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BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich vs. Obama in 2012?
December 1st, 2011
03:47 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich vs. Obama in 2012?

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - For the first time, some top Democratic Party insiders here in Washington are telling me they are starting to gear up for a possible general election between President Barack Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

For months, these same insiders had assumed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee.

It’s amazing how quickly the political situation has changed.

These insiders, like so many pundits, are impressed with Gingrich’s remarkable surge. He seems to have attracted so many of the earlier supporters of Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry - all of whom at one point had been doing remarkably well in the national and state polls.

Romney’s support has remained relatively steady. He certainly has a solid base, but has so far been unable to win over a lot of new supporters who had checked out other candidates only to move on.

This does not bode well for Romney, and Obama’s supporters are now realizing this and beginning to reassess their own strategy.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that in recent weeks and months the Obama team and other Democrats have focused their fury almost exclusively on Romney. They have blasted him as a so-called “flip-flopper.”

I was never sure that that anti-Romney campaign was designed to simply soften him up in advance of the general election campaign or to try to weaken his chances of capturing the nomination. Many Democrats believe that Romney would be the most formidable challenger to the president.

I’m anxious to see what the Obama campaign and other Democrats now do in their own attack advertising and public comments. Will they start to attack Gingrich or will they wait for the Republican dust to settle?

One caveat to all of this: Let’s not forget that the GOP contest has been a roller coaster so far and that roller coaster can certainly continue. Newt Gingrich still has a long, long way to go before winning the nomination.

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  1. Elva

    Newt Gingrich is the man who can sock it to the president who is not doing his "Fair Share" to grow the United States Economy, to propose a credible plan to reduce the National Debt, build a strong National Defense, allow Affordable Energy in the United States, Secure the Borders, provide a reasonable regulatory environment for business growth, as well as coherent Foreign Policy!
    He is the strongest in debate skills and intellect, does not need a teleprompter, and will aggressively confront the opposition in a presidential campaign!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  2. leroy

    None of these GOP candidates are worthy of the presidency.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  3. Me-Me

    Hello Wolf,

    this is Me-Me. Sooo Newt is rising in the polls, I'm not surprised by that. He's being fueled by hate. By a soceity that has still not yet learned to accept a black man as president. So much for "all men are created equal". Now on to the poor and middle class in this country. You guys may think that you are suffering now, you may think that you're doing bad now, but let Newt get into the white house, you will experience a level of suffering the likes of which you've never seen before. You (we) will be looking for President Obama with a flashlight. It's time to get up off your assets and go out and vote. If by some chance this monster makes it to the white house, the fact that you did not get out and vote to keep him out of there will haunt you forever. Especially everytime you realize that that's the reason you no longer have medicare, you no longer have food programs to feed your children, you no longer can take your sick child to the doctor for treatment. This man will say bye-bye to all of the programs that have been structured to help the poor and middle class.

    He will be a different kind of Robin Hood, he will steal from the poor, and give to the rich. You'd better get out and vote, or you could royally regret it. The Republicans have already set in motion many dirty tactics to try and stop people from being able to vote, so try to do early registration and early voting if you can. Check with your voter reg. centers and make sure you are eligible to vote. Get out all the kinks and problems now, so that you are "eligible" to vote on election day. If you encounter any problems as to why you can't vote that day, don't just walk away and give up, that's what they are hoping you will do, challenge it, and go and talk to someone about it.

    I watched the Rep. debate the other night. The most interesting person the me was Ron Paul. He sticks to his topics, and he's not dragging Obama's name in on every other sentence. When Newt was asked a question on the topic of infidelity Newt said he had to go to God for forgiveness. hmmmmm Sure, God will forgive us our sins, but the Devil don't believe in forgiveness, not when he'll turn around and do the very same thing tomorrow. Sure he's not going to cheat anymore, he's old now, he can't.

    If this man gets into the white house in 2012, then I would tell everyone to be afraid, be very afraid!! for it will be like the end of the world as we know it. He would seriously hurt the poor and middle class. So what do you think people are going to do to survive? It won't be a pretty situation.

    Have a great day Wolf,

    Me-Me

    December 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  4. Vicki

    I think Newt just said he was for single payer for uninsured people who need medical treatment
    Good bye Newt

    December 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  5. Irvin Clark

    THE LARGEST INFRINGEMENT OF VOTING RIGHTS IN A CENTURY !!! Republican lawmakers in several states are rewriting their election laws in ways that could make it more difficult for Democrats to win. Why don’t we hear CNN talking about this?

    December 6, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  6. Roger

    Mitt or Newt. Doesn't matter. Newt will eventually put his foot in his mouth (again). And tomorrow Mitt will be against whatever he says today. I do enjoy watching Newt more tho because he can turn a phrase into a clever slogan, or ask a pointed question that seems to make sense until you realize it's nonsense or it's implications.
    In 2012, it could be the Battle of the Professors. It has to be that way. There are no more dolls in the Repub Whackamo game.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  7. Steven Caputo

    Dear Wolf, It seems to me that you really are a Newt supporter. I thought that CNN was in the middle. Should you think about moving over to FOX, I find that msnbc and FOX both impossible to watch. So much HYPE The best news on TV is PBS honest and great reporting .CNN i do watch from time to time but the best is PBS or NPR radio

    December 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  8. dan

    ron paul is our best option for president,

    December 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Publius Novus

      Rep. Paul may have been a viable candidate for president in 1712. If there had been a country in 1712. Not today.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  9. Me-Me

    Hi Wolf,

    This is Me-Me again. I hope you had a great holiday. I ate way to much pie. he-he-he Wolf I can't believe the sideshow that's going on out there in politicsland. Herman Cain is a joke, he never had a chance. He should have opened up his eyes long enough to see Newt getting ready to stab him in his back. It was a set up all along. I think I saw a picture of Newt and Cain out eating somewhere together or something, OMG! what a bunch of crock. I think Cain is in the position he's in now because of Newt and Newt's people, I think they found out about Cain's affairs and used it to destroy him, while grinning in his face all at the same time. I saw Ms. White on T.V. telling her story about her affair with Cain, I do believe she had an affair with him, but I don't believe her when she say no one is paying her to comeforth with her story. I don't believe that, someone is paying her to destroy Herman Cain, and part of the deal is that she don't say anything. Newt is a snake, a cobra and he should never be trusted. Can's fatal mistake was that he trusted him. After Cain spoke today, Newt released a statement today trying to make it sound like he was supporting Cain. OMG! Cain is a complete blockhead if he believe that.

    If Cain would pull his hand out from underneath some of these ladies dresses, and look up he'd be able to see Newt for what he really is, a "big" "fat" snake. A back-stabbing snake at that. Cain said he's about to throw his support behind someone soon, OMG! I hope it's not Newt. Newt is a cold fish with ice water running through his veins. He's the most prejudice, most racist person in the country. I can't believe that everyone has forgotten about some of the bone-chilling, heart-wrenching things this man has said throughout the years. We don't have to go back that far, just the other day he said something about poor children working as janitors or something like that. The man is a cold fish, and if by some chance, God forbid, he get his rich friends to put him in the white house, we can all say good-bye to most of the programs that are set up to help the poor and middle class.

    Where is Sarah Palin? Goodness, I was so sure she would try to run for the white house. She fooled me with that one, but I think she will probably rise back up from the dead somewhere out there. She love the spotlight to much to completely go away. So Sean Hannity and Rush have found a "new" sarah palin to back, and it's Newt. They are so set on putting the meanest, most hateful, coldest person they can find to put out there, Sarah is out and Newt is in. ha ha ha –the joke is on them. Obama is going to totally destroy Newt, mostly by using his own garbage. Sure-Newt will be good at saying mean, hateful things about Obama, he's a potty-mouth like Sarah, that's why they picked him, but when all the ugly, messy, nasty details of his past life come front and center, people will get sick to their stomach just at the sight of him. So the new tactic of the Reps. is to push Newt, and let all the big money boys back him and try to push him to the top. Newt can go as far up the mountain as they are willing to push him, but his heavy "bag" of garbage will bring him crashing back down to earth.

    Have a great day Wolf,

    Me-Me

    December 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  10. bobj

    i wolfe, was a longtime fox news fan,however they have gone from fair and balanced to (protect herman cain and force romney on em)fow news!!they seem to have this haterd for newt gingrich,despite the fact that newt has been the frontrunner for a month and is head and shoulders above all the other candidates on all issues,foxnews still rams romney down our throats,so now foxnews is the (trump,cain,palin romney hate newt newtwork,i see a real opportunity for cnn to move in and take away some big ratings numbers,why?foxnews has completely alienated gingrich supporters,msnbc is a lost cause,and cnn has appeared to be the more fair and balanced alternaitve,many many gingrich supporters i know have moved to cnn.we are sick and tiered of this big cain defense they have utilized,they refuse to address one issue( cain says his wife dont know the 13 yrs friend,but cain refuses to explain the 67 text cell messages) then the next segment is bash newt.im looking for fair reporting,and many many pissed off fox news viewers are shopping around,care to move in?

    December 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  11. StarkLegend

    Gingrich is the father of modern political hackery and partisanship. I would like to see Obama go down, but this guy has way too much baggage and lacks the self control to pull it off. Keep trying GOP, you're getting closer.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • msample

      Newt is an old political hack. His comment that poor kids should work as janitors while his wife is dripping in diamonds and pearls just shows just how ridiculous he is. If that's what the GOP supports then count me out. This country needs someone that can bring people together to bring jobs.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Looks that way, to me.

    Of course, I already know there is only one way to go, and that would be Gingrich..........we already know we don't want any more, of what we already have.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  13. Jose Mora

    Anyone but Obama?

    Sorry, guys. Its NO ONE BUT RON PAUL that will do.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  14. gliese42

    Anybody but Obama..Yes we can man

    December 2, 2011 at 4:57 am |
  15. bob harrer,sr

    Gingrich as Speaker of the House in the90's caused great grief plus other baggage. OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO WIN, check his first 220 days now on another subjuct I want to point out the job that the absolute BEST SECTRATARY of STATE has done. not privey to the foreign governments she has visited , she has been as asset to OBAMA and the country, well like and recived by every foreign govt who listens and , where some counties cannot comply, she has shown them the AMERICAN way- the right way! option and I have no ties and as I have alresy said , kudo all reporters , it's tough out there, thx

    December 2, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Matthops82

      what in the world are you talking about? This isnt sarcasm either. I honestly have no idea what you are talking about. You jump from random thought to random thought. Not to mention your spelling and sentence structure i absolutely terrible.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  16. Satberry

    You do understand that newt has to carry enough votes from different nationalities. This is something he will never do.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  17. helenecha

    No, Romney vs. Obama in 2012. I'm fed up with Gingrich who didn't even expect his American fans to be the supports in America.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  18. greencollarworker

    What do you want to bet that Pawlenty is kicking himself right now for dropping out?

    December 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  19. Benjamin E.

    Frontrunners in election polls are a perfect example of momentum. When a candidate legitimately gains a few points in a poll, the media reports "Candidate A is surging in the polls". The public hears this and sentiment shifts towards the more popular Candidate A. Either the candidate peaks at the right time or an event-internal or external-occurs causing the momentum to stop. So far in 2011, we've seen at least six Republicans have a rapid rise only to peak too early. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • BK

      You're right, and it's disgusting how easily people shift their loyalty to the 'popular' candidate rather than looking at them and choosing the best one.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  20. bill

    before gingrich can show he is up to taking on the president he has to show he has the cojones to finish off romney. so far he's acting like he is giving us a political science class rather than showing he has the fire in the belly to win his fight and seem serious for the job.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Howard

      With the way obama has thrown Israel under the bus ... AIPAC, and the entire international Jewish community should put all of their resources behind whoever runs against obama !!!

      December 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  21. allen

    For those of you saying Gingrich could beat Obama, you have NO idea what your talking about. First of all, check out all the polling data you want, Obama nearly doubles the approval rating of Gingrich, WITH 44% approval rating. I dont care what anyone says, Obama will be at a 50% approval rating come election day, and thats going to be more than enough to win the relection. The Only GOP candidate that can beat Obama is Romney, but Republicans, and the Tea Party, are ***** enough to nominate extreme conservative that will not appeal to anyone but the tea party. This my friend, is a perfect example of why political movements will kill your parties presidential bid. If you cant agree upon yourselves, how can you persuade independents. Obama will win this reelection with ease.

    An approval rating is an approval rating, not a casted ballot. Just because someone doesnt approve of obama, doesnt mean that they wont vote for him. Trust me, Obama will win in 2012.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • catwill

      This surge a day for the GOP/T candidate is a game being played by all of us because we know that neither Newt nor Mitt can defeat the President if we are honest and want the best person for the job at this time.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  22. allis

    For those of you saying Gingrich could beat Obama, you have NO idea what your talking about. First of all, check out all the polling data you want, Obama nearly doubles the approval rating of Gingrich, WITH 44% approval rating. I dont care what anyone says, Obama will be at a 50% approval rating come election day, and thats going to be more than enough to win the relection. The Only GOP candidate that can beat Obama is Romney, but Republicans, and the Tea Party, are stupid enough to nominate extreme conservative that will not appeal to anyone but the tea party. This my friend, is a perfect example of why political movements will kill your parties presidential bid. If you cant agree upon yourselves, how can you persuade independents. Obama will win this reelection with ease.

    An approval rating is an approval rating, not a casted ballot. Just because someone doesnt approve of obama, doesnt mean that they wont vote for him. Trust me, Obama will win in 2012.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  23. quickstrong

    I would pay to see Gigrich debate Obama.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  24. james

    Gingrich–I would vote for the Devil Himself before I would vote for Obama–

    December 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • dan in albuquerque

      A lot of people vote for the devil in sheep's clothing.. Count yourself among them ..

      December 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  25. Repugnant

    Thank you God!!!! The Republican candidates are even worse than the economy they sabotaged on the way out of the White House. All the bigotry, racism, ideology and eve Koch dollars can overcome the totally pathetic nature of the Republican nominees. Karma for sabotaging America for corporate profit?!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  26. TommiGI

    Absolutely, the more I hear Newt speak the more I am convinced he will never do anything that will improve my quality of life or make things better for my middle class existence. His mark has been and would be made for the 1%, for corporations especially Wall Street and petroleum, for foreign special interests and all at the expense of my quality of life. But I will vote for him if he cuts me a cashier's check for $250,000 dollars.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  27. ron

    I'm starting to wonder if my party's nominee isn't going to be Alfred E Newman ( from Mad magazine). This is getting ridiculous. Can't we just vote for none of the above including Obama in 2012?

    December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  28. Independent

    Wolf, is this really news? The last time we had a Democratic President in office we had a stable and thriving American economy and our credibility, trust and respect around the world was at an all-time high. Then the last time we had a Republican Supreme Court-elected President, we ended up with two costly and deadly wars followed by the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. And our trust, respect and credibility were at an all-time low during that period. Now, you want to compare Gingrich against one of the most successful, charasmatic and intelligent President in US history in President Obama? Wolf, please get serious would you.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • jordan

      ...where is the success?

      December 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Goodguy1

    NEWT, regardless of his marital history... He is an intellectual and a leader

    December 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • alinnc

      At least most of his sleazy past is public knowledge, unless something pops up at the last minute. Don't know turning a blind eye to that is enough to get him the nomination, much less a win in the presidential race.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  30. enough of killing the American Dream

    no more obama

    December 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Bammer

      I believe you're gong to be quite disappointed. I can't imagine any democrat voting for Gingrich. It would be the same buyers remorse they had when they voted for Nixon.

      December 2, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  31. enough of killing the American Dream

    I dont care who it is, I will vote for anyone but obama. I will draw a line in the sand against obama.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • LNB

      Way off pal....the killing began in the late 90's with Clinton and de-regulation and it intensified with Bush as he and his cohorts dismantled and obscured the lines between investments and banking, etc...killed Glass-Steigel and let loose the reins of unfettered capital. A good book to read is called 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building. It sounds off topic but it is amazing. Give it a try.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  32. David

    These GOP clowns are proving that the dumbing down of America is alive and well in the GOP base. How could anyone take seriously a candidate who received almost $2mill lobbying for Freddy and Fanny to get more people into mortgages, the primary cause of the financial crash.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  33. RV1982

    Newt is exactly what this country is looking for at this point in time...someone that has experience in working towards a balanced budget, reducing deficit, and forwarding legislation that provides opportunity for ALL Americans to prosper. He seems to draw support from libertarians, fiscal conservatives, as well as independents. As far as the social conservatives go, I guess we'll find out if they embrace the whole basis of Christianity...forgiveness and grace. I have not seen anything of late that suggests Gingrich is still exhibiting patterns of behavior observed in previous decades. Maybe he has "matured" to a point that he is now acceptable to the social conservatives. Time (or Iowa) will tell.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • greencollarworker

      Keep thinking that. I would love to see the fat, little Georgian philanderer get slaughtered by 30 points in the general election; he'd almost definitely cost the R's Congress, as well.

      So pleasepleaseplease nominate him.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  34. danny

    What is wrong with you republicans!!!!! Can't you see they are TRYING TO THROW the election? You all should be behind Ron Paul....he is the only legit conservative with a proven track record, and he is the ONLY Republican that is respected by independents and dems as well....in other words, he is the only Republican that can beat Obamal.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • sidneyhop

      ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

      The corporate owned mainstream media is TERRIFIED of Ron Paul!!! So much so they completely ignore polls, debate results etc, just NOT to report on him!!!

      That should tell us ALL something. If the status quo corporate machine that owns our government is scared then he must be doing SOMETHING right!!!

      December 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  35. ggg

    Newt? For real? LMFAO......Makes me want to vote for Obama even more! Newt, you are the flavor of the moment but do not worry, you will soon to begin to taste bad because of all your nastiness.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  36. Panthera leo

    Silly people, haven't you all learned that your vote does not matter? Chances are, the electoral college has already decided the outcome of next year's election. So, this election is not about trying to vote your favorite candidate into office...it is about trying to pick who will win, as if it were a football game.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  37. biased1

    Nominate Gingrich and Obama will win in a landslide. Ditto for Romney. They are all three for warfare and corporate welfare with no answers for avoiding bankruptcy. Ron Paul is the only alternative, but of course you wouldn't want your readers to know about him, would you?

    December 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  38. Kimo

    If you like the lack of civility in Washington you have Newt to thank. He spent his years in congress with a playbook that required demonizing democrats and making liberal a dirty word. He's still at it and spends most of his speeches making fun of other candidates. He's clever, ruthless, aggressive and narcissistic but true intelligence requires introspection and objectivity, characteristics that Newt does not possess. I would not want to be led by someone who thinks he is so much smarter than everyone else that he doesn't need to listen.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  39. Paul

    It is truly amazing what "conservatives" will have to overlook if they endorse Newt. Wait until all the former "staffers" start coming out with the dirty laundry when they worked for Newt.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  40. reason

    Vote for AnyonebutObama in 2012!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • sidneyhop

      Thats pretty bad advice! This country doesnt need another bush jr wanna be's.

