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Newt Gingrich will not be the Republican nominee even if it means a brokered convention
The Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2011 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 12/09/2011 5:56:49 PM PST by katiedidit1

Silver doesn’t quite go so far as to say that it makes a brokered convention or a late-breaking establishment candidate likely, but I’m willing to go that far. There’s just no way the Republican establishment lets Gingrich become their nominee. As Andrew Sullivan pointed out today, you’re already seeing the anti-Gingrich mobilization among conservative thought leaders: Here’s George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Tom Coburn and Ann Coulter, just for starters. There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich.

Now, I think it’s more likely that this mobilization leads to a Romney win then a brokered convention or a new entrant. But I think it makes a Gingrich win almost impossible to imagine. And if something once considered so impossible begins to look likely, then correspondingly extraordinary events — again, like a brokered convention — will become likely, also.

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1 posted on 12/09/2011 5:57:00 PM PST by katiedidit1
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To: katiedidit1

Could there seriously be a fix among the gop establishment to block Newt? speculating on my part but I would never underestimate the republican insiders. Looks like the talking heads are not happy with the Newt surge (making fools of them)
Hang on to your hats folks..this will be one hell of an election. IF you are pro Newt...brace yourselves for a lot more than just normal mudslinging...they will do a “Scooter Libby” on Newt.
The excerpt I posted was towards the end of the article.


2 posted on 12/09/2011 6:00:14 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Brokered convention? BS, not likely.


3 posted on 12/09/2011 6:00:47 PM PST by alarm rider (I took the pledge, I will never vote for another RINO, not now, not ever.)
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To: katiedidit1

Welcome to the United Soviet States of America..where the Pravda State Media “vet” the candidates to the pleasure and needs of the RinoCrat UniParty.

This “election” will be a non-election...featuring the state approved “candidates”-whose only distinction is whether they are black or white.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 6:01:28 PM PST by mo
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To: katiedidit1

I think they left out one thing...

the voters!! :-)

you think the Tea Party is mad now....

wait until there’s a “brokered” convention. Then all heck will break loose.

The OWS will look like a peaceful event.


5 posted on 12/09/2011 6:02:09 PM PST by preamble
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To: katiedidit1
How did Reagan ever get around the Republican establishment that wanted his mic turned off?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO2_49TycdE

Who else we got? Palin (I wish) or Rick Perry or Bachmann?

6 posted on 12/09/2011 6:02:48 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: katiedidit1

Klein has brain damage from the liberal media echo chamber.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 6:02:48 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: katiedidit1

I looked up Ezra Klein in the dictionary and all they had was a cross reference
“See: Douche Bag”.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 6:03:08 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: katiedidit1

All of them RINO’s and RomneyBots. Predictable.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 6:03:24 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: katiedidit1

This is what happens during a brokered convention according to Wise Geek. “A brokered convention occurs in a US Presidential convention where no nominated candidate has received the needed delegates decided by primary election and caucuses to secure the nomination. If two people running in the primary elections are nearly tied in delegates as the nominating convention approaches, the decision of who will actually run for President is taken out of the hands of the people. Instead, it’s left up to unpledged delegates (called so by the Republican party) or the Democrat Party’s superdelegates”

Enter Romney?


10 posted on 12/09/2011 6:03:43 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

The bastards did it to Reagan in 1976!!


11 posted on 12/09/2011 6:04:28 PM PST by ontap
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To: katiedidit1

If at a brokered convention the party establichment tries to force Mitt Romney upon the voters, it will likely destroy the G.O.P. forever.

And good damned riddance if they try it.


12 posted on 12/09/2011 6:05:13 PM PST by Grunthor
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To: katiedidit1
There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich.

If this is true, then I'm starting to like Gingrich a bit more.

13 posted on 12/09/2011 6:05:21 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: katiedidit1; C. Edmund Wright

This is just blather because there is nothing really bad to report on Newt or to complain about Palin.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 6:05:54 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: preamble

I never heard of a brokered convention until now..and though it is not probable..it could happen. If Romney and Newt are so close and neither has enough delegates to hit the target..it will be taken OUT of the hands of the people and up to the “undecided (plants) delegates”


15 posted on 12/09/2011 6:06:04 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Pundits are always fighting the last war.


16 posted on 12/09/2011 6:06:49 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: alarm rider
Brokered convention? BS, not likely.

Exactly. We hear the hysterical "brokered convention" talk every cycle and it just isn't likely to happen.

If Newt continues improving as a candidate and wins the nomination, the "establishment" will fall in line. They may fight him all the way, but if Gingrich proves too strong to stop, the folks complaining about him will just change their tune and declare he's grown as a person and a candidate.

17 posted on 12/09/2011 6:06:57 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: katiedidit1

Don’t like either one. However, that being said, I would rather have Newt than Mitt if I have no other choice.


18 posted on 12/09/2011 6:06:57 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote)
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To: katiedidit1

The RNC will have to wait until after the primaries. This is where We get a chance to voice who we want with out them.

It’s going to be a battle, first with the established RINO’s then zer0

I’m betting the RINOS will be a battle, but neither one will be much.

They just don’t know how smoking bad we want this fight.

Both go down, America wins


19 posted on 12/09/2011 6:07:12 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: katiedidit1

Ezra Klein is a snot nose, little, whiney brat. He started the infamous journolist site that got busted for plotting to destroy republican candidates.

He’s a POS and NEVER has claimed to be objective. He’s not real bright either. Never has been accurate and just a slimey little jerk.

He has no knowledge of what is going on, he’s too busy shilling for another POS, obami.


20 posted on 12/09/2011 6:07:12 PM PST by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: katiedidit1

The GOP Big Dogs can do what the hell the want, but if enough vote in the Primaries for Newt, they will not prevail.
What they gonna do, toss out Primary elections?

No doubt what we’ll see is a hard smear campaign, which Newt should be able to withstand and in the end the GOPers will come on board.


21 posted on 12/09/2011 6:09:55 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: Major Matt Mason
you’re already seeing the anti-Gingrich mobilization among conservative thought leaders: Here’s George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Tom Coburn and Ann Coulter, just for starters. There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich. The journalists will be doing a zillion blogs on Gingrich..what is wrong with ole Sour Kraut? I used to have so much respect for him.
22 posted on 12/09/2011 6:10:46 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Let’s reward these RINOs for attacking Gov. Palin
and her children and the other conservative women.

By ignoring them.
Not one of them is a conservative.


23 posted on 12/09/2011 6:10:53 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: katiedidit1

Uh oh. The more the Republican establishment is against Newt, the more I’m for him.


24 posted on 12/09/2011 6:10:59 PM PST by Ge0ffrey
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To: Major Matt Mason
you’re already seeing the anti-Gingrich mobilization among conservative thought leaders: Here’s George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Tom Coburn and Ann Coulter, just for starters. There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich. The journalists will be doing a zillion blogs on Gingrich..what is wrong with ole Sour Kraut? I used to have so much respect for him.
25 posted on 12/09/2011 6:11:50 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
KLEIN13


26 posted on 12/09/2011 6:12:17 PM PST by FrankR (What you resist...PERSISTS!)
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To: katiedidit1

The harder inside the beltway establishment republicans push back against Gingrich the more primary votes he gets!


27 posted on 12/09/2011 6:13:05 PM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: katiedidit1

What a dumb article. The ‘64 rules favored party establishment hacks far more, and that didn’t stop Goldwater.

A BIG chunk of Republican delegates come from the south. They ain’t going Romney.

If they want to do brokered, they have to find some widely respected figure who sat out from a dislike of campaigning, sort of a younger Fred Thompson type.


28 posted on 12/09/2011 6:13:20 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: X-spurt

Money talks? the GOP version of ACORN? this election is driving me nuts lol


29 posted on 12/09/2011 6:14:59 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

I believe with the RINO elitist’s in charge of the Republican Party that there very well could be a flip of the wee birdie to us all, and what we want just as they undermined any Sarah Palin attempt to win the nomination as I believe RINO Romney has made all the promises, the deals, and paid the money to the key RINO establishment players already.

I believe Romney has bought and paid for the nomination, therefore there is every possibility there will be action to ensure Romney IS the nominee by those RINO elitists in charge of the GOP.

It’s a damned shame, but the enemy within is in charge, and until we can get them the “H” out of their seats, we are at their mercy.

We at the ranch are 100% behind Newt Gingrich, and we pray he will be successful in overwhelming those establishment RINO’s so completely they would be entirely too obvious in their refusal to comply with the will of the people.

The Dems, Libs, Socialist’s including RINO’s entrenched in the GOP have much to lose in this race, and will pull every dirty trick in the book to win, and continue the transformation of this Nation and the World to their perspective, their goal of the NWO.

JMHO


30 posted on 12/09/2011 6:15:02 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: preamble
I think they left out one thing...the voters!!

That was my thought exactly. Since when are they ( those named) conservative leaders? LOL! They haven't been vetted by us to consider themselves conservative. What part of 'We The People" is repulsive to them? You know why they hate conservatives? Because we can't be controlled and that's what these power hungry maggots are all about.
31 posted on 12/09/2011 6:15:07 PM PST by presently no screen name (If it's not in God's Word, don't pass it off as truth! That's satan's job.)
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To: katiedidit1

The RINO GOP establishment cannot be stupid enough to try to pull that crap. The Tea Party will sink the GOP into insignificance with a new third party.


32 posted on 12/09/2011 6:15:21 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: katiedidit1
"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]


Alex Beam: “In truth, Ronald Reagan
and Mitt Romney have as much in common
as Cardinal O’Malley and Conan O’Brien.
Deservedly or not, Reagan earned a reputation for constancy.
Once he turned against communism, he opposed it big-time.
…. And our former governor? Inconstancy, thy name is Mitt!
A woman’s right to choose? Yes! No! Yes!
Are we in Massachusetts? Yes! Are we in Iowa? No!
Are we on TV? Whatever!”



