Mitt Romney sort of attacks Newt Gingrich on the character issue.

Newt Gingrich sort of addresses his TARP vote. In Iowa they are suspicious: “Gingrich’s support of T.A.R.P. is nothing new, but as questions arise over his relationships with various companies and industry leaders, one has to wonder how much his business relationships had to do with him changing his mind on the controversial program.”

Mitt Romney’s effective interview with the Washington Examiner sort of proves the duck-the-media strategy was wrong. One of his dual purpose (anti-Gingrich and anti-Obama) lines: “I’m not an advocate of industrial policy being formed by a government. I do believe in the power of free markets, and when the government removes the extraordinary burdens that it puts on markets, why I think markets are more effective at guiding a prosperous economy than is the government.” And on housing: “The unusual and the most unfortunate aspect of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is this idea that they are private enterprises with shareholders who can make money when they are profitable, and executives who get bonuses based on their profit, and they are guaranteed by the government. This doesn’t make sense to me.”

Is this sort of sarcastic? “Callista Gingrich - The ultimate running mate.” I don’t really see how this is a plus: “In one instance, the former employee recalled, Gingrich kept an audience waiting 10 minutes because Callista asked him to help her unpack. And then there was the now-famous matter of the $500,000 - $1,000,000 interest-free charge account at Tiffany’s, which [a spokesman] said was all for personal use ‘and has now been paid off and closed.’” I would advise him not to interrupt an NRA speech to take her calls.

It’s sort of predictable. “Former House speaker Newt Gingrich counts the world’s largest ethanol producer as a top donor to his presidential campaign, underscoring the Republican’s deep ties to an industry whose government subsidies he has steadfastly defended even while running as a fiscal conservative.”

It sort of makes sense. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is purchasing more than $1 million in ads over the next four weeks in a major effort to get voters to give him a second look after his poll numbers plummeted in recent weeks. The campaign has already purchased $1.2 million in ads, with more coming, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy; Perry’s commercials will run from Wednesday until Jan. 3, the date of the Iowa caucuses.” If he doesn’t finish near the top in Iowa he’s effectively out of contention.

It’s sort of a GOP ad-maker’s dream. “President Obama warned Congress on Wednesday not to tie approval of a payroll tax cut to other sensitive measures such as the Keystone Pipeline project, which his administration delayed last month.”