- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NEWTOLOGY

It’s boot the Newt time: All those predictions that Republican presidential hopeful and polling darling Newt Gingrich would face a shrill gauntlet of critics before the Iowa primaries are coming true. Critics are crowing over his flagging numbers; a couple of “investigations” trimmed with drama and distractions are sure to follow in the next week. It’s getting personal, too.

Gingrich plummets in polls as voters start remembering who he is,” quips comedian Andy Borowitz. And fresh from Harris Polls comes this chilly headline: “Almost half of Americans dislike Newt Gingrich as a person.” Well, 46 percent don’t like him, anyway, with nearly equal numbers saying they don’t care for his political opinion or professional track record either. Things get interesting, though, with the particulars.

Among Republicans, two-thirds like Mr. Gingrich’s opinions, 62 percent like his track record and 56 percent like him personally says Harris analyst Regina Corso, who notes that the good feelings drop “surprisingly” among conservatives, a phenomenon that might vex ConservativeHQ.com founder Richard Viguerie, who championed Mr. Gingrich at an insider forum for 60 conservative leaders earlier this month. One insistent group remains Newt-centric, though, no matter what’s going on in Iowa.

Gingrich does best among tea party supporters, where 70 percent like his political opinions, almost two-thirds (64 percent ) like his track record and 58 percent like him as a person,” Ms. Corso notes. See the many numbers here: www.harrisinteractive.com

MIGHTY RIGHT

There was much emphatic speech and many rigorous sound bites this year. But there were 50 statements that towered over the rest, at least according to John Hawkins of the Right Wing News, who has just issued the third annual list of the “50 Best Political Quotes for 2011.”

It’s a rollicking list, indeed, from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s famous “Get the hell off the beach” order during a hurricane at No. 50, to the terse communication from Seal Team 6 after they killed Osama bin Laden at No. 1.

Find the list here: http://rightwingnews.com.

A JOHNSON MOMENT

Hmm. Interesting phrases. One observer wonders if BET founder Robert Johnson should consider joining the Republican presidential lineup after witnessing an exchange the businessman had with financial guru Ric Edelman, host of “The Truth About Money,” which airs on some 200 public TV stations.

“I’m a serial entrepreneur and a visionary. I believe, fundamentally, that theres a business solution to every social problem. I’ve never been a big proponent of government intervention or government lending a hand,” Mr. Johnson tells his host in an upcoming episode.

He later adds, “Its the old, you know, give the man a fishing rod instead of a fish. I believe in business solutions to social problems … give everybody a fair chance. I’ll spend my money to aggregate minorities for jobs and for vendor services. Business solutions to social problems. Will I make money? Of course, I’ll make money. But at the same time, I will provide an opportunity for people to keep more income in their pockets. Ergo, more wealth, better well-being for their families.”

MAKIN’ A LIST

“Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house.”

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