"Gingrich didn't have a game-changing moment in Wednesday night's Arizona debate, BUT the former House speaker's newest approach to the Republican presidential race - staying above the fray, avoiding attacks and focusing on the issues - proved to be a winner for him anyway." – POLITICO’s Ginger Gibson
“Newt's message on energy development was spot-on. Drill now and stop bowing to foreign regimes begging them to do it for us." - Sarah Palin
“We have arrived back at where we began – Newt Gingrich as the adult in the room.” – Erick Erickson
“Newt Gingrich is the statesman of the party (and ) I wouldn’t be surprised if Newt found his way back to be the frontrunner.” - Donna Brazil
“Do not underestimate the very real possibility of Newt coming back from the dead one more time.” - Joe Trippi
“Sure like Newt’s ideas!” – Neal Boortz
“Newt came out and was affable, thoughtful, and deep.” - Ari Fleischer
“Fantastic answer from Gingrich on UAW and bankruptcy.” - Dana Loesch
“Newt hit it out of park on infanticide & Barack Obama.” - Laura Ingraham
“Newt is brilliant in his education school critique with self esteem.” - Dick Morris
“Rock on new Gingrich!” - Kathryn Lopez
GINGRICH vs. OBAMA
In response the a question at Wednesday night’s debate over the GOP candidates’ positions on government regulation of contraception, Newt Gingrich turned the tables and made the issue about President Obama:
"There is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes.That's legitimate.But I just want to point out: You did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. Let's be clear here: If we're going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues it is President Obama who as a state senator voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion."
Clearly, Newt Gingrich is THE Republican who can “bring it” to Barack Obama in November!
In Wednesday night’s debate, Rick Santorum maintained that Mitt Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts was the model for ObamaCare.Romney responded that Santorum was indirectly responsible for the passage of ObamaCare thanks to Santorum’s backing of former liberal Republican Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004 over conservative primary challenger Pat Toomey.
“If you had not supported him,” Romney said to Santorum, “if we had said no to Arlen Specter, we would not have ‘Obamacare.’ So don’t look at me, take a look in the mirror.”
Indeed, the conservative Club for Growth seconded that emotion after the debate:
“Governor Romney is right: Arlen Specter was the 60th vote for ObamaCare and Rick Santorum helped put him there,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola.“Rick Santorum jettisoned conservative principles to support Arlen Specter when the Club for Growth PAC and much of the conservative movement was supporting Pat Toomey.Now, he is pretending that his politically expedient support for Specter was based on principle when everyone in the Senate knew that Arlen Specter was a liberal, big-government Republican.”
Aaron Blake of The Fix wrote today that he is surprised at “how much vitriol there is for Santorum’s eight-year-old endorsement of Specter in the 2004 Senate race. But it’s a real thing in conservative circles…”
Yes, it is.Elephants have long memories…and there’s a reason the elephant is the GOP mascot.
RICK SANTORUM’S “AL GORE” MOMENTS
Rick Santorum has been promoting himself as the consistent conservative in the GOP presidential nomination race.But last night’s debate exposed his claims as “severely” false.
As Ron Paul said in the debate, “I find it really fascinating that when people are running for office they're really conservative.When they're in office they do something different.”
Indeed, in addition to already being on record as opposing right-to-work before being for it, last night we learned that then-Sen. Rick Santorum was for earmarks before he was against them, was for No Child Left Behind before he was against it, and against Title X family planning funding before voting for it…you know, to be a good “team player.”
Team player, maybe.Consistent, hardly.
From Bloomberg's Jesse Drucker today:
"During (Mitt) Romney's tenure as a Marriott director, the company repeatedly utilized complex tax-avoidance maneuvers, prompting at least two tangles with the Internal Revenue Service, records show.In 1994, while he headed the audit committee, Marriott used a tax shelter known to attorneys by its nickname: 'Son of BOSS.'
“A federal appeals court invalidated the maneuver in a 2009 ruling, siding with the U.S. Department of Justice, which called Marriott's transaction and attempted tax benefits 'fictitious,' 'artificial,' 'spectral,' an 'illusion' and a 'scheme.' Marriott had argued the plan predated government efforts to close such shelters.
“Employing another strategy, Marriott legally avoided hundreds of millions of dollars in income taxes thanks to a federal tax-credit program criticized and allowed to expire by Congress. Marriott has also shifted profits to a Luxembourg shell company. During Romney's years on the board, Marriott's effective tax rate dipped as low as 6.8 percent, compared with the federal corporate statutory rate of 35 percent."
IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
“CNN reports that the Texas governor (Rick Perry) said he does not see a problem with a contested convention and that none of the remaining Republican candidates may get enough votes to win the party's nomination outright.” – Morning Score, 2/23/12
“It is not accurate to say that a hotly contested convention is necessarily bad.I am not saying it is necessarily good, but I don’t think it is accurate to say it is necessarily bad. Let’s just see.” – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
QUOTES TO NOTE
“Because he’s a fake.” – Ron Paul responding to a debate question asking why a commercial he’s running calls Rick Santorum a fake conservative
“While I was fighting to save the Olympics, you were fighting to save the ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’” – Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum in Wednesday night’s debate
“You don’t know what you’re talking about.” – Rick Santorum to Mitt Romney in Wednesday night’s debate
“Neither Romney nor Santorum looks like a formidable candidate for November." – Washington Post columnist George Will
“There's consensus across the mainstream and conservative media that Santorum performed poorly in last night's debate. The question is how much he damaged himself going into next Tuesday's contests in Arizona and Michigan.” – Morning Score, 2/23/12
“Paul, Gingrich and Santorum all have raised more than half of their money from small donors. Romney's campaign, by contrast, has brought in just 12 percent of its total from contributors giving less than $200 at a time." - T.W. Farnam, Washington Post, 2/23/12
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