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  • Newt Gingrich hints he would consider picking Sarah Palin for VP

    12/31/2011 2:29:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 106 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 30, 2011
    Newt Gingrich, plunging in the polls, dropped this bomb Wednesday: he would consider asking Sarah Palin to serve as his number two or in his Cabinet if he became president. "She is certainly one of the people you would look at," Gingrich said Wednesday, according to Right Wing Watch, when asked if he would consider tapping the 2008 vice presidential nominee for a second try. "I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she's somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would...
  • Newt Gingrich tells gay Iowa man Scott Arnold: "You’re better off voting for Obama"

    12/21/2011 11:51:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, December 21 2011 | Aliyah Shahid
    Newt Gingrich isn't exactly chasing the gay vote. The Republican presidential candidate told a homosexual Iowa man at a campaign event on Tuesday to vote for President Obama. Scott Arnold, a Democrat and associate professor of writing at William Penn University, approached the ex-House speaker in Oskaloosa wanting to know how Gingrich would represent him as President, according to the Des Moines Register. "I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama," Arnold told the newspaper. The Gingrich campaign did not immediately...
  • Slumping Gingrich promises sharper counter-punch

    12/20/2011 4:13:51 PM PST · by presidio9 · 105 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 20, 2011 | Mark Felsenthal
    Slipping in polls under an onslaught of attacks, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich promises to wage a sharper and more aggressive campaign in the final two weeks before Iowa kicks off the party's nominating race. Gingrich says he will be quicker to respond to attacks and more agile in getting his message across to voters who may have lost faith in him after rivals launched a withering barrage of criticism of his past as a Washington insider. A 44-stop bus tour in the run-up to the January 3 Iowa caucus, daily calls with supporters to respond to new criticisms and...
  • The Past and the Present (Thomas Sowell on Newt Gingrich)

    12/19/2011 9:59:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 133 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 20, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office. What the media call Gingrich's "baggage" concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months. But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the...
  • Bob Dole endorses Romney for Republican nominee

    12/18/2011 5:12:27 PM PST · by presidio9 · 79 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 18, 2011
    Republican elder statesman and former Senate leader Bob Dole on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, a day after the former Massachusetts governor received the backing of Iowa's main newspaper. In an open letter to Iowa voters, Dole - himself a former presidential candidate - said a great deal was at stake on January 3, when Iowa votes in the first nominating contest for the 2012 presidential election. "A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack...
  • Gingrich: Gov't branches should rule 2 out of 3

    12/18/2011 4:23:33 PM PST · by presidio9 · 197 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 18, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    Newt Gingrich on Sunday reiterated his argument that there is something "profoundly wrong" with the United States' judicial system, and argued that the balance of power in American government should come down to "two out of three" branches of the government. In an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," Gingrich continued to defend his controversial position that Congress and the president should have the authority to ignore the rulings of federal judges when they disagree with them. Citing what he describes as "extreme behavior" on the party of the judicial system, Gingrich proposes a system wherein "it's always two out...
  • Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}

    12/17/2011 4:58:13 AM PST · by Cronos · 71 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 17/dec/2011 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    ...Mr. Gingrich represents a new kind of Catholic, one very different from the Kennedys, who were Democrats, political liberals and cradle Catholics shaped by the Irish immigrant church...Mr. Gingrich is a culture wars Catholic for whom the church seems a logical home for conservative Republicans Generations removed from the Kennedy years when Catholics predictably voted Democratic, this is a new era in which conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants have joined forces in what they see as a defining struggle against abortion, same-sex marriage and secularism. Like many recent converts to the church, Mr. Gingrich is what Catholics call a “John...
  • Why the Republican Establishment Fears Newt Gingrich

    12/17/2011 9:23:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 160 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 12/13/11 | Richard A. Viguerie |
    As Newt Gingrich has risen in the presidential polls, the campaign of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has flushed a bevy of Republican establishment figures to criticize the former House Speaker. And they have plenty to work with. In a forty-year career in politics, Gingrich has stepped on a lot of toes and made plenty of enemies who are only too happy to come forward to say that he is temperamentally unfit to be president, would waste money on faddish intellectual exercises, has too much personal baggage, etc. As Gingrich himself acknowledges, some of these concerns are legitimate issues to...
  • Newt’s second act (Mitt Romney sends thrill from Podhoretz's leg to his brain)

