David Kirkpatrick

January 22, 2010

Independent voters not necessarily Tea Partiers

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:30 pm

According to a Fox News poll.

From the link:

A new Fox News survey shows that Americans remain deeply wary of the tea party movement, and strongly prefer Barack Obama to a hypothetical tea party candidate.  And it’s a result Fox News chose to bury in its reporting on the poll — choosing instead to highlight “anti-Obama” voter sentiment. The poll, released by Fox News yesterday, shows that if given the choice between re-electing Barack Obama and electing a member of the tea party movement, Americans prefer Barack Obama 48% to 23%, a margin of 25 points.

Fox’s survey, conducted just over a week ago, shows that independents are still uneasy about trusting a member of the tea party movement with a position of power. Indeed, among independents, Barack Obama enjoys a 17 point lead.


Hit the link for head-to-head 2012 presidential race comparisons between Obama against Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. Rommey does best among independents with Obama ahead 43 to 28 percent. Gingrich is next with 53 to 23 percent Obama, and predictably Palin is third with 56 to 24 percent Obama. She actually gets more independent support than Gingrich, but also turns off more than she attracts. Interestingly Palin does the same among Republicans — that is she pulls a little more support than Gingrich, but gives up the same number of GOPers to Obama.

December 10, 2008

Bill O’Reilly v. Hendrik Hertzberg

This is a very funny account, from Hertzberg’s perspective, of an O’Reilly-created flap between Hertzbert, Newt Gingrich and O’Reilly based on Hertzberg’s commentary in the New Yorker about Gingrich’s reaction to Anti-Prot 8 protesting after election day.

I’ll have to say I think the New Yorker, and editor David Remnick got the best of this entire exchange.

From the link:

Update: One more exchange between Ron Mitchell, the O’Reilly producer at Fox, and David Remnick, from late this afternoon (Friday, December 5th).

Mitchell to Remnick:


Much has been said about all this over the last few days. I just still want to make sure that you are comfortable with the whole situation. If you think that you have not been treated fairly, please let me know, and we can do something with you on the air.


Remnick to Mitchell:


Dear Mr. Mitchell,


Thanks for your courteous note. It’s an interesting contrast in tone with the the fantastical on-air description of Rick as a left-wing zealot, the nonsense that he had refused a real interview before sending a crew to his apartment building, and the sneering descriptions of Rick, me, and the magazine from Mr O’Reilly on air. Quite a performance. So while I appreciate your note, you’ll forgive me if I pass in wanting to engage this any more. What I said at the start stands: I thought Rick’s piece, considering Newt Gingrich’s language, was, as you might put it, fair and balanced.


Respectfully yours, David Remnick

November 13, 2008

Gingrich on the GOP

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:42 pm

Not at a good place right now.

From the WSJ Political Perceptions blog link:

Republican hand-wringing about the state of the party after the election losses continues apace. “The Republican Party right now is like a midsize college team trying to play in the Superbowl,” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Roger Simon of Politico. “It is pretty hard to say our losses were because of John McCain’s campaign. McCain performed way above plausibility compared to where the Republican president was in the polls. We have to look honestly at what went wrong.” Simon writes: “Gingrich said the fundraising capacity of the left in the last election proved astonishing and far outstripped what Republicans were able to gather…The question now, Gingrich went on, is whether Barack Obama intends to govern from the left or not. Simon says Gingrich’s bottom line is this: “Gingrich said that the best thing the Republican Party could do right now is stop worrying about the Republican Party. ‘We need to worry about the nation…Wal-Mart doesn’t get ahead by attacking Sears but by offering better value.’”


September 23, 2008

Newt Gingrich pans the bailout

Filed under: Business, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:12 pm

Newt Gingrich puts in his two cents on the proposed financial sector bailout offered up by the Bush 43 administration. His voice joins those of other true conservatives who are concerned about scope and sheer breathlessness of this stupid non-solution to a very real problem.

From the WSJ’s Political Perceptions link:

For those watching the Washington tea leaves, one sure sign that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson faces problems selling his Wall Street bailout plan came Sunday, when Newt Gingrich posted his views online.

The former House speaker’s posting, on National Review Online, was a clarion call to fellow conservatives to slow down the rush to pass the plan and to start raising serious questions about it. “Congress was designed by the Founding Fathers to move slowly, precisely to avoid the sudden panic of a one-week solution that becomes a 20-year mess,” Mr. Gingrich wrote.

In an interview Monday, Mr. Gingrich was even more pointed. He predicted “a populist reaction of the first order” against the Wall Street rescue and called on the president to dump his economics team and “try again.” For good measure, Mr. Gingrich’s think tank plans to release poll findings Tuesday showing public skepticism about bailing out financial firms.

As that suggests, the one thing that’s become clear in the last day or so is that the path toward congressional approval of the $700 billion financial-sector rescue plan won’t be nearly as smooth and clear as many thought when the idea emerged late last week. When the Democratic speaker of the House and the Republican presidential nominee both demand similar changes, that’s a sure sign trouble is brewing.

April 16, 2008

Gingrich on the state of the GOP

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:51 pm

Via the Daily Dish, Newt speaks the truth about today’s GOP:

“They went off the rails. That’s it. They took a majority that took 16 years to build and they destroyed it … There was a fundamental misunderstanding about how to govern. The concept of red versus blue is a tactic, not a strategy. In the long run, in order to mobilize your base, you tend to become more intense and your positions become more vitriolic, and you drive away the independents. Then you are no longer a majority,” – Newt Gingrich on what has happened to the GOP over the last eight years.