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How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?
January 30th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the Florida primary comes down to the wire, Newt Gingrich finds himself trailing badly in the polls but getting support from two high-profile Republicans.

The question is whether it will do him any good.

Former presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain endorsed Gingrich over the weekend.

He called Gingrich a "patriot" who is not afraid of bold ideas.

Cain – who pulled off a surprising win in a Florida straw poll last summer – remains popular among grass-roots conservatives.

But he dropped out of the race in December amid allegations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity.

Then there's Sarah Palin. While she hasn't formally endorsed anyone, it sure seems like the former governor of Alaska is rooting for Gingrich.

Palin is calling on Republicans to vote for Gingrich to "shake up" the establishment "if for no other reason to rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal."

Palin has described the establishment Republicans backing Romney as "cannibals."

While Palin says she respects Mitt Romney, she says there are serious concerns about his record as a conservative. Palin says this primary should not be rushed to an end, adding, "we need to vet this."

You mean the way Palin was vetted for the vice presidency four years ago?

Meanwhile, Gingrich may need all the help he can get in Florida.

Four polls in a row there show Romney with a double-digit lead over Gingrich; the latest one shows Romney up by 14 points.

Here’s my question to you: How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

June:
Let’s see… you have a failed VP candidate and a man who left the presidential race after he was accused of sexual harassment and having an affair, supporting a man who was having an affair with his second wife while married to his first wife and then having an affair with his third wife while having still married to his second wife. Can you say "birds of a feather?"

Joy in Texas:
The endorsement may help him with the extreme right wing base, but most Republicans if they have any brains know Gingrich is like a stick of dynamite and could blow at anytime. I think Palin and Cain are pretty inconsequential now.

Jimmy:
The Cain and Palin endorsements will help Newt Gingrich get louder applause from the same group applauding him now at the debates. Ideas like putting poor children to work and colonizing the moon are not helping Mr. Gingrich. Newt should abandon the futuristic ideas and start proposing some down to earth ideas about putting average Americans back to work.

Steve:
Zip. Zilch, and Nada. The kind of voter who was attracted by Palin and Cain is already in Newt's camp. They like bombastic, over-the-top, attack dog rhetoric and Newt is the master of it.

Marcy in Florida:
I don't think they will be of any help. These two need help themselves.

David in Virginia:
I really think that if they endorse Newt, they should get a thank-you note from Mitt. Herm lost his political mojo in S.C. with his Colbert endorsement antics. Palin morphed from Hockey Mom from Hell to TV pundit. And you know where TV pundits sit in the value chain, don't you, Jack?

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  1. Mel - Houston

    For the ABM (anybody but Mitt) voters out there it may help a bit, but; nothing to really hang your hat on.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  2. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack, ...................ZERO!!!! All three are flying the same spaceship to the nether world.
    David

    January 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Randy

    He would do better with an endorsement from O.J. And Susan smith.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Steve Newman

    Zip. Zilch, and Nada. The kind of voter who was attracted by Palin and Cain is already in Newt's camp. They like bombastic, over the top, attack dog rhetoric and Newt is the master of it.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  5. Pat, Twin Falls, Idaho

    Palin and Cain didn't have anything to say to help their campains, why does Newt think they could ever help him?

    January 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  6. Thomas, US Army Retired Vietnam Vet., Chicago, IL

    A lot. They both are fantastic at getting the republican literacy challenged audience to come out.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: Conservative born again Christians can bring in about 30% of the vote nationally. After Florida, Newt will start to hit the Southern States where Conseratives will vote for him. Yes, Herman "Singing" Cain and Sarah "Fishing Shooting Wolves" Palin will definitely help Newt cause. Newt just has to keep his powder dry and not shoot himself in the foot, and he might win a few states. I live in Alabama where Mormons are an occult, which means they will vote for Newt. I will not vote Newt or Romney, because both of them are flakes.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  8. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    There's two mental heavyweights in his corner, a mere reflection of his own space cadet mind.
    Help i don't believe is the optimum word, more like hinder.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Bill of New Mexico

    I would do the opposite of what Sarah and Herman suggest.

    So–Sarah and Herman influence me.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  10. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    About as much as throwing a drowning man a cannonball instead of a life vest.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  11. JD in NH

    They'll help Newt as much as Dove chocolates will help my diet.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Richard Texas

    I think that Herman and Sarah are just what Newt Needs to lose the election. I don't think Gingrich is too thrilled about being endorsed by Cain and his past history of sexual harassment and alleged cheating on his wife. Gingrich is trying to escape his own past demons and he does not need those of Palin or Cain haunting him also. Although I am sure either would love to be Vice president and my guess is that both are hedging their bets for the slot should Gingrich stumble into the presidency.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  13. Ron WPAFB

    They are both shinning examples of the Republican Party. Both act uneducated and lie and mislead with sound bites and are completely unethical. True Republicans! They'll probably help Newt?

    January 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Well let me phrase it this way--how much can three blind mice help each other-–it is a classic textbook example of the "blind leading the blind."

    January 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  15. Brad, Portland, OR

    They might help Newt with the Tea Partier vote, which might keep him in the race longer.

    But I think ultimately Romney is going to get the nomination.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  16. older than dirt

    How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?

    They can and will deliver the wing-nut vote for Gringrich,

    January 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    It is my "Fair and Balanced" opinion that if Sarah Palin and Herman Cain have any influence in these up-coming Republican primaries, intelligent voters are staying home and sitting this election out since they know that the GOP has NO ONE that can beat Obama and win in the fall. With a total dork like Gingrich at the top of the ticket, at least they will have their "scape-goat" if the GOP suffers huge losses in November.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  18. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Not much. They are both associated with the Tea Party. The Tea Party is even less favorably viewed than the Republican Party (The tea party’s popularity problem, Ezra Klein, Washington Post, 10/13/2011). The Tea party is the reason Communism, Paris Hilton, and the IRS all poll more popularly than Congress. Good luck, Newt.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  19. calaurore9

    Nine-nine-nine times zero= ZERO

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    January 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  20. Ed from California

    It'll put Noot over the top and right onto 1600 Pennslyvania Ave. Out on the street, looking in that is..

    January 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  21. David of Alexandria VA

    I really think that if they endorse Newt, they should get a thank-you note from Mitt. Herm lost his political mojo in SC with his Colbert endorsement antics. Palin morphed from Hockey Mom from Hell to TV pundit. And you know where TV pundits sit in the value chain, don't you, Jack?

    January 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  22. Becky in Kansas

    Hmmm, not much for me.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Cain wasn't aware China already had nuclear weapons and Sarah, well Sarah has demonstated she knows little about government on any level. Both will appeal to those who know nothing and are not interested in anything other than bumper sticker slogans.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  24. marcy from florida

    I don't think they will be of any help.
    These two need help themselves.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  25. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?

    So how much will two quiters help Newt? Not sure. I for one would NOT vote for Newt if he would accept their endorsements or anyone else for that matter. To align oneself with either of these questionable individuals would be a big RED FLAG.

    As a side note: I thought that Herman Cain endorsed Stephen Colbert in South Carolina just weeks ago. Did we miss something?

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  26. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, absolutely! Newt could use the help of Sarah Palin and Herman Cain as examples of who we should send to the Moon.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  27. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    Bwahahaha, thanks for the laugh. They'll help him to help President Obama to be re-elected. If you put them together in a small car you could have a clown troop.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  28. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Palin and Cain are birds of a feather. They sold their support to Gingrich cause Romney was not buying. Gingrich Mudslide in Florida tomrrow

    January 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  29. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Wow. Almost too ridiculous to answer. Neither one of them are a shinnig beacon of intelligence, so it seems entirely fitting that they would endorse a buffoon like Gingrich. I am surprised though, that Mr. Cain would endorse a known racist and bigot like Newt.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  30. Jk from Minnesota

    If it were me I ask them to "get off my side", but if he's trying to lock down that far right base vote, he's probably welcoming the support (and the added Palin attack dog)

    January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  31. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I want to say not very much. But there are a lot of nuts and extremist in the tea party and these two nuts lead the pack. So they might be very helpful organizing and getting the tea party to support the biggest Nut of them all, Newt Gingrich.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  32. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    An ex Governer and a ex CEO, sounds pretty good to me.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  33. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Nada, Zilch! For now the good ship "Grand Old Party" is on the rocks. Sarah Palin and Herman Cain will help Gingrich like the Captain of his ship helped the crew and passengers on the cruise ship Costa Concordia.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  34. Tyler

    Simply, it won't.....When our President offered his STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. Not one Republican in countless Media Interviews said "I'm ready to work with the President on this item, or this item." They are so out of touch with the reality of the majority. This is a clear WIN for Barack O'bama....and i've been one thats lost a lot during these times. 99% STAND UP FOR EQUALITY

    TYLER
    OSHKOSH, WI

    January 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  35. David in Tampa

    How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain hurt Newt Gingrich? Or help? Gingrich is beyond help and thus Ms. Palin and Mr. Cain can't hurt him much either. All of his old demons are coming back to haunt him. Every time he opens his yap he puts another foot in it. Only a minority of the far right find anything about his message and candidacy worthy. About the only thing he attacks that gets a big round of applause is you liberal types, and that is not enough to garner my support.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  36. Cy Gardner

    They will be a GREAT help! They can be his first two guests when Newt gets his next show on FOX. cy from arlington, va

    January 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  37. Mr D

    Isn't it funny how "losers" stick together?

    January 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  38. June

    Lets see ,you have a failed vp candidate and a man who left the presidential race after he was accused of sexual harrassment and having an affair, supporting a man who was having an affair with his second wife while married to his first wife and then having an affair with his third wife while having still married to his second wife.
    Can you say "birds of a feather?"

    January 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  39. Cy Gardner

    It may help Newt look more presidential if he is standing next to Herman, Sarah and anyone else who piles out of the little clown car in the center ring. cy from arlington, va

    January 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Doug Ericson

    Their endorsements will hurt Newt Gingrich. Sarah Palin probably could have overcome, the rumor mill level gossip that surfaced about her, but she didn't want to have her marriage and family thrown into the fray. One day Sarah is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and the next day she is the Wicked Witch of the East, ( or the West,I keep forgetting which Witch is which). Herm Cain. Thats all I can say about Herm. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  41. Steve

    They are both, a pair of loosers. I was planning to vote for Gingrich, since these two jumped on the wagon I'm changing my vote for Romney. I thought Palin was bad this guy Cain has no clue that he's really bad. It boggles my mind that 20% of the voters actually supported this guy as being a potential candidate as President of our country. Maybe they can get together as a couple.

    January 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Jimmy L. Bradley

    The Cain and Palin endorsements will help Newt Gingrich get louder applause from the same group applauding him now at the debates; that group being the 25% or so of the Republican Party supportiing him now. Ideas like putting poor children to work and colonizing the moon are not helping Mr.Gingrich. Newt should abandon the futuristic ideas propounded by Alvin Toffler and start proposing some down to earth ideas about putting average Americans back to work now.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  43. Joy From Texas

    The endorsement may help him w/the extreme right wing base, but most republicans if they have any brains know Gingrich is like a stick of dynamite and could blow @ anytime. I think Palin and Cain are pretty inconsequential now.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  44. Mark

    Palin quit as Governor halfway through her term. Cain ended his campaign early in the race. Gingrich's ethics got him booted from Speaker-hood, and his personal integrity is extremely questionable. It all sounds like a pilot for a new reality show. And considering how much the GOP doesn't want Newt as the nominee, the endorsements of Palin and Cain just fracture the Republican party even more. Good news for President Obama.

    Mark
    Tempe,AZ

    January 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  45. Toni

    They will help him alright......Right out of the race!

    South Carolina

    January 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  46. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Help? Not a bit. Both of them are angling for a VP spot on a Gingrich ticket. Gingrich, on the other hand, has more than enough baggage that he doesn't Cain's additional and he remembers how stupid McCain was to pick Palin. If Gingrich wins the nomination (which is oh so seriously doubtful), then he'll probably go with Romney.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  47. Pete from Georgia

    How about NOTHING ??
    At least not enough to make a difference.
    Newt, with his pathetic desperate whining is done......................yesterday's news.
    Caput.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  48. Pat in Michigan

    Boy Jack,Two losers helping out another loser.? Three wrongs still doesn't make it right.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  49. Karen, Idaho

    Just about as much as they helped John McCain become President

    January 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  50. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    I suspect it will rub the noses in any who would support Newt that they are voting with the lunatic fringe. That will help him solidify his position with a certain segment of the GOP, but will likely cost him votes among the non-reactionaries. One reason the establishment wants Newt out quickly is that if these voters are mobilized and then disappointed, they may stay home in November. Of course, the other reason to mobilize some of these folks around Newt is so they won't give Ron Paul more strength at the convention or follow him out if he decides to leave.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  51. Loren

    Seems like its all over except the shouting, so add Herman and Sarah to the shouters.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  52. Josh from New Orleans

    Sarah and Herman will help Newt look more like a reality TV show star than a presidential nominee.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  53. Annie, Atlanta

    Personally, I don't see where it can help. But then again I don't buy into the politics of hate, divisiveness, and lies and deceit like they do, so what do I know.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  54. Carpenter

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant to the 2012 election.

    The Tea Party is also irrelevant. Sorry but its true. The importance (and numbers) of both were EXAGERATED and blown out of proportion by the Liberal News Mafia (and by Glenn Beck) to drive a wedge between differing groups of potential Republican voters. Period!

    And Sarah (the puppet) has done exactly what the Liberal Media needed her to do! Her useless negative comments about Ronald Reagan, her idiot remarks about the Bush family, and Paul Revere, and so on and on and on (there is literally too much to list here) … have not helped anyone in any way any shape or any form. She is an unintentional Tool of the Liberal Media. Other than that she is irrelevant.

    Palin is just another version of Cindy Sheehan
    that has been discarded by the Liberal Media
    because she is no longer needed by them.
    She is irrelevant.

    Palin’s opinions, therefore, are worthless as she is even more irrelevant to the Republican Party than Ron Paul a Libertarian.

    At one time an artificially puffed up Sarah Palin actually believed that “SHE” had the power to turn the Republicans into the extinct ‘WHIG’ party. So how did that one work out?

    Palin has also flirted with a 3rd Party run (a veiled threat) and “SHE” has warned us not to dismiss Ron Paul (who is not even a Republican) like “SHE” has the power to control the destiny of the USA with a wave of her mighty hand.

    She is delusional. She is irrelevant.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  55. Marilyn, Powell OH

    It will help a lot with all the nutty tea party people.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  56. Dave, Orlando, FL

    About as much as she helped John McCain. Let’s see now, another philanderer and airhead who is apparently illiterate and likes to shoot things, who could want a better endorsement than those two.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  57. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    At the end of the day, the more Newt supporters come out of the woodwork, the more its an easier Romney victory in primaries and an easier time for Obama in November. All the clowns get in the Gingrich car, while Romney drives the limo to the finish line.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  58. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Help Gingrich no, help Romney and Obama yes. As more of the far-right crowd, Cain, Palin, and before you know it Ron Paul and Santorum, rally behind Gingrich, the more centralist Romney and Obama will look to those who matter most: independents.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  59. Pete from Florida

    Support from eitehr of these two does more harm then good – they're both toxic.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  60. bud rupert

    First of all Jack – Nobody is going to shake up anything. All of these loud mouths that try and convince the voting public that if they were elected they would shake up Washington is laughable. The rules have been in place for 200 years and if you don't play the game between the lines 2 things happen. Nothing gets done-AT ALL and you only serve one term.
    The person in the Oval office has limited power-That's the way it was set up, that's the way it's always been and always will be. The House and Senate Leadership does not report to the President and once he learns that maybe-just maybe he can get a few things accomplished

    January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  61. Richard

    Albany, NY Pain and Cain will yield no gain. Newt is toast.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  62. mary from NH

    A failed governor, and a failed presidential candidate supporting a failed ex speaker of the House....... It just gets better and better. This may not help Gingrich but it sure will help with the ratings.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  63. Karl in Flint

    These two have a limited following in certain limited circles only. As for their impact on Newts campaign? Birds of a feather flock together.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  64. Larry in Houston

    Jack – you're spot on – regarding Palin not getting Vetted – – McCain made a huge mistake – and he knows it, but will go to his grave never admitting it, Ever. – – "We Need to Vet This" ?? Are you kidding me ? Or are you just trying to be funny ? Jack, How much "vetting" do we need, huh ? I mean, there has been more "debates" than we've Ever had in the history of Any Presidential Election, Jack. And there's still more upcoming debates Yet ! Cain is done, period. All he wants is to keep his name up in lights, so he can get something with the "F" word news channel, or sell books, Just like Palin is doing. Take a good look at Cain & the Newter, have you ever heard of "two peas in a pod" ? or, "birds of a feather, flock together" ? With the Newters History, and the Cain's history, that's exactly what I mean. So to answer your question regarding Cain's relevance, won't make any difference at all, in my opinion.

    As far as Palin is concerned,she's got some of the Tea Party support, but in my opinion, the tea party is a dwindling thing. She says : "shake-up the establishment" ?? Who does she 'think' (in her pea brain head) the "Establishment" Is ? Huh ? So she doesn't think the Newter has any 'establishment' experience ? Huh ?? Wow !! This gal isn't a piece of work, she's a Phenomenen – ( i hope i spelled that correctly) Remember this is coming from a Quitter – knowing that she could make more money doing other things, (other than being a governor) such as selling books – and working for – and keeping her name up in lights, for the "F" Word news channel – and yes, Jack, I'm sorry about cussing (twice) on this post.

    Larry in Houston

    January 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  65. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    My most recent poll shows that these two people will hurt Newt's chances as they are not qualified to be President nor are they a positive influence with active voters. Besides, the main mission of the Republicans is to defeat President Obama and they know that Newt, Santorum nor Paul has a chance so Romney wins by default.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  66. Nate NC

    About as much as CatWoman and the Riddler endorsing Two-Face. Each of them are crazy enough to take on Batman, but they all fail.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  67. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Cain and Palin are both in the Clown Car of used-to-be, wanna-be presidential candidates. They both have the approval of the right-wing lunatics who already support Gingrich, so I don't think their endorsements will help him at ALL.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  68. sarkis

    sarah pailn had her 15 minute of fame.its intresting that mcain gave indorsment to romeny and sarah giving indorsment to gingrich. no oneder why republicans lost to presidant OBAMA. welcome to 2008 all over again.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  69. diridi

    not at all...not at all...o.k,

    January 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  70. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin and Cain might help Gingrich on his "Moon Colony" but I'm not so sure how much help they can give him on Planet Earth.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  71. Mike S., New Orleans

    Sarah Palin's and Herman Cain's support of Gingrich will surely solidify his standing with voters who cover their heads in tin foil.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  72. barbara in nc

    well, you asked.

    If they want to run for the position based on their policies of 9-9-9 or "Annoy a Liberal", let them.

    Let's see how many votes they get.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Cain, a pea from Gingrich's pod, supporting him – not really a big surprise. A little surprised by Palin; I thought she at least pretended to have more family values than that. But support from two already failed miserably candidates? Sure, why not? Romney and Obama both need all the help they can get.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  74. andy Lynn, MA

    As I see it, both Cain and Palin could actually force a poll result outcome as a negative number. Newtie you're desperate!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Sandstone.

    "I think it's more about, 'how can we help each other?' They boith know Romney doen't really need either, and will pick his own Cabinet as he wants to. where-as Gingrich is still dreaming, so he still needs to make promises. Well that's my oppinion!"

    January 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  76. dave in nashville

    Not sure endorsements do much good anyway, but these are weaker than most and it seems mostly loud mouths or camera seekers actually go out and endorse. Pretty lame, candidates should just speak for and by themselves to win votes.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  77. Cy Gardner

    There are a LOT of crazy people in Florida. Look at their current governor. As long as Ron Paul is still in the race, Newt needs to worry about splitting the crazy people vote. So Palin's endorsement will help him with that. Cain can help by giving Newt access to his sucker's list. Not rich donors, I mean women who'll sleep with married men. cy from arlington, va

    January 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  78. Joyce Grissom, Marshall, TX

    Cain nor Palin willl be able to vet Newt in a more positive manner. He may later ask, How's that working for you. Ya betha. To get the step down govenor, who's vetting caused problems for McCain, she didn't........Cain, the other brother,,,not vetted, how desperate can they be. Next we'll hear Sara's Newt's Vp choice and Cain his Secretary of State. That's about how relevant they're endorsement is. IJS

    January 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  79. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    They will help at least as much as Newt's ex-wife who disclosed that Newt wanted an open marriage so that he could cheat on her legitimately.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  80. Darrell - Brunswick Ohio

    With Sarah and Cain backing Newt, Jack you stand a better change of winning.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  81. Scott

    it'll help a little in the primary, but if by some long shot he gets to the general election, it'll bury him

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  82. Paul

    I think Cain and Palin will further help the GOP in beat themselves in November. And based on what I've seen, that's probably not a bad thing.

    -Paul from Rockaway NJ

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  83. d

    I think it'll only help Newt lure voters from Santorum, but that's about it. Also, Mrs. Palin, I don't think liberals would be annoyed by people voting for Newt in the primary. Please do! Obama would thump him in November.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  84. JP

    Sara Palin is looking crazier and crazier every day ... and to think, I ALMOST felt bad for her and was starting to warm up to her ... what a mistake. She is one crazy nut job!!! And for Cain ... well ... he does have a few things in common with Newt. They both like screwing around on their wives! HA! I say let them stick together. Maybe they can all go to the moon together ........ they aren't that far off .........

    January 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  85. Neila

    Oh yes Cain can help in extramarital relations and Palin can help in foreign affairs for Newt

    January 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  86. hjs3

    Ah Jack the way you continually bait us sans shame.....

    From my perspective these two look like a pair of rubber crutches in an orthopaedic ward.....

    January 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  87. GaryB

    Why would voting for Newt annoy liberals? Most polls indicate that he'd be a much easier opponent for Obama to run against. I think the conservatives need to get out of their bubble.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  88. peter chin fountain valley, ca

    these two might help him by getting the religious right out to vote, which is needed to win an election for any republican. GW Bush had them come out in droves to vote. but thats about it. The GOP seems lost.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  89. What?

    Hell I would vote for him if he would send them to the moon! I'm tired of hearing about em. Go away already!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  90. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Sara could help Newt with recommended daily newspapers to read to keep him up to date on current events and Cain could explain and share his 9-9-9 economical strategy (Newt already knows how to engage into multiple relationships with women). Both Sara and Herman are making big money as a result of running for national office and perhaps Newt could get some valuable insight from them as he prepares for his future.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  91. Mark in Houston

    Probably little help from Cain...his supporters are too smart to fall for Newtonian politics. Palins people on the other hand have a history of being easily influenced by off the wall emotional junk talk rather than fact. So yeah she may get him a few votes. And maybe in return the self proclaimed Great Debater can offer her a few pointers for when she next runs for local snow shoveler.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  92. Chris

    Any person that has a functioning brain would agree that Palin can do nothing but harm Newt by supporting him. She's insane!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  93. Joe

    Cain and Palin will only appeal to the lunatics who are already supporting Gingrich. So they won't make any difference, though they might make the crazies a little crazier.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  94. Jane

    OMG- these two losers? Ugh. They would hurt anybody they went near just by their smell alone. Sorry, but I really can't stomach these two.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  95. Gail, Plano TX.

    Thanks, Jack, your question made me laugh!
    But to be serious, if Ms Palin could master the English language she could become Secretary of State in a Gingrich administration.
    Herman Cain is a joke. But u guys give him air space, so the public is stuck with him. Not me however, I just use the remote.
    But it is hilarious that a philanderer, and a sexual harasser is an endorser of an admitted philanderer. Birds of a feather do stick together!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  96. JaneDoe

    Two obviously narcisstic psychopaths are exactly what Newt needs ... more people like himself.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  97. mforrest

    Why do the photos of Cain and Palin show both of them yelling about something, mouths wide open like they are singing in some crazy angry church choir? Why those photos? Is CNN trying to imply that both of them got where they are by shouting random crap at anyone who will listen?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  98. M. Yancy

    It does not matter who endorses Newt. His medical plan (You get sick and he will divorce you) just won't fly as president of this nation.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  99. Sue C. Florida

    The three stooges go to the moon.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  100. Bob123

    Two boobs endorsing a twit. This is news HOW?

    Failin' Palin had her time in the sun grubbing for money.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  101. David in FL

    Let's see Herman Cain reminds voters of Newt's Serial infidelity and hypocrisy, Sarah reminds voters of the crazy... yep pretty sure it is going to have an impact.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  102. Helena

    I'm thrilled that Cain is supporting Newt, because that hopefully will be the silver stake through the heart of ANY possibility of a Gingrich/Palin ticket (which is even worse than a Gingrich/Bachman ticket would be).

    And if Mitt has any sense, he will pick Condoleeza Rice as his VP. Bring in the moderate, independent, female, and minority votes all in one fell swoop AND foreign policy experience as well. What's not to like?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  103. genebrady

    Don't be stupid! But they DO make an excellent couple....

    January 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  104. Thinking7

    Seriously? Newt, Palin, & Cain? CNN – give it a break. No true conservatives are listening to your nonsense.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  105. Ed in California

    If the are really good friends they will help Newt pick up the toys he throws during his tantrums. Wonder who helps Obama?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  106. Larry Boston Massachusetts

    I have more faith in Larry, Curly, and Moe than I do in Newt, Herman, and Sarah.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  107. Jim Rubner

    If they could help him build a spaceship maybe all three could settle the moon.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  108. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    God...i hope they both help Newt a lot. A LOT.
    signed,
    A Democrat

    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  109. Dick Conley

    Both an embarrassment to the party.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  110. Larry in Houston

    How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich?

    Answer : Won't help a darn bit. But I have a gut feeling that he (the newter) still will end up going all the way to the convention in august, Jack. We're only at the bottom of the 3rd inning, as far as this election cycle goes. The reason I think the newter will go all the way : is because he's like humpty dumpty – everytime he falls off that wall – he's got the casino owner – who will end up sending around 500 mil to newter – and maybe, just maybe, "the Donald" will chip in, I mean who knows what he wants to send to newter – THEN – if that's isn't enough to send the newter to the convention, then the newter's got Another Back-up – his name is the Perry, and his billionaire friends. Don't worry Jack, he goin all the way !!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  111. Snehal

    Yes, Palin and Cain are perfect candidates to help Newt lose the nomination and help the Republican Party.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  112. Mark in omaha

    The corrupt supporting their own kind. The credibility level of any of the three is a big fat, you betcha ZERO.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  113. Rob

    They may help a little but I am not sure it will be enough in FL. Seems like most people don't realize this is an all or nothing state for delegates, and the other states are not. Mitt will most likely win FL but that isn't the end.
    For all you Democrats that think Obama will beat Newt and win both houses, you should be voting for Ron Paul so he can make that stuff your smoking legal....

    January 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  114. Alex

    since when were Palin and Cain high profile?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  115. Burbank from CA

    If Newt were as smart as he thinks he is he would have refused Cain's endorsement. A sexual predator endorsing someone who already has serious likeability issues with women voters because of the way he cheated on his wife during the Clinton administration?

    As far as Palin goes, anyone she endorses is like the kiss of death with the general population, who are after all, the ones that will ultimately decide who becomes President, not the narrow base of right wingers.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  116. Repack Rider

    Cain has no fan base, but Palin does, and her fans NEED her to be "relevant." They expect the process to drag out all the way through the primaries, per Sarah's Secret Strategy to walk into a deadlocked convention and take the nomination by acclaim. They believe Sarah can rally the party to her side through sheer force of her brilliance, her unquestioned honesty, and grizzly power.

    I might add that grizzlies are an endangered species outside Alaska.

    Have a little sympathy. If Ms. Palin faded from prominence, these people would no longer have a reason to get up in the morning.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  117. JJ from Hawaii

    I think they help Gingrich- Palin and Cain, unlike most Romney surrogates, cannot be bought. Mitt Romney is attempting to buy the presidency. Floridians, after being bombarded by weeks of subliminal content in the form of Romney attack ads against Gingrich, find themselves robotically falling in line behind Romney. Palin and Cain are authentic grassroots individuals and are much more in touch with the authentic heart and soul of Main Street America. Romney is in touch with the heart and soul of Wall Street $.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  118. Loretta

    It is very helpful for these three to cluster together, in terms of creating a visual for their angry rhetoric. I can look at it and say, "Ewwwww, no thanks!"

    January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  119. David B.

    Well this is the Republican Party. If they can overlook Newt's extra marital affairs, they definitely can turn a blind eye to an endorsement from a cheating womanizer and a Grifter.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  120. John

    As Sarah herself puts it, "...if for no other reason to rage against the machine..." Well, rage they have a plenty, so let it be cathartic for them. But she also said to "...annoy a liberal." Honey, this is NOT annoying to liberals. They roll with amusement and look to November with glee.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  121. Gigi Oregon

    If I was Newt I would call them up and say "Thanks but no thanks" They have about as much going for them personally as he does. And that is what's working against him, his own bad baggage.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  122. wanda, Chester Md

    It will be a great loss to all of us if Newt is voted out....All of the candidates have learned a great deal from Newt, with all his years and years of trial and error....We must show him forgiveness and move on, or we will pay the price.......

    January 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  123. meagain

    Sarah Palin advocates "annoy a liberal" by supporting Newt? All us liberals seriously, sincerely, strongly hope that Mr. Gingrich is the GOP nominee!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  124. Ron

    Two other embarassments endorsing the GOP's Embarassment in Chief? It will help someone, but it isn't going to be Newt, or The Rombot...

    January 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  125. Larry Boston Massachusetts

    A serial sexual harasser; a serial Adulterer; and a cereal box personality. They may help each other with God knows what, but who is going to help them?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  126. Josh, Gainesville, FL

    In all likelihood, they will not in the short term – certainly they are not going to help Mr. Gingrich enough to win Florida – but they offer a significant tactical advantage in the long run because of the enthusiasm injection they can offer to his campaign. Voters are getting weary because of the trench warfare going on between Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney, so positive voices like Mr. Cain's and Mrs. Palin's will be just what Mr. Gingrich needs to get his base excited again.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  127. ja

    cain left the trail in scandal, do amwericans still by whale manure, i guess so if not newt would not be able to run, newt and cain are very similar in behavior, now who is palin, isn't she was in russia

    January 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  128. James Ruston

    I don't know if they will help Newt, but they will certainly help Obama.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  129. David B.

    Jack, if an endorsemtn doesn't work out for Newt. I propose a new ride at Disneyland with these 3 leading the characters. Mr Newt's Wild Ride!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  130. Jay, Los Angeles

    Maybe it is wishful thinking but is it possible that endorsements from the likes of Cain and Palin might actually get people to thinking and talking about the real issues that face our county and to vote for a candidate (at any level of the federal system) that is willing stop pandering to the lowest levels of our polictical society and to deal with the serious issues of our day. Nah! Forgetaboutit, it is wishful thinking.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  131. Bruce H.

    Palin is part of the media that Gingrich has been blasting, so her endorsement is a HUGE feather in his cap....NOT!. Herman Cain will help him with the philandering male vote....oh wait, Newt already has that.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  132. Paul

    Cain and Palin know that Romney will not give them their props so they are pulling for Newt to keep their money-making franchises going.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  133. Greg, San Francisco

    They won't help at all. Gingrich is beyond help.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  134. rosie

    The story said "HELP" Newt. These two are not The Help Newt needs. In deed they would be lodestones for more criticism and ridicule.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  135. Mike A

    I am not sure if would help Newt.... it will definitely help the comedy circle.... These guys are not doing themselves a favor..... it is really comical the way its going..... its very sad.....

    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  136. Joe

    Cain might help. In spite of his issues with infidelity and general clueless nature, he still has strong support among grass roots conservatives. Palin on the other hand, is yesterday's news. An endorsement from her doesn't count.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  137. bill

    Three words: Unelectable Three Stooges. They deserve each other!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  138. Libtard

    I wish Palin would've run. She's by far the smartest and most considerate candidate out there. Palin is a genious and she easily could've beaten NOBAMA.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  139. Buster Bloodvessel

    Please publish a list of "Sarah Palin's Cannibal Republicans." That will come in handy later.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  140. Red Nichols

    From an ex-pat in Australia: one of the beautiful things about America is that the party platforms are poles apart; here in Australia the two main parties don't finalise their platforms until the last minute, in fear the other party will make the issue their own and run with it; that's how narrow the choice is between parties. So: an endorsement by Palin simply cements the worthwhile distinction between a Republican and a Democrat, and helps Gingrich if a Republican is what America really wants. Personally a Republican is what I want (I vote from here): I've voted strictly Republican beginning with Nixon, because Repubicans stand for small government and stand by the Constitution - all of it, not just the bits they like as the Dems do. Here in Oz we'd be lucky to have such a document as the U.S. Constitution! My 2 cents worth.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  141. Mike A

    How can you not love Sarah Palin.... She is the best thing that could have happened to democrats....She will single handedly will ensure the entire GOP is derailed....

    January 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  142. Jerry, Florida

    Jack, neither Palin nor Cain will help Newt. Besides, they backed the wrong presidential candidate. They both should have backed Romney. Newt's got too much baggage and you know that the Campaigner In-Chief will use Newt's baggage against him.

    Romney has the best chance going against the current president. I respect the office of the president, however, I have little or no respect for the individual residing there at the moment.

    Also, did I mention that I am a life-long Democrat?!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  143. Gordo from NJ

    Obviously not as much as Christine O'Donnell's endorsement has helped Romney.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  144. Cleavette

    Plenty! Palin will be the new "Moon Governor" and Cain the "Moon Secretaryof Defense". Under President "Newt" they will be from another world!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  145. Julie of Virginia

    They'll help him seem crazier than he already is.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  146. Terry

    somewhat, but a suspension of Santorum would really blow this thing wide open Jack

    January 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  147. JimmyD

    The fact that anyone is contemplating what benefit either of these buffoons will have on anything or anyone is beyond rational thought.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  148. HistoryGeek

    Let's remember, Newt already said Palin would make a good VP.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  149. Gloria

    Gee, I cannot hardly think of 2 people who I wouldn't want in my corner as a candidate!

    Go Obama/Biden 2012!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  150. Priscilla from Kansas Cty Missouri

    A case of two blinds leading the blind. Cheater and a quitter supporting a cheater. Very interesting. I have no atom of likeness for neither Romney or Gingrich. They both lack the substance needed to be the commander in -chief of this great nation.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  151. andy

    Does having 3 cabooses on a train help?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  152. anagram_kid

    Their endorsement will be a HUGE help – to President Obama that is. The longer the GOP leadership allows people of Mrs. Palin’s and Mr. Cain’s ilk to stay in the spotlight, the more pathetic and hopeless the party will appear.
    So on that note, I can only hope that Sharon Angle and Donald Trump turn up again soon!

    Obama 2012

    January 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  153. Shadysider

    It absolutely helps him in the Republican primary as Sarahbots will do anything she says, but will hurt Newt were he to win the nomination. Newt fans are basically people who want to yell "MSM! Socialist!" and whatever other nonsense Glenn Beck and Limbaugh are talking about.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  154. Don Howard

    About the same as Kim Kardashian has helped Kris Humphries career.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  155. Gman

    Jack, If I were Newt. I would ask Palin and Cain to keep their mouths shut. The last thing he needs is their endorsement.
    What an embarsement.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  156. Destinee

    I can't imagine an endorsement from either of these two characters would be a good ... I would prefer more stable Republican endorsements but I guess you take what you can get.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  157. James walton

    Absolutely zilch. It will only help his ego expand to new levels and further diluge the unaware voter.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  158. John in Pa.

    Sarah who? Heman who?.....did I miss something?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  159. Tim Turner

    With friends like that who needs enemies? Those two endorsements will help....the Obama campaign.

    Tim Turner
    Richland, WA

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  160. Raymond

    Not a whole lot... It just figures that the two leading Republican wing nuts would put their support behind Newt Gingrich, another Republican wing nut. The rest of the headline political leaders out there are putting their support elsewhere.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  161. Ron (in San Antonio)

    Zero, Jack. Two womanizers and a nut-job. I'm loving it...

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  162. Cole

    Has Sarah Palin ever actually helped anything? I don't even think it's a question. If anything, Palin's support will hurt Gingrich. Cain isn't much better; does anyone even take him seriously? But being realistic, Gingrich can't be nominated. As if Amercia would nominate a hyper-conservative like him, in this day and age...

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  163. Nick D. Neighbour

    Jack! I'm getting SERIOUSLY WORRIED about you Buddy!! You getting SENILE? Surely you KNOW that "Endorsements" from Palin and Cain, make Newt a JOKE!!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena,
    CA.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  164. Susan

    Palin and Cain get their 30 seconds of Lamestream media fame and Gingrich gets nothing.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  165. pad

    Jack I think you would be more help for Newt than either of them. GoJack!! I'll vote for you.
    Paul from Ames Iowa

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  166. Ron in Central NY

    No one cares what Simple Sarah says. As for Herman Cain, the only "bold idea" that Herman likes is that "open marriage" one.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  167. thomas

    Thomas from Long Hil Township, NJ
    Cain and Pailin will help Gingrich as much as a pair of flat wheels would help a sinking boat stay afloat. You're talking about people so in love with the fantasies of their own personal power that they've lost sight of the fact that their job is to serve all the American people (if they ever recognized that in the first place.) We've turned the presidency into not American Idol but American Idiot.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Cain and Palin's endorsements will NOT help. But, they hurt Newt. He is loosing.
    Mr. Cain still has questionable relationships with women.
    S. Paliln has only one interest – money. She hires good writers to do her books and with the publicity she ups her speaking fees and her books sell better.
    Cain and Palin can only further damage the GOP primary process already a shambles.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Jerome from Louisville

    They'll help him lose. Palin has lost all credibility and is now considered a "what were we thinking?" has-been. Cain's judgement is questionable and his supporting Gingrich reinforces this claim.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  170. Ross, Charlotte, NC

    Herman Cane's endorsement of Gingrich is probably a detriment. Both of these men have histories of being womanizer types and that will not help Gingrich inside voting booths as a last minute thought with women voters right before they mark the candidate's box. As for Palin, her endorsement is a rather neutral admonition and will neither help nor hurt Gingrich's chances!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  171. rockytony

    Absolutely, positively, unequivocally, emphatically, a thousand times NO help at all! ! Using these two buffoons to speak on one's behalf is like asking Harpo Marx to deliver the keynote address at the Republican Convention.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  172. Name*Kitty

    Both Palin & Cain are jokes – neither has had a real workable idea & both are only good at stirring up false emotion without cogent ideas behind them

    January 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  173. Gail --- Ithaca, NY

    I can picture the excitement in Gingrich's headquarters: "Oh joy, now all the losers endorse our guy."

    January 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  174. L. Mathers

    Newt is behaving in a way that is consistent with his past. Cain and Sarah P. are fringe players at best neither of whom should have any impact on any cogent being on the planet!! Go Mitt!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  175. Owen T

    The only help Newt can expect is that Bush endorses Romney. It would be the kiss of death

    January 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Heskeeter

    Absolutely None, unless you like Pizza and Moose at the same time!!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  177. AKLawDog

    I laughed when they announced Herman Cain to endorse Gingrich, adding all we need is Palin for a Banana Split of Republicans...but who is the Banana...what a mix of flavors...all in the end gives me a gutache..lol..

    January 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  178. Sue Sanders

    Cain and Palin are both in the same Clown Car of used-to-be, wanna-be presidential candidates. They both have the approval of the right-wing Tea Party who already support Gingrich, so I don't think their endorsements will help him but lose him votes. They add extra baggage to Newts closet..

    January 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  179. Bob W

    Who's side is Sarah really? Newt winning the nomination would be the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic party since she was chosen as McCain's running mate.
    That smart young woman has done more for the Democratic party than any one else for the last four years.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Nina Bullard

    Makes sense that Cain would endorse Newt seeing they haves so much in common. Whatever happened to conservative family values? Or does extra-marital sex not count? As for Sarah, are there still some drooling fans out there who give a hoot about her opinions?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  181. Blake from Arkansas

    I kinda think they cancel each other out Jack. Herman is, as you said, a grass roots kind of guy who was very popular with the everyday American. When Herman Cain announced he was backing Newt Saturday night I was like Wow! Talk about a campaign boost! Then.. Like in 08 Sarah Palin opened her mouth and it allll went south from there. In 2008 for about the first two weeks Sarah Palin was the key to victory for John McCain! Then, as we all knew she would have to.. She talked, and everything went the way of the dodo bird. Fact is Gov. Romney stand the best chance of beating Obama in 2012 and the Republican party needs to realize that if they don't want to spend four more years as the 'loyal opposition'

    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  182. Deo from SF

    Palin's and Cain's endorsements of Gingrich mean win for Romney and slaughter for Gingrich. Romney is lucky not have received these two jokers' endorsements.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  183. s in pensacola

    Neither has any credibilty or political clout beyond their friends and family, Jack. Any help they might provide Gringrich would be miniscule and probably redundant.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  184. Maureen Maclay

    I think when Newt Gingrich unveiled his "To the Moon" plan, he lost any real chance of winning the
    Republican nomination even if his two previous wives endorse him.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  185. Fred Evil

    Honestly, we should monitor the voting booths, and if anyone ACTUALLY votes for Newt, they should immediately be offered complimentary mental healthcare. They obviously need it.
    Newt is exactly what is WRONG with our politics, he won't fix anything!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  186. Rick Of Hendersonville, NC

    "They Will Help About as much as having a bag of wooden nickels carved by Lincoln himself"...(No Disrespect to Lincoln)!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  187. justin opinion

    Palin, Cain, and Newt. If you combined the three of them you might be able to get a President, but 90% of it would come from Cain.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  188. TonyMack

    Not a question of will it help. If Mitt wins, Cain and Palin cant hustle their nonsensical fame and boggling support constituents into hard cash and political favors, if Newt wins its dividends all around.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  189. rick

    How much will Palin and Cain help Gingrich? Well Cain could help Gingrich get more women I suppose, and Palin could give him tips on killing defenseless animals from helicopters and quitting and both could give Newt tips on putting feet in mouths...other than that, not a lot.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  190. Dina

    Jack, you first have to be able to help yourself before you can help someone else...enough said!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  191. G R Kemper

    PLEEEZE...put EVERY PROVEN NON-STARTER in the same leaky tub with NEWT;then let's watch the whole boatload sink.
    How much muddier could the water GET?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  192. Pat in IL

    Water seeks its own level. No serious candidate would want these two nut cases in his corner, but since Newt is of the same ilk, I guess he welcomes them.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  193. Scott from Texas

    A former Alaska governor who had ethical problems and a former Republican presidential candidate accused of marital infidelity support Gingrich, who has had both problems. Yeah, that should help.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  194. J from Tillamook, OR

    Endorsements from Cain and Palin will matter only with their die hard supporters. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Americans who will blindly follow people like that not matter what. As long as these people say what their supporters wish to hear, it doesn't matter they do or what they are. For those blind supporters, an endorsement of Gingrich may matter. For the rest of the visually non-impaired world, it won't matter a bit.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  195. Richard, Santa Fe

    With friends like these who needs enemies

    January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  196. Mark

    How can you help a sinking ship?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  197. Robert

    I think they will help about as much as whooping cough helps a hernia!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  198. TPF

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant to anything political. She is just a regular citizen, and one with not to good a record.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  199. scooter

    I can see why Cain would endorse him. They are birds of a feather. Palin pals around with Newt in the green room at Fox so she knows him well.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  200. richard, retired factory worker

    Please Newt, please take Palin as your running mate!!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  201. Rick- Atlanta

    You kidding... two extreme, hipocritical, fact distorting, status quo elite protecting, already losers help another unpredictable hiprocrate in the same boat? It will just prolong the agony and the disgraceful Republican race for the nomination. Still a lot more lies and distorted truths to get out before these goons actually get out of the lime light and let Romey have it all. And by the way, his textbook instructions have him doing the same. Lie, distort the facts, defend the status quo elite and pretend like he's all for working class people and will put middle class America back to work. Yeah right?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  202. wade carter

    about as much as rev. wright and bill ayers helped obama.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  203. Ryan

    How would this help exactly? The sort of voters Palin and Cain appeal to would already be supporters of either Newt or Santorum. Even if it did help in the short term this endorsement further alienates the moderates in this country who, ignored by the media, decide elections.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  204. Nancy

    Not much. Look at who they are.

    It is simple, if you are in office or served in congress, you are no longer part of the solution.

    Only the people can try to change things. Occupy is not the answer. Firing them will at some point start to get through. It will take a few elections. Of course, I think the ones not up for re-election should be recalled.

    Start cleaning House, Senate, and the WH. They work for us.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  205. MaryM

    lolololol, Help him suspend his campaign quicker.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  206. Ron

    I do like both of them, but I think it won't help Newt. Herman had some great ideas, but then the alligations came. Palin should support Mitt and the (R) party and get a business person in there to turn this country around. My question: Why is it so important that her husband backed Newt? Nothing against the man, but he's her husband and in no way shape or form a politician or in gov. at all. Vote Romney 2012 for the American we love and miss.
    California.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  207. Ron

    Nothing like a good old conservative campaign to bring out the the liberal neo-marxists. As Reagan said "If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again."

    Anything but OBAMA and another left leaning, out of touch liberal congress and senate.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  208. Aztec Phil

    Sarah Palin and Herman Cain pulling for Newt Gingrich in an election? It's like Curly and Larry pulling for Moe. Will it help? Maybe a little, but not enough to matter. If it was going to help significantly, the polls would probably already show its effect. By the way, how can you tell if Newt Gingrich has committed a crime? Answer: He accuses you of it. 🙂

    January 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  209. Pat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Sure Jack, it'll help him a lot. The clown car cound always use a couple of back up drivers.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  210. PG

    Two adulterers and a maid. What a trio!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  211. jimzcarz

    Not sure if I'd want that kind of help.She's nutz and cain is clueless

    January 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  212. tom

    Nice photographs.

    They probably will not help much at this stage. It is too late for Florida and too divided between him and other Tea Party candidates. He may have to drop out in favor of Santorum.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  213. Predicta

    Can't hurt. If you're a Cain or Palin fa, the endorsement means more votes for Newt. If you're not, you probably weren't going to vote for him anyway.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  214. Jay in Austin, TX

    It won't help, but I use to love watch the The Stooges supporting Newt.
    Rick Perry as Larry
    Herman Cain as Curly
    Sarah Palin as Moe

    If we could only see all three of them get out of a clown car together and go on stage. Herman Cain was the final straw to support Newt. So Newt now has found common ground with Herman Cain as they both likes blonds and are womanizers. Please Newt keep on camaiging until election!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  215. Maria from Arizona

    Aaaahhh Jack. Mitt's already bought the election. Lock, stock and barrel. Palin is a loon. Seriously. And Cain, well moot point,just ask his girlfriends and his wife. Newt...poor Newt. He wouldn't have gotten it anyways...just too angry...scarry angry. So it'll be rich Mitt against Obama. And Obama will sweep the floor with him.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  216. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Jack, its the Kiss Of Death times two.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  217. roon

    Palin & Cain won't help Newt. No matter how many zeros you have, they still add up to zero.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  218. ks

    Not a bit-but she is really tring to stretch her 15 minutes of fame......................

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  219. ivnprt

    It's like wearing cement shoes on the Titanic

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  220. Mark in CA.

    Is this the best Newt can come up with, an accused player and a news commentator. Sad commentary really.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  221. John Altanta

    How much will Sarah Palin and Herman Cain help Newt Gingrich? Not as much as they will help President Obama!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  222. Mary

    Shake up the establishment, vote for Gingrich? Did I miss something? How do you get more established in the party than Gingrich? Is she saying he left the party "establishment" when he was kicked out of congress for ethics violations? Maybe that's where he went all anti-establishment on us. I guess I just missed it.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  223. james

    Only Newt can save the United States of America. We need more uneducated children cleaning our bathrooms and moon bases. 4th graders will be doing janitor service on the moon as they learn the value of hard work. Is that lovely necklace that Calista wears real? or a stain that wont come off. Maybe we should test the DNA to see who really placed it there...Herman Cain? What a joke they are.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  224. Enock Zamora

    Israel had two daughters, Sodom & Gomorrah, because of her nature. Having Sarah & Cain on yous side of history is nothing to brag about.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  225. Mike Jensen - Oregon

    Considering that all three of them are just selling books....any advertising will help.....and they will all get richer.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  226. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If it looks like Porky Pig, act like porky pig, oinks like porky pig then it must be Newt and if you want Porky Pig as your Republican nominee than vote for Newt and no Moose Palin and the Pizza boy won't help Porky

    January 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  227. LouAz

    Ha Ha Ha Ha ! Newt doesn't need any help. He is the smartest man in the UNIVERSE ! Just listen to him . . . he is smarter than god ! He knows everything . . . EVERYTHINHG !!!
    Lou in the Aridzona sunshine.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  228. lgortman

    I love it! Bye, Bye Newt!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  229. Dan in Seattle

    Palin is an embarrassment to the party. Cain and Gingerich certainly have some behavior in common. It is like asking for a character reference from John Edwards.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  230. Maureen from Mobile, Ala.

    Newt Gingrich is an old-school showman and magician. Maybe he should apply to work and the circus museum while he is campaigning in Florida.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  231. Ray

    I can't stand her screeching voice,worse than nails on a chalkboard

    January 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  232. Wittenberg

    Palin likes Gingrich as a ... conservative? The guy who was cheating on his wife while he was trying to impeach Clinton for marital infidelity? The guy who left the Protestant religion to become a Catholic when his 3rd wife asked him to? The guy who wants to increase and extend the Patriot Act? This guy is a conservative?. It just shows how lost and confused the conservative right is. Newt is a liability. Vote for Newt.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  233. toadears

    Palin kills every campaign she enters.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  234. Lenny from Nanaimo, BC

    Hopefully none at all.
    If they do it will show just how screwed your country is.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  235. Max Powers

    My momma always used to say "With those kinds of friends, you don't need enemies."

    January 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  236. John Craigj

    This is a joke, right? Add Bachman to this picture and call it the Three Stooges

    January 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |