I am really starting to warm up to Newt!

Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2879189650056011884WtWZvn

Interesting how close and how far off the poll numbers proved to be.

Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2156338180056011884jtxWhT

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Two things about the videos linked below swayed me toward Newt.

One, I think he’s right that the only way to beat Obama is to nominate a candidate who is VERY different from Obama, which means not another John McCain RINO moderate like Romney.

Two, he has a strength of character, an SOB factor if you will, that makes me think he can deal with everything the Democrat Media Complex, Democrat legislators, and world class bullies would throw at him.

Santorum has the more exemplary personal life, but he’s nice. I’d love to have his family living in our neighborhood, going to our church, etc.

But I am just not seeing the warrior toughness needed to get elected and steer our country back to being the city on a hill the founders created.

Newt Holds Townhall Meeting With Meredith Lakes Region Tea Party [1:44:37]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=8-fU-knxT0U

CNN/SRLC – The Southern Republican Presidential Debate in Charleston, SC (January 19, 2012) [1:47:35]

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7388072n

At the beginning of the debate video, the Citadel choir sings the anthem. Beautiful!

UPDATE: Newt’s victory speech in South Carolina

http://www.wfaa.com/news/national/Raw-video-Newt-Gingrich-victory-speech-in-South-Carolina-137834679.html

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Filed under Democrats, Elections, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul

24 responses to “I am really starting to warm up to Newt!

  1. GP

    Ann Coulter was on fox this morning complaining about all the people who are backing newt. Since she could not get her boy, Christie to commit, she is looking to the next moderate, Romney. She is just like all the other beltway elitists, she is pissed that the people are not voting for the way they are being told. We are speaking for ourselves. Ironic isn’t it, since she wrote a book called Power to the People.
    GOP elitists decided long ago to anoint Mittens and do not like the fact that the people are doing the “anyone but” dance. They think the tea party is dead and irrelevent, but here we are, raining on the elitist parade. Let’s transform the whole GOP!
    I just hope that if newt gets the nom, he does not become a compromiser and will actually keep his commitment to the tea party ideals which is what is getting him to the dance.
    Didn’t he bash the tea party a while back? Newt is still not easy to trust.

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    • I know what you mean…I feel excited and nervous all at the same time!

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        Newt made a remark, I think at the townhall, where someone pointed out he’d supported something in the past that Obama still does, but Newt the 2012 Conservative says he no longer does. Newt gave a response that gave me a lot of peace: “That’s right. But I figured out I was wrong. Obama didn’t.”

        He’s also apologized for that dippy Global Warming ad with Pelosi and for supporting Dede Scozzafazza in the NY-23 2009 race, something I was really unhappy with him about.

        I find I am comfortable with someone who can learn and admit he was wrong than with someone who keeps on defending past decisions as if wising up and growing are not part of being human. I’d be a flaming hypocrite if I wasn’t. I didn’t just vote for Carter; I also worked on his campaign.

        And, as much as I admire Santorum as a human being, I was put off in that SC debate by his repeated refrain, “I’ve always been [fill in conservative value].” Not that it’s a problem he’s been conservative forever, but that it brought to mind Obama’s “I was against the war before anyone else was” crap. And y’all know how I feel about THAT!!

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        • I had the same thoughts about Santorum and it also bothers me that Romney’s campaign ads say he’s “the only one” who can get the country back on the right track. I don’t think anyone is “the only one.” That’s what I don’t like about hardcore Ron Paul supporters.

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        • I get irritated with conservatives who act like they’re morally superior to me because they’ve ALWAYS been conservative, while I am a convert. So I believed some loopy things back in my misspent youth, and then I grew up and saw the error of my ways — so what? The important thing is that I recognized my mistakes and repented of them. Whenever someone brags that they’ve ALWAYS been conservative, as if that makes them better than me, I feel like smacking them.

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          • integrity1st

            REformed dems are the best, and don’t you forget it. Lifers only know one side. Reformers have lived both. There’s no substitute for experience.

