“Romney comes closer to Ronald Reagan in his speeches than any other candidate”

Reagan Speech, The Fall of the Berlin Wall


Roger Simon of Politico is the first writer I have seen to compare Governor Romney’s rhetoric to that of President Reagan, though I have always thought Romney’s optimistic, visionary style of speaking was Reaganesque. Simon describes Romney’s warm reception yesterday at an Iowa gathering to hear him speak, leading up to his comparison to President Reagan:

“I love this country,” Romney goes on. “If president, I will do everything to keep America strong and be the hope of the earth.”

He takes questions, and the first one comes from a man who says he has voted for Republicans for 40 years, but once they get to the White House, they always give in on conservative principles. He wants to know if Romney, too, will give in.

“This is not the next step on my political career,” Romney replies. “I don’t have a political career. The reason I am in this race is because of the lessons I have learned: I’ll use all my energy and passion to get America right again.”

Which does not exactly answer the question, but the crowd likes it anyway. Although some conservatives feel Romney is not conservative enough, Romney comes closer to Ronald Reagan in his speeches than any other candidate.

As Reagan did when running his 1980 campaign, Romney talks about American goodness and decency and exceptionalism and how it can all disappear if Republicans choose the wrong nominee or the country chooses the wrong president.
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“Being president is about judgment, sobriety of character and the wisdom to make decisions we can’t even contemplate today,” Romney says.

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Quotes by Ronald Reagan:

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America


Which of these do you think is the most informative and helpful?

Today during a business luncheon, a colleague asked me for details behind one of Governor Romney’s policies and what motivated him, etc. As I did a little research to provide the answers he sought, I discovered that all the answers were contained here at MittRomneyCentral.

Some of you may be arriving to this website for the first time to explore, “What makes this guy with the weird name ‘Mitt’ tick?” Or you may be a relatively new, but regular visitor that is still absorbing the depth of the man we at MRC esteem as the finest leader in decades to run for President of the United States. You may even be a supporter of another Republican candidate just dropping in to take a look under the hood.

THIS POST IS FOR YOU. In this one stop, you can explore one or all of the following articles to learn a tremendous amount of truth about the most principled, value based leader seeking to lead this nation back to “American Optimism.”

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THE RISE OF OBAMAVILLES — BEST BUSINESSMAN VIDEO
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BAIN & COMPANY NAMED BEST EMPLOYER IN AMERICA
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THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ROMNEY
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EXPOSING ANTI-ROMNEY PROPAGANDA
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ARGUMENTS FOR EVANGELICAL SUPPORT OF ROMNEY
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SEE HOW MITT ROMNEY “MARRIED UP”
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REVEALING GLIMPSE AS TO HOW ROMNEY IS LIKELY TO GOVERN AS PRESIDENT
Work Ethic, Drive, Determination, Intelligence, Intensity, Problem Solver…..
The New York Times — December 24, 2011

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America Your Favorite?

“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.” — President John F. Kennedy

Mitt’s Momentum Rapidly Increasing

Intrade markets have shown increasing momentum in favor of Governor Romney the last 10 days, with much of the improvement in Iowa showing just today (12/29):


PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE IOWA CAUCUSES (as of 12/29/11, 11:30pm, PST):

Romney …………… 47.0% (was 34% early morning 12/29)
Paul …………………. 44.0% (was 52% early morning 12/29)
Santorum ………… 10.0%
Gingrich ……………. 2.7%
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PROBABILITY OF BECOMING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE:

Romney ………………… 74.5%
Paul …………………………. 6.5%
Gingrich ………………….. 5.8%
Santorum ……………….. 4.0%
Perry* …………………….. 1.5%
Bachmann ……………….. 0.9%
Huntsman ………………… —-

* Check This: Perry Says God Will Decide Fate…oooooops

AMAZING… Want a glimpse at how Romney will govern as President?: “Outstanding”…”Overprepared”…Kindly “Demanding”…”High Expectations” (what about Obama?)

And what about this: AN EARLY KNOCKOUT PUNCH BY ROMNEY?

Iowans Are Starting to Get it: TRUE LEADERSHIP (thanks to Joker4Mitt in chat box for this article)

Josh Romney on his dad: “He is also tremendously cheap.”

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert B. Swope

Long List of IA Business Leaders Say MITT IS IT – Gallup Poll: Nationally, Romney Leads Gingrich

Aug 10, 2011 - Mitt Romney listens to Ted Zylstra express his business concerns at a business round table held at Vemeer Manufacturing Co in Pella, Iowa.

More encouraging news today from Iowa…

A long list of business leaders from the Hawkeye State say MITT IS IT:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of business leaders in Iowa.

These business leaders are at the heart of our country’s economic engine,” said Mitt Romney. “Along with new policies in Washington, a renewal of the entrepreneurial spirit, and the hard work of individuals like these Iowa business leaders, we can turn around our country’s economy.”

Announcing the Iowa business leaders supporting Mitt Romney, Jim Kurtenbach of Prairie Oak Capital said, “The policies of this administration have stifled business and hurt job growth. Mitt Romney is the one candidate with experience working in the real economy and different sectors of business. Job creators across the country know that they will have a leader in Mitt Romney who supports pro-growth policies, will lessen the regulatory burden, and will free the private sector to do what we do best: create jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Iowa Business Leaders Supporting Mitt Romney:

Edward Babka, Dubuque
Tony Beck, Owner of Papa Murphy’s Pizza Chain, Council Bluffs
Michael Bennett, Sioux City
John Bloom, West Des Moines
John Burgeson, CEO Iowa State Bank, Des Moines
David Caris, Des Moines
Jake Chapman, Midwest Ambulance Service of Iowa, Adel
Steve Chapman, President & CEO of Ruan Transport, Des Moines
Doug Cropper, Davenport
Carl Dallmeyer, Retired CEO, McClery-Cumming Company, Washington
John DeDoncker, President of The National Bank, Bettendorf
Mikel Derby, Partner, Matchpoint Strategies, West Des Moines
John DeVries, Retired CEO of ColorFX, Des Moines
David Fisher, Chairman, Onthank Company, Des Moines
Tom Giese, Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque
Charlie Giese, Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque
Jason Giles, Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien, P.C., Clive
David Greenspon, President, Competitive Edge, Inc., Des Moines
Curt Hames, CEO Hames Homes, Cedar Rapids
Levi Hancock, Smooth Surfaces, Inc., West Des Moines
Steven L’Heureux, CEO, Ryko Solutions, Inc., Grimes
Mark Hudson, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., Marion
Bob Jacobsen, Vice President and General Manager, Missouri Valley Steel, Sioux City
David Kenworthy, Storey-Kenworthy, Des Moines
Kyle Krause, President & CEO Kum & Go, LC, West Des Moines
Bill Krause, West Des Moines
Jim Kurtenbach, Prairie Oak Capital, Nevada
Kirk Leeds, Boone
William (Bill) Logan, State Central Bank, Keokuk
Chris McLinden, Adel
Andrew Morf, Group Benefit Advisors, Cedar Rapids
John Nelson, CEO Silverston Group, Council Bluffs
Brian Nikulski CFP Nikulski Financial, Inc., Davenport
Mark Oman, Retired Executive Wells Fargo, West Des Moines
Spence Parkinson, Decision Innovation Solutions, Grimes
Ron Pearson, Chairman Emeritus & Former CEO of Hy-Vee, West Des Moines
Gary Ruble, Indianola
Mike Schreurs, CEO, Strategic America, West Des Moines
Karen Slifka, Partner, LS2 Group, West Des Moines
Tray Thomas, The Context Network, LLC, Booneville
Jon Troen, President, Rock Communications, Des Moines
Roger Underwood, Ames
Robert Van Diest, CEO Van Diest Supply, Webster City
Therese Wielage, Vice President, Merchants Bonding Co., Des Moines
Sumner Worth, Waukee
Jack L. Zadow, Albert City
Steve Zumbach, Des Moines

*Company/business names are provided for identification purposes only.

