Is Newt Gingrich's momentum for real?
November 30th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Is Newt Gingrich's momentum for real?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The tea leaves are starting to suggest that Mitt Romney might lose yet again. After being the presumed nominee for the past four years and the front-runner among the Republican candidates for the past several months, suddenly he's breathing Newt Gingrich's exhaust fumes.

Take Florida, where Gingrich has shot to the top of the GOP pack. A new poll conducted for the Florida Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville shows Gingrich at 41% - that's as much support as the next four candidates combined. Romney places a distant second in this Florida poll at 17%.

And Gingrich is coming on strong in several of the early voting states as well. In Iowa, one poll shows Gingrich ahead of Romney by seven points. In South Carolina, Gingrich tops Romney by 11 points.

And in New Hampshire, where the former Massachusetts Gov. Romney is a favorite son - Gingrich is also picking up steam. Romney still leads there, but Gingrich is closing the gap.

Meanwhile Gallup polling shows Gingrich's positive intensity score is the highest of any Republican candidate right now, while Romney's is his lowest of the year.

Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt writes that getting Republicans to line up behind Romney is "like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can ... at least one claw always manages to reach out at the last second and cling desperately to the rim."

Hurt suggests the only thing Republicans can agree upon is that they don't want Romney. But it's too soon to know if Hurt is right or wrong.

Here’s my question to you: Is Newt Gingrich's momentum for real?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Posted by
Filed under: 2012 Election • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Conor in Chicago

    No. Gingrich is on a book tour. His popularity will plummet as people look at him closer. He will cash in while he can and laugh with his buddies drinking fine wine and eating caviar at a villa somewhere in the French Riviera in the Spring of 2012 having just made a ton of money selling his image to a segment of our nation desperate for someone who insists they know what they are talking about.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Jk from Minnesota

    For now I think mainly because the Republican base seems to dislike Mitt Romney that much. We'll see how long his star burns, hopefully the media will vet him as they have all the rest of the Flavor of the Month candidates. Newt seems to have been doing a lot of lobbying work since he left Congress – I would think the T-Party would find that appalling and not support him – I know I couldn't ever consider voting for him. Way too much baggage and Hypocrisy for me.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  3. Russ in PA

    Sure, why not? Most Republican voters don't really know what conservatism really means, otherwise they'd be backing the only person willing to speak the truth on the debt crisis, our personal liberties, and the eternal meddling in foreign affairs by the US government, and that person is Ron Paul.

    Once again the only correct answer is: Ron Paul in 2012...

    November 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  4. Loren

    For all his faults, Gingrich still has some weight with the Republican Party and its constituents. And despite his leading the Republican charge against the Clinton White House, he also recognizes the necessity of working with Congress. He certainly is among the brightest of the bunch, so who else has the combination of intelligence, experience and loveof our country? I think Gingrich and his support is for real.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Sure. His number one quality is access to DC insiders for a hefty price, as a historian, of course. He's perfect for the monied interests, corporations, and banks. Then there's corruption, divisiveness, and infidelity. He is tailor-made to lead those who vote against their own interests in order to protect the rich, i.e. job creators who don't create any jobs – that whole Fox News crowd who is less informed than those who don't even watch news. He's their guy, definitely.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jayne in NH

    It's as real as Michelle Bachmann's momentum, Rick Perry's momentum and Herman Cain's momentum. Newt's selling books – and more $60,000 half hour speeches – don't let him fool you.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  7. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    No. Once Gingrich has been scrutinized, Cain will look like a monk and Romney will look principled. Newt is flavor of the week.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  8. s in fl

    You bet, Jack. As in real dicey. I'm waiting for the re-vet.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Ken in Victoria BC

    No, as he becomes the leader,he will soon fall like the others have. At the end, only Mitt will be standing.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Ed from MD

    No Newt is an illusion conjured up by the media with polls, analysts and other means. But if enough suckers bite hook line and sinker it could become reality.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  11. Susan from Idaho

    The question should be is "Newtie for real" nope. Throw him in the burnt toast pile with Cain, Perry and Bachmann

    November 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  12. mycroft lake travis texas

    Why yes, Jack , but remember it's all part of the GOP's via Karl Rove strategy and it seems like all the major news organizations are buying into it. Flavor of the month for example. The strategy has been get as many people on stage telling the country how bad Obama is and hope to get the hate thing going full throttle by election time. Whats absolute crazy is last time Republicans ran on they weren't going to make the same mistakes that lost them the house and the senate, begging the voters to give them another chance to do right and all they've done is be obstructionist. Democrats are going to win the elections by Biblical Proportions, unless the GOP manipulates the voting machines like when they got Bush selected. Let's hope Obama is at least on that one.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Ted

    Jack, he's the better politician of all the gang, his ability to articulate in front of a group or the press is his strong suit and he comes across as "knowing" what he's speaking of. While he comes across in this manner what he lacks is temperament, civility, integrity and leadership. When he is cornered he is not so smooth he falls back to his real persona that is abrasive and condescending, while the republican base likes this most 99% of Americans don't and there in is the problem.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Paul From Austin Texas

    For now it is but when it gets closer to time for the GOP to pick a candidate he will be weaker in the polls. The only problem is the GOP this time round has a very poor field of candidates. In the end that lizard Newt may be their only hope.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  15. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    We can only hope not. Considering his treatment of his ex-wife having cancer in the hospital telling her he wants a divorce? Imagine what he would tell the millions that he never had any feeling for? He wants everyone to believe he's not the same ole Nwet, a new leaf if you will. But it from the same tree. Each time I see him I imagine him with a mustache, that is only nosteral wide.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  16. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    I think that Newt's momentum is for real when it comes to ultra right wingers and ultra conservatives.It befuddles me somewhat though, since most folks in this demographic are usually morally judgemental and are in favor of less government. The ex-Speaker has repeatedly shown that he has a less than stellar track record when it comes to morals and He and his cronies are the very individuals who have helped to deepen and perpetuate the Big Government of Croney Capitalism. His momentum may gain him the GOP nomination, but it could be just the catalyst that splinters the party, thus making the Presidential race Obama's for the taking.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  17. Peg from NY

    How I hope and pray that his momentum dries up and goes away.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  18. JD Mission Tx.

    Of course it's real, so was Romney's, Cain's, Bachmann's and don't forget what's his name from Texas!

    November 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Lou, Fayetteville, NC

    No more than any of the others is. If Chris Christy gets in or Jeb Bush gets in, they are all smoke.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  20. Greg, Ontario

    It's as real as that weird woman's was when she paid for that straw poll a few months ago. It's as real as Cains was until these women decided to ruin him and his marriage. C'mon Jack we both know it was media spin that made Obama (you loved the guy) and it will be media spin that makes it for the the GOP leader. You guys are the momentum.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  21. Bill of New Mexico

    I am most fearful that Gingrich's momentum is real.

    Gingrich's abilities to do the job are better than any of the others.

    But Gingrich's character is like Bill Clinton's.

    I do not want the country to lose four years because the President can't control his desires.

    I want Huntsman or Ron Paul.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  22. James in Springfield, VA

    No, it just shows the GOP does not have any decent candidates to choose from. They did that last time with McCain. He lost out to W and they GOP did not like W that much at the end of his time in office so they supported McCain figuring they could correct a mistake they made in 2000.....nice try. Seems like flip flopping to me....vote for Newt and it will be to 1990's all over again.....think not.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Kenneth in California

    Sure, the life span of momentum for the Republican Presidential candidate is about two weeks. Next candidate please.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  24. Ann Maria

    The Gingrich momentum is not ...cannot be for real...I am appalled at his comments reporting he asked (& was paid) $60,000 for making a speech or speeches. What world is he living in?? certainly not middle or working class American worlds. What an utterly stupid statement to make ...when most Americans are struggling to cover their basic living costs & expenses and may not even earn anywhere near 60,000 per year in there pay checks! He needs to get real with what 99% of America is dealing with on a daily basis & to rethink his approach if he wants to win ANY American middle class votes.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  25. Ken - Kingsport, TN

    Considering that a large share of those who are voting a strict GOP line have a double-digit IQ, Gingrich will probably win the nomination. Great, he will compete against a man who is an intellectual that couldn't lead a kindergarten class from home room to the cafeteria. This country is in so much trouble that nothing short of a miracle could possibly save it. Plutocracy, uninformed voters, greed…………another Great Depression and possible World War will probably happen in the very near future

    November 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  26. Lori - PA


    Given how the Republicans keep flip-flopping when it comes to the GOP front runner, I seriously doubt it.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  27. Rick McDaniel


    Best debater, best knowledge, most experienced, most capable. Some historical baggage, but much of that is immaterial to getting the job done.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  28. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Has he picked up any endorsements? Has he spent money on local campaign staff and opened campaign offices in all the major cities in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida? Have any polls identified support among the crossover voters who supported McCain in 2008? I suspect if any of this were occurring, there would be coverage of it. The story Gingrich tours Iowa offices would tell me he is serious. Nikki Haley endorsing Newt would also be a sign. Until all that happens, my money is on Mitt.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  29. Karl in Flint

    We can only hope it is as it will give the president a landslide like no other. For Newt to win, the Christian conservatives are going to have to look at the circumstances of his shady failed marriages and failed political career and become total hypocrites to vote for him. I don't think that many of even the Obama haters can do that, but if they do and he wins, the moral fiber of this country has been shredded and we might as well pull the handle on the national toilet because we have gone down the drain.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  30. Adam - Idaho

    Of course Gingrich is for real. When are these politicians going to learn the public wants substance not talking points.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  31. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    I certainly hope not. But he is the only adult except for Jon Huntsman. Our problem is he is a self serving, conniving, con-man who would give a logician like Aristotle fits with his moebus circle rhetoric. The question should be why aren't any responsible center-right Repubicans except Jon Huntsman running? Do they think Obama is a sure thing? Aare they afraid of the tea partiers? Have they been discouraged by Huntsman's low ratings?

    November 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  32. Brad, Portland, OR

    No, Newt is just the flavor of the week among anybody-but-Romney Republicans.

    But not Black Walnut :-). Which was really just a flavor of the month :-).

    November 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Charles - San Antonio

    Today it is. However, there are many days between today and election day. This may give Newt the oppurtunity to continue his momentum and get the republican nomination or provide him with many more oppurtunities to screw up. Based on history, it's only a matter of time before his "Rick Perry" moment.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  34. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Newt's a hoot! Yes, his numbers are real since he has clowns to the left of him and jokers to the right. The GOP really doesn't have a great candidate, they run from one extreme to the other hoping that this one will win and the skeletons in their closets don't surface too soon.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Steve

    The momentum is for real, much like "Thelma & Louise," with the same result I'm sure.


