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Rasumussen: Gingrich Surges To South Carolina Lead

 

Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner gives the heads-up that today’s new Rasmussen poll will show Newt Gingrich pulling into the lead in South Carolina:

Gingrich – 33

Romney – 31

Paul – 15

Santorum – 11

Perry – 2

Other – 1

The poll has 6 percent of voters undecided.  Barone notes Rasmussen had Romney ahead 35-21 before Monday’s debate.

This, of course, would not account for the effect of Rick Perry dropping out of the campaign and endorsing Gingrich, which could do more than just toss Perry’s 2 percent into the Gingrich column.  Also, there’s another debate tonight, and that’s where Gingrich shines. 

Also tonight, ABC News will finally broadcast an interview with someone who knew Barack Obama before 2006, and we’ll finally have some answers about his mysterious past, which the media has studiously avoided investigating for the past five years. 

Just kidding!  They’re digging up Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife and giving her a high-profile spotlight to repeat all the things everybody already knows about her marriage to the ex-Speaker.  We shall see if Rick Perry’s endorsement, which included remarks about the “power of redemption,” blunts the impact of ABC’s fervent commitment to rerunning old news.  Hopefully Bill Clinton will be watching, and enjoying a little chuckle as he remembers how his old relationships were treated by the massed ranks of the mainstream press.

Update: Official Rasmussen press release here.  The poll was of likely voters, conducted yesterday, January 18.  Rasmussen notes Gingrich was fourteen points behind Romney just two days previously, before that last debate.

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  • DaneChile

    When was this poll conducted?  When were the results tabulated?  Who did Rasmussen inform and when prior to making this information public? OK, I´ll ask more bluntly:  did ABC, the Obama campaign or the Romney campaign have a heads-up on this prior to the public release?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dauthus David Taylor

    “…
    broadcast an interview with someone who knew Barack Obama before 2006…”  

    LOL you got me on that one.  I thought I was going to have to watch ABC news for once.

  • Dustoff

    Nice to hear.  Yet one win won’t take you to the top. 

  • Concerned4America

    No but with Mitt #2 in Iowa if Newt wins SC we at least have a horse race. Basically disregard Iowa and Mitt and Newt would be tied if you assume Mitt’s wide margin in NH is equal to a close win in a real state like SC.

  • AgTrotter

    So, we’re are steadily moving towards a choice between Gingrich and Romney.

    God help us.

  • http://twitter.com/Doc_0 John Hayward

    Rasmussen just released the results officially, a bit later than I was expecting them, so I am adding that information to the post.

  • Altosackbuteer

    As I keep saying, Mittens did NOT “win” in Iowa, by the original 8 vote margin; and neither has he now “lost” by whatever number of votes.

    The TRUTH is, and always was, Mittens TIED.  Arguably, THREE-way.

    The reason being, no delegates were decided.

    After Iowa’s Byzantine, Rube-Goldberg process finally does apportion delegates, I’ll wager that Mittens winds up with a LOT more than his scary 25% he got at the caucuses.

    But finally, the TRUTH is, as I said for the past couple of weeks, is that Mittens ACTUALLY LOST IOWA BIG TIME, because with all his financial and organizational advantages, he SHOULD have LANDSLIDED in Iowa.

  • Telescoping You

    Let’s see here, Newt was last in the pack and on life support and expected to die any moment, back a couple of months ago.

    But, he’s up and walking, no running and while he is no Secretariat who won by 22 lengths, I see another Barbaro, undefeated and winning by 7.

    Gingrich 2012

  • Altosackbuteer

    Mr. Hayward, did you hear about the “yard sign poll” in SC?

    A couple of friends of my twin brother are volunteers in SC for Newt.

    The other day, they spent 8 hours driving from Greenville in the NW to Myrtle Beach.

    Before they hit Myrtle Beach, here is their count of yard signs:

    Newt: 125

    Perry: about a dozen.

    L. Ron Paul: 4 (which AMAZED me).

    Santorum: 4.

    AND MITTENS HAD NO ONE YARD SIGN.

