We’ve new evidence that Newt Gingrich may not be interested in returning to Fox News as a contributor once his presidential campaign is done.
Real Clear Politics snared this quote from Gingrich during a meeting with 18 tea party leaders in Dover, Del., on Wednesday:
“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during the private meeting…at Wesley College. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”
Gingrich also had this assessment of his party’s reaction to the tea party movement:
“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was weird. They could be golfing.”
On CNN last night, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen dug a hole for her presidential candidate by declaring that Ann Romney had “actually never worked a day in her life.” The video:
The Twitter disavowals from the Barack Obama campaign came hard and fast, also according to CNN:
“Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney,” David Axelrod wrote. “They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter posted, “Families must be off limits on campaigns, and I personally believe stay at home moms work harder than most of us do.”
A poll out this morning by the Washington Post and ABC News finds that “a majority of Republicans say for the first time that the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting.” Which could make it hard for Mitt Romney to effectively criticize President Barack Obama on the foreign policy front.
Kerwin Swint, the political science guru at Kennesaw State University, has a post questioning whether U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the proper running mate for Mitt Romney:
”Is he really ready to be president on day one? His back story of his family’s flight from Cuba has also come under scrutiny. Would he really improve Romney’s appeal to Latino voters in New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada – other crucial swing states? And his charisma could also be a problem. No candidate for president wants to be overshadowed by his VP.
If Romney makes his VP call based on winning a swing state, and that’s still a big if, there’s a better option: Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. Yes, Portman’s a safe choice. He’s dull. But he’s very popular in Ohio and would likely deliver that state to Romney. Republicans don’t win the White House without carrying Ohio.”
On his Crystal Ball website, Larry Sabato, too, rates Portman above Rubio.
In Augusta, U.S. Rep. John Barrow walked WRDW-TV through his new residence – required after Republicans in Atlanta drew him out of his Savannah residence last summer. Click here to watch.
From Barrow, on his status as the last white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House:
“I’m the last one serving in the House of Representatives for the time being,” Barrow said. “I’m convinced that’s only a temporary state of affairs. The progress of events in this part of the country is such that it is becoming increasingly difficult to draw the district lines so that only one side can win elections.”
Earlier this week, Attorney General Sam Olens warned a crowd in Augusta that Republicans should be ready with a substitute for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, should the U.S. Supreme Court strike it down this summer.
On Wednesday in Marietta, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said much the same thing – a sign that the something may be in the works. Or should be. From the Marietta Daily Journal:
“For Republicans to go on the campaign trail and say, ‘By golly, we’ve got to repeal Obamacare and move on,’ it’s not right because we’ve got issues in our health care system in this country today,” Chambliss said…
“And we’ve got to figure out a way to get our arms around it, and Republicans have got to be responsible enough to say, ‘OK, we want to repeal Obamacare, but here’s the direction which we need to go,’” he said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider