Newslinks for Tuesday December 6, 2011Posted on 12/06/2011
Republicans reject Senate Democrats' scaled-back bill to extend payroll-tax relief - WSJ
- The cost of the plan has fallen from $265 billion to $185 and may yet be basis for deal - The Hill
"Mitt Romney specifically endorsed extending a payroll tax cut for another year on Monday, the same day President Obama assailed Republicans in Congress for opposing such a measure." - MSNBC
Gallup: Gingrich, Romney Only 'Acceptable' Nominees for GOP Voters - Weekly Standard
- Biden took a shot at Gingrich, telling Turkey’s prime minister he didn’t want to “sound like Newt Gingrich” by inflating his own self-importance...
- Obama strategist David Axelrod called Gingrich “the godfather of gridlock” (Daily Beast video)...
- Nancy Pelosi threatens to trumpet potentially damning information derived from an ethics investigation into Gingrich’s conduct in the 1990s.
More at The Hill.
"Newt Gingrich criticizes House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, saying she would risk a violation of House rules if she divulges information she learned while serving on the panel that investigated him in the mid-1990s." - USA Today
Newt Gingrich recently described his 2008 appearance in a 30-second ad with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “the dumbest single thing I’ve done.” - FrumForum isn't so sure.
Three Reasons Gingrich Will—and Won't—Fly - Jerry Seib at the Wall Street Journal
- He balanced the budget for the first time in a generation and passed welfare reform - Joe Scarborough at Politico reminds readers of Gingrich's achievements
- "Gingrich had a six-year affair with his third wife while he was still married to his second. He had an affair with his second wife while he was still married to his first wife..." - and other reasons from MotherJones why Gingrich will NOT be the nominee.
- A constant theme of Gingrich's career is a desire to use government to fix the culture - Jonah Goldberg for the LA Times
- Voters like Newt but wait to see if he's real - Byron York for TownHall
Gingrich emerges as clear front-runner in Iowa - Washington Post...
...but 79% see Gingrich's marital history as a reason to oppose his candidacy - Washington Post
Gingrich's former Congresssional colleagues aren't rushing to endorse him
Gingrich outlines differences between him and Romney - NRO
Romney backers urge Mitt to drop risk-averse campaign and hit Gingrich hard - Politico
Ex-VP Dan Quayle to endorse Romney - Fox
Jonah Goldberg: This race could last a long time
"The rules this year are different. Many states won't be winner-take-all. Finishing in second place doesn't earn you a set of steak knives; it wins you delegates. That means there's still plenty of time for Romney to grow on people or for Gingrich to stumble again or for some other candidate to rise. This could go on for a while." - Jonah Goldberg at USA Today
Marc Thiessen on the Romney ceiling
"Gingrich is likely to have staying power that Perry and Cain did not enjoy for one simple reason: His conservative supporters have nowhere else to go. While Romney succeeded in bringing down his surging opponents, he failed to win over virtually any of their defecting supporters. His RealClearPolitics polling average now stands at 20.4 percent, and since entering the race he has rarely exceeded 25 percent in any poll. It seems that no matter what happens with the rest of the field, three-quarters of the GOP electorate wants someone — anyone — but Romney." - Marc Thiessen for the Washington Post
Organization and principle could yield a Paul victory in the Iowa caucuses - Robert Costa for NRO
Puerto Rico's Republican governor, Luis Fortuño, would be a fine choice for vice president
- William McGurn at the Wall Street Journal
Leading Republican strategists condemned a Trump-moderated debate as a spectacle that would do more harm to party than good - New York Times
Arnold Schwarzenegger urged Republicans running for president to do more to encourage investment in renewable energy, and pledged to be a "cheerleader" for the issue - LA Times
George Allen not good enough for Virginia Tea Party
"Republican George Allen, who prides himself in being a strong conservative, is facing fierce opposition from Tea Party activists who are actively pushing alternative candidates in the race for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Allen has even drawn the dreaded "RINO" label -- Republican in Name Only -- from groups intent on toppling the frontrunner before the GOP primary in June. Last week, the Virginia Tea Party Patriots launched a campaign that paints Allen as a high-spending, Bush-era conservative, and promised to share that message with Republican voters in the coming months." - Washington Examiner
ObamaCare may not be as unpopular as some think - Economist
Mike Gerson: Obama should be MORE vulnerable
"Obama should be more vulnerable. Health-care reform, his signature presidential achievement, is durably unpopular. Economic growth under Obama has only slightly exceeded the average of the 1930s. Chronic unemployment and housing-market declines are at their worst levels since the Great Depression. The number of people in poverty has increased at a record rate. Federal spending and debt are at their highest share of the economy since World War II. America’s credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in our history." - Mike Gerson in the Washington Post
But at Fox Sean Trende writes: "Obama's reward for killing America’s public enemy No. 1? An approval that peaked at 52.6 percent... This suggests a ceiling for the Obama that is perilously close to the minimum a president needs in order to be re-elected. As Jay Cost has noted, presidents rarely receive the votes of more than a small percentage of voters who disapprove of the job they are doing."
- "Obama’s regulations may be more intrusive than some of us would like. They are not tanking the economy." - David Brooks in the New York Times
Durbin/Grassley Bill would televise Supreme Court
"Sen. Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa — said allowing cameras in the court would increase public scrutiny of the court's proceedings and produce greater accountability, transparency and understanding of the judicial system." - Washington Times