Newt Gingrich Compares Failure to make VA ballot Similar to, ah … Pearl Harbor

I thought Newt Gingrich was a noted historian? He might want to rethink his analogy of failing to make the Virginia ballot being a lot like Pearl Harbor.

Over the weekend we learned that several GOP Presidential candidates failed to make the Virginia primary ballot as they did not attain the proper amount of signatures of registered voters required to get their names on the ballot for the March 6 primary. Among the GOP hopefuls were Newt Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry failed to qualify for Virginia’s Republican primary.

Upon learning that he failed to meet the primary qualifications, Newt Gingrich likened his failure to make the ballot to Pearl Harbor.  HUH? Sorry, did I miss something? Newt might be considered a noted historian but I am a history major myself with a concentration in US History and US Military history. Also, my senior thesis was on American-Japanese relations post 1900.  Dear Mr. Gingrich, I fail to see the comparison, even if you are referencing the set-back of the attack on Pearl Harbor rather than the sneak attack and death of so many military personnel.

Forgive me Newt if I do not believe that you and any other GOP Presidential candidate failing to make the Virginia primary ballot is not considered a date that will live in infamy. You might have wanted to use a more appropriate comparison.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stepped into controversy Christmas weekend as he compared his exclusion from the Virginia primary ballot to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

“Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action,” Campaign Director Michael Krull wrote on Gingrich’s official Facebook page on Saturday.

Offering what appeared to be an FDR-inspired rallying cry, Krull continued: “Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days — but in the end, we will stand victorious.”

Gingrich stated that the process to get on the VA ballot was a failed system. That may be the case Newt, but you knew in advance what the system was and what the requirements were and failed to meet those standards. HELL, most of the present US Government process is a failed system and “WE THE PEOPLE” have to abide by the guidelines, process and laws. What it generally shows me is that Gingrich’s does not have the apparatus in place for his campaign. After all, following Newt’s failure to get on the ballot he stated that he would run as a “write in” candidate only to learn that Virgina state law does not allow for such in a primary vote.

Hot Air has suggested some other better comparisons that Newt could have used that would have been much better than Pearl Harbor. They suggest that Dieppe and Gallipoli  as a “unexpected setback.”  Agreed! One might even use Gen. George Washington’s retreat through NJ and across the Delaware after setbacks against British commander, General Sir William Howe in the battles to take NYC. One could also have used Union general Oliver Otis Howard setbacks during the Civil Wat at at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, only to recovery and be much more effective from lessons learned in the Western Theater at the Battles for Chattanooga and Atlanta. Or the numerous Allied setbacks during WW II like in Burma, the Battle of Coral Sea, and the numerous initial setbacks in the Pacific Theater.

Needless to say, poor choice of words Newt. You might want to better next time, like having the organization in place in a state to abide by the process so that you don’t compare the next set back to September 11, 2001.

Herman Cain Leads Mitt Romney in Republican Presidential Nomination Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, 23% to 22%


The Herman Cain express rolls on. For those that said Herman Cain’s poll numbers were the flavor of the month and he had no staying power, think again. It would appear that Herman Cain’s poll numbers have legs as he heads Mitt Romney in the most recent Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll for the GOP nomination.

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll, with the retired pizza executive edging the former Massachusetts governor 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cain has surged 13 percentage points since the first Iowa Poll of the caucus cycle, conducted in late June. His rise has come despite spending little time in Iowa recently, campaigning here just once since the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, where he placed fifth.

As Cain surges, Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues in GOP nomination campaign free-fall as he is now in 5th place in the Iowa poll with only 7%.  It is safe to say Perry has fallen and he can’t get up. However, the question still remains whether Cain can translate a lead in a poll to a ground organization in Iowa for individuals to show up for the 2012 Iowa Caucus and vote for him.

Rising Cain … Herman Cain Vaults into the Lead in Rasmussen Iowa Caucus Poll


According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, Herman Cain is now in the lead in Iowa among GOP Presidential hopefuls. Cain leads the pack with28% followed by Mitt Romney with 21% and Ron Paul at 10%. As much as Cain has benefited from recent debates, Texas Governor Rick Perry has obviously not. With Perry’s last  debate performance, is it  any wonder why he has dropped to 7%.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa. (To see survey question wording, click here).

Herman Cain is proving to be the People’s champion. As Strata-Sphere states, Cain is turning the Political Industrial Complex on its head these days. Cain is the non-politician running the non-typical politician campaign. What Cain lacks in donation dollars, he more than makes up in charisma and the People’s support. Cain is a breathe of fresh air in a political environment when We the People are tired of politicians … Cain is a man of morals, principles and conservative convictions. No wonder he leads in the polls.

As reported at NRO, Cain is about to make a serious play in Iowa … YES HE CAIN!!!

Mitt Romney Holds Big Lead in New Hampshire GOP Primary … Not that Unexpected

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holds a hug lead in New Hampshire.Romney holds a 39% leads of distant second place Texas Governor Rick Perry with just 18%. This is similar to other polls that have been released recently; however, what would one really expect? Romney has to win NH big, otherwise he might as well drop out of the race. Having been the governor of a fellow adjacent New England state, the real question might be how come Romney does not have a greater lead?

Romney earns 39% of the vote in Rasmussen Reports’ first telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in New Hampshire in the Election 2012 campaign season. Texas Governor Rick Perry is a distant second with 18% support, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 13%. The other announced GOP candidates are all in single digits. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Previous GOP winners of the NH primary, how well did the winner do in the general election, let alone get the nomination?

  • 2008: John McCain
  • 200: John McCain

Barack Obama, President Zero … Zero Hope, Zero Change, Zero Confidence and Zero Jobs


Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign launched their latest political ad … President Obama is “President Zero”. Wow, this ad is going to leave a mark. It starts out by using Obama’s own words against him praising the economic recovery and ends with a positive and uplifting message from Rick Perry. With an economy in such disarray, Obama’s economic policies failing miserably and Obama’s approval rating on the economy in the low 30′s, it is hard to imagine that he is reelectable.

The ad opens like a trailer for a zombie movie: empty, desolate streets and shops, a storm siren blaring. Obama’s iconic “O” symbol is then replaced with a zero, as various clips of television reporters talking about “zero jobs created” play.

For more on Rick Perry and his run for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, go to Rick

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