Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - With the midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, potential presidential hopefuls no longer have the cover of campaigning for congressional candidates when visiting key presidential nominating states.
Instead, their White House ambitions will be in plain sight during their travels - and these Republicans will be making a more direct case as to why they deserve the GOP nomination in 2012.
According to a GOP source, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will make one of these high-profile trips December 16, when he keynotes the Spartanburg Republican Party's Bronze Elephant Dinner.
Gingrich has visited the same GOP-heavy area of South Carolina twice in recent months, and just last week he hosted a packed event for his advocacy group American Solutions in nearby Greenville.
The Spartanburg GOP has already hosted Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, both of whom are laying groundwork for presidential runs.
Oh great, more of Newt's talking points:
Liberals are evil
Obama is a Kenyan socialist trying to destroy our country
You're not a real American unless your Christian
Poor people are the cause of all our problems
Illegal immigrants are destroying our country
Muslims are terrorists
Healthcare is a privilege reserved for the rich elite
Cut taxes because our government is too big
Let's not educate Americans too much, or else they might realize how much we are screwing them over....
You can make all the cases you want and you STILL won't get my vote. Right now the republicans are becoming real cocky and sure of themselves. Get ready for a real let down. The presidential elections won't be anything like the House and Senate. We will be ready and waiting for you.
Hey, WTF, the GOP has now won the House and I woke up this morning and we still have 9.6% unemployment!!!!!!!! Wall Street is still screwing the little guy, come on GOP what is taking you so long? Let's get hopping!!!!! Let's do it a little better than you did the 8 years prior. What's that you say. Screw the middle class, you're to busy taking calls from your "fat cat" contributors, the people who got you elected, the BANKS we bailed out. The executives we gave hugh bonuses to. Okay, never mind.
Gingrich will be the next president of the US. After yesterday, it's starting to look a little like Christmas.
Can the Dems stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ?
Be very careful there Newt. Palin's got your back. If this mid-term election is any indication, she will be a formidable enemy within her own party. It's going to be fun watching the fireworks. Yes, indeed.
Same old republican leadership that we've had under the Bush years and people are expecting a different agenda with different results? Oh well, we reap what we sow. We will deserve what we get.
The Republicans better find some other candidates Gingrich or Palin if they want to win in 2012. These two are not popular with the public at large. Pawlenty and Barbour are not well-known nationally, whatever their credentials within the party. With all those victories, we should be offered a better choice.
Newt, please be civil from now on, and benefit the country. Or be quiet. Your choice.
Another cheating loser,fits right in in South Carolina.
. . . Send in the Clowns.
Newt is exactly what collateral damage means to the Republican party.
I hope the Newt will give some credit to the Robert's Court for the GOP winning these elections. The money, without ID, was a God send to the Party of "NO." I expect to be hearing even more No's now!