    12/06/2011 4:24:42 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | John Podhoretz
    One of the pithiest quotes in American history may also be the dumbest: “There are no second acts in American lives.” F. Scott Fitzgerald said it and promptly died before he could have a second act — but he would have had one, because that’s what tends to happen to famous and accomplished people in the United States. It’s happening to Newt Gingrich right now. For those of us who live and breathe politics and make our livings in and around it, the words “Newt Gingrich” mean something entirely different than they do to the Republican primary voters who are...
  • The So-Called Conservative Media Attacks Newt Gingrich

    12/06/2011 3:27:47 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 34 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 6 December 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It's like clockwork. It's becoming predictable. I don't care who it is, a Republican presidential candidate breaks out of the pack, gets close to Romney -- or even surpasses Romney in polling data in certain states -- and the Republican establishment goes after him. Today there is a coordinated -- well, I don't know that it's coordinated, but it sure appears to be. Regardless, no matter where you look in the Republican establishment media today, there looks to be a coordinated attack on Mr. Newt. I'm not gonna mention any names because you know when I do,...
  • Pelosi Not Sitting on Trove of Gingrich Secrets

    12/05/2011 5:27:06 PM PST · by presidio9 · 104 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 5, 2011
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi now says she is not sitting on a trove of opposition research on former House Speaker-turned-GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. In an interview conducted Friday and published Monday, Pelosi hinted that once the time is right she has some juicy stories to tell about her former colleague. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told Talking Points Memo. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him. Four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand...
  • Pelosi plans to reveal information about Gingrich 'when the time is right'

    12/05/2011 9:39:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 272 replies
    Pelosi plans to reveal information about Gingrich 'when the time is right' By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/05/11 11:44 AM ET House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding back some information on Republican Newt Gingrich that could detract from his presidential campaign, according to a report published Monday. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi told Talking Points Memo. “When the time is right. … I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year....
  • Noonan: The Newt thing (In these crazy times, anything is possible)

    12/04/2011 5:57:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 4, 2011 | Peggy Noonan
    This is the week it became clear that nobody knows anything. Pretty much all the conventional wisdom about the 2012 presidential race has turned out to be wrong. Newt rules, Cain’s over, Romney’s rocked. Nobody knows what’s going to happen. We’ll start with the president: Gallup. Obama down. Forty-three percent approval. Lower than Jimmy Carter at this point. The Democratic spin: This is good, with the economy so bad, you’d think his numbers would be lower! Actually you’d think an incumbent nobody likes would be exactly where Jimmy Carter was before he lost in a landslide. More to the point,...
  • SI power broker Molinari says: Not Newt, not ever! (NYers for Romney chair regifts "flip-flopper")

    12/03/2011 1:22:11 PM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 3, 2011 | CARL CAMPANILE
    Guy Molinari, the Republican power broker and former Staten Island Beep, ripped Newt Gingrich as unfit to be president yesterday — a day before the front-running GOP candidate was set to attend a Tea Party rally in the borough. At least 600 people are expected to pack the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn today to hear Gingrich speak at a 2 p.m. town-hall meeting. But Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress and supports Mitt Romney, rained on the former House speaker’s parade. “God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president. I won’t vote for him. I love my...
  • Newt Needs Cain to Hang Around

    12/02/2011 1:34:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 2, 2011 | Chris Stirewalt
    ...The trouble for Gingrich is that Cain isn’t doing what Perry is and hanging on. Cain maintained his Real Clear Politics Average high-point of 26 percent, essentially tied with Mitt Romney, for only two weeks. And he may go front frontrunner to hash mark in less than a month. Gingrich would have been better off if Cain’s candidacy would have slowly withered. Gingrich wants to be in a two-way race with Romney and to have only to appear more conservative and more consistent than Romney. Gingrich might survive daily releases of new skeletons from his past...[snip]....But only if juxtaposed as...
  • Coup de Newt

    12/02/2011 11:47:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2011 | Brian Bolduc
    ...Since Gingrich had taken control in January 1995, Republicans in the House had held together. Focused on fulfilling the Contract with America, they passed a flurry of legislation, which kept them occupied — and their divisions concealed — for the first two years. By July 1997, however, the contract was finished, and conservatives, particularly those elected in the Revolution of ’94, were growing frustrated with Gingrich’s leadership. The speaker was disorganized. “He knew nothing about running meetings and nothing about driving an agenda,” DeLay writes in his memoir, No Retreat, No Surrender. He was erratic. “On Monday, we would say...
  • Newt Gingrich’s ‘humane’ immigration policy shows he has better grasp on issue than GOP rivals

    12/02/2011 12:33:07 PM PST · by presidio9 · 72 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, December 1 2011 | Andrea Tantaros
    Immigration has always been a hot-button issue for both sides of the aisle, and in the 2012 presidential election, things are not going to be different. That's why former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is making headlines for advocating for a more "humane" approach for dealing with the roughly 11 million illegal aliens in this country. Gingrich, who is rising in most polls, endorsed a version of amnesty that would grant long-term undocumented aliens a "red card" visa, allowing them to gain legal status without earning U.S. citizenship. "If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids...
  • Gingrich Signs Pledge to Build Fence Along Southern Border

    12/01/2011 5:32:02 PM PST · by presidio9 · 90 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 1, 2011 | Russell Goldman
    Newt Gingrich, whose GOP competitors accuse him of being soft on illegal immigration, pledged Thursday, if elected president, to build a double fence along the Mexican border during his first days in the White House. “We haven’t been able to build a fence on the border because we have not been a serious country,” the former House speaker said at an event in Iowa, before he signed his name to the pledge sponsored by the activist group Americans for Securing the Border. Gingrich has maintained that the border needs securing but has also suggested that some of the 11 million...
  • Newt Gingrich: The Obama Re-Election Team Is ‘Determined To Distort Everything They Can’

    11/30/2011 3:31:46 PM PST · by presidio9 · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 30, 2011 | Michael Falcone
    Newt Gingrich says “it’s clear the country is talking to itself” and what they’re saying is: “We need Newt Gingrich.” In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that will be broadcast Wednesday night, Gingrich acknowledges that even he’s been surprised by his rapid rise in the GOP primary field. “Whereas I would have thought originally it was going to be Mitt and not-Mitt, I think it’s going to — it may turn out to be Newt and not-Newt,” Gingrich tells Hannity, according to excerpts of the interview . “And that’s a very different formula than, frankly — I mean...
  • Newt on Immigration

    11/29/2011 7:13:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2011 | Neal Boortz
    OK, Republicans. Since you’re so religious and all – it’s time for a little “come to Jesus meetin’”. If you’re not familiar with the term, click on the link. It’s time for a little harsh dressing down. Do you realize what we have at stake in this election next year? This isn’t just about taxes, pork spending, social security benefits and repairing bridges. This is about saving our Republic. Do you know we’re already past our life expectancy? Economies and societies built on the rule of law, liberty and economic freedom have this troubling tendency to destroy themselves at around...
  • Newt Gingrich, Matt Salmon, Principles and Pragmatism

    11/29/2011 7:32:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2011 | Rachel Alexander
    Now that Newt Gingrich has become one of the top two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, he is falling under intense scrutiny. The closer a Republican candidate comes to winning the nomination, the more their conservative credentials are called into question. Gingrich had a very successful tenure as Speaker of the House in the mid 1990’s, as architect of the Republican Contract with America, which helped usher in the first Republican-controlled Congress in 40 years. But after achieving several victories for conservatives, he abruptly resigned from Congress in 1998, days after winning reelection to another term. The Republicans’ Contract...
  • Romney Vs. Gingrich on Jihad and Sharia: A Yawning, if Unappreciated Gap

    11/29/2011 12:05:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/28/2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Early and volatile, the Republican Presidential nomination race—at least for now—appears to be settling into a contest between consistent front runner Mitt Romney, and the latest surging, “non-Romney alternative”, former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. Unfortunately the CNN/Heritage Foundation/American Enterprise televised debate of last week did not highlight the yawning gap between these front running contenders’ views on the existential threat doctrine of our Islamic enemies: jihad and its motivational, sacralized religio-political “law”, Sharia. During an interview with US News reporter Dan Gligoff published June 3, 2009, Mitt Romney offered the following bizarre observation about the living Islamic institution of jihad,...
  • Newt Gingrich is the GOP's only serious candidate

    11/29/2011 1:10:35 PM PST · by presidio9 · 76 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 29, 2011 | Thomas F. Schaller
    For over a year, I've been bullish about Newt Gingrich's presidential candidacy. Friends and fellow pundits mocked my insistence that the former House speaker be taken seriously, that he had a real chance of winning the GOP nomination. Mr. Gingrich's personal story — his multiple marriages, the Tiffany's spending — is too problematic, they said. The former speaker is flinty, not particularly organized or well-funded, and he long ago passed his political sell-by date: a 1990s curio seeking not so much the White House as attention and relevance. These failings may ultimately doom Mr. Gingrich's bid for the Republican nomination....
  • Barney Frank jabs Newt Gingrich: A long-simmering feud

    11/28/2011 4:40:42 PM PST · by presidio9 · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/28/2011 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was never known for holding his fire, and in a press conference announcing his retirement the liberal lawmaker saved some of his most memorable barbs for former House speaker and now presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. “I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee,” the 30-year House veteran said. “He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater ... It’s still unlikely, but I have hopes.” The pair have been snapping at each other since the 1980s, when Gingrich was rising to power...
  • Thomas Sowell On Gingrich And Immigration

    11/28/2011 3:51:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | November 28, 2011 | The great THOMAS SOWELL
    Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be "humane" to deport someone who has been living and working here for years. Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and...
  • Understanding the Gingrich Phenomenon (and his appeal to a younger audience)

    11/28/2011 9:57:44 AM PST · by presidio9 · 68 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 28, 2011 | Van Hipp
    Last summer, when all of the pundits had pretty much written off Newt Gingrich’s presidential candidacy, my niece, a college sophomore whom I always believed to be apolitical, remarked, “My friends and I like Newt – he tweets a lot on Twitter.” I should have remembered that. Two years earlier, I had heard Gingrich speak at the National Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference. At the beginning of his remarks, he took out his new mobile phone, and thus began a 30 minute dissertation on social media as the new paradigm in communications, and challenged us all to learn it, understand...
  • Gingrich is Right, Bachmann is Wrong in Immigration Dispute

    11/27/2011 4:28:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 440 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/27/2011 | Stuart Anderson
    I have not taken a position on any candidate in the Republican primary but wanted to weigh in over Rep. Michele Bachmann’s recent attack on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on immigration. The most recent criticism from Bachmann centers on a statement Newt Gingrich signed along with other conservatives and released back in 2004 by my organization, the National Foundation for American Policy, and the Manhattan Institute. The statement did not propose an amnesty. (A copy of the statement, published in The Wall Street Journal on February 6, 2004, can be found here.) The “Conservative Statement of Principles on Immigration”...
  • Newt To Obama: Let's Debate,You Can Use Your Teleprompter

    11/27/2011 11:34:43 AM PST · by mdittmar · 63 replies · 2+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 11/27/11 | RealClearPolitics
    "I already said that if he wants to use a teleprompter, then it would be fine with me. [applause, laughter] It has to be fair. [laughter] If you [were] to defend ObamaCare, wouldn't you want a teleprompter?" Gingrich said.
  • New Hampshire Union Leader Endorses Newt

    11/27/2011 7:53:09 AM PST · by TBBT · 25 replies
    American Spectator Blog ^ | 11/27/2011 | John Tabin
    New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, endorsed Newt Gingrich today in a front-page editorial signed by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid. The paper's contrarian conservatism -- they rarely endorse frontrunners -- has a history of shaping the New Hampshire Republican primary. The Union Leader endorsement helped propel Pat Buchanan to a surprisingly strong (given that he faced a sitting president) 40% of the vote in 1992, and to an upset victory over Bob Dole in 1996. Their endorsement of John McCain (a striking departure from the UL's hostility to McCain eight years earlier) was a key factor in his New...
  • Newt Gingrich Stands by 'Soft' Immigration Stance, Despite Party Backlash

    11/26/2011 8:38:29 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 430 replies
    Daily News ^ | November 25 2011 | staff
    WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich isn’t backing off his “humane” immigration stance despite complaints from Republican hardliners and fellow Presidential hopefuls — he’s embellishing it. The former House speaker issued “10 Steps to a Legal Nation” this week, expanding on his remarks during Tuesday’s GOP debate (snip) Those guilty only of sneaking into the U.S. would have a path “to legality, but not citizenship” similar to the existing naturalization process, plus a penalty fee of at least $5,000.
  • Gingrich Wins Over 8 Year-Old Aspiring Reporter

    11/26/2011 11:07:05 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Nov 26, 2011 | Elicia Dover
    ... Gingrich paused the line of about 500 people waiting to have books signed to take Katrina’s questions. He leaned in endearingly, with his hand to his cheek, letting down his usual gruff Speaker of the House guard. “Have you met a president? If so who was your favorite one?” “My favorite president is George Washington,” Gingrich said. “I’ve met Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Obama and myself, but I’m not president yet but with your help I might be.”
  • Michael Reagan: My Father Would Support Gingrich's Position On Immigration

    11/26/2011 3:07:02 PM PST · by presidio9 · 80 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 23, 2011
    "ABO, 'Anybody But Obama' at this point in time," Michael Reagan said when asked who his father would be supporting in the Republican primary. "He would support the nominee. Never got involved in the primaries, he believed the party should choose their person but he would have said this about last night's debate, which he would have thought was very good, as I thought it was very good. He would [have] supported probably Newt Gingrich's position on immigration. My father never would have broken up a family to try to make in fact a point on immigration, and so he...
  • Michael Reagan: My Dad Would Support Newt's Position On Illegal Immigration

    11/23/2011 1:35:28 PM PST · by yorkie · 127 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 23, 2011
    Mike Reagan said, "He (my father) would have supported Newt Gingrich's position on immigration. My father never would have broken up a family...."
  • Gingrich says he is 'not for amnesty,' defends immigration stance

    11/26/2011 1:01:37 PM PST · by presidio9 · 263 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/11 | Meghashyam Mali
    GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defended his immigration stance Friday, claiming that he was "not for amnesty." “I am not for amnesty for anyone. I am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally,” Gingrich said at a town hall event in Naples, Florida according to media reports. “But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart," said the former House Speaker. Gingrich has been under fire from some anti-illegal immigration groups since...
  • Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement

    11/22/2011 8:31:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2011-11-23 | Scott Conroy
    Almost immediately upon Sarah Palin's announcement that she would not seek the Republican nomination for president, the phone calls from almost all of the GOP candidates began pouring in. They wanted her endorsement. While Palin has characteristically kept her cards close to her chest, advisers suggest that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is likely to endorse before someone emerges as the inevitable nominee -- and that Newt Gingrich appears to be best-positioned to secure her support. "They speak very favorably of Newt and what they see as his credentials as compared to Perry and Romney," one member of Palin's...
  • Who Will Sarah Palin Endorse?

    11/25/2011 11:24:58 AM PST · by presidio9 · 118 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov 23, 2011 | Mark Whittington
    The most sought-after endorsement of this political cycle will be from a woman who holds no political office and is not currently seeking one. That is why each of the Republican candidates have done the equivalent of kissing Sarah Palin's ring. RealClearPolitics believes that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has the inside track for getting the Palin endorsement. Of course, reports about what Palin will or will not do is largely conjecture, even if it is sourced from people said to be within the Palin inner circle. Only Palin will know who she intends to endorse and when. Any definitive...
  • Newt Gingrich haul far outpaces other 2012 hopefuls

    02/05/2011 6:08:49 AM PST · by speciallybland · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/04/2011 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Newt Gingrich’s political groups raised more than $4.2 million in the last three months of 2010, bringing the former House speaker’s total to $14.5 million for the year – a sum that far eclipses his potential rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich, who has increasingly signaled his desire to enter the race to take on President Barack Obama, raised more last year than the three next most prolific fundraisers eying Republican presidential bids combined – former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts (whose political committees brought in $6.3 million in 2010), Sarah Palin of Alaska ($3.5 million) and Tim...
  • FReep this Poll: Should Newt Gingrich Run for President in 2012?

