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There is no doubt why these other “politicians” hate him. Thankfully, Mitt was the great Statesman last night and a true gentleman. America will be so grateful for Mitt Romney. And I should also mention that contrary to Huckabee, this is a first class example of the Christian ideal of “turning the other cheek”.

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“Let me make one more point about that debate last night and all those people taking on Mitt Romney the way they did as if he were the frontrunner which clearly he is not as those polls indicate. I don’t know how many people saw that debate. It was up against football. The games were exciting. I’m not sure how many saw it. But if a lot of people saw that, I think what they saw was not John McCain at his best, when he is the statesman and a soft spoken, mild mannered, highly articulate, seasoned representative. I think what they saw was John McCain perhaps at his least attractive. He was scornful. He seemed almost an occasional moment even petty. That’s not the John McCain people have come to admire and like. Mitt Romney actually held up under that attack pretty well. He never lost his composure. He pressed McCain I thought effectively on the alleged amnesty measure and so on. There’s a distinct possibility in my view that contrary to all the media conventional wisdom is that Romney won that debate. The question is how many people saw it.” (Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” 1/6/08)

Dan Riehl at Riehl World View analyses the dial-testing of last night’s debate and finds that New Hampshire voters rejected the negative personal attacks launched by Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee.  Here’s the YouTube video.  I think it speaks for itself:

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“At certain moments it had the effect of making Romney look more sympathetic, at others it made him look like the only adult on stage, and at others it made him look like he must be the front-runner, since people were so determined to take him down a peg. McCain in particular seemed to go too far, looking and sounding downright snide at times.” (Noam Scheiber, “Too Much Romney-Bashing,” The New Republic‘s The Stump, http://blogs.tnr.com/, Posted 1/5/08)


 Watch Sen. McCain’s Vitriol:

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Political Observers Noted Sen. McCain’s Nasty, Personal Attacks During The Manchester Debate:

The American Spectator’s Philip Klein: “Is He Going Too Far?” “All of the animosity that McCain has toward Mitt Romney is coming out tonight. Is he going too far?” (Philip Klein, “McCain: I Agree That Mitt Is Candidate Of Change,” The American Spectator Blog, www.spectator.org, Posted 1/5/08)

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Disdain.” “A clearly heated McCain, whose disdain for Romney was on full display tonight…” (Chris Cillizza, “The Republican Debate: The Roundup,” The Washington Post’s The Fix, www.washingtonpost.com, Posted 1/5/08)

National Review’s Andy McCarthy: “Cheap Shot.” “Moron Moment for McCain … and why some of us will NEVER support him. Cheap shot at Romney (candidate of change) as a set up for saying what a really fine guy Obama is.”
(Andy McCarthy, “Moron Moment For McCain,” National Review’s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/5/08)

The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber: “Downright Snide.” “At certain moments it had the effect of making Romney look more sympathetic, at others it made him look like the only adult on stage, and at others it made him look like he must be the front-runner, since people were so determined to take him down a peg. McCain in particular seemed to go too far, looking and sounding downright snide at times.(Noam Scheiber, “Too Much Romney-Bashing,” The New Republic‘s The Stump, http://blogs.tnr.com/, Posted 1/5/08)

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “McCain Lobs Another Grenade.” (Jonathan Martin, “McCain Lobs Another Grenade,” Politico, www.politico.com, Posted 1/5/08)

National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez: “Unattractive.” “That McCain follow-on was unattractive from a man who is better than that.” (Kathryn Jean Lopez, “I’ve Lived…Change.” National Review‘s The Corner Blog http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/5/07)

Michelle Malkin: “Snidely… Cackles.” “McCain snidely attacks Romney: ‘You are the candidate of change.’ McCain cackles.” (Michelle Malkin, “Saturday Night Jive,” Michelle Malking Blog, http://michellemalkin.com, Posted 1/5/08)

Riehl World View’s Dan Riehl: “Well-Known Temperament Problems.” “If you were looking for substance across the board on issues, I think Romney was the clear winner in tonight’s debate. McCain’s well-known temperament problems lingered barely below the surface much of the evening, especially when someone dared disagree with him. Except of course, for his hugs for Hillary and slaps on the back for Fred. This is a change election and old hands from the Senate will not get it done.” (Dan Riehl, “ABC Debate: It Was Romney’s Night,” Riehl World View Blog, www.riehlworldview.com, Posted 1/5/08)

CBN’s David Brody: “We’ll See If Voters Think McCain’s Attacks Crossed The Line.” “Then McCain tussled with Romney over immigration and told him that Romney could spend his whole fortune calling McCain’s immigration plan amnesty but he’d be wrong. Man, going after him for being rich, that’s a blow. We’ll see if voters think McCain’s attacks crossed the line.” (David Brody, “Brody File Reaction TO Republican Debate,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, Posted 1/5/08)

National Review’s Andy McCarthy: “For Amnesty Before He Was Against It.” “McCain — the guy who was for amnesty before he was against it before acknowledging that it’s the only solution and is not amnesty in the first place except it kinda, sorta is, except that he’d never be for amnesty — says Romney is the ‘candidate of change.’ Change.  You’d almost think of a resolutely, died-in-the-wool pro-lifer filing a brief in the Supreme Court to suppress the First Amendment rights of a pro-life group to help pro-abortion incumbents get elected … not that Senator Straight Talk would ever do such a thing …” (Andy McCarthy, “Re: Romney And The Onslaught,” National Review‘s The Corner Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/5/08)

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Mark Hemmingway at NRO has made an excellent case as to why we NEED “voter education ads” otherwise known as “negative ads” or “contrast ads”. I can’t even begin to capture the essence of this the way Mark does, so let me highlight the best of this article. But it’s one that needs to be read in it’s entirety when you have a chance.

It’s hard to determine what kind of stunt Mike Huckabee was trying to pull when he unveiled his proposed negative ad against Mitt Romney for the assembled media on Monday. He did so not, of course, before he oh-so-magnanimously explained to the assembled press that he was above negative campaign tactics and had pulled the proposed ad from Iowa TV stations.

Was this dissembling a disingenuous tactic proposed by Huckabee’s occasionally shifty campaign manager Ed Rollins? Or was it the Baptist preacher evincing a sincere desire to not be pushed into running a dirty campaign? The media was certainly credulous about the stunt, though I think Mike Huckabee’s motivations are almost beside the point…

…As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with them. And yet, the stigma is so bad that the Romney campaign has insisted on referring to their Huckabee attacks as “contrast ads.” That’s a fairly cowardly description. Make no mistake, the impetus of the ads that Romney has been running recently in Iowa is to tear Huckabee down rather than build Romney up. The better euphemism would be that they are “voter education ads.” However off-putting the aesthetics of such ads are — with their unflattering black and white photos and dissonant piano chords — negative campaign ads are just about the only occasion voters are offered any real facts or substantive information about a candidate…

…However, somewhere along the line, the media and the electorate at large have become comfortable with the idea that people interviewing for the toughest job in the world should not be judged in relative terms. Instead, elections have become rather like pageants — candidates are allowed to make their case individually, but are not permitted by the rules of etiquette to go after one another. It’s as if they think they can sashay down the catwalk, hoping that guest judge Erik Estrada is impressed enough by the interview segment in which they rattled off their five-point plan to partition Iraq and share oil revenues, to overcome the lackluster score from their trumpet rendition of the theme from Star Wars in the talent competition. That last bit may seem like a joke, but Huckabee showed up on Leno the night before the Iowa caucuses playing his bass with The Tonight Show band. Bootsy he is not, but it was still a shrewd move. Remember when Bill Clinton went on Arsenio and played saxophone and George W. Bush started speaking Spanish on the campaign trail? The media astonishment was comparable to coming home and discovering the family dog was in the middle of weatherproofing the deck…

The coarseness of American culture, manifested by even its cable news programs, is a topic of substantial commentary. Yet somehow the media has also accepted as axiomatic, the idea that negative ads somehow are offensive to the electorate at large, and especially the genteel Midwestern dispositions of Iowa voters.

Emphasis added:

If Huckabee won because Iowans are easily off-put by Romney’s negativity, we really need to do something about the primary schedule such that we aren’t stuck with Hawkeyes’ delicate sensibilities determining the leader of the free world in every election. Perhaps the national parties could be convinced with the right ad campaign: “Iowa … wrong on corn subsidies… wrong on winter weather… wrong on the Byzantine electoral selection process… WRONG FOR AMERICA!”

But obviously, Iowans — and others — can handle the truth that comes with negative ads. Otherwise they wouldn’t be so darn effective and politicians wouldn’t use them. That’s why, like clockwork, we turn on the TV every November and find ourselves staring at grainy photos of some schmuck in a suit angrily pointing his finger at us while randomly selected pejorative adjectives from local newspapers dissolve slowly on and off the screen.

More than anything, we say we want politicians to be honest. And yet, we make them smile through their teeth and pretend to like the other guy every election. Let them be honest about why they don’t like the other guy and we might get better leaders. But before we can demand honest politicians, perhaps we need to be honest with ourselves — about the fact we like and need negative campaign ads.

And let’s not forget, there is a hideous encouragement that somehow it is even remotely acceptable to declare open season by unethical or unconstitutional push-polling or other below-the-belt shadow campaigning. The sick attacks on Mitt Romney’s religion reveal a bottom-feeding baseness of the other candidates and their advisers, namely Mike Huckabee, Dick Morris, Ed Rollins, and John McCain that reveal the most disgusting enterprise of this country. This sadly has existed since the first religionists landed on the shore of this country. You would think this country has stopped burning people at the stake, but there is no doubt the practice continues virtually.

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Here Newt Gingrich responds to the Iowa process. Newt refused to run for this election because he knew he couldn’t compete against Romney’s money. He expressed that on the Sean Hannity show a few months back. At that time I could hear some self-effacing expressions of class envy. I have to wonder, why there is so much jealousy and class envy in this country, especially from the people who claim to be Reagan conservatives? Listening to Rush and Sean Hannity yesterday, this attitude is a complete abandonment of conservatism in general.

Here’s my comment in response to his webcast:

Newt, I really respect you and all your efforts you are making. I also know that Mark Levin has outed that you and Dick Morris are working for the Huckabee campaign. Your comments are interesting, but clearly show a short-sided bias. The DOW dropped 2% yesterday in light of the Iowa process. All the conservative talk radio hosts (excluding Michael Medved) could not conceal their frustration with what happened. You are encouraging the feel good, vote with your heart populist mentality that ended up voting the likes of Clinton and Carter into office. This isn’t about electing a “pal”. Perhaps the surgeon doesn’t have the best bedside manner, but for the kind of operation this country needs, we need the best skill out there. Also, you are encouraging some of the most evil politics this country has ever unleashed by disguising CEO/$ bashing for an unspoken, unconstitutional religious test and back-handed pandering shadow campaigning.

The Romney’s are self-made success socially, financially, and in the amazing experiences brought into their life. They have not fed off of the government and they are at a place in life where they would earnestly like to share their success at the American Dream which they achieved in very hostile and challenging environments.

You, Morris and Huckabee are very clear that you resent this. You seem to be doing every thing you can to perpetuate class envy and other liberal ideals to our conservative party. You and your candidate lie brutally if you think for one moment that the most horrific negative campaigning wasn’t utilized and effected that will go down in history second to none.

I had wanted to believe in your efforts. I see now they are just one more slick attempt shut down the rugged, self-reliant, Reagan, American conservatism for pandering populist garbage. We are very disappointed in you. You continue to waste your potential Newt, and it’s very sad.

Here’s the clincher over at Townhall:

Friday, January 04, 2008

What Is Newt’s Angle In The Primaries?

Posted by: Duane Patterson at 5:21 PM

Very quietly, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is meddling in the GOP primary field. A couple of weeks ago, there was a press release that indicated Rick Tyler, long time communications director for Gingrich, was taking a leave of absence from his day job, and helping out the communications effort for Mike Huckabee.

Mark Levin over on The Corner writes today that Newt and Dick Morris are both helping the Arkansas populist former governor, Newt behind the scenes, Morris publicly. The question is why is Newt doing this?

When the Tyler move became public, the theory developed that Newt still envisions himself running for the presidency, but didn’t think this cycle was the right time to run because of the aura of invincibility of Hillary Clinton. Newt would then benefit by helping out the perceived weakest of the GOP candidates, ensuring that come January ’09, the Republicans would begin their four year wandering through the desert. This would set up Newt as the White Knight in 2012, riding to the rescue after President Hillary screwed things up in her first term.

But after Iowa last night, another theory is beginning to develop. Hillary’s aura of invincibility is no longer there. Barack Obama is now the frontrunner, and although very charismatic, he’s an empty suit, especially when it comes to foreign policy. Newt may now be thinking that there’s a window of opportunity this cycle. All that needs to take place is for Huckabee to take a couple of the early states, Rudy take a couple of the big states, McCain maybe taking a state here or there, and Romney to take a couple, and you have yourself a brokered convention. If the Republicans can’t decide on a clear frontrunner by the convention, could we potentially see the White Knight riding in a little earlier than expected into Minneapolis/St. Paul this September?

Mark Levin writes over at NRO

Friday, January 04, 2008

Helping Huck [Mark R. Levin]

I am informed that Dick Morris and Newt Gingrich are helping Huckabee behind the scenes. Morris has been everywhere today promoting Huckabee.

So there you have it. This election is canned and these rural Evangelical women of Iowa (the ones statistically made the big turn out for Huck Thursday night) are falling for the rhetoric, hook, line and sinker.

I predict the backlash and anti-Huck vote will be bigger than anyone in this country can even imagine. The smart ones who see that the other vengeful, angry old man, McCain, is just as evil. The absolute unethical, below the belt, attack on Romney through the push-polling and scathing liberal newspapers is coming from a man who harbors a rage like no other (except possibly Hillary Clinton).

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 Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President New Hampshire Senior Adviser and former New Hampshire Attorney General Tom Rath issued the following statement regarding the McCain campaign and push polling allegations:

“Yesterday, Senator McCain’s New Hampshire Vice Chairman chose to make an outrageous and irresponsible allegation by implying the Romney campaign had a connection to these calls. We know that New Hampshire voters reject these statements and so should Senator McCain. A half-hearted apology cannot undo these reckless comments. This election should be about issues and not baseless accusations, and I am calling on Senator McCain’s New Hampshire Vice Chairman to immediately step down so that we can all move forward.”

Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the McCain campaign’s push polling allegations


Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the McCain campaign and push polling allegations:

“The Romney campaign had nothing to do with these alleged push polling calls. It is reckless, irresponsible and egregious for the McCain campaign to even mention the Romney campaign in relation to these calls. If they have any proof, let’s see it. If not, Senator McCain should immediately apologize for the actions of his own campaign.”



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