Thank you, Iowa!

Now, let’s spread the word!

Gallup polling confirms it…

Mitt Romney is trending upward:

Romney Edges Gingrich, 27% to 23%, for National GOP Lead
by Frank Newport
December 29, 2011

Gingrich down 14 points since early December; Romney up 5 points

PRINCETON, NJ -Mitt Romney has edged ahead of Newt Gingrich, 27% to 23%, for the national lead among Republican voters for the first time since Gallup Daily tracking of the Republican race began on Dec. 1. Ron Paul remains in deep third place with 11% of the GOP vote, followed by Rick Perry at 8%.

Details here.

All hands on deck, Romney supporters! Keep up the good work! Now is the time to stay vigilant; step by step, let’s work harder and smarter to help our guy gain the nomination. (And ultimately, the White House!)

*Have you completed today’s “One a Day for Mitt” Action Item?

► Jayde Wyatt


Listen to Mitt do a radio interview below the fold.
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Romney Chosen by 24 Economists as “Best” Above All Other Republican Candidates

36 economists rated Obama’s performance in handling the economy — 13 of them rated his performance “poor” and none rated him “excellent.” Surprise, surprise! (See graph to view the federal spending since Obama took office and projected spending).

Source: www.TheAtlantic.com

This Associated Press article goes on to say,

Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates would do the best job managing the economy, two thirds of the economists named Romney, one chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The rest didn’t pick anyone at all.

Allen Sinai, president of Decision Economics, says Romney, who ran a private equity firm before turning to politics, is the “hands down” choice among Republican presidential contenders squaring off in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

“Romney’s a technocrat,” Sinai says. “He’s not an ideologue. He has a history in the real world of business.”

[emphasis added]

As to Obama’s huge infusion of government stimulus funds, Sinai goes on to say,

. . . public works projects failed to pull Japan out of a long economic slump that began in the 1990s and continues today. After the money is spent, “you’re left with deficits and debt. And someday if you need new government stimulus, you can’t afford it. And that’s where we are now,” Sinai says.

The AP authors Wiseman and Kravitz state why economists so overwhelmingly chose Romney over all the other Republican candidates,

Many of those who chose Romney couldn’t cite any of the former Massachusetts governor’s economic proposals. Nevertheless, his background won over the economists. Romney graduated from Harvard Business School and served as CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting business in Boston, and Bain Capital, a spinoff investment firm, in the 1980s and 90s.”He has the experience that the other candidates lack,” says Harris of UBS Securities.

Some of his Republican rivals have taken unconventional positions. Texas Rep. Ron Paul advocates abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said it would be “almost treasonous” for Bernanke to try a third round of bond purchases to jolt the economy before November’s election.

Among Romney’s chief economic plans: repealing the Obama administration’s health-care law; cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent; and making permanent tax cuts on dividends, interest and capital gains from President George W. Bush’s administration.

“He thinks about the economy in a more global way” than his GOP rivals, Naroff says. “He’s not a rigid ideologue.”

No other candidate even compares to Governor Romney’s credentials when it comes to economic expertise!

If you have not already read this article as to why Evangelicals should support and promote Governor Romney, please read it.

“It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.” — Michael Eisner

Iowa: Predictions, Speculation, Humor, and Fun

Official Iowa Seal


Let’s do a little speculating ahead of the Iowa caucuses — just for the heck of it and for a little fun. I have noticed in the MRC chat room that many of you are political junkies, as am I. Even with Christmas this week, there has been a lot of political chatter. Following are some thoughts as to where I see it going for Iowa specifically and for the eventual nomination in general. I am certain some or many of you will disagree with me and if so, please provide your perspectives in the comments — just for fun. By the way, I have no inside information at all. My thoughts below are derived from the chatter I hear and read.

