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Newt Gingrich has put all his eggs in the Southern basket after winning South Carolina in January and now Georgia this past Tuesday. His hope is for victories in the upcoming contests of Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi to try and solidify his claim that he can carry the South to the nomination and ultimately in the General Election.

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Report from CBS News:

Newt Gingrich’s poor showing in every Super Tuesday state except Georgia gives him an increasingly narrow path to win the nomination, one that now depends on the South.

The Gingrich campaign on Wednesday canceled plans to visit Kansas, instead zeroing in on Mississippi and Alabama, which hold primaries next week. The campaign is also looking ahead to Louisiana later this month and Texas after that, putting everything on the line in the South.

“Everything between Spartanburg (S.C.), all the way to Texas. Those all need to go for Gingrich,” said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

The fallout from Super Tuesday left Gingrich with little choice. Aside from the unsurprising victory in Georgia, which he represented in Congress for 20 years, he had little to cheer about.

He finished far behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the other nine states and trailed Ron Paul for fourth place in five of the races. Santorum’s victories in Tennessee and Oklahoma — two states with GOP voters similar to Georgia’s — raised doubts about Gingrich’s appeal to Southern conservatives.

Santorum’s campaign was quick to capitalize on his victories Tuesday night.

“And here we are in Oklahoma and Tennessee that we won fairly big. So I think we’re going to do really well in the South,” said Hogan Gidley, a Santorum spokesman. “Rick’s values match up well with the South. His message matches up well in the South.”

For Santorum, his arguments concerning Tennessee and Oklahoma speak volumes as to whether Gingrich really has a solid chance of riding the Southern wave to Tampa in August. This then begs the question, if Gingrich does not win at least 2 of the 3 upcoming major Southern contests, can he logically continue pursuing the nomination?

It appears, at least from the Super Tuesday contests, that states which have rejected Romney will be more likely to elevate Santorum than Gingrich, Georgia being the exception as Gingrich’s home state.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Or maybe one time to use brain and think about future of own country, about own future and realise, what all these candidates represent:
    -Romney, Gingrich, Romney are anti-peace, anti-prosperity, ant democraatical and anti-freedom. It means that they will make wars, make debts and they will not protect USA and its interests, they will make terror and they will kick your as..s.
    – Paul supports peace, prosperity, national interest of USA, democracy and freedom
    -Obama just like Obama he is antidemocratical, anti freedom, he has problems with ending all these wars and he is pro-war monger too, he is in pockets of all speculators just like Romney.
    More wars=less prosperity it is just such golden rule. More wars =less security = danger of global world war and poverty=more debts. More mindless foreign aid = more debts=less prosperity=more poverty.
    USA has really the only candidate, who sees, where problem lies and who wants to change these bad issues and it is Ron Paul.
    What a solution you have? No solution, only one is proper and good and it is Paul.

  2. Gingrich should have been out of this race long ago. His campaign has been bankrupt since before SC. He only won the state by attacking the media ad becoming the cool kid in class that talks back to the teacher. The man has no strategy, unless its stay in the race as long as he can on Sheldon Adelson’s money to advance his political and lobbying career in some way. The man is an opportunistic creep.

    Google some of Clinton’s public appearances, and see Newt’s face sneering behind him in the background. Left or Right, the man is in it for himself.

    Same goes for Santorum, he backed Bush and was the whip for some of his most socialist, non-concervative policies.

    And Mitt Romney invented Obamacare. And whether he wants to remember it or not, in 2008 he said it WAS a good plan NATIONALLY. So his BS argument now that what is good for one state isn’t necessarily good for the country is yet another flip flop.

    Don’t let big money, hypocrisy and flawed ideology run away with this election.

    Vote for the only incorruptible candidate with a perfect record in office, and a sane economic & foreign policy.

    RON PAUL 2012!

    • Eric —

      Today’s Headline:

      “In ‘highly unusual’ move, Marines asked to DISARM before Leon Panetta speech!”

      Not sure, but can a Marine (unless placed under arrest) be disarmed in hostile territory, even by the Four ‘Starest’ of Generals…?

      (Some can put a spin that Panetta is so liked by the troops, that he does not trust his own soldiers with weapons in his presence….).
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      Curious if someone knows the answers:

      1) Was it ILLEGAL — a breach of military law/conduct/rules — to DISARM the US Marines in a HOSTILE combat territory (in order to be herded without arms to listen to a speech from Citizen Panetta)?

      2) Name and rank (or civilian status) of person RESPONSIBLE for disarming the US Marines?

  3. I believe Mr. Gingrich’s “Southern Strategy” will not work for him. There are too many variables against that strategy. Perhaps the primary among them is Mr. Santorum’s presence in the race. The two of them are much too close in their conservatism and of course will split the vote. Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi simply will not be able to deliver sixty percent of the vote to Mr. Gingrich to overcome the power of Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum. It is like the child in school who averages between a “C” and “D” throughout the year thinking he will pull up his average when he makes an “A” on the remaining six tests and the term paper. A good thought, but a simple plan that never wins.

    Perhaps Mr. Gingrich’s real strategy is to hang on with enough delegates backing him to at least have a voice in August. He will rally the convention goers, raise the roof, but will fall short of the nomination. Even in a second round it is unlikely he would get the nomination because the Party Elite are not fully behind him since he is so polarizing. They, like many others, believe Newt is the “smartest person in the room” and would love to see him debate President Obama, but even with that endorsement, he will fall short of his goals. I believe the American people have turned the page on Newt Gingrich.

  4. Yeah, but anyone of them except maybe the Newt can shoot themselves in the foot give enough time.

  5. Newt has a strong plan to clean up washington 40 percent first day to reverse what the president now has done. He has a powwerful plan. The Party Elite as you say are not behind him because they will be held responsible for what they have done and will do. They know he knows whats going on and are scared of him. romney on the otherhand does not have a clue about what is going on in washington. He studies what to say, he has trainers. If you havent noticed how many times he was asked to answer questions that were asked of him and he could not just spouting off what he was trained to say. Newt has always answered his questions as the others have. romney is a puppet and will need others to tell him what to do and read his prompters if elected.

  6. “Will the “Southern Strategy” work for Santorum or Gingrich?”

    Who cares — as long as Mitt wins none!

  7. Ron Paul is an isolationist. We came very close to speaking German because of isolationist. We already have an isolationist in the white house. They just took out Homs, Syria because of the isolationist crap. Everyone would love to stop war but even God had to have them. If you don’t the world ends up in the Dark Ages with every bully in the world killing everyone. Isolationist are dreamers are dangerous. Actually I like every other stand Ron Paul has but will never vote for an Isolationist. If it was Obama vs Paul I don’t no what I would do. Nor would about 80% of the country.

    Mitt Romney in an attack dog. If I had to I would hold my nose and vote for him. Then I would go to the can and through up. Tries to buy the election by saying he is conservative and buys ads to say those who are more conservative than he is by saying they are not conservatives. This is a standard practice of weak candidates he did it to Huckabee and McCain last time. This time he has attacked everyone but Paul (which is very odd and I have my own theory about a Mitt Romney/Rand Paul ticket surprise ticket).

    Santorum/Gingrich in 2012. True conservatives, can beat Obama, Not isolationist.

  8. Concerns about intervention in Syria by anyone is complicated by the relationships between the Sunni and Shite (and sub groups) living in the Middle East. The Arab Leauge and other players in the region are all involved to some degree in these conflicts. Until all factions agree to force a peace instead of creating turmoil it would be impossible for an outsude influence such as the UN or the US to effectively resolve issues. In the meantime, it has become difficult for Syria to support Hamas or Hezbollah in further disruptions in the region. As an example, if Isreal bombed Iran there would be no telling what all the factions would do. So the best thing seems to be to let the Middle East continue in turmoil until they collectively create peace.

  9. People need to do the math and realize when you vote for Newt or Paul you just voted for Romney. So if over 60% of the people do not want Romney as a candidate. They need to encourage Newt and Paul to quite being spoilers.

    By the way, anyone who votes for Paul is literally throwing their vote away. Look at the delegates they have now and look at how he has faired overall. There is no viable path for either Newt or Paul.

    If you took their delegates and gave them to Santorum, moving forward it would at least give a shot at someone beating Romney.

    I tried looking up information on Romney and except for a biography and the one page of info on his website, there isn’t much to find out. Do we really want to try and defend Romneycare. As an accountant he has the worst tax plan of all the candidates. In fact, a lot of what was on his site sounded like Obama! How can that be defensible running against him?

    Check out Santorum’s website and he has it all laid out for you and has a record of true conservative values, God, country and the constitution. You know where he will stand on the issues. Romney? You’ll never know if he’ll change again under pressure. We should also look at their tax plans. Santorum beats Romney’s plan. By the way, I am a corporation and having it at 35%, you bet I make sure I don’t make much at that rate. Even at Romney’s 25%, it wouldn’t be much better than being a sole-proprietor as I’d be paying the same rate. Sole-proprietors pay the federal on their personal plus the self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare and match). This equals 25% at a minimum also. S Corp’s fair better as they can pay wages and decide how much self-employment they want to pay by limiting their wages and get a K1 that is only federal taxed. Corporations pay a flat 35% on any net income. The only good thing about being a Corporation is that as a separate entity your personal assets are protected, but at a premium here in the US.

  10. The belief that because Obama is a great Orator, does not mean he is a good Debater.

    1) As Orator (meaning: during an uninterrupted monologue) Obama’s reading of the tele-prompter is superb — he has the hand gestures down pat, the movement of his head to stare at an upper left, or right, diagonal, while taking a pause to underscore his point and thus allowing time for applauding, before he stares at the camera again and delivers the next segment of his PRE-WRITTEN Speech. His mastery of delivering dogma as “truth”, is only second to Goebbels propaganda abilities.

    2) As Debater (meaning: the ability to prove whose ideas are valid vs those that are illogical) — Obama is lost without the tele-prompter. Unless the questions were submitted beforehand, and his answers scripted, he gets annoyed when asked something he did not expect. When stumped by a question he does not know the answer, Obama becomes peevishly angry, he whails, clutches his hands, shakes his head, and responds with the COARSEST of Cliches! Then, he stumbles and bumbles his way trying to correct his outbursts by spouting irrelevant dogma! Pathetic — is the only proper word describing his debating “skills”.

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    For those that believe BO is a great orator — you are 100% correct!

    For those that believe BO is a great debater — you are 100% wrong!

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    Note this — when BO ran in 2008, he had NO record to be debated.
    Now, he has a horrible record as president — so anyone (without skeletons in the closet) will DESTROY this small-minded, perfidious clown!

    Ron Paul — who is a CONSTITUTIONAL Patriot — is best equipped to dismantle BO’s socialist dogma in a one-on-one debate for the Presidency!

    The rest have the ability (since a logical high-school kid can make Bama look silly in an unscripted debate) — but don’t have a clean closet (and Bama will attack their skeletons, since he can do nothing else).

    So, unless you do your best to elect Ron Paul — you’ll be party to the ignominious reelection of BO!

    • You are still ignoring the facts. Ron Paul has NO CHANCE OF WINNING. He is not going to get the nomination and can only be a spoiler. All votes for Ron Paul are waisted. Look at the race so far. He finishes last in almost every state. He is so far behind in delegates numerically he can’t succeed. Why beat a dead horse?

      • Karen Spence — hope many feel like you, and vote for Santorum (so Mitt won’t get an automatic win)!

        But when it comes down to reality — Mitt, Rick, Newt and BO all want the egotistical power (to be the most powerful man in the world firstly, and after their ego has been fed…maybe some lefts will be accorded to the American People, or maybe none)!

        Only Ron Paul differs from these plastic phonies.

        Ron Paul Wants to Be President: Not to Gain Power but to Save America!

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