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Newslinks for Friday Jan 27: New Florida polls and debate performance put Romney back on top

Posted on 01/27/2012

ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK

Drudge Report, National Review, American Spectator, Ann Coulter all attack Newt - Politico

WATCH: Romney attack ad enlists Nancy Pelosi to raise fears about risky Gingrich

An increasing number of Republicans now describe Gingrich as something akin to political plague - National Journal

Bob Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, took a big swing at candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday, saying a Gingrich nomination will sink GOP contenders across the country - WSJ

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Romney paints Gingrich as mentally unstable - Washington Post

What they’re saying about Gingrich’s not-so-great grasp of his own history with Reagan - HotAir

The latest FOUR polls have Romney leading Gingrich in Florida - RCP

  • Obama leads Romney by 6% in latest WSJ general election poll BUT leads Gingrich by -E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N- points.

"MITTZKRIEG" - How Daily Caller interprets Romney's aggressive debate performance

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Newt Gingrich got slammed in the debate by a remarkably invigorated Mitt Romney, an impressive Rick Santorum and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who really wouldn’t let him get away with much - Jennifer Rubin

Romney wins latest debate say vast range of commentators - Byron York | Henry Olsen | John McCormack | Jonathan Tobin | Erick Erickson | Rod Dreher | Rich Galen | Michael Falone

Newt Gingrich turned in an oddly passive debate performance that left his supporters scratching their heads and illustrated his unpredictable and even whimsical style - Politico

"Mr. Gingrich seemed to be playing for a draw. He passed upon several opportunities to push back at Mr. Romney, despite being expressly presented with opportunities to do so — on health care, on Ronald Reagan’s legacy, on immigration, and on Mr. Romney’s personal finances among other issues." - Nate Silver says passive debating has hurt every candidate who's tried it.

  • Gingrich arrived with no plan - David Frum
  • When Newt hears the cheers of a right-wing crowd, he comes to life. But without the applause, he deflates. In Jacksonville, he was like a Macy’s balloon on Thanksgiving afternoon - Michael Tomasky

Santorum reasserts himself with attacks on RomneyCare - RCP

  • Romney, Obama healthcare mandates one and the same, claims Santorum - LA Times (Support for ObamaCare falling again - Washington Times)
  • Santorum is the "adult in the room" - Robert Costa for NRO
  • NPR agrees that Santorum matters, noting his attack on Romney's healthcare plan, his attack on flat tax fantasties and his ridiculing of Gingrich's moon base plan. 

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WATCH: Gingrich says he wants an American to get to the moon before the Chinese. Ron Paul says he wants to send politicians there.

RubioRubio may not be endorsing but he's clearly favoring Romney - Andrew Goldman

Rubio comes to Romney's defence after Gingrich had likened him to Charlie Crist - Politico

Romney appears to give more to charity than he pays in tax and he gives more than any other presidential candidate - Commentary

Nonetheless... doubts persist about Romney

  • Mitt is the last WASP - Rich Lowry
  • "The Romney camp lives in terror of deviating from the months-old script... Successful politicians absorb the signals and change up. Not Mr. Romney. If politics were evolution, the governor would still be swimming in the primordial soup." - Kimberley Strassel for the Wall Street Journal

Ten days after dropping out of the GOP race, erstwhile candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has accepted his next job: chairman of the Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Cancer Foundation - MSNBC

House Conservatives focus on battles ahead in three day Heritage Foundation retreat - Roll Call

Obama's testy exchange with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on runway undermines his claim to want bipartisanship - Washington Post

KrauthammerKrauthammer and Brooks critique Obama's "small" agenda

  • "What Obama offered the nation Tuesday night was a pudding without a theme: a jumble of disconnected initiatives, a gaggle of intrusive new agencies and a whole new generation of loopholes to further corrupt a tax code that screams out for reform. If the Republicans can’t beat that in November, they should try another line of work." - Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post
  • "This election is about averting national decline. The president is making a mistake in ceding the size advantage to the Republicans. The Republicans at least speak with epic alarm about the nation’s problems. They are unified behind big tax and welfare state reforms that would purge Washington and shake things up. The president is making a mistake in running a Sunset Boulevard campaign: I am big; it’s my presidency that got small." - David Brooks in the New York Times

Obamanomics = Mercantilism - Ross Douthat

"Equality and freedom have often been trumpeted as the key words in the lexicon of liberal democracy. But they are too abstract and they won’t play in the political arena. Everyone understands fair, and fair is the word Obama should be uttering again and again and again." - Stanley Fish for the New York Times

Polls are finding that Americans seem less upset by the existence of income inequality than by the perception that federal policies unfairly favor the rich - Andrew Kohut for the New York Times

Americans see Iran as top threat to peace and security - Weekly Standard

Tales of atrocities from my visit to the Congo - Mike Gerson in the Washington Post

Is Yahoo News more anti-conservative than the New York Times?

The Yahoo News headline: “Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice.” It is just one of thousands of examples of the sort of headwinds that conservatives fight against every day - PowerLine

And finally... The Economist informs us what's it's like to be on the receiving end of the campaign emails.

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