    Until they hit Myrtle Beach.  Then, they counted about 75 Newt signs and 75 Mittens signs.

    The following day, they were in Spartanburg.  They counted there about 50 Newt signs, almost as many L. Ron Paul signs — AND NOT A SINGLE MITTENS SIGN.

    Question: Are the pollsters, like, REALLY MISSING the message here?

  • Patriot41

    Now we need to see Mitt and Newt in a one on one debate, that will tell the story of who is the better candidate to run.

  • Patriot41

    When the establishment good ole boys in charge of voting results, what did you expect?  Conservatives need to watch the vote counts very carefully from now on.

  • Patriot41

    Dane, do you really have to ask that question?  This has been in the making for close to two years now.

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    We might be heading to an open convention and that could be a good thing.

  • Patriot41

    Answer, the pollsters are paid to return desirable results.

  • http://vitamind3info.blogspot.com/ Adrian

    Romney should Hire a Big Blimp with who is Mitt Romney written on it and fly around the country.

  • Telescoping You

    Sorry, misplaced post.

  • Telescoping You

    Polling is skewed, unscientific and highly unreliable.  Yard signs are not.

    Congratulations on your twine brothers’ friends doing the leg work that no doubt millions of other Conservatives are performing as well.

    Say, is your twine brother as astute as you?  BTW, your “volts x amps = power = WATTS” over on the Perry thread was clever, having been a sparky myself for many years.

  • BostonMary

    Most peculiar.  Rasmussen Reports:  South Carolina Republican Primary Gingrich 33%, Romney 31%.  Thought the Palmetto State was social conservative?  Three must be Newt’s lucky number – Three Wives and a Three-some.

  • Dustoff

    John…

    Help me here. Today’s news.

    In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for
    seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, a decrease of 50,000
    from the previous week’s revised figure of 402,000. The 4-week moving
    average
    was 379,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week’s revised average of
    382,500.

    ********************

    Jan 12 news.

    WASHINGTON   –  Thousands of workers let go spiking applications for
    weekly unemployment benefits last week. As the holiday season winds
    down, companies release seasonal workers.

    It was the highest level
    in six weeks as applications for unemployment rose by 24,000 to an
    adjusted 400,000 Labor Department statistics showed Thursday.

    So what gives?   

    I would say someone is fudging the numbers.

  • Telescoping You

    Come on Mary, you are too catty today.  You can at least admit that Newt is the Barbaro in this race and your guy Mitt is Eight Belles, who collapsed and was euthanized after the race.

    Now that we are out of New England (whew!) for awhile, I think you’re going to see Mitt vanish like exhaled human breath on a cold Massachusetts winter day.  Bundle up and have a cup of hot chocolate.

  • DaneChile

    People may say that I lounge around in tin-foil hats but I have seen how these things CAN work.  It would not surprise me in the least to discover that somebody at Rasmussen slipped in a ´phone call to someone at Obama/Romney/ABC yesterday.  After urgent conferences, it is decided how to play the hole card:  Leak that the interview was completed, leak that they are wrestling with the ethics involved in choosing the release date (to obfuscate the fact that this is a political tactic), then decide to air it after the debate while releasing carefully selected excerpts throughout the Thursday news cycle but prior to the debate.  Thus, Friday they will have the excuse to ignore the debate post-game analysis and concentrate on the juicy tidbits from the Scorned Woman that hurt Newt, negating any possibility of him successfully refuting anything prior to the vote.

    Call me loony… 

  • confedgal

    “Also tonight, ABC News​ will finally broadcast an interview with someone who knew Barack Obama before 2006″

    Really Doc, you had to get our hopes up? Seriously, aren’t they just broadcasting to the people who were going to vote for another 4 years of the same ole s____ anyway?

  • DaneChile

    Wrong.  You see, the drive-by media readers understand that Romney won Iowa.  The media all but stated that as a fact.  They don´t want to be bothered by minor details about what really happened.

    As Altosackbuteer says, it is an effective LOSS for Romney since he should have done so much better but you won´t find that in the Leftist Loony Media.