    November 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  36. ROB

    The only momentum he has is when he moves onto his next wife.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Steve

    I don't think it's real. Voters are confused with the constant stream of phony lines that come from the DNC.
    We haven't heard anything from Palin lately. Jack, you need to get some hot news on Palin. It seems like nobody is picking on her anymore. Is she in hiding or did the Press gave up attacking her??

    November 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Dave - Phx

    Who knows? Republicans have now had six different front runners, two of which aren't even running. The truth is they don't know what they want or need in a leader, so they stick with the typical mantra. If he says he loves Jesus and hates taxes/illegals, then he/she is alright in their book. If would be hilarious if the reprecussions on our country weren't so awful.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  39. Gordon NJ

    Jack, Last week Newt's campaign inertia was just about to grind to a halt over his $1.6 million payoff from Fannie and Freddie. However, he cleverly waved a dog treat at the punditocracy by proposing American should not deport Church-going illegal aliens. Newt may have dodged the issue this time, but the details of his Fannie and Freddie hypocrisy are not going to go away.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  40. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Yes I think it is because this is the kind of person the republican party wants to lead them. They might preach moral values but they don't give a dam about moral values. They want a person who will not compromise or cooperate with the democrats in any way shape or form. They want a person who will not raise taxes on the wealthy but would rather make cuts on people who can least afford them. They cannot trust Romney because he flip flops all over the place. Gingrich on the other hand goes right for the jugular and will preformed any dirty deed they asked of him. For proof just look at his two ex wives and how he cheated on them .

    November 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  41. jered in Utah

    Yep, but it's early

    November 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Dan K.

    Jack: It is too soon to tell if Newts’ surge in the polls will last. Seems every time one of these candidates surges, they put both feet in their mouth, or show a morality problem, or a creditability problem, or sometimes all 3 and go to the bottom of the list! The bottom of the list is filling fast! Is this really the best the conservatives have to offer?
    Sadly, Obama looks better every day!
    Dan K. Owens Cross Roads Alabama

    November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  43. LA Belle

    Just another hothead wanting attention. Should he even be running for president since he was removed as speaker of the house for very good reason?

    November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  44. Ed from Texas

    Tiffany's certainly hopes so.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  45. Ed from Texas

    It could even get better. As David Borowitz points out, if Herman Cain drops out, the pro-adultery vote could shift to Newt.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  46. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    when "The Ghost of Gingrich Past" shows up, he will tank just like every other Republican "Bum of the Month" has. the guy has "baggage" a Boeing 747 freighter couldn't carry.

    ain't NO Ronald Reagan, or even a John McCain, in THIS Republican field.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm |

    Tampa, Fl Ask the person behind the curtain who is pulling all the strings.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  48. Doug

    Newt is nothing more than the latest "flavor of the month" for incresingly desparate Republicans. His past will prevent his nomination when all but the most infexible Tea Party people realize that Mitt is the only candidate with even a remote chance of beating the President.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  49. Phil W

    Neocon Newt's "momentum" is all manufactured by the controlled media who are counting on Americans' lack of long term memory. NAFTA Newt needs to be ignored. America needs the only candidate who understands how we got to where we are and what to do about it and has 30 years of experience in Congress to back it up.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  50. Brian

    Is Gingrich's momentum for real? Yes. Has it been artificially manufactured? Yes, just like everything and everyone else that ever "gains momentum" in American politics. Political power brokers and the so-called "4th Estate" can create anything at any time and make it become as big as they want.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  51. troy45

    No. He's just the "Gingrich who stole Christmas."
    Tulsa, OK

    November 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  52. CONNIE G., Chicago, IL

    I hope it is. But,as they say, Gingrich's baggage has baggage, which I believe will not allow him to topple Willard for the Republican nomination. It would be fascinating entertainment to see debates between President Obama and Gingrich, but I'm afraid Newt's carry-on luggage will not permit him to sit in 1st class. He will be relegated to coach along with Bachman, Cain, etal.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  53. Rex in Portland, OR

    Unfortunately for America, yes, Jack. Gingrich's momentum is increasing. It is explainable though: he is part of the ABM movement. You know, the people who think that the lesser of a dozen dismal options is not Romney. That group of elite electors who only registered Republican because the "Absurd Buffoon Movement" party doesn't exist (yet). That group which endorsed Bachman earlier. Them. They are responsible for Newt's momentum. Pray, Jack, pray.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  54. Peggy Topham

    The people supporting him are too young to know all the damages he has done in the past and they are avoiding reading about his past or else they are too old and are losing their memories. Milwaukee WI

    November 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  55. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    It's apparent voters are leaning towards despicable over the uncertainty of Cain's moral compass. Since liars don't typically discriminate about category of lying, they will lie about most anything. Lying is central to the Cain Mutiny and Gingrich windfall of support. In the end the voter will soon discover Newt's own record being documented as similar to Cain's charges.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  56. David in Mississippi

    Momentum is what a truck does when it is going down hill without any brakes. Newt has nothing to get him back up the hill so his ride will be short lived.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  57. Larry -Denver