    02/27/2011 9:06:35 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 54 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/27/11 | Aurelius
    The rumblings around the political community seem to be that Newt Gingrich is thinking about running for President. Apparently the scuttlebutt is that he is likely to announce an exploratory committee within the next several weeks. He's certainly well-known enough to get attention-- so do you think he should run for President?
  • 2012 GOP Profile: Newt Gingrich.

    01/22/2011 11:19:35 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 30 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/22/2011 | Timothy Knight
    Now that Newt Gingrich is officially running for President, I decided to do some research and to see who the former Speaker of the House really is. The political is good, the polling is bad, and the personal is downright ugly. Campaigns Gingrich was elected to the House of Representatives eleven times (resigning after the 1998 election), his only two losses came against a popular incumbent Democrat in the 1974 and 1976 elections. When he was elected Speaker of the House in 1995 - it was the first time in four decades that a Republican had been able to reach...
  • Don't Write Newt Gingrich Off In 2012

    11/25/2011 10:42:04 AM PST · by presidio9 · 156 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 25, 2011 | Douglas E. Schoen
    It remains a foregone conclusion that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican Presidential nominee. The only problem is, the polls suggest something else, and there is no evidence to suggest any degree of momentum or support rallying the former Massachusetts governor. What the polls show, increasingly, is that Newt Gingrich is solidifying his position as the anti-Romney, and in the last week, 3 national polls have come out showing that the former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the House holds a 2-5 point lead in national Republican primary polls. More specifically though, Gingrich is leading in a couple...
  • A good night for Newt — and Mitt

    11/23/2011 4:44:40 PM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2011 | Michael Walsh
    The least impressive thing about last night’s sterling Republican foreign-policy debate from venerable Constitution Hall in Washington DC was the overproduced opening, as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer introduced the candidates as if they were contestants on a quiz show instead of auditioning for the White House. Mercifully, that was the extent of the frivolousness that’s marred too many of the earlier debates. Once past that, we got an articulate, informed and serious group of candidates responding to sober, intelligent questions — most of which were posed from the audience by associates of two conservative think tanks, Heritage Foundation and the American...
  • Newt’s Friend Freddie [Why Newt Would Be A Disastrous Standard-Bearer]

    11/22/2011 5:08:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | November 22, 2011
    NOVEMBER 22, 2011 Newt’s Friend Freddie Did the mortgage giant keep the candidate on a leash? Newt Gingrich racked up between $1.6 and $1.8 million in payments from Freddie Mac through the years for, the former speaker maintains, essentially doing nothing. It’s not inconceivable that he’s right. Such was the incredible largesse available to the government-sponsored mortgage giant that one or two million dollars over the course of a decade was practically chump change. Gingrich says he didn’t lobby for Freddie, and, in response to a question about his payments at one of the Republican debates, said he only offered...
  • Gingrich to teach free online course from White House if elected

    11/22/2011 5:13:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 48 replies
    MSNBC ^ | November 22, 2011 | NBC's Jo Ling Kent
    If elected to the White House, former speaker of the House and history professor Newt Gingrich wants to teach Americans a lesson -- that is, for free on the Internet about his policy views. The self-proclaimed "ideas man" said on Monday his course would be distributed on the Web in a format similar to the University of Phoenix or Kaplan. "I think I will probably teach a course when I'm president," Gingrich told students and supporters after a campaign speech on entitlement reform at Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "I will probably try to do something that...
  • Five myths about Newt Gingrich (the candidate WaPo fears most)

    11/22/2011 4:57:00 PM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | John J. Pitney Jr.,
    Just a few months after his campaign seemed to implode amid staff resignations, Newt Gingrich sits atop the GOP presidential polls. Yet 13 years have passed since Gingrich stepped down as House speaker — plenty of time for older voters to forget him, and for younger voters to not know him at all. So let’s dispel recurring myths about the new frontrunner’s politics, history and ambitions. 1. Gingrich is an academic. He earned a Ph.D. in history and taught college before winning a seat in Congress. He has often spoken of himself as an historian. In 1995, he told CNN’s...
  • Talkin’ turkey about Newt

