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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Newt’s having a ball; sketchy political metaphors; and a documentary on black voters and the GOP (read-this-roundup)


This is fun! Newt Gingrich is staying in the race. (Nam Y. Huh - AP)
For those wondering why Newt Gingrich is stubbornly remaining in a race he clearly can’t win, here’s one well-informed theory: he’s having a blast. From our colleague T.W. Farnam’s story today about the debt the former House Speaker’s campaign is racking up, there’s this gem: “I suspect he’s having a ball,” says a former Gingrich staffer. “Newt’s one of those guys where if he’s in the news it’s a good day, regardless of why he’s in the mix.”

That explains it. . .

Fun and Games — An Etch a Sketch isn’t the only toy that can serve as a political metaphor. Our colleague Dana Milbank finds meaning in a variety of vintage playthings, including Operation, Connect Four, Magic 8 Ball, and a Rubik’s Cube.

GOP on black voter s — Do Republicans want to court black voters? Not really, says a new documentary about black voters and the GOP. Filmmaker Kevin Williams think Republicans have written off a big chunk of the electorate. “They have led themselves to believe, ‘They will never vote for us,’ so they don’t even try. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he says.

Kid Stuff — And this isn’t the usual Loop fare, but we were interested in Tracy Grant’s Momspeak column today about the role of kids in political campaigns. Enough trotting out the tots, she said, like 11-year-old Patrick Santorum, who nearly fell asleep during his father’s speech on Super Tuesday or kids that parents lug along to political protests. “Kids aren’t expressing their own political views until they are at least teens. They are merely parroting what their parents and teachers have told them,” she writes.

And really, isn’t there enough immaturity in political discourse already?

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