the declining stability of middle-class families as a threat to the American experiment, even if his proposed solutions are poorly designed. But sensible policies, important as they are, are not the immediate challenge for his candidacy. Proving he can run a national campaign is.

Romney remains the undramatic figure at the center of the primaries’ drama. Lack of enthusiasm for him...

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To: tbpiper

I’m not buying that line of argument anymore.

The way I see it, if the country wants mediocrity... let them have it. I won’t be involving myself in it anymore.


51 posted on 02/14/2012 3:50:06 AM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Windflier; onyx; xzins; b9; true believer forever; JediJones; Utmost Certainty; Lakeshark; ...

Quotes From Newt Gingrich book ‘To Renew America’:

“Six challenges for a prosperous, free, and safe America

Let me outline the six major changes that I believe are necessary to leave our children with an America that is prosperous, free, and safe:

1. We must reassert and renew American civilization. Until we re-establish a legitimate moral-cultural standard, our civilization is at risk.
2. We must accelerate America’s entry into the Third Wave Information Age. Second only to renewing our civilization is making the intellectual investment necessary to understand these changes and harness them to our lasting advantage.
3. We must rethink our competition in the world market. We want our labor to add the highest value so that we can be the most effective competitor on earth.
4. We must replace the welfare state with an opportunity society.
5. We must replace our centralized, micro-managed, Washington-based bureaucracy with a dramatically decentralized system more appropriate to a continent-wide country.
6. We musty be honest about the cost of government programs and balance the federal budget.”

“Our civilization is a shared opportunity to pursue happiness

We have gone from being a strong, self-reliant, vigorous society to a pessimistic one that celebrates soreheads and losers jealous of others’ successes. I came out of my two years of reviewing American history convinced that our first need is to rediscover the values we have lost. In my reading, I found five basic principles that I believe form the heart of our civilization:

The common understanding we share about who we are and how we came to be

The ethic of individual responsibility

The spirit of entrepreneurial free enterprise

The spirit of invention and discovery

Pragmatism and the concern for craft and excellence.”

“On Principles & Values: Culture of irresponsibility began in 1965

We must reassert and renew American civilization. From the arrival of English-speaking colonists in 1607 until 1965, there was one continuous civilization built around a set of commonly accepted legal and cultural principles. From the Jamestown colony and the Pilgrims, through de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, up to Norman Rockwell’s paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, there was a clear sense of what it meant to be an American.

Our civilization is based on a spiritual and moral dimension. It emphasizes personal responsibility as much as individual rights. Since 1965, however, there has been a calculated effort by cultural elites to discredit this civilization and replace it with a culture of irresponsibility that is incompatible with American freedoms as we have known them.

Our first task is to return to teaching Americans about America and teaching immigrants how to become Americans. Until we re-establish a legitimate moral-cultural standard, our civilization is at risk.”


52 posted on 02/14/2012 4:05:56 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Steelfish

Like I will would never vote for GOP E romney, I won’t vote for his butt boy either. I’ve said never again and nothing has changed.


53 posted on 02/14/2012 4:06:01 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Apollo5600

Enjoy your pout.


54 posted on 02/14/2012 4:13:11 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Lazlo in PA
this seems like a typical NR slam on Newt,

Of course it is. This helps rick, thus romney. The GOP E hates Newt. Newt IS the conservative in this race.

55 posted on 02/14/2012 4:21:56 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: toddausauras
You can’t spell RINO without NRO.

And notice their praise of slick rick? It's above the paygrade of his supporters to 'get it'.

56 posted on 02/14/2012 4:25:35 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Steelfish

Haven’t you figured out YET that the so-called “polls” goal is ONLY to influence the voters’ choice?

That’s why they are releasing dozens of polls per day. The media invented a frightful concept - electability. “Don’t vote for your candidate ‘cos the media polls say he couldn’t win. Stay home or if you go vote, do it for the candidate we say is the most electable.”

South Carolina is a excellent example. The polls for days and days pretended Mitt will be the winner. We know how that turned out.

Stop posting polls. They are vicious and poison the political debate. The only poll which counts is the voting ballot.


57 posted on 02/14/2012 4:27:49 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Javeth
a reliable shill for Romney and other RINO’s like McCain for a while now

Hope you didn't miss the love for slick rick in the article. Not rocket science to know who the conservative IS in this race. The GOP E knows, the NRO knows, the media knows - everybody but rick's supporters.

