I’m a serious candidate for President of the United States and my facts are accurate.Michele Bachmann, offering a stern reply to Newt Gingrich’s claim that she was factually inaccurate in suggesting his positions as Speaker were soft on abortion opposition (or as she called it, infanticide). Her remark seemed to bristle with an edge that suggested it wasn’t exclusive to this moment; Bachmann has in the past been criticized/derided for making wildly false statements.
You know Neil, I’ve been accused of using aggressive language, so I’ve been standing here editing. I’m very concerned about not seeming zany.Newt Gingrich, warming up to a denunciation of the possibility of President Obama vetoing the payroll tax cut extension over the GOP attaching a fast-tracking of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the bill.
Then there are the candidates who have pinned all their hopes in Iowa: Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry.
To recap, here’s a post from CBS News on what to watch for in tonight’s GOP debate, the final one before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus. In short, watch for Romney getting more feisty, Gingrich being attacked, and the other five holding on for dear life, trying to make a good impression before the first caucus.
I’ll be hanging with ShortFormBlog, which is liveblogging the debate along with DC Decoder. Watch for updates here and on my other Tumblr dedicated solely to the election (that one is in German). (via curiousontheroad)
Oh yeah, our friend Jessica will be helping out tonight. Hooray!
I would really love to spend six months to a year in the Amazon basin, just being able to spend the day watching tree sloths.Newt Gingrich • In a 1995 Vanity Fair profile. There are lots of fun tidbits in this piece. Even back then, Gingrich was thinking of a presidential run, but his then-wife Marrianne didn’t approve. “I don’t want him to be president,” she said, “and I don’t think he should be” (he eventually divorced her). Newt often describes himself oddly journalistic terms, as if he’s a pundit writing an op-ed column, and this was true in 1995 as well. He says here that he’s “a mythical person,” “a psychodrama living out a fantasy,” and that “what makes me unusually intense is that I personalize the pain of war, the pain of children being killed.” source (via • follow)
» What’s going on here? Actually, we’re not sure. Common wisdom says that Cain’s support flocked to Gingrich after the former dropped out of the race (or, sorry, “suspended” his campaign). So how come the same University of Iowa poll—taken in the state over a weeklong period—shows a drastic fall in the former House Speaker’s support after Cain’s exit? Of course, the standard “this is just one poll” disclaimer still applies; this could just be an anomaly. But a 13.3% decline in one week is significant, and outside the poll’s margin of error. Given the boom-bust tendency of the GOP field this year, we can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Newt (note: it’s rather unusual for a polling house to make available the intra-week trends of a single poll; much respect to Reuters, who co-sponsored this poll, for doing so).