Newt Gingrich had a bad summer: His McLean home was pummeled by the earthquake and the hurricane — leaving it looking something like his campaign. But now Newt’s surging in the polls, reports Karen Tumulty, who tells us about his old childhood game: “A buddy would pretend to beat him up, leaving him in a heap on the curb. Then when a passing motorist would stop to lend assistance, young Newt would spring up and yell, ‘Surprise!’”
In other news: Michelle Obama may be her husband’s greatest campaign asset — but only if she walks the line of not being too political, reports Krissah Thompson. Oh, and check out the White House’s snowy Halloween.
“BBFs exist in a vacuum. You don’t see their relatives, spouses, kids or other friends of color. . . Their skin color seems a bit like window dressing, employed to make shows that still reflect an entirely Caucasian worldview look diverse.”