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Hillary Never Said ‘All the Way to the Convention!’

Gingrich is making the case that Romney can’t get a majority at the convention, his small circle of advisers are already eyeing favorable states in March and April, and those close to the former back-bench bomb thrower are testifying to his legendary perseverance. – Newt Gingrich’s long march, by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman

Newt’s clinging to NewsMax. Their “Insider Advantage Poll” is propping him up the day before Florida in hopes that the bottom doesn’t drop out before voting tomorrow. If people start believing Romney is about to walk away with the state, leaners will bolt for Mitt, because no one likes to back a sure loser.

From Quinnipiac:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a 43 – 29 percent lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among Republican likely voters in Florida, the nation’s first big-state presidential primary, according to Quinnipiac University poll released today. Only 7 percent are undecided, but 24 percent say they might change their mind by tomorrow’s election

However, if you’re listening to people on Newt world, none of this will matter. The cry today is all the way to the convention!

There’s no evidence yet that Newt Gingrich can amass 18 million votes, as Hillary did back in 2008. He’s a completely different type of candidate than Clinton, with only one casino banker, while Hillary had legions of fans and supporters. But on he trudges, with the help of Kelly Ann Conway, touting the south as his promised land. The biggest difference between Newt and Hillary is that never once was there any indication whatsoever that she would have taken her fight to the convention floor. It was never going to happen, as I wrote repeatedly at the time, getting vilified by Hillary fans for giving sound analysis that turned out to be true.

Of course, the cable yakkers tried hard to whip up a frenzy saying otherwise, as I recount in my book The Hillary Effect, with even the esteemed Rachel Maddow falling for this line, though she was hardly alone.

Newt Gingrich’s primary cry the day before Florida, however, is exactly that, threatening to start a war inside the Republican Party on the floor in Tampa.

“We have no evidence yet that Romney anywhere is coming close to getting the majority and I think when you take all of the non-Romney votes, it’s very likely that the convention will be a non-Romney majority and maybe a very substantial one. My job is to convert that into a pro-Gingrich majority.” – Newt Gingrich, via the Wall Street Journal

Make my year.

In the interim, Gingrich is spewing Adelson talking points to Jewish Floridians: “[Mitt Romney] eliminated serving kosher food for elderly Jewish residents under Medicare.”

Wrenching voters out of their comfort zone one inflammatory statement at a time.

If the projected polling today is correct and Romney wins big in Florida, Newt’s viability will rest in Sheldon Adelson’s hands, because it’s clear the Republican establishment isn’t going to help and neither are their bankers.

What if Adelson folds? Newt’s never run a grass roots campaign in his life. He’s learning this anti-establishment schtick as he goes along. It’s just not clear whether his ego can survive being second to Santorum and Ron Paul.

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12 Responses to Hillary Never Said ‘All the Way to the Convention!’

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter January 30, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    “Wrenching voters out of their comfort zone one inflammatory statement at a time.”

    Probably would have been more accurate to say one inflammatory LIE at a time.

  2. Taylor Marsh January 30, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    The “blood money” video is a piece of swift-boating work.

    • Uh-oh January 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      Interesting that the “fraudulent and unnecessary” medical tests shown seem to be cholesterol tests–something MY doctor wants me to have every year and something that Medicare covers.

      On the other hand, Newt is doing his best to make sure that the Republicans lose and Obama gets a second term. If we had a real fourth estate, they would follow the money and work this one out. Everyone (even Newt) HAS to know that there is no chance that he could be the nominee and less chance that he could win a damn thing!

      • Ga6thDem January 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

        You don’t know Newt very well do you? Newt was my rep and he is just stupid enough to believe that he can win in November against Obama.

  3. Ga6thDem January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Well, I actually agree that the south is the promised land for Newt but the south is only about 1/4 of the country. Is Newt crazy enough to think that winning in the south is going to be enough? And I can very well imagine Newt coming behind Ron Paul in a lot of the western states where Paul’s libertarianism is going to have a bigger appeal to the voters than Newt’s southern fried fundamentalism.

  4. c chicago January 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Well let’s at least give republicans credit for counting the votes that will be cast in Florida.


    • Taylor Marsh January 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm #


      It’s 2012.

      Join reality.


  5. RAJensen January 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    The bloodbath between Gingich and Romney is having its desired effect. Today’s Fox News house pollster Ramussen poll has Obamas’a favorable/unfavorable  at 51/47. Only two days since the spring of 2009 has Obama favorables exceeded his unfavorables by Rasmussen, That was for two days after Bin Laden was killed and never reached the +4 favorable ratings.

    • jjamele January 31, 2012 at 3:55 am #

      And who “desired” that effect?

      I for one don’t want the President re-elected because he’s the lesser of two evils.  I want him re-elected because he earned re-election, a scenario which seems less and less likely as the weeks pass.

      I will never understand people who look at this man’s stunningly mediocre, conservative record and then chuckle endlessly at the prospect of an easy win in November for him.  What lesson do you think Obama would take from a landslide victory?  Think he ignores his progressive base now- just wait till he’s been validated with 400 electoral votes.

      God help us all.



  6. TPAZ January 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Just as the GOP establishment will hold their noses and vote for Mitt, so will the Tea Party for Newt. The Tea Party has no choice; if they back down to the wrath of the establishment in Florida and allow a blowout, their influence in Tampa, this August, will be zilch. The winner in Florida will probably do so with less than a seven point spread.

    P.S. Had President Obama won the New Hampshire primary in 2008, and HRC left the race early, everybody agrees Obama would have been a much weaker candidate in the general election. If this primary goes all the way, Mitt will become stronger; how much stronger – who knows?

  7. c chicago January 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I’m fully aware its 2012.

    And I will do all I can to make sure that Barack Obama is re-elected for the sake of the supreme court, civil rights, women’s rights, the environment, etc.  No matter what you think of the President’s performance, he would be decidedly better than any republican on these issues.

    In the unlikely event that Newt Gingrich is the GOP nominee, I will triple my efforts to re-elect the President as Newt Gingrich is every progressive’s nightmare and proved during his reign as Speaker to be one of the despicable people in history to ever serve as Speaker of the House.

    That said, I won’t apologize for remaining upset that the DNC botched Florida and Michigan in 2008. Every single vote should have counted in a race that was thisclose and Hillary’s victory in Florida could have / should have generated positive momentum heading into the many primaries that were held on February 5th.  Instead, the press felt they could ignore this victory and continue their “Obama is On a Roll and Unstoppable” narrative. How do you have a primary where voters in 2 of the 10 largest sates are disenfranchised?

    2008 was one of the closest presidential primaries in history and featured two political superstars — people will be discussing it for years to come. I assume that ‘s why you wrote your book, which I hope to read very soon!

    • Taylor Marsh January 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      The press was guilty of many things as I write about in the book, but the reason Clinton lost wasn’t Florida & Michigan, which doesn’t garner one paragraph in my book for good reasons.

      Actually, I wrote my book to recount almost 20 years of history & Hillary’s rise, as well as the media atmosphere she did it in.

      I appreciate immensely you’re going to read my book, but if you think it’s a 2008 rehash you’re going to be very, very disappointed.

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