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Posted on 12/07/2011

Gingrich's credibility increases as Republicans and Democrats realize: the rise of Newt is for real

Screen shot 2010-12-05 at 18.43.01"President Obama’s advisers, long convinced that Romney would be their opponent, now think he has a realistic chance of facing Gingrich, and are frantically rewriting a playbook that has been three years in the making. ... Republicans, at the same time, find themselves both appalled and in admiration of Gingrich’s ability to channel the base’s anger and capture the anti-establishment moment in a way that Romney never could." - Politico

  • Gingrich fighting massive debt racked up in campaign’s extravagant early days - Washington Post

New polling shows Gingrich continues to lead in Iowa, is making inroads into other states

  • Screen shot 2011-05-22 at 09.31.10"New polls from Public Policy Polling in North Carolina and Colorado confirm the Gingrich surge, putting the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lengths ahead of rivals in the Republican presidential nomination race." - WSJ
  • Gingrich is even being Romney in one of Nevada (a traditionally pro-Romney state)'s congressional districts "The survey also found Newt Gingrich slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in the district among likely GOP voters... by 39 percent to 34 percent." - Las Vegas Sun
  • "Mr. Gingrich is rated more favorably than any of the other six remaining candidates in the race among voters who say they are likely to attend the Republican caucuses in Iowa. He would be supported enthusiastically as his party’s presidential nominee by more voters than any of his rivals" - New York Times

Team Romney get serious about attacking Gingrich

Screen shot 2011-07-03 at 09.02.48"Mitt Romney, facing anxiety from some of his own supporters after sliding back to second in a slew of polls, took a series of steps Tuesday to signal he’ll get more aggressive in the final weeks before voting begins." - Politico

The Romney attack lines will be:

  1. Integrity: "Romney will not go after Gingrich on personal issues, but ABC News has learned that you can expect to see Romney surrogates making fairly direct references to Gingrich’s tumultuous past"
  2. Temperament: "Romney himself will highlight the importance of temperament by discussing his record as a leader. Surrogates are likely to go after Newt directly. The question that will be posed is, “Who do you want to make decisions?”"
  3. Money: "You will see the Romney team begin to utilize their huge financial advantage. One Republican says expect ads in South Carolina soon. Not because they think it will guarantee victory (polls show them trailing there), but because they are concerned with keeping it close."
  4. Organization: "The Romney team will flex its organizational muscle, especially in Florida where they have an extensive infrastructure. The campaign just sent out an email blast touting its support in West Virginia, which does not hold its primary until May."

More at ABC News.

  • Given Newt Gingrich’s rapid rise, Mitt Romney’s only path to victory may be a war of attrition. - Washington Post
  • Mitt Romney becomes latest GOP candidate to decline Trump debate - CBS News
  • Questions raised about Romney's disposal of records - CNN

One anti-Newt line that doesn't work - and one that does

  • The line that Newt is a Washington insider may not go down well. New York Times polling from Iowa showed: "The rise of Mr. Gingrich comes after a year in which a forceful anti-Washington sentiment has driven the agenda of the Republican Party. A leading attribute cited in interviews with voters here is his deep experience in Washington."
  • However, the attack against Gingrich's personal life may have some sway with conservatives. Erick Erickson writes: "I do not know that I can support a man who is on his third wife having cheated on his two prior wives. ... if a man cannot be faithful to his vows made before God related to his marriage, how can he be faithful to the constitution he swears to God to uphold?

McCain ready to endorse a 2012 candidate? - The Hill

Perry's security costs mounting during campaign - USA Today

Is Jon Huntsman softening on global warming? - LA Times

Fight shapes up in election for the Vice-Chair of the Senate Republican Conference

Screen shot 2011-02-13 at 10.17.20"Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) just announced he’s running for a Senate Republican leadership post, taking on Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) in what many lawmakers see as a contest between a traditionalist elder statesman and an insurgent newcomer. At the same time, GOP leaders have moved up the election from January to next Tuesday, so the race will be quick and high-intensity." - WSJ

  • "...there is little question that the battle for the No. 5 GOP leadership post presents Republican Senators with a stark contrast in style and ideology." - Roll Call

Senate GOP blocks Obama's pick for D.C. appeals court - New York Times

  • "Senate Democrats on Tuesday warned that a GOP-led filibuster of a judicial nominee could threaten future nominees and that the move calls into question a six-year-old bipartisan detente on judicial filibusters." - Roll Call

House GOP looking for victory against Democrats in end-year spending deals

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.39.10"House Republicans are pushing their leaders to ratchet up their demands for passing a payroll tax cut... A large group of lawmakers is looking to exact some measure of political victory against the Democratic Senate and President Barack Obama and to stiffen their negotiating position with the upper chamber. ... The concerns were expressed at a leadership meeting Tuesday afternoon. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was pushing the leadership to take up repatriation ... as part of a year-end package." - Politico

  • "House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is assembling a package of budget cuts to pay for the costs of extending the tax holiday because Republicans reject the Democratic proposal to slap a surtax on millionaires to pay for it." - LA Times

Issa launches probe of alleged DEA money-laundering operation in Mexico - Fox News

Cantor quietly finds fundraising success in Hollywood - Roll Call

Obama attempts to channel populist tone of Teddy Roosevelt's "New Nationalism"

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.13.54"Obama described stark differences between a Republican ideology he described as leaving people to fend for themselves and his vision of government helping provide equal opportunity for all Americans regardless of where they begin in life." - CNN

"Infusing his speech with the moralistic language that has emerged in the Occupy protests around the nation, Mr. Obama warned that growing income inequality meant that the United States was undermining its middle class and, “gives lie to the promise that’s at the very heart of America:  that this is the place where you can make it if you try.”" - New York Times

  • Full text of the speech - LA Times
  • But Obama managed to get his introduction wrong: "Were it Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann, all we’d hear about for the next week is that they went to Kansas and said it was “Good to be back in Texas.” Except it wasn’t Perry or Bachmann. It was Barack Obama not using the teleprompter." - RedState
  • Pro-Democrat groups seek to combat the "pro-Israel" stance of some House Dems - Politico

NAACP taking complaints about US voter laws to the United Nations - Fox News

Take Back the Capitol protests at lawmakers' offices - CNN

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