      If you truly care about beating Obama then vote Ron Paul! Poll after poll has him faring better against him than any other republican!!!

      December 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  41. TrueAmerican

    Ron Paul in 2012. Nothing else needs to be said...

    December 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Marry

      There is a lot to say...
      Quite a few people here talk about RON PAUL but, he cannot bring the country into a future!
      Ron Paul formed his way of thinking in the 50 / 60 / 70 and sort of stubbornly stayed there. Just as one would imagined the “good old days” to have been – very simple Norman Rockwell style (Of cause they were hard times for “some”! But that of cause, his son would deny ).
      Today there are no simple solutions anymore. Bush was a good example of what “simple” means and the devastating results of it. It is an insult of the GOP/TP to present the voter with this group of unqualified “candidates”! The “OLD” ones had their try and accomplished “trickle down” except it turned by now into a long drought at the bottom! The “NEW” ones are a bit far out and utterly unqualified – to put it kindly. So, like it or not, real intelligence, looking ahead and understanding what actions have an effect short / long term. Young, flexible, smarts and very good will is what is needed for this very complicated, very demanding job and that is what we have in President Obama (as a bonus he is charming, has class and, at least that the “rights” should admit, has real family-values!). If we now replace the “pledges” in the House and Senate, we could lock fairly confident into the future!

      December 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  42. NoTags

    When Newt was Speaker of the House his own party didn't want him, why would they want him now?

    December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  43. Jess C

    @NeedALeader: you're welcome to move to another country anytime. Obama has way more appeal to most Americans than the morally bankrupt Newtie ever would. For the party that preaches "family values" to even consider Newtie is the epitomy of hypocrisy. Newtie is so locked in to the top 1% it's ridiculous, not to mention his lobbying and integrity issues. No thanks! Our country deserves someone who will fight for the middle class and the environment. Obama's not perfect, but he's a hell of a lot better than any of the current GOP creeps.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  44. DavidE7

    I have been amazed at the obtuse nature of the pundits who picked Romney as the front runner and presumptive nominee. He spent $100 million in 2008 and couldn't buy the nomination. He has 20% of the Republican vote and that is his ceiling. The apologists all point to Romney's religion or his record of flip flops, but it is much more than that. The 99% of Americans who have not benefited while the 1% got filthy rich will never support someone who they identify as being part of that 1%. They know that his ruthless campaign style belies his amiable outward manner. It ain't gonna' happen, Mitt, get used to it.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  45. billy

    How could I ever be expected to vote for someone with Gingrich's despicable personal history?

    December 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  46. dudekevinch

    I’m a Republican and I’d rather vote for Obama then this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • greencollarworker

      Then you are one of the sensible few. Please talk to your friends.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Marry

      If you vote for the President, you get real intelligence, looking ahead and understanding what an effect actions have short / long term. Young, flexible, smarts and very good will is what is needed for this very complicated, very demanding job and that is what we have in President Obama (as a bonus he is charming, has class and, at least that the “right” should admit, has real family-values!). If we then replace the “pledges” in the House and Senate, we could lock fairly confident into the future!

      December 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  47. iHateStupid

    Obama's camp is probably shaking in fear because Gingrich would shred Obama to pieces in a debate. It would be classic.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Jayce

      Ha! Ironic screen name... Check out the latest ad @ ronpaul on youtube. Quotes from your main man Gingrich. Listen carefully to his words.

      December 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  48. Kirk Peterson

    Newt is smart. No doubt. But he is sleezier than he is smart. If you liked BIll's extra marital affairs, you will absolutely love the Newt. He attacks everything and everybody that doesn't agree with him with the tired "socialist" label. His recent victim, the Congressional Budget Office, one the most respected organizations in government. But hey the CBO won't back Newt on his health care numbers or his Bush Tax Cut stimulus claims....so of course they are "socialits". The man is sle-e-e-e-e-zy. I am confident reasonable conversvatives will prevail.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  49. JayDeeT

    It doesn't matter! Mr. McGoo could defeat Obama, at this point. It's becoming quite apparent that the U.S. A. is entering it's "Dark Ages" brought to us be the 11th century-based Republican Party.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  50. Dave

    Obama will probably be reelected at this point. None of the Republicans who could have easily beaten him are running.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  51. LetsRide

    Newt reminds me of "Mr. Bumble" from the Oliver movie. The big fat guy who said to Oliver: "More? You want some more?" And they are both big believers in using child labor!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  52. Ben in LA

    Nothing says "win the independent swing voters" quite like Newt Gingrich!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • dan in albuquerque

      Nothing says nothing better than Gingrich.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  53. Joe

    RON PAUL 2012...nuff said!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  54. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Gingrich? He's be great in motivating the party base – for the Democrats.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  55. sidneyhop

    Poll after independent poll has Ron Paul beating Obama as opposed to any other candidate!

    Dont believe the mainstream propaganda LIES!!! They're TERRIFIED of Ron Paul and the challenges he would bring to their established corruption! Its proven by their incessant refusal to give him even remotely fair coverage and its OBVIOUS!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Marry

      I disagree strongly with your stance for Ron Paul!
      RON PAUL cannot bring the country into a future! He formed his way of thinking in the 50 / 60 / 70 and sort of stubbornly stayed there. Just as one would imagined the “good old days” to have been – very simple Norman Rockwell style (Of cause they were hard times for “some”! But that of cause, his son would deny and this brings me to wonder how Ron raised his son).
      Today there are no simple solutions anymore. Bush was a good example of what “simple” means and the devastating results of it we still feel deeply in this country (and around the world!).

      December 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  56. Tim Ryan

    Newt would be too much for Obama to handle in a debate.
    Newt has history and facts.
    Obama has ideological philosophies and rhetoric.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Marry

      President Obama is not (as Newt) ONE-DEMENTIONAL and has the conviction that NEED should be above GREED! He can keep his ego in line and wins against Newt hands down! But, we do not have to "fight" because Newt will not be there!

