Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich: Walking dead out of Alabama, Mississippi
Posted on 03/14/2012 3:11:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
NATCHITOCHES, La., March 14, 2012It was a good night for Rick Santorum. It was not a good night for Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich is a zombie.
President Obama might want to celebrate tonights election results in the morning with a nice bowl of grits for breakfast.
Gingrichs southern strategy is dead, and so is his campaign. The only southerner in the race, hes said all along that the South would help him to the nomination. ... He came in a close second in both, results that would be respectable if he had more wins to his credit. But he doesnt. Theres no way Gingrich can spin the nights results into victory.
Nor can Romney, but his campaign remains very much alive. The mathematics of the delegate race didnt demand that he win if he and Santorum traded results, the effect would be a gain of only seven delegates for Romney but a victory in either state would have been a definite boost. He won some delegates, and if he wins Hawaii and American Samoa, as is widely expected, his delegate lead will grow, but the losses still hurt, and they illustrate a serious weakness.
Romney could have won in Mississippi, and even Alabama wasnt out of reach. He had sufficient support on paper to win, and the spread between him and Santorum was actually quite narrow. Between him and Gingrich the gap was even narrower, and second-place would have been just fine. But his supporters werent sufficiently supportive to actually go out and vote. He showed, if anyone needed showing, that his support is a mile wide and an inch deep. His supporters preferred to stay home and watch CSI, and so Romney came in third.
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The economy is positioned to crash ... with or without Obama in the White House. What is Santorums plan to deal with this? Specifically.
I really would like to know."
First off, you might want to read firsthand about Santorum's various positions at Rick's issues page.
That said, I personally agree with you that the (world) economy is looking pretty grim going forward. The next President, regardless of who it is, is going to have a tough row to hoe.
Santorum's stated approach is to improve the tax code with a ten percent flat tax except for the top bracket, which he will peg at 28%. That is the same as Reagan's top bracket. He would eliminate the AMT and estate tax, and cut capital gains to 12%. He will cut corporate income tax by 50%, and provide additional benefits to manufacturing companies to boost the American manufacturing base. He would increase the R&D tax credit from 14% to 20% and make it permanent. He would repeal 0care. There is much more here.
I think the main thing to help the American economy is for businesses to know there is a strong pro-business president in charge. I believe President Santorum would fill that need nicely.
Santorum also has an aggressive plan to reverse 0's course on American energy production.
I feel he has an excellent platform, and I believe he can learn from his mistaken opinions in the past on personal privacy, freedom and so on. His recent rhetoric is certainly more in line with core conservative values and the Tea Party.
Are you sure your name isn't Sad Rain? "loses...dies...won't matter" Those are sad words.
Newt draws the bright line of contrast with Obama! Mitt never will, never intended to. Even the GOP-e has said it's about the moderates-independents. Mitt never intended to run a primary race to secure the base. He's run a scorched Earth primary race to silence the base.
Thank you for your thoughtful reply.
Maybe now I can feel badly when Santorum loses in November.
Gingrich was double-teamed by his competitors in AL and MS with Romney money
I do not sense defeat in Newt, but determination to keep the debate focused on the real issues, because the republic is in peril--and someone has to sound the alarm...
No offense to you .
Neet help create there’s we are in right now.
He passed tax reform which now has 50 % of the us public not paying any federal taxes .
He passed motor voter act which had created massive voter fraud for the Dems.
He help prop up Fannie and Freddie which help create this mess .
Newt is a DC insider and big govt sponge like the rest .
Newt had huge baggage that turns off the base voters .
I wish this book had never needed to be written.
It almost came too late.
America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.
Rick Perry, Texas governor for the past decade, is uniquely qualified to offer a firsthand perspective on why the United Statesthe most successful civilization in human historyis being threatened with economic collapse.
Faith, freedom, and free enterprise are the pillars of a strong, safe, prosperous society. Rick knows that when these principles are protected, America succeeds, and when they are undermined, America fails. But the Left has a different belief. The Left believes that most people are not capable of pursuing happiness and that a strong centralized government is best able to provide for them. While claiming compassion for humanity, the Left's policies are destructive to the human beings subject to themas we have had to learn painfully again and again.
The Left's self-serving solution to every crisis, economic or otherwise, and many of their own doing, is always the same: inflict higher taxes on Americans to create more government programs with more rules and regulations that result in less freedom, less innovation, less safety, and less prosperity.
The problem with the Lefts one solution, as Rick forcefully explains in the pages that follow, is that it doesn't work. It's never worked, and it never will work. The record shows it.
But what the record also shows is that when power and freedom are returned to the people, when people are rewarded for work, and when government holds the line on spending, individuals and opportunity thrive. We have seen that result most spectacularly recently in Texas, and in the mid-1990s with the Contract with America Congress, when I served as Speaker of the House."...............
Maybe now I can feel badly when Santorum loses in November.
If you give in to defeatism and despair, the other side has won. I will fight to the last breath, as best I can, for America.
This election cycle is realistically do or die for America as we've known her, since the next president will very likely nominate at least two more Supreme Court justices.
Rick Santorum has a great chance to beat 0, if he can win the nomination. We need to follow Buckley's advice, and support the most conservative candidate who can win.
Thank you for doing all of this great work.
I hope that you can reach some undecided voters.
Oh, please. Tell the truth or go away.
Really. You’re tiresome.
Too bad the real conservative didn’t stay in the race, leaving us with these dismal choices of Newt and Santorum.
Rick Santorum has NO chance to beat Obama, in fact, he is a dream come true for Team Obama - even better than Romney, and that's saying a lot.
Good for you. Just can't understand why you'd choose a second rate candidate to fight for.
Breathe deeply .... and good luck!
The "Buckley" admonition held sway when he said it but after years of following it we find ourselves with a stable filled with Big Government RINOs.
It's is time to find a better "rule."
Election cycles are not owned by the MSM and the Establishment anymore. Smart money might begin to realize what is happening.
“Rick Santorum has NO chance to beat Obama, in fact, he is a dream come true for Team Obama - even better than Romney, and that’s saying a lot.”
Nonsense. Pay attention to the demographics of who voted for Rick in AL and MS. Women and young people went for him in a big way.
There is a growing groundswell of opposition to 0 and his policies. All Santorum needs to do is provide a credible alternative and he’ll win easily. His positives far outshine his competitors in this primary.
I find it somewhat amazing that Gingrich supporters bash Rick’s electability in the general, when Newt trails him so badly in the national polls. Newt is a well-known quantity.
Thanks for posting the link with the transcript.
The GOP-e, Romney and the MSM have been holding back on Santorum's full vet. They need Newt out of their way to do it. Newt is the only thing standing between Rick and an incoming blitz of negative press. They know Newt is the stronger and they want Rick to be crowned the "anti-Mitt" before they cut him off at the knees and nominate Romney.
His brain is one thing, his pot bellied, old man running for president is another altogether... Newt’s only prayer is to hope to be offered a position in a Santorum administration, where he can put some of his great thinking into practical application... otherwise, he should be starting his next book...
Thanks for nothing...Alabama and Miss. voters. America needs a Statesman and you swallowed the hook,line and stinker.
Bla, bla, bla, Newt, bla, bla, Newt is a, bla, bla, bla, Newt could do, bla, bla, bla...
Oh, another Santorum hater! Thought you guys had gone underground. Well, guess what Peter? Rick won Alabama and Mississippi last night so your unsubstantiated name calling is a big F for Fail.
Now go do your faceplant in your morning breakfast.
And be sure to vote for Santorum during the general, he will ensure Newt has a seat at the table.
I support Newt, because I believe he'd make the right decisions for our nation.
That includes in the primaries.
Now that decision includes whether he'll continue campaigning or not.
We can't let romney win, period...
Newt's "Southern Strategy" has failed. As reluctant as I am to say it, he could consider throwing his support to Santorum. If Santorum could then win the majority of the remaining primaries, perhaps we can stop romney in his tracks.
I see that as a bigger threat at this point, and I'm hoping Newt will see it as well. Serving one's ego does not help anyone when our nation's future is at stake.
Freepers have tried to make a point this AM that the game is about the number of delegates. My thought is that at some point an effective strategy has to incorporate "winning" in order to be a viable path to victory. That did not happen last night.
I no longer believe Newt is viable. I'll have to change my tagline back, but can't bring myself to do it right now.
You go personal, just like a LIBERAL.
I told you. What’s Newt’s? You seem to want to avoid my question. Or doesn’t he have one?
Scared the crap out of us, didn’t it?
It's all about playing the angles now. I'm betting he'd like to be Veep on a Santorum ticket, or SecState in a Romney or Santorum Administration.
He published it in the WSJ, you can look it up.
Essentially it reduces and simplifies incomes taxes to 2 rates; it reduces corporate taxes, and calls for more drilling and tax breaks for manufacturers. You can bet he'd approve the Keystone pipeline day 1.
It calls for steep cuts in gov. spending. He'll repeal Obamacare day 2.
It is a very conservative agenda.
I do not see this as ego with Newt. And you could have made your point without resorting to insult. Newt didn't build the GOP in GA and bring about a Republican revolution for his ego. If he did "drop out" Santorum would be savaged. Newt understands it will take his presence in the primary to STOP Romney.
Newt's sitting at the table, holding conservative cards in his hand and Mitt is sitting at the table with his hand of flip-flops; Rick is still trying to arrange his cards.
You may think you know how this is going to conclude but I am not ready to.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?
Newt is the man the establishment fears which makes me wonder..do they really want to make huge changes and turn this country around or do they want to just go along to get along?
As long as Newt keeps fighting for Reagan’s conservative principles, like Sarah Palin does, I will continue to be with him.
Moderate Mitt is no Reagan-Palin conservative. Neither is Santorum. He may mouth the words but his record proves otherwise.
If an open convention will deny the nomination to the candidate the GOP establishment tried to force on me, then I’m all for it!
I always look forward to your posts. Full of information and facts all in one place. Thanks for the great work you have done for Newt.
he’s not an old man and pot bellied to boot?... image is part of the game, sad but true... If he was interested in running for president, he should’ve lost 40 pounds two years ago... tell me I’m wrong. I’d vote for him if he were my grandpa, of course...
After last night, do you think the Romney people will unleash everything on Santorum? I can sense the growing desperation in the Romney/GOPe/Fox campaign. I agree with you that Romney has been holding back.
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day. King Henry V, IV, 3
I don’t care if you’re comments were wrong or right.
I do know they’re obtuse and tacky.
Newt! Newt! Newt!
Newt told Bret Baier on FOX last night that his staying in the race dilutes romney's money when it comes to attack ads.
He is correct, the romney super pac must shoot at two targets and it spreads their funds.
Newt is in the DC race and Santorum isn't so Newt can give Rick cover and at least force mittens to spend time and money.
Don't give up on the idea man, if Newt stays in and no one gets 1144 committed delegates, when the convention opens Tampa, mittens will not pick up any more delegates and there will be delegate swapping and cross over between Newt and Rick and maybe even the crazy uncle from Texas.
There is nothing wrong with an open convention and remember, a can of tomato soup can beat the halfrican, communist prick, if we just make the election about his record.
Gingrich becomes the fly-in-the-ointment in the winner-take-all states.
If he stays in and keeps Santorum from winning those states, Romney could end the cycle with enough delegates to go into the convention with a win.
Now, Gingrich sees himself as king-maker. But that will only work if he doesn’t becomes the Hucka-hanger-on and end up causing Romney to get enough delegates.
Me too. Until he gives up, I'm for Newt. He is by far the best man for the job.
First thing I do every morning is grab a cup of coffee and come on FR to read your posts:))
LOL! that is too funny..sad rain...thanks for the laugh:)
Who gave you a crystal ball?