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Newslinks for Mon Jan 23: Romney attacks Gingrich as DC insider who had to resign "in disgrace"

Posted on 01/23/2012

VIDEO: "I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party, over time," says Chris Christie, "Romney never has"

Christie says he'd consider being Romney's VP - The Fix


GOP contest could be lengthy fight - USA Today

Romney attacks Gingrich as DC insider who had to resign "in disgrace"

"I don't think that the people of this country are going to choose as the next president of the United States a person who spent 40 years in Washington as a congressman and a lobbyist." Quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

And MSNBC has this from Romney: "I've had the experience of leadership. Now Speaker Gingrich has also been a leader.  He was a leader for four years as speaker of the House. And at the end of four years it was proven he was a failed leader. And he had to resign in disgrace. I don't know if you knew that. He actually resigned after four years in disgrace. He was investigated under an ethics panel and had to make a payment associated with that and then his fellow Republicans, 88 percent of Republicans, voted to reprimand Speaker Gingrich. He has not had a record of successful leadership."

Gingrich leads Romney by 8% in Florida, according to a poll conducted after South Carolina result - RCP | Before SC, Romney had 14.7% average lead

  • Romney still favorite but all bets are off if Gingrich wins Florida - Nate Silver

Gingrich: Yes, the establishment SHOULD be worried about me

"“The establishment is right to be worried about a Gingrich nomination,” he said. “We are going to make the establishment very uncomfortable. We are going to demand real change in Washington.”" - New York Times

Gingrich's victory is further sign of declining power of GOP establishment - Timothy Carney for the Washington Examiner

106-Gray__2_Jennifer Rubin writes a letter to the GOP's big beasts and urges them to stop Newt

"The voters in their infinite wisdom have just given a huge boost to perhaps the only GOP candidate who could shift the spotlight from President Obama to himself, alienate virtually all independent voters, lose more than 40 states and put the House majority in jeopardy." - Washington Post

The unlikeable Newt

"Mr. Gingrich's biggest problem is that more voters say they dislike than like him. In a recent Fox News poll, 56% said they had an unfavorable view of him, versus 27% favorable. That's a net unfavorable rating of minus 29%, compared with a plus 5% for Mr. Obama and plus 7% for Mr. Romney." - WSJ editorial

Mitt Romney to release tax returns Tuesday - Washington Post

"Mitt Romney said Sunday that he will release his 2010 tax returns this week so that he can put behind him an issue that he acknowledged is causing a big distraction for his campaign." - Fox

Romney would have been more competitive in SC if he'd released his tax returns earlier - HotAir

Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital problem is real and Republicans are asking: Why wasn’t the GOP frontrunner better prepared to handle it all?

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- Politico

"The country is thinking more skeptically about wealth and privilege in the wake of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Romney has not adjusted." - E J Dionne for the Washington Post

Mitt’s problem isn’t that he’s rich. It’s that he can’t seem to relate to voters who aren’t - Paul Begala for the Daily Beast

"Mitt Romney cannot get the votes of those who think we need to reform and reduce the power of Washington, which I venture to say is a sizable portion of the base." - Red State

  • Romney Fails to Connect to Voters Even in S.C.’s ‘Monied Burbs’ - WSJ
  • Mitt’s generalities are awfully condescending: The finely calibrated inoffensiveness is kind of offensive - Mark Steyn at NRO

Romney still has bigger financial warchest and has recruited Perry's top fundraisers - WSJ

SanctitySantorum emphasizes pro-life credentials while Obama celebrates Row V Wade anniversary - Washington Times

"I am disappointed that President Obama, who rightfully fights for civil rights, refuses to recognize the civil rights of the unborn in his country. I am disappointed that the other three Republican candidates in this race for president simply check the box. The unborn need leaders who will stand for life; so does the soul of America." - Rick Santorum in the Wall Street Journal

  • Santorum questions conservative credentials of Romney and Gingrich - LA Times
  • Florida is neutral turf, says Santorum, and a better test than NH or SC - USA Today
  • Santorum's Florida stump speech offered nothing specific to state - CBS

A Defense of Negative Campaigning - Michael Barone for NRO

Boehner John Blue ShirtHouse GOP hopes to focus on four issues in 2012: the Keystone XL pipeline, domestic energy production, infrastructure spending and tax reform - Politico

Or NPR's take: House GOP's 2012 Mission equals Unity Against Obama

GOP will revive Keystone deal that Obama killed - Washington Examiner

"If Democrats can make the presidential election into a choice between the president, whose job approval is in the mid-40s, and House Republicans, with a job approval hovering around 10 percent, Obama would have a solid chance of winning a second term." - Roll Call

Experts say tax reform will take backseat in Obama’s State of the Union address - The Hill

  • Obama WILL focus on manufacturing jobs - Daily Caller
  • "Democrats and Republicans alike also expect Obama to roll out moderate-sounding initiatives and rhetoric that echo some GOP positions on energy, taxes, spending and regulations. But they disagree on how sincere the White House effort will be." - Roll Call
  • Tuesday's State of the Union speech is Obama’s last prime-time address before September - National Journal

President Obama has given up on doing the White House job

"Obama is in full-time campaign mode. And it’s only January. This week the president sets off on a three-day campaign jaunt through five different states. Last week he held four Manhattan fundraisers and took a trip to Disney World." - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for Fox

Obama's re-election hopes hinge on Hispanic vote - TNR

Gabrielle Giffords resigning from Congress - Washington Post

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Watch her moving resignation video.

Conservative commentators answer the question: “What does the left get right?” - Thomas B Edsall for the New York Times



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