Last week we saw the Establishment GOP shaken, not stirred by newt Gingrich. Newt has effectively struck fear in the GOP.

The other factor that the Establishment may fear is they themselves. More appropriately what they have become. The Establishment is the movers and shakers in the GOP. Just as the Democrats have fractured historically into the Liberals and Progressives, so has the GOP. The GOP has splintered into the Republicans and Conservatives, especially with the TEA Parties recent surge. The Republicans have in essence become absorbed into the GOP as the RINO’s we have become aware of so effectively. The Boehner’s, the McCain’s, the Lindsey Graham’s and Mitch McConnell’s have shown their true non-Conservative colors.

As many still believe the Republicans/RINO’s party base is the Wall Street, corporate America, big business, they’re right. The true and growing base is Conservatism. This is much more about the middle-class and is in a broad base of rural and small town America. And it’s growing. This is where the ground swells of anti big-government, corporate corruption and Wall Street excesses began. Even as Romney’s association with Bain Capital is not wrong in true free-markets, its illusion is part of the culture of corruption that exists between big government and Wall Street.

In retrospect, Iowa and New Hampshire were essentially uneventful. A win/no-win for Romney in Iowa and an expected win in N.H., the neighbor state of Massachusetts and the Establishment was nervously happy. The GOP establishment was content to just let what they perceived was going to happen, happen. Then came “The Palmetto State”, South Carolina.

The Establishment has always settled on a candidate before South Carolina in the past. Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush II and McCain all followed this exalted path. As we can see, after Reagan, the results have been less than stellar. Surprisingly, even popular TEA Party darling Nikki Haley joined the ground swell of Romney-mania. Virginia’s McDonnell, New Jersey’s Christie and basically every “Republican strategist” trotted out by MSNBC, FOX, CNN and others had handed the baton to Romney by last week. Thank God Jim DeMint stood his true Conservative ground and refused to hop on the Romney train.

This is where the Establishment candidate has in the past built a firewall against further insurgents. But something happened on the way to the “usual way" things go. A general broad based discontent in America with the “usual” has been boiling since 2009 when the the TEA Party exploded on the scene and especially since November of 2010.  We’re tired of the usual. We gave Boehner et al control of the House. He and his Establishment have given us nothing in return for our effort.

Romney is a career politician, even when not in office. The problem is he’s uninspiring and his campaign is sluggish at best. His “shellacking” in South Carolina should be a wake-up call to the Establishment. We Conservatives don’t trust  the alleged “fiscal-hawks” we keep being told will someday emerge from the GOP ideology. It certainly didn’t happen with Bush I with his infamous “read my lips” contortion. His son was an even bigger disappointment in his second term driving the debt up while adding another massive entitlement on our backs. “Compassionate Conservatism” is not a lexicon we true Conservatives believe in.

An out of control and unmonitored Federal Reserve, too-big-to-fail bailouts of cronies, cap-and-trade, massive stimulus and class-warfare are not what created the Shining City on the Hill. True Conservatives have known this for a long time. The TEA Party is a powerful force today. We can see the weakness in the GOBP (Good Ole Boys Party) base. Newt sees it too. He has kept his distance from the Establishment and ignored their vitriol towards him. Yes, he burned some bridges in the past politically and personally. Who hasn't? He carries some baggage. But he also has forgotten more diplomacy and policy than most in the Congress and certainly the imposter we have trespassing in our White House. Newt has danced the “Potomac Two-Step” and has shown in the past he can even lead.

He may be brash, even brazen, bombastic may best define him. Good. Just as the TEA Party shook the foundation of the Washington elites in 2010, we need another even bigger earthquake in November. Newt has his finger on the pulse of the American people. We all know his intellect and grandiosity inspires even himself at times. Good again. In an almost clandestine fashion he has exposed the other bogeyman of the American people, the lamestream media. Instead of pandering to them and hoping they won’t assault him as they have others in the past, he’s challenging them. Demonizing them before they can demonize him. This has not only shocked the elitists in the media, it has also shaken the GOP Establishment. We know they bend a little and break when challenged. Newt is bending back and defining himself unlike anyone has for decades on the Right.

Time will tell how well this will work. Florida will be a barometer of Newt’s new found political capital. How well he navigates these new waters will be interesting to watch. Let’s hope he sticks to his Conservative beliefs and steers clear of the rocks unlike the Costa Concordia. If he does, the Establishments on both sides of the aisle may be in for a long and very interesting race to the White House.

Stay tuned, it should be fun.


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Comment by MARKCUS LOUIS MOORE on January 23, 2012 at 9:12pm

My beliefs exactly!  Gingrich is an intellectual and revolutionary man of action. He is, currently, our only alternative in the presidential race to start changing what WE THE PEOPLE have allowed to happen. WE THE PEOPLE have only ourselves to blame for where our nation is today. Only WE THE PEOPLE can start changing it back to true Americanism.  Hopefully, we will before it's too late. Gingrich would only be an instrument toward that end. 

Comment by Gary Covington on January 23, 2012 at 8:20pm

Well the independents will not vote for Santorum  to answer Lisa's comment. So that leaves us with Newt who the independents will vote for. Romney looks just like what he has always looked like a RINO flip flopper pretending to be a conservative. He may be a moderate republican but he is no conservative. And I think the SC showed that they recognized that on Saturday. I hope that the people of Florida recognize it as well.

Comment by Ram K Singh on January 23, 2012 at 6:34pm


We are not here to discuss Gandhi. Some other time, and some other place. 

Comment by JASON J LEVERETTE on January 23, 2012 at 5:39pm

I believe the T.E.A Movements all across America will be more effective and powerful in the 2012 election than we were in 2010!  We have had a few to cave but I place more blame on Speaker Boehner!  "We the People" know there must be some give and take in politics BUT  when you have (FOUR ACES in a poker game) control of the House you DO NOT FOLD! 

Comment by Juanita C. Williams on January 23, 2012 at 5:27pm

Ron:  I can tell you what the unions are doing, they are scared to death of Newt, NOT Romney.  I wrote a paper on Newt Gingrich's book, Winning the Future, for my Political Science Class in 2005.  Please do a little research and rely less on gossip.  There is no way to compare Sarah & Todd Palin with unions!! 

Comment by Wordwaryor on January 23, 2012 at 5:02pm

Rogue ..... in order to do what you say ...... We the People and We the Tea Party will have to participate in a number of Money bombs ....... over the course of this year.   Many of them won't be in our own state in order to help win the Senate and hold the House.    My state is already almost entirely GOP Red.   I can't vote in Nebraska (for the GOP runner for Ben Nelson's open seat, and I can't vote in Missouri for the conservative candidate against Clair McCaskill .......

But my money can VOTE for me ...... directly to their opponent's campaign !!    So can yours.

We need desperately a  money bomb plan and strategy , and a clearing house website that will set up the appropriate money bombs at critical timing to help this be a resounding victory for the Tea Party and for Conservatives in 2012.

What Say you ?

Comment by Marsha Henney on January 23, 2012 at 4:18pm

Excellent post, USA Rogue.  Just checked out www.Newt.org.  He has a money bomb going for $2M.  Everyone who can, please donate today!  GO NEWT!

Comment by USARogue on January 23, 2012 at 4:10pm



The TEA Party has matured. I think the onus now should be very simple, put as many true Conservatives into the House AND the Senate as possible. Control of the upper House is absolutely necessary to get any legislation through. We have seen the blatant obstruction of Hairy Reed and his minions in the Senate long enough. The audacity of the Liberals to call the Republican controlled House the Party of NO shows the disconnect these people have. The only thing keeping the illiterate populace from knowing the truth is the lapdog Lamestream media. Most Americans have no idea that there are over 25 Bills passed by the House sitting, virtually unread, on Hairy’s desk. No effort whatsoever for debate, compromise, committee or other conventional process. His repetitive admonition that the Bills are either “Dead on arrival” or when they reach the Senate floor they “Table it” is a powerful testament to who the true Party of NO is.

This should come as no surprise. The last time the Democrats passed a budget was April 29, 2009. Today is the 1,000 day anniversary of this monumental failure of governance. Had this been the Republicans not passing a budget so long the media would be soiling themselves with all the hate, anger and vitriol they possess. The absolute necessity of controlling AT LEAST the House and Senate cannot be over emphasized. Obviously control of both the Congress and the White House is the ultimate goal but the very least is both Houses under Republican control. There will be 33 seats up for re-election in the Senate, 23 from the Democrats, 7 of which are retiring, and 2 independents who caucus with Democrats. Only ten seats are up for republicans with 2 retiring. Currently there are 7 toss-ups, six of them Democrats. All 7 are either “very vulnerable” or “vulnerable”. Republicans need to win net 3 or 4 seats to take control of the Senate. With proper vetting and reasonable effort this is very possible.

Tomorrow Obama will give “State of the Campaign Union” speech to America. He will double down on his “class-warfare”, “fairness” and “blame the Republicans” agenda. He will extol his virtues of being the “Warrior for the middle class”. He will praise his “Green Initiative” as a success and demonize the successful but none-the-less mean, nasty, rich, fat-cats. Newt, and the rest of the Republicans, need to capitalize on this in tonight’s debate. The epic failures of Obama’s domestic policy, economic policy, foreign policy and energy policy need to be outlined and thrown at Obama before he can stand in front of us tomorrow and blather about his “historic” presidency.

Newt has momentum, he needs to shift gears from attacking the Republicans and focus on Obama. This is the target for tonight and the near future. The eventual winner of the Republican nomination needs 1,144 delegates, so far 30 have been claimed. This is still a long and difficult race with, more than likely, many shifts, bounces and bungles to come. As I stated in a previous post, the Republicans need to use number 13 of Saul Alinsky’s rules and “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”. 

The target needs to be Obama.

Comment by Juanita C. Williams on January 23, 2012 at 2:07pm

Ron, remember the old saying, "birds of a feather flock together"?  The fact that Sarah Palin AND Todd Palin supports Newt sure helps convince me that my decision to go for broke with Gingrich is the right way to go.     

Comment by Ram K Singh on January 23, 2012 at 12:10pm

Ron, Polygamy is a social phenomena not spiritual. Not here but somewhere else I can explain it to you why it is and was OK to have multiple wives in other culture.

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