A Tale of Two Speeches

If you want to know how the priorities of a political candidate compare to the priorities of the general public, then it is helpful to read/listen to the speech that the candidate makes after a win or loss at the voting booth.

First, here is a recent list of the priorities of the general public, as provided by the Pew Research Center:

Now read the speech that Newt Gingrich gave on the night of the GOP Florida Primary.

Then read the speech that Mitt Romney gave on the night of the GOP Florida Primary.

Which candidate better expressed the top priorities of the general public?

In order to defeat Obama in November, the GOP candidate needs to win over moderate and independent voters.  The last time that I checked, those voters couldn’t care less where the U.S. Embassy in Israel* is located.  By the way, the U.S. government recognized Israel way back when Israel declared statehood. Gingrich the historian should know that. [*Post updated: I originally wrote "Jerusalem" instead of "Israel".]

Personally, I don’t care who the eventual GOP nominee will be as long as that person can defeat Obama.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012.
Filed under 2012 Presidential Race.
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  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Romney will be a continuation of Obama in more ways than most people realize. One little bleat out of the media and he rushes to say he’ll raise the minimum wage to prove he’s “for the poor.” That’s how it will be from here on out. He’s bound to be a slight improvement, but Romney will only slow our momentum, not change direction.

    Video of Gingrich speech: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1426322021001/

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

       ”How terrible to have lost one’s mind, or never to have had one at all.”

      See, Otis, when you off the deep end by saying “continuation of Obama,” you just prove you are stupid.  I mean, you support Newt and think he’s a conservative because he throws a little red meat into your cage in between beating you like a red-handed stepchild, so we already knew you weren’t thinking clearly. 

      I know, you’ve swallowed all the agitprop from the lunatic fringe, but there is hope.  Get some oxygen to your brain for a change, you’ll come around.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        Everything you write is nothing but smears and innuendo. There is no there, there.

        The question is not whether Newt is a perfect conservative, the question is whether he is more conservative than Romney. It’s not a close call. Gingrich has a 90 percent ACU rating, was instrumental in taking the house for the first time in 40 years, crafted the Contract with America, and successfully shepherded welfare reform. Despite what the smear merchants say, he was one of Reagan’s premier defenders. That’s off the top of my head. Romney has done absolutely nothing conservative. He has no conservative record, thus his only option is to throw mud — and he’s very good at that.

        When I say Romney will be a “continuation of Obama” in many respects, my words are carefully chosen. State-run health care is an assault on individual liberty. So are wage mandates. That’s government interference in freedom of contract. It’s poor economics. Real conservatives understand that such policies only harm the poor. Romney has a plan to spread the RomneyCare mandate message state by state. His vacuous supporters somehow defend that as a conservative position. It’s surreal. Romney is engaging in class rhetoric, the same as Obama. Now he’s run his mouth so much that he’s managed to entangle himself. Get used to it.

        • Brucehenry

          Adjoran’s been OTR all day.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        Everything you write is nothing but smears and innuendo. There is no there, there.

        The question is not whether Newt is a perfect conservative, the question is whether he is more conservative than Romney. It’s not a close call. Gingrich has a 90 percent ACU rating, was instrumental in taking the house for the first time in 40 years, crafted the Contract with America, and successfully shepherded welfare reform. Despite what the smear merchants say, he was one of Reagan’s premier defenders. That’s off the top of my head. Romney has done absolutely nothing conservative. He has no conservative record, thus his only option is to throw mud — and he’s very good at that.

        When I say Romney will be a “continuation of Obama” in many respects, my words are carefully chosen. State-run health care is an assault on individual liberty. So are wage mandates. That’s government interference in freedom of contract. It’s poor economics. Real conservatives understand that such policies only harm the poor. Romney has a plan to spread the RomneyCare mandate message state by state. His vacuous supporters somehow defend that as a conservative position. It’s surreal. Romney is engaging in class rhetoric, the same as Obama. Now he’s run his mouth so much that he’s managed to entangle himself. Get used to it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rtssdorsai Jeff C

    I’m sure Newt does know we recognized them …  His point of course is that having an embassy in Jerusalem is a concrete recognition of their statehood and legitimacy …  and for the religious right and Jews in this country that is an important policy statement …

    • Commander_Chico

      Newt is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sheldon Adelson, who paid for that remark.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

    “The last time that I checked, those voters couldn’t care less where the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is located.”

    Wow, really?

    How did you go about checking something like that? Share your methodology with us…

    • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

      Uh, I accidentally typed “Jerusalem” instead of ”Israel”. I corrected my mistake.

      By the way, do you see the location of embassies on that priority list provided by the Pew Research Center?

      Me neither.

  • PBunyan

    Gingrich/Romeny.  Two sides of the same coin really.  We need someone who finally gets the fact that the government cannot fix any problem without creating more problems that are worse then the original problem.  I believe neither Romney nor Gingrich get that simple repeatedly proven fact. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

      “We need someone who finally gets the fact that the government cannot fix
      any problem without creating more problems that are worse then the
      original problem.”

      Both Romney and Gingrich are telling voters they understand and want that…

      Thanks for acknowledging that they both are lying.

      • PBunyan

        You’re welcome.  It’s pretty foollish to believe what a politician says on the campaign trail.  Look at all the imbiciles who voted for Obama. 

  • PBunyan

    What I mean is, I don’t want to vote for someone who’s plan is to tweak the government a little or try to fix the government.  I wan’t someone who’s plan is to get the government the hell out of the way.  Sadly, I won’t get to vote for that person. Once again I’ll have to settle for whoever the Repbulicans end up nominating, since the choice of gradually sliding down the the cliff is better than wildly plummeting into the abyss.

  • Commander_Chico

    Anyone who promises lower gasoline prices, as Newt did, is a demogogue.

    • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

      Or maybe they would actually do something good for our country, like approve Keystone, or use our own reserves. It’s amazing how increasing supply tends to lower prices, while artificially limiting supply tends to raise them.

  • Par4Course

    I’m not completely happy with either of these men but Gingrich would be a disaster for the GOP, as he has zero ability to attract support from those who are not committed conservatives.  He is not the amiable, lovable Ronald Reagan, whom the American people instinctively liked and would listen to even when he was more conservative than many of them.  Newt is dislikeable even to many of us who mostly agree with his message.  Mitt has strayed to the right from his “Massachusetts moderate” past but Newt remains a Georgia jerk, who has a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming President.  

    • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. If you don’t think that Newt can resonate with people far better than Romney, you are a lost ball in tall weeds. Watch this. When Newt is on message he is brilliant. He also makes mistakes. Big deal. “Steady” Romney will take us steadily in the wrong direction.