Where you see a percentage prefaced with “GOP:” this is the Intrade.com market level as of 12/26/11, 10:15pm, PST to the question, “Nominee to be Republican Presidential Nominee in 2012″ — A percentage prefaced with “Iowa:” this is the Intrade.com market level to the question, “Nominee to win the 2012 Iowa Caucus.” Seven candidates in alphabetical order:

Bachmann — Will finish 6th or 7th; No executive experience; Only two Presidents were elected from the House: Lincoln & Kennedy; Will drop out after Iowa for thin $$ and Org; In race to build name ID only; GOP: 1.4%.
Gingrich — Will finish 4th, maybe 3rd; Never intended to run a serious campaign; He peaked at highest level in polls 12/13/11, never to hit those highs again in this race; Will remain in race out of sheer arrogant ambition; Will survive despite anemic fund raising; Could not qualify in home state of Virginia; GOP: 7.9%; Iowa: 11.1%.
Huntsman — Last place (7th); In race only to build name ID; Never serious candidate based on lack of $$ and Org; Will drop out after New Hampshire; No longer shows in Intrade.com.
Paul — Will finish 1st in Iowa (if so, Iowa will likely become marginalized/irrelevant in future elections); No executive experience; Only two Presidents were elected from the House: Lincoln & Kennedy; Has strongest Org next to Romney’s; Will run again for President in 2020 and maybe 2024 if still alive; Paul is no longer taken seriously, but his supporters are; GOP: 7.3%; Iowa: 49%.
Perry — Will finish 5th in Iowa; Won’t be GOP nominee for perception he would never beat Obama in debate; Could not qualify on Virginia ballot; Will not easily cave since he has never lost an election (ego); Predict he will survive to at least South Carolina due to $$ and Org; Will languish at bottom despite $$. GOP: 2.1%.
Romney — Will finish 2nd, maybe first if Iowa weather is good (Huckabee); Expectations were set low, so 2nd place is great, 1st place is grand-slam; Romney is only candidate that built political goodwill by raising money over last three years for many GOP candidates after his last presidential run, much the same way Reagan did after his first failed run for POTUS; Undecided Iowans (~50%) may coalesce behind Romney in order to be relevant (against Paul/Gingrich) and to back a sure winner; Positives too long to list here (for later post); GOP: 71.9%; Iowa: 34%.
Santorum — Predict will finish 4th, maybe 3rd; Will be surprise in Iowa for hard work and official Evangelical backing; May even eclipse Gingrich; Will drop out after Iowa or NH; Strong Iowa finish will provide momentum into NH; Will need all the stars to align to raise $$ to then build Org; No longer shows in Intrade.com.

Estimates of voter turnout in Iowa, one week from today, range between 110,000 and 140,000 — tiny by any measure. Iowa seems to always provide some surprises, all the more reason for the hype leading up to the caucuses. Due to the surprise factor, all of my predictions above could be way off, but in the end, I think Iowans want to be taken seriously and most importantly, they want to be relevant in future elections. They pride themselves on really “knowing” each and every candidate.

Ultimately, I think Iowans cannot seriously think they will be found relevant if they give it to Ron Paul, knowing that he would allow Iran to obliterate Israel. I think Gingrich is simply too self-loving, untrustworthy, and immodest for Midwesterners to embrace in a big way. In many ways over the cycles, Iowa has been marginalized as a predictor of future Presidents. Realizing my bias, I think Iowans will want to regain their past reputation by choosing the very best candidate for POTUS and back Romney in the end.

If you disagree, how, why? Please leave a comment or two to inform us.

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln

Fmr Pres George H.W. Bush: Romney Best – Stable, Experienced, Principled

Mitt Romney enjoys a visit with former President George H W Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush in their Houston, TX home. The Bush pooches, Bibi and Mimi made an appearance. Dec 1, 2011 (Photo AP/Pat Sullivan)

Music to our ears…

Less than two weeks before Iowa Republicans make their crucial caucus choices on the night of Jan. 3, George H.W. Bush offered words of support, if not an official endorsement, to an old friend, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

I think Romney is the best choice for us,” former President Bush told the Houston Chronicle this week. “I like Perry, but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; he’s not surging forward.”

Bush said he had known Romney for many years and also knew his father, George Romney, a former Republican governor of Michigan who ran for president in 1968.

Bush said he supported Romney because of his “stability, experience, principles. He’s a fine person,” he said. “I just think he’s mature and reasonable – not a bomb-thrower.”

President Bush 41 is not a big Gingrich fan:

Bush’s words of encouragement for the former Massachusetts governor also come at a time when the party establishment – of which Bush is the elder statesman – seems to be increasingly alarmed about the possibility that former Speaker Newt Gingrich might get the nomination.
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Choosing his words carefully, the former president said he knew Gingrich relatively well. “I’m not his biggest advocate,” he said.

“I had a conflict with him at one point,” Bush recalled, alluding to the crucial moment in 1990 when a recession drove him to renege on his “no new taxes” pledge. He needed a bipartisan group of party leaders, including then-House Whip Gingrich, to stand with him.

“He was there, right outside the Oval Office. I met with all the Republican leaders, all the Democratic leaders,” Bush recalled. “The plan was, we were all going to walk out into the Rose Garden and announce this deal. Newt was right there. Got ready to go out in the Rose Garden, and I said, ‘Where’s Gingrich?’ Went up to Capitol Hill. He was here a minute ago. Went up there and started lobbying against the thing.

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

President Bush, we appreciate your praise for Governor Romney and your insight on Newt Gingrich.

Note: Governor and Mrs. Romney attended the spectacular Points of Light Gala honoring President George H. W. Bush last spring (March 20, 2011) at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center.

► Jayde Wyatt

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Rasmussen Poll: Iowans Serious About Ousting Obama, Romney Pulling Ahead

A big Frosty the Snowman greets rural Iowa passers-by with holiday cheer and a new look made possible with rolled hay bales. Creative!

In between holiday shopping, hanging stockings, Christmas baking, lighting Hanukkah candles, and rushing to parties, we know our readers are keenly interested in the latest from Iowa. Well, today we have growing good news…

Rasmussen polling (Dec 19th) shows more and more Iowa voters approve of Mitt Romney. An increasing number also view Romney as the strongest candidate against President Obama:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul are leading the pack in Iowa with just two weeks to go until Caucus Day. But large numbers of voters remain uncommitted and lots could change between now and January 3.

The new Rasmussen Reports survey of Iowa caucus participants shows Romney on top with 25% of the vote followed by Paul at 20% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 17%. Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, both at 10%, are the only other candidates in double-digits. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann earns six percent (6%), former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman four percent (4%), while one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate and eight percent (8%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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Romney is now seen as the strongest candidate against President Obama by 35% of Iowa caucus-goers. Twenty-five percent (25%) see Gingrich as the strongest candidate. A week ago, the two were even in that category. Fifteen percent (15%) see Paul as the strongest candidate.

Encouraging numbers from Iowa Evangelicals (this is a good place to put in a plug for this excellent website and this one):

This poll reflects the highest level of support yet measured for Romney and Paul. It’s also by far the best result yet for Santorum who on Tuesday received an endorsement from Bob Vander Plaats, a major social conservative leader in Iowa. While the Evangelical Christian vote is very divided at this time, Santorum now picks up 19% of it, more than any other candidate. Romney is close behind at 18%.

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At a glance:

Read more here.

We strongly urge Iowans to continue to show America they are serious about ousting Obama. Coalesce and caucus for Mitt Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt


Fox News DEBATE NIGHT – Last GOP Debate Before the Iowa Caucuses (DEBATE VIDEO ADDED)

Mitt's View at the Debate

While we’re waiting for the Fox News debate to begin at 9:00 PM EST, take a moment to determine if you are able to take Mitt up on his offer to be a part of history. Oh, and check out the encouraging news that Mitt’s campaign raised over $2 million today! Also, in case you haven’t heard yet, Mitt will be a guest on Morning Joe on Monday. But now, let’s focus on tonight’s debate!

UPDATE: Click here to watch the debate in it’s entirety.

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UPDATE: the Washington Post has joined us in putting together a scorecard for the debate. We both list Gov. Romney as a winner.

Jennifer Rubin gives the highest grade to Mitt and so does The Hill.

VOTE for Mitt as the winner of the debate at the polls listed here.

FINAL UPDATE – check out Mitt’s latest New Hampshire ad:

Rich Lowry: NO to Gingrich, Perry, Paul – Bill Bennett: NO to Gingrich, Romney Best

The day before editors at National Review Online concluded that Newt Gingrich should absolutely NOT be the Republican nominee to run against Obama, (along with Rick Perry and Ron Paul – Vic shared highlights here), Rich Lowry also published a NRO piece. In it, he illustrates the oxymoron of the New Newt:

If Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, he promises to hound Pres. Barack Obama until he agrees to appear with him at a series of Lincoln-Douglas-style three-hour debates. This is a cutting-edge Gingrich proposal — that he has been making since at least 1992.

Back then, he was challenging Boston mayor Ray Flynn to Lincoln-Douglas debates on urban issues. Gingrich’s obsession with the clash between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the 1858 Illinois Senate race isn’t new and interesting; it is a trope of his going back decades.

I especially enjoyed this statement:

The “New Newt” surging in the Republican polls overlaps so significantly with the former version that the “Old Newt” should be suing for copyright infringement.

Newt’s “I’m a grandfather now” mantra is a shrewd tactic meant to convince voters that he is now a stable, wisdom-filled, older man (say-something-often-enough-and-it-becomes-truth implication). Lowry continues to point out recent Gingrich erraticism and flip-flops:

The New Newt says he’s 68 years old and therefore has mellowed and matured. He was 65 years and a few months old when he opposed TARP and then supported it. He was still just 67 years old when he criticized President Obama for not instituting a no-fly zone over Libya and then criticized him for doing it. He was on the cusp of 68 when he denounced Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform as “right-wing social engineering,” before contorting himself to explain it away.

We should all envy Newt Gingrich’s vitality that he has been capable of such youthful indiscretions in his mid to late 60s. The Gingrich story is less the tale of a slow evolution toward steadiness and wisdom than the fable of the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion stung the frog as it hitched a ride across the river because it couldn’t help itself. Newt is intellectually frenetic by nature. He’ll be 105 and wildly contradicting himself from one day to the next as he indulges his latest enthusiasms.

His volatility makes it impossible to make any statement about him as a general-election candidate with assurance. Will he enthuse the Republican base? Yes, right up to the moment he stops enthusing it with some jarring provocation. Will he beat President Obama in the debates? Yes, right up until he makes an ill-tempered comment that washes away all his impressive knowledge and brilliant formulations. Will he be the bipartisan healer, the partisan bomb-thrower, or the post-partisan big thinker? Yes, yes, and yes.
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Lowry’s conclusion:

More than a decade after he was cashiered as speaker, he’s back on the basis of his superlative handling of the debates. He is better informed and has more philosophical depth than any of his rivals. Despite all his meanderings through the years, he knows how to win over a conservative audience as well as anyone. The debates have held out the alluring promise of a New Newt. But beware: The Old Newt lurks.

(emphasis added) Read full article here.

Bill Bennett, conservative radio talk show host/political strategist, was a guest on Hannity last night. Bennett also says no to Gingrich and, although not an endorsement, he believes Romney is the one to defeat Obama (discussion begins @4:15):



Bennett: My worry about Newt is that we don’t have an election which we talk about issues. We’re going to endlessly be talking about Newt.

UPDATE: Iowa GOP governor unsure of Gingrich’s discipline

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s unsure presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has the discipline and focus to be president. …

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