    Newt's mo will last as long as Bachmans, Cains et al. He will trip over his tongue again and flip flop enough to show the American people (except in S. Carolina) his true colors- Lobbyist, Friend of Al Gores, Freddie and Fannie fan and an adulterer to top Herman. Do you think the public likes him because he lies better then most? "I dont need the money?" $60,000 per speech ? My prediction- gone by St. Pats day.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  58. Ann from Charleston SC

    I think the Republicans are taking a look at Newt Gingrich – he is the flavor of the month, as they say. He says a lot of things that make sense. The problems with Gingrich are going to be his colossal ego, his questionable relationship Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, and his multiple marriages and infidelities.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  59. Valerie in Raleigh

    Let's hope not. He is just one more "party of family values" Republican with enought baggage to sink a ship. Cheated on two wives. Earlier his own party booted him from the Speakership position, made millions of dollars Lobbying, of course he denies this and states he was given millions for his "historical evaluation" and he is not a Lobbyist. Made a bundle from Fanny and Freedy while thousands of hard-working Americans were losing their homes. Says he is a Washington outsider but has feet planted in the Nation's Capital since I was able to vote. States he, as a celebrity, makes tons of money delivering speeches and, therefore, does not need to lobby. Mr. Gingrich, you are tuly something else – but I am not sure I can say just what you are in this medium. Wow!!!

    November 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  60. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I sure hope so! President Obama would DESTROY him in the general election. People think he's brilliant when he's merely a one-eyed man in the land of the blind.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  61. Paul - North Carolina

    That depends on what your definition of "real ' is. Will his momentum carry him to the Republican nomination? Possibly. Will it carry him to the presidency? Most unlikely. Once the chaos of this primary season is over and people start taking a hard look at the serious issues Newt's obvious flaws will rise to the surface like the bubbles in champagne; And for the same reason; they're nothing but gas. Acting pompous, talking down to anyone and everyone, and feigning superior knowledge of the issues may well intimidate the misinformed masses who vote Republican against their own best interest but, hopefully, there are still enough thoughtful voters left who can see through this charade. If not, there really isn't much hope left for the US anyway.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  62. Mark from New Jersey

    Newt Gingrich is an immense hypocrite, a self-agrandizing buffoon, and a very articulate speaker full of sound and fury signifying nothing. A shameless huckster hustling his books, his $65K speaking fees, and his access to Washington insiders who are as venal as he is. He is likely the flavor of the month, who will fade as soon as the "Independent" voters remember who he is. By the way, Romney is no better, just more subtle.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  63. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    Of course not. The future nominee has always been Romney. Gingrich just has the most face time on Fox news so the polls favor him. Its just like Trump, Perry, and Cain. These people have terrible ideas. Gingrich wants to eliminate child labor laws turning every low income child into an automatic janitor. They're all just a bunch of rich people who don't want Americans to learn that a billion dollar bank account helps only one person.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  64. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    His momentum is for real but only until it is discovered yet another man in power that uses Velcro instead of a zipper on his trousers. He has far to much baggage to be taken seriously.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  65. Pat in Michigan

    I don't know but if it is real,I'm buyin stock in tiffiny's and general dynamics

    November 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  66. MNResident

    I don't know if Gingrich's momentum is real, but the "Anybody-but-Romney" momentum clearly is....

    November 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  67. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, that's what eveybody thought about Bachmann, Perry and Cain, but their campaigns all imploded. The evangelicals are desperate to find someone who's not a morman to run against President Obama. They might just be desperate (and hypocritical) enough to accept a liar and adulterer as their champion, but Newt also has a history of working with democrats and he even (gasp!) did a public service announcement with Nancy Pelosi. I think his baggage will take him down in the end.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  68. Anthony from Western Maryland

    Romney is not going to win the Republican nomination and he needs to face it. Gingrich has a lot of "Baggage" but at least you do know what you are getting if you vote for him. Romney is a "Chameleon" who will show you one color to appease but change his position when he finds it convenient. The winner has been defined and it is Newt Gingrich as the only thing which can hurt him is another Tiffany bill!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  69. Susan

    Newt is the opposite of everything the tea party and conservatives stand for. Is he for real? He's default. He's the call to the pizza shop after you stare into ther freezer for 10 minutes trying to decide what to cook.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Karl in Flint

    Given Newt's checkered past, the "Christian conservatives" are going to have to turn total hypocrite to vote for him. They won't be able to hold their noses to do it, they will have to wear gas masks.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  71. Larry in Texas

    As a Democrat in a Republican State, If Romney was going up against Obama, I would do like a lot of other Democrats – VOTE ROMNEY.
    But – IF the Newt goes up against Obama – I guess I will have to Vote STRAIGHT TICKET ( Democrat)

    November 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Joe

    First things first: Russ in PA, Noel Sivertson is right. Someone like Jon Huntsman is the best choice. Ron Paul is that crazy Uncle everyone has: he might make sense at first, but the more he talks, the more you remember why nobody takes him seriously.

    Second of all, for Gingrich-time will tell. It's obvious that the majority of the Republican base doesn't like Romney, and unlike someone like Bachmann or Perry, Newt doesn't come off as a total doofus during debates. Like Cain, he's had affairs, but at least people already knew that, and he isn't hiding it. However, it's still a bit early, so time will tell. He still has time to screw it up, and if he does, I won't be surprised.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Dave, Orlando, FL

    This has got to be pure torture for all Republicans. I’ll bet any one of them would prefer to be water boarded. They want Obama out so bad they can taste it, but they can’t find one single Republican that isn’t stained by sex scandals or can make a statement for which they don’t need damage control or not have a brain freeze or has a snowball’s chance. And the funniest part is that our current White House resident has such a lousy track record, Donald Duck could win in a landslide. This is so much fun I’m beginning to see why you and Wolf love politics so much.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  74. Jafsie from Ontario


    Among all the other reasons, I simply can't imagine Tea Party females being comfortable having the proverbial "Other Woman" as First Lady.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Larry Phillips

    Of course it's real Jack. It's as real as Michelle Bachmann's after the Iowa straw poll, until she talked about the child who became retarded because of a vaccine. It's as real as Rick Perry's until he had his Oops blooper. It's as real as Herman Cain's until he had his pepperoni sliced. And the one thing you count on Newt to do is insert his foot in his mouth. I should have become a comedian. The amount of material the Republicans are providing is just incredible.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  76. Mike in Canada

    It is and I don't understand why. Republicans claim to be pro family values and anti Washington "insiders". Gingrich's family values are suspect at best and his role as a (don't call me) lobbyist should make him public enemy #1 of non-hypocritical conservatives. Why are they supporting him again?

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, while Mr. Hurt suggests the only thing that Republicans can agree upon is that they don't want Romney, I submit that Republicans will value Romney like a winning lottery ticket if it means Obama is out of a job in January 2013.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  78. Dave Sielaff


    Yes – about as real as his "Contract for America" and limited House and Senate terms. Too bad the republicans did not show up for that one! When it came time – they forgot their pledge! Oh! And lest we forget – let us not forget the momentum he held for his two wives he left – for his third wife!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  79. Syed

    Newt Gingrich is a brilliant speaker. His debate performances are impressive. He knows how to handle the media and well publicize his campaign. His plans with economy, foreign policy and immigration issues are likable by both Conservatives and Independent voters. If Herman Cain drops out of the race, We might actually see Newt Gingrich running against Obama next year.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  80. manderson367

    Yes, I think Newt has staying power. I find it funny that people don't think the Tea Party won't vote for this candidate or that candidate because of something they've done in the past. The Tea Party and the GOP base will vote for whoever the GOP candidate is. None of them want another 4 years of Obama.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Robert Corodimas

    Yes, Newt has shown to be the sharpest tool in the shed – real Americans want substance not just rhetoric and is probably the only candidate that can out debate Obama – Obama's intellect is why I voted for him but unfortunately he hasn't delivered on his campaign commitments.

    Robert C. in L.V.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Dea Riley

    Newt Gingrich just keeps coming and going in American politics but has no stick. He is merely the Republican flavor of the week. His recent surge to the top of the trash heap is a clear sign he will quickly plummet to the bottom of the pile as did Bachman, Perry and Cain before him. This type of churning of candidates is what you get when a party doesn't have a good candidate to put forth. and no chance of winning against the incumbent.

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    November 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  83. Mike

    No, since the GOP is in the thrall of the Christian Conservatives, Grover Norquist, and the Tea Party. Gingrich has enough to dislike in his personal and business conduct for them to make him look unelectable to them. That's a sad thing, since he has the most innovative mind amongst all current candidates.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  84. Robert - Atlanta

    Newt gives a good speech – if you pay him enough he’ll say whatever! He can be against Fannie Mae and lobby for them at the same time, as long as the money keeps rolling in. After three wives and numerous affairs why would anyone still care what the serial adulterer and a big fat hypocrite has to say?

    November 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  85. Ralph

    Gingrich is the latest alternative to Romney. Support for Gingrich says more about Romney than anything else. But the real question is; How many cats has Hurt stuffed into garbage cans?

    November 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  86. Nolan

    Yes! I'm a democrat and I've been telling everyone in the last year to look out for Gingrich, and now he's back. Newt has an appeal to all kinds of conservatives. He has a history of working with Ronald Reagan, his skeletons are already out of the closet, and he has a lot of GOP connections who can raise lots of money for him. I think that Gingrich can also reach out to independents and liberals for his stance on education and global warming. Gingrich is highly capable of taking Iowa, since Herman Cain's campaign may soon come to its end. A well-rounded, conservative candidate like Gingrich is what the GOP has been looking for all along.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  87. Arthur in New Jersey

    Forget Gingrich's past sins. Forget even if you're thinking you want to vote Democrat or Republican. The reason you want Gingrich to win the Republican nomination is that this is the best chance for the left and the right to have a real, meaningful, informed conversation about the future of the country over the next 12 months - and the country sorely need it.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  88. Jim


    Sure it's real, among the fulminating right-wing lunatic fringe. Why not? He's one of them. Oh, and he's also getting a giggling thumbs up from Obama supporters.

    Reno, Nevada

    November 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  89. NateFromIndiana

    The momentum is real, but it isn't good news for the GOP that it's recycling candidates before they have been thoroughly composted.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  90. Frank from Connellsville, PA

    With everyone cratering or otherwise self-distructing around him – isn't a war of attrition and the last one standing is the winner? Newt closets have long been open – affairs, multiple marriages, etc. Time heals all wounds and he has waited quietly. He may not be warm and fuzzy, but his baggage is unpacked for all to examine.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  91. ArtInChicago

    Jack, Newt's momentum is as real as deep fried butter is real food.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  92. DMoneyx2

    The problem with Newt is...he's actually the only one running for office that is "QUALIFIED", including the completely "in over my head have absolutely no leadership skills president we have now"!. He has been vetted for years...the American public has already been exposed to his closet...so he should be able to make a run.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  93. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, his momentum is real right now, but so was the momentum for Bachman, Perry and Cain. His flip-flopping over the years and his sordid personal life will shoot down his hot-air balloon.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  94. beevee

    It is for real until he gets the nomination and after that it will be all Obama.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Brad in Brooklyn

    Jack his momentum won't even last as long as the wedding vows he's twice broken.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Doug

    The real question is why can Mitt Romney not get above 20some percent in almost any poll for Repubs? The answer is that Repubs are desperate for anyone but Romney. My prediction is that if Romney wins the nomination, the Tea Partiers will revolt and run their own candidate – taking 5% (or more) of the vote – just enough to do what they are diametrically opposed to – re-electing Obama. Wanna make a bet on my prediction?????

    doug in st pete beach florida

    November 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  97. Larry in Texas

    Jack – I've talked to a lot of Democrats & Republicans regarding Newt's Rise in the Polls recently. All across the U.S. Here is the message that I'm getting : Gingrich will eventually drop in the Polls ( big time ) by the end of June or so. It will eventually be Romney, especially when Gingrich has so much baggage – plus the fact Romney is the most Electable, ( vs. Gingrich) Gingrich is much too right winged – compared to Romney – Otherwise, the Tea Party & the religious republicans ( evangelicals ) + Moderates want somebody else, other than Obama, or somebody who could actually Lead.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  98. San from Knoxville, TN

    We learned back in the 90's that he just isn't a very nice person. No ethics, mean, dishonest, not loyal to spouses, etc. If we vote him into the White House, we all deserve the chaos that's sure to follow.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  99. AL in West Palm Beach

    Jack, is a toothache real?

    multiply that by a migraine...that's Newt as the republican presidential candidate in 2012.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  100. Sean - Edmonton AB

    Newt is it. He is the last realistic non-Romney standing unless someone can get Gov. Chris Christie or the like to get in the race. aka It's his to lose. Oh well, it doesn't really matter. When the Democrats point out how much the Republicans will slash and burn out of the budget, 2010's red wave will dramatically shrink, and they'll be kept out of the Whitehouse.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  101. Andrew Greaves of Connecticut

    They say after the debates that Newt Gingrich is the adult in the room. I can only hope and pray that the Speakers rise in the polls is short lived. Polls have been saying all along Mitt Romney is the one who can beat Barack Obama!!! I agree. Gingrich does have alot of skeletons in his closet. Mitt Romney changing his views on abortion means nothing. Bringing that up all the time is getting to be old news Mitt Romney does look presidential. Get over Newt Gingrich people, otherwise we will have 4 more years of Barack Obama!! .

    November 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  102. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty...great question. In a physics calculation, momentum is (mass times velocity), Newt has the "m" value knocked so if he and the other candidates ran a race at about the same speed, Newt wins. Now my calculation for "political momentum" is (net worth times audacity), he wins again Big Time ! All of this is too painful, we're screwed !

    November 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  103. Dave in Georgia

    His momentum is just as real as Bachman's, Perry's, Cain's, Pawlenty's... and just as fleeting. All these candidates are courting the same small percentage of the electorate... and all hit the wall as soon as the independents, moderates and liberals weigh in. We're just waiting until the circus leaves town and the streets are clear to walk again.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  104. Teaparty01

    I think his momentum is real.
    Like him or not, when you listen to him in the debates he has the most realistic solutions and the experience to get it done.
    I may not like some of his positions but I live in athe real world too.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  105. Terri from EAST TN

    I hope not but anything is possible. Considering how he has accumulated his income, I sincerely doubt he understands the plight of the average person in the US. He may not have an October surprise, but he has alot of unflattering baggage that won't go away. He is hardly a Washington outsider, if he has collected millions from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. What a creative rewriting of his history!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  106. tom angelopoulos

    Newt Gingrich has been able to resurface because of the sad sad sad group of republican candidates running for the presidency. It the perfect storm for his comeback. There is the rediculous Cain that cannot string a logical sentence together when it comes to anyhing but 999. (Notice I am overlooking the sexual harrasment issues and affairs). Perry (1st, 2nd, 3rd enough said). Bauchman, (fanatic). Romney (stuck at 20 to 25%) the rest do not even register. Its the year of the NEWT, (start printing the T-shirts).

    Montreal Quebec Canada

    November 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  107. Rob

    Yes, he is the only one qualified to run this country (that is currently running for office). That includes Obama.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  108. sortakinda

    Answer: No, it is not for real. And it never was.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  109. mm

    No. He's just the new flavor of the week for the GOP who will take anyone but Romney. Next?!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  110. Dennis north carolina

    He has as much baggage as Cain. the democrats would love for him to win the ticket. maybe he would take Cain as his partner seeing they have so much in common.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  111. Cres - from Florida

    Of course, it's real for now, the question is will it last. I don't think so. I've said for years
    that Newt Gingrich has a good way of analyzing certain issues and expressing himself.
    He would make a could consultant to any President (regardless of party) in that regard.
    BUT -- consultant - YES!!!! President - NO!!!!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  112. Henry Plantagenet

    We need to remember that the presidency is a leadership job, an executive position, and his short tenure as Speaker makes one wonder how effective he could be. In four short years, he lost control of the House to GOP hardliners, made the GOP look extreme with a history-making government shutdown, acquired a reputation for wildly changing strategies on the fly, launched a historic impeachment which damaged the GOP brand, was slapped with a historic reprimand for ethics violations, suffered historic midterm losses in 1998, suffered a highly unusual effort to throw him out of the Speaker’s chair, and made history yet again with his resignation.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  113. sortakinda

    Will people wake up and remember that this Newt resigned from Congress under a cloud of more than 90 ethics violations? Or that he is a cheat, a liar and a thief? Romney shouldn't even be on the same dais with this bum.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  114. Tony from ct

    I don't get it Jack. The Republicans, esspecially the Tea Partiers, say they hate the politicians and they want Obama out of office, yet they just won't vote for Romney, the business man that is the best guy to beat Obama. Instead the anti-establishment Tea Parties seem to prefer a career politicians that has so much baggage, Obama will beat him easily. You think the gridlock in Washington is bad now, well it was just as bad when Gingrich was there leading the charge to impeach Clinton for having a fling while he was having his own fling. Gingrich is a joke. He's a career politician. These guys have screwed up the country, why would you wanty the ultimate insider politican as your candidate? Really? It doesn't make sense to me. I hope this is a flavor of the month and the Republicans come to their senses and nominate Romney. This independent is waiting to vote for Romney, but if they nominate any of the other jokers, least of all Gingrich, I'm staying home on election day. It's all laughable. I refuse to contribute to the destruction of this country and viote for the ultimate poltico/hypocrit. Yes, I'm talking about Gingrich.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  115. Adam

    I think that if Gingrich wins the nomination, he may be the least electable major candidate for president in a general election in the last 40 years. There is simply no way this guy can hold up to the kind of scrutiny that will come over the course of 2012.

    I think the GOP is smart enough, as a political body, to avoid letting this situation be the end of them in this election. I assume they're going to do the dirty work, instead of waiting for the dems to do it. Gingrich will be destroyed in the public eye long before he can make a serious run in the primaries.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  116. jb

    It's as real as Cain's.....100 MPH right into a brick wall...lol

    November 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  117. Cres - from Florida

    correction to my last it should be "good" consultant, not "could"

    November 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  118. Pete from Georgia

    It is until the liberal main stream media along with the backing of George Soros decide it's time to demean, demonize, and destroy him.
    Everything is right on schedule for the total manipulation of America.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  119. Which Mor(M)on Romney Is talking today...the Flip or Flops?

    The rate at which Myth Romney has been Flip Flopping on the issues every millisecond over the years....one should not be surprised that the GOP Tea Party did NOT like him!

    Myth Romney has no soul, no conviction, no value....so why not support the other guy who has no moral, ethical or family values called Newt!!...that's the typical TeaParty mindset!!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  120. Phyllis Reed

    I can't imagine how the momentum of someone so out of touch with the American people could last. His patronizing judgment of the Occupy movement, "take a bath, then get a job," shows he has no idea of how millions of Americans, including children, are suffering.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  121. jb

    90 ethics violations...had to resign from congress...in bed with the mortgage billionaires..and on their payroll....3 wives, cheated on them all.
    The fact that he is running at all is the height of arrogance!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  122. Mike

    Time will tell, but I don't see President Gingrich as a very realistic option. Newt is a very vulnerable candidate with a whole wagon train of baggage. It will either take the incredible mercy of his political opponents or a nationwide brainwashing for him to maintain this push up until November 2012.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  123. marybeth, massachusetts


    Absolutely, Newt is for real. I think he's the perfect candidate for the Republican party because he represents their values best. He stands for the uber wealthy. He stands for hypocrisy. He stands for family values–the kind where he persecuted a President for having an affair with an intern, while having affairs himself and serving his wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital getting treatment for cancer. He stands for big business and big corporations–taking a record amount of money from Fannie and Freddie. In short, he stands for everything that is false and skewed towards a small percentage of people.

    Yes, the Christian evangelical base will support him 200%. They'll turn a blind eye to his infidelities, his lack of ethics (his own party threw him out of the Speakership) and morals of any kind. All he has to do is claim that he is born again, and they'll not only forgive him but praise him for his past.

    I'd never vote for him, but then again, I'm from the bluest of the blue states.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  124. Rodney Harter

    The surge may be real, but Gingrich is not. At least Romney' flip-flops are out in the open. Newt's are under cover of his chameleon personality and penchant for spinning or distortion. Gingrich is dangerous. A prevaricator of the highest order. In a word, amoral!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  125. Big Bob

    I get a kick out of how people go on and on about his "baggage". These are the same people who would give their eye-teeth to have the "Adulterer in Chief" back in office. Hey, the 90's were great! I don't judge President Clinton for his indiscretions. Before the 24/7 news cycle, men of power used to get away with it with just a wink from the press.
    Those were the good ol days, Jackie. Those were the good ol days.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  126. Denny from Tacoma

    All of the current Republican candidates are losers and the biggest loser will be the one who gets the nomination only to be handsomely defeated by the Democratic nominee. The current "new breed" of Republicans is genetically defected and will not survive. Hopefully the elections in 2016 will demonstrate more normalcy.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  127. Billy Davis

    I've gotten new information from an well placed GOP operative. Next month GUMBY will be the Republican frontrunner. Details at 11.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  128. Clay

    No, Jack, it's just he Press working the twenty-four hour news cycle ad infinitum and ad nauseam. The only good thing is that everyone will be so sick of hearing the names of these GOP pretenders that none of them will be even remotely electable. And just how how is that going to square with your corporate masters?

    November 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  129. Jilli

    If the momentum is for real, it's a sad testament to the current state of the republican party. In their overwhelming rage to defeat Pres. Obama, they're willing to completely foresake any principles or values they claim to espouse. If the party of "family values" nominates a cheating, thrice married shape shifting con man – the digraced ex-leader, who was forced to resign when hit with a slew of ethics violations and fines, then any future claims that they are the party of family values should be met with full belly laughs and total disgust. Gingrichs rise shows that the republican party really has no priciples or standards.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  130. Michael

    Republicans are so hung up on the fact that Romney is a Mormon that they'd rather nominate a morally corrupt jerk who calls himself a Christian. But then again I suppose that makes him more representative of the people who will nominate him.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  131. Jeff in San Diego

    I certainly hope so. Gingrich cannot beat Obama. There is no way women will vote for a man who abandoned his cancer-stricken wife for a younger woman. There is no way women will make a woman who slept with a cancer-stricken wife's cheating husband the First Lady of the USA. Let's get real here. Gingrich deserves all the shame in the world after pulling that move while at the same tim,e trying to bun Clinton at the stake for having an affair with Lewinski. Besides all that, he's a pompous jerk.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  132. bcc

    If my choice today is Gingrich or Obama than I vote for Gingrich, however Obama still has a year left to establish himself as a leader. We'll see.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  133. Ralph from Carterville IL

    Apparently, it is real but is it lasting? I would wager it is not. Gingrich has too much baggage and too many skeletons in the closet.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  134. Mark....in Houston

    He says whatever needs to be said to gain a vote. In the eye of Republicans....that's being real

    November 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  135. Kyle

    Of course it is! People want to hear clear answers from a decisive candidate. Through the debates Newt Gingrich has show his vast knowledge on just about every issue and also has a great track record from his Speakership, working bi-partisanly with Pres. Clinton to balance the budget and reform welfare. I think America would like to see the next President do those very same things.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  136. Marc S from Chicago

    Jack, The right is looking for anyone who says what they want to hear, and they don't even care if the guy has more baggage than a bankrupt airline. The guy tried to hang Clinton for infidelities while he was cheating on his 3rd wife. Do you really think he is electable? No matter how many Hannity's or Palins talk about the "lame stream" media, who could they pin this on? Go Newt! We will waste a lot less time and energy in 2012.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  137. faboge

    Gingrich is for real! Love him or hate him but few people know the game of Washington and soundbites quite like this guy. If he takes Iowa, South Carolina, the hedge fund conman can kiss his latest presidential bid bye bye again!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  138. Burbank from CA

    I hope not!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  139. Tiffany

    Jack, the fact that the GOP keeps flp-flopping front runners is proof that they think we are all sheep and they can tell us who is a front-runner and who is "out" before anyone even votes. So no, Newt is the flavor of the week.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  140. Rich in Texas

    As much as people like Obama, the truth is he hasn't done anything but talk about the economy. Newt played a very big roll in that balanced budget all the Dems love to credit Clinton for. Newt is at least man of action,like it or not. It's time we tried some new blood. Obama just likes to campaign and blame his inaction on everyone else.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  141. jpetz

    Newt isn't electable. If he somehow ends up the nominee, the GOP can forget about unseating Obama.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  142. Jim Rousch, Mission Viejo, CA

    The only one who thinks that there is anything to Newt Gingrich's recent rise in the polls is Newt Gingrich. Anyone else knows that Newt Gingrich is nothing more than the flavor of the week.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  143. Neil from houston TX

    In 2 weeks its Huntsman turn!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  144. Doug - Evington Virginia

    Yes. I think he's for real. He's not perfect, and he does have some historical baggage – like all the other candidates. However, he differs in a couple of important ways. One, he's not a generalist. He understands nothing is as simple as it seems, and the "devil is in the details". He's an "i" dotting and "t" crossing detailest (if there is such a word). And at the same time he understands how the details make up the global picture. Two, this is not uncharted terroritory for him. He knows politics well – and especially Washington politics. Three, his proposals are "make sense" ideas. They are workable solutions to complex problems. And four, he understands that the best position of the idea pendelum is rarely at the 3 oclock or 9 oclock positions – but at the 6 oclock point. And lastly, he's willing to take the heat for his idea – even if it's not popular with some Republicans. And the last "lastly", I think he's the only one who can pull votes from Democrats. He's the most electable.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  145. Scott Stodden

    Newt Gingrich Is Defiently The Comeback Kid In This Primary And As Long As Newt Doesn't Put His Foot In His Mouth And As Long As Nothing Comes Out About Newt He May Very Well Be The Republican Presidential Nominee But He Will Not Beat Obama In 2012 In The General Election!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    November 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm |