Well, Gingrich won!
Palin moved a LOT of votes. That is power and everyone on every news network last night knows it. I’m a happy girl!
So my take away from last night:
Newt won BIG. Here’s a map showing the trouncing…
Funny how Romney got digs in on Newt but Newt offered high praise for all the other candidates and focused his digs on Obama in their speeches last night.
I won’t deny that I have closely watched Gingrich in the past 72 hours and it leaves me wondering if he is getting pointers from Palin. Some observations are subtle changes and others more clear but I see Palin fingerprints on his words, responses, tone, and policy focus.
Well, Palin spoke on Fox last night. She called herself an arm chair quarterback (boo). She didn’t endorse but that would have been inappropriate on results night anyway. She basically complimented everyone again and agreed that we need to continue the vetting process. She did claim Newt as the front runner. The video is posted below.
So where do we go from here? Well, IMO and I know this goes against some thinking here so feel free to disagree but IMO Newt needs to win Florida.
Why? If Romney wins it will embolden him and the establishment and provide more legitimacy to his run but if he loses he will have lost 3 out of 4 primaries and would be seen as expected to drop out. He probably wouldn’t at first but the pressure would be there and the collapse would likely continue. The establishment would freak out. They detest Newt and would not under any circumstances tolerate him as the nominee. I think the establishment would attempt to bring in someone new. There is certainly chatter about it.
Well, if the establishment can bring someone new into the race, so can the conservatives…. The penalty for sitting out the bloodbath would be waived.
Now, another reason for Newt to win. If we take Palin at her word that she isn’t running, Newt is the best to beat Romney and I think he could beat Obama. Personally, if Palin isn’t going to run then I would rather be forced to choose between Santorum or Newt than Romney and someone else. I want him sent home humiliated.
Florida is and likely has always been the expected battlefield for the soul of the GOP. It will be establishment vs Tea Party and I think we will be in store for more dramatics than South Carolina. There will be no exiting the cudacoaster. I believe she knows this is where the battle will be won. This is where Palin either injures the permanent political class or they injure her.
I do not see how a Romney win in FL would benefit Palin in any way. The establishment will make this a Palin vs Bush battle whether anyone endorses or not. Palin already tipped her hand toward Newt and Jeb has already tipped his hand toward Romney even though neither have fully endorsed they both have some skin in the game. Both have surrogates that endorsed. Todd endorsed Newt and Bush Sr endorsed Mittens. If Palin wants to win not just the battle but also the war, Newt needs to win Florida. If Newt doesn’t, the Bushies will feel that they still hold more sway than Palin and the Tea Party BUT if Romney loses it will rock their world…
But understand this, IMO Florida isn’t a battle of personalities, it is much, much bigger than that. It is a battle of ideologies.
This is all just my humble opinion, it could also be the lack of oxygen to my brain from riding the cudacoaster so much this week.
Today is a day of rest for me. I have done the birthday party circuit for several 4 and 5 year olds this weekend. I can say with confidence that I detest Chucky Cheese almost as much as I detest Romney. I really detest it twice in one weekend. Today is church and the relaxation that I have been looking forward to. My goal is a nap (which is impossible as I never sleep when the sun is up) but it is still my goal.
Palin talked to Fox News last night:
Other news yesterday:
Gingrich won the women’s vote in South Carolina…
Churchillian? Is that an official word?
Tony Lee has it right on how Newt won South Carolina.
Mittens oinked out early…
Bwaaahhaaaaa….. payback baby!
Why do you have to complicate things?
Sure he is staying neutral… NOT!
You are looking bitter dude…
This is not cool….
This is juvenile and really shows a lack of character on Mittwits part. Where are his records? Is this someone we want as leader of the free world?
Unless told otherwise by Mama Griz, tomorrow we go back to not supporting any specific candidate on this site with snark toward all and extra snark toward Romney Of course, we support all things Palin all the time.
Have a great Sunday!!