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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/01/2011

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More and more journalists reach the same conclusion as Right Turn: Newt Gingrich was lobbying. But politically and legally, he dare not admit it now.

More Democrats refuse to drink the Kool-aid. William Galston: “The bottom line is that unless things turn around considerably in the next eleven months, key parts of Obama’s winning 2008 coalition are poised to deliver both lower margins and smaller shares of the electorate than they did in 2008. (In general elections, actual votes closely mirror pre-election approval ratings.) If the election were held tomorrow against the most credible Republican challenger, the president would probably lose.” But the key word there is credible.

The more you listen, the more you realize Gingrich is a megalomaniac. “I helped Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp develop supply side economics. I helped lead the effort to defeat communism in the Congress.” Like I said, the GOP needs a credible candidate.

More civility sure is nice. “Six Somali men accused of taking a French couple hostage on their yacht apologized to their victims on Wednesday as their unprecedented piracy trial wrapped up in Paris.”

More of the conservative media come to their senses. “The Manchester (N.H.) Union-Leader’s endorsement added to the perception of a growing ‘newt-mentum’ to anoint Gingrich as the preferred conservative in the Republican presidential field. But there are substantial reasons why thoughtful conservatives should think very carefully before jumping on this bandwagon.”

More hints that Herman Cain may drop out. “Herman Cain said today he will make his ‘final decision’ on whether to stay in the race or leave sometime in the next week, saying he was concerned about the impact remaining a candidate could have on his family.” But really, the only real consequence at this stage would be that voters would be spared having to listen to his “9-9-9” mantra.

No one appreciates Cain’s meltdown more than Perry, who would otherwise be the butt of all the jokes. “Rick Perry is just courting the drunk vote. Everything Rick Perry has done this entire campaign will make sense when you reflect on this.” Ouch, but it actually makes sense.

More despondent liberals every day. The latest is Tina Brown (who’s not doing so hot at her job, either): “I think that Obama doesn’t like his job, actually. I think that he is genuinely of a professorial disposition in the sense that I think that he’s interested in chewing over the pros and cons, and he doesn’t like, he doesn’t like power and he doesn’t know how to exercise power. And I think knowing how to exercise power is absolutely crucial. He doesn’t understand how to underpin his ideas with the political gritty, granular business of getting it done. And that kind of gap has just widened and widened and widened.” Don’t get too excited — she’ll be spewing out the “He’s got his mojo back!” stories.

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