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  • Gingrich: Santorum's Ill. Loss Shows He's Not Conservative Alternative

    03/21/2012 2:43:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 79 replies · 2+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 21, 2012 | Hiram Reisner
    Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says Rick Santorum’s double-digit loss in the Illinois primary shows he is not the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney — and he can’t defeat President Barack Obama..... “Governor Romney had a pretty good day — I think he took a step towards clearly proving he was the front-runner. Senator Santorum didn’t have a particularly good day,” Gingrich said. “This is the third time now he has tried an industrial Midwestern . . . state and not succeeded. And I think that the conservatives have to think through the right strategy if they hope to stop Romney....
  • A Front-Row Seat to Palin Power

    03/20/2012 10:52:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 20, 2012 | David French
    In addition to regularly contributing to NRO’s excellent Home Front blog, my wife Nancy is the editor of the Patheos Faith and Family portal, a multi-faith website that thoughtfully explores, well, faith and family. Last week she added a young, single-mother blogger to the site, a person who could reach a wide audience and was experiencing life as a mother in the glare of unusually harsh publicity: Bristol Palin. ....Over the weekend, Bristol wrote a post that asked a simple question: “Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call?” Noting that President Obama had called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh’s...
  • Newt Gingrich: Yes, Past Performance Does Indicate Future Results

    03/20/2012 4:36:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies
    Red State ^ | March 19, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Rick Santorum makes an excellent point that “past performance really does indicate future results.” I completely agree—but not just “in Mitt Romney’s case.” Rick Santorum became the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate in 2001 at a time when Republicans inherited balanced budgets, surpluses, and conservative, pro-life majorities. Senator Santorum and his big spending GOP allies proceeded to squander this inheritance. The leadership of the Rick Santorum Republicans proved disastrous: * The Rick Santorum Republicans never passed a single balanced budget, after inheriting balanced budgets and record surpluses. They racked up $1.7 trillion in deficits and increased the average number...
  • Gingrich to defend his energy policy (respond to Obama)

    03/19/2012 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    KTBS ^ | March 19, 2012
    SHREVEPORT, La. - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talks to the press tonight in Shreveport about his plan for reducing energy prices. The candidate for the GOP nomination will respond to President Obama's criticism of his $2.50 gas and energy plan. Gingrich's campaign says he will also outline his American energy plan to lower gas prices, create jobs and make the United States energy independent. Gringrich has scheduled a campaign stop Tuesday at Strawn's Eat Shop Too at 1643 East 70th Street. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends an hour later.
  • VIDEO: Rick Santorum Agrees With Newt

    03/19/2012 11:24:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 19, 2012
    In a comment on another thread, FReeper katiedidit1 posted this VIDEO of Rick Santorum praising Newt Gingrich, telling how he learned under the tutelage of Newt! On and on.....
  • Romney, Santorum struggle to arouse consistent passion in their own voters, exit polls show

    03/19/2012 3:38:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 139 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 19, 2012 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney may lead in delegates and Rick Santorum might have momentum, but neither of the two leading Republican presidential candidates is having an easy time exciting even his own voters. Out of a dozen states where voters in the GOP contest have been polled, most Romney voters have said they strongly favor him in just five of them. A majority of Santorum voters felt that committed to him only four times out of 11 states where he was on the ballot and voters were surveyed. Each man is struggling to consistently spark the intensity that could separate...
  • Haley Barbour Says He Voted For Newt Gingrich

    03/18/2012 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | March 18, 2012 | Jonathan Karl
    After today’s “This Week” roundtable, I spoke more with former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour about his views on the Republican presidential race, whether he regrets not getting into the contest, and his defense of his controversial pardons before leaving office in January. Barbour told me that he voted for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in last week’s Mississippi primary, saying, “out of friendship, I voted for Newt.” “I didn’t endorse anybody [before the primary],” Barbour told me. “I didn’t want to try to influence anybody’s vote, so beforehand I didn’t say who I voted for. But Newt and I have...
  • The Man Who Likes Mandates

