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Panic at the disco

Panic at the disco

S.E. Cupp, who previously called Newt a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is on the verge of a breakdown, Newt’s Doomed Crusade:

At the risk of sounding maudlin or apocalyptic, the conservative movement is  poised to become irrelevant or simply extinct….

[C]onservatives are in dire need of a come-to-Jesus-moment, the  likes of which even Tim  Tebow cannot inspire….

In other news:

Not all hope is lost, h/t commenter Logos, Drudge has updated around 3:30 p.m. Eastern to reveal that Nancy has backtracked — see if you can find it.  Drudge has an absolute right to do what he wants, and we have an absolute right to point out that he has been promoting Romney and targeting Newt:

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Instead of portraying each other as Satan incarnate, how about starting out by pointing out the failure of The One’s administration, then stating your opponents’ positions in polite terms, and finally pointing out the superiority of your own positions?

    redsweater in reply to windbag. | January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Agreed. It’s sad to see the candidates at each other’s throats, using attacks out of the DNC playbook. It’s also quite sad to see this blog resigned to all-Gingrich, all-the-time.

    That is soooo 1980…

      gs in reply to gs. | January 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Come to think of it, in 1980 Bush trotted out ‘voodoo economics’ against Reagan.

      History may conclude that Reagan’s worst decision was to give the Bush family a boost to national power.

        McCoy2k in reply to gs. | January 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        What of the what-if’s of history… how different would the 80s have been if John Connally been Reagan’s Vice President. Didn’t the choice come down to him and Bush?

    Darkstar58 in reply to windbag. | January 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The issue here is that Romney would have to come up with superior positions – something he is incapable of doing…

    What’s he going to run on, a superior Governors record, that makes Obama look like Reagan? Or is he going to run against everything he accomplished, to somehow push this “true conservative” narrative he alludes too, but has no actions to back up

    All he has is a love for the Country, an “inevitable” tag the Establishment of both sides & Media have given him and ability & desire to underhandedly slander his competitors with no regard; so of course that’s all he will give us on the campaign…

    Because it’s a party primary and not a national race. And because Romney started it.

    janitor in reply to windbag. | January 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Instead of portraying each other as Satan incarnate, how about starting out by pointing out the failure of The One’s administration, then stating your opponents’ positions in polite terms, and finally pointing out the superiority of your own

    Gingrich tried that. Then he lost in Iowa. (He used a similar approach as Speaker; fifteen years later, the lies are still floating around.)

    Juba Doobai! in reply to windbag. | January 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    But that’s not what Romney bought C-cup and A-cup Coulter for, now is it? He boughts him some dogs and he want him some dogs.

Under the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, the President is to submit his budget request on the first Monday in February – a deadline Presidents have consistently met – except this year. This week the White House said it will be a week late.

One has to wonder need responsibility will become a virtue at the White House.

What about as a better source of news? Right now their headline is this:

Gingrich Never Fined on Ethics Matter, Records Show

Associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are stepping forward to rebut accusations by Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney that he resigned in “disgrace” and paid an ethics “fine.” A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a reimbursement related to legal fees, but not a fine for wrongdoing.

Anyone here know more about how stacks up as a conservative news site?

Gosh! From reading Ms. Cupp’s essays, it almost sounds as if she could be the ghost writer for that Jennifer Rubin person who continually throws dirt on Mr. Gingrich from her lofty perch as the house “conservative commentator” at the WaPo.

It’s 2:30 pm Central Time and Drudge now has a link in red entitled Pelosi backtracks…Taking you to

    William A. Jacobson in reply to logos. | January 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    A link in red just added, pretty far down compared to the large banner, I’ll update image and people can see if they can find it.

“I don’t want a nice man,” said Kenny The Nail Guy, “I want someone to beat Obama. I choose Newt.”

How can I argue with Kenny The Nail Guy ?

I’m not convinced Melissa gets it – entirely.

Romney, like McCain in ’08, wants to be buddies with the press…Newt, in contrast, knows who he’s running against and right now, it ain’t Romney and in the general, it won’t be primarily Obama. It’s the press.

On the other hand…

Newt Gingrich’s big, slobbering mutual love affair with the elite media

Read more:

    Darkstar58 in reply to MerryCarol. | January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Newt Gingrich’s big, slobbering mutual love affair with the elite media

    Its the same love affair that Sarah has with them – love how they play right into your hands to best take advantage of the situation.

Henry Hawkins | January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The difference is that Mitt caters to the media, apparently believing, as did McCain, fatally, that the Golden Rule guides them: be nice to them, and they’ll be nice to you. Good luck with that plan, Governor.

Gingrich plays the media, often as skillfully as Charlie Daniels plays the fiddle.

Romney wants to run against Obama, not the media.

Gingrich understands that 90% of the media IS Obama, that is to say, so in the tank for Obama they act as Obama’s de facto communications team.

Professor, we get it….you don’t like ms. Cupp. You are becoming a scold about her….all the Newt columns are becoming tiresome. Would you please just change the subject for one day?

    Darkstar58 in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Yes prof, please change the news for a day and give people a break from coming here and having to read about the frantic anti-Newt swarming going on around us, reality…

    StrangernFiction in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Keep up the good work Professor, you are doing a great job.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    The Professor can post about Gingrich as many times as he wants, for as long as he wants. It’s his blog! The same would apply were he posted about Ron Paul at the same amount or intensity.

    It’s. His. Blog.


    Hope Change in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm


    are you insane?

      herm2416 in reply to Hope Change. | January 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Not at all. But when one moans and groans about Drudge/Romney, it is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black. I am a supporter of Newt, it’s just that I am used to VARIETY, and a lot of it, from the good professor. make no mistake, I do not like Romney! My eyes/brain are just weary of all Newt/all the time.

    janitor in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    …all the Newt columns are becoming tiresome. Would you please just change the subject for one day?

    The Florida primary is days away. The nomination and the next president of the U.S. — and after that, a whole lot more — could be riding on it. I can’t think of anything more important right now to keep on top of Google.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Herm ate dinner at my house one night. He complained to my wife about the curtains.

      herm2416 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Actually, Henry, I’m not a he. I’m a she. Those are my initials. To the poster above Henry, yes, I am aware of the date of the Florida primary, but we don’t live in a bubble–and I AWAYS enjoy the professor’s insights on a variety of subjects! I miss reading those insights because of the focus on Newt.

1. And heeeerrre’s Jenny!

2. Romney has retaken the lead at Intrade.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to gs. | January 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Intrade, like polls, is reflective, not predictive.

      herm2416 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Funny you should say that, I thought the same thing last week, and stopped watching Intrade. I used to watch it all the time, done with that!

        Henry Hawkins in reply to herm2416. | January 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Yeah. I was duking it with a concern troll at another site who felt Newt supporters were idiots because InTrade had Romney at 76% likelihood of winning SC. I told him to check it again on the night before, because that’s the only time it matters. This was met with derision. The night before SC, InTrade had Newt at something like 80-90% likelihood of winning.

      The price of a security embodies the trader’s opinion of risk-adjusted future returns.

I don’t know… my own impression as a Republican who would vote for Gingrich or Romney (or Santorum for that matter) is that Newt does quite often seem on the edge of a breakdown or a raging outburst. I’m worried about what might show up in medical records down the road. There are som e pretty strong clues in the Esquire piece. No matter what you think of Marianne Gingrich, she indicates a number of people in Newt’s inner circle witnessed an extended and rather grotesque period of very neurotic behavior and mania, and they staged at least one intervention.

I don’t think people who are raising questions about Newt’s fitness and his ability to go the distance are out of line or off base. I have great respect and grave doubts simultaneously about Newt Gingrich.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Republigal. | January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Consider the possibility that you’ve become accustomed to such a long string of milquetoast, self-neutered, banal, pale, and wan Republicans that a candidate with a bit of fight in him, a bit of passion, seems borderline insane in comparison.

    MerryCarol in reply to Republigal. | January 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It’s also quite possible that Republigal is just trying to judge the candidates objectively.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to MerryCarol. | January 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I yield to the objective testimony of an ex-wife of decades who keeps her hated former husband’s name and continues to fan the flames of her own resentments.

    janitor in reply to Republigal. | January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    …on the edge of a breakdown or a raging outburst.

    Yes. Raging. Delusional. And lying too. “Uh, huh, huh uh well corporations are people too… Well, uh, as you know I spent my life in the private sector… My Dad marched with Martin Luther King.”

    ClinkinKy in reply to Republigal. | January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    But, does he have the cranial scars a certain pres–ent has?

Drudge had been my home page since he broke Lewinsky. I checked the site a zillion times a day. Last week I changed to Hot Air and I’m not going back. Also like DailyCaller. I wonder how much Romney’s PAC is paying Drudge and if he misses the Not-Romney traffic?

I mentioned NewsMax yesterday as an outlet that is not hateful and is somewhat favorable to Newt. I am glad to see that others have taken my advice gone there rather than to Ann Coulter’s favorite, The Drudge Report. Keep up the good work professor… that is all.

Professor: I want to share one thing about Matt Drudge, which I think might be worthwhile to consider in circumspection. When Drudge had his radioshow, he constantly harped on how flawed Arnold Schwarzenegger was during the CA Governor recall race. Among other things, he basically indicated that Arnold was still womanizing. Turns out we should have heeded his warnings.

Anyway, I like to get my news from all sorts of different sites. In fact, I usually check you more frequently as Drudge — and I use to be a big Drudge junkie. Variety and diversity is the key to getting all the information we need.

[…] has the GOP establishment in full panic mode. From C.E. Cupp; At the risk of sounding maudlin or apocalyptic, the conservative movement is […]

At least the Romney is the most electable meme is starting to die. About time, seeing as he is almost certain to lose in November. Hotair has a report quoting a Romney adviser saying Obamacare will not ever be repealed in entirety. Adviser is Norm Coleman, another liberal in disguise. These are the people the establishment wants us to trust in one of the countries most critical times?

    Tamminator in reply to Since1776. | January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Norm Coleman was a popular Democrat in Minnesota until he realized that he could get more traction as a Republican and changed sides (almost immediately after being elected as a Democrat). He can’t be trusted.

    I’m a Republican, and I NEVER trusted that man.

SE Cupp and Glenn Beck are getting hysterical over Newt. It’s funny, because Glenn was the guy who said that “the media will tell you who they are afraid of by who they attack”.

So Glenn, were you lying when you said that?

And when you and your crew attack Newt Gingrich like jackals on the air, am I supposed to respect YOU for using Alinsky tactics?
Cupp and Beck are both full of it.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Tamminator. | January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Beck is losing audience fast. GBTV will not become anything more than it is – a fan club.

    When he’s ‘good’, he’s usually just repeating what is available in any conservative venue, but when he goes into that quiet, whispery, weepy, ‘the end is near, what shall I do?’ mode, it creeps the hell out of me, especially when he segues it directly into a Goldline commercial ad. All doom prophets like Beck eventually stall out because the doom never happens, not at the scale Beck warns of.

    You can also learn a lot about a given pundit by reading the comments of his/her followers. Go over to The Blaze and start reading commenter posts, especially those below an article with anything remotely religious in it. Very high dummy quotient among Beck’s followers, with a high frequency of profoundly ignorant posts and posters. The Gateway Pundit’s crowd is similar.

    I expect to see Beck’s pre-Rush radio block given to somebody else in the nearish future. Rush hardly needs a strong lead-in, but some new young Turk or Turkette is likely.

      Tamminator in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Henry, I’m curious as to where you are getting the numbers on GBTV. If you have a link, I’d love to see it.

      Beck really has jumped the shark. He thinks he’s some kind of prophet now. It really is creepy.
      He exposed SO many important things about the people who are inside the White House, and that information was important.
      He should have stuck to exposing the truth instead of embarking on a hate fest of Newt Gingrich.

      Last Thursday I listened to his radio show for about 20 minutes, and that’s all I could bear. I actually had the hair raise on my arms from listening to their hate rant.
      It was like listening to Rachel Maddow on steroids.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Tamminator. | January 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        He deploys the perjorative ‘progressive’ exactly like liberals deploy ‘racist’.

        GBTV’s numbers, last I looked, showed an initial upsurge after he left FOX News, but a quick downslope as apparently many folks decided that, no, I’m not going to pay for this. He has a core of fans that will pay no matter what, but in terms of national media, it is a small number.

        There’s a website that publishes viewership numbers on all media (where numbers are available – privates don’t have to disclose), but I cannot recall the name of it. I’ll see what I can find for you link-wise. Don’t hold me to this next, because trusting my memory is often a pathway to error, but *I think* Beck released his GBTV viewership at first, but then stopped, presumably because the numbers began to die.

          Tamminator in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          Thanks, Henry. I really am interested to know what the GBTV numbers are. I can see his site rating through Alexa, but it would be interesting to know what his viewership really is.

          When he was doing his rant on the radio last week, he actually told Newt followers that they were stupid. Boy, that’s going to endear people, Glenn!

          Sadly, I’ve listened to Beck for years, way before FOX, and I’ve lost a lot of interest-and respect-for him.

I apologize to Gingrich supporters. I was under the impression you didn’t know his record, but apparently you are fully aware of his history.

Everyone has the right to choose a candidate who reflects their values, goals, and aspirations. The immoral, dishonest, backstabbing, adulterous, lying miscreants among us deserve representation, too, and Newt is a fine choice for them.

Carry on!

    We’re not picking a BFF. We’re picking someone to further the cause of Conservatism.

    Do we really need to explain something this basic to you?

      Hope Change in reply to [email protected]. | January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I agree, [email protected]. I would favor Newt just for that, even if I thought Newt was not likable.

      But in addition, I think Newt is very likable, and it would be AWESOME to have Newt for a BFF.

      Newt is interesting. He’s intellectually curious. He’s knowledgeable. he’s a great conversationalist.

      He’s actually quite patient and even-tempered. When he’s impatient, he’s usually mirroring impatience I feel too, with the smarmy, self-satisfied, ignorant “trap” “gotcha” questions the MSM asks.

      Newt loves our country. Newt has dedicated himself to discovering solutions that will work. He respects and loves the American people. He loves American history.

      He’s interested in brain science, space travel, manufacturing, engineering, shipping, systems management, international affairs, and he knows many of the players on the world stage PERSONALLY.

      He reads a lot, and actually has written more than 150 book reviews on Amazon; he loves his kids and grandkids; he’s kind to people out on the campaign trail — I’ve watched him on C-Span. I think he’s a terrific guy. I think he and Callista are true friends and partners to each other.

      I think to have a friend like Newt would be a true bonus in life.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | January 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    What are you, 10 years old?

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Estragon. | January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Look, I don’t give a rat about Gingrich. I think he’s a snake, that he has always been one. He’s a slimming SOB. I wouldn’t date or marry him, even if my very life depended on it.

    But there’s one thing he understands quite well that a lot of GOP’ers don’t (and mind you, he’s the PhD in History here): most of the time, if you want to be great in politics, you sometimes have to be ruthless and shameless – at the same time as being right, of course. And when the media is against you and willing to put you down, take their playbook and throw it right back at them.

    Bill Clinton knew it. FDR knew it. Honest Abe knew it. Winston Churchill knew it. Heck, even Peter the Great, Elizabeth I, Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan knew it!

    Gingrich has read Alinsky. He knows the media want him to live by some imaginary “book of rules.” (After all, it’s one of Alisnky’s Rules.) He’s doing the GOP a favor by throwing the “book” right back at them, as we speak. He has no shame, and he’s willing to shout at them, “So Damned What? You’re in the same mud pond as me!”

    The Mr. Nice Guy stint worked so darned well in 2008… and in 1996… and in 1992… right? Right?…

    Gingrich knows it to well. He has seen it. And he’s doing what no other GOP candidate has done in ages, not even Romney or Santorum – fight back.

    Gingrich may be a SOB, but he’s the GOP’s SOB.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Estragon. | January 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    This sounds like a solid description of Romney, except we don’t know YET if he was sneaking strange on the side.

Ms C. Cup is pretty full of herself, pronouncing conservatism to be in suicide mode because there are some of us who refuse to vote for a deceptive politician who is a moderate in the image of Charlie Crist.

S.E. Cupp starts out one of her paragraphs with:

At the risk of sounding maudlin or apocalyptic


she then goes full apocalypse from there.

Do you think she could be any less self-aware?

Is that the same Rubio that was a co-sponsor of SOPA?

Stand behind the attack muffin.

listingstarboard | January 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Newts mistake with women is the fact he married them-he should have just lived with them –like Clooney and he would be a “stud”. Seems it is preferable to live out of wedlock and father children out of wedlock -like Hollywood and Pro sports. When is Drudge going to have a screaming headline about Romney’s fathers and his allegiance to Saul Alinsky? An incovenient truth Drudge? The way that site has been crapping all over Newt is dispicable.

Don’t know how to photoshop, however, I could see the name Drudge spelled with the Romney Campaign R, being very effective. Of course, I don’t know anything about proper use of logos, either.

RexGrossmanSpiral | January 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hey! I know Wings Plus in Coral Springs!

Hey, hey…new headline at Drudge! Complete with picture. I’m surprised there is no flashing siren!


I should have added ugh!

I think what bothers me the most about Drudge…..when I first started paying closer attention to politics, I really trusted his site. He seemed to treat the subjects fairly. Now there is SUCH a bias, he has turned, in my eyes, into MSM. That is so disappointing to me, because once he doesn’t need to push Romney, how are we going to trust his site, in terms of being neutral, again?

Windy City Commentary | January 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Drudge, National Review, Ann Coulter, Rubin, authors on almost every conservative media outlet and even Marco Rubio are doing their best to take down Newt’s numbers in Florida. Some low selling news magazine author writes the ariticle, and Drudge quickly places at the top of his page.

Romney of course, continues to outspend Gingrich in advertising and Gingrich’s Florida lead has been cut in half in one day. I sure hope Gingrich has a great debate tomorrow night, and continues to focus on Obama leading up to the Florida election. He’s going to need to have a great next 6 days. If he wins Florida, he’ll be in good shape. The Piranhas in the conservative establishment are nipping and him again, but if he can win Florida, they’re likely to scurry away.