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Gingrich Looking Churchillian
IBD ^ | January 20, 2012 | IBD Editors

Posted on 02/23/2012 5:12:37 PM PST by Marguerite

Leadership: A great debater. Politically polarizing. Prone to error, but also prone to spectacular success. Steeped in history. Politically brilliant. Unorthodox. Audacious.

All these qualities were once used to describe Winston Churchill. Today, you might use the same words to describe Newt Gingrich. Sound absurd? Not when you think about it.

Churchill, like Gingrich, was a brilliant politician with a powerful sense of the occasion.

Sometimes prickly, often witty, but never dull, his career had lots of ups and downs — ranging from being blamed for the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in World War I to being credited as the father of the British welfare state — not exactly a compliment among conservatives, then or now.

Indeed, by Churchill's own admission, "The Conservatives have never liked nor trusted me." The same thing can be said of Gingrich, who has had a tortured relationship with the GOP's conservative wing, to say the least.

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KEYWORDS: churchill; fatdrunk; newt; newt2012; newtgingrich
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"And yet, when his nation called on him to lead in 1940, Churchill was ready — the right man for the right time. With America's government under President Obama moving rapidly to the extreme left, Gingrich too might be the right man for the right time.

Churchill, like Gingrich, stayed around long enough to acquire wisdom and insight about world affairs and the economy. From 1931 on, Churchill wasn't fooled at all by Hitler. "The Nazi regime," he said in a speech reprinted in "The Unrelenting Struggle," "is indistinguishable from the worst features of Communism."

Churchill was 65 in 1940 — quite old at the time, even to be alive. But after a long public career as a politician, journalist, author and soldier, when a weary and frightened Britain turned to him for leadership he was ready.

Newt, at 68, is also up there in years. Once the brash, even obnoxious Young Turk in Congress, Gingrich is today wiser and more experienced. He has seen what works in public policy and what doesn't."

1 posted on 02/23/2012 5:12:44 PM PST by Marguerite
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To: onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; annieokie; true believer forever; ...

“Both Churchill and Gingrich, in different ways, are men of letters and ideas. Avid writers, each has a deep sense of how current events fit into history.

At his death in 1965 after 90 years of life, Churchill had authored 56 books. Gingrich, who has a Ph.D. in history, has written or co-written 25 books and one film — and there’ll no doubt be more.

In Churchill’s day, it was British and American “progressives” who heaped praise on Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. But Churchill knew better. He was right about Hitler and he was right about Communism — making his “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 in Fulton, Mo., in which he clearly saw the outlines of the Cold War.

Today, American Progressives look to places like China, the Mideast and the socialized economies of Europe for their inspiration.

Gingrich knows the world’s future lies with freedom, not with party masters controlling the destinies of billions of people. He’s more likely to aggressively pursue the illogic and the inconsistencies in Obama’s statements in a head-to-head debate — and to take on Obama’s failure as a central element of his campaign.”


2 posted on 02/23/2012 5:16:30 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; onyx; TitansAFC

Good article.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 5:17:23 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Marguerite

Like Churchill, Gingrich had his “exile” years. But he spent them writing a ton of books. And teaching, and debating, and speaking whereever he could draw a crowd. At any gathering, out of any of the speakers who show up, Gingrich is always the one you don’t want to miss.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 5:18:22 PM PST by marron
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To: Marguerite

It’s the jowls.


5 posted on 02/23/2012 5:18:43 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: hoosiermama
I especially like the conclusion:

"Gingrich: "We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."

Both Churchill and Gingrich spent years in political exile. In both cases, those years were useful, giving each man perspective on events and world affairs.

As Steven F. Hayward wrote recently in the National Review, "The same negative qualities that kept Churchill from high office in the 1930s — his resolute stubbornness, his unconstrained and unpredictable imagination and occasional recklessness — paradoxically made him the best person to lead the nation when it reached the point of extreme crisis in May 1940. But the crisis had to reach the extreme before the Churchill option became thinkable."

With a president in office who, if not an actual socialist seems awfully like one in the statist policies he promotes, America is headed toward inevitable decline and an end to its ancient freedoms — unless, that is, our course changes dramatically.

In short, the Gingrich option has "become thinkable."

In 2012, there is NO other choice for president than NEWT.

6 posted on 02/23/2012 5:22:47 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

He will make a great president for these times.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 5:23:04 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: SuzyQue

It’s rather something wrong with your brain.


8 posted on 02/23/2012 5:24:28 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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"Last night (debate in Arizona) was one of the most interesting exchanges—I'll put it in that word—between the two supposed frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. And as Newt sat on the sideline, if you will, and watched them, as you used the word, savage each other. I looked at it and as they went on and on, they became smaller and smaller on the stage. And there were times when Newt was absolutely Churchillian" - Gov. Rick Perry
9 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:15 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; STARWISE; DJ MacWoW; TheOldLady; JoeProBono; RedMDer; LUV W; BuckeyeTexan; ...
Go Newt!
His Ping List!

