OK, we're gonna have to fight again, because that is breathtaking in light of some facts about this primary season.
Fact A: Newt was the last person to go negative in this campaign.
Fact B: Rick piled on Newt in Iowa and NH and Florida, and did not attack Romney
Fact C: Before all that piling on, Newt was way ahead of everybody precisely because it was a campaign of who to vote for, not against.
Fact D: RS was the unintended beneficiary of Mitt's scorched earth against Newt.
Fact E: Yes, this pisses off Newt supporters, especially now when RS is doing well, suddenly his supporters are against negativity. If it werent for unprecedented negativity and Mitt's deep pockets, Newt would likley have won Iowa SC and Florida and wrapped it up. Bitter? Damn right we are .
I am not against negativity. Heck there has been negativity on FR for Santorum forever. The fact that Newt was given negativity in mid-January is not an excuse to why he is not getting votes in March. Sure he was hurt in Florida because of it, but Newt should have got up dusted himself off and continued on. Instead he got angry and upset and just sort of wandered around doing nothing until he spent the entire month of February in Georgia. I don’t know what to say except that Santorum has bashed the most on FR. Very little negativity on FR for Newt.
>>If it weren’t for unprecedented negativity and Mitt’s deep pockets, Newt would likley have won Iowa SC and Florida and wrapped it up. Bitter? Damn right we are.<<
But are you bitter enough to throw the race to Romney; that’s the big question. Actually, that’s the question for Gingrich, I suppose.
The problem for Conservatives is that we’re fighting three battles simultaneously: Gingrich vs. Santorum, Gingrich/Santorum vs. Romney, and GOP vs. Obama. The GOP establishment wants to get right to the last battle, GOP vs. Obama, and they see Romney as the fastest way to get there, so we also end up fighting a 4th battle, Conservatives vs. GOP establishment.
The differences between Gingrich and Santorum pale when compared to the differences between either of them and FLIP-FLOP (How long has it been since you’ve heard that term? We’re too busy fighting the Gingrich/Santorum battle right now, but once that’s settled, all you’ll hear from our side is “Flip-Flop this” and “Flip-Flop that,” and that is when Romney will be trampled, assuming we can settle the Gingrich/Santorum battle before Romney wraps it all up.
The poll we’re discussing is interesting because it was the fifth in a series, and it showed a steady decline in Gingrich’s fortunes BEFORE Super Tuesday. That turned out to be quite accurate, as no one could reasonably argue that Gingrich outperformed, and in fact could easily argue that he underperformed, expectations going in.
Now, with Super Tuesday results in, it would be reasonable to assume that Gingrich’s slide will continue as the he gradually loses the Gingrich/Santorum battle. But with the way the last minute ad blitzes and media-manufactured “gaffes” have influenced so many contests thus far, you can’t rule anything out.
But at some point, we’ve got to boil this down to just one Conservative vs. Romney, before he walks away with the nomination. Agreed?
Sir - I agree with your facts A through E, and yet, I think Newt’s mediocre/lackluster/uninspiring performance in the Florida debate is the reason for his current plight.
He had the stage at the time, after SC huge win, and did not come to that debate ready to fight. Consequently, when Romney slapped him, Newt didn’t respond - not with a slap or a kick...nothing. That was most unfortunate, because, I think many voters would have wanted to see what I wanted to see - NUCLEAR RETALIATION.