Just when you thought you could tune into your favorite programming on Ion Television and escape the ubiquitous GOP Presidential debates, along comes Newsmax and Donald Trump to mess with your head. Yes, December 27th, the big haired one will moderate a debate of whomever chooses to accept the invitation. Don’t expect to see Ron Paul though. Paul was critical, saying a Trump moderated debate was “beneath the office of the presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.” Perhaps Paul is upset at not being asked to join the cast of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Hey, if you got passed over for Clay Aiken you’d be upset too.
Closer to home, someone forgot to tell Ginger White that Herman Cain dropped out. She’s still yapping, this time to the Daily Beast. Helping to force Cain out of the race has taken it’s toll though: “My coming out has caused me to have no more money from Herman Cain and no offers of help from anyone,” she said.” I guess she should have talked to Gloria Allred instead of Dale Russell.
Apparently Herman Cain forgot he dropped out too because he’s still making appearances.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is running an ad in Iowa titled “Rebuilding The America We Love” featuring the theme from the movie “Rudy.” Pretty good ad in my opinion. The soundtrack from “Rudy” was nominated for an Academy Award by the way.
In other Newt News, Nancy Pelosi claimed to have “dirt” on Newt from back in the day when she was on the House Ethics Committee which investigated Gingrich endlessly. Pelosi’s comments prompted this response from Gingrich and Pelosi began backing off.
Earlier in the week Gingrich predicted he’d be the GOP Nominee, which for some reason didn’t sit well with Mitt Romney. Jason Clayworth writes in the DesMoines Register “An ocean of fluidity floods the race for the GOP presidential nomination” noting that 70% of likely Iowa caucus goers are up for grabs, so perhaps Newt should temper his boasting.
For his part, Romney might be worried his efforts in 2012 might end up like 2008:
Four years ago this month, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged in the GOP polls, setting the stage for his January 2008 victory in Iowa. Romney had spent $10 million in the Hawkeye State, but his campaign never regained its equilibrium.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) defeated Romney in next-to-vote New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. That, for all intents and purposes, was that.
If Gingrich is this year’s Huckabee then who is this year’s McCain? Perry? He’s got plenty of money.
Here’s the latest RCP Average with a dash of Intrade percentages thrown in just for fun.
Finally, the Bad Lip Reading guys are back with a video of Ron Paul.