      December 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  57. lineman

    The Republicans had actually better be carefull of Mitt Romney. If Mitt is rejected again after all the times he has tried he just might have had enough of the Republican Party. If that happens he has enough dirt on any of the other candidates to completly ruin their chances. If rejected after all these runs Romney might actually stand up like a man, tell the GOP where to go and help them get there.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  58. Tony of Alabama

    Honestly Jack – Neither – we are not the Nation that we were in the Carter days – WE remember what party got us into this "Situation Room", and we are smart enough not to go back there – on the other hand, if we were to become forgetful, Newt would probably be the man – why you ask?? – well, like him, we are a FAT Nation, we are a nation of STUFF, and having the dumb blond by our sides only make us seem smarter.....

    December 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  59. rep

    Republicans just want someone on their team to beat Obama. It's clear they're not too particular about the history, record, character, personality, or faults of the person who can make a reasonable attempt at that. Either way, ultimately the independents will decide this race and I suspect Newt will have a more difficult time winning them over than Romney.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • fred

      Obama, the Vowel candidate:
      Anyone
      Else
      Is
      Okay
      Unconditionally

      December 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Vesstair

      I think Gingrich could really fire up the Social Conservative base of the Republican party. I mean, just look at how pro-marriage he is; he's gotten married about 17 times, right?

      December 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Kevin

      Actually, that's somewhat true. Republicans know that almost anyone will be able to beat Obama in 2012. Many of us had considered running Jimmy Hoffa because even he outpolls Obama.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • TheThinker

      Are you suggesting that one party wants to beat the other party, not for the good of the country, but just to win? Oh, say it isn't so!!!! 😉

      December 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • che

      As far as the eyes can see, they have NONE!
      Fineeeeeeee! They're a bunch of robotic talking points. Nothing out of their real brain cells.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • trev

      I would agree with you, except that the reasonable, center-right Republicans can't get anywhere (Huntsman). The party has been taken over by teabaggers and religious extremists. Newt has a mountain of baggage, and has very poor campaign skills. He would crash and burn in a general election. So would Romney with this flip-flopping. Also, being a Mormon is going to turn people off (as sad as that may be).

      December 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Joe Truth

      I'm an independent and I like Newt. He's a leader. Something President Obama failed at.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • Marry

        You mistake “Bully” for “Leader”. Can’t have been that rosy when you are full of ethic violations and thrown out of your own party. Shows you what happened to the GOP/TP when they now have to run a guy like that!

        December 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  60. Brett (Memphis, TN)

    Wow! Conservatives might actually throw this election away!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Jack Be Humble

      Conservatives have shown their willingness to throw seats in concgress, in special elections, to stand strong in their extreme views. Why should the Presidency be any different? Obama 2012, Clinton 2016.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Too late

      Looking at their candidates, one can deduce that they already have!

      December 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • TheThinker

      The true conservatives are dilligently steering their businesses and corporations through these troubled times. As far as those Keystone Kandidates, they are just politicians vying for the concervative vote.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      They already have for 2012, now they're looking at trashing the party 2016.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • John

      I will vote any Republican nominee over Obama anytime. So I wouldn't say that, liberals seem to forget they have to get the independent voters. 😉

      December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  61. Nash

    @Wade nice try. Not Romney, Gingrich or any other clowns the right have put up can beat Obama. Just saying so, doesn't make it so, unless you are a fact free right winger who believes in right wing garbage that only the right can govern. To quote your right wing masters "if you don't like it (or hate America) go find a place that you think is better for you". Enough said.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Jeff

      Check out the polls. Romney beats Obama. Just because you say that no one in the GOP can beat Obama doesn't make it so...........

      December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Ted

      It is not about right wing. It is about governing from the center. Obama failed precisely for that reason, he started too far left for the tastes of most Americans (maybe not you). You cannot govern America successfully from too far left or too far right. Romney is seen as a centrist, Gringrich less so, although many thoughtful independents have given Gingrich a second look in this context since Clinton's comments which essentially characterized his positions as well formulated and appealing to moderates on both sides of the aisle. I believe that Clinton does not really care for Obama, and has worked with Newt, so he went ahead and spoke his mind.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  62. NeedALeader

    Anyone with half a brain will agree that Obama is not even close to the same level of intelligence as Newt. Newt is a natural leader as well. Newt understands the world issues and dangers, economics, etc. Please, anyone who is reading this... Obama must NOT be voted into office again. The fact that he called police officers IDIOTS before he knew the facts shows his intellect. The fact that he supported a NY Mosque at GZ shows his patriotism to america. Enough is enough...

    December 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • v_mag

      And you, sir, obviously have half a brain. Exactly half.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • John Lloyd

      What was the overall reason the United States was founded in the first place? Was that freedom of religion? Oh yeah, it was! A mosque near Ground Zero may bother a few people, but it's just as protected as a christian church.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • streetdude66

      Newt had Clinton on the ropes after authorizing BILLIONS to nail him for lying about his extramarital affair with Monica. Clinton remained in office and Newt resigned in disgrace, so how smart is that? Newt has been trying ever since to get elected into ANY kind of office and couldnt so he started lobbying DC after stating not to long ago that he would limit lobbying in DC. How smart is that? If Newts the best the GOP has you may as well have run SarahPalin because the end result will be the same. Beat it Newt, I hear FIXedNEWS callin ya

      December 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Lizzie

        See the differance between democrats and republicans.

        December 2, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • aDunbar

      Do you always get your talking points from Rush, or maybe Savage/Hannity? Sure sounds like it.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • I beg to differ

      "Anyone with half a brain will agree that Obama is not even close to the same level of intelligence as Newt"

      Yeah, I wonder how he managed to make it from growing up in a moderate-to-low-income family, relying on scholarship aid in order to complete his education, going to Columbia and Harvard, serving as editor then president of the Harvard Law Review, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard, teaching Conistitutional Law as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years while serving as a civil rights attorney at the same time, and becoming the first African American POTUS against all odds...oh and doing all this without cheating on his wife once...or twice...or three times, while impeaching other politicians for the same offense. Yeah, he's nowhere near Newt!