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            • chrissythehyphenated

              Integ … exactly what I was thinking, but you said it first :). It’s like how newbies at AA get sponsored by an oldie. The best person to help someone change their lives is someone who has already walked that walk.

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  2. I’m with you. I don’t buy Coulter’s position that Romney is the only electable Republican. I’m afraid he’s the least electable, because what he offers is Obama-lite. Santorum characterizes Newt as being “grandiose.” I consider him to be a visionary. Call it grandiose if you like, but it’s visionaries like Reagan and Gingrich that can truly be transformative. Regarding your use of the term of the SOB factor, you may be right. Gingrich is tough. No one is going to roll him over. Good post!

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Thanks! It’s nice to see you here. I was thinking this morning about how I supported Romney in 2008, when the media was pampering McCain. We saw how that went.

      I’m thinking maybe I’ve been feeling uncomfortable about Romney this time around, because it seems as if the media has been pampering him the way they did McCain, which means … they think he’s beatable and WANT him to be nominated.

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      • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. The Left does think he’s the most beatable. All Obama has to say is, “Mitt, I’m with you. We love RomneyCare. If it’s good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the rest of the country.”

        Case closed.

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      • GP

        That is exactly why people are not buying Romney. WE WONT BE FOOLED AGAIN!
        Watching Romney has reminded me about how pissed I got watching Mccain “debate” Obama. I remember screaming at the TV to McCain to grow some spine and call obama on his propaganda. But instead, he declared he wanted to run a “dignified” campaign. Sarah tried to fight and look how they destroyed her heroism. Romney will not win, I don’t care what the beltway tries to sell us.
        Newt is coming out swinging and taking on our number 1 foe, the LSM. We finally have someone saying what we want to say. We will be willing to forgive all of Newts transgressions if he can focus on a few goals and vow he will stick to it, no matter what. If Romney gets the nod, he will retreat back to the center and obo will eat him alive. And will he be able to educate the sheeple who still watch the alphabets?
        You all have to hear Rush’s opening dialog today. He was right on! He totally hit the nail on the head about why Newt is sergeing and why the GOP elitists are worried. It will make your heart sing.

        On another note. Our IL Sen. Mark Kirk (rhino that he is), has had a stroke. I wonder if he will be afforded the same courtesy as Giffords or will the dems push to get him out because he is incapacitated. He is a republican that can be replaced by the Dem Govenor of IL. Hmmm, haven’t we been through this scenerio before? Who is tapping Gov. Quinn’s phone? Maybe Blago will get a new roomate?
        After all our state motto is not “the Land of Lincoln”. It is
        Illinois-where our governors MAKE our liscense plates.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          DO keep me posted about the MSM re: Kirk v Giffords.

          I love to show off their hypocrisy and believe it is compelling when I can graphic is a specific “this vs that” similarity, like this one:

          http://news.webshots.com/photo/2559253940056011884kpRqQs

          Hoping to convert and educate the thoughtful leaders out there, the folks who value the truth and are outraged to learn that is NOT what they have been getting from the Laughing Stock Media.

          Dunno if I’ve succeeded with anyone, but Chrissy’s Site Bites hit 173,886 hits today! So fingers crossed and I’ll keep on keepin’ on.

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  3. integrity1st

    First of all, HELP. I’m not getting email notices of new posts anymore for Poli, OR any other blogs – – – since before Christmas!!!. What up with that?

    Chrissy, sometimes I’m amazed how much we are on the same track, especially since I know how much more well informed you are, but that reference ‘warrior toughness” is EXACTLY the term I’ve been looking for and could not find to describe why I want HIM for these times.

    As far as changing ones mind on how they feel about things, I dismissed Newt early on because I never wanted a President so morally bankrupt, but due to the fact we are at war, and in survival mode, I’ll take the warrior toughness required to get us through and have to wait for better times to look for perfection in our President.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      After watching the messiah-adulation the Left heaps on their candidates, I’m thinking we would do well to accept that we’re all human and just find the best available candidate for each job.

      Lincoln’s wife was a shopaholic. Reagan’s first wife left him and his second was so worried about his safety, she got weird about using a psychic or something to plan his travel. Dubya was/is a reformed drinker. McCain is a certified war hero who believed in global warming and couldn’t debate his way out of a paper bag.

      I’m just sayin’ …

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    • Your reticence towards Newt is understandable because of his “baggage” issues. Here’s my take. Regarding ethics violations, 83 out of 84 were dropped. They were bogus. Regarding the last one, the IRS weighed in a year after Gingrich resigned and said he did nothing wrong. He was exonerated. Regarding the marriage issue, Jimmy Carter had (has) a great marriage by all accounts. Yet he was a lousy leader. FDR, JFK, and Bill Clinton had mistresses. Most liberals (even some conservatives, though not me) would claim they were good leaders. Divorce isn’t a predictor of how good a president someone will be (see Ronald Reagan). I’m giving Mr. Gingrich the benefit of the doubt. I think he is a changed man. His current marriage seems stable. He’s got grandkids in his life, Most importantly, he’s got God in his life.

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        And, as my own dad readily admitted during his speech at the big splashy event his peers threw him to honor his outstanding contributions to his profession … he was a lousy father. He wasn’t a bad guy, just way too busy working and way too uninterested in us.

        But he helped a lot of young men become better people and his example, if not his presence, taught me to put honesty and integrity above all else. He said he never cheated, even if he could get away with it, because he had to answer to the man in the mirror.

        I think it was that honesty that led him to say in his speech that he was really proud of how us kids had turned out and that his wife deserved all the credit, because he was never there.

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  4. Just had a long phone conversation with a friend of mine from college, who I would describe as a liberal-leaning moderate. I can’t be certain, but if I had to guess I would say she voted for Obama in ’08. While, she’s not completely convinced that she won’t vote for Obama, she is 100% against Mitt Romney. And when I thought about it, anyone who even slightly supported the Occupy movement would be. She said if she were even going to consider voting for a Republican, it would have to be Gingrich. So, this somewhat confirms for me, that Romney would not be the one to garner the independent vote. I’m convinced that Gingrich is the more electable of the two. Ann Coulter will just have to prove me wrong (and I wouldn’t put it past her whiny baby butt to do it!)

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    • I like Newt a lot more than Romney who is nobody more than Obama 2.0. I can reluctantly vote for Gingrich.

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      • If so many people feel that way about Mitt, why are the poll numbers suggesting he’s the best candidate to beat Obama? Do the Republican elite have their minions falsely rigging the polls by answering incorrectly? I have yet to meet a single person in real life who wants to vote for Mitt. I guess I’m just hanging out with the wrong crowd! Maybe I need to make some more money!!

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  5. newschaser

    Chrissy, you identified much of my own reasoning for coming to support Newt. I know he doesn’t have the perfect family history (many Americans and leaders do not). I commend Santorum for his family values. I recognize Romney is not really a conservative and that he might be a nice guy, and he has investor experience, it’s not being nice and having an investor’s eye that can address the herculean challenges ahead. Newt is the only one who has shown success in crafting constructive legislation to titanic hurdles with the capacity to work with Republicans, independents and Democrats. I remember the 1990s when naysayers said it was impossible to refore welfare–Newt did it. I remember the cynics who said you cannot balance the budget–Newt did it 4 times. I remember how know one could believe Republicans could take the House after 40 years of Democratic rule–but he did it. I am not saying he’s perfect or always right, but I am saying he has the determination, intelligence and savvy to navigate Congress in an age where the parties are more polarized than ever. Thank you for letting me share my observations.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I hope if Newt doesn’t win the nomination, that he is offered and accepts a vital role in the administration. We need him. I hear tell Reagan and Bush Sr had a nasty primary fight, then Reagan made Bush VP.

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