    03/18/2012 7:18:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 26, 2012 | Bill Kristol
    Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, RomneyÂ’s achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times. Consider a revealing debate moment. ItÂ’s not from this yearÂ’s campaign but from 2008, when Obamacare did not yet exist. HereÂ’s an exchange from the debate among Republican candidates at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire on January 5...
  • Showdown in the Show-Me State

    03/18/2012 2:53:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 17, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    .............[Jim]Talent [top Romney surrogate] isn’t alone in thinking the caucus system is confusing. In 2008, Missouri’s presidential contest was a primary, not caucuses. Campaigns and the state party are scrambling to ensure voters understand the 2012 caucuses. Most counties will caucus today, but a handful have already held their caucuses or will do so later this month. Further complicating the matter is the fact that at the caucuses, the voters will pick delegates, not candidates. A caucus can pass a rule that binds delegates to a particular candidate, but it’s not clear how many caucuses will do so. Still, MissouriGOP...
  • Romney and Santorum would split vote if Gingrich exited race [What if Rick exited and Newt stayed?]

    03/17/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies
    Pocono Record - PA ^ | March 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney would stand to benefit just as much as Rick Santorum if Newt Gingrich exited the presidential race, according to a new poll released Friday. The Gallup poll defied conventional wisdom by suggesting Romney would peel off just as many Gingrich supporters as Santorum would. Forty percent of Gingrich supporters in Gallup's daily tracking poll said Romney was their second choice while 39 percent said they would migrate to Santorum. "If two candidates for a presidential nomination compete in the same ideological space, it would make sense that if one dropped out that the other would benefit,"...
  • How Conservative Is Rick Santorum’s Record?

    03/16/2012 9:03:36 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 15, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    Rick Santorum is regarded by many of his supporters as the “real” conservative in the GOP presidential race, and most Democrats pay him the unintended compliment of considering him an arch-conservative. Undoubtedly, Santorum is a conservative of a certain type, but how far to the right was his voting record during the three terms he spent in the United States Senate? To answer this question, I went to the American Conservative Union’s ratings archive for 2006, Santorum’s last year as a senator, and looked up the lifetime ratings of those who were in the Senate at that time. One could...
  • Newt Gingrich flies the birther flag in Illinois speech (Love Note from the Left)

    03/16/2012 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Examiner ^ | March 16, 2012 | Bill Schmalfeldt
    In his ever-increasing desperation to win one more, just one more delegate if possible before being relegated to the "laughable political achronism" category in the history of American politics, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich abandoned the traditional "dog-whistle" technique of using "code-words" that racists will hear and "know what he really means." Now he's using a bull horn. Speaking to a small audience in Lake in the Hills, Ill., Gingrich put it all out for the "birthers" in the audience. "We need an American president who is for American energy," Gingrich told a crowd of about 50 people...
  • Gingrich’s Next Move

    03/16/2012 2:20:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | March 15, 2012 | Pat Towery
    It was unbelievable: After Newt Gingrich failed to win both Alabama and Mississippi in the GOP race for president, most members of the mainstream media and political strategists with whom I talked readily admitted, off the record, that he was the most qualified among the Republican candidates to serve as president. Now these are objective pros that have been around presidential politics for years. I have no doubt they were telling me the truth because these folks only tell you this stuff when it is relatively clear that the candidate is no longer a viable alternative. Best on foreign policy...
  • Newt Gingrich in Elgin: Obama attacks Catholic Church, appeases radical Islam

    03/15/2012 10:51:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Marcy 15, 2012 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich courted Christian voters in Elgin Wednesday as he resumed his tour of Chicago’s northwest suburbs. He started at Barrington High School and is moving to the Christian Judson University on the banks of the Fox River in Elgin. At what was billed as a “Hispanic Town Hall Meeting with Newt and Calista,” about 300 mostly white Christian college students jammed a campus chapel and applauded when Gingrich slammed President Barack Obama for what Gingrich called “Obama’s attack on the Catholic Church and other right-to-life institutions.” ...Contrasting that with Obama’s apology to Muslims after reports that...
  • Newt is Right: Santorum is Better Off With Gingrich in the Race