      December 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  63. Tim From Florida

    Hey did Gingrich make that Contract for America? Alot of good that did. Ha! OWS is showing how shallow and silly the idea of putting all your faith in one human being. We elect presidents on a 51% to 49% majority. Do you people really believe all this hype perpetrated by the media. Shame Shame Shame Obama = Gingrich Gingrich = Obama when will you people understand this.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  64. MAVF

    Conservatism....Conservatist.....it's amazing how that term has now been redefined. If Obama had 3 affairs, worked for FMAE, collected millions,.....I could go on and on. He would not have gotten elected. Conservatist need to redefine what it really means to be conservative, instead of changing the term each week...In fact what they truly care about is getting that "black" man out of office. We don't care what it takes...Woww!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • ddblah

      In this part of the world, conservatism means "ME FIRST".

      December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Goodguy1

      don't bring race in this as far as Newt is concerned. He can lead. That is all we need is a leader.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • aDunbar

      Good point. Being a conservative used to mean a lot of things it no longer means, such as caring for the environment, ensuring religious freedom, and believing one to be innocent until proven guilty. It meant a strong national defense, but never at the cost of the economy. It also meant that everyone was expected to pay their fair share.

      What happened?

      December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  65. MobiusEight

    I'd need a lot of popcorn for this one...

    December 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  66. Griff

    Just another TSR 2 which will never get off the ground!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  67. Ryche

    Oh how i'd love to see a debate between a seasoned veteran like Newt and a baby faced, rookie like obama... Talk about hammer time... Newt would wipe the floor with obama from start to finish.. He'd have lil obama talking in circles.. you'd see obamas face get all red and flustered while Newt sat back and let obamas cookie crumbe... It wouldn't even be a contest... Newt would DESTROY every democrat talking point and obama knows it... He'd shred lil obamas arguements from the ground up. Newt has been dealing with liberals his whole life.. He knows all too well the trickery they play.. Oh please oh please get New and obama in the same room to debate... put it on pay per view... i'd love to see lil obama run off the stage crying.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • v_mag

      Exactly right! Except, you got the names reversed.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • dwt

      Must be fun to live in your fantasy world.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Jess C

      He was a disgrace to the country in his past and remains so. Bumped on an ethics charge; must be proud. Don't even get me started with his personal indescretions. Once again, the party of "family values" has no qualms choosing someone with such a slimy history; wouldn't put it past them.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Dave (Detroit, Mi)

      I completely agree. Even with his tele-prompter going 1000 mph, he couldn't keep up... LOL

      December 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • h-san diego

      Anyone can debate but its how one leads the country "with morals" is what counts

      December 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Len Smith

      Do you really think so? The President is just as intelligent and far more articulate than the former Speaker, who is responsible for the way Washington works today, along with the long dead Atwater.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Obama a "baby-faced rookie" eh? You mean the President of the United States (Newt was only Speaker of the House) and the man who got bin Laden, al-Awkali, and Gaddhafi? Rookie, eh? Wow.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
      • Ryche

        Yes.. Rookie.. You can just look at obama and tell he's a rookie... Without a teleprompter he is nothing but uh uh uh uh uh... LIberal talking points dont stand up to scrutiny.. never have... And Newt knows this... So Newt wiping the floor with obama would be the only outcome... And obama did not get bin laden, or ghadafi... Our forces got them... our armed forces... Just as i do not believe that it was Bush who got sadam... It was our forces.. just cause someone behind a desk says yes to a mission planned and performed by someone else, does not make the person behind the desk, any less of a rookie... i'll say it again for the slow people.. ROOOOOOOKKKKKIIIIIEEEEEEEE..

        December 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • I beg to differ

      Hmm.. Are we talking about the same Obama? The same one who went into a house full of Republicans, wiped the floor with them and came out like nothing happened? That same Obama who walked all over evey debate in the '08 elections? If we're talking about the same Obama, watching his dabates in the past, I got the sense he wasn't not challenged enough. So yeah, Newt might be a good challenge but even he might, shall we say, get Newtered by Obama. I hope they debate, even if Newt doesn't win the GOP nomination - just to see him get shut down by Obama.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  68. cal usa

    Compared to Gingrich, Romney looks like the Rock of Gibraltar. Mitt has gone AC-DC on every issue, but there is usually a short interval between his mood shifts. Newt changes positions as fast as he changes spouses. He believed climate change was real, then discovered the loonies on the right were opposed. He advocated the mandate, then backed away from that. He denounced the Ryan Medicare voucherization, then denied it when Limbaugh hammered him. He supported a no-flight zone in Libya, until Obama implemented it. He reminds me of the dancing-singing politician in the movie version of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (played by Gingrich-look alike Charles Durning). The song was "Now you see me, now you don't".

    December 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • DavidE7

      When Gingrich changes his positions, it seems he has a reason why. When Romney changes positions, it is as if he never knew he once felt differently.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  69. John

    Newt benefited from no one takin ghim serioulsy. The more attention he gets, the more he talks, the more people know, the worse he will do. He left politics a disgraced failure with massive fines for ethics violations and a record of failed ideas and disaster policies. He is his own worst enenmy at this point.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • aDunbar

      We'll see how long the "good" Newt stays on task. He's like the children poem: "When he's good, he's very very good, but when he's bad, he's horrid."

      My money is that the "bad" Newt will self-implode.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  70. wade

    I know the American people are just stupid enough to re-elect the absolute worst president in American history but I cannot blame them all for the GOP has yet to put forward a candidate that is much better. I mean yes either Romney or Newt would be better than Obama but not by any appreciable amount. Given that the Liberal media including CNN are always protecting Obama and always attacking any GOP member I am surprised that Obama has not been crowned KING of America yet.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • George

      If you remember correctly (which obviously you don't) Bush's approval rating at the end of his term was down to family members and paid staff. He will have the record of worst president ever for a long long time.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • RogerE

      I am not an Obama fan but I don't think any politician would have been able to a a much better job. The problems we have are just too big to be solved as quickly as the people want. Everyone blames Congress and the President and are not willing to take much blame themselves. Also we have to remember that any President does not have as much power as we think, only a veto power.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Tim Ryan

      Agreed, we are in desperate need of a leader. But seriously who the heck would want the job! America cannot survive another four years of Obama

      December 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Bob

      Sorry, Bush can't run again so he can't be re-elected.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Mike

      We already did elect the worst President in history for two terms...GWB!

