POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 12/9
Michele Bachmann’s campaign tells David Brody that she will not attend the Donald Trump-moderated Republican debate on December 27th.
Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have also declined. That leaves Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as the only ones who have said they will attend.
A super PAC aligned with Mitt Romney accidentally leaked “a devastating new ad taking aim at Newt Gingrich,” according to iWatch News.
“The ad, slickly produced, opens with a shot of President Obama, while the narrator asks ‘Why is this man smiling?’ Then, as a shot of Gingrich appears, the narrator continues: ‘Because his plan is working: Brutally attack Mitt Romney, and hope Newt Gingrich is his opponent. Why? Newt has a ton of baggage.'”
“The minute-long ad is clearly designed to weaken Gingrich who is leading in the polls in Iowa and South Carolina as well as in some national polls.”
A new Fox News poll finds what every other national poll has found: Newt Gingrich has a commanding lead in the GOP presidential race.
Gingrich leads with 36%, followed by Mitt Romney at 23%, Ron Paul at 12%, Rick Perry at 8%, Michele Bachmann at 5%, Rick Santorum at 4%, and Jon Huntsman at 2%.
Though he leads the Republican presidential race in national polls, the New York Timesreports that Newt Gingrich still “spends substantial time on an activity that earlier, as a back-of-the-pack candidate, raised questions about his ultimate motive — selling and signing $25 copies of his books.”
“Experienced campaign strategists cannot recall a top-tier contender devoting so much time to pitching products while seeking the White House… Mr. Gingrich’s devotion to book-selling, Republican strategists said, raises questions about the propriety of a candidate who is generating personal income while seeking the White House, as well as whether he is making the optimum use of limited campaign time.”
Rick Perry will not participate in the debate moderated by Donald Trump, CBS Newsreports.
Said a campaign spokesman: “Traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus is the Perry campaign’s top priority.”
Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have previously said they would not participate in the December 27 debate in Des Moines.
David Frum says that if Newt Gingrich wins the GOP presidential nomination “the mood of that convention will be full unconcealed panic.”
“The most important thing to remember about Newt Gingrich is that his colleagues in the House of Representatives effectively fired him as their leader even before the impeachment crisis… Gingrich was not pushed aside by his caucus for any of the offenses listed above. He was pushed aside because he plunged the caucus into chaos, because he lost fights that he himself had chosen, because he could not control his mouth, because he wanted to be a star more than he wanted to get things done. There’s a reason Gingrich is fascinated by management gurus: he needs the help.”
Greg Sargent highlights a new Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS television ad that slams Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) for being “too cozy with the big banks at the expense of the middle class.”
Ironically, the last GPS ad tried to tie Warren closely to the Occupy Wall Street protests.
“The real key here is that Crossroads went from attacking Warren as too close to Occupy Wall Street, to attacking her as too helpful to, and too cozy with, the big banks. What does that tell you about who’s winning the argument?”
When the ad was being created, pollster Tony Fabrizio called it “nuts,” according to campaign emails.
Todd Purdum: “Whatever the real hurdles he faces, Obama remains the man to beat… It just may be that Gingrich and the rest of the Republican field are the one group of challengers who could manage to make this famously aloof and cerebral president look, if not exactly like a regular guy, at least like a ‘normal’ American, as Newt himself might put it.”
Time: “Obama’s guerrilla war on Republicans is being waged on three fronts. At the White House, senior aides including David Plouffe oversee a master strategy and communicate most often with the President, while the growing Chicago operation focuses on rapid responses to candidate attacks on Obama. The Dems’ attacks come from the second floor of the DNC headquarters, a few blocks south of the Capitol, where communications director Brad Woodhouse oversees a daily flood of biting e-mails, ads and Web videos. A sign of his instincts: his glass-walled office is plastered with a half-dozen images of kittens in fields, kittens purring for the camera, kittens pawing each other. Look closely and one of the images stands out: a Photoshopped picture of George W. Bush biting into a kitten like a cob of corn, a clear sign that this is not the workplace for the faint of heart. It is an oft repeated maxim of Obamaland’s that the country is closely divided and the final count next November is likely to be so too. ”
Recent polls show Newt Gingrich leading in three of the four early states in the GOP nominating process but trailing Mitt Romney in New Hampshire. A wild card in that race could be Jon Huntsman, who is betting his entire campaign on a good showing in the Granite State.
Jonathan Chait: “Can Huntsman win the state? I highly doubt it. He can hurt Romney, though. As a moderate (and a Mormon) he outflanks Romney on the left, competing for votes among the party’s shrunken centrist wing, and preventing Romney from moving further right to fend off Gingrich. It wouldn’t take much for Huntsman to deliver a death blow to Romney’s campaign in the Granite State… If Gingrich slips past Romney in New Hampshire, he may have Huntsman to thank.”
Gallup: “Republicans’ enthusiasm about voting in the election for president next year has decreased, with 49% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican now saying they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, down from 58% in September. This narrows the gap between them and Democrats, 44% of whom are more enthusiastic than usual, essentially the same as in September.”Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics