Is Newt Gingrich electable?

Let’s play a game. Here are three politicians and their favorability ratings:


Politician A:  35% favorable, 54% unfavorable

Politician B: 29% favorable, 39% unfavorable

Politician C: 26% favorable, 60% unfavorable






Do you have your answer?  Well then, who are these beloved politicians?

Politican A:   Nancy Pelosi

Politican B:   Harry Reid

Politician C:  Newt Gingrich


Newt Gingrich has favorability ratings that are significantly worse than both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.  Do you think nominating either one of those people for President would be a good idea for democrats?


As we talk about the primary, I’m amazed to hear people argue that the reason to vote for Newt Gingrich is because he can beat Obama.  I don't understand people who vote like that.  I’d rather vote for who I think would be the best president and let the chips fall where they may, but that’s just me.


However, if you ARE going to vote on electability---there is simply no evidence whatsoever to support that Newt Gingrich is the best person to fit that bill.  Why?   Well, people just don’t like Newt Gingrich.  They know him, they remember him, and they don’t like him.


Jim Geraghty points us to the latest favorability polling:

Fox News, 1/12-1/14:

Obama +5

Romney +7

Gingrich -29

CBS/NYT, 1/12-1/17:

Obama   -7

Romney  -14

Gingrich   -32

PPP, 1/13-1/17:

Obama    -3

Romney   -18

Gingrich    -34


Historians, go to work.  Show me one time in modern history that a major party has nominated someone this unpopular.  There might be a couple of examples, but to my recollection, it’s completely unheard of.


Newt’s defenders would say that “this is an election—not a likability contest.”  True. So, who would win in an ELECTION against the President?  Luckily, we have plenty of polling on that exact topic.   Each set of numbers is a different poll, showing the candidates' level of competitiveness against President Obama.



CBS/NYT (all numbers are VS OBAMA):

Romney EVEN

Paul -4

Santorum -11

Gingrich -11



Romney +2

Paul -7

Santorum -9

Gingrich -12


Fox News:

Romney -1

Santorum -12

Gingrich -14



Romney +1

Paul -2

Santorum -6

Gingrich -9


As you can see, Newt Gingrich finishes in dead last in ALL of these polls among the remaining candidates.  Dead last.  He is Nancy Pelosi.


Obviously, polls change.  Do I think it would be impossible for Newt to win?  No.  Not impossible, just more difficult than every other option available.


To me, this is how the race shakes out:

If you want the most libertarian, vote Paul.

If you want the most conservative, vote Santorum.

If you want the most electable, vote Romney.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

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“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."

What happened?

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What did she ask?

As Pat pointed out while sitting in for Glenn on today's show, Tur tried to “badger" Paxton into vowing that he would push for a magical fix that will make schools “100 percent safe." She found it “just wild" that the Texas attorney general couldn't promise that schools will ever be completely, totally safe.

“Can you promise kids in Texas today that they're safe to go to school?" Tur pressured Paxton.

“I don't think there's any way to say that we're ever 100 percent safe," the attorney general responded.

What solutions did the AG offer?

“We've got a long way to go," Paxton said. He listed potential solutions to improve school safety, including installing security officers and training administrators and teachers to carry a gun.

Pat's take:

“Unbelievable," Pat said on today's show. “Nobody can promise [100 percent safety]."