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Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?
January 26th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Newt Gingrich is sending chills down the spines of establishment Republicans, and it's positively entertaining to watch.

These Republicans say things like it would be "a disaster" if he's the nominee, "There's a reason most people who know him best aren't supporting him" and "Newt means losing 45 states."

They say they're worried Gingrich would bring back the erratic, chaotic and crazy leadership from his time as House Speaker.

What's more, many worry that Gingrich at the top of the ticket would drag down Republican candidates for the House and Senate. In a nutshell, they don't think Gingrich could ever beat President Obama.

So far only 12 sitting Republican lawmakers have backed Gingrich, while more than 60 support Mitt Romney. Many who worry about Gingrich also say they doubt he'll be the party's nominee.

The irony here is that being the anti-establishment candidate could be the best thing Gingrich has going for him. The so-called establishment includes a few hundred of the most powerful and elite Republicans, from lobbyists to senior members of Congress to TV and newspaper pundits.

But Americans are fed up with the political establishment and if the inner circle of Republicans is nervous about Newt, it could actually help him with the average voter. Gingrich also seems to thrive when he's playing the insurgent.

Meanwhile, you can bet the GOP establishment has got a close eye on Florida. They say they're not at DEFCON 5 yet.

But they just might get there if Gingrich wins Florida and presents an even more serious challenge to Romney. I love it.

Here’s my question to you: Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Chris:
Establishment Republicans can best be characterized as a bunch of obstinate, mean spirited, grumpy old men. They want their way no matter that it may destroy the country. Newt scares them and he should. He won in South Carolina on the strength of his debate performance and on the notion that he tells the voters what he believes, not couched in rhetorical pablum.

Bill:
It is all bad and I am not sure which makes me more nervous: President Gingrich, President Romney or President Obama. None in my opinion are cause for much celebration.

Burnal on Facebook:
Gingrich is an establishment Republican - no matter how much wool he has pulled over everyone’s eyes.

Terry in Virginia:
Could Newt possibly be a bigger disaster than "W"? I hope Newt gives the GOP heartburn and many sleepless nights, just like they've done to many of us who struggle day-to-day in this horrible economy.

Joe:
I am a conservative and love it that Gingrich is scaring establishment Republicans. We need someone to stir things up and put forth bold ideas to challenge those who have been in Washington too long (most of Congress).

Jim in Denver:
Jack, I don't care, I vote Democrat. But it is funny to see him causing such havoc in the GOP.

Tom in Rochester, New York:
DEFCON 5? The missiles have left the silos. You'll be able to use the Republican establishment mushroom cloud to pop your popcorn during the next debate. It's the 666th debate, Republican Rapture and Its Benefits for "Real" Americans, isn't it?

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  1. ImALibertarian

    Who cares? I don't. There aren't enough card-carrying Republicans left to make any difference and the only Republican candidate who can siphon enough independent and Democrat voters away from Obama to win the general election isn't Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    Since party faithful are normally oblivious to their candidates flaws, it means that Mr. Gingrich is more likely destined for the question to a Final Jeopardy answer – former Georgia Congressman and serial adulter who ran for President in 2012 – than for the Oval Office.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think they are afraid of bad Newt. The only time good Newt shows up is when Gingrich is well ahead in the polls. Then good Newt wants everyone to be nice and play fair. The odds of Gingrich not exploding and making outrageous offensive statements would be the same odds as going hunting with Charles Manson and not expecting to get shot. I think at this very moment there are a lot of Republican bluebloods trying to figure out how to stop Gingrich from being there candidate.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  4. Jenna Roseville CA

    Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

    It's bad for Newt, because it is the "establishment Republicans" that get out and vote, not the fringe.

    Newt is a long time racist and there is no place in America for those folks any longer.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  5. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    All I know, Jack is that it's about time somebody made those idiots in Washington nervous. Might as well be Newt.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    it's sure GOOD for President Obama and the Democrates IF Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee and so called "establishment Republicans" KNOW it. I doubt he could win many states outside of the deep south and could drag a bunch of House and Senate candidates down with him.

    the man has just TOO much negative history AND his negatives, even with Republicans, are thru the roof. I don't see very many women voting for him and probably almost NO black or hispanic Americans.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  7. Loren

    Bad. Gingrich has a bit of the demagogue about him and that always bodes poorly for developing an acceptable platform and for sustained, reasoned policies. Gingrich is not always a team player and while that has an appeal to the less informed, the Republican Party needs a reasoned plan to offer as an alternative to President Obama's "chicken in every pot" idealism. With Gingrich as the nominee, the risk for the party is that there will be too many brush fires to put out during the campaign which would lead to an Obama reelection, nothing any intelligent person should want.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  8. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Oh gosh Jack what a laugh,Thanks!! YES !! he makes me nervous as I have said twice before oooold Newt is not the future.............I am sorry Jack but that is how it is I do not mean to be rude..............fresh ideas and working together
    right and left is the only way out of our mess.I am ordering Newt to the time out room.
    David

    January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  9. Edwin Hoffman

    Yes every the GOP establishment needs to be nervous so they can find someone to oust Obama.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Bill Frohlich

    It is all bad and I am not sure which makes me more nervous; President Gingrich, President Romney or President Obama; none in my opinion are cause for much celebration.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  11. MNResident

    Both establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats should have a LOT to be nervous about. If it takes Newt Gingrich to cause that nervousness, then that may be just one good reason to vote for him.......

    January 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  12. Bill of New Mexico

    There is great danger in Newt becoming President!

    Newt may do more damage than Nixon.

    If the establishment Republicans really love America,

    they will not wish Newt at the controls of America.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  13. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Are you sure you want to go with, "nervous?" Other commentators have used, "panic," and, "a spiral of genuine terror."

    Gingrich is a loose cannon crashing from stem to stern; as likely to blow up the USS GOP as not. The reaction to that is not good, and it's not bad, it's sane.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  14. Kevin SD CA

    It is great! Establishment Republicans have the same goal as Establishment Democrats! They both conspire to milk tax dollars to fill their own corrupt pockets at the expense of our Constitution, and laws concerning immigration, banking, housing development, infrastructure, energy, family law, department of corrections, you name it both parties have taken us to the edge of the cliff!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  15. Carl

    Jack,

    Today's politicians, make Al Capone look like a Rookie. Not a 1 of them is worth voting for, it's unbelievable, it's the bottom of the barrel pickings. Again, we get to vote for the politician that will do the least harm, sad!!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  16. Mel - Houston

    It depend on whether your a Republican or a Democrat. Democrats are ecstatic.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Steve

    It's good that it makes the Republicans nervous. They may think twice before they vote for him in the primaries in other states. Apparently voters are not very smart in South Carolina. They voted 20% for Ron Paul, who is an old phart that's not electable, 40% for Gingrich, who has all the baggage in the past. Yet a charismatic, great image, great orator, honest and clean family man gets only 20%. The Gingrich voters must relate to their own baggage. Romney is the only one that can beat Obama, yet the Republican voters are grasping for straws. They're not thinking strait. Just because Romney paid only 15% in taxes and he is rich, he's a bad guy. At least he filed a legal tax return. At least he knows how to make money legally, which means he might know how to get the country back on it's feet. I wish I was in his feet. I don't envy him. Community organisers, like Obama, don't know how do do it. They know how to get money from the doers and give it to the do nothings. At least Romney is not greedy, he supports the charities and supports the church. Obama doesn't even go to church or supports the poor black organizations. As for the other Republican candidates, look at Cain. He got 20% of the votes before he dropped out, yet clean cut with public service Jon Huntsman was getting 10% of the votes. What does that tell you about integrity of the voters??

    January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  18. Conor in Chicago

    Um...I'd like to think that it's a good thing that the most Hyper-Partisan, egotistical, and disgraced Republican in recent memory being the nominee is making Republicans nervous. Just a thought...

    January 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The reason the GOP is nervous is some feel the RINO has the compassion of a rattlesnake and the morals of a alley cat. Another G.W. Bush in the line-up would be devastating to the GOP.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  20. John from Alabama

    Jack: Newt the Hoot from Georgia is an old bag of wind, but he is blowing a funny smell. This funny smell is bothering the rank and file members of the Republican Party. The old guard agmonst the Republicans wanted a true conservative, but after looking at Newt they have decided he does not meet the smell test. Newt Gingrich is not liked by the 70 or so Republicans who were in the House when Newt was the Speaker of the House. Newt is impulsive and rude.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  21. Duane Spencer

    It reveals the truth about the man, Someone who should never be President, his past history in Government proofs that Democrats hope he is the Republican nominee

    January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  22. Richard Texas

    It makes absolutely no difference what the establishment republicans believe about Gingrich. They are but a very small percentage of the voters. The really bad part of the equation comes if Gingrich is somehow elected. No one will follow him. Voters are looking for something new and innovative. The old and obsolete are what got us to where we are today. Broke and unemployed in debt up to our eyeballs and detested by almost every country on the globe. People have no faith in the old republican party any longer. They don't see much light at the end of the tunnel in the democrat depot either. This leaves very little hope for the future of America and no one in Washington is paying attention.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  23. Jack

    from Erie, PA. I think it is good..........for the democrats. I fail to see how someone who was fired from their last federal job can have the arrogance to believe that he can be elected President

    January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  24. Pete in Georgia

    Establishment Republicans, whatever THEY are, need to be nervous. If their ultimate candidate can't BURY Obama and his deceptions in multiple debates as Newt can AND will, then this country will be facing a decline that will dwarf what has gone down these past 3 years.
    Complete freefall.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  25. Brad, Portland, OR

    That all depends on whether you think the establishment Republicans are worse for the country, or Newt is🙂.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Newt Gingrich's adverse affect on the comfort levels of establishment Republicans will undoubtedly be viewed as good by the Dems. and the Obama administration. The Republican primaries has been and looks to continue to be a tremendous blessing for the Democrats.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  27. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    The nervous establishment Republicans should calm down. 2016 will come soon, and they will have time from now to then to select a ringmaster for their circus, indeed a show without clowns.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  28. David in Tampa

    It makes me glad the Republicans are nervous about Gingrich. I would feel bad if he actually got elected. I will only be happy if someone other that a Democrat or Republican, someone with some common sense, someone that isn't an ideologue, someone that actually cares about the people of this country, someone that will work for four years to overcome the mismanagement of the government of the last thirty years without destroying it, gets elected. Yes I see the world through the rose colored glasses of my youth.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  29. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Ol'Nasty Newt makes everyone nervous. And that is good news, because a man like him should never, ever, ever be given the power to make decisions impacting our nation.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  30. Doug Ericson

    Its bad for Newt. God only knows what they have on him, but I would guess its at least as much as they had on Cain. Newt is just an oversized mouse being monitored by a lot of big fat cats. Poor Newt. Hes such an entertaining wise guy. If hes smart he will get out while he can still sell some books. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  31. bob z. from pa.

    he is another one that talks a good game but not some i would want as pres .

    January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  32. barbara in nc

    Guess they know he is likely to go "nukular" before Iran does. That's the cream of the crop for them?

    January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  33. Cy Gardner

    The GOP is a coalition of the rich and the stupid. Now, each half of the Republican Pary has its own standard bearer. Romney appears to be so wealthy he always looks painfully fake whenever he tries to identify with us in the lower 99 – point – nine nine five percent. Gingrich appeals to the average Fox viewer because he pretends to hate the same people they hate. The GOP usually serves only one of these constituencies, the rich. They thought the stupid were so stupid they would continue to turn out for anyone who bought enough ads tellling them who to hate. So, yes, it must be upsetting to the extremely wealthy to see someone who pays THIRTY PERCENT tax rates doing so well. I mean, REALLY, 30 percent, like the LITTLE people. Thurston Howell the III must be spinning in his mausoleum. cy from arlington, va

    January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  34. Bernie

    He does not make them nervous, they are simply saying that so that the "Tea Party" unites behind them. The Tea Party is already co-opted by other establishment people such as Palin and McCain with the help of FOX news. The establishment is playing the Tea Party for fools because we all know the only person that REALLY makes the Establishment Republicans afraid is Congressman Paul. Kind of funny when they say there is media bias against Gingrich, when Ron Paul has been cut off on TV interviews, Debates, and slandered by journalists for 5 years now. Gingrich has had none of that, in fact all of the coverage on ANY station has been clearly favorable toward Gingrich as having a chance at the nomination. He doesn't have people calling him unelectable :::coughOREILLY/KRAUTHEIMER/LIMBAUGH/HANNITY::: all the time. In fact, those are the very establishment stooges that are supporting Gingrich and who have NEVER EVER Stuck up for Ron Paul. O'Reilly tried to blame Ron Paul for the problem in the church with Child Molestation the other day. Need I say more?

    January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  35. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It's good news for Democrats, for I imagine they would like to see President Obama run against a man with the morals of a hyena, a man who looks like an unmade bed, and a man married to a Stepford wife. Three strikes and...

    January 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  36. Pete from Florida

    It's a sham! Top-tier Republicans WANT Gingrich to win the nomination because they know he CAN'T win in Novemeber. They want OBAMA to win because it's easier and more beneficial to the GOP to stand on the sidelines and throw rocks at the Dems while blocking any meaningful Congressional action, than it would be for them to actually try to fix the country's problems. Their strategy of refusing to help resolve porblems while constantly attacking and hindering has worked for the last 3 years, so don't look for them to change tactics any time soon.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  37. David of Alexandria VA

    I think its only bad if he makes the independents nervous. The far right will always be cancelled out by the far left - all they are really doing after the primaries is adding a little background color to the voters who really matter most.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  38. Dan5404

    From here in Albuquerque, the prospect of any of the GOP candidates winning with their ridiculous policies for the rich is scary to me just as Newt scares the establishment, But, to answer your question, it will guarantee Newt will not be nominated.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  39. David in Indiana

    Show me an individual who left Washington to go work on a farm or other blue collar job – they don't. The electorate benefits that each candidate has a track record of votes made, while in office. People that have worked closely with The Newt, know him better than others. They may be wary for good reason. I'll say bad.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Ed from Texas

    I don't know about the Republican establishment, but I'm an Independent and the idea of a President Newt Gingrich makes me nervous.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  41. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Its a wonderful thing, especially if Romney loses Florida and starts a downhill slide. It will be the begining of the end for the GOP and will likely lead to an easy re-election for Obama, unless he muffs it by not doing anything about housing. If I were running in Americans Elect (and I am), the person I would most likely argue about abortion with is Rick Santorum, who is the default nominee if Gingrich and Romney destroy each other.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  42. Pat in Michigan

    It is a good thing he makes them nervous. That means that some republicans still have some common sense.
    The part that scares the rest of us Jack is the fear that this ego drivin demagogue might just get the nomination.
    People are desperate and they can be fooled by a snake oil salesman like him.
    I know this is a worn out cliche ,but this smells like how Hitler came to power and that didn't work out well.
    If he starts pointing the finger at a minority to be the scapegoat watch out.oops.too late.!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  43. Bill in PA

    Jack;
    Newt: good or bad for Republicans? Well lets take a peek at some of what we know from his record. Paid $1,600,000.00 to influence congress to support Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack. But he says it is not lobbying as that would be illegal as he was not a registered lobbyist. Was having an active affair while prosecuting Clinton. He asked his wife if he could continue his philandering. When his first two wives got sick he threw them under the bus to fend for themselves. He would do the same to all Americans. He is so enamored with his ability to deny reality and yell and scream his way through he does not know what is real any more. Imagine a Gingrich with the atomic football!. An atomic armed newt could kill the entire population of the earth and we are not scared? We better be Republican and all of us.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  44. Thom D

    It all depends on the perspective . He talks like a democrate and acts like an establishment republican . Either way , it will open the doors for the true fiscal conservative republican- libertarian ...Ron Paul.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  45. Terry in Virginia

    Could he possibly be a bigger disaster than "W"? I hope Newt gives the GOP heart burn and many sleepless nights, just like they've done to many of us who struggle day to day in this horrible economy.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  46. Ron WPAFB

    No one cares!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  47. Jk from Minnesota

    Loose cannons tend to make people nervous, Jack. I know he makes me nervous.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  48. Karl in Flint

    It's very good, at least for America. If Newt is the candidate in November, the nervous Republicans and Independents, other then from the bible belt, will look at Obama and Newt and vote for Obama, the lesser of the two evils in their eyes. Even with a rational VP, he's a loser.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  49. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    I don't care, I vote Democrat. But it is funny to see him causing such havoc in the GOP.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  50. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Forty years ago, if you used the term “establishment Republican” I’d know what you meant. Today I recognize very few people as true Republicans, let alone the “establishment” flavor. While I’m sure there are others who aren’t let out in public, among the few who actually have Republican values are Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and John McCain, when he’s having a good day.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  51. Chris

    Establishment Republicans can best be characterized as a bunch of obstinate, mean spirited, grumpy old men. They want their way no matter that it may destroy the country. In fact, Eric Cantor is a political terrorist. Witness the debt ceiling fight last April. Newt scares them and he should. He won in South Carolina on the strength of his debate performance and on the notion that he tells the voters what he believes, not couched in rhetorical pabum. Establishment Republicans need a good shake-up, notwithstanding the paramount need to vote all of them out of office.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  52. TomInRochNY

    DEFCON 5? The missiles have left the silos. You'll be able to use the R establishment mushroom cloud to pop your popcorn during the next debate. It's the 666th debate, Republican Rapture and Its Benefits for "Real" Americans, isn't it?

