Presidential Wednesday 12/07/11

Just when you thought you could tune into your favorite programming on Ion Television and escape the ubiquitous GOP Presidential debates, along comes Newsmax and Donald Trump to mess with your head. Yes, December 27th, the big haired one will moderate a debate of whomever chooses to accept the invitation. Don’t expect to see Ron Paul though. Paul was critical, saying a Trump moderated debate was “beneath the office of the presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.” Perhaps Paul is upset at not being asked to join the cast of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Hey, if you got passed over for Clay Aiken you’d be upset too.

Closer to home, someone forgot to tell Ginger White that Herman Cain dropped out. She’s still yapping, this time to the Daily Beast. Helping to force Cain out of the race has taken it’s toll though: “My coming out has caused me to have no more money from Herman Cain and no offers of help from anyone,” she said.” I guess she should have talked to Gloria Allred instead of Dale Russell.

Apparently Herman Cain forgot he dropped out too because he’s still making appearances.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is running an ad in Iowa titled “Rebuilding The America We Love” featuring the theme from the movie “Rudy.” Pretty good ad in my opinion. The soundtrack from “Rudy” was nominated for an Academy Award by the way.


In other Newt News, Nancy Pelosi claimed to have “dirt” on Newt from back in the day when she was on the House Ethics Committee which investigated Gingrich endlessly. Pelosi’s comments prompted this response from Gingrich and Pelosi began backing off.

Earlier in the week Gingrich predicted he’d be the GOP Nominee, which for some reason didn’t sit well with Mitt Romney. Jason Clayworth writes in the DesMoines Register “An ocean of fluidity floods the race for the GOP presidential nomination” noting that 70% of likely Iowa caucus goers are up for grabs, so perhaps Newt should temper his boasting.

For his part, Romney might be worried his efforts in 2012 might end up like 2008:

Four years ago this month, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged in the GOP polls, setting the stage for his January 2008 victory in Iowa. Romney had spent $10 million in the Hawkeye State, but his campaign never regained its equilibrium.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) defeated Romney in next-to-vote New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. That, for all intents and purposes, was that.

If Gingrich is this year’s Huckabee then who is this year’s McCain? Perry? He’s got plenty of money.

The obligatory “let’s take another look at Hunstsman” column. One look at his daughter’s latest video should cure people of the notion he deserves another look.

Here’s the latest RCP Average with a dash of Intrade percentages thrown in just for fun.

Finally, the Bad Lip Reading guys are back with a video of Ron Paul.

7 comments

  1. Dave Bearse says:

    Ron Paul is quirky, but unlike most of the GOP field, not dumb. There’s no general GOP upside, and perhaps none for serious candidats, in a debate hosted by a reality TV star that sought to initiate in 2011 a campaign for President on birther concerns.

  2. Engineer says:

    In Iowa this week’s polling numbers show Gingrich, Paul, and Romney in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. Essentially, the top three are a choice between a Washington insider, a guy who wants to swing an axe at everything (budget, various departments, overseas bases), and a flip-flopping New England “Republican” that set the foundation for Obamacare. Definitely an interesting choice.

    Polling data at the following link:
    http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/04/more-results-numbers-from-the-iowa-poll/

    Meanwhile you have Rick Perry out with a new campaign ad speaking out on religion and gays in the military. This might rally social conservatives, but I can’t see it helping him with less religious crowd.
    http://youtu.be/0PAJNntoRgA

    I don’t know, I don’t think I could hold that video against Huntsman. While neither a good song or video, his daughter is welcome to voice her opinion however she wants.

    I got a good laugh at the bad lip reading thing. 🙂

  3. GaConservative23 says:

    Donald Trump is a sideshow clown and has no business moderating a Presidential debate. I’m embarrassed for the ACU and Newsmax’s involvement in this thing.

    Good for Romney, Huntsman, and Paul for skipping it.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Well to win backers for an expensive campaign ya gotta take almost any stage that has a lot of exposure. Don’t know about on Letterman, a professional clown.

    Rick Perry is going off on the anti-gay Christian platform and America is looking for a decisive, clear, leader that can lead the economy over some hot coals. Perry’s interviews today on Wolf Blitzer were not persuasive but Newt’s were.

    Newt, who many, including myself, thought his time had come and gone. Then the Republican field never really got anyone out with visceral support of a well expressed direction. And without that head nodding agreement or with vague explanations & indirect responses to try & appeal to all, any stumble and they were demoted in the polls.

    New Newt is showing himself as a firewalker, resilient as Clinton sez, and positions like the recent one on illegals are well accepted by mainstream America over the whines of left & right ideologists.

    It’s the economy……..

  5. seekingtounderstand says:

    Newt’s policy ideas shows that he is a bigger government is better. He earned points for stating that the uncontrolled illegal workers problem was caused by our government.
    He is clearly out of touch with how much those millions of illegal workers have lowered wages and taken jobs in many fields which has lead to great suffering for many Americans. The policy of giving them welfare to support the lowering of wages really has destroyed many Americans families. Newt doesn’t have a clue and is just like OBAMA, academic elite who enjoys telling us to do what we say not what we do which people say is why they don’t like Obama.
    Voter Apathy will give Obama another four years.

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