33 posted on 12/09/2011 6:17:57 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: katiedidit1

Aye, if he gets the delegates all those people will have no choice in his nomination. Personally, they could choose not to support him: vote for Zero, abstain, whatever. Their choice.


34 posted on 12/09/2011 6:19:55 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Grunthor
If at a brokered convention the party establichment tries to force Mitt Romney upon the voters, it will likely destroy the G.O.P. forever.

And good damned riddance if they try it.

+1

35 posted on 12/09/2011 6:20:51 PM PST by Doofer (I'm not at all impressed with the current field of narcissists.)
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To: rockinqsranch

I am starting to believe that so much money has been invested in the Romney campaign and this election was supposed to Promises have been made to supporters...I am braced for some dirty tricks ...worse than what happened with Palin and perhaps Cain. Difference being Newt knows the election process and legalities a little better than most...he will fight


36 posted on 12/09/2011 6:22:41 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Newt will win this outright in a 40+ state landslide, it won’t even be close.

Romney has never led in much more than a handfull of states this entire year against anyone, and he hasn’t polled ahead of Gingrich anywhere excpet New Hampshire since this month began.

Look at the polls, look at the maps, count the delegates, look at the schedule, and you will quickly see that Romney is doomed, this will turn out very similar to the Republican primary of 2000 with Romney playing the role of McCain and Gingrich playing the role of Bush.


37 posted on 12/09/2011 6:25:05 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks katiedidit1. The nomination of Newt Gingrich would be a massive disaster, except for one thing — his nomination would limit us to only four more years of Obama, and an end to the perennial Newt infestation. If Newt’s the VP nominee — something that would make sense from a number of different standpoints — I’ll be happy to vote for the ticket.


38 posted on 12/09/2011 6:25:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PapaNew

Paul Ryan, if he’s a true civil servant, should have run. He’s showing his true RINO colors. His excuse was his young family, but he didn’t step up. He’s in the district next to me. He’s always on the talkers shows around here. It’s sad he didn’t hear the call for a real conservative president. Now we got to sort out the clowns. Paul Ryan would have beat Obama’s clock.

It’s a shame we have another McCain. I’m so sick of holding my nose. The LAST president I voted FOR was Regan. Now, it’s going to be a vote for the lesser. It’s such a shame.

Us conservatives have more work to do. It’s bigger than any of us thought.

*sigh*


39 posted on 12/09/2011 6:25:16 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: SunkenCiv

Disagree with YOU! Newt is the candidate that will turn Ameirca around and back to prosperity. He is the BEST candidate running...PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


40 posted on 12/09/2011 6:28:57 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
The Wapo really does not want Newt. Erza Klein is a weasel.

Rush has covered the possibility Occupy wallstreet was preplanned with Romney in mind. Cast Romney as a wall street guy, to focus against. This is who the left wants.

41 posted on 12/09/2011 6:29:11 PM PST by opentalk
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To: alarm rider
Brokered convention? BS, not likely

The primary process has largely rendered the brokered convention obsolete. At least as far as the GOP is concerned. The beltway rulers may not like it but the most they can do is shoot themselves in the foot. Which they did in 2008 and might well do again.

42 posted on 12/09/2011 6:31:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Indy Pendance

Yeah. Did you check out that video link? It’ll do your heart good. Lately, I’ve been finding Reagan videos to be particularly delightful.


43 posted on 12/09/2011 6:32:19 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: katiedidit1

As of today, of the current options, you’re right.


44 posted on 12/09/2011 6:33:59 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: katiedidit1
Articles like this are proof that Newt is the strongest candidate.
45 posted on 12/09/2011 6:34:35 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: katiedidit1
lifes to short to read Ezra Klein. Until I got my white prius complete with the tree hugger and obummer lover sticker, I was really having a hard time dealing with my white guilt, now I feel fine..../s
46 posted on 12/09/2011 6:35:11 PM PST by corbe
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To: katiedidit1

Wait ... I thought Newt was the ULTIMATE DC insider!

The only one whose opinion concerns me is Coburn, who said precious little on which to make a value judgment. Will? Brooks? Oh, and Noonan? You’re kidding?


47 posted on 12/09/2011 6:36:25 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: katiedidit1

If Romney loses the primaries and they push him in with the convention...the GOP will crumble. The whole thing will appear corrupt and crooked.


48 posted on 12/09/2011 6:39:21 PM PST by floridarunner01
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To: bfree

Wanna have fun with Klein?

Google “Juice Box Mafia” — and use the quotes.


49 posted on 12/09/2011 6:44:45 PM PST by NVDave
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To: katiedidit1

At this point, every attack on Newt is a blow for Romney and, ultimately, 0bama.


50 posted on 12/09/2011 6:45:37 PM PST by henkster
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