Did Mitt Romney grab the Donald to sink Newt? “Gingrich has gained in the polls only when he has been able to take advantage of earned media — powered by debates and a massive news hole for primary news. That hole is rapidly shrinking, and with it, any chance Gingrich has to reemerge as a serious candidate for the nomination. But facing a backlash from conservative bloggers and outright glee from Democrats, Romney will have to ask himself whether Newt was worth the trouble.”
Romney grabbed a huge lead in Nevada. “Romney wins support from 45 percent of Nevada Republicans who said they plan to participate in the caucuses, the survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow said. Newt Gingrich is Romney’s closest threat with 25 percent backing.”
Here’s an idea the GOP presidential candidates should grab. “A group of Republican senators introduced legislation Thursday that would wipe out automatic defense cuts by reducing the federal workforce by 5 percent and extending a freeze on federal pay through June 2014. The GOP senators, led by Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and John McCain (Ariz.), want to prevent $500 billion in automatic defense cuts set to begin in January 2013.”
Romney could grab more support with more and quicker humility. “Romney says he ‘misspoke’ about lack of concern for poor.”
I thought these guys were against using religion as a political weapon. President Obama grabs for the Bible (which, last time I looked, didn’t mention marginal tax rates): “President Barack Obama on Thursday tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’s teachings have shaped that conclusion. The rich should pay more not only because ‘I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’ ” Well, then, maybe he should give away as much in charity as Romney does.
Obama never grabbed me as someone into policy. Mickey Kaus: “Are you impressed with the image of Obama-at-work left by Ryan Lizza’s ‘Obama Memos’ piece in the New Yorker? The President’s decision-making method — at least as described in the piece — seems to consist mainly of checking boxes on memos his aides have written for him.” Read the whole, hysterical thing.
There’s no lifeline for Gingrich to grab onto. He’s sinking in Nevada: “The former House Speaker has been on a downward spiral for the past two days since his loss in Florida on Tuesday, culminating this morning with Donald Trump’s surprise endorsement of his rival Mitt Romney. The Trump endorsement might not have been so bad if Gingrich hadn’t said this morning that he was getting the Donald’s nod.” Still, not sure the Trump endorsement is worth it.