“What is this mac-and-cheese? Is it a black thing?”
— Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, commenting on former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Mitt Romney was asked in Iowa earlier today how he will stop the gridlock in Washington and Politico notes he “drifted into talking about Bob Dole as an ‘American hero’ who he’d model himself after.”
Interestingly, Romney told Fox News four years ago that Dole was “the last person he’d want” in his corner.
Jason Stanford writes how he and co-author James Moore lost their publisher for a book on Rick Perry once his campaign imploded.
“It’s hard to remember when there was once a bidding war for Adios, Mofo in New York. Six publishers made our agent promise to give them a chance to bid on the proposal once Perry announced for president. When he rocketed to the top of the Republican field and looked like a tea-vangelical Ronald Reagan from the red states, a heartthrob for the angry mob, Moore and I ended up with a book deal that made national news.”
“And then Perry opened his mouth. Bless his heart.”
Jon Huntsman said that he had not seen the ad recently released by the pro-Huntsman Our Destiny PAC in New Hampshire, and did not know whether his father had helped fund the $650,000 ad buy, The Hill reports.
Said Huntsman: “He’s my dad, he’s my best friend, he can do whatever he wants to do, we don’t talk about those things, we can’t. I’m just delighted we got some outside assistance from wherever it might come from that believes in our cause.”
Jonathan Chait: “The Republican race now seems to be between Mitt Romney, the consummate
establishmentarian, and Newt Gingrich, an hysterical blowhard. But if
you watched Tuesday night’s national security debate, you’d never have
guessed which was which.”
A new American Research Group survey in Iowa finds Newt Gingrich leading the Republican presidential field among likely caucus goers with 27%, followed by Mitt Romney at 20% and Ron Paul at 16%.
Key finding: Tea Party support has coalesced around Gingrich, from 13% in September compared to 42% now.
After months of street protests calling for his resignation, Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement immediately transferring power to his vice president, the New York Times reports.
“The agreement effectively ends Mr. Saleh’s 33 years of authoritarian rule, making him the fourth leader forced from power by the Arab Spring revolts that have roiled the Middle East and North Africa. But it is unlikely to restore calm anytime soon to a country that has become increasingly important to the United States as Islamist militants have gained a stronger hold there.”
Howard Megdal thinks a new GOP rule which says that any primary or caucus held before April 1 must allocate delegates proportionally could lead to a brokered convention.
“From April 1 on, the winner-take-all primary and caucus states will vote. That means a weak front-runner can earn victories in early states without taking a commanding share of that state’s delegates, while several challengers can lose, but still rack up a decent delegate total… 1,163 of 2,380 delegates will be selected before a single winner-take-all primary is held.”
“Rather than settle for a nominee incapable of generating enthusiasm,” Republicans could use their national convention “to find a candidate more in tune with the Republican voters” including “a compromise candidate who hasn’t been in the race at all.”
From the political dictionary: “turkey farm”
During last night’s GOP presidential debate, Michele Bachmann claimed that 15 Pakistani nuclear sites were vulnerable to jihadist attacks, and that six of them had already come under some form of Islamist attack. No U.S. official had ever said that before and Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
National Journal concludes the new facts “represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another in her recent series of seemingly-random, and highly inaccurate, public comments.”
Out next week: Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, the first in a series of e-books on the 2012 presidential election.
According to a publicist’s email, “It’s loaded with juicy scoops and razor-sharp analysis and explains with an insider’s precision the intrigues and the plotting, the ground games and the quests for cash.”
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that while just 23% of Americans see Congress as a whole favorably, substantially more, 41%, express a favorable impression of their own representative.
A new Pew Research survey finds no evidence that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith “would prevent rank-and-file Republicans, including white evangelicals, from coalescing around him if he wins the GOP nomination. Rather, the same Republicans who may have doubts about Romney’s faith are among the most vehement opponents of Barack Obama.”
Key findings: “Fully 91% of white evangelical Republican voters say they would back Romney over Obama in a general election matchup, and 79% would support Romney strongly. Overall, white evangelicals would be among the strongest Romney supporters if he is the GOP nominee challenging Obama next fall.”
Two Republican Illinois lawmakers “say Chicago-style politics are dominating the state and they have a solution,” the State Journal Register reports.
“They’ve proposed Cook County, which is the second most populous county in the U.S., to become one state and the other 101 counties in Illinois to become another.”
“Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa,” CNN reports.
“The idea: avoid splintering the conservative vote in the state by rallying around one GOP rival who could win Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucus and then challenge Romney in New Hampshire and the other early voting states.”
Mitt Romney will announce the endorsement of Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the Washington Post reports, “a rising star in the Republican Party who had weighed a White House bid of his own before deciding to stay in the Senate and move up in his party’s leadership.”
The Daily Beast has video clips of the best parts from last night’s Republican presidential debate.
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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.
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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