We’re Fighting Over Two Guys and Neither Side Thinks the Other Can Win
I am a firm believer that primaries make stronger candidates. But at some point you just have to stand back, take a sip of bourbon, and sigh “Damn” under your breath as you behold the carnage being wrought within the Republican Party. The fight has gotten so bitter and acrimonious with only three states chosen because neither side thinks the other side can win. Gingrich | Read More »
The Republican Base Simply Does Not Like Mitt Romney & Why The Press Rarely Reports It
“Mitt Romney conveys all the business acumen of a co-CEO of Research in Motion, both of whom are themselves losing their jobs.” A friend of mine pointed out this morning that Mitt Romney has outspent Newt Gingrich $7 million to $.0008 million in Florida just to watch his 15 pt lead implode overnight. The Republican base does not trust Mitt Romney. Because they do not | Read More »
Newt Gingrich Wins. What It Means.
“The base is revolting because they swept the GOP back into relevance in Washington just under two years ago and they have been thanked with contempt ever since.” No candidate has won the GOP nomination for President without winning South Carolina since Ronald Reagan in 1980. But every one of those candidates who won had also won either Iowa or New Hampshire. We’re now confronted | Read More »
Perry Drops Out. Endorses Newt. Will Campaign and Serve.
I was on a flight and landed to over 100 voicemails and over 1000 emails. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race. Sources close to both campaigns tell me that the Governor and Speaker have spoken and Governor Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich. But it will go beyond that. I’m told reliably that Governor Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Speaker | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Final Act: King Maker?
“Rick Perry’s campaign has come to an end. But he could leave on an unexpected high note — helping conservatives unite around one not-Romney” Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry’s final act in the 2012 elections. On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina. It will be only the third time in a generation Rick Perry has lost an election, with the | Read More »
Sarah Palin Says She’d Vote for Newt
This will probably be the biggest news of the morning. Millions have wondered who Governor Palin would actually support. She’s making it crystal clear now. On Fox News, Sarah Palin says if she lived in South Carolina she’d vote for Newt. The next big question is whether Governor Perry decides to depart the race before or after Saturday. And if he departs, will he endorse | Read More »
Newt Gingrich’s Closing Argument: RedState Has It First
He is beginning to make his closing argument in South Carolina. I did not see last night’s debate, but the prevailing sentiment seems to be that he did a remarkably good job last night. It is close and, should Rick Perry stay in, Perry could legitimately be blamed for keeping Gingrich from beating Romney given the state of the polls. But even with Perry in | Read More »
The Evangelical Vote
“The evangelical movement might have just sown the first seeds of division for 2016 — seeds that, like in 2008 and 2012, prevented evangelicals from getting one of their own the nomination.” I had the privilege to attend the meeting of evangelicals in Texas this weekend. Due to pressing matters before me Saturday I could not make the Saturday portion, but was there Friday hearing | Read More »
In defense of capitalism
Sweet Lord in Heaven, every time I try to tune these clowns out they hack me off and drag me back in. There are legitimate criticisms to be made of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. Anyone who says otherwise needs to be prepared to defend Bain Capital more than once relying on the government to cover their butts on deals and even being bailed out | Read More »
I have to be honest that I do not have a problem with or feel the level of outrage some of you do about Newt Gingrich attacking Bain and Mitt Romney. It’s not because I necessarily agree with Newt on the attacks, but because these are the attacks the left will throw at Mitt and, should he be the nominee, the early attacks help him | Read More »
Where I Stand: Perry, Gingrich, and None of the Above
I will support the Republican nominee for President. But until we have that nominee, I will not support Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Had Rick Santorum been up for election in 2010 instead of suffering the largest margin of defeat of any candidate in 2006, I have no doubt he would be one of the Republicans primaried by the tea party. He routinely voted for | Read More »
In an RedState exclusive, we’ve obtained a copy of the latest salvo in the GOP 2012 Presidential primary — “Not Romney“. The Gingrich campaign is leading the way, staying true to Newt Gingrich’s view of an alliance shaping up. I hear other campaigns and possibly some outside groups will join in. But this is the first salvo, a flier to be released by the Gingrich | Read More »
Newt Gingrich Shows He Can Throw a Directed Punch
The fear is that Newt Gingrich can not throw a targeted punch at Mitt Romney, that he is only capable of a crazy melee. Today, Gingrich is proving his critics wrong. One of the biggest knocks on Romney is his timidity in the face of Barack Obama. He won’t use the word “socialist,” etc. He won’t be bold with his own plans, etc. Well, Gingrich | Read More »
What’s the Difference Between the Heritage Foundation & Newt Gingrich & Mitt Romney
UPDATED: Corrected to note that, like Heritage, Gingrich too no longer favors the individual mandate. —— The individual mandate is an idea from the Heritage Foundation. Unfortunately, the person who came up with the individual mandate never lost his job and Heritage as the brain child has given cover to both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their support of it. But the individual mandate | Read More »
Yes, I am comfortable supporting Newt Gingrich
A few weeks ago I said I wasn’t sure I could get comfortable with the idea of supporting Newt Gingrich. I laid out my case then and there is no reason to go back into it now. I still find it incredibly hard to believe that the two guys at the top — excluding the 9/11 truther nut — both support the individual mandate. I | Read More »
I will not be endorsing any time soon. I have made clear my reasons here. I am, however, continually surprised that anyone in the GOP thinks Mitt Romney is a really viable candidate. Should he be the nominee, the American public will be treated to interviews and commercials with every person ever fired or laid off because of Bain Capital, an organization from which MItt | Read More »
3 Weeks And Counting. Are We In a Suicide Pact?
“It is hard to dislike a guy who can filet his opponent with a smile and a side of fava beans and a nice chianti.” As you wake up this morning, however hard it may be to believe, we are actually three weeks away from the first votes being cast in Campaign 2012. Three weeks from today, in the Iowa cold, people will gather and | Read More »
First They Attack Him for Opposing Tax Increases. Now They Attack Him For This?
Yesterday the Romney camp sent John Sununu out to attack Newt Gingrich for opposing the George H. W. Bush tax deal. Today, the Romney Super PAC is attacking Newt Gingrich for supporting the individual mandate. Yes, the same mandate Mitt Romney supports. So is the Romney team admitting the individual mandate is bad? And if so, why is Romney still supporting it? We want these | Read More »
Romney Camp Attacks Newt Gingrich For Opposing George H. W. Bush’s Tax Increase
Let’s step into the Way Back Machine and go all the way back to 1990. That year, George H. W. Bush decided to break his “no new taxes” pledge. You remember, “Read my lips,” don’t you? Well, at the time Newt Gingrich was the Minority Whip of the United States House of Representatives. He was not the leader of the Republicans. He was the number | Read More »