Posts tagged Newt Gingrich
Posts tagged Newt Gingrich
by Robert Wenzel
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
Reich says that even if Gingrich has a 10% chance of beating President Obama, if Gingrich gets the nomination, it’s too much of a risk for Democrats to want a Gingrich nomination. He sees Gingrich as that much of a nutjob. Reich writes:…no responsible Democrat should be pleased at the prospect that Gingrich could get the GOP nomination. The future of America is too important to accept even a small risk of a Gingrich presidency…
“Weird” is the word I hear most from Republicans who have worked with him. Scott Klug, a former Republican House member from Wisconsin, who hasn’t endorsed anyone yet, says “Newt has ten ideas a day – two of them are good, six are weird and two are very weird.”
Newt’s latest idea, for example – to colonize the moon – is typically whacky.
The Republican establishment also points to polls showing Gingrich’s supporters to be enthusiastic but his detractors even more fired up. In the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, 29 percent view Gingrich favorably while 51 percent have an unfavorable view of him…
Independents, who will be key to the general election, are especially alarmed by Gingrich.
As they should be. It’s not just Newt’s weirdness. It’s also the stunning hypocrisy. His personal life makes a mockery of his moralistic bromides. He condemns Washington insiders but had a forty-year Washington career that ended with ethic violations. He fulminates against finance yet drew fat checks from Freddie Mac. He poses as a populist but has had a $500,000 revolving charge at Tiffany’s.
And it’s the flagrant irresponsibility of many of his propositions – for example, that presidents are not bound by Supreme Court rulings, that the liberal Ninth Circuit court of appeals should be abolished….that the First Amendment guarantees freedom “of” religion but not “from” religion…
Yet Democratic pundits, political advisers, officials and former officials are salivating over the possibility of a Gingrich candidacy. They agree with key Republicans that Newt would dramatically increase the odds of Obama’s reelection and would also improve the chances of Democrats taking control over the House and retaining control over the Senate.
I warn you. It’s not worth the risk.
Who knew Sarah Palin was so bright? Except she seems not to know the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism. Please someone teach her the difference so she can come out publically in support of Ron Paul.
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Newt World Order…
8:09 PM – Today
WASHINGTON — As Newt Gingrich surged to a surprise victory in the South Carolina GOP primary, one particularly crucial voter category showed itself once again to be a major problem for erstwhile frontrunner Mitt Romney: the working class.
According to exit polling data from CBS News, voters who took in less than $50,000 in total family income last year broke overwhelmingly for Gingrich, 38 percent to Romney’s 25 percent. Voters from families earning more than $100,000 annually still went for Gingrich, but at a much slimmer margin, 37 percent to 35. And among voters with no more than a high school education, the former House speaker trounced the former Massachusetts governor, 46 percent to 22.
Overall, the numbers suggest that Romney still hasn’t managed to shake his image as a wealthy Northeasterner who’s out of touch with the struggles of ordinary people on ordinary incomes.
What’s harder to tell is whether many of those voters in the Palmetto State were swayed by attacks from Gingrich and others on Romney’s business past. Romney’s tenure at venture capital firm Bain Capital became a major campaign issue in the past two weeks; in a strange twist, Republican candidates were bashing Romney for his business success, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry going so far as to call him a “vulture capitalist” before dropping out of the race.
Romney didn’t exactly earn working class bona fides by waffling on whether or not to release his tax returns. Although he’s disclosed that his income tax rate is probably around 15 percent since he makes most of his money off investments, Romney still has not committed to disclosing his tax returns even if he’s elected president, most likely because the discrepancy between his tax rate and that of many ordinary Americans could be quite large. At the debate on Thursday night, Romney was asked once again about the tax issue by moderator John King; he dodged the question awkwardly, prompting boos from the audience.
South Carolina isn’t the first state where Romney has struggled with voters of moderate means. As BuzzFeed has pointed out, Romney was largely carried by wealthier voters in Iowa, winning all of the income categories above $30,000, and taking a plurality of voters who earn more than $200,000 a year.
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.
Espousing a personal ethic.
News that Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich thinks child labor laws are “truly stupid,” and ‘poor kids’ have no ‘work ethic’ and should be put to work as school janitors (rich kids, of course, are familiar with working their fingers to the bone in Newts world). Truly, the GOP presidential debate has moved beyond parody.