  • BostonMary

    Counting your chickens before they’re hatched, TU.  Haven’t you heard the news?   Marianne Gingrich claims Newt wanted an Open Marriage: Newt lacks Moral Character to be President. “I want to stay married to you and have an affair with Calista.  You need to be willing to share me.”

    Hello President Romney!  It’s a sign from Heaven – like the Burning Bush.  “This is the Man in whom I am well pleased.”

  • http://twitter.com/Doc_0 John Hayward

    What, and risk crashing into the Ron Paul blimp?

  • DaneChile

    Nope, tonight they are broadcasting to voters in the SC primary with the sole objective being to damage Newt.  Somebody is frightened by the latest polling that shows Newt winning.  Hell, even a tie is enough to scare the bejabbers out of both the Hussein campaign and the Romney campaign.

  • DaneChile

    Marianne Gingrich claims

    ***********************

    And there you have it.  A Scorned Woman who sat on this info for years suddenly comes forth in the most important moment of Newt´s campaign.  Do you accept anything and everything that she says as automatically being true and not suspect her motives?

  • Vornak

    More like ‘we’re’ heading for a choice between President Obama and either Romney or Speaker Gingrich …

    It looks like he(she) will !

  • BostonMary

    Nah. “CATTY” would be me cracking wise about Newtie the Teletubby being a whole-lot-of-man to share. 

    Do you suppose Calista knew about his not wanting to marry her?  Maybe she figured she was getting the better part of the “Deal” – Diamonds from Tiffany’s, etc.?

  • Niniane

    Has there been a new rule about not posting links? I found a great article in the WSJ about Newt’s time as a West Georgia College history professor. After his first year, he applied to be president of the college; after his second, he applied to be chairman of the history dept. He upset a lot of people who had longevity, but he didn’t care. I see a lot of that mirroring Obama, and I doubt that his self-serving ego has changed much.

  • Vornak

    Happy we don’t have the ‘direct popular Presidential vote’ in effect for Nov 2012 …  would expect that Troy, NY would possibly turn in over 137,423,817 votes for President Obama.

  • Telescoping You

    Yes, we all heard the latest rolled out worthless liberal bar-hop to rake in some unearned bucks.  And, we are all too aware of people who (like little snotty-nosed children on a play-ground who snitch on a playmates who are found in the end to be the actual perpetrators in the dispute) will fall for anything, verifiable or not, every scandalous and titillating meaningless fiction that assassinates the character of decent people.

    Scorned women are a force to be reckoned with, but they are also women whose own integrity is always to be questioned.  For you to accept a ribbon-wrapped rabid mangy feral dog looking for attention even from sewer-rats over at ABC, my guess is you were always a Hillary girl.  And now you’re a Willard girl.  Figures.

  • Patriot41

    Not surprising at all, most of N.Y. state is a liberal mecca and that is why I moved from there many, many years ago.

  • Leroy_Whitby

    Huh, I’ve been trying to post a cornell law professor’s blog, who pointed out that the ex contradicted a 1998 interview in which she said she was completely surprised when Gingrich asked for a divorce. Total contradiction from the current story. Woman scorned and out for revenge. System won’t take the link. 

  • Leroy_Whitby

    When Marianne cleaned out the house
    Posted by William A. Jacobson    Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 1:27pm
    54  36 
    There’s more to the story than you are hearing in the media.  Marianne Gingrich is no innocent, and she was the one who broke the marriage and cleaned out the house, via Robert Costa via AP report from 1999 (h/tBurke):Documents related to the divorce filed Friday in Cobb County Superior Court include a separation agreement signed by the couple and notarized in December 1987. There is no indication it was ever filed.
    Gingrich’s divorce attorney, Thomas Browning, said Marianne Gingrich called her husband on his birthday in June 1987 to tell him she was leaving him. Gingrich, he said, came back to Georgia to find his home emptied out.
    Browning said the pair maintained separate residences for six years before reconciling in late 1993 or early 1994.There’s always another side to the story in a divorce.  But she’s getting her cameo appearance

  • Leroy_Whitby

    Legal In Surrection has good blog posts about this. The guy is a Cornell Law Professor and they are going into details about it. Hatchet job by the ex. The system doesn’t like one of the words in the blog name, but it’s what I posted above, run together, and then with a .com.

  • http://twitter.com/Doc_0 John Hayward

    I don’t know if anything officially changed about posting links, but I’ll check into it with our Department of Information Technologies and Defense Against the Dark Arts.

  • AgTrotter

    Points of clarification.

    a. Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths.

    b. Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby by 8 lengths.

    c. Do you really want to compare your candidate to a horse who was euthanized after developing complications from breaking a leg in his next race?

  • Techquad

    YOU are not Loony, its gutt wrenching down and dirty real politics. Newt is a hard ball gutter fighter, when he has to be one, and a “nearly a sainr”, well not really. Just a man with some warts from his battlers over the years. That is a trait we need in the war with Obammma and company. You know the man with no past. In fact no present…vapor ware.

  • Melbo58

    True I’m a lib, but this from a very conservative site*. You guys don’t have a prayer. ha-ha
    Adultery:
    Callista Bisek. Anne Manning. The unnamed “young volunteer”.  
    Draft dodger
    Dead-Beat Dad
    Family Values? Pressing Wife for Divorce in the Hospital
    House Banking Scandal: Newt Bounced 22 Checks
    Book Deals: Murdoch’s $4.5 Million wasn’t the first
    GOPAC sleaze: Taxpayer subsidies for his partisan campaign course.
    Corporate reward: $2,500/month to Newt’s wife.
    Who Owns Him?
     Quotes:
    “We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.’” – Anne Manning (who was also married at the time.)

    “We would have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing her [a young volunteer] on the desk.” – Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler at the time

    [In the book] “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them”, [I] “found frightening pieces that related to my own life.” – Newt.

    “I think you can write a psychological profile of me that says I found a way to immerse my insecurities in a cause large enough to justify whatever I wanted it to.” – Newt, speaking to Gail Sheehy.

    “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife. And besides, she has cancer.” – Newt, on his first wife.

    “I don’t want him to be president and I don’t think he should be.” – Newt’s wife Marianne.

    “She [Callista] is the single most self-centered person I’ve run into in politics—it’s all about her. They do these movies together, and she does a word count: she has to have the same number of words on camera as he does or they have to reshoot. …And Callista did not want him to run for President. That’s why he had to buy her so much damn jewelry.” – Will Rogers, Gingrich’s Iowa strategist until he quit in May, 2011

    “If the country today were to move to the left, Newt would sense it before it started happening and lead the way.” – Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler throughout the 1970s.

    “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” – Newt.

    Adultery:
    Sex on the Desk – Oral Sex is More Easily Denied
    Several newspapers are now reporting that Newt Gingrich is dating and basically living with Callista Bisek, a “willowy blond Congressional aide 23 years his junior.” Biske, 33, has been spending nights at Gingrich’s apartment near the Capitol and has her own key. In an amazing act of hypocrisy, Gingrich was apparently dating Bisek all during Clinton-Lewinsky adultery scandal, even as he proclaimed family values and bitterly criticized the President for his adultery.

    Reporters and other Washington insiders have known about this relationship since 1994, even before Gingrich became Speaker of the House, but did not have any solid proof to report. In 1995, Vanity Fair magazine described Bisek as Gingrich’s “frequent breakfast companion.” Gingrich was married to Marianne Gingrich during all of that time, and just filed for divorce in August 1999.

    Newt is apparently trying to create a new hybrid form, Christian adultery. According to MSNBC, Bisek sings in the National Shrine Choir, and Newt would often wait for her at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, listening to her sing while he read the Bible.

    This is hardly the first time Newt has cheated, either. “It was common knowledge that Newt was involved with other women during his [first] marriage to Jackie. Maybe not on the level of John Kennedy. But he had girlfriends — some serious, some trivial.” — Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler throughout the 70s. One woman, Anne Manning, has come forward and confirmed a relationship with him during the 1976 campaign. “We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.’”

    Kip Carter, his former campaign treasurer, was walking Newt’s daughters back from a football game one day and cut across a driveway where he saw a car. “As I got to the car, I saw Newt in the passenger seat and one of the guys’ wives with her head in his lap going up and down. Newt kind of turned and gave me this little-boy smile. Fortunately, Jackie Sue and Kathy were a lot younger and shorter then.”

  • BostonMary

    PRESIDENT ROMNEY

  • AgTrotter

    “True I’m a dumbass”

    Fixed it for you.

  • DaneChile

    OK, so he is brash, arrogant and willing to jump.  I like that.  The upset ones with longevity were affronted by their own lack of cojones.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Time for Santorum to tell his supporters to vote for Newt in the SC race and go to the next state and hope that a crushing defeat will push Romney out of the race because after all everyone is going to Newt as a way to get Romney out.

    You know that after Romney’s record was totally exposed most of the Mormans I know turned against him? If that isn’t a sign of it’s over I don’t know what is.

    I am glad to see him finally exposed; I was a Huckabee supporter in 08 because all the candidates were fiscally lose, but Huckabee was the only one who was at least a rock solid social conservative who was at least articulating conservatism, but Mitt ruined Huckabees campaign with a pack of lies about him.

    I think in the primary a guy should be able to run on his record more than he is running on denigrating his opponent. That is why I didn’t like to see Newt attack Bain, but he kinda had to to prove he would go “hands on” with Obama instead of holding his hand like McShame did.

  • BostonMary

    Discus is also CENSORING, Niniane.  I had an innocuous comment about one of Romney’s success stories, Staples, which was  “This comment was flagged for review” and then was completely DISAPPEARED.

  • Niniane

    Thanks. I just tried to post the link again and again the comment must be approved by a moderator, which means it has disappeared into the ether as the previous attempt. Was just trying to give credit to the author and publication for this nugget (and also to show that I am not completely nuts — yet.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Actually I’m starting to think that Newts scandals give him an edge; he has so many of them that rather than being known for one single graphic story he is known as having been a general lout.

    That means that any wild story that comes out now can be all thrown on the same pile with no single one getting traction because you can simply bring up another in order to distract from the first.

    Anything that comes out now, short of interspecies dating, will be old news.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    I bet she has a right to be mad; she has a right to complain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Who should run things? The most capable or the guy who has been there the longest? In some cases the guy who has been there the longer should have the position if it is a mostly honorary title and the real power is distributed anyway, but other than that it should be based on merit.

    And by the way by your logic Newt has been there longer than any of them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    That one already ran into a black helo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Jim DeMint or we all tell the establishment we will go Ron Paul on them.

  • Guest

    Yes, and Cain was a lecher. Haven’t we all seen this tactic enough by now to know it’s just another case of gross exaggeration and lies?

  • Telescoping You

    I have to say that my memory going back some forty years is not always precise but your factoid will remain etched from now on.  Thanx.

    As for Barbaro’s euthanasia, after multiple breaks in the leg right out of the gate, wouldn’t you want to just go to sleep, if you were a horse?  Besides that didn’t happen until the Preakness.  The Kentucky, man, that is the race of races.

    I’ll still place a bet to ‘win’ on Newt The Barbaro in this year’s Cosmic Sweepstakes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get ya.

    Actually the media is so in the tank that it isn’t part of a conspiracy it is part of a team.

    So while you might be wrong is your details you are right to think that they are park of the dark side of the political force and that they do mean to use it against Newt, something they would never do to Obama.

    If a Liberal mistreats a woman, even rapes her it is called “Just sex” and you are the weirdo for being against sex.

    Another example is that a story has legs or doesn’t based on an ideologically driven choice to continue to re-run the story or not. This is why we must build up our media and avoid theirs.

  • Hominid

    You & your make-believe twin obviously have no clue about the demographics of SC.

  • Hominid

    Really?  You like that?  Pretty immature, Dane.

  • Brubaker5

    You sure take an awful lot of space just to say you don’t like Newt. I doubt that your tirade will bother him.

  • PatriotDiva

    Polls are meant to affect public opinion, not reflect it.

  • Dustoff

    Bill Clinton is that you?

  • BostonMary

    Not with the Ladies, Thomas.

  • Altosackbuteer

    What did I say wrong, monkey?

    Was I wrong to say that Myrtle Beach is wealthy, white, and Mittens-Republicans and the rest of the state is totally different?

    Tell you what.  Here is my email address: jnollet@interia.pl.  Send me a private email, and I’ll Forward it to my supposedly non-existent twin, and HE can answer you.

  • Altosackbuteer

    You know what the Irish say in Boston: “What goes around comes around.”  Marianne Gingrich got from Newt what SHE gave his first wife.

  • Altosackbuteer

    I got money on Newt in SC and in November at my online London bookie parlor.

  • Altosackbuteer

    Hmmm.  This happened to me tonight troo.

  • Altosackbuteer

    Disqus has always censored, but I have no idea why this happened to you now.

  • Altosackbuteer

    You’re pretty good about this.

    Now how about keeping busy tracking down aptly-named SLICK WILLIE’s good times.

    Or, the late Teddy Bare Kennedy’s.

  • Niniane

    At first I thought that the link had some secretly encoded cuss words, but I have a feeling the moderator which needs to approve my linked comment must be someone at the WSJ. Since I am a subscriber, there is no indication that a story is off limits to non-subscribers. I guess you have to subscribe to get all the juicy stuff.

  • Melbo58

    “Newt is a man of awesome intellectual abilities, not a perfect man, nor a humble man to be sure. But he is a man who has humbled himself before God and made his peace with his demons”.
        You see, Newt the pig’s voters are divided between two groups, the”who-gives-a-damn”group, and “Jesus-forgave-him-so can-I” group.The last group being so deluded and immoral that they will  tell you and swear to “Jesus” that Clinton’s impeachment was all about perjury.The first group could care less if Newt was a serial killer. Of course the rest of normal America would just consider all involved to be lying, hypocritical,Blasphemers. But for real, based on this seasons RePug candidates, it’s so good to be a demo safe and comfortable in the knowledge that there is a god. And he’s obviously got our Presidents back!(lol)

  • Melbo58

    Maybe in 2016,BM. Your initials are perfect for your politics. He has to get by the Pres. and the DNC first. Not going to happen when he can’t even control his own party and press. (lol)

  • Melbo58

    You are delusional and deranged. I bet you were a Clinton impeacher. Pathetic!

  • Melbo58

    Wasn’t meant to bother HIM. But rather point out gross, putrid hypocrisy. But you guys don’t have the gene to recognize it, still I’ll keep trying.

  • Melbo58

    You are one sick trick. Take your false, fake, fantasy and shove it . Bottom line, your boys are in the dirt, and have no moral legs to stand on, not the Pres. Prove it or STFU

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    Clinton raped a woman, and had many other serious scandals that didn’t involve sex (such as selling the secret of how to aim ICBM’s to the Chineese for campaign contributions along with most favored nation status), but the media story was only about his consenting sex with Monica.

    Also I was a Bachmann supporter and now I am a Santorum supporter who wishes he would suspend for this race in order to knock Romney out so that it becomes a two-man race

    Also Newt has come clean and at a certain point you have to accept that he is sorry and move on. You will agree that a man who rapes and sells our military secrets as well as sells us out on trade should be impeached don’t you?

    Or is that OK with you?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHBKTCSIRF6UL4KLQDAWQINPSE Thomas

    I don’t know; he got 3 of you to bite.

  • Patriot41

    Post Debate:  This was I believe, one of the toughest debates to score, of all that have occurred to date.  If one were to look for defining moments, it would have to be Gingrich’s response to the first attack question by the moderator.  To begin with, it was an outrageous direct assault on a candidate and it was an unnecessary one.  The standing ovation that Newt got from his response, was a testament to this deliberate,vicious, network media attack on a GOP candidate.  It is also something a moderator never does in a debate, but then we are getting used to that now.

    Santorum, being on the tail end of the polls in S.C., had to score heavily to justify staying in the race.  He did this, by going on an attack against all of his opposition.  He had some valid points and I believe he did make some improvements in his standing, especially with the evangelical voters.  Because of the blunt way in which he handled his attacks, he may have discouraged some in the audience.

    Romney, I believe did well this evening in holding his own.  He has improved considerably with his projection on issues, but still lacks the conviction necessary to launch him into a solid lead.  He needed a couple of defining moments to set him above his competition, but I can’t think of any that really set him apart from the other candidates.

    Gingrich was put at a terrible disadvantage right at the beginning of the debate and it first looked like the media had achieved their plot to knock him off balance for the rest of the night.  Not so, Newt came back like Newt has always done and handled all of the questions with sound, logical substance.  Was it enough to give him a clear lead over the other candidates, I don’t think so.  However, I don’t believe he lost much, if any ground.

    Paul’s delivery was much better this evening and he made some very pointed statements.  Once again, it was obvious that the moderator did not think he should be involved in the debate, but Paul inserted himself anyway.  For someone coming from a very different point of view then his opponents, I do believe that he improved his standings with many of the voters.

    While the two leaders stood their ground, both Santorum and Paul improved in this debate.  It will be very interesting to see the polling results as they come out tomorrow.

  • Ksmith_Tx

    I like Rick Santorum and think he is a real conservative and I liked how he defended his record.  Having said that though, he generally comes across as someone who has a chip on his shoulder and that is a little off-putting to me and I was really concerned by his statement regarding Gingrich that “you never know when he is going to pop”.  This struck me as a cheap and desperate attempt at portraying Newt as the crazy old uncle whose liable to say anything.  Gingrich has always treated Santorum with respect and for Santorum to show someone he claimed to have had great respect for, utter disrespect and ridicule, made me see Santorum as an unbridled politician who would say anything to get ahead.  That was very, very disappointing for me.   

  • siridh

    I hope that SC goes for Newt.  The vetting needs to continue.  The MSM is disgusting and so far, Newt’s the only one that can clearly and concisely call them on it — without apology.  The media elected Obama in 2008.  We don’t need a repeat.

  • confedgal

    That is definitely their intention. I can name two somebodies who are scared … Romney and Obumbler, I mean Obama. I’m sure that there are some people who will buy it hook, line, and sinker but it won’t do nearly the damage that it would have done had it been other than the MSM.

  • Altosackbuteer

    Methinks an open convention favors Mittens.

  • Altosackbuteer

    OF COURSE the Lovely and Talented Calista knew about it.  ANY mistress knows about it.

  • Altosackbuteer

    This is one way to get around that:

    “www the religion of peace . com”

    Just eliminate the empty spaces, and that’s the link.

  • Altosackbuteer

    Newt will definitely have a gender gap, no two ways about it.

    If he gets the nomination, his election may depend to an unusual extent upon the cheerful and willing participation of his (current) wife and his two adult daughters.

    Besides — didn’t women LOVE aptly-named SLICK WILLIE?  At least Newt tends to make honest women out of his affairs, unlike Clinton, who used women as disposable tissues.
     

  • Altosackbuteer

    Here’s a way to get around it:

    “www the religion of peace . com”

    Just insert spaces.

  • Leroy_Whitby

    I figured that out! Check out Lee and Hayward’s stories on the S. Carolina debate. I linked to the McCain opposition research file on Romney. Got leaked yesterday and the story got buried by the amazing news that Gingrich was divorced and his ex wife doesn’t like him. Coincidence in timing? I don’t think so.

  • Brubaker5

    Liberals are so much better at recognizing hypocrisy because they practice it so much more.

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    Demint would be a fine President in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    i didn’t know that HE had that rule in effect – although on another forum that uses Disqus, I lost a post that had a link when I put the link in. But to me, that speaks about lack of character in a meritocracy. Gingrich to me should have earned those positions; if I ran the university, I would have dismissed him.

    The reason for that, BTW, is that merit takes time to build up. Four semesters is not significant enough time—let alone two.