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  1. Profile photo of Gazaker Inactive

    This is Newt at his best. David Gregory has no answer other than the DNC talking points.

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    • March 4, 2012 at 11:44 am
  2. Profile photo of Mel Foil Inactive

    To paraphrase an old stoner staying, I guess Sandra Fluke would say, “birth control will get you through times of no cash better than cash will get you through times of no birth control.” And THIS is what David Gregory thinks is a crucial issue for potential presidents to discuss.

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    • March 4, 2012 at 11:46 am
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    I am pro-choice. But it is sickening to me that this silly so-called journalist would ask such a patently absurd question as “can you not see how this would be viewed as an attempt to take away women’s rights?” No, Mr. Idiot, I cannot see how this could be so framed except as a false issue that in itself belies the dependency mentality of the American left, especially by those who call themselves feminists. I would like to say to him, “Mr. Gregory, do you not see how you’re participating in the culture wars?

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    • March 4, 2012 at 11:48 am
  4. Profile photo of Garrett Petersen Inactive

    I tried to explain this issue to the liberals on my facebook feed and they simply didn’t understand. They actually believe that Rush, and all conservatives, are arguing that anybody who uses contraception is a prostitute! I’ve never encountered such a blatant straw man.

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    • March 4, 2012 at 11:59 am
  5. Profile photo of Albert Arthur Coolidge
    Gus Marvinson: Mitt could not have done what Newt did in that clip. He is incapable of it. Rick may have pulled it off, but not as succinctly. · 60 minutes ago

    Except that Mitt has, several times. In the New Hampshire debate against George Stephanopolous and also in the Mesa, Arizona debate, I believe.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:09 am
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    Songwriter
    iWc: Newt is so very good at this. He’d make a fun White House Spokesman, dontcha’ think? · 1 minute ago

    If Newt were WH Press Secretary, they could make Press Conferences pay-per-view cable events.

    I’d buy a season pass. · 39 minutes ago

    My thought too, except Newt would never stoop to White House Press Secretary. You’d have to call it something like Grand Czar of Communications.

    He is very good at not letting the press deflect him from the crux of the matter. When Bachmann tried the same thing, she sounded stilted and robotic, but Newt is nimble. Could we infuse Mitt with an essence of Newt without being accused of witchcraft?

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:22 am
  7. Profile photo of Commodore BTC Member

    Breitbart and Newt were/are the only ones that refuse to accept the media narrative.

    If only Romney could do this.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:22 am
  8. Profile photo of Albert Arthur Coolidge

    Breitbart would have been an awesome Press Secretary.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:27 am
  9. Profile photo of Tom Lindholtz Inactive

    This makes me long for a Gingrich Presidential News Conference. After a couple news conferences like this I can imagine the MSM drawing straws over who HAS to cover the conference, knowing that they’ll get schooled in front of the nation.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:31 am
  10. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    No, Romney, is not a Newt-level debater, but he is pretty good when pressed. And he will be pressed. And he will respond. 

    Semi-related, I heard (and cheered) when I heard Romney referring to a “15% unemployment rate.” That suggests Romney will not accept the DEMSM narrative.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:32 am
  11. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    Pat Buchanan was the first White House Communications Director to become a presidential candidate. Newt could be the first to go the other direction.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:45 am
  12. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor
    Albert Arthur
    Gus Marvinson: Mitt could not have done what Newt did in that clip. He is incapable of it. Rick may have pulled it off, but not as succinctly. · 60 minutes ago

    Except that Mitt has, several times. In the New Hampshire debate against George Stephanopolous and also in the Mesa, Arizona debate, I believe. · 44 minutes ago

    You’re right. Romney did. And I’m thankful for it. But it’s just nowhere near the same thing as what you see Newt accomplish above. The important thing, though, is that Romney’s on the right side of the issue.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:55 am
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    Ningrim: Breitbart and Newt were/are the only ones that refuse to accept the media narrative.

    Yep. Earlier this week we were lamenting and wondering where our next Andrew Breitbart would come from. Folks? His name is Newt Gingrich and he’s already here. Vote for him.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 1:57 am
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    George Savage Post author

    Newt makes the essential point: President Obama is the aggressor here. The status quo–right now, today–has contraceptives available to all practically everywhere and at dirt cheap prices. Conservatives are not suggesting a change to current policy. The Catholic Church is not trying to outlaw contraception.

    The Left and allies in the MSM are eliding from the original aggression into the response, then implying that the response itself is aggression. And now they have personalized the matter by targeting Rush Limbaugh, once again, as the face of “intolerance.”

    Say what you will about Saul Alinsky, his ideas have legs.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 2:04 am
  15. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    On the other hand, over on ABC, the Sunday show did exactly what they were told. George Stephanopoulos again raised the “contraception issue” as if the Republicans were waging culture war … and yet Stephanopoulos was the one who originally brought it up, and Obama was the one who ignited the issue with the HHS mandate. 

    The Republicans have to learn how to challenge the question. Newt knows that the premise behind every question is always a liberal premise. Newt’s method is to attacks it. Santorum whines about it. I’m not sure that Romney grasps it in the first place.

    Reagan knew how to answer without accepting the premise, but he never showed that he took it personally. He’d just switch to a story or an anecdote that deflected it. Frequently his opponents, who were too locked into the same premises, thought Reagan was a dope because Reagan wasn’t answering the question … as asked. They couldn’t see the difference. 

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    • March 5, 2012 at 2:26 am
  16. Profile photo of The New Clear Option Inactive
    George Savage: 

    The Left and allies in the MSM are eliding from the original aggression into the response, then implying that the response itself is aggression. And now they have personalized the matter by targeting Rush Limbaugh, once again, as the face of “intolerance.”

    Say what you will about Saul Alinsky, his ideas have legs. · 39 minutes ago

    This is why I find it so maddening that Rush didn’t just stand his ground and make this same case. Perhaps if he’d made this the vanguard of his defense in refusing to apologize, he’d have kept the lemming horde that his advertising partners showed themselves to be from jumping ship.

    The fact that he apologized at all is surely a big defeat for the standard-bearer of the modern Conservative movment in the U.S. This past week has been bloody for conservatives. Breitbart, Wilson, Rush…

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    • March 5, 2012 at 2:50 am
  17. Profile photo of John Marzan Inactive

    Since the dems and MSM will try to turn the election into Class Warfare, Occupy, 1% vs 99% if Mitt wins the nomination, Romney will have to select somebody for VP who is a fighter (preferably with working class background) who is not afraid to take on the Class Warfare rhetoric of this administration. That means guys like Jeb Bush, Rubio, Haley and Susana Martinez are out, and Christie, Giuliani and even Gingrich should be given major considerations.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 3:00 am
  18. Profile photo of John Marzan Inactive

    After watching the video, I wouldn’t mind if Gingrich becomes the VP for romney. Mittster needs a bodyguard from the Occupy Freaks.

    Newt Gingrich is the Andrew Breitbart of Establishment Repubs. He’s got lots of ideas and is not afraid to battle with liberals on their own turf. Unlike Santorum, he knows how to get his point across without offending women or sounding like a scold.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 3:04 am
  19. Profile photo of John Marzan Inactive

    Gingrich for VP. He needs a national platform for his anti-OWS, anti-class warfare message.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 3:17 am
  20. Profile photo of Give Me Liberty Inactive

    It’s funny how Gregory tries to spin it that Newt somehow agrees with him in the end when Gregory knows he just PWNED by Gingrich, HAH!

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    • March 5, 2012 at 3:27 am
  21. Profile photo of HVTs Member
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    The important thing, though, is that Romney’s on the right side of the issue.

    Today. During the primaries. When he’s hungry for votes from conservatives. But if he’s nominated? If he’s President? He’ll govern like the “Massachusetts moderate” that he is.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 3:46 am
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    The New Clear Option

    The fact that he apologized at all is surely a big defeat for the standard-bearer of the modern Conservative movement in the U.S.

    No it’s not. Rush did exactly the right thing. And he explained it well. He was trying to draw attention to the absurdity of arguing that others should buy this law student’s contraception, but his word choice was horrendous (making it ad hominem), the joke fell flat and now he’s corrected the mistake. He owed Ms. Fluke an apology and now he has given it. And we can get back to discussing the President’s radical secularism and unprecedented attack on the “free exercise” of religion.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 4:00 am
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    HVTs
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    The important thing, though, is that Romney’s on the right side of the issue.

    Today. During the primaries. When he’s hungry for votes from conservatives. But if he’s nominated? If he’s President? He’ll govern like the “Massachusetts moderate” that he is. · 24 minutes ago

    His actual record in Massachusetts is more conservative than you’re giving him credit for. He reduced spending, he was anti-illegal immigration, he was pro-life, and he made Romneycare as conservative as possible given that the legislature was 85% Democrats (Heritage or AEI, I forget which, advised him on the bill).

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    • March 5, 2012 at 4:22 am
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    George Savage Post author
    The New Clear Option The fact that he apologized at all is surely a big defeat for the standard-bearer of the modern Conservative movment in the U.S. This past week has been bloody for conservatives. Breitbart, Wilson, Rush… · 2 hours agoThis is why I find it so maddening that Rush didn’t just stand his ground and make this same case. Perhaps if he’d made this the vanguard of his defense in refusing to apologize, he’d have kept the lemming horde that his advertising partners showed themselves to be from jumping ship.

    TNCO, I have to disagree here. I thought Rush’s apology was completely appropriate. His attempt at humor wound up sounding like a vulgar personal attack on the “war on women” activist Sandra Fluke.

    This should be the end of the matter but won’t be because the liberals are just cranking up Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals #12.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 5:15 am
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    I really think Newt can change hearts and minds about the true nature of conservatism. At the very least he can frame , or unframe, debates so that the media is forced to discuss the real issues, and most Americans will then agree with the conservative side.

    Most of the complaints about him are either old news, which the media really can’t re-hash too much, or pathetic – like he’s on his third wife, which I find risable in this day and age. If it had been this thrid civil-union with his pool-boy, the left would be defending him. And social conservatives don’t help their cause with me by attacking him on these grounds. He’s made mistakes, he’s admitted to making those mistakes. I know I’ve seen my share of bad marriages up close, and blaming one person (usually the man) and acting as though it is some grave failing and character flaw is moral over-kill.

    As I have said, he’s been pre-villified – now that we know who all hates him and why, we can discuss the issues. Newt is near perfect for this election cycle.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 5:28 am
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    It makes me very sad that Newt can’t stay on the reservation (in many aspects of his life), because he has so many talents that would be valuable in a POTUS. I still could vote for him, but I’m one of the many who think, given the choices, Romney is the one who can clinch this deal. I agree with those who’ve said they’d pay-per-view to see Newt as press secretary! Would he stoop to any role in a Romney administration?

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    • March 5, 2012 at 6:28 am
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    Gregory never seems to realize he’s been abused. He is perfectly content to keep digging his own grave. Newt says this is a non issue. then explains why, then defines the real issue. All Gregory wants is a sound bite of a Republican condemning a conservative.

    In Gregory’s world, that is more important than deficits, nuclear Iran, unemployment, gas prices, everything. He deserves to be confronted every time he gets on the Obama campaign bus.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 7:05 am
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    DrewInWisconsin
    iWc: Newt is so very good at this. He’d make a fun White House Spokesman, dontcha’ think? · 7 minutes ago

    I think he’d make a fantastic president. · 7 hours ago

    Drew– I keep coming back to that exact same thought, and constantly re-arriving at that spot is exasperating because it seems so futile. It’s almost as if you want him to say, “Look, everyone says I’ve got all this ‘baggage’, and, you know what? — it’s true. I do. So here’s what I want to ask you to do: Assume it’s all true, all the baggage that’s attributed to me. It’s not, but go ahead and assume every bit of it. Then ask yourself if, despite that, even still, and maybe even because of some of it– I am, on balance, and given everything– still the best option to successfully battle Obama and then, more importantly, lead this country to a better place, a much better place, a place where we all know, in our hearts, we should be. If you can get to that place, then vote for me, and let’s get this show on the road…”

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    • March 5, 2012 at 7:29 am
  29. Profile photo of CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member

    I love Newt. He can go on about the moon base, or Sigma Six, or whatever, as long as I can keep on hearing him say things like this.

    Some shameless self-promotion: check out my newspaper essay at the member feed on the constitutional issue as well?

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    • March 5, 2012 at 7:52 am
  30. Profile photo of Ronaldus Maximus Inactive

    It’s fascinating, and frightening, that Gregory would equate religious freedom and reproductive/women’s rights; therefore suggesting that either the former is not in the Constitution, when it explicitly is in the 1st Amendmend, or that the latter are in the Constitution when they are neither implicitly or explicitly in the Consitution. To me that was the key moment in the exchange. And while Newt was pretty darn good at rebutting Gregory, he would have been even better if he pointed out the abusrdity. The two are not equal and competing rights. Religious freedom trumps “reproductive” or “women’s” rights.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 10:33 am
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