58 posted on 02/14/2012 4:39:11 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: tbpiper
stay on the sidelines and pout

No, front road seat watching the idiots being led down the path again never ever to learn. You'll pout when the realization comes you've been played. And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

59 posted on 02/14/2012 4:45:12 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Apollo5600
let them have it. I won’t be involving myself in it anymore.

Me neither. DONE! Let them jerk around those who are too clueless to 'get it'. They already have their deceptive hook in them.

60 posted on 02/14/2012 4:57:36 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

What an illogical and stupid statement.

BTW, who's playing you, Ron Paul?

61 posted on 02/14/2012 5:09:17 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Steelfish

That theory; according to the Newt only hypocrites that called for Santorum to drop out; only applies if it is Newt.


62 posted on 02/14/2012 5:24:05 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Apollo5600
That's how I feel. In a few more months, if people don't wise up and go with a total bold direction, we will not have a free country.
63 posted on 02/14/2012 5:25:07 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Steelfish

GO SANTORUM!


64 posted on 02/14/2012 5:25:19 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
At that point in time, people were Sacred to death, Romney could not be stopped. Think about that. Say your thanks to Newt for stopping Romney in SC.
65 posted on 02/14/2012 5:27:07 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

>>GO SANTORUM!

Thanks to Newt..


66 posted on 02/14/2012 5:28:35 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Lazlo in PA

I agree with you. As I read the piece, all I could think was “Heyyyy.... you twerps don’t seem all that impressed with Mittens any more.... what happened?”

Dunno if they’re hedging their bets or trying to extricate themselves from the corner into which they stupidly and prematurely painted themselves.

I’ve also noted their coverage of the recent HHS policy on contraception. Since NR is populated with a surfeit of Catholics, it has been amusing to watch how they’ve covered this.

The chickens.... are coming home.... to roost.


67 posted on 02/14/2012 5:36:42 AM PST by NVDave
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To: Christie at the beach

Santorum and Newt are on the same side.It is too bad the Newt only fans are so prideful and full of attitude.I have been for ALL tea party candidates.The childish crap on this forum is out of hand. Next there will be a thread saying sun tsu says Newt is the only savior.

GO SANTORUM!


68 posted on 02/14/2012 5:38:25 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

If Santorum is on the same side as Newt, WHY the heck was he running vitriolic negative ads against Gingrich in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri?

Just explain me that.

The obnoxious prick is no better than Romney.


69 posted on 02/14/2012 5:43:55 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: tbpiper
What an illogical and stupid statement.

Of course it would go over your head - the GOP E need the clueless to survive. And it's their full-time job to reign them in and I see they got you.

70 posted on 02/14/2012 5:49:50 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Santorum and Newt are on the same side.It is too bad the Newt only fans are so prideful and full of attitude”

Santorum’s spiteful ads against Newt Gingrich:

His rivals often decry Newt Gingrich’s scorched-earth rhetoric, but they are increasingly getting into the act themselves. Witness the newest broadcast ad from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, which calls Gingrich’s economic proposals “fiscal insanity.”

The ad’s wording and tone also borrows a read-between-the-lines theme that front-runner Mitt Romney has been using against Gingrich – that he is mentally unstable and therefore unfit for the presidency. In addition to liberal use of the word “insanity,” a digital press release accompanying the ad makes note of “Gingrich’s erratic behavior” and “wild ideas.”

The text of the radio ad, which the Santorum campaign says will be aired nationally beginning

Friday, says, “Reckless spending has led to a 15-trillion-dollar national debt. That’s $50,000 of debt for every person in America, and it’s crushing our economy. And what’s Newt Gingrich suggest? Spending half a trillion dollars on a moon colony.”

Gingrich’s voice is heard describing his plan for permanent base on the moon by his second term as president, followed by the voice over saying, “Gingrich’s idea is fiscal insanity. And another reason true conservatives are uniting behind Rick Santorum.”

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/santorum-turns-tough-talk-against-gingrich-20120203

Rick the Prick well knows that Gingrich proposed enroling private companies in the realisation of future space programs, not with federal money, but he’s lying through the teeth in Romney’s style. Screw him and the guy he endorsed in 2008.


71 posted on 02/14/2012 5:51:06 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

Four years more of Obama is the announced death of the Constitution and the people’s rights protected by it, first of all freedom of opinion and faith. Americans have a few months to decide if they want or no to live in a free country.

I totally agree with you on this. Obama gave us a taste of what is to come when he tried to force Christian agencies to give out contraceptives. Now he back tracked on this ONLY because the press was bad and could affect the election. After November, he would do this. Hear the complaints, but this time IGNORE it because he would have nothing to lose since he would not be up for reelection. If Obama is reelected, we are in DEEP trouble IMHO.


72 posted on 02/14/2012 5:55:33 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

VOTE NEWT!

Santorum must stay home to take care of his kids, as he himself advised Sarah Palin.

73 posted on 02/14/2012 5:56:10 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Santorum and Newt are on the same side.

LOL! Another one with the hook in the mouth. It's not rocket science to see what's being played out. And, yet again, you expose yourself as not being capable of seeing the obvious.

Little slick rick is a LIAR who campaigned for a pro abortion, pro HOMO marriage and big gov't socialistic healthcare candidate, mitt. He's been up his butt since '08 but changed his skin now to fool his morons. It worked!

74 posted on 02/14/2012 5:57:24 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

Explain to me how voting for the Republican candidate is a vote for Obama?? Do you actually know how an election works or haven't they covered that topic yet at your highschool?

75 posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:01 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Apollo5600

The way I see it, if the country wants mediocrity... let them have it. I won’t be involving myself in it anymore.

Well instead of being a spoiled brat, get out and help Newt. However, if the voters don’t vote for Newt and vote for Santorum who is 100 percent better than Obama, you better vote for Santorum or we really will be in bad shape. The birth control demands on Christians will be the beginning of what is to come. He has already made laws and EOs and even put people into power without Congress’ permission and nobody blinked. Can you imagine what he will do without fear of reelection. I think you better think about that or you will leave your children and grandchildren in a dire straights. I think anybody over 40 will be ok regardless but those under 40 will be in huge trouble with what is to come from a 2nd Obama administration. This election is very important. I don’t believe that Newt would like your attitude by the way.


76 posted on 02/14/2012 6:01:17 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Steelfish; P-Marlowe; Jim Robinson
It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride

This is a continuation by the GOP-E against the integrity and stability of Newt Gingrich. It is entirely and completely a cowardly, lying, spiteful, mean-spirited, elitest attack.

That said, BOTH the records of Newt and those of Rick are conservative records. I believe Newt had an ACU average of about 88% and Rick had one of 80%.

The Romney-bots are busy dredging up the 12% of Newt's votes and the 20% of Rick's votes that were not pristine conservatism, and they are using those to cause in-fighting among conservatives so that BOTH candidates are injured and Romney emerges the winner.

We KNOW Romney's game by now but we keep playing into his hands even now; even down to 2 remaining conservatives we are content to allow Romney to manipulate us.

I for one will never vote for Romney. Ever.

77 posted on 02/14/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: presently no screen name

Like I will would never vote for GOP E romney, I won’t vote for his butt boy either. I’ve said never again and nothing has changed.

butt boy? Really? You are going to insult a moral man with character like that? I think you are really a Romney supporter because nobody would call Santorum a “butt boy” unless they were liberal. Conservatives don’t talk like that.


78 posted on 02/14/2012 6:03:49 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Marguerite

South Carolina is a excellent example. The polls for days and days pretended Mitt will be the winner. We know how that turned out.

To be fair, the minute Newt had that great debate, the polls immediately changed. Nobody was surprised that Newt won SC.


79 posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:44 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Marguerite

Newt responds to those calling for him to depart the race, including National Review, by saying he isn’t going anywhere:

http://www.therightscoop.com/video-newt-to-national-review-im-not-going-anywhere


80 posted on 02/14/2012 6:09:09 AM PST by Clyde5445
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To: b9; onyx; true believer forever; All

Rick the Prick Santorum dissed Sarah Palin in a last year interview with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp saying she has “other business opportunities” that are taking up time in her schedule, implying that Sarah is rebuffing CPAC for a well-paid speech. “I don’t live in Alaska and I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that she has,” he said, implying that like his wife is doing, Sarah should stay home and take care of her kids”.

Watch the video and Prick snide remarks. Please pay attention to his body language:

http://youtu.be/ny2aopQ08Bg


81 posted on 02/14/2012 6:10:28 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: presently no screen name
No, front road seat watching the idiots being led down the path again never ever to learn. You'll pout when the realization comes you've been played. And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

My gosh. Really. What are you doing to ensure your candidate is chosen? I hope you are doing more than complaining on the internet. If that is all you are doing than you really can't complain about Santorum’s supporters who are out there helping him get elected. I know you Newt folks are in full depression but instead of just crying why not get out and do something? He is in California the next few days. Why not fly out there and help him. Why not get up to Michigan and start campaigning for him? Or is it easier just to complain to Santorum supporters? By the way complaining to us about Santorum surging is doing NOTHING for Newt.

82 posted on 02/14/2012 6:11:06 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: presently no screen name

Who is the ‘butt boy’ you are speaking of? I watched you bash Bachmann,Perry;and falsely tie them to Romney as well; and now another good conservative- Santorum?Thank God your view and the little back yard gang of pinging bullies; is the minority.

Go Santorum!


83 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:22 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: tbpiper

Little slick rick’s halo will be broken five minutes with barry - he’s the weakest debater. He has NO accomplishments! He’s was never challenged in the debates, they just let him rant on.

He is SO NOT READY for prime time. He’s being used by the GOP E but he is so full of himself - he thinks he has a chance. Romney will use his funds to lie about him - the truth is bad enough but romney pushes the envelope. Remember, there are LOTS of ads, voices of him saying mitt would make the best president! And he then can’t accuse mitt of being a flip flopper - IOW, A LIAR! Birds of a feather - those two.


84 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:38 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I didn’t bash Perry!! Keep it honest even though you support a LIAR!


85 posted on 02/14/2012 6:14:10 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: vbmoneyspender

I stopped checking out NRO months ago, and I see there is absolutely no reason to read it now.


86 posted on 02/14/2012 6:17:10 AM PST by gramho12
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
I watched you bash Bachmann,Perry;and falsely tie them to Romney as well;

You have me mixed up with MB - she's the one who non stopped trashed Perry with her lies to help her master mitt.

Perry would never sell his soul for the GOP E - that man is a PATRIOT!

now another good conservative- Santorum?

A good conservative does NOT support and campaign for a pro HOMO marriage, pro abortion, big gov't healthcare candidate and say he will make the best president! What's wrong with you?

87 posted on 02/14/2012 6:20:37 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Clyde5445

Newt is right, Why should he care what the National Review say? Media just LOVE to decide the elections and are mad when they can’t.

From your link, I’ve read this comment:

FreeManWalking :

“IMO Santorum is not where he is in the polls because of better ideas, stronger leadership, or being a more conservative candidate, it is because the negative attacks scared voters away from Gingrich going back to IOWA. If it gets down to a race between Santorum and Romney, Santorum will see the voter fleeing when willard turns loose the negative carpet bomb smears and Santorum has issues that can be attacked too.

I admit my bias toward Newt, but he was the one trying to fend off the moderators as they constantly tried to instigate the infighting, pointing out 0bama as the target of all the candidates. I can’t and won’t defend him for some of the bad judgments he has made, but I am willing to forgive and give him another chance.

I put the blame on Romney as the instigator, whether it is him personally or his PAC, and Paul did his share beginning in IOWA. Romney with the deep pockets has continued against any and all comers threatening him since. But once the egg was broken and it worked to take down the leader in the polls, everyone got in on the act. There is nothing wrong with honest differences in plans and policies and even past voting records, but the lies and half truths trying to destroy a candidate is killing us.

Newt’s momentum wasn’t from money, the establishment or the media. It was solely from his ability to connect with the American people in the audience simply explaining his ideas. Accurately pointing out the failed 0bama policies, and how they are destroying the very fabric of America. His ability to convince people he had more than visions and plans for energy production, jobs, dealing with judicial activism, overturning 0bamacare and eliminating the czars. He laid out the case point by point on how he expected to implement his plans, even to the point of asking congress to say in secession beginning January 3rd passing necessary legislation to have bills on his desk when sworn in. Newt more than any other candidate espouses the dreams, can-do-attitude of American Exceptionalism. Just like coming out of the malaise of the carter presidency, I want a President that will inspire us to aim high with majestic ideas, develop bold plans and initiatives and knows how to sell and implement his plans.

If we are going to win in November, we need a reason to vote for a person more than a reason not to vote for someone.
How does Romney inspire you, and what are his plans?
How does Santorum inspire you, and what are his plans?”


88 posted on 02/14/2012 6:25:04 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: napscoordinator

“To be fair, the minute Newt had that great debate, the polls immediately changed. Nobody was surprised that Newt won SC.”

Pure kabuki theater. Newt was always ahead in SC. The left wing liars put out phoney polls for weeks ahead of the election, showing Romney ahead, to try to depress the Newt vote.The liars in the media changed the poll numbers right before the end in order to preserve their rapidly crumbling credibility.

I was on the ground in SC. I wrote that Newt would get 40%, and he did. Look it up in my posting history.

These damn left wing polling outfits are another arm of the rat propaganda machine. To give these polls any credibility because they were fairly accurate the day before the vote is to fall for the rat BS and propaganda.

People need to wake up.


89 posted on 02/14/2012 6:26:20 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Clyde5445

Newt said:

“We are going to compete on things like $2 a gallon gasoline,
we are going to compete on getting unemployment back to 4%,
we are going to compete on balancing the federal budget,
we are going to compete on having a personal social, security savings account for young people”

On every one of the issues Newt has the upper hand over Rick or Mitt.


90 posted on 02/14/2012 6:39:18 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Since losing his Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2006, Santorum has used his connections to land a series of highly-paid jobs. Consol Energy, a natural gas company specializing in “hydrofracking” and the fifth-largest donor to his 2006 campaign, paid him $142,000 for consulting work. He also earned $395,000 sitting on the board of Universal Health Services (UHS), a for-profit hospital chain whose CEO made contributions to his Senate campaigns and which stood to benefit from a big hike in Medicare payments Santorum proposed in 2003. (Incidentally, the Department of Justice sued UHS for Medicare and Medicaid fraud during Santorum’s four-year tenure on its board.) Santorum also earned paychecks from a religious advocacy group, a lobbying firm, and a think tank. For pushing legislation benefitting UHS and several other companies, one ethics group named Santorum to its “most corrupt Senators” list.”

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/99323/santorum-corruption-k-street-project

Most corrupt Congressmen in 2006 - Senator Rick Santorum, page 207

http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Report%202006%20-%20Beyond%20Delay%20Report.pdf?nocdn=1


91 posted on 02/14/2012 7:02:16 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: All

“He also earned $395,000 sitting on the board of Universal Health Services (UHS), a for-profit hospital chain (with hospitals in Puerto Rico)whose CEO made contributions to his Senate campaigns and which stood to benefit from a big hike in Medicare payments Santorum proposed in 2003. (Incidentally, the Department of Justice sued UHS for Medicare and Medicaid fraud during Santorum’s four-year tenure on its board.)”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/us/politics/after-senate-santorums-beneficiaries-became-benefactors.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2&ref=politics

Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Santorum sponsored or co-sponsored several legislative initiatives that would have increased Medicare payments to hospitals in Puerto Rico, where health care providers long complained that the program was less generous to them than to their counterparts in the 50 states. Mr. Santorum, who was joined in his effort by a handful of other lawmakers, said at the time he was standing up for elderly patients shortchanged by inequities in Medicare.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis found that one of his attempts to address the issue — an amendment to the 2003 Medicare overhaul — would have cost as much as $400 million over 10 years. The reimbursement formula was eventually changed, but not to the extent Mr. Santorum sought.


92 posted on 02/14/2012 7:07:28 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: montanajoe

Newt is my guy and I could vote for Santorum but until actual votes and not polls are counted it is crazy for either to get out. Both need to stay in the race IMHO

...just want to be sure you’re aware that Newt staying in right now is the best thing Romney can hope for...


93 posted on 02/14/2012 7:37:40 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: montanajoe

Newt is my guy and I could vote for Santorum but until actual votes and not polls are counted it is crazy for either to get out. Both need to stay in the race IMHO

...just want to be sure you’re aware that Newt staying in right now is the best thing Romney can hope for...


94 posted on 02/14/2012 7:38:04 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: IrishBrigade
I don't buy your premise but I guess we will see how that works out for Romney at the convention...
95 posted on 02/14/2012 8:10:54 AM PST by montanajoe
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To: Marguerite

What a pusillanimous - - - - - CREEP.

I wonder how often he lords his wife’s past over her.


96 posted on 02/14/2012 9:16:04 AM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: Steelfish
"When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

Newt had done so based only on his mythical polling that has yet to materialize.

Newt has surrendered far too many issues to be a viable candidate. It takes more than a debate performance and a few soundbites to get voters motivated, and thus far Santorum has the momentum while the rest of the field stagnates or sink like a stone.

97 posted on 02/14/2012 10:39:39 AM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: b9

“What a pusillanimous - - - - - CREEP.”

The more I read about PRick, the less I like him.


98 posted on 02/14/2012 12:58:33 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

No kidding. What a prig. You’re not alone.

The more folks hear from Newt, the more they like and trust him.

The more they hear from Santorum, the more they’ll see there’s no THERE there.


99 posted on 02/14/2012 1:36:50 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: Javeth
This is true. See below for a chart of the most conservative states according to Gallup. Only 1 of the top 25 has voted so far. 7 of the bottom 25 have. Almost half of the delegates are in the top 25, the other half in the bottom 25.

What we have to worry about though in winner-take-all states like Tennessee is vote-splitting between Newt and Rick. It would do some serious damage if Romney won that state with a plurality and got all the delegates.

"Mitt Romney and the RINOs" sounds like a good name for a rock band. This could be Romney's fallback career if the whole presidential thing doesn't work out...

http://www.gallup.com/poll/152459/Mississippi-Conservative-State-Liberal.aspx

TOTAL DELEGATES BY STATE (1144 needed to win):
CON 909
MOD 661
LIB 605
??? 32

01. CON Mississippi (primary) - 40
02. CON Utah (primary) - 40 (WTA)
03. CON Wyoming (caucus) - 29
04. CON Alabama (primary) - 50 (WTA)
05. CON Louisiana (primary) - 46
06. CON Arkansas (primary) - 36
07. CON Oklahoma (primary) - 43 (WTA)
08. CON Nebraska (primary) - 35
09. CON Idaho (caucus) - 32
10. CON Tennessee (primary) - 58 (WTA)
11. CON South Carolina (primary) – 25 [GINGRICH]
12. CON North Dakota (caucus) - 28
13. CON South Dakota (primary) - 28
14. CON Kansas (caucus) - 40
15. CON Texas (primary) - 155
16. CON Georgia (primary) - 76
17. CON Indiana (primary) - 46
18. CON West Virginia (primary) - 31
19. CON Montana (primary) - 26
20. CON Missouri (GOP caucus) – 52
21. CON Kentucky (primary) - 45
22. MOD North Carolina (primary) - 55
23. MOD Ohio (primary) - 66
24. MOD Virginia (primary) - 49
25. MOD Arizona (primary) - 29 (WTA)
26. MOD Florida (primary) - 50 (WTA) [ROMNEY]
27. MOD Iowa (caucus) – 28 [SANTORUM]
28. MOD Michigan (primary) - 30
29. MOD New Mexico (primary) - 23
30. MOD Pennsylvania (primary) - 72
31. MOD Wisconsin (primary) - 42
32. MOD Colorado (caucus) - 36 [SANTORUM]
33. MOD Minnesota (caucus) - 40 [SANTORUM]
34. MOD Delaware (primary) - 17 (WTA)
35. MOD Nevada (caucus) - 28 [ROMNEY]
36. MOD Illinois (primary) - 69
37. MOD Alaska (caucus) - 27
38. LIB Maryland (primary) - 37
39. LIB Maine (caucus) - 24 [ROMNEY]
40. LIB Vermont (primary) - 17
41. LIB Connecticut (primary) - 28
42. LIB New Hampshire (primary) – 12 [ROMNEY]
43. LIB Rhode Island (primary) - 19
44. LIB New Jersey (primary) - 50 (WTA)
45. LIB California (primary) - 172
46. LIB Hawaii (caucus) - 20
47. LIB New York (primary) - 95
48. LIB Washington (caucus) - 43
49. LIB Oregon (primary) - 28
50. LIB Massachusetts (primary) - 41
51. LIB District of Columbia (primary) - 19 (WTA)
52. ??? U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus) - 9
53. ??? Puerto Rico (primary) - 23

100 posted on 02/14/2012 3:12:53 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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