First Read notes the negative TV ads directed at Newt Gingrich -- from the pro-Romney Super PAC and also the Paul campaign -- "have worked, and they might be the most consequential story so far of the GOP presidential race."
"Besides Gingrich's drop from first place to fifth, 35% of likely caucus-goers now say the former House speaker would be unacceptable as the GOP's nominee (only Paul has a higher 'unacceptable' rating). That's a whopping 19-point increase (!!!) from last month, and only Paul has a higher 'unacceptable' rating. (Just 21% say Romney would be unacceptable and 24% say Santorum is unacceptable.) What's more, only 6% in the survey identify Gingrich as the 'true conservative' in the Republican contest."
The Note: "How total was the airwave pile on Newt Gingrich this month? Half the ads in Iowa had a Gingrich focus. And the vast majority were negative, per a new analysis from the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks the television ad wars. They calculate that 45 percent of the ads aired in Iowa were anti-Newt this month. Only one in five negative ads were directed at Mitt Romney."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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