    03/15/2012 7:44:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    The latest FOX News poll of Republican voters supports Newt Gingrich’s strange-sounding assertion that his presence in the race is actually a benefit to rival Rick Santorum. Gingrich casts the advantage to Santorum in a tactical sense, saying that the two of them together divide Romney’s attention and bleed the Republican frontrunner of his money. Gingrich argues that Romney’s success is attributable to negative ads and out-spending that cannot be replicated in a general election and so, therefore he should be bled and blocked so that someone else can get the nomination at the end of August. Santorum supporters have...
  • (Vanity) GOP-e Blames Romney’s Troubles on Newt’s Ego

    03/15/2012 3:24:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    March 15, 2012 | Vanity
    The GOP-e is starting to blame the GOP Primary and Newt Gingrich for what they see as a weakened Romney going into the General Election. BLAME Romney! BLAME the GOP Establishment! Newt Gingrich is the only conservative still running in the GOP primary! By employing a drumbeat of damaging headlines, using misleading delegate counts and by calling for him to leave, the GOP-e and their friends in the MSM have hurt Newt but they have not succeeded in knocking him out or silencing the base.
  • Romney: Very conservative voters might not be with me now but they will be in November (Watch video)

    03/14/2012 5:17:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via RCP, the key bit comes at around 3:40. This is his whole strategy in a nutshell and I still can’t decide whether to admire him or loathe him for it. He doesn’t care if you trust him. He doesn’t care if his rallies leave you flat. He doesn’t care if pulling the lever for him reduces you to dry heaves in the voting booth. He cares about two things: 1,144 and 270, and he’s likely to achieve at least the first thanks to hard work, careful planning, and the great good luck of having extraordinarily weak competition. Those qualities...
  • 'We Did it Again!' Santorum Takes the South. Blue Collar Beats Blue Blood

    03/14/2012 6:10:12 AM PDT · by tcg · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/14/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...This was blue collar vs blue blood. The pundits tried all evening to sound intelligent as they attempted to explain the vote. They failed miserably. In his victory speech, Rick Santorum nailed it, "This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things, just like America." As he ended his speech he told his supporters the campaign was about "Free people, a free economy, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives". Just as he finished that line, a campaign worker informed the candidate that he had also won Mississippi. The entire room broke into an...
  • Newt Gingrich: Walking dead out of Alabama, Mississippi

    03/14/2012 3:11:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 158 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jim Picht
    NATCHITOCHES, La., March 14, 2012—It 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 tonight’s election results in the morning with a nice bowl of grits for breakfast. Gingrich’s southern strategy is dead, and so is his campaign. The only southerner in the race, he’s 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 doesn’t....
  • Santorum leads GOP candidates in La., exclusive WWL-TV poll shows [26% undecided - Mitt gets libs]

    03/13/2012 4:55:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    WWL-TV ^ | March 12, 2012 | Dennis Woltering
    NEW ORLEANS – A new, exclusive statewide poll of likely Republican voters in Louisiana conducted for WWL-TV shows voters favoring Rick Santorum, with the primary election two weeks away. The telephone poll of 515 likely Republican voters reveals Santorum leading the field, with just over 25 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney places second with just under 21 percent and is in a virtual tie with Newt Gingrich, who has almost 20 percent. Ron Paul is way behind, with less than 6 percent. Undecided gets the biggest score of all -- 26 percent. WWL-TV election analyst Greg Rigamer, whose firm,...
  • Gingrich, Santorum work to sway voters at GOP forum at Alabama Theatre (Newt has the fire)

    03/13/2012 1:59:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    AL - The Birmingham News - Huntsville Times - Mobile - Press Register ^ | March 13, 2012 | Charles J. Dean -- The Birmingham News
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --- Obie Evans walked into tonight's GOP presidential forum at the Alabama Theatre in shorts, a tall floppy red, white and blue hat and two candidate stickers pasted on either side of his white sports shirt. On his left side was a Rick Santorum sticker. On his right, a Newt Gingrich sticker. "I really, really could not decide between those two," Evans said of Santorum and Gingrich. Four hours later, Evans walked out of the old theater still with both stickers showing but his mind almost made up. "It's not 100 percent, but I think I'm going to...
  • Mitt Romney: I’m weak? What about Newt Gingrich?

    03/12/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | March 12, 2012 | MJ Lee
    Mitt Romney on Monday laughed at Newt Gingrich’s suggestion that he is a weak frontrunner who is failing to win over conservatives, saying of the former House speaker, “If I’m a weak frontrunner, what does that make Newt Gingrich? Because I’m well ahead of him.” Celebrating his 65th birthday on the campaign trail in Mobile, Ala., Romney said in an apperance on “Fox & Friends” that he finds it “funny listening to these guys” trying to attack his standing in the 2012 race. “They’re saying what they wish were the case but happens not to be the case. Don’t forget...
  • Newt Gingrich -- the choice of movement conservatives

    03/12/2012 2:31:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Renew America ^ | March 12, 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    This Republican primary season has been one of the most contention, and interesting, that I have seen in a while. As never before, we see that the heart and soul of the Republican Party really is at stake, as four different visions for the GOP, and the nation as a whole, compete to see who will represent the Party in the general election. I think the general consensus (which I share) is that none of the four candidates left — Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul — are who most conservatives and Republicans would like to have...
  • Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With G.O.P.

    03/11/2012 3:39:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 148 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | SUSAN SAULNY
    ...somewhere between the baby name game and the gifts, what had been light conversation took a sharp turn toward the personal and political — specifically, the battle over access to birth control and other women’s health issues that have sprung to life on the Republican campaign trail in recent weeks. “We all agreed that this seemed like a throwback to 40 years ago,” said Ms. Russell, 57, a retired teacher from Iowa City who describes herself as an evangelical Christian and “old school” Republican of the moderate mold. Until the baby shower, just two weeks ago, she had favored Mitt...
  • Despite Mixed Polls, Gingrich Claims Lead In Southern States

    03/09/2012 12:27:27 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | March 9, 2012
    Mitt Romney may consider the pair of primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday an "away game," but Newt Gingrich is claiming a home court advantage. Friday morning in an interview with WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss., Gingrich said, "As a fellow southerner, I understand Mississippi concerns, Mississippi values. And I think from a Georgia perspective I'm a lot closer to the average Mississippian than a Pennsylvania big union candidate or a Massachusetts moderate." He was presumably referring to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts....... While the candidates are all over the map, so are...
  • Polls show slight Gingrich edge in Ala., Miss.

    03/09/2012 9:40:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 9, 2012 | Daniel Malloy
    MERIDIAN, Miss. – A pair of new polls are giving hope to Newt Gingrich’s Deep South strategy, as he stresses religion and steps up attacks on rival Rick Santorum. The former U.S. House Speaker leads in Mississippi according to an American Research Group poll out Friday morning has Gingrich leading with 35 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 31 percent and Santorum at 20 percent. A Rasmussen Poll of Alabama shows a dead heat: Gingrich at 30 percent, Santorum at 29 and Romney at 28. ......Santorum is best known as a strident social conservative, but while representing...
  • Amid Calls to Quit, Gingrich Seems More Subdued (Second in Delegates)

    03/09/2012 2:33:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    JACKSON, MISS ....Hours before Mr. Gingrich arrived in Jackson, Mississippi’s capital, on Wednesday night, Mr. Santorum brought his own campaign there, calling on a vociferous crowd of several hundred to force out Mr. Gingrich and make it a two-man race with Mr. Romney. “You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate,” Mr. Santorum said. “If we win Mississippi, this will be a two-person race. And if it is a two-person race, we will nominate a conservative as president of the United States.” .....Mr. Gingrich, who canceled plans...
  • Gingrich gets lion's share of Georgia delegates (53)

    03/08/2012 2:59:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jeremy Redmon and Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Newt Gingrich stands to gain more than 50 delegates in the Republican presidential race, thanks to his overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s Georgia primary. .....If the totals hold, Rick Santorum would fall about 3,500 ballots shy of reaching 20 percent of the statewide vote. Failing to meet that threshold means Santorum was shut out of a share of 34 delegates awarded based on the statewide vote. Only Gingrich and Romney met that minimum percentage. Based on his vote total alone, Gingrich stands to win 16 statewide delegates; Romney 8. Under the state GOP rules, the remaining 10 statewide delegates are awarded...
  • ‘The Rich People’s President’

    03/08/2012 1:38:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
    Will France’s Nicolas Sarkozy be the next European leader to fall? If you understood how French president Nicolas Sarkozy found himself holed up in a barroom in Bayonne last Thursday afternoon, it would take you a long way towards figuring out what is going to happen in France’s two-round presidential election, coming up in April and May. Sarkozy, who heads France’s conservative UMP party, was making a surprise visit to the Basque country, along the border with Spain. The Socialists, who have not held the presidency since 1995, got wind of his visit. Together with local Basque separatists, they succeeded...
  • Wanted: Deus Ex Machina [There are none so blind...]

    03/08/2012 1:12:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 7, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    Rich [Lowry], you have nailed it re the necessity of defeating Barack Obama this fall. But how to do it? Despite Romney’s wins yesterday, there’s still a so-what air about his candidacy; he’s like one of those seat-warmers at the Oscars who slips into the vacancies so as to give the continuing illusion of a packed house. He’s a passionless candidate with a passionless following at a time that positively demands passion in order to counter the great Axelrod Media Machine, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic party and its functioning propaganda arm. Take the latest Romney “tax” plan....
  • We,The People, Petition The White House:Call for The FCC to Remove Bill Maher

    03/06/2012 9:41:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Petitions/The White House ^ | March 5, 2012 | Justen C
    We Petition the Obama Administration to: Call For The FCC To Remove Bill Maher Bill Maher's derogatory statements have gone far enough and nobody is holding him accountable. He called former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin a C*** and there was not a peep from the mainstream media. There was no apology from HBO. If those who oppose Rush Limbaugh are going to make a petition to pull him off the air for one derogatory thing he said. It only makes sense that we actually pull people off the air who add nothing to the national dialogue but derogatory and...
  • Newt Gingrich's Sunday pitch: Don't count me out

    03/04/2012 12:09:30 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 4, 2012 | Mark Z. Barabak
    ...."This is going to go on for a good while," the former House speaker said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," one of several Washington talk shows Gingrich visited in the run-up to Super Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may outspend the rest of the GOP field "by multiples," Gingrich said, but "he's not a very convincing front-runner and he's a long way from having closed out this race." Gingrich said he expects to win Georgia, the largest of the states voting in Tuesday's nationwide sweepstakes, and to do so by more than Romney's narrow victory Tuesday in...
  • Open letter to all Conservative radio talk show hosts in re: Limbaugh (vanity rant)

    03/04/2012 8:45:56 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 46 replies
    n/a ^ | 3-4-12 | Texas Eagle
    Dear Conservative Radio Talk Show Host, As an avid listener of Conservative talk radio, I know there is no small amount of competition nor an eagerness to separate yourself from the pack. And, in this attempt, it is unfortunately not unheard of for one host to revel in the misfortune of another. I believe the scientific term is "schadenfreude". Or is it "freudenschade"? I forget. No matter. You know what I mean. And, more importantly, you know who your are. You must all be aware by now that your every word is being monitored by left-wing agitators in hopes of...
  • Robert C. Smith On his book Conservatism and Racism and Why in America They Are the Same

    03/03/2012 11:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Rorotoko ^ | December 6, 2010
    In a nutshell In this book I systematically demonstrate the inescapable racism inherent in American conservatism. The argument unfolds in layers. First, I show that ideological conservatism is everywhere and always the conscious and reflective defense of established institutions and ways of life. In the United States this has meant a defense of racism and white supremacy. The first conscious conservative movement in America emerged in the South partly as a reaction to the movement to abolish slavery, and the modern conservative movement in America is rooted partly in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Second, the substantive ideals of...
  • In a tough call, Newt Gingrich gets my vote

    03/03/2012 3:42:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 3, 2012 | Kyle Wingfield
    Let’s be clear about this from the start: On Tuesday, I’ll vote for Newt Gingrich to be the GOP’s presidential nominee. Now for the explanation. In recent days, I mentally drafted one piece endorsing him, one backing Mitt Romney, and a third picking Rick Santorum. (Sorry, Ron Paul fans.) In other words, like millions of other Americans, I’ve had a hard time reaching a decision. ......[SNIP]...... Gingrich has a record of changing Washington. Completely? No. But then, completely changing Washington is a big job. And Gingrich led Congress to each success to which Santorum can also lay a claim: balanced...
  • It's Do or Die, Time to Unite Behind Newt and Defeat Romney

    03/02/2012 12:21:24 PM PST · by Marguerite · 98 replies
    politijim ^ | March 3, 2012 | libertarian neocon
    It's time to stop dilly-dallying. Super Tuesday is upon us and with that, the nomination race could be all but over unless conservatives and libertarians finally unite behind one candidate, a candidate who can beat both Romney AND Obama. That candidate needs to be Newt. Among the not-Romney's he is the only one who can unite the party. Economic conservatives like him because he balanced the budget and reformed welfare. Defense hawks like him because he is the most hawkish of the lot. Social conservatives, when they can get past his personal life, like him for his strong record on...
  • Santorum's intellectual evolution to a strong constitutional conservative

    03/02/2012 4:05:38 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 111 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02-02-12 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Rick Santorum's speech to the Chattanooga Tea Party's Liberty Forum is uplifting and convincing that he is the constitutional conservative we need as President of the United States. The speech is brilliant in its scope and sincerity. It shows that he has a clear grasp of the constitutional conservative movement. It shows that he is one of us. Neither John McCain nor George W. Bush could have delivered such a speech. Ronald Reagan could have. Santorum is convincing in showing that he understands the purpose of the Constitution, why it is an extension of the principles of the Declaration of...
  • In Ga., Gingrich helped build conservative base

    03/02/2012 12:44:13 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | March 2, 2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    ..."I guess about the only way I can describe him is unlike any politician we had ever encountered," Reed said. "He would come in, speak to your group, keynote the banquet and afterward go to the suite and stay up until the wee hours of the morning talking strategy with you." A generation of Republican politicians recalls listening to cassette tapes featuring Gingrich's talking points as they drove to campaign stops, and dialing in to weekly national conference calls to hear his advice on how to sell conservative programs back home. "He changed the whole formula here. Candidates were starving...
  • Gingrich aims to regain his voice on talk radio

    03/02/2012 6:21:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Philadelphia ^ | March 2, 2012 | Matt Katz
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Basking in the Georgia sun and the adoration of a hometown crowd, Newt Gingrich explained to a rally of supporters Thursday that President Obama is raising gas prices, appeasing Muslim enemies, and waging war on the Catholic Church. Moments before that, the Republican presidential candidate said essentially the same thing, but the audience may have been more significant. He was a guest on a conservative radio show hosted by his former campaign rival Herman Cain. As Gingrich fights for a desperately needed primary victory on Super Tuesday next week in the state he represented in Congress, he...
  • Tennessee Voter: Why I'm With Newt

    03/02/2012 2:41:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 122+ views
    The Chattanoogan ^ | March 1, 2012 | Debbie Davis-Peck, Chattanooga
    My father was a Goldwater conservative . As a child I often listened and paid attention as he and others would discuss politics and world affairs. I paid attention in civics class in school, learning quickly about how the U.S. Constitution was founded, by whom, and why. I paid attention throughout the years, watching each and every President and their administrations. And even though I am a registered Republican, I have voted a split ticket if I felt someone else was qualified for a position. My point here is to explain that I have observed, watched and learned how both...
  • A personal note on the death of Andrew Breitbart

    03/01/2012 11:04:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | March 1, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    I only spoke once with Andrew Breitbart. He reached out to me, and we spoke by phone. The topic is not important, but I was shocked that he even knew who I was; but as I’ve come to learn, Andrew seemed to know who everyone was in the conservative blogosphere. He was just that way. Since my wife called this morning to let me know of Andrew’s death, it has been hard to focus on anything else. In her words, we don’t have that many bright media lights, and to lose him hurts. Andrew lived in a world without restraints....
  • Candidates pile up endorsements, but their impact is questionable

    03/01/2012 3:22:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 1, 2012 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    .......Dan McLagan, a veteran Georgia Republican political consultant, said in a statewide race endorsements from local officials won't matter much. "Endorsements start to become valuable when you get to the statewide elected official level," McLagan, who is not involved in the presidential race, said. Under that metric, however, the race for Georgia's 76 delegates should be a near three-way tie between Gingrich, Romney and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker and long-time Georgia congressman, has the support of four current or former statewide elected officials -- Gov. Nathan Deal, former Gov. Zell Miller and...
  • What’s up with Newt Gingrich? Gallup’s daily tracking poll, for one thing

    03/01/2012 2:46:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 1+ views
    HotAir ^ | February 29, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    While Mitt Romney continues to rack up delegates, each of the other three GOP candidates must still be able to see a path to the nomination for himself. Otherwise, they’d drop out, right? For Newt Gingrich, that path runs through Georgia and — he hopes — Tennessee, Ohio, Texas and Oklahoma. [snip] Gingrich has a comfortable lead in Georgia; the RCP poll average puts him nine points ahead of his competitors in his home state. He doesn’t, however, fare nearly so well in the other states he’s supposedly targeting.... Yet, today, Gingrich has at least one bit of poll improvement...
  • Santorum campaign hoping for help from Gingrich

    03/01/2012 1:35:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 1+ views
    St. Louis Today ^ | March 1, 2012 | AP
    Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. One strategist hopes it will come from another rival, Newt Gingrich. Top adviser John Brabender says Santorum's future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker is showing no signs of bowing out, certainly not before next week's Super Tuesday voting.
  • Bob Barr: Libertarians should vote for Gingrich

    02/29/2012 12:31:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 28, 2012 | Steven Nelson
    Former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr supports Newt Gingrich’s campaign for president, and told The Daily Caller other libertarians should consider joining him.Barr was elected to Congress in 1994 and worked alongside Gingrich as he became Speaker of the House. Barr left office in 2003 and in 2008 ran as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, receiving more than 500,000 votes nationwide. Explaining his support for Gingrich, a politician not often considered a libertarian darling, Barr told The Daily Caller, “I’m very comfortable and happy supporting Newt,” adding, “it’s not to say that other candidates like Ron Paul don’t have very...
  • McDonnell walks fine line with conservative [VA] General Assembly

    02/26/2012 3:16:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anita Kumar,
    RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell met with Republican members of the General Assembly more than 60 times in the past month — from formal meetings to glitzy social gatherings at the Executive Mansion — and he often cautioned them to exercise restraint. McDonnell warned his fellow Republicans to limit their socially conservative legislation and focus on job creation and the state budget, according to legislators. Otherwise, he said, they risked miring the session in needless disputes that would not benefit the GOP. He even signaled which bills he would support, a departure from previous practice. .....But apparently not...
  • Jeb Bush: “I used to be a conservative” (So what is he now?)

    02/24/2012 1:17:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Jeb Bush isn't sure where he fits in the panoply of Republican Party leaders anymore. During a Q&A session after a speech in Dallas yesterday, the former Florida governor confessed that he doesn’t know what to make of the direction the current GOP candidates have taken Republican rhetoric: "I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that's kind...
  • The Elephant in the Room [Erickson unhinged]

    02/24/2012 2:28:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | February 24, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    He was the elephant in the room, so to speak, at the CNN Debate in Mesa, AZ. And this issue is why Campaign 2012 on the Republican side is so depressing. The he is George W. Bush. And the issue is that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney spent most of the debate campaigning against George W. Bush without using his name. They went after each other on earmarks, spending, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, the debt ceiling, and on and on. Santorum apologized for some votes. He defended some votes. Mitt Romney had the temerity to suggest he...
  • ‘Thomas Paine vs George Washington’: Santorum and Beck Part Ways on Libertarianism

    02/23/2012 11:02:27 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02-23-12 | Mytheos Holt
    Today, Presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared on the Glenn Beck program to discuss the state of the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The tone of the overall exchange was cordial, with Santorum joking at the start, “You know, Glenn, sometimes my wife loves you more than me.” Still, Glenn warned Santorum that he wouldn’t be gentle in questioning him just because they were friends. “I‘m nobody’s shill,” Glenn said. And indeed, not all of the interview was sweetness and light, as during the second segment, Glenn asked Santorum a tough question on his views...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Conservative Movement!

    02/22/2012 11:56:21 AM PST · by TBP · 13 replies
    Conservative Byte ^ | February 2012 | Politichicks
    The Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the conservative movement.