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Is Gingrich the Next Goldwater?

If party elites can't stop Newt, it could be disastrous for GOP: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - If Newt Gingrich manages to defy party elites and score the nomination, it's pretty much "suicide" for Republicans: "Everything about Newt Gingrich screams 'general election disaster,'" writes Steve Kornacki in Salon , from his "personal and ethical baggage" to his "arrogance." Indeed,... More »

The Elephants in Romney's Room

Politico runs down the issues that could derail his candidacy

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is looking like the inevitable nominee, but there are still some elephants that have been lurking in the room since the start of his campaign. Alexander Burns of Politico runs down the issues threatening him:
  • The Bain problem: So far, Romney's deflected attacks on his private equity
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Dems Are Itching to Take on Romney

Time for GOP to start attacking the establishment choice: Michael Walsh

(Newser) - Mitt Romney may call himself electable, but come November, Democrats would be more than happy to challenge that assumption. Democratic strategist Donna Brazile declared Romney the victor of Saturday's New Hampshire debate, calling the win "good news for us," notes Michael Walsh in the New York Post... More »

GOP's Got Nobody for 2012

Not one of the slate of hopefuls is electable, writes Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - The GOP's presidential 2012 field isn't pretty. "All—that's A-L-L—of the Republicans considering runs carry at least one major flaw," writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post . Mitt Romney signed a health care bill similar to President Obama’s. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour “virtually invented lobbying.... More »

Defector Specter Just Playing to Pa. Primary Politics

Shrewd senator had no future as a Republican

(Newser) - Why did Arlen Specter defect? It’s tempting to paint Specter as part of a post-Obama ideological realignment, but there’s a much more concrete explanation, Eric Kleefeld writes for Talking Points Memo: reelection. Pennsylvania is a closed-primary state, and between 150,000 and 200,000 registered Republicans switched parties... More »

5 Things to Watch for in Kentucky Tonight...

W. Va.-like thumping could give Clinton campaign more 'electability' ammo

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton pulls off another landslide in today's Kentucky primary, she can make a stronger case to superdelegates that she's more "electable" than Barack Obama. With this in mind, here are five things to watch, via Politico:
  1. Montgomery County: The small district accurately predicted the statewide margin in
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Obama Gains Traction With Dems in Red States

Hillary would have uphill battle where they come from, elected officials say

(Newser) - Barack Obama is better suited than Hillary Clinton to carry red states, say Democratic officeholders in traditionally Republican-friendly locales. It’s no coincidence that Obama recently picked up major endorsements in Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, Politico reports. Democrats who’ve overcome partisan odds say they think Obama’s... More »

McCain Now National GOP Favorite: Poll

Clinton still leads Dems, but Obama doubles 'electability'

(Newser) - A new nationwide poll shows seismic shifts in the standings of presidential hopefuls in the last month, with John McCain, earlier counted out with just 7% support, now leading the GOP race at 33%. The New York Times/CBS poll has Mike Huckabee trailing with 18%, and Rudy Giuliani with 10%.... More »

Obama, Edwards Should Swap Campaigns

Each is running the wrong race to beat Hillary, writer argues

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s place at the head of the Democratic table becomes more assured by the day, and Barack Obama and John Edwards must exchange strategies for any chance at an upset, New Republic blogger Noam Scheiber argues. The two have it backward: Edwards’ best bet is to run as... More »

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