10 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:27 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

My family will be in his (our Country’s) corner.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 5:28:13 PM PST by mcshot (CHECKS AND BALANCES WHERE ART THOU? LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS.)
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To: Marguerite

Ah, no sense of humor. Tsk, tsk.

I’m sorry, but one should be quite careful with these types of comparisons. I merely pointed out the most accurate comparison.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 5:28:26 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: Marguerite

Well, unfortunately, he is completely being ignored on all news outlets.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 5:29:55 PM PST by Toespi
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To: big'ol_freeper

Yes FRiend, he most certainly will.

President Newt Gingrich—”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


14 posted on 02/23/2012 5:30:01 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: Marguerite

This is a great story. Thank you so much for sharing.

I just read it to my better half. We enjoyed the read.

We are praying that Newt is our president. America needs him.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 5:32:17 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: onyx

He’s gonna have look like Superman to get through the gauntlet of the next few weeks! The media will be piling it on...and gushing over their darlings, obama and Myth!


16 posted on 02/23/2012 5:38:54 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)
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To: Marguerite

I agree. In his own way Gingrich does remind me of Churchill. As was said above he is definitely the man for our times. It will be a big opportunity missed if Newt is not President. GO NEWT GO!


17 posted on 02/23/2012 5:48:48 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: LUV W
He’s gonna have look like Superman to get through the gauntlet of the next few weeks! The media will be piling it on...and gushing over their darlings, obama and Myth!

You're so right.

I went to Newt's FaceBook page, and I wrote,

Tell voters, "I'll never be the media darling, but you can make me your darling. Please vote for me!"

LOL.

18 posted on 02/23/2012 5:53:02 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Marguerite
Comparing Newt to Churchill is a tremendous stretch ... Churchill was a soldier early on having graduated from Sandhurst (somewhat equivalent to West Point). He served in that capacity to the extent he distinguished himself in British dust ups prior to and including the Boer War.
Newt has no military back ground and is now on his third wife ... Churchill was married to Clementine for nearly 60 years. By contrast Newt is a flake ... no comparison should be made ... not even close.
19 posted on 02/23/2012 5:57:27 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Gator113

I agree also.....he will make a wonderful President.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 6:07:12 PM PST by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
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To: Marguerite

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
— Winston Churchill


21 posted on 02/23/2012 6:15:37 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: BluH2o

I think the article gave the reader much comparisons for a contrast to Churchill. It is surely nothing wrong with giving comparisons. I see many similarities in these 2 leaders. I think many of us know, Churchill was a brilliant man even with his flaws as Newt Gingrich. ( His past marriages are his past/ 50% of the public are divorced) His 2nd wife was involved with corrupt activity-a good reason to move on from her-first wife has better relationship to Newt and their daughters now)


22 posted on 02/23/2012 6:18:41 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: onyx

Very cool! I inspired you! :)


23 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:37 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)
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To: BluH2o
Comparisons are never perfect. Newt's speaking ability, his knowledge of history (and the Constitution), and his great intellect are the three parallels I see.

P.S. According to one biography I read, Churchill was not very sexually inclined and Clementine sought another man's bed at least once.

24 posted on 02/23/2012 6:20:38 PM PST by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: Marguerite
Indeed, by Churchill's own admission, "The Conservatives have never liked nor trusted me." The same thing can be said of Gingrich, who has had a tortured relationship with the GOP's conservative wing, to say the least.

I seriously question the legitimacy of the "GOP's conservative wing" membership. To who exactly are they referring?

25 posted on 02/23/2012 6:29:15 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: 22cal
P.S. According to one biography I read, Churchill was not very sexually inclined and Clementine sought another man's bed at least once.

I've read a great deal about Churchill over the years ... his mother was considered promiscuous by Victorian standards (perhaps because his father died from syphilis) ... but never Clementine. Both JFK and Clinton screwed around and so did their wives ... Jacki less so than Hillary ... so sexual drive (more or less) isn't relevant.

26 posted on 02/23/2012 6:37:15 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Marguerite

You know, I said something similiar in January... and had the collective wisdom of the Free Republic denigrating the comparison.

Says a lot, that does.


27 posted on 02/23/2012 6:39:30 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Marguerite

You’re only wrong by 100%.

Churchill spoke with authority from history about civilizations greatest truths with clarity and conviction. Newton echos and amplifies what he hears in grassroots discourse and repackages for popular consumption.

Churchill was magnificent. Newton merely wants to be somebody.


28 posted on 02/23/2012 7:02:40 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: marron
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====== NEWT GINGRICH'S GREAT 2012 CAMPAIGN SPEECHES ======



CPAC 2012 Speech -- Newt Gingrich, U.S. President Elect


CPAC 2012 Speech -- Sarah Palin, U.S. Vice President Elect




Nancy Reagan (1995) : Ronnie turned that Torch over to Newt



NRA Second Amendent Speech -- Newt Gingrich


U.S. Energy Independence in 2012 -- Newt Gingrich




"America's Space Renaissance" in Florida !


Newt Gingrich -- Vision for America in Space Again




Why is Newt Gingrich So Angry ?


Newt Gingrich : South Carolina Victory Speech (2012-01-21)


Newt Gingrich : Christmas Day in 1776 George Washington's "Victory or Death"




Newt Stoutly Defends the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms)


Newt Gingrich – Constitutional Removal of Radial-Liberal Federal Judges




Newt Slams an "Increasingly Radical" EPA




Newt Defends Israel and Shows how the Palestinians are an "Invented" people !


Newt Warns against the Proposed 9-11 NYC Islamic Mosque and Islamic Sharia Law


Gingrich Compares Radical-Isalmics Muslims To Nazis


Newt Gingrich On The Threat Of Radical Islam


Newt Gingrich – America’s Defense of Judea-Christian Ideals and Defense against Islamic Fascism


Gingrich: Aggressive Prosecution of Radical-Militant U.S. Muslim Groups




Newt Gingrich: Response to CNN’s John King “Divorce Question”


Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Americans Want Paychecks, Not Food Stamps


Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his "Gotcha" Questions at Iowa Debate




Newt Destroys Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis Killing Osama bin Laden




Gingrich: My Credential Is 4.2% Unemployment


Newt Slams Obama's Stupidity on the Keystone Pipeline


Gingrich attacks Federal Reserve (Bernanke and Geitner) Deception and Corruption


Newt Discusses Job Creation and Dismantling Federal (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)




Newt: No American President Should Bow to a Saudi King


Newt Gingrich: Super PAC Committee Is Washington's Dumbest Idea





=============================================



Newt Gingrich is a conservative revolutionary, with the COURAGE to stand-against President Bush (41) when Bush foolishly broke his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" promise.

Future President Newt Gingrich includes these promises in his "21st Century Contract with America":



1) Abolish the EPA
2) FIRE Federal Reserve Banker Bernanke
3) Actively protect America against Islamic Jihad


4) Prayer in the Public Schools -- RETURNED
5) Liberal (Activist) Federal Judges REMOVED


6) Business Corporate Tax Rate LOWERED to 12-percent
7) Individuals to have FLAT-TAX option at 15-percent


8) Promote U.S. Energy Independence -- DOMESTICALLY


9) Build EFFECTIVE U.S. Border Protection by 2015
10) Illegal Immigrants (especially violent gangs) DEPORTED


11) "English" established as the ONLY official language of the U.S. Government


12) U.S. Military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ... RE-INSTATED
13) U.S. Military weapon design-procurement cycle reformed


14) Democratic "Dodd-Frank" Legislation REPEALED
15) Democratic "Sarbanes-Oxley" Legislation REPEALED




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Patton-at-Bastogne, (CEAI@Engineering-Excellence.US)

Conservative, Evangelical, Pro-Life Christian Tea Party Patriot

Free Republic member since 1998




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29 posted on 02/23/2012 7:07:21 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: hoosiermama

I’ve been saying this for some time (see my tagline). I’m re-reading Churchill biography and I see numerous parallels (negative and positive). The question is timing. Our great nation needs Newt NOW more than we realize!!


30 posted on 02/23/2012 7:10:36 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: BluH2o
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Newt has no "active duty" military background ...


However, as the "Amry Brat" son of a U.S. Army Captain (Infantry), Newt knows more about the Military than say some loser like Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Rick Santrum or The Kenyan ...


Moreover, Newt's been invited many times to speak to U.S. Army Officers on various subjects ...


I know Churchill, how well do you ?


Get your facts straight next time ... you look really infantile when you don't ...

Otherwise, you'll find yourself like Cornwallis at Yorktown ... or the Imperial Japanese Navy at Midway ...


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31 posted on 02/23/2012 7:15:22 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Churchill spoke with authority from history about civilizations greatest truths with clarity and conviction. Newton echos and amplifies what he hears in grassroots discourse and repackages for popular consumption.

Sorry, FRiend, but you don't know what you are talking about. How many of Newt's books have you read? Newt not only knows history better than all of the other candidates (including Obama) combined, he can recall historical facts easily without notes.

If anything, he is the OPPOSITE of what you suggest. The fact is that most of the history he recites, the average "grassroots discourse" never heard of!!

32 posted on 02/23/2012 7:16:22 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth; Marguerite
No, you are wrong by 100%. Newt speaks with great clarity and knowledge on many historical figures from the founding fathers to Reagan. As a matter of fact..the Speaker is a historical figure with his great accomplishments in congress.