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    January 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  53. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Just think Barry Goldwater/:Lyndon Johnson. Another landslide, people to scared to really tell you that they would be afraid of Newt and would vote for Obama.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  54. Alex from CT

    Newt Gingrich may be an outsider from the republican party, but he is far from being a Washington outsider. If people really want an outsider to run this country, they should look to someone like Ron Paul. Ron Paul has never taken money from lobbyists. Ron Paul has never voted for an unbalanced budget. Ron Paul has never voted to raise the debt ceiling. Ron Paul has never taken a government junket. Ron Paul opted out of the lucrative congressional pension plan. Newt Gingrich has done the opposite on all of those accounts.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  55. MYSTEROIUS

    Works for me. I am having an absolute ball watching them go through their "Operation Chaos," as Rush Limbaugh so eleoquently put it a few years ago. Karma.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  56. Tim Weeks

    Newt is Great and it is about time that something shook up GOP insiders, if Newt can't get Nom. Pres. Obama will swab the deck with Romney!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  57. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Every time I see Newt I cannot help envision him dressed like a Nazi with a Hitler mustache. That would fit his mindset.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  58. Thomas, retired army Chicago, IL

    Republicans don't believe in their own people' right to run for president? They should let their people vote for whatever nut they want. It is so republican to stone the person that doesn't meet their prejudice opinions. I don't like Newt either but that isn't the issue.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  59. Alex

    The establishment republicans are the ones who drove me away from the republican party. He'd have my vote.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  60. Kimo

    It's cool that he makes them nervous. I just hope they fall in line like they've been doing for the tea party. It'll be priceless to see this arrogant, disrespectful, lying adulterer implode during his first Lincolonesque debate with President Obama. I have never seen the office of the President so degraded as I have since summer. GW had his mushroom cloud and Gingrich has his gloom and anger. Wake up America! BTW, I'm a registered independent that voted for GW.

    Kimo
    San Pedro, CA

    January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  61. Randy

    That's a topper! The establishment is afraid of THE establishment guy. If you keep putting out these jokes their going to want to book you at the laugh factory jack. I believe that as much as I believe in rich folks' charitable giving (to their own charities of course).

    January 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  62. Michael "C", Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: To be honest---Romeny and Newt Leroy have the Republicans worried---either way---it is a defeat for the GOP. It is not about the GOP-–but rather personal power, attaining it and retaining it. Pelosi has Newt Leroy in her "political crosshair"-and the closer New Leroy gets to the nomination--the closer Pelosi's finger gets to the trigger. And as for Romney---five years of campaigning with only 40% of the votes---well--he might be able to get into Walmart-–but he will never get into the White House--it will be strike for Romney--either way.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  63. Mr D

    I think it's good. Mabe the Republicans can "dig up" a canidiate that can actually beat Obama. Newt has had his day in the sun. Here's wishing it's finally setting and he goes back to reading history books and shopping at Tiffanys.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  64. Sylvia from San Diego

    it's all good that Newt Gingrich makes the establishment Republicans nervous. This will only bring out the best in the party and a candidate who can get this country back on track. It certainly is not Obama... He is a complete failure with all talk and no action.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  65. Kimo

    America needs to get over it's anger and get on with recovery. Everyone who votes has earned the right to criticize Congress and the President. They are also accountable for putting our politicians in office. All parties have contributed to the toxicity in Congress. My problem is the hateful and angry rhetoric from the Republicans. Most of my closest friends are Republican's and are not being properly representated, and I'm a registered Independent. They are compassionate and strong beliefs. We have enough problems to deal with it. We don't have time for anger, we need positiveness. This country is amazingly resilient when they are truly united.

    Kimo
    San Pedro, CA

    January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  66. Jen from Florida

    The people that know Newt all describe him the same chaotic, dysfunctional, lacks discipline, who throws big idea's out during speeches but never follows through with any and is a masterful debater who can beat anyone with his word play. As a live long republican these qualities combined with his unethical and immoral background makes me nervous for our country and our future if he is elected as President.

    What the Republican Headquarters should be nervous about is if Newt gets the nomination to run against Obama people like myself will choose for the first time in our lives not to go to the polls to vote in this election simply because we refuse to vote for a man who lacks character and integrity.

    The other thing they need to be nervous about is if Newt does not get the nomination and he moves to the third party ticket and throws the election out of anger. Either way he is a loose cannon.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  67. My name is Jose Jimenez

    newt = a low life form usually frequenting dark moist places under rocks and out of the sun.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  68. John Houston Texas

    Its good for Obama to listen to the civil war going on right now in the GOP race. No group or super pac or think tank could spend the amount of money that Obama has reaped for free with all the slurs and defects pointed out by these mindless jerks. Whats really scary is you have all these right wing whackos who actually follow these nut jobs. Sorry about the name calling but it seems spot on based on what we have seen in this GOP circus.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  69. Karen Ducote South Carolina

    It`s good news,that Newt has put fear in the Republicans. Now they know how we Americans felt when the Republicans put fear in us over Iraq all those years ago. They know Newt is no Ronald Reagan that`s why they don`t care for him. With the baggage Newt has behind him, it will be so hard for them to defend him as a Nominee.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  70. rex in portland, oregon

    Of course the establishment is nervous. Gingrich will win Florida, and will be the republican nominee. This means that the far right wing of the party has gained control and the old guard will have to either go away and shut up or align itself with the moderate democrats and independents and form a reasonable government. Forming a reasonable government will encompass curtailing corporate greed, re-assessing the economic principles, decreasing the class gap, probably increasing taxes and cutting spending, eliminating tax loop-holes, re-establishing labor laws and enforcing immigration laws (and many other reasonable changes in the way of doing things in Washington) – all of which any and all republicans, including the established ones, are loathe to do.

    The natural division of peoples into many categories cannot be forced into the two political parties we have galloping around this beautiful nation. Gingrich will force a third, fourth, or even fifth MAJOR political party to form and force coalitions of various of the new parties to enact legislation. The clear result of such cooperation is, of course, an enforcement of the will of the people (some call it democracy). The obvious goal of the established republicans (and democrats) is to prevent this cooperation in order to preserve their own particular benefits. ;

    I, for one, am all for this new direction. Although I despise the arrogance and bambasticity of the Newt I thoroughly approve of his success. I hope he gets rid of the republican and democrat parties as rulers or would-be rulers and allows this country to become a democracy.

    How much sweeter it would be if Newt had a clue about what he is doing!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  71. Art pirker

    In the debates, Gingrich is the only one that gives an answer to the question asked. Maybe you need to have Judge Judy be the moderator for your debates.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Marcus

    Honestly I dont think they're scared of Newt at all. I think they are trying to convince Ron Paul Supporters that Newt is anti establishment. They are afraid of Dr. Paul. They know he is the only one that could defeat the Dems. The problem is that if he does he simultaneously defeats the GOP as well.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it's good news for the Tea Party wing of the party, bad news for the GOP overall and it's making President Obama look better to independents.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It's wonderful. He is just like some in the media; He tries to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. This is the best entertainment on TV but on a sad note, I don't believe that anyone including the current President can make things better unless we stop all of the bickering and blaming for the past. It isn't easy but it really is simple.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  75. mario

    gincrich or romney both make gop feel very nervous,,,,

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  76. No

    Defcon 5 = peace, 1 = war. Why do people keep getting this wrong?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  77. Paul - North Carolina

    It's a wonderful thing, Jack. Republicans have been sending chills down my spine since Ronald Reagan was elected. Anything that causes them discomfort is a good thing. It is especially statisfying watching the inevitable Mitt stumble, stammer and laugh that irritating nervous laugh every time Newt hits him with a jab. The debates have been more fun than Rowan & Martin's Laugh In. Bring it on Newt. Just be sure you do lose 45 in November.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  78. Ed from MD

    If there was nothing conceivably worse than what we have, then Newt would be a great anti-establishment candidate.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  79. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Newtzilla, Newt-ity would make Satan and his colleges nervious, Satan is afraid he's going to take over hell! Yes! he could probably beat Obama but then so could any "True American citizen if it didn't take millions to do it! "WE've" given
    it up to the {RICH} and 'i' don't know how we're going to get it back-short of a [ Revolution! ]
    'i'm almost 67 years old and as the old saying goes "What's been around comes around!" & 'i' think it's that time. Unfortunately, 'i' see that as "OUR" only chance to get this country back to the people!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  80. Larry in Houston

    I read your article,Jack – yes it will be entertaining -and I concur with you regarding chaotic / erratic & crazy, not to mention "could implode at any time" and yes, a disaster' and also will 'drag down' others in his party. Yes, Americans are fed up with his antics, Jack – But Florida isn't the Only one they have their eye(s) on.

    Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

    Answer : My gut feeling and Opinion goes this way, Jack – I honestly think somebody out of the Republican establishment is going to pressure him to release Everything, and I mean everything. He's not telling it all, and he's going to "tick -off" a lot of the current republicans in congress. Once it gets close to the Election Jack, Like 1 or 2 weeks before the election – our Good Friend Nancy is going to bury him, it will be all over the newspapers / tabloids & he will get smothered, Jack. Then every, and I mean Every Republican will dislike him forever,Jack. He's fooling some of them right now, the ones in florida & s.c & etc – but wait til about a week before the election. The people who have voted for him will wish that they didn't give him any support, but it will be too late, they have already done it, they've supported him, thinking that he was the one to best defeat Obama. ( but they were wrong)

    I wonder what Ross Perot's thinking is, on this whole election thing ?

    Larry in Houston

    January 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  81. Gerard Luimes

    Ask Nancy Pelosi;She knows something...Says she: Gingrich will never b ecome president.!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  82. Ed in California

    He makes me nervous and I am a recovering Democrat, voting as an Independent!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  83. Annie, Atlanta

    With the over the top behavior of the Republican electorate of late, thanks in part to the tea party, this could be very bad. They don't want the establishment telling them who should get their vote. Personally, I hope they keep pushing it. Of course then we could wind up with a president Gingrich, which would be funny if it wasn't so creepy.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  84. Mark in Houston

    I promise you...it makes me nervous and yeah it should make Republicans or anyone else who knows this guy nervous....
    I woke up last night with visions of Nixon and Agnew dancing around in my brain.

    This man is a dangerous political loose canon and besides all that he's liar and hypocrite. We're in enough deep trouble as it is right now and sure don't need to be putting Newt in a position to make it all worse.

    What's really scary is that I've learned you should never underestimate the ability of the electorate to vote for the worst possible choice.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  85. Thom Richer

    All Americans should be nervous that he is even a candidate for president let alone that he may be the nominee for any party. If Mr "Ginggrinch" is making the establishment Republicans nervous it is because they know he is not now or ever going to be president of the United States and he, if truth be told, truly represents the die hard Republicans at heart. It is sad to have to say this but the candidates, Romney and Gingrich and the rest, with the possible exception of Ron Paul, are running for this office for pure egotistical reasons and not a genuine concern for their country or fellow man. I believe they want to be president for the status it would bring them and to feed their egos. They are running for selfish reasons and therefore none are fit to be the leader of our country and it shows. They are soap opera material if there ever was. Merely a game to them. Nothing else to do with their money and money is what it really takes and determines who becomes president. Never has so much money been wasted on failing campaigns. Such a waste...such a shame.

    Thom Richer
    U.P. of Michigan

    January 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  86. dave in nashville

    The GOP has only one person to worry over, and his initials are BHO. But the television stations are loving the cash.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  87. John, Lancaster, CA

    It is awesome that Newt scares the establishment on both sides. He needs to shake up the bums so they'll stop playing footsies with their friends while the country has real issues.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  88. Joe

    Does it really matter? I don't care who wins, Obama must go.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  89. Pete/Ark

    It means that all of them who remember Dirkson,Rockefeller,Percy,Eisenhower,et al may have to start trying to create a new "Moderate Party".

    January 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  90. Qwerty

    Is "establishment republicans" the new code phrase for "people that know Gingrich the best"?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  91. Barbara Bunce

    Gingrich has received $7.7 mill 2006-2010 from Adleson in Las Vegas and then $10 2011 also personal vacations and gifts, this casino owner is under investigation by the FBI and other government agencies in his business dealings, also he is very pro Israel so what is Gingrich promising him? The Presidency is about Character, how can Gingrich live up to being of good Character when he gets rid of his wives when they are ill, is his current wife well? Or is he looking again. Leopards don't change their spots, this man was fined by Congress for ethics he had to pay $300,000. Why would anyone vote for him?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  92. Bill

    I am an independent middle class worker from PA. I am thinking between Gingrich and Obama. If Gingrich is defeated by Romney or Santorium, I am going to vote for Obama. I just don't trust the others at all. Obama and Paul, you know what you are getting. Gingrich is sort of a no brainer too. No matter what, I am a vietnam veteran and I will vote for the lesser of the evils.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  93. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Republicans are probably more nervous that the economy —along with Obama — is rebounding. In any case, they shouldn't be nervous. Gingrich will eventually go Newtulear and blow himself up.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  94. DC Observer

    Gingrich cannot be the GOP nomineee. It would ruin the party. Consider just a few examples.

    1. The GOP is all about family values. He cheated on his first wife and divorced her when she had cancer. He cheated on his second wife and divorced her when she has MS. Whether or not he asked for an open marriage does not matter – he is a serial adulaterer and cannot carry the GOP family values banner.
    2. He was corrupt while speaker and his own party tossed him out. How can he lead America if he cannot lead his own party.
    3. He is an insider – influence peddling for 15 years - he can say he is not a lobbyist, but nobody is buying that. Consider the Fannie Mae scandal - first he said he was an historian – historians do not get paid $1,600,000. Next he was a consultant -- and said just todat that he told Congress NOT to give Fannie Mae any more funding. Now, who believes that Fannie Mae would pay Newt $1,600,000 so that Newt could go out and pull the plug on Fannie Mae Funding. His firm was located on K Street - which is to lobbyists what WAll Street is to bankers. He reported to the Chief Lobbyist at Fannie Mae.

    NOPE - no chance that Newt will be the nominee, and if Republicans do nominate him based on his sound bytes and attacks on the media, then they will give the White House to Obama

    God Help Us

    January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  95. Ed from California

    The eye of newt, has no chance in hell of winning the nomination...even with the deep-pockets of Chuck and Dave Obama is in. Pres. Obama hit it out of the park last night. Boehner and Cantor really need to go. It looks like America is waking up.......finally.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  96. Amy Knight

    It is great that Newt is making the Repubs sweat! The Republican "establishment" is what got us into the financial mess we're in! Newt shaking things up is the best thing that could happen to the Republican party. With Romney, you're just going to get more perks for the ultrawealthy, and they have enough of those! Newt, bring back the rest of "Contract with America" and I'll support you.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  97. 1olddude from San Diego

    From San Diego. I think it's great; usually it's the Democrats that get themselves into a circular firing squad, so it's nice to see the usual buttoned down Republicans doing the same thing. Gives a little comic relief to the entire process.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  98. Dan from Long Island

    Jack,
    Newt Gingrich is like the character in Cool Hand Luke. He's a out of control, but his mercurial gambits entertain the prisoners while making the guards nervous. Like Luke, he'll get put down in the end. He's the same tragic character... just not as handsome or appealing as Paul Newman. The shady prison setting isn't a bad metaphor for this primary either. Good or bad? Bad acting. Good... Grief! Nervous? These guys can't even beat each other!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  99. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Wow, great question Jack ! Fear is an illusion, but it this case it well founded ! Newt is a reason for major concern and is the candidate of the people for the major obstructionism that has been going on that has been trying to quell our economic rebound, just for the reason of trying to make President Obama a one term President. Who suffers ? We the American people. I remember when Newt tried to do away with the school lunch program, I wonder how many of our latest War Veterans were recipients of that program before our country asked them to make the greatest sacrifice. Evil people do evil things. If you ask me all people, even hate filled Republicans should have plenty of concern and possibly fear of the Newtser. I will say this on his behalf, he hasn't yet killed murdered, maimed and tortured a million innocent people like Bush and Cheney, but who know for sure, given the opportunity, what this lecher of society is capable of.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  100. Duane (Richmond Virginia)

    Of course it's good to have someone challenge the establishment. But Newt only talks like an insurgent, he really isn't one. Newt is just being opportunistic and if elected would do just like they all do regardless of party...very little.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  101. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I think it's good. It means that the other candidates will spend less time attacking Obama and more time attacking him. Gingrich will have a major fight on his hands, all the way to the Convention, and Obama has but to sit back and watch.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  102. soljagal

    I think it's irresponsible for any journalist to drum up the Newt Gingrich. It's not funny. It shouldn't be entertaining to watch this clown gain traction. You shouldn't 'love it'. Sure this is a democracy, but If people vote emotionally and inadvertently let this joker win the nomination and then the presidency, then America will be a worse laughing stock than with Bush and the country will move backwards . I think the media needs to do the responsible thing and not egg this man on., You're playing with fire by stoking this.

    More than an ABO anyone but obama vote, Republicans should be thinking ABN, anyone but newt.

    I would rather have Romney lose to Obama, than to Newt.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  103. Judith in California

    Oh, it's so much fun to see the Republicans devouring their own. The GOP establishment will never accept Gingrich and if he should somehow get nominated, he's sure to lose. Mitt, meanwhile, is becoming more repulsive to most of us with every revelation about his ill-gotten wealth. Got candidates, GOP? Not any winning ones.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  104. Judith in California

    I must add that the person above that suggests Ron Paul could win his willfully blind. Who would want a 78 year old simple-minded devotee of Ayn Rand to lead this country. He's got to be joking.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  105. Bernie in Nashville

    It's downright frightening that a major American political party has made it this far with a rubberized billionaire, a crazy uncle libertarian doctor and an absolute bat guano crazy sociopath as their top three choices! If this circus act doesn't put an end to the GOP as we know it, I can't imagine what would.

    I can hear the high fiving in the White House from here.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  106. Seen it before

    Newt is going to self destruct, always has and always will. All you have to do is make him angry and in retaliation he will lash out and self-destruct. For the GOP, this needs to happen in the primaries. Romnwy has to simply grit his teeth and wail away at Newt. Then, poof Newt goes up in smoke. Next round ought to be on nepotism and having his daughters on his paid staff.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  107. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Gee, I wonder if the snowball doesn't melt in hell and Newt is elected President if both Democrats and Republicans in Congress will block everything he attempts to accomplish?

    January 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  108. PDH

    DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of readiness. DEFCON 1 is the one you're looking for, Jack. – Falls Church, VA

    January 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  109. David Doherty

    I don't like the fact that I to am nervous about newt's surge, it is so unlike me to side with republicans about anything. I truly believe that if mitt or newt win the presidency it could be the last time we elect a president in this country, that might sound fatalistic, but four years is an awful long time to have an insane person at the controls!
    Dave from NH.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  110. Ann from Charleston SC

    It is absolutely wonderful that Gingrich is making the Republicans nervous. They have spent the last three years playing every dirty trick in the book to make Obama a one term president, and now it is backfiring on them. I call that poetic justice.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  111. R. W., St. Johnsville, NY

    Jack: It's great anytime the establishment sweats, but I wouldn't vote for Newt either! He was elected multiple times, then disgraced the 3rd highest office, and we're seriously going to hand him the #1 spot? The Establishment aren't the only ones sweating...

    January 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  112. calaurore9

    Repub neo-cons, establishment don't know what to do with this dilemma. Anybody but Mitt, except Newt. It's so great.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    January 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  113. Katy Blue

    The Party of Old White Guys is nervous of an Old White Guy. I love it! The Republican Party lost its way years ago when it let the religious right take it over. They keep pandering to the racists, the religious, and the right-wing and have lost its heart and soul. Newt personifies everything that is evil in the Republic Party, Lord Voldemort if you will, and could spell the final destruction of the Republicans as a viable party

    January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  114. Nan, Nevada

    Newt is a tired old worn out wind bag. President Obama will benefit tremendoulsy if he wins the nomination. The Repugs are just out in a dark wood shed someplace. What are they thinking! We Democrats are rejoicing!!!!! Go Newt!

    January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  115. matt baker

    Are you serious Jack? The one and only one I thought new better on the MSM! MY GOD~ Newt being ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT is like this poor old country boy being in the top 1% of the top 1%!!!! THIS IS SERIOUSLY A REAL QUESTION? cmono JACK I thought you were better than that to bow down to the WASHINGTON POLITICAL SPIN that they spin so well! REALLY JACK? sighs

    January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  116. Southern Lady

    The party of "family values". Isn't that what the R's called themselves. Here is a man who cheated on two wives and his third wife does not care if she has to share him with other women. He was kicked out as Speaker for ethic violations. Receiving a million dollars from Freddie/Fannie as a HISTORIAN? Nothing is too low-down or mean, untrue or totally made up for Newt to charge against an opponent to try to embarass and humiliate. He is everything that is wrong with the Republican party. However, having said this, I hope he is the candidate, that he and the Tea Party crazies loose big time, the President is reelected and the once-proud Republican party will again elect statesmen instead of people like Newt. How the mighty have fallen.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  117. matt baker

    ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT? NEWT??? REALLY?? OMG JACK~ I am ashamed you would even think so~ sighs

    January 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  118. John P. Slevin

    Jack, Newt is no insurgent.

    Ron Paul is an insurgent.

    Ron Paul makes the other guys nervous for all the right reasons...they fear what he would do.

    Newt makes people nervous because they fear him like the skunk at the garden party.

    Newt is offensive to decent people everywhere.

    John P. Slevin
    Sacramento, CA

    January 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  119. Jackson from Rome, GA

    The hypocrisy from the Republicans is nauseating. When he was Speaker of the House, Gingrich himself never let Americans forget about Clinton's indiscretions. Now, this serial adulterer is running as the family values candidate?

    I honestly don't care what a person does in their private life as long as it matches with how they the lives of others. Gingrich fails that test spectacularly.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  120. Larry in Houston

    Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

    In My Opinion Jack, I think it's Good –
    I hope John King would ask the newter tonight : You've been quoted as saying that the Palestinian People is "Inventive" People, or "invented" people, and as a "Historian" for Freddie mac, would the American Indians also be the same as being "Inventive" ?? Then wait til his rebuttal, then say : And since the palestinian people were just invented" people, don't you think as a historian, you should give back the 1.6 million to freddie mac ?

    I'm not taking up for the palestinian people, nor Newter, nor Romney, nor the Indians, I'm just saying. . . It Just seems like the newter carries not only a lot of baggage, he Lies / and seems to me that something doesn't smell right, You know what I mean Jack ?

    I've got a gut feeling even If the newter loses Florida , he's got Alderson who runs that casino in Vegas – will end up giving him several mor million to go on to the next 3 states – not to mention "the Donald" because remember what he said, Jack ? The Donald said "IF the right person doesn't get the nonination" he 'may consider' running ? Of course we know that's a Joke, because the Donald is more interested in his t.v. show, and his own money making schemes, instead of running for election, besides, he's got to devulge all sorts of Info. regarding his worth. But, the bottom line is, the Donald will most likely pitch in around a Billion for the newter, in the end.

    Larry in Houston

    January 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  121. Steve

    I am a conservative. I think it's a good thing the establishment is frightened over Newt. The establishment wing of the Republican Party is why liberals win. The left-wingers can be assured, if Romney is the nominee, Obama will get another 4 years and perhaps I will join you in voting for him.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  122. Jay

    They wouldn't be nervous if they could produce a candidate with at least a weak grip on reality.

    Jay
    Pittsburgh, PA

    January 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  123. mak

    Newt not only makes the establishment republicans nervous but the entire democrats. He knows the ins and out of
    the politics in Washington. I do not care what his past has been , but if he can fix our problems so be it. He seems
    to have learned his lessons. There is nobody out there to challenge him on his experience. We paid dearly for Obama's
    training on the job and he still has not learned.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  124. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Hitler's Third Reich would be proud of Newt. I can see Newt now with a Hitler mustache. The Nazi's would have loved to have television, it would be an early version of FOX "News" spewing hate.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  125. Mike S., New Orleans

    I fail to see how Newt is anti-establishment. He's been riding around D.C. in a limo for three decades. Wasn't McCain considered an anti-establishment Republican? What Republicans are really nervous about is that they have failed to produce any candidates who could beat a president who has poor approval ratings.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  126. Jared Schwartz

    Its great for the Democrats and all Americans. Gingrich's win at any cost mentality is sure to accomplish one thing, a republican canidate that can not win. Instead of pointing our policy differences with his fellow Repoblicans, he is tearing them down with insults and smear campaign tactics, and Romney has replied. This is creating a field of Republican canidates that call each other liars and cheats and Americans will not trust.

    Jared
    Windham, NY

    PS
    Plus Democrats do not have to dirty their hands pointing out these lies...Thank you Mr. Gingrich

    January 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  127. Morgan Wagaman, Hendersonville NC

    With candidates like Gingrich we should just surrender to the British and get this experiment over with.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  128. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The Republican establishment are perfectly justified in being nervous about Newts climb in the primaries and their concerns about his future behavior is certainly has merit. Newt has already slipped into his past behavior just the past week when he flipped the script on John King and blamed John for asking a question Newts own ex wife and past. Newt did this in the past along with his other erratic behaviors and recent behavior is a strong indicator that Newt hasn't changed at all. The nerve of him to cast stones at President Obama on a daily basis and to criticize Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum but criticizes anyone that criticizes him. He has acted like the old spoiled child of the past when he couldn't sit in the same area as then President Clinton on Air Force One and now he wants to dictate whether the audience can applaud or not during tonight's debate. The Republican establishments is justified in their concern and truth be told, so should the country as a whole.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  129. Dale N.M.

    The old saying what goes around comes around maybe the career politicians day is coming and it worries them big time.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  130. Jeff In Minnesota

    Newt cannot seem to tell the truth about anything, so who cares? What people should be scared about is that this goofball can actually end up as the Republican nominee. Can you say Goldwater?

    January 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  131. Bert from L.A.

    Jack, it is good that the Republican Bsse, the "Silent Majority" as Nixon called them, is taking power over their corporatist leadership. It is like watching the tail wag the dog. It is a good thing because the GOP will no longer be able to win elections; swing-voters might swing to the corporatists Big lie of trickle-down economics but never to the ridical right.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  132. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    Forget about the establishment Republicans, he scares the crap out of me. I’m in my early sixties and remember Newt from the old days. He hasn’t changed one bit; he’s just become smarter and more skillful in how he plays politics. Newt claims he’s a Reagan Republican but Reagan didn’t go around dividing people and playing on their anger and fears. It’s a very sad commentary about politics in our country that this man is even being considered for the Republican nomination.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  133. Mark

    That depends Jack, if you want Obama in for a second term then vote for Newt. That's why republicans fear him. Chaotic and erratic as he is it won't matter because you can't run a candidate who has been mocked on SNL since the 90s there is just too deep a historical reserve of character flaws and unpopular decisions for him to get the popular vote. Democrats have their fingers crossed that they get to run against anyone other than Ron Paul, and the news media is obviously working in the interest of the Democrats because they also don't want to mention the only true contender in this fight. Ron Paul is the only man who is a danger to the establishment, because he wants to help his country and his honesty doesn't allow for the coveted propaganda process that has become so prevalent in the past 70 years.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  134. SC from Canada

    You guys have a serious debt problem. The reality of it is you need more revenue and less expenditures. Whether you like him or not, Obama is right and you will have to pull together as a people to make that happen, each to pay their fair share.

    If Romney wins the Republican nomination, and the Republicans get into office, you can kiss any chance of getting out of the hole you are in. They caused the disaster you are in with deregulation and expect that in less than 3 years the Democrats should have bailed them out. It's going to take time and effort.

    Whether you like Newt or not, Romney is far more dangerous to your economic health. Running a government is not like running a business. I'm from BC, they tried that and it doesn't work. I hope the Republicans implode.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  135. Mike W from Indiana

    To even call Newt the anti-establishment candidate is laughable in itself. Newt; both in and out of Congress IS the establishment and he has made it glaringly obvious over the years IMHO, the GOP is not only fearful of a thumpdown but for the greater public to see exactly what Newt and the GOP represent = Power, Greed, and Hypocrisy.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  136. Ed from MD

    If your purpose is to give anti-establishment a bad name Newt is the man for the job, so in a way it's good for establishement republicans. But the only way out of the frying pan is not into the fire.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  137. Greg, Ontario

    They should be nervous because he doesn't have a hope of beating Obama. Can you picture a Black or Latino voter voting for Newt? Of coarse not. Therefore to pick is to gaurentee an Obama re-election.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  138. David Doherty

    Yes it's a good thing, it shows their still alive. Most of the time their such stiffs it's hard too tell if their still breathing. The fact that most republicans don't like him is a good enough reason for me to take another look at him. I figure he can't be all bad if republicans are trying to cut him down.
    Dave from NH.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  139. Tina Texas

    And they say Newt is a changed man? Not on your Nellie. Leopards do not change spots and he will rule just like he did in the 90's with a heavy arm and the Republicans know if this happens their party would implode and not come back.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  140. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    It seems to me you and Nancy Pelosi ( not that she's an established Republican ) are both very nervous about Newt becoming president, if either one of you have something to say "SPIT-IT-OUT {OR} let it be! He's running his race which he has very perfect right to do and if the American people see him as the best man for president ( then again ) LET-IT-be!

    All of "US" need to do alot more than 'sweat' if Obama gets a 2nd term. "I don't think that statement needs any explanation! [ And I'm sure Jack you'd agree.] Personally I think Santorum or Paul 'either' would make the best president
    because they actually care about the American public- a rare occurrence in todays government

    January 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  141. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This is the greatest show on earth, just like the circus, it has everything and yet really offers nothing. Newt is the ring master in one sense and the master of disaster in another. The GOP should be nervous and I hope they get their elephants kicked by the donkeys in Novemember.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  142. Gigi Oregon

    If we just stop and listen for a minute we can hear Newt from the party of narcissism. I don't think the Republicans or Democrats should be nervous.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  143. Kevin from California

    It's good for the American people because establishment Republicans are way out of touch with the American people, and with their conservative platform. Newt is the wrong messenger for this, but apparently he has enough voters fooled into believing his charade, so I'll take what I can get.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  144. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I suppose it depends on whether you're a liberal or a conservative. If you're a liberal, you're cheering and rooting for Newt to win the nomination. If you're a conservative, you're taking Valium to relieve your stress and anxiety.

    As for me personally, Newt gives me the shivers. And I'm not a conservative.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  145. Phyllis Royster, Greensboro, NC

    Let me say this, Republicans just be careful who you lay down with you might get up with flees.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  146. Natalie

    Jack its great for Democrats of course! Anything that helps to uncover the wildly unhinged and confused state of todays pathetic representation of what used to be Ronald Reagan's honorable party. Republicans worry about Newt for one reason, despite his courtship they cannot buy into his profession of ultra conservative exclusionary beliefs have left the party impotent and obviously out of touch with the American people.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  147. Ed in Los Angeles

    It's not just good, it's GREAT! But then again, I am a President Obama supporter.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  148. Elizabeth, Kingston

    It is good, it is high drama and that is very, very good thing!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  149. ken from connecticut

    I think Mr. Gingrich makes the republicans very nervous. But it's okay. Let's just elect O'bama and get the collapse over with. Then we can move on to a more perfect world order!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  150. TL

    Nope I don't think it's anything to panic about. But the dems are prob happy about it.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  151. Will from south dakota

    What should really make the establishment republicans nervous is that neither Gingrich or Romney has the slightest chance of defeating Obama. You can take that to the bank.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  152. Joe A.

