Newt Gingrich

Team Newt: Meet the Men Who Actually Run the Gingrich Campaign
January 30, 2012

Since the better part of Newt Gingrich’s staff jumped ship back in June, when he jetted off to Greece, the campaign has been a bare-bones operation. Even as the Gingrich campaign was flying highest at the polls, it was still beset with ineptitudes like failing to qualify for the Virginia ballot. So who’s been running the campaign these days?

Warning To Democrats: Romney Is a Stronger Candidate Than You Think
January 30, 2012

Mitt Romney’s strong performance in the second Florida debate deprived Newt Gingrich of his last chance to maintain the boost he got from his South Carolina victory. Unless something significant happens before January 31, Romney will beat Gingrich in the Sunshine State by a double-digit margin and regain his standing as the front-runner for the Republican nomination. After a quiet February, he’ll deploy his edge in money, organization, and preparation to defeat Gingrich the way Grant defeated Lee—by inexorably grinding him down.

Rick Santorum, Individual-Mandate Fraud
January 27, 2012

In last night's GOP debate, Rick Santorum tore into Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for supporting the "individual mandate" that requires everybody to buy health insurance (deemed necessary to prevent "free riders" from taking advantage of Obamacare's new requirement that health insurers accept all comers, including people with pre-existing conditions). This is breathtakingly hypocritical, given that Santorum himself once supported the individual mandate.

Bob Dole's Sweet Revenge
January 26, 2012

In 1985, shortly after Sen. Bob Dole, R.-Kan., became majority leader of the upper body, a little creep called Newt Gingrich publicly branded him "the tax collector for the welfare state." Dole had previously been chairman of the finance committee, in which capacity he had overseen a tax cut in 1981 and a tax increase in 1982. In those days Republicans were allowed to be in favor of tax increases if circumstances warranted it, as they certainly did in 1982. President Ronald Reagan, before whose graven image every contemporary conservative must genuflect, signed the bill into law.

Would Newt Out-Debate Obama? It Wouldn't Matter Anyway
January 26, 2012

Back in October, I went up to Cambridge, Massachusetts to watch the eighth Republican primary debate of the season with Mark McKinnon, the Republican media strategist who had served as debate coach for George W. Bush, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. I was interested in McKinnon’s professional assessment of a Republican field whose succession of frontrunners, from Tim Pawlenty to Herman Cain, had nearly all been made or unmade by debate performances. At the time, Rick Perry was hurtling toward the abyss, Cain was bafflingly ascendant, and Mitt Romney was performing as advertised.

South Carolina Shoots The TV
January 21, 2012

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In Defense Of Rick Santorum
January 18, 2012

Monday night's debate in Myrtle Beach was an unsettling affair to watch, with a crowd that was arguably more raucous and malevolent than any of the other hopped-up audiences at this year's Republican debates.

Reality Check: Angry Birds Flock To Mitt
January 13, 2012

My colleague Tim Noah, a Twitter neophyte like myself, noted in a tweet earlier this week an interesting tidbit in the New Hampshire exit polls that many others have overlooked.

The Perverse Impressiveness of Romney's Victory
January 11, 2012

Has there ever been a bigger gap between a party’s enthusiasm for its presumptive nominee (very low in this case) and the ease of his path to the nomination? Romney emerges from New Hampshire with a win that won’t impress anyone, given his ties to the state and the relentlessness he showed in courting it.

Can Mitt Prevent His Opponents From Going Medieval on Him?
January 11, 2012

Last night was, by all accounts, a good night for Mitt Romney. He went into the New Hampshire primary needing two things: to win by a significant margin and to leave no one else with a plausible path to victory. The results from the Granite State fulfilled both of these Romney criteria, and it’s now extremely likely Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination this year.

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