Eric Black Ink New poll has Gingrich in lead Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint By Eric Black | 11/14/2011 Public Policy Polling tweets that a new poll, which it will publish this afternoon, puts Newt Gingrich on top in the race for the Repub nomination. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint Get MinnPost's top stories in your inbox First Name: * Last Name: * Email Address: * Daily newsletter Sunday review Greater Minnesota newsletter D.C. Memo Subscribe Now Comments (16) Submitted by Tim Walker on 11/14/2011 - 11:55 am. I gag every time I hear the mainstream media describe Newt as the “intellectual” among the GOP field. Technically it’s true, I guess, but only because the other GOP candidates are all mental midgets. It’s like being named best of show at a convention of dung beetles. Log in to Reply Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/14/2011 - 12:18 pm. Yeah, well, it’s nice to know what the opinion is among leftists. But out here in the real world, the story is different: LA Times…. “USA Today/Gallup survey shows Cain tied with Mitt Romney at 21% among a nationwide sample of Republican and Republican-leaning voters, an increase of 3% for Cain over the previous month’s survey. It’s also the sixth major public poll in a month showing Cain leading or statistically tied with Romney atop the GOP field.” I know leftists get irritated when people don’t follow the script Eric, but get a grip, m’kay? Log in to Reply Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 11/14/2011 - 12:33 pm. Sure, nominate the guy that can’t answer a question without showing his disdain for the questioner. But, kudos to Newt for overcoming his calling Rep Ryan’s plan “radical”, and then trying to issue the most unusual denial I’ve ever read: “any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood”. Quite the comeback, although being the hot alternative to Romney hasn’t been a good prognostic factor in this race so far. At this point, the only question will be does Santorum ever get his moment in the sun as the anti-Romney- I’m guessing no. But then again, I thought Perry would be the nominee- clearly massively over-estimating his ability to stay awake during debates and remember lists of 3. Log in to Reply Submitted by Dan Hintz on 11/14/2011 - 01:08 pm. My god do the Republicans hate Mitt Romney. They are going to try out every available option before nominating him. Log in to Reply Submitted by Luke Ferguson on 11/14/2011 - 01:16 pm. You have GOT to be kidding me. Log in to Reply Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/14/2011 - 01:32 pm. I’d like to have the pay-per-view concession when Newt challenges Barry to the seven, three-hour debates. Even though Newt says he’d allow Obama to use his teleprompter, it would still be wildly entertaining. Log in to Reply Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/14/2011 - 01:51 pm. The nation’s longest running game of 3 card monte continues. Log in to Reply Submitted by Dan Hintz on 11/14/2011 - 03:31 pm. Dennis is right – watching Obama obliterate a clown like Gringrich would be hilarious. Log in to Reply Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/14/2011 - 03:54 pm. Newt the newt’s secret weapon– He’ll put Obama to sleep before he has a chance to talk. Log in to Reply Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/14/2011 - 04:03 pm. A poll is a poll is a poll. We’re a year away from the election, and everyone involved has had opportunities to screw up. Most have taken advantage of those opportunities. I’ll pay closer attention in the spring, after a few primaries have taken place. That said, Gingrich as the Republican nominee should mean 4 more years of Obama. A serial adulterer leading the “moral majority?” Seriously? We’ll need a national prescription of treatment for cognitive dissonance… Newt’s chance was about a decade ago. Since then, he’s proven himself all too human, and – for my money – far too much a disciple of those “Washington Rules.” I agree with Mr. Tester, for a change, that a Gingrich / Obama debate series would be very entertaining, though I think it would quickly reveal the shallowness of Mr. Gingrich’s intellect. A Romney vs. Cain scenario leaves Republicans with a choice between a distinguished-looking corporate CEO who made most of his money the old-fashioned way, by inheriting it, and is thus part of the “elite” that Tea Partiers supposedly love to hate, and a corporate CEO who attitude of executive entitlement extends to putting his hand under the skirt of various females he finds attractive. Lordy, it must be tough to be a Republican in that environment. Mr. Swift’s implied enthusiasm seems premature. Among the also-rans, Mrs. Bachmann continues to play the neighborhood crazy lady, Mr. Santorum continues to provide justification for his well-earned nickname among readers of alternative weeklies, Mr. Huntsman, at least as distinguished-looking as Mr. Romney, unfortunately continues to attract the question, “Who’s he?,” and Congressman Paul still bucks that “popularity” thing that gets you elected outside your own district. To their credit, at least Huntsman and Paul have said that they can’t endorse waterboarding / torture. In that context, I’m happy to see that they and John McCain provide evidence that at least a portion of the party still has a functioning conscience, not to mention an interest in protecting our own troops in harm’s way. Log in to Reply Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/14/2011 - 04:09 pm. I’m not sure which date (or planet) Mr. Smith is reading the LA Times on, but today they say: “Standing still as he seems to do in nearly every public poll is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is at 24% among the 480 Republican and Republican-leaning independents surveyed. Now it’s Gingrich nipping at his heels with 22%, within a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. That’s a 14-point jump for the former House speaker in less than a month, a resurgence that’s also showing up in other national polls as well. Cain is now in third place with 14%, down from 25% last month. Rick Perry, warts and all, held steady at 12% to place fourth.” Log in to Reply Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/14/2011 - 04:16 pm. Bring it! Log in to Reply Submitted by Dan Hintz on 11/14/2011 - 06:39 pm. Ah, the Republicans are already coming after Gingrich. Today I learned that in the last five years Gingrich has come out in support of: – belief in climate change and support for cap and trade – a national healthcare plan with a mandate like in Massachusetts – the Dream Act – amnesty for illegal immigrants – Tarp It really is too bad that the Republicans are going to tear him apart shortly, because it would have been fun to see Obama do it. Dennis, I know you are one of the six Republicans who still think the telepromter thing is funny (you don know that other politicians use them, right), but if you ever got past your dislike of Obama and watched him debate, you would know he is really good at it. I have watched the Republican debates myself, and after watching that clown show, I am pretty sure Obama could wipe the floor with any of them. Log in to Reply Submitted by Alec Timmerman on 11/14/2011 - 07:56 pm. Doesn’t bother any of you that Newt took 300k from Fanny/Freddie? Consistency has never been GOP strong suit. newt is comedy gold though. saw this not Onion headline: Admitted serial adulterer passes alleged serial harasser in the GOP primary poll. Log in to Reply Submitted by Richard Schulze on 11/15/2011 - 06:59 am. Mr. Gingrich and Mr.Cain are both on a most unusual book tour. Log in to Reply Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/15/2011 - 12:40 pm. Teleprompters are only used by people who can read fluently. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.