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Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich Discuss the Romney Campaign

Posted: September 29, 2012 at 3:03 am   /   by

During the Republican Primary campaigns, Conservatives were assured by the Republican Establishment that Mitt Romney was the most electable of all the Republican candidates.  Romney was the “safe” candidate. Herman Cain was just an “entertainment” candidate (said Charles Krauthammer), and Newt Gingrich had too much “baggage”.  Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann all had their supposed “flaws” and ultimately fell by the wayside.

So Gov. Romney got the nomination, and Conservatives everywhere have lined up behind him.  He’ll make a fine President — if he gets elected.  At this moment, “Mr. Most Electable” is largely playing defense and looking weak.  It’s scary.  If Romney-Ryan lose, there’s no telling what will become of our country.  That’s the Main Issue, of course.

A secondary (but still important) issue is: what will a loss mean for the Republican Establishment?  If they can’t win an election like this one, with the winning hand they’re holding now, what kind of election can they win?

Frankly, if the Republicans lose, the Establishment should step aside for the new and renewed Conservative, free-market, fiscal-responsibility, limited-government wing of the Republican Party.  It will be time, finally, for Big-Government Republicans to pass the torch to that new generation.

In the audio/video in this post, from Sept 28, 2012, talk-show host Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich discuss the state of the Republican campaign and Mitt Romney’s soft approach.  Newt sketches the approach he would use if he were running, and frankly, it sounds much more compelling than the generally uninspired job Mitt Romney has been doing — especially lately.

Toward the end of this video, Newt says explicitly what I’ve feared — the Romney campaign is not using Newt to best advantage.  That’s a pity.  A long time ago, Newt offered publicly to help, and no one does a better job articulating the case against Obama than Newt does.

During the primary season, Newt attracted a huge turnout in states like South Carolina — 35% higher than in the 2008 campaign.  Romney won Illinois, but he did it with the lowest turnout in 70 years.

The conventional wisdom is that the candidate who wins the independents will win the election.  But turnout may well be the more important factor, and if Newt could help Mitt win higher turnout among Republican and Conservative voters, the election could be “in the bag”.  Furthermore, the energy and enthusiasm that drives high turnout is likely to win more of those precious independents as well.

If Newt were driving Mitt’s campaign strategy, writing his speeches and coaching him for the upcoming debates, Republican chances would improve dramatically.  Will Mitt draw him in?  I wish he would, but so far, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

To be sure, the bleak-looking media polls are skewed to shape public opinion rather than measure it.  And granted, the mainstream media are heavily biased in their “reporting”.  And yes, the debates are still ahead of us.  So it’s still possible for Romney-Ryan to win even with the current campaign style.

Small comfort.

If the tenor of the Romney campaign does not improve — if his campaign managers do not move off defense and onto offense, as Newt recommends — Gov. Romney could end up just another gracious loser in the line of Bob Dole and John McCain.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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  1. sleepergirl says:

    If anyone has an “in” with the Romney campaign, this blog would be a good one to get in front of Mitt himself. Why in the world hasn’t Mitt reached out to Newt for some advice? Their campaign advisors are not developing a crisp message. So many of us sitting in the peanut gallery are desperate for Mitt to bring up issues like the debt, deficit, diminished world power and respect, hone in on the Benghazie debacle and the Obama lies and incompetence, Obamacare. Put graphics together to make it easier for people to understand. Talk about the paltry GDP, the work force labor participation rate, durable goods collapse – but show them on a big board. Hold Obama accountable for his lies on a daily basis. Carville famously said of another Obama debacle on the Gulf oil spill, “we’re dying down here.”

  2. Umbertoni says:

    You conservative libertarian John birch society KKK tea party morons make me sick. The election is over Romney lost. The voting has already started. God bless president Obama and keep us safe from republican scum.

    1. My, what a charming correspondent you are.

    2. NeilFeuer says:

      Thanks for such an intelligent rebuke.  If Romney lost, you lost, America lost, possibly the world lost.
      Simply said and I really do not like to use this kind of language in public, but sometimes it is necessary,  so here is my reply to you, Umbertoni you are SCUM SUCKING PIGfrom a  Marlon Brando movie, “One Eyed Jacks”, and that is what you are.
      God Bless America

      1. sleepergirl says:


        Ditto for me.

    3. sleepergirl says:


      Impressive argument. Great logic. Persuasive facts. You’ve convinced me. I’m voting Obama 2012.

      1. NeilFeuer says:

        @No less expected, and you just helped Romney’s claim 47%, thankyou, you are right in there at the top of the American Takers, I am an an American Maker, that is the difference.
        Tell it your kids in the future, but if your man should win, we won’t have a future, we have lost freedom of the press, and we  have free speech zones, did you know that, did you know the NY Times and other media have stated that they have to have their political comments ok’d by Obama, say hello to other half.  Let’s not comminicate until you have seen 2016, Obama’s America or watched and listened to Fox for a week, other than that, it’s been lovely, Comrade.

  3. NeilFeuer says:

     @NeilFeuer We must all do our part so save our country and way of life.  There is so much out there that it boggles my mind why anyone with common sense, or on a plant level (quote from Huckabee), could possibly vote for Obama.  I will never understand this.  It is simply, anyone but Obama, why doesn’t the other half of this country see what has and is going on?   It is strictly because of the MSM with their liberal bias and protecting Obama, where as they should be putting out the news at is breaks, and let us citizens decide for our selves, and then the other half of our uninformed populace just doesn’t want to face up to our probems (and they are as big as our debt, 16 TRILLION).  We have to get out there and not let this impotent Obama get re-elcted, it will the end of America as we know it, just for you children, grand children’s sake, you must get informed.
    And no doubt, Romney should have used Newt and could still use him, he woul d destroy Obama and that is what has to be done.  I would even go so far as to say, just like David says, and Laura Ingrahm said weeks ago, if Romney loses this election, with all of corruptness, failures of this administration, he doesn’t even have to do anything but show Obama’s record, that says it all,  we will no doubt have to say goodby to the GPO and get these young and bright conservate republicans, like Rubio, West, Love, etc, in there, only problem , if we have another 4 years, will we last, as Mr. Leeper so beautifully points out.
    Quote sleepergirl, “we are dying down here”

Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich Discuss the Romney Campaign