    11/21/2011 5:30:30 PM PST · by presidio9 · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, November 20, 2011 | Talkin’ turkey about Newt
    As we sort through our reasons for gratitude this Thanksgiving, we can thank our lucky stars that Newt Gingrich will never be president of the United States. Gingrich, currently the flavor of the GOP minute, is an interesting man with larger-than-life strengths in that he is a shrewd, bombastic collector of opinions. He also has some staggering weaknesses, such as arrogance, lack of discipline and hypocrisy. But let us not savage the man; he’s already self-destructed more times than seems humanly possible. Where to start? He was ejected from his post as speaker of the House for ethics violations. Since...
  • Newt Gingrich, on the rise, says, ‘Hopefully, I’m going to be more disciplined’

    11/16/2011 7:33:03 PM PST · by presidio9 · 106 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | Karen Tumulty
    For months, Newt Gingrich has had a front-row seat from which to observe what happens when a Republican presidential candidate emerges from the pack to be touted as the next great insurgent hope and the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. “This is actually the point where other people have faltered,” Gingrich said in an interview Wednesday. The former House speaker is rising in the polls. But whether he will become an actual threat to Romney, or just another fleeting phenom, will depend largely on two things: Gingrich’s ability to keep in check the impulses that have been his undoing in...
  • Understanding the Unexpected (and Unfunded) Rise of Newt Gingrich

    11/14/2011 6:16:56 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 110 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 14, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Yeah, he's got more baggage than  Lady Gaga on a 3-month European tour...  many conservatives are starting to say 'so what?' Newt Gingrich articulates conservative positions like no other Republican candidate...  everybody knows this (genuine) constitutional scholar would rip Obama a new one in any debate.  With 'Newt 2012' funds scarce-to-nonexistent, his recent and unlikely comeback in the polls was driven almost exclusively by magnificent TV debate performances as the deep-pockets boys hit choppy waters. And Gingrich doesn't take a one speck of crap from underhanded old-guard media still attempting to prop-up the teetering Obama regime, either. This, along with his...
  • Newt's amnesiacs

    11/15/2011 10:41:11 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Newsworks ^ | 11-15-2011 | Dick Polman
    Newt's amnesiacs November 15, 2011 By Dick Polman The prediction game has always been treacherous. Witness ABC News' documentary, aired in November 1962 and entitled "The Political Obituary of Richard Nixon," a solid piece of conventional wisdom that was rendered moot six years later when Nixon rose from the dead to win the White House. And here's what the conventional wisdom looked like in the spring of 2011: House Republican leader Eric Cantor said that Newt Gingrich's candidacy was essentially "finished." Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said of Newt, "He's done." Republican commentator and ex-Gingrich aide Rich Galen likened his old...
  • Gingrich jumps to front of Republican pack

    11/15/2011 10:45:06 AM PST · by Justaham · 76 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11-15-11
    White House hopeful Newt Gingrich, the former US House speaker whose campaign to win the Republican nomination appeared all but over just weeks ago, has surged toward the front of the pack. His campaign's revival follows the rise and fall of leading rivals, most recently former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain who is battling a sexual harassment scandal and stumbled badly Monday in responding to a question on Libya. The Republican Party has struggled to find the right alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor seen by many as the most formidable challenger to President Barack Obama...
  • Newt and the Language of the Ghetto

    11/15/2011 2:44:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 15, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Predictably the long knives are coming out for Newt Gingrich now. Here's a story. This is Jonathan Martin, Politico. "As Newt Gingrich Surges, Rivals Raise Questions About His Temperament." Oh, yeah, and then in the Washington Examiner (ostensibly a conservative publication) there's a columnist. I don't have it in front of me, so I don't know the name of the guy, the writer, but he says Newt's no conservative. You conservatives better wake up. This guy at the Washington Examiner says Newt's no conservative. Newt is an inside Washington guy who will side with big government interests...