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Newt Gingrich

Story on MN Caucuses Quoting Me

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Parties report caucus results
Both Democrats and Republicans turned out on Feb. 7 in Pine County to take part in Minnesota Caucus 2012
In the race for the Republican nomination for president, Rick Santorum was the nonbinding winner in Pine County.
With a total of 277 Republicans voting. Santorum received 126 votes; Ron Paul received 82 votes; Mitt Romney received 40 votes; and Newt Gingrich received 29
The Pine County Republicans reported that there were 52 delegates and 57

Joe Scarborough: The Newt I know

This is a great column by Joe Scarborough written recently  for Politico. It recounts the 1997 confrontation that resulted from 11 House Republicans holding the line on taxes and spending when Newt Gingrich wanted to cave. The tax increase that Gingrich joined with Democrats to support failed by one or two votes, and participants like Joe Scarborough, Tom Coburn, and others have been telling the story ever since.
Yeah, yeah. I know. Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich vs. The Republican Establishment

An entertaining piece written by Keith Koffler for Politico. To quote: "[Romney's] someone with whom the establishment can feel comfortable — who won’t spill merlot on the carpet.... Snarling at CNN’s John King, proposing to colonize the moon and wondering aloud if child labor laws need revising, Gingrich is the end to business as usual."
Scroll down or go to Politico  to read it in full.
The conservative Republican base understands Newt Gingrich better than the GOP establishment thinks.

How Conservative was Dick Armey?

As referenced in my previous post, Pat Shortridge said that his career working for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey credentialed him as a real conservative. Armey clearly had sufficient credentials to be elected as a Republican, but did he really support limited government?
Shortridge, running for chair of the Minnesota Republican Prty, said that he worked for Dick Armey for over 10 years, and wrote the following of his time with Armey’s office:
I saw the good things that happen when Republicans work effectively on behalf of their principles.

Newt Gingrich & Nancy Pelosi Hand-in-Hand

In light of Newt Gingrich's rise in recent polls on the presidential race, I thought it would be good to stoke some enthusiasm for his candidacy by reminiscing on the ad he did with Nancy Pelosi a few years back. You canclick here to view it on YouTube, or scroll down to read the transcript. 
Deciding whether Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney is more bipartisan could be the hardest decision of this campaign season. You can also referback to my post about Gingrich's career as Speaker for more insight into the nature of his bipartisanship.

Perry, Romney, Gingrich & Polls

After Rick Perry's unbelievably thoughtless comment at the last debate in Florida ("If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they've been brought there through no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart"), polling has changed on multiple levels. As you have undoubtedly already seen, Herman Cain won 37% of the vote in thePresidency 5 pollconducted after the debate. Rick Perry won 15% and Mitt Romney 14%.
Less reported,
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