1. DrLeoStrauss says

    Can’t here. He embodied what Grover pulled off at CPAC this year — marginalizing the social conservatives and Neocons. Friend operatives hoping to be on the campaign are tired of the social wedge types and wanted to work for a re-distrubutionalist with an IQ above 100.

    During Warlord I, the defense and HLS industrial base hated Daniels with a fiery passion for constantly pointing out the we couldn’t afford Boondoggle X, Y and Z. One reason he left is he always lost those fights.

    Kind of ironic for the Warlord and Laura to be cajoling Daniels to run. The idiot permanent Washington government types, being ignorant of him except he once ran OMB so he must in some way be part of the ‘class’, love him for proposing the ‘social truce’.

    It’s true what you say about Boris. His real claim to fame was standing on a tank. And in the scheme of things, that’s enough for one man. Yeltsin’s well publicized indulgences and ‘rough hewn background’ comparatively make him a true philosophe compared to Putin, whose Russian is technically good but with vastly coarser language with all the implications thereto.

    As we’ve all discussed already, a Republican is certain to win in 2012. Only question is under which logo.

  2. sglover says

    Can somebody explain to me why Daniels is supposed to be some kind of financial wizard? As far as I can see his main “innovation” has been the sale of public assets to patch up annual budgets, which makes him about as much of a “reformer” as Boris Yeltsin. And at least Yeltsin had enough humanity and character to hang out with whores and go on binges.

  3. DrLeoStrauss says

    Daniels didn’t make this initial list because we heard he didn’t want to open his family up. Still, he was recruiting some famous operatives that everyone here would know. Funny how the media plays this one straight but in another situation would rip someone apart for indecisiveness, family issues notwithstanding.

  4. DrLeoStrauss says

    I didn’t go in there quite hostile enough, because it didn’t occur to me going in that you’d have a series of setups. This wasn’t me randomly saying things. These were very deliberate efforts to pick fights. It’s nonsense to start a conversation by going back 18 years and playing ‘gotcha’.

    Newt on being ambushed by David ‘Stretch’ Gregory

  5. sglover says

    I’m very unhappy about Gingrich’s Dubuque (heartland! HOMELAND!) reception. I will always believe that Trump is the true personification of the Party of Values, all it stands for, all it stands dear. But in his absence, the Newt is an admirable stand-in.

    What will the American Id do without a worthy avatar?!?! Don’t let me down, Newtster!

  6. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Dubuque, Ia. — Newt Gingrich got a not-so-nice welcome here today.

    As he was getting ready to leave a speaking engagement Dubuque resident Russell Fuhrman approached him in the lobby of the Holiday Inn:

    “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself,” Fuhrman said directly to Gingrich.

    Gingrich, visibly stunned, quickly moved forward to talk with other guests.

    Fuhrman told The Register afterward that he just happened to be at the hotel. He said he’s upset with Gingrich’s disagreements with parts of the House Republican Medicare reform plan.

    Fuhrman said he’s a solid Republican but that Ginrich “is a jerk.”

    “I’m a strong Republican but he’s an embarrassment to our party,” Fuhrman said.

  7. Dr Leo Strauss says

    6.25% of us came in second with The Donald! And here, to present a case of Turtle Wax is our very own . . .

  8. DrLeoStrauss says

    Another 21.88% down the drain with Huck’s expected punt. And he takes out Newt in the ‘next’ question at issue. above.

    The rest of us, we collectively didn’t wager too well, did we?

  9. DrLeoStrauss says

    Those of you voted ‘Newt’, don’t worry, there’s still time for him to bow out.

  10. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Comment :

    Newt looks like he might actually run because he lost weight – But he’ll flounder early.

    Ailes gave him a push today . . .

  11. DrLeoStrauss says


    “To Be Continued . . .”


    This particular subject is, as you may recall, difficult to comment about given the relationships involved and the passing of our good friend. We think of the latter quite often. His company’s books are still on the shelves and he was a pioneer in electronic book distribution and other innovative publishing approaches. He was ahead of his time in many ways.

  12. Comment says

    Newt looks like he might actually run because he lost weight – But he’ll flounder early.

  13. DrLeoStrauss says

    As of this writing, Huckabee and Huntsman are tied at 25%, supra. Long time readers may know either by recall or inference relationships with people on the list or in extraordinary close proximity thereto. Barbour truly was ‘in’ before Trump re-elevated blatantly the race issue. Not only around CPAC but afterwards. One in daily/semi-regular contact with him directed us to a way to donate at that time.

    Newt’s car wreck re his botched exploratory announcement we’ve discussed. One all reading this would know at least know by name advised that Joe Gaylord paid the heaviest price. We’re not surprised Newt’s skipping the S.C. debate given circumstances and Fox.

    Our experiences with him and and subsequent history convince us his ego still wants in, knowing it’s hist last shot. Newt, however, remains a realist behind all the public posturing. He knows his efforts to address his past are not even a down payment of what’s required.

    Huckabee really wasn’t interested much at all in running through March. That’s not a reporter talking. Real people who know (who you also know). His show, the new house, his finances and how much he’s enjoying things now – all of that was true. His new coyness also accurate depiction of a new openness to possibility (and why places like Politico this weekend admonish him time is running out — prompted by Iowan locals but also D.C. senior operatives under pressure to place their bets themselves).

    With a potential Huckabee in, the best scenario left Barbour leaving Iowa likely contending for 4th. Huckabee, Romney and Paul would be organizationally looking to replicate their division of 2008 (120,000 attendees then, intensity only likely higher now). Barbour hoping to play the edges along with the others. Trump a new factor.

    That was the best Barbour scenario. An April 2011 poll in S.C. placed Barbour at 2%, with Huckabee leading at 20% followed by Romney at 18% , Trump at 13% and Newt at 9%.

    Normally eschewing poll-driven stuff, this one will be fun to watch.

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