      December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Kathleen

      Wow – it's takes my breath away to realize how much damage the right wing propaganda has done to people like you! Not only is Obama brilliant he has done more for the middle class and the poor than any other President to date. He inherited a pending depression from Bush and two wars and you expect him to get us out of that in three years! If he were white he would not have had to experience the hatred and abuse put forth by the GOP. His intelligence and easy going nature inflames them even more. You think things are bad now – see what happens if Mr. Gingrich becomes President, then you will really have something to complain about! Mark my words!

      December 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Len Smith

      Exactly how is he the absolute worst President? Be specific if you are able.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  71. FreeLove

    The Dems will continue to nail Romney as the Flip Flopper. No need for the Dems to go after Gingrich yet. The Romney campaign will do the dirty work for them.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Reggie from LA

    First of all, how the heck does Gingrich get to 2012.?
    He's the best the GOP has after they're done driving out Romney?
    GOP/Tea people don't care so much who they get, so long as it's an icon. In this case someone who is representative of the wealthy, is owned by Grover Norquist, has the right look for the party's parties, with sardonic wit. Someone with hawkish nature, willing to strike at the heart of entitlement and just a reg'lar Republican man's man. Because if we or they, are looking for someone who cares about all the American people, Newt Gingrich ain't it. He's a mono-dimensional tyrant.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  73. daveinla

    I hope not. I'm a life long Democrat who voted for Ron Paul in 2008. Democrats sold the working class out long ago. They are now metro area neo-cons who are more concern with gay right, equal rights and civil rights than they are about jobs in this country. Free traders like Clinton and Gore sold us out.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • George

      You're a Democrat? You sound more like a life long conservitive repuglican.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  74. willy

    Romney can beat Obama but Gingrich is a loser all the way.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • DavidE7

      Romney is part of the 1%. The rest of the country consists of 19% Republicans who wish they were part of the 1% and the other 80% who hate the 1%. Who do you think is going to win if Romney is the nominee?

      December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Shannon Nutt

      You are correct sir. The dirty, dark secret here is that the GOP knows they can't beat Obama with ANYONE in 2012, so they'd rather let Newt run now and not have to worry about him again in 2016. Much the same way they let Dole run against Clinton in 1996.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  75. zazu

    I love the prospect of Gingrich vs Obama. Wow! that will be a dream come true. And If I were the Obama campaign I won't even campaign against him. Let him hang himself. Just give him enough ropes. Just say, Libya and hear him for a couple of days!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  76. Jay.D

    I honestly don't believe that Newt. will be talked about much longer. Each and everyone of the Candidates have skulls in their closet and the media constantly forges the public's view. I believe that the moment Newt is expose the media will quickly put the camera on someone else until that person is exposed. it's all for entertainment and ratings, nothing more.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  77. Griff

    Froggie, another plug for Obama, Wolf. But he needs a much bigger leap gthis time. Fancy eating flies..

    December 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  78. ThinkAgain

    Gingrich may be a good debater, but his a lousy person and all of his ideas are PROVEN FAILURES. He's just the latest "not Romney" to come down the pike. And as soon as more of the GOP "base" realize that when it comes to marital infidelity he makes Herbie Cain look like a saint, he'll just be yet another candidate has-been.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  79. AmericanSam

    It is interesting how up and down the race has been (aside from Romney staying at or near the top the whole time). Bachmann up, Bachmann down. Perry up, Perry down. Cain up, Cain down. Gingrich up... Gingrich down? What I'm curious about is if the candidate on the upswing in early 2012 will get the nomination, only to have supporters drift away right after that candidate snatches up the nomination. And why is Ron Paul having such trouble appealing to a good swath of the Republican Party?

    No matter the candidate, I believe Barack Obama will be reelected. I don't think Romney or Gingrich will be able to get a majority of voters on their side. I think the Electoral map looks much more favorable to Democrats despite the gains in Republican states. I think voters are a bit disappointed in what many Republican leaders around the country have tried to do (ending collective bargaining rights, favoring tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, being in favor of major cuts to Social Security and Medicare). And I think the huge Republican victory in 2010 is starting to fade.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  80. Laura518

    Well, if it's between Newt and Obama, I guess the Evangelical Christians are going to have to go for Obama! They want a family value Christian. Newt and his affairs don't bode well for family values! Now we can see if the Evagenicals are also hypocrites.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • sidneyhop

      Is there really any doubt?!

      December 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Dave (Detroit, Mi)

      Not everyone voting to get Obama out has a religious preference. There are a lot of us independents who will never vote for him again. He is a failure and that is what he will always be. He has hurt America more in 3 years than even Jimmy Carter... He is a one termer, but you can vote for the looser if he still makes you feel like he is doing something for you.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  81. Greg, Ontario

    It’s amazing how quickly the political situation has changed.....get real Wolf. You have helped change the political situation for years. I think you and Jack alone got Obama elected.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  82. Cleareye

    Gingrich is no match for Obama. If the Rs even get close to nominating him they are finished. They may as well nominate Barney Fife!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • DavidE7

      Another Romney supporter speaking.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Dave (Detroit, Mi)

      I think my 5 year old grandson could beat Obama if an election were held today. He is a failure and the independents are the ones who will show him the door. Newt or Romney, whomever the R's run against him, are not going to get beat. You can keep thinking that though... LOL

      December 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • v_mag

        If the election were held today, in your kitchen, I also have no doubt your grandson could beat President Obama. However, your grandson in not 35 years old, as required by the Constitution, is not the nominee of any party on the ballot, and has no qualifications.

        In the real world, things are much different. You should try to get out more, or at least turn off Faux Fantasy News.

        December 2, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  83. GODZILLA1

    No way Newt is the nominee – too much baggage.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • glyder

      too much baggage on obama also.but then again the progressive media didn't let that happen.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • Larry L

        You must be delusional. Do you really believe Fox News would fail to spread whatever dirt they could find or make up about President Obama? How about the "birthers"? Stories about his family? His religion? The Pastor of his church? Death squads to get granny? Constantly calling him a socialist? His plans to take your guns? All of that crap was blasted across Fox News and they still do it.

        December 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • Jess C

        The only baggage Obama has is the crap he's had to deal with from day one. The GOP has done nothing to help this country, only obstruct any progressive ideas and efforts to get jobs on the table. They promised jobs in 2010 and focused only on social issues. Shame on the GOP. Obama will take 2012 handily.

        December 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • Iconoclast

        Too much baggage on Obama??? Man, you have got to kidding! Newt will not hold up to public scrutiny and Romney, well, he's Romney. You really do underestimate the American people don't you.

        December 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  84. AL in West Palm

    Romney::: makes his money exporting US jobs to China

    Newt::: makes his money by allowing himself to be bought by anyone with money....recently he was bought by Jean-Claude "baby doc" Duvalier...yup, an exiled ex-dictator

    are these the guys the republicans can come up with?

    December 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • DavidE7

      If only Mike Huckabee had decided to run. But he doesn't want to be the nominee, he wants to be the President.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  85. Steve in Tulsa

    If Gingrich turns out to be the best the republicans can offer, that in itself speaks volumes

    December 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  86. SiriusVH

    Besides eliminating child labor laws to ultimately create an uneducated , dispensable and pliable labor force, what other great ideas does Gingrich have? Let's hear them!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      Indentured servitude might be making a comeback under Newt.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  87. us1776

    It's early yet. The GOP worm can still turn again.

    .

    December 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  88. Tom

    Newt Gingrich reminds me of the little toy monkey that, when you wind it up, it strikes two cymbals together.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  89. RC

    It should be Ron Paul vs Obama. Newt doesn't have a chance.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • sidneyhop

      Absolutely!!! The mainstream corporatist media is TERRIFIED of RON PAUL because he speaks the TRUTH and challenges their corrupt monopolies on our culture.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • TrueAmerican

      Ron Paul gets my vote. I'm changing my party to vote in the primary for Ron. Need to do this about 2 months prior to your states election. The man is a true American and cares more for this country than all of the candidates combined. Am I the only one that sees this???

      December 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • sidneyhop

        I did this two days ago!!!

        EVERYONE, Please check your states primary dates and CHANGE YOUR AFFILIATION IF NECESSARY to REPUBLICAN to vote in Ron Paul!

        Go to blue republican dot org for all the dates and info!!!

        Im a life long democrat and did it for the sake of Americans future! If youre sick of the same old political party BS song and dance then you should do it to! Its time for REAL change, not just some bumper sticker!!!!

        December 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  90. JKR1979

    It's only a matter of time before Fannie/Freddie really bites him in the butt and we yet another GOP'er drop. Who going to try to jump Romney next? Santorum.....hahahahahah!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • DavidE7

      Making Romney the default candidate is just another way to get the people to despise Romney.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  91. Hal Lemoyne

    I believe that President Gingrich, is just who, "We the People" need to help, teach, deal & lead us 'America'. Keep, teaching, helping & leading Mr Gingrich, the favor will vote your way, God Bless.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Jess C

      Yes, and by golly, let's get those poor kids jobs so they can do the dirty work for those wealthy folks. Newtie is a loser; that is a very sad and dismal proposal. He can't even relate to the average American, let alone the poor ones.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  92. The all potent one

    Dems will have a field day dragging Newt's skeletons out of the closet

    December 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Dave (Detroit, Mi)

      All Newt would have to do is drag all of Obama's failures out and keep showing how inept Obama is at being president. I think that would be a good matchup for Newt's infidelity that everyone already knows about and frankly don't really care.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  93. al in memphis

    Now its getting to the point where no one wants to be the GOP nominee, its like saying I was the best D student in the class.
    But that's still good enough to get 100% GOP vote in a "do anything to get Obama out election"

    December 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  94. AzRose

    If Gingrich gets the nomination, Obama had better be prepared for a feisty debate. I would love to see Gingrich and Obama debate, I think Gringrich would be the clear winner, Obama needs his teleprompter to say anthing that makes sense and even with the telepromter he doesn't do well at all.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • norma

      I like Newt's anti-child labor laws because I have a few bets going China will be dictating human rights to the US before 2020. I'm quite sure Obama would make Newt look as stupid as he made McCain and Palin look. Newt's going to look like an ugly duckling next to Obama and that alone in shallow USA is going to fry him. He may not be ugly in the strictest sense of the word, but he's no beaut. On that alone I say Mitt should be the candidate, they are both clueless but at least Mitt looks good. Newt representing the US abroad? :O Obama may embarrass half of the country, Newt would embarrass everyone.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Norma, thats what Newt said, that the democrats would use his remarks exactly the way you did.

        December 2, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Larry L

      You've clearly never seen President Obama debate. He's been known as an excellent debater since his days at Harvard – where he was head of the Harvard Law Review. I suspect Newt's slimey past might come up when it gets down to the nut-cutting... and it will.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      They all use teleprompters (at least speeches) never heard of one at a debate.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      You've clearly never heared the President give a speech. You on;y recycle the same TelePrompTer garbage over and over. Want some breaking news? EVERY politician uses a TelePrompTer! Watch McCain's 2008 acceptance speech for starters.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  95. Dee

    Pres. Obama will rip Gingrich a new one.. just like he did to 72 year old McCain.. NO CHANCE! OBAMA 2012!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Max

      Yes, he beat McCain. And how has that worked out. The interesting part is the same ones losing their jobs are the same ones who voted for Obama. Why is it the black unemployment rate has sky rocketed under Obama? Just wait till next year when Obamacare kicks. Healthcare cost will grow tremendously and unemployment will go even higher.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  96. v_mag

    Christmas comes early for the President this year! Newt will have to change his name to "Punchin' Bag" Gingrich if he gets the nomination. Child labor laws, adultery, mandatoy health insurance, ethics violations, immigration, age, weight, general nastiness. How many ways are there to go at Newt?

    Personally, I don't see any way that he could get close to the nomination. And I'll bet he'd soil his pants if he thought he was getting close.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  97. Alex

    No way Wolf. Gingrich is flavor of the next two or three weeks but the history is going to kill him.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  98. MaryM

    Wolf, Mitt will get the GOP (guardians of plutocracy) nomination.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  99. Mr. Wilson

    He is up in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. He is also close in New Hampshire. If he takes 3 of these four (i.e. the first three named), he's going to be very hard to beat for the nod. That said, he is more of a flip-flopper than Mitt. Couple that with his marital indiscretions (which Mitt does not have) and you have a candidate that Democrats will slobber over. The chickens will come home to roost big-time. Newt has near as many enemies in his own party as in the Democratic Party.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  100. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    All I can say about Gingrich is bring him on! Once voters know what kind of sleaze he is, he'll go down in flames just like Cain, Perry, and Bachmann. And by the way, why isn't Gingrich being held to the same moral standards as Cain currently is?

    December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
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