    I am a conservative and love it that he is scaring establishment Republicans. We need someone to stir things up and put forth bold ideas to challenge those who have been in Washington all too long (most of Congress).

    January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  153. vicky

    Gingrich is a schizophrenic and cannot be trusted.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  154. Jim Roker in Tucson

    Gingrich scars everyone.

    He is ill tempered, and quick to take offense and react badly. There are those that believe the whole government shutdown was prompted because he felt sunbed by seating arrangements on Air Force One.

    Having the armed forces at his disposal would be extremely dangerous, because he could feel slighted and attack for little or no reason.

    Besides the fact that some of the ideas he has suggested are so wacky they defy belief.

    All Americans prey that he will ultimately prove to be unelectable.

    Meanwhile, he has a ring in the republican circus that is the primaries all to himself.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  155. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    It's good. It'll keep the other GOP candidates focused on Gingrich, save Obama from having to do alot of TV ads, and ultimately weaken the GOP come the midterm season....Welcome back Democrats!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I'm sure Gingrich is making a lot of people nervous, but at the end of the day, I don't think Obama has a thing to worry about. There isn't one GOP candidate that's good enough to send to the Whitehouse.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  157. T. Beeth

    It clearly bad both for GOP and Gingrich. It is 'civil war' in GOP: a few ore Gingrich and more for GOP establishment.

    And this makes Obama a shoo–in for the 2nd term.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  158. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    As a Democrat I would say it is good. I am actually changing my party for about a month to Republican so I can vote for him in the upcoming Arizona Republican primary. I think the establishment actually likes none of them. What they are hoping for is that Newt will get enough votes to keep Mitt Romney from getting a majority so that the race goes to a brokered convention. That way they can put up someone they like (i.e. Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniel).

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  159. Pat Gwinn

    The establishment is obviously Congress...that approval rating is at 11%. To me, that speaks volumes. Attacks don't work. Give the voter a reason to vote for you...not against someone else.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  160. Albert Lexington SC

    Republican have to be nervous about both Gingrich and Romney, there is no difference
    Bringing Old idea will not push country forward. We need new Idea
    We can rely upon any of GOP candidate, there is more confusion of this all candidate.
    None of them deserve my vote

    January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  161. Eli in Las Vegas

    He makes me nervous! take the mike away from his hand and put a knife in it, what do you have? Chucky!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  162. Hank of Jacksonville, NC

    I will take establishment Republicans any day before I accept the riff-raff that either of these candidates represent. As for Newt, he waddles when he walks. I don't want a waddler as my President.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  163. Mike in TX

    It's great Jack but it needs to go one step further. The thought of having Gingrich deciding the actions of our men and women in service, having his finger on the nuclear weapons, and being the most powerful man in the world should be absolutely frightening to all Americans not just Republicans. The Newt that does not want anyone evaluating his past in his application for the job wants folks to clap for him as he speaks, seemingly mostly against you folks. Putting a colony on the moon in eight years while cutting support for our troops and seniors – REALLY

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  164. David

    Sorry Jack, but if the establishment was actually afraid of Gingrich you guys wouldn't be talking about him so much and every poll he leads in would deemed "irrelevant".

    David
    Baton Rouge, LA

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  165. Rousseau Luzincourt

    Yes, Newt makes the Republican establishments nervous because he's too erratic.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  166. David W.

    This is the same establishment that gave us two unfunded wars and the largest expansion in entitlements since Lyndon Johnson. The same establishment that turned the four Gingrich-Clinton budget surpluses into red ink as far as the eye can see. The same establishment that shoveled a trillion dollars in tax money into obsolete automakers and corrupt banks on Wall Street, in return for campaign contributions. Bob Dole was the worst GOP nominee of the entire 20th Century. Tom Delay was as corrupt as Jim Wright. Where do these clowns get off criticizing Newt? He mobilized the GOP takeover in 1994, bringing us in from the wilderness after 40 years. None of these lilliputians has done anything to advance the conservative cause....

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  167. Kathy Woodfin

    I don't think Newt makes Establishment Republicans any more uncomfortable than the Tea Party republicans do. The big difference is that Newt has brains.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  168. Bob in Dallas

    Jack this says something about the makeup of today's Conservative ideaology.

    How did they let so many "loons" under the tent?

    January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  169. Patrick Lewis from DC

    It wouldn't be bad if he was simply an unknown, but since the GOP knows full well what Newt will do, yeah, that's a problem.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  170. Art, Arizona

    It's fantastic!

    The left attacked him because he took the house back after 40 years and the establishment rhino's are mad cause he did not fall in line with them. The more Nancy Pelosi, Anne Coulter, Bob Dole and the rest of the establishment attack him, the more convinced I am that he should be President.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  171. Andy

    Are you kidding? Of course it makes them nervous but what about Newt is anti-establishment? He's a career politician who's been wired in for years. He's trying to paint himself as the outsider and it's clever but not truthful. The process is fun to watch, though.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  172. David in FL

    I'm just glad others are saying it as well. Nuke Gingrich is not good for the party, we should not be encouraging that kind of leadership in America, our future Democrat and Republican, Indepent and Libertarian etc. children will think its OK to act like a baffoon!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  173. Mark

    The party is afraid of Newt because he is so completely unelectable, not because they think he will be president. They WANT a chance, so they hope that Gingrich isn't elected. Only one candidate can beat Obama, and the news media certainly won't give him the kind of attention that the more dramatic soap opera characters, that they are calling contenders, get. If the party would get behind Dr. Paul he would be near un-stoppable.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  174. Susan

    My husband and I are enjoying this mess the Republicans are in. I am 65 and remember Newt and never liked him. I think he will be the same old Newt this time around. Obama is a winner if Newt is the Republican choice.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  175. Sandstone.

    "I'm betting he makes the rest of the world nervous. As I said a few days ago, he's a lot like Nikita Krushchev. I'd hate to see him with his finger on the button."

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  176. Margot

    Newt is poison–pure and simple. No one is saying it out loud because it's too scary. But, I personally question his mental stability. Since I question the mental stability of most of those Tea Party voters-he's a good fit for them. The Republicans invited these people into their tent; courted them, actually.........Now, this is THEIR cross to bear. Newt plays them like a fiddle-just enough to win primaries.........But, trust me, the general election will be a real massacre with him anywhere on the ticket. You sell your soul, Republicans and the Devil does come a callin' !!!!! Margot–Other Washington

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  177. Bill Drury, from Washington D.C.

    It's bad. The people who worked closest with Newt think he's a deadbeat.

    Maybe South Carolina demonstrated that Mitt Romney is not as electable as the public was beginning to think. Maybe Romney's faith really is an insurmountable obstacle. (I tend to believe that evangelicals will vote against Obama regardless.) But Gingrich's victory in South Carolina absolutely does not speak to his electabilty in a general election. Rather, it shows that evangelicals will vote for almost anyone (other than President Obama) to avoid voting for a Mormon.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  178. JB from Nashville

    Good? Anyone that speaks out against the establishment is great ! better than putting up with the " Sound Bite "
    Crowd...all words...no action...that particularly applies to the President . Enough of empty words and political
    Correctness ! look where that's gotten us!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  179. Chris from Mississippi

    It shouldn't be hard to figure out that Newt is Newt. He likes to support the commitment/establishment from the beginning, but he runs away when it becomes terminally ill. Currently the Republican establishment is on life support. So Newt is moving on to what he has been flirting with for a while, but at the end of the day if he becomes the nominee, he will look back at the establishment and ask them to join him. His vindictive statement will be "The others don't mind what I do."

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  180. Bridget

    Congress better think about what they really want, Newt is the only chance they have of getting a Republican in the White House.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  181. Brian, Winston-Salem

    It is bad. Establishment Republicans aren't worried about his policies or message, they are concerned about his style of leading. And they know his style best.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  182. Rogelio Diaz

    Once the antagonist in a story gains momentum that is not expected most people in power will get nervous. Its a fact. He must be doing something right or has a great plan in mind that will radically change the identity of America for people to get nervous. Change can do that to people, but in the end..we're still the greatest country in the world.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  183. Kyle from Indianapolis, IN

    Jack,

    Who cares what the establishment thinks? The last few years have been characterized as anti-establishment, first with the Tea Party elections in 2010, the Occupy movement, and the Arab Spring. Heck, even Time's Man of the Year was "The Protester"! With Congress sitting at about 12% approval, does it really matter what those savvy Washington politicians care about? I think not.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  184. Dave - Indiana

    Yes, Gingrich understandably makes Republicans very nervous; especially since has made it very clear that he believes to be something as the second coming of Ronald Regan.
    A Ronald Regan be could NEVER be, he lies to much, something RR would never freely do!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  185. Richard in Costa Rica

    It's both good and bad, Jack. Good that the GOP hierarchy has some discernment and bad that Gingrich has none. Gingrich is a loose canon. He will do and say whatever he can to become the party fav, but he has no conscience nor common sense, and certainly no awareness of political correctness. He doesn't care what he says, or who he drags into and implicates in the demeaning dialogue...Jewish activists, black ghetto dwellers, the poor and disenfranchised, the common man!. Everything he criticizes about his opponents is more true of him, and reflects even worse, if seen with discernment and discrimination. He is a very bad apple (sour grapes?) and has no character nor business running for president! Richard in Costa Rica.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  186. Susan - Laguna Hills

    It really doesn't make any difference at all...to the nation, to the election...GOP is out for this race for sure. But I really hope with all these dog fights, Republican votors will think it hard and support Ron Paul because Ron Paul is the only one who has better common sense and have the country's best interest in mind...the rest of the pack is just entering for entertainment and 5 minutes of fame.

    Susan – Laguna Hills, CA

    January 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  187. David from Webster, NY

    Newt is smart and knows how to get things done in Washington even if his party doesn't agree. He's a historian and wants to go down in history as making America better just like Ronald Reagan did.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  188. Judy Nitkin

    Those Republicans who worked with him in Congress are shaking in their boots. As well as they should, the American public now have to make their votes count.
    Maybe there needs to be yet" Another Hat"thrown into the ring.
    But truly, this way too much fun!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  189. Dave - Indiana

    Yes, Gingrich understandably makes Republicans very nervous; especially since he has made it very clear that he believes to be something as the second coming of Ronald Regan.
    A Ronald Regan he could NEVER be, he lies to much, something RR would never freely do!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  190. Kim Cook

    Is it good or bad that Newt Gingrich makes establishment Republicans nervous?

    It's good...no – great!! The establishment of both parties squirming over Gingrich is just the verification I needed to know Gingrish is the person to vote for. As far as the Republican establishment goes, they do not represents fiscal conservatives, republicans or independents. I only wish there was enough candidates they disapprove of to replace them all.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  191. Eric

    All the nervous have another option" Go Ron Paul "

    January 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  192. Susan from Idaho

    If he doesn't make them nervous they have nerves of steel

    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  193. Name*Eve Florifa

    Absolutely Mr Gingrich makes me very nervous. He needs to listen to ppl get out of the race!!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  194. Sharen

    Jack, It would be the thing that ever happened. If Newt gets in they know they are going to have to work! Let's not forget
    Newt balanced the budget four years in a row.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  195. Sandra

    It is a good thing! They are trying to silence Newt, just like they tried to silence Sarah Palin when she was running with McCain. The establisment needs to be changed in a big way and the American people deserve that!

    Sandra from Illinois

    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  196. Renee Peoria,Ill

    It sounds like those who know him best, know what they're talking about. Erratic, chaotic and crazy perfectly describes the campaign he's been running. I also question the so-called ethics of anyone using not-so-thinly-veiled racism to pull in extremist votes. Speaking of ethics, does anyone really believe Newt has any? He claimed he didn't ask for an open marriage at the same time he was already treating his marriage like an open one – this is now common knowledge. Not to mention his attitude toward the poor which is hardly Christian. Making the Grinch (oops, I mean Gingrich) their frontrunner flies in the face of all those on the right who would preach to the rest of us about morals.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  197. Marty from Michigan

    I don't know what they're nervous about,Newt is not as radical as some of their Tea Party counterparts.These guys have been spending most of their time at these debates defending themselves on peresonal issues rather than the issues affecting the American people.Welcome to the age of Super Pacts.We would like to thank the activist judges who say corporations are people for breaking an allready broken system even more!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  198. Ed Truncale

    Jack,
    I am still in disbelief that Newt Gingrich is in the running. The conservatives (ultra especially) seem to be like moths to a flame. Whoever is shining the brightest and speaking the loudest gets their vote. Can they stop, take a good hard look. Look to the past, Sarah who?. Christine "I'm not a witch". Hey, nice sweater vest. Good gosh people, Newt left the government in shame. He cheated on his wife. He hasn't honored the oaths he has taken to date. Nothing about Newt still being in the race is good.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  199. Roger in Dallas

    I believe it is a good thing that Newt makes the establishment nervous. Perhaps this will be the kick in the ass they need to (1) get rid of all these tea party do-nothings in the Congress and elect viable candidates who are will to work with the other side of the aisle and compromise and (2) groom a truly great candidate for the 2016 election. No one in this field is going to beat President Obama nor should they.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  200. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    II think it is a very good thing. The GOP got their butts kicked because they were bad public servants. They were self serving to state it kindlly. Of course, the D party is a mirror image but I say to create real change after the next four years, kick the GOP once again and let the D party show its true colors in high def. THEN I think change for the people and respect for the Constitution will be unavoidable. Of course, Jack, we got troubles right here in River City USA...everywhere (almost).

    January 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  201. Larry in Houston

    I honestly & truely wish Romney will end it with a knockout punch tonite – I 'm so tired of hearing the newter – I'm afraid he's going to "Neuter" the country if he gets the nomination.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  202. Eric Bass

    It's a Kubrickian fairytale. When the cagiest of a cadre of madmen, escapes the madhouse, and not only frightens the other madmen, but appeals to the general voting public. The Republican Primary Race makes "Dr. Strangelove" look like a Disney movie.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  203. Bill

    Glory Halelujah it makes me shout,, just to think how Newt makes Republicans FREEK OUT !!!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  204. Masoud

    Newt is the ultimate establishment lobbyist himself, don't wanna imagine what he would do to prove his royalty to the "good old boys".
    i see him is as a very weak person who is being thought to act confident enough to get through this.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  205. -Jim

    Establishment Republicans are the problem, the only way I see a Republican winning is if that candidate is percieved as not part of the 'establishment'. Right now that is Newt. Like it or not.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  206. Eric from Warner Robins, GA

    A party that fears its own members is not a party at all. Newt can potentially redefine the establishment. As it currently stands, the GOP answers to multi-national corporations, not the American people. The word "establishment" is never good in politics, for it means living in the past with little sight on the future that has no borders. As a democrat, I will not endorse Newt, but as an American, I could not be happier to see a more confused republican party.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  207. Remo from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It's career politicians that got us into this mess. Both parties need to be cleaned out. Limits on terms need to be set. The election of our representatives ned to returned to the people and not corporation sponsorship. So if Newt makes DC nervous, well, it can't make things worse, were at worse already. I voted for Mr. Obama the first time, and that will be the last time.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  208. Art pirker

    Newt makes them nervous because he is the only one that will give a direct answer to a question. Ask Romney a question and he will dance around the question and give an answer about a completely different subject. He will answer only what he chooses to answer to. You need Judge Judy to get answers to the question asked.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  209. g.s.

    I would think so.
    For the first the first tim in history since reagan has there been someone to challenge the establishment.
    Can you you imagine the amount governmemnt officials,
    media and such that woul be looking for work.
    Can you imagine the savings?
    putting a flat in place would even the playing field. And that would be just the begging. Yes, he is a bull in a china closet but he is smart on and he is the only in my that can lead this country back what it was once and bld enough to face obama
    In a debate. After all it woul be quick election.
    Regards...
    Guillermo Schleimer

    January 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  210. Mark

    Everyone seems to forget that Newt will NEVER be president. If he gets elected as the Republican candidate then Obama already won. Vote tampering will be the only chance left. I think people are getting sick of questioning things like that, so just don't bother talking Newt anymore. Romney is better but still stands no chance against Obama. Santorum is on the right track but not quite there yet. Ron Paul is your only Candidate people. Forget about it.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |