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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,...