Churchill also appeased the "grassroots" and addressed their concerns in his speaches. Newt IS somebody...too bad you aren't informed enough about American politics and history to know that...his name will forever live on in the history of this country.

33 posted on 02/23/2012 7:17:05 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

You must never read Churchill.


34 posted on 02/23/2012 7:17:59 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Marguerite

I just found out recently that Churchill died the day I was born. Coincidence? Hmm.... :D


35 posted on 02/23/2012 7:21:19 PM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: BluH2o

Obviously you haven’t done your homework on Newt and it shows.


36 posted on 02/23/2012 7:27:04 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
You must never read Churchill.

You must never read Newt.

37 posted on 02/23/2012 7:42:02 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Marguerite
I would have no trouble voting for Gingrich against Obama but I'm afraid in this age of American Idol, Newt will come across as the old fat guy with the trophy wife that shut down the government once and who sat on the couch with Nancy Pelosi and rode the bus with Al Sharpton. IMHO...

Gingrich nominated = Obama reelected

Sorry...

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38 posted on 02/23/2012 7:55:10 PM PST by JCG
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To: JCG

If the Electorate is deaf, incapable of rational thought and Voting right after they get a Lobotomy, you might be right.


39 posted on 02/23/2012 7:57:50 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Frankly, I wish I was wrong. But I don't think I am.

You just described the electorate that put the present occupant in the White House. It could happen again.

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40 posted on 02/23/2012 8:28:17 PM PST by JCG
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To: Parley Baer
In his own way Gingrich does remind me of Churchill. As was said above he is definitely the man for our times. It will be a big opportunity missed if Newt is not President.

I absolutely agree. I dread the state of the electorate and the nation as a whole is such that it will blithely miss the opportunity, never realizing what it had available to it.

41 posted on 02/23/2012 8:54:23 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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To: JCG
No doubt. I think it's the Abused Wife Syndrome.
When the Cops show up to arrest the Wife Beater, the Wife attacks the Cops.

In 2008, the Electorate thought Obama was their Knight in Shining Armor. Now (we hope) they realize they were seriously mistaken. The upcoming Election will show us if the Electorate has regained its Self Esteem.

As for me, I just drive around with my Newt 2012 sticker on the car, right next to my NRA sticker and my “Peace Through Superior Firepower” Peace Sign sticker. That way people know I'm the Cop, not the Abuser.

42 posted on 02/23/2012 9:24:16 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Marguerite
Lets hope wisdom prevails and Newt makes it. In his days people called Churchill all kinds of names including a war monger, but history has proven him right over and over. Newt may be just the guy with enough experience to pull this country back before it goes completely over the cliff and descend in to the abyss of socialism, where more people vote for a living than work for a living.I like your bottom line ..when I am bad I am even better, what reminds of good girls go to heaven and bad ones get fur coats and Cadillacs.
43 posted on 02/24/2012 12:39:49 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: Patton@Bastogne

bump 29


44 posted on 02/24/2012 12:52:10 AM PST by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 2/24/12, 256/331 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (11/6/12, 1/20/13))
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To: saintgermaine
"Newt may be just the guy with enough experience to pull this country back before it goes completely over the cliff and descend in to the abyss of socialism, . . ."

I'd like to agree but from where I'm sitting we've already gone over the cliff and are rapidly approaching the final impact. Newt is the guy who can ensure that we survive the impact because he's the only one who knows what the country has to return to as well as what it has to do differently in the future. Everyone else would use the impending impact as an excuse to wipe the slate clean and make an even bigger mess.

JMHO

45 posted on 02/24/2012 2:45:39 AM PST by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: Rashputin

Unfortunately you may be right, sorry and sad to say.


46 posted on 02/24/2012 7:41:40 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: SuzyQue

[ I merely pointed out the most accurate comparison.]

No, an intelligent comparison would be far too difficult for you. So you take the easiest route you relate to the most.


47 posted on 02/24/2012 7:49:25 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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" I want to say to the elite of this country—the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite:

I accuse you in Littleton and I accuse you in Kosovo of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done, and instead foisting upon the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don't have the courage to look at the world you have created. "

~Newt Gingrich


48 posted on 02/24/2012 7:52:55 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

[[If the Electorate is deaf, incapable of rational thought and Voting right after they get a Lobotomy, you might be right.]]

You just outlined EXACTLY WHY Santorum is now in the lead!


49 posted on 02/24/2012 7:56:31 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Ah, little Psycho - you can’t make an effective rebuttal, so you go straight for the jugular, bypassing common decency and comity. Please don’t respond to my comments again, unless you can use at least a modicum of civility. Thanks!


50 posted on 02/24/2012 8:09:49 AM PST by SuzyQue
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