PA Republicans Love Newt Gingrich

Via Steve Singiser, these are the kind of numbers that ought to make Charlie Dent think about switching parties in 2012. I doubt Gingrich will win the nomination, but when is Mittens going to crack 25%? If the GOP electorate wants a bomb-thrower like Gingrich, who are they going to pick in the Senate primary? Sam Rohrer? What if Gingrich and Rohrer end up being the face of the Republican ticket in PA?

Public Policy Polling. 11/17-20. Republican voters. MoE 4.9% (July numbers in parentheses)

Newt Gingrich: 32 (6)
Herman Cain: 15 (10)
Rick Santorum: 12 (14)
Mitt Romney: 12 (17)
Ron Paul: 9 (9)
Michele Bachmann: 5 (24)
Rick Perry: 3 (8)
Jon Huntsman: 3 (3)
Gary Johnson: 0 (-)


  1. Jon, have you seen Brian Naylor’s piece on NPR saying that to imagine a Gingrich presidency, voters should look to the 90s? Bill Clinton echoed that sentiment recently (“Newt’s a thinker, he’s being rewarded for thinking.”). Sure, that’s a swipe at President Obama as much as anything, but what do you make of the narrative emerging from some unlikely places of Gingrich as pragmatist/innovator?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I think Paul Krugman nailed it when he said that Gingrich is “the stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.” He is basically Awesome-O. Remember the South Park episode where Cartman pretends to be a robot and ends up at a meeting of Hollywood execs, mindlessly tossing out ideas for terrible Adam Sandler movies while the execs eat it up? That’s Gingrich in a nutshell.

      I don’t think the “big thinker” narrative will still be intact after the long primary campaign, but it depends how committed the media is to it. It was pretty impossible to defeat the McCain “maverick” label in 2008, despite the fact that he was running on totally orthodox Republican positions, and I think that was largely due to the way the media covered him.

  2. Newts thinking ability in the 90s came from him having the good sense to sit in his corner and shut up after his failed hypocraitical attempt to unseat Clinton in the presidency. Newt had very little to do with anything he is now taking credit for. He failed miserably in his contract for America exactly what part of his adulter ways are the Moral Majority he spouted off about. I love my country too and as a result of that love i signed up for the U.S. Army out of high school it didnt make me diddle the neighbors wife. Newt is a smart debator ill give him credit where credit is due but his past is surrounded by sexual and economic scandels and i dont think America is quite ready to forgive him for that yet if he is the GOP nominee. Clinton presented and balanced the budget in the 90s and evryone knows it even the GOP who want admit it. All Newt did was bang his little gavel to bring the house to order to vote on what Clinton presented to congress. The Speaker of the House actually has very little authoritie.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      And don’t forget that the only reason the budget stayed balanced is that Clinton blocked all of the House Republican proposals to unbalance it with regressive tax cuts.

  3. I didnt. Like Reagan , Clinton wasnt afraid of his veto pen only Clintons policies worked. Reagan made draconion cuts in the tax system at the beginning of his first term and it resulted in him having to sign the largest tax increase in american history ito law and having to raise the debt ceiling 16 times. People who do not learn from histroy are doomed to repeat it

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