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Tampa Tempest :Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos
National Review ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 03/16/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT by Steelfish

MARCH 16, 2012 Tampa Tempest Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos. By Robert Costa

As he waited for the returns on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich didn’t pay much attention to the soft flicker of Fox News. Instead, as he sat with his family and a few aides in a suite at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., he was quietly glued to his BlackBerry, thumbing his way through e-mails. He was mostly cheerful, according to those in the room. He reminisced about campaigns past with his daughters. He reviewed his schedule; he bantered with his wife, Callista; he settled on a purple tie. As he sipped a Diet Coke, he casually prepared for his evening speech.

The takeaway from the relative calm was clear: This was just another night in another city. He’d make his extemporaneous remarks, his aides would pack their bags, and within a few hours, they’d board a plane and head to the next battleground.

“He never discussed dropping out, not even a whisper,” says one Gingrich staffer. “It was business as usual.” His youngest daughter, Jackie Cushman, concurs. “It was never tense,” she says. “People forget that he’s been running since 1974. He doesn’t get anxious.” Downstairs, the scene was more apprehensive. There was a dwindling crowd of Newt enthusiasts. After the networks declared Rick Santorum the winner of both Alabama and Mississippi, Beltway scribes began to write the campaign’s obituary. (snip)

Days later, that consensus remains. Gingrich is committed to staying in the race until the convention, according to his advisers. He believes that there will be chaos within the party come August, and that — with a bit of luck, a clever floor strategy, and a powerful speech — he could build a winning coalition.

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To: Personal Responsibility

I personally think the best possible thing he could do is make a deal with Santorum. Between them, their delegates add up to less than 100 behind Romney and when we start hitting winner take all states, splitting the vote just hands those states to Romney.

Personally I’m hopeful that he’s already quietly working with the Santorum camp.


51 posted on 03/16/2012 5:06:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JediJones

The Gallup poll says 40% of Newt’s votes would go to Romney and 39% would go to Santorum.

With all those WTA-CD & WTA primaries coming, why do you think Santorum benefits if Newt drops out. Unless of course if the Gallop poll is inaccurate then I will concur with you that Santorum benefits by Newt dropping out.


52 posted on 03/16/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: JediJones
If Santorum was out of the race, then Newt would have gotten all of those delegates!


53 posted on 03/16/2012 5:08:37 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Steelfish
I would pay for tickets to see Newt knock the blocks off of the insider political correct rinos (sorry, I don't like them at all) Obama will need more than ridicule to defend his agenda. Newt needs to be there; not those other 2 just showing up for a TV spot for same old thing.. Go, Newt. Hell is coming to Tampa. Fight on. I am sending more money this weekend.
54 posted on 03/16/2012 5:08:50 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Jacquerie
“If nobody gets this thing on the first ballot, all hell will start breaking loose. If you start to think about who wins debates, and then think about Gingrich getting up there, in that moment, talking about his life and why he should be president of the United States, you can see it.”

It will make him or break him.

What does he have to loose, he is 68 and it maybe his last shot at this, but...

This could be like the speech Reagan made in 76' and the body populous went oh $&!+ we nominated the wrong guy......

But in this instance they have the choice to get a "Mulligan"...

Let us hope for a Mulligan moment for the delegates..

55 posted on 03/16/2012 5:13:02 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Randy Larsen

“May Newt teach those fat bastards a thing or two about confrontation!!!”

ROFL, Newt will only embarrass himself if he thinks he can just show up at the convention, make a speech and get the nomination after getting his butt kicked by primary voters in 48 states. He is in denial and not thinking rationally. This will probably not end well for him. He had his chance and blew it. It’s time for him to go home.


56 posted on 03/16/2012 5:13:42 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Steelfish
SteelFish, I've been thinking about this and I've come to the decision not to agree with you.  I am sorry, but the numbers just don't add up.  Bear with me...

Gingrich is a very smart guy.  I've been told this countless times.  My guy is an idiot, and Newt is brilliant.  Well, okay then.

With two guys in the race against Romney, we'll roll into the convention with Romeny just below the number needed for the nomination.  Santorum and Newt will roll in with a little more than half half Romney's total collectively.  I've been assured by the smartest guy in the room at this point, that the delegates at the convention will then ignore Romney's numbers and pick Newt.  If not Newt, then most certainly Santourm.

At first I thought this was crazy talk, but I'm begining to see the brilliance of this strategy.  In fact I think it's such a great idea, I've decided to contact, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Huntsman.  They all need to get back into this race A.S.A.P. and adopt Newt's plans to stay in until the convention.

Santorum and Newt will have to accept that they will wind up with even fewer votes going into the convention, but that should actually please Newt, since this actually doubles down on his open convention strategy.

The only problem is, he would no longer be the candidate rolling into the convention with the fewest delegates.  I guess that means that Bachmann, Perry, Cain, or Huntsman would get the nomination using Newt's logic, becasue one of them will definately roll into the convention with the fewest delegates, and Newt thinks that person will win the nomination.

I hope FReepers will respect Newt enough to join me in advocating all the candiates adopt his politically astute game plan, jump back in and help us defeat Romney with Newt's strategy.

Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Huntsman, come on back.  All is forgiven.  We've got Romney in trouble now!!!!

Thanks Newt.  I never would have tought of this.  Simply brilliant!


57 posted on 03/16/2012 5:16:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: Steelfish
For a long time in our history (up until the mid 30’s) brokered conventions were the norm. They were actually planned for.
58 posted on 03/16/2012 5:24:18 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Brown Deer

I don’t care which one drops out. The point is they need to team up, because either at the convention or before it, neither has a statistical chance at the nomination unless one of them drops out and endorses/teams up with the other.


59 posted on 03/16/2012 5:28:59 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: taildragger

Agree. It is essential to derail Romney. Our nation cannot endure either another four years of Hussein nor a placeholder pubbie President.


60 posted on 03/16/2012 5:29:29 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: entropy12

This article is based on Santorum getting 56% of Newt’s vote and shows even in AL and MI if that happened, Santorum would have denied more delegates from Romney:

Is Newt Gingrich helping or hurting Mitt Romney?
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/graham/120315

I am suggesting that either Newt or Rick drops out and the other makes him his V.P., then they campaign together. Just like Cain and Perry are campaigning for Newt, but more intensely. They do need to get more than 40% of the other’s vote to make this work, and I think that joining up would do it. That is the suggestion I e-mailed Rick and Newt’s web sites.


61 posted on 03/16/2012 5:31:50 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Steelfish

Newt needs to grow up and stop trying to impress wife #3.


62 posted on 03/16/2012 5:33:59 PM PDT by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: Jacquerie
“If nobody gets this thing on the first ballot, all hell will start breaking loose.

This is EXACTLY what absolutely needs to happen. Romney is a for sure loser. Santorum is a little too snooty to be President. Although, I'd take him over Romney any day.

Gingrich has his quirks, but show me a President or candidate without them? Newt is definitely the most qualified, intellectually savvy and knows the right steps to get the country back on track. Newt just doesn't connect with the average dumbass voter who sees "slick," and thinks that is what the country needs oblivious to reality.

Newt is right, most of the electorate do not know, nor can they understand where he is coming from because they do not understand, or know their history!

63 posted on 03/16/2012 5:34:52 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The situation you describe works perfectly for Newt!

Not a snowballs chance in hell of winning, but he sure as hell can take the Rinos and their lovers to the woodshed!

It truly embarasses me when someone of conservative values degrades a true conservative crusader like Newt.

Romney and Santorum are BOTH Rinos(and you).


64 posted on 03/16/2012 5:37:30 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: sirchtruth

AMEN to everything you said sirchtruth.


65 posted on 03/16/2012 5:39:16 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: JediJones; All

I wouldn’t vote for either Romney or Santorum. Neither is worth a bucket of tepid goat phlegm.


66 posted on 03/16/2012 5:43:30 PM PDT by j.argese (FR is a Newt-ist Colony, not a Romney Room, Paul Pavillion or Santorum Sanctum)
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To: Steelfish

Newt knows exactly what he’s doing. Remember, Sarah Palin will have a speaking role due to her prominence in the party, and she is a Newt supporter. She’ll probably have the most watched speech at the convention. If she and Newt do what they are bound to do, lock the exits and keep Romney occupied with shiny objects.


67 posted on 03/16/2012 5:44:53 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . 2012 for change, this time for the people)
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To: BlueStateBlues

If this becomes a brokered convention, every speech will become an opportunity for the speaker to stampede the convention.


68 posted on 03/16/2012 5:50:09 PM PDT by Publius (Tagline for rent. Reasonable rates.)
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To: Steelfish
National Review?

The We-want-this-wrapped-up-in-five-primaries-so-we-can-have-a-neat-narrative National Review?

69 posted on 03/16/2012 5:50:23 PM PDT by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: Smogger

The obstacles are coming from the top.

When neither Newt, Santorum or Perry could qualify for ballot in VA it was an eye opener. Engineered to put Mitt in place. Sucks.

Voters are one thing. But the Washington crowd running the GOP will not succeed in forcing Mitt down our throat.

If they do, it will be the death knell for the GOP.


70 posted on 03/16/2012 5:52:08 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Publius

Exactly, and who more powerful a voice and speaking style than Sarah? She’s Newt’s not-so-secret weapon at the convention. That may be the most untalked about worry of the Romney camp.


71 posted on 03/16/2012 5:55:26 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . 2012 for change, this time for the people)
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To: FreeReign

Democratic propaganda?

Sorry, if the truth hurts, but I remember the tantrum the ‘former’ Speaker threw because Clinton had him set at the back of AF-1.

That isn’t Democratic propaganda. That is a fact.


72 posted on 03/16/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Steelfish

Okay, then!


73 posted on 03/16/2012 5:58:11 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: BlueStateBlues

Which could be one reason Axelrod came out with that lame anti-Sarah ad. The GOPe may not see the implication of a Sarah/Newt team, but Obama does!


74 posted on 03/16/2012 5:58:38 PM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: BlueStateBlues

Palin is an exceptional speaker, but even Christie, Giuliani or Gingrich could make a speech that could set events flowing. All four are bare-knuckle brawlers in one way or another, and that’s what is necessary this year.


75 posted on 03/16/2012 5:59:17 PM PDT by Publius (Tagline for rent. Reasonable rates.)
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To: Steelfish

After the smoke clears and we nominate someone hopefully other than Williard that nominee will go out and beat the Kenyan in a landslide. People are sick of Barry and they are really going to be sick of the $4-$5 gas in Nov so let the bloodletting begin.


76 posted on 03/16/2012 6:04:39 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Publius

Giuliani? He’s so 2001. September, to be exact. When Sarah and Newt tag-team the opposition at the convention, and are joined by people like Pat Buchanan...these are the dreams the Romney people wake up from. Romney’s only chance is getting the majority of the delegates, and I think he knows that, so every delegate will be bought, paid for, and forced to drink his blood. Sarah, rev in up!


77 posted on 03/16/2012 6:05:39 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . 2012 for change, this time for the people)
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To: JediJones; cripplecreek; Steelfish

The problem is that many Newt “supporters” on FR seem only to be anti-Santorum. They focus more on attacking Santorum than Romney. It’s pretty strange activity for a “conservative”.

Newt has failed to make a convincing case for his candidacy and his “supporters” don’t even try any more. They simply spend their time trying to drag down Santorum - not Romney.


78 posted on 03/16/2012 6:09:07 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

There is nothing in the article to support the “chaos” in the headline. Washing up after a failed Romney campaign is not chaos.


79 posted on 03/16/2012 6:11:03 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish
Obama could not have asked for more! A chaotic GOP Convention, backstabbing, blood on the floor, a media frenzy and feed-fest, and with no more than 60-70 days to election a lack of a campaign strategy, schedules, pick of a VP etc. Wow! Obama's dream come true.

Talking bad about Ricky LoL. So is your bud Ricky who is planning GOP convention "chaos". Wikky is not going to get his 1144 delegates before "chaos".

80 posted on 03/16/2012 6:11:08 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Newt must be doing something right!

Yes, he is. :-)

81 posted on 03/16/2012 6:13:12 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Lucky9teen
Imagine...they actually have to use their smear machine against not just one guy, but 3. That takes a lot more time, money and resources, than just going after ONE.

That theory has some evidence in how much more Obama's spent than unopposed W did in 2004.

Unfortunately Santorum's not gotten the vetting he deserves, nor do I expect it to come unless he appears on the ticket.

82 posted on 03/16/2012 6:14:08 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: BlueStateBlues

BlueStateBlues, when I read the “keep Romney busy with shiny objects”, I actually spit my ice tea I laughed so hard.


83 posted on 03/16/2012 6:19:18 PM PDT by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: citizen
Newt needs to grow up and stop trying to impress wife #3.

You make a snipe like that, and state it's Newt who needs to grow up? Good grief.

84 posted on 03/16/2012 6:19:26 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: BarnacleCenturion
He had his chance and blew it.

No he did not "blow it." He got creamed by a mega-million dollar smear campaign. The other non-Romneys have benefited from not being target #1.

85 posted on 03/16/2012 6:22:37 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; Steelfish

The obvious fact is that Obama and his operatives are already campaigning against Newt. They have the dirt on everyone, and Newt’s baggage having already been vetted means, they predict Romney and Santorum will be hit with dirt that will bury them.


86 posted on 03/16/2012 6:23:58 PM PDT by bondserv (Regarding Mitt Romney: I could not warm up to this guy if we were cremated together.)
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To: Steelfish
"Oh yeah? Tell that to the Democrats in 1968"

One, there were riots at the 68 convention. That's not what we are talking about here.

Two, you can't establish that Nixon won because of the Democratic convention.

You are leaping to unfounded conclusions.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. There is one thing that decides Presidential elections. The economy. Obama proves the point. The only way he could ever have won in 2008 is that the economy was perceived to be crashing, and McCain considered part of the incumbency.

If the economy is bad in November then anyone will beat Obama. All this hand-wringing about trivia is stupid.

87 posted on 03/16/2012 6:25:50 PM PDT by mlo
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To: j.argese
HANG TOUGH NEWT!

88 posted on 03/16/2012 6:29:15 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Red Steel

Santorum was already aided and abetted in one election..swept into office during the gop revolution and Newt’s leadership:)


89 posted on 03/16/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Steelfish; All

A floor fight at the convention might be just what the grassroots needs to get fired up about all this. The Dems already have their guns loaded. We need to come out of Tampa with “guns blazing “


90 posted on 03/16/2012 6:34:53 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (OBAMA 2012: NO TAX LEFT BEHIND)
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To: Flintlock

Good post.


91 posted on 03/16/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: GeronL
The problem is that many Newt “supporters” on FR seem only to be anti-Santorum. They focus more on attacking Santorum than Romney. It’s pretty strange activity for a “conservative”.

Wandering well into Paultard territory. Gingrich has all but admitted that he has no chance of winning the nomination and doesn't appear to even be trying anywhere. He doesn't appear to be polling any better than 3rd anywhere that I can see.
92 posted on 03/16/2012 6:41:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Steelfish

ER the GOP establishment have caused all of this by shoving their RINO on to us and still backing him.

Instead they could have backed and defended Sarah, got her ready for this year , set the ground work early and then bring Col Allen West in.

Now we have three still in the race and lets face it none of them look good after this and that is because of Romney and the establishment as well as FOX attacking Newt like I have never seen before.


93 posted on 03/16/2012 6:41:36 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Steelfish

As you know, I believe Gingrich and Romney are splitting the anti-Santorum vote and if Santorum wasn’t such a neophyte he would not be pleading Gingrich out of the race.


94 posted on 03/16/2012 6:51:30 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Steelfish
Enough of this ego. It’s going to come back to bite him in the back.

It may be too that Newton Gingrich regrets not fighting for Speaker at the end of 1998, and he never again wants to be seen as a "quitter." Only Republican primary voters henceforth have the power to tell him to go away, and I don't think they will. This 37-31-14 in IL just about sums up the whole race. I think it will stay that way form now on.

95 posted on 03/16/2012 6:54:06 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Mathematically, it's all over, says Mittens. I'm pretty sure the people will again let us down.)
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To: Texas Fossil; Steelfish
"Blood on the floor during the convention?"

It's CERTAINLY not unprecedented in GOP politics. And I'm not speaking metaphorically.

At the '64 convention, where Goldwater won on the first ballot at the Cow Palace...there were fist fights in the aisles.

When Reagan lost on the second ballot in '76, the Mississippi delegates were involved in several "scuffles" in the back hallways.

This is a passionate sport.

96 posted on 03/16/2012 6:56:17 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Theodore R.
This 37-31-14 in IL just about sums up the whole race. I think it will stay that way form now on.

Keep in mind if a district in IL votes that way, Mitt gets ALL the delegates. Most upcoming delegates are not proportionally distributed. There were rules against winner-take-all before a certain date by the RNC, but we're past that now. Also, the math going forward is favoring Romney enough that he pretty much HAS to lose IL to be denied 1,144 by June.

97 posted on 03/16/2012 6:57:20 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: TomGuy
You're a sponge for Democrat Media propaganda.

Democratic propaganda? Sorry, if the truth hurts, but I remember the tantrum the ‘former’ Speaker threw because Clinton had him set at the back of AF-1. That isn’t Democratic propaganda. That is a fact.

Newt wanted to talk to Clinton on the plane about the impending budget crisis.

Clinton refused to talk to Newt, avoiding Newt by keeping him in the back of the plane.

Newt came off the plane and told the world that Clinton didn't want to talk about the budget.

The Daily News then twisted the facts.

And you believe it.

As I said....

98 posted on 03/16/2012 7:01:09 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: j.argese
I wouldn’t vote for either Romney or Santorum. Neither is worth a bucket of tepid goat phlegm.

Even if Newt was V.P.? Newt has said he likes Rick. I'm a Newt supporter and trust his judgment. I like Rick and hate Romney, so I'm right in line with Newt's opinions.

99 posted on 03/16/2012 7:01:30 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Steelfish
In the full glare of the modern media age, the bloodied arena will leave the emerging candidate with wounds so crippling, that he becomes a mere pushover for his opponent who will be appearing fresh and strong, above the fray, looking presidential, and covered in wallops of fawning media coverage. And you don’t think this is a recipe for Republican disaster!

THAT, Sir, is THE definitive description of how it will look if our convention picks Romney.

He'll walk out with his nuts sealed permanently inside the GOPe Lockbox, and promptly become The Bamster's personal nationwide floor mop. You wanna see a Presidential campaign scenario that headlines the wet dreams of DNC strategists, give Romney the nod at the GOP convention. The bloodbath at the polls in November will be apocalyptic in scale.

100 posted on 03/16/2012 7:28:50 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Those who are perishing refused to receive the love of the Truth.)
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