Presidential Wednesday For November 23rd

There’s a new frontrunner for the GOP Nomination for President and his name is Newt Gingrich. The Gingrich surge continues as one poll shows him with a double-digit lead in Iowa and another shows him gaining ground on Romney in New Hampshire. Imagine a world where everyone is named Newt.

Here’s the latest Real Clear Politics average for the GOP nomination:

Out in little viewed cable TV land Chris Matthews imagines Newt in a gaseous state.

C. Edmund Wright explains why he thinks Newt’s surge will last.

Newt Gingrich’s stumble out of the campaign gate — causing him to lose his top advisors to Rick Perry — might well be the best thing that has ever happened to his political career. That, along with his debate performances and a handful of other circumstances, explains why the former speaker of the House is now surging in the polls and why it is likely to continue.

And yes — those are the words of one who has written Newt off for good on more than one occasion. And for what surely seemed like good reasons.

Predictably, stories of Gingrich’s past are beginning to surface. Wisely, team Gingrich attempted to blunt the accusation of the “hospital divorce” back in May.

Jamie Dupree says Gingrich’s rise comes almost entirely at Herman Cain’s expense.

As for Cain, his longtime secretary at Godfather’s Pizza thinks the charges against him are based on misunderstandings:

“He had a very teasing attitude,” Vachal recalls. “He reminded me of my father and me. We’re both little rascals; we love to tease people.”

“Once in a while, he would tell me how attractive I looked in my pantsuit, or whatever, but I liked it,” she says. “I get it. I understand teasing. I don’t mind compliments.”

“People have become overly sensitive about things,” Vachal says, reflecting on the nature of the allegations. “Maybe people lack the confidence to say they’re uncomfortable, but I’ve always been able to say, ‘You’re standing too close.’ But with Herman, it was never like that.”

“I was a young girl in the Eighties,” she continues. “I was married and I had young children. He helped me to believe in myself even more.” His comments — to her and other young women, and employees of both genders — were meant to “boost people, period,” she says.

Remember Gary Johnson? The former Governor of New Mexico who’s been shut out of almost every debate? He was on Fox’s “Red Eye” (see here and here) and performed well. He’s filed a complaint with the FCC over his exclusion, pointing out that he’s rarely included in polls and thus he’s excluded from debates – except debates on Fox News. BTW, he was wrong about the calories in a Big Mac meal at McDonald’s.

Don’t forget that Senator Rick Santorum will speak in Duluth next Tuesday from Noon to 1 PM. A VIP Roundtable (details here) will be held from 11 – Noon.

Finally, Mitt Romney made a shocking admission to People magazine: “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once, as a wayward teenager, and never did it again.” Twitter was ablaze with stories of other alleged Romney misdeeds.

13 comments

    • Bridget says:

      PEOPLE: Have you ever had a beer?
      Romney: Never had drinks or tobacco. It’s a religious thing. I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once, as a wayward teenager, and never did it again.

      Ehh – I don’t trust people who don’t own up to some sort of vice. Where do the skeletons tightly locked away in the back of a closet usually come from? Dead bodies.

  1. Three Jack says:

    ok, waiting for all the mexican haters to start posting about how newt blew it last night with this statement — “I think you’ve got to deal with this as a comprehensive approach that starts with controlling the border … I believe ultimately, you have to find some system — once you’ve put every piece in place, which includes a guest-worker program, you need something like a World War Two selective service board that frankly reviews the people who are here. If you’ve come here recently, you have no ties to this country, you ought to go home, period. If you’ve been here 25 years and you have three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully, and kick you out. … You get to be legal, but you don’t get a path to citizenship.”

    bachman purposely (mis)interpreted newt’s answer to mean he would ‘give amnesty to 11m’ illegals. she even had a press release out before the end of the debate with this totally unfounded claim. more and more it seems she is working with mitt to cover his non-conservative flank against potential rivals in exchange for a likely position in his cabinet should he win. she went after perry when he climbed in the polls, same for cain, now newt. some might call her a political whore, but that would be insensitive.

      • Three Jack says:

        thanks buzz, glad to see newt’s team clarified the remarks for those who can’t grasp a little common sense.
        speaking of pandering to the fringe, here is an interview from 2007 with mitt saying, “the 12m here illegally should be able to signup for permanent residency or citizenship”…(about 2:39 into video) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6_ktWZZmSo

        last night, mitt seemed to be on the side of bachman in attacking newt for proposing something that would probably effect a few thousand illegals vs. the 12m he wants to put on a path to citizenship. the mittocrisy continues…..

  2. Ed says:

    Was Buddy Roemer allowed onstage but Johnson wasn’t?

    Also, the 2004 Democratic POTUS primary called, it is glad to lose its embarrassment of a race.

  3. ricstewart says:

    Bachmann’s post-debate press release was entitled “Newt Gingrich’s Open Door to Illegal Immigrant Amnesty”

    And I bet she complains about immigrants not learning English.

    Syntax fail.

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