There’s a new frontrunner for the GOP Nomination for President and his name is Newt Gingrich. The Gingrich surge continues as one poll shows him with a double-digit lead in Iowa and another shows him gaining ground on Romney in New Hampshire. Imagine a world where everyone is named Newt.
Here’s the latest Real Clear Politics average for the GOP nomination:
Out in little viewed cable TV land Chris Matthews imagines Newt in a gaseous state.
C. Edmund Wright explains why he thinks Newt’s surge will last.
Newt Gingrich’s stumble out of the campaign gate — causing him to lose his top advisors to Rick Perry — might well be the best thing that has ever happened to his political career. That, along with his debate performances and a handful of other circumstances, explains why the former speaker of the House is now surging in the polls and why it is likely to continue.
And yes — those are the words of one who has written Newt off for good on more than one occasion. And for what surely seemed like good reasons.
Jamie Dupree says Gingrich’s rise comes almost entirely at Herman Cain’s expense.
As for Cain, his longtime secretary at Godfather’s Pizza thinks the charges against him are based on misunderstandings:
“He had a very teasing attitude,” Vachal recalls. “He reminded me of my father and me. We’re both little rascals; we love to tease people.”
“Once in a while, he would tell me how attractive I looked in my pantsuit, or whatever, but I liked it,” she says. “I get it. I understand teasing. I don’t mind compliments.”
“People have become overly sensitive about things,” Vachal says, reflecting on the nature of the allegations. “Maybe people lack the confidence to say they’re uncomfortable, but I’ve always been able to say, ‘You’re standing too close.’ But with Herman, it was never like that.”
“I was a young girl in the Eighties,” she continues. “I was married and I had young children. He helped me to believe in myself even more.” His comments — to her and other young women, and employees of both genders — were meant to “boost people, period,” she says.
Remember Gary Johnson? The former Governor of New Mexico who’s been shut out of almost every debate? He was on Fox’s “Red Eye” (see here and here) and performed well. He’s filed a complaint with the FCC over his exclusion, pointing out that he’s rarely included in polls and thus he’s excluded from debates – except debates on Fox News. BTW, he was wrong about the calories in a Big Mac meal at McDonald’s.
Finally, Mitt Romney made a shocking admission to People magazine: “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once, as a wayward teenager, and never did it again.” Twitter was ablaze with stories of other alleged Romney misdeeds.