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"In the real world we
were kidding ourselves"

Salon Magazine, by Steve Kornacki

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Posted By:tisHimself, 3/3/2013 11:27:34 PM

There was a popular theory for much of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign that Newt Gingrich wasn’t actually running for the GOP nomination – that he was instead leveraging the stature and visibility that comes with being a candidate to market his personal brand. Whether by brilliant design or complete accident, though, the former House Speaker managed to catch fire – twice – delivering a memorable blow to Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary before falling apart in Florida and fading from contention. That rise-fall-rise-fall cycle neatly reflects the role Gingrich plays in

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 3/4/2013 1:35:11 AM     (No. 9206770)

Yes we were. We all were. We ALL kidded ourselves right into a 2 million voter loss. With "the most electable candidate" of the bunch, too.

Reading this article makes me wish all over again that the GOP had had the stones to back Gingrich as our candidate. Because, IMHO, Gingrich was the ONLY candidate with fresh bold ideas, and the courage to carry them out. The only one who really knew how to make things happen in D.C. The only one who had helped draft the "contract with America" that helped elect Reagan. Ooooh, but we turned up our nose because he divorced & married a woman who has helmet hair.

The question is why is Salon interviewing him now? Buyer´s remorse?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 3/4/2013 2:04:01 AM     (No. 9206784)

So NY kiss a
llllllllll´mmmmmmmmmmmTyler interviewing Newt..., prAyers it goes wellezzzz

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 3/4/2013 2:05:41 AM     (No. 9206785)

No, we turned up our nose at Gingrich because he was a widely despised 90´s re-tread with a volatile personality, a sleazy personal life and a shoestring operation who would have been crushed in the general election. Can anyone reasonably see the legions of LoFo voters, idlers and dipwads who swallowed the "War on Women" hokum abandoning Obama to go with Newt Gingrich? I certainly can´t.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 3/4/2013 2:09:44 AM     (No. 9206786)

...And the Contract with America was devised more than ten years after Reagan left office.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 3/4/2013 2:16:29 AM     (No. 9206788)

#3, thank you. Newt´s tough but should be a consultant rather than a candidate.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Dragonslayer2, 3/4/2013 2:57:00 AM     (No. 9206799)

Foolish people allowed a non-productive, destructive primary process to go on too intensely and destroyed us at election time due to divisiveness and the aggravation of petty prejudices. So the man most qualified by education, executive abiity, integrity, family orientation and governmental experience was dragged through the mud, allowing the re-election of ...what? And the ankle-biting goes on...

I am embarrassed for us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: belwhatter, 3/4/2013 3:03:28 AM     (No. 9206805)

Next time the repubs need to get their candidate selected and financed to run from the outset and not allow all those months for the socialists to destroy and mock this person.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Tianne, 3/4/2013 4:10:11 AM     (No. 9206813)

The Republican primary attacks on Mitt Romney by Newt Gingrich were exaggerated and brutal and the Obama organization used Mr. Gingrich´s words to discredit Mitt Romney even more.

To me, Newt Gingrich is extremely intelligent, has many brilliant ideas, and is politically masterful but still is basically not an honorable man - Mitt Romney is an honorable man but was vilified and misrepresented by Newt Gingrich. In my opinion, Newt Gingrich, rather than being thought of as blameless for the outcome of the lost Presidential election, was actually a great part of the reason why.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lydwho, 3/4/2013 4:56:38 AM     (No. 9206831)

Newt knows a lot BUT he doesn´t know when to keep his mouth shut!!1

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/4/2013 6:14:58 AM     (No. 9206876)

I am amazed that anyone in the country ever believed that Newt Gingrich was the best we could (or should) do.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/4/2013 7:03:02 AM     (No. 9206926)

I am amazed that people don´t yet recognize that because Newt was not on the ballot in VA and in some counties in other states that he could not possibly get the nomination.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: minuteman, 3/4/2013 7:52:09 AM     (No. 9206996)

Newt wasn´t "pure" enough for the RINO vote.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: plumnellie, 3/4/2013 9:37:03 AM     (No. 9207225)

So Romney was the best we could do? Probably so if the ´best´ must be a moderate. Why does the Repub candidate have to be a moderate? I am asking for the truth for once from posters who claim to be conservatives and yet push moderates to liberals and bash Tea type candidates. We are all supposed to join together and fight...Who? We sure do not fight the Dems. I have yet to see a moderate fight anyone but a conservative with any fire in their belly. Posters on this forum have nothing to say against liberals and moderates and lots of bashes against reform, Tea, or conservative candidates. Is the same story every time. Repubs only like moderates. And moderates do not win.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Coy860, 3/4/2013 9:47:16 AM     (No. 9207246)

Come ON #8. I live in Florida, and if Mitt would have played half as dirty as he did against Newt in FL, Mitt would have won.
I had to put up with phone calls 8-10 times a day, and I was shocked at the lies the Romney team launched against Newt.
Romney was one person in FL and another person in the General Election.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/4/2013 12:06:51 PM     (No. 9207637)

From the holdout repubs that didn´t vote coupled with the voter fraud, Dims voting many times, to the bussed in voters that didn´t live there or were illegals, to the prison dudes voting, to the ´organizing for Obie´ crowd, Romney didn´t stand a chance.

And, why Obie wants to nationalize his Chicago and San Antonio Dim thugs for the USA...and the illegals, all 20 Million of them to be voters...that is what needs to be stopped!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/4/2013 12:07:47 PM     (No. 9207639)

Oh, and I forgot the dead vote, good for 5-7 million every election.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 3/4/2013 3:28:06 PM     (No. 9208070)

I voted for Romney when McCain was running in my state primary. That was because Fred Thompson had just dropped out (since the GOP wouldn´t back him -- "why, he just got in too late!").

After the election I learned Romney refused to help the McCain/Palin ticket. He was done. Oh, unless he could get national exposure, then he would show up. Because he was already planning he next run & didn´t mind if the Republicans lost. Still, I voted for him against Barak Obama. Knowing full well he was going to lose. He is too moderate.

Newt Gingrich does not have a sleazy life. His protracted divorce & subsequent affair & marriage does not make him abhorrent to me. But then, I once had a horrible 9-yr marriage & understand what kind of hell that is. I´m now celebrating 23 years with a great guy & we´ve raised 5 kids to adulthood. I didn´t have an affair, but, I try very hard not to throw stones at those who succumb to that embrace.

My original post #1 should have read: "contract with America" and helped elect Reagan. Thx so much for correcting me guys!!!! .... My point is, he had a big part in the Moral Majority´s groundswell, and did a superb job as Speaker. I changed from Dem to Republican then. The press villainized him so well (because he is truly the Left´s enemy) that even the Right has bought into it.

Ever since Palin, whoever the MSM goes after, I start applauding.

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