Wrap-ups of the Sunday talk shows primarily focused on Newt Gingrich’s concession that Mitt Romney will “most likely” be the GOP presidential nominee.
Much less focus was placed on Gingrich’s intention of becoming the fellow who will keep Romney pinned rightward during the general election. From the interview with Brit Hume on “Fox News Sunday”:
Gingrich: You have this long term evolution of the party and we’re not an Etch-a-Sketch party. It was an unfortunate comment by Romney’s communications director. We are a broadly conservative party. We don’t have to be severely conservative, as Romney said in CPAC.”
Gingrich’s topics will include energy independence, an overhaul of Social Security, and religion:
Gingrich: We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it’s not just the Catholic Church.
Hume: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?
Gingrich: I think you have a platform that says flatly that the government should not force its values on any religious institution. I think that’s a very key part of this.
One reason Gingrich may need to stay alive, as either a threat to Romney or a champion to the GOP’s base: His campaign is $4.5 million in debt. He’ll need some help to pay that off.
Presumably, Brit Hume was in the interviewer’s chair, subbing for Chris Wallace, because the latter’s father died over the weekend at age 93.
Quick, short story on Mike Wallace, the long-time anchor of CBS’ “60 Minutes”: I met him once – nearly 25 years ago – when he came to address a small group of journalist professionals at the University of Michigan.
At the time, when conservatives complained about the liberal, mainstream media, “60 Minutes” and Wallace were what many had in mind.
But Wallace was anything but a traditional liberal – a fact that he only rarely let show. He did so in Ann Arbor. “Abortion, simply put, is murder,” Wallace said during that session.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Democrat whose residences have included Athens and Savannah, has formally moved to Augusta. Here’s Masters-oriented TV spot that the National Republican Congressional Committee greeted him with:
At CNN.com, David Frum has these interesting paragraphs on the need for the U.S. to address those who have gone for years without a job:
To do better, we’ll need a program to stimulate employment for the long-term unemployed — including potentially a New Deal-style requirement that nobody receive benefits without working. It’s no good to anybody — the unemployed least of all — to allow the unemployed to collect two years’ worth of benefits while waiting at home, their skills atrophying, their resumes going stale.
To do better, we may need to induce employers to create jobs, not only through tax cuts but through direct subsidies, including subsidies of the cost of health coverage. (Especially for older workers, health costs can be more of a deterrent to hiring even than the cost of wages.)
The Pittsburg Tribune-Review has the details of Mitt Romney’s move to crush Rick Santorum in his home state of Pennsylvania:
The $2.9 million advertising campaign will run in the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Erie, Altoona and Philadelphia media markets until the April 24 primary election.
Within a week, the ads will run in the Pittsburgh market. The Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is airing commercials on cable channels statewide.
The campaign’s ad buy reinforces the former Massachusetts governor’s determination to win the home state of ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum grew up in Butler County and owns a Penn Hills home, Gingrich spent childhood years in the Harrisburg area and Paul is a Green Tree native.
The Charlotte Observer this morning reports that because of her job as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will skip this summer’s Democratic National Convention – probably spurring more talk, not less, of the former senator and first lady as a 2016 presidential candidate.
Georgia’s effort to sell Washington on the dredging of the Port of Savannah continues apace today. From the Associated Press:
Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, was scheduled to meet Monday with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston for a briefing and tour of the port.
Georgia port officials have been wooing high-ranking officials to visit the Savannah River terminal as they seek federal funding for a $600 million deepening of the river channel. Savannah has the fourth busiest container port in the U.S.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s reasoning for signing into law a ban on synthetic marijuana.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider