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Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12/07/11 09:29AM

GETTING TO A BROKERED CONVENTION  BY ERICK ERICKSONRED STATEI’d take DeMint or Bush in a heartbeat, but let’s be clear what this is: wishful thinking. We go to war with the army we have and we go to the ballot box with the field we have. As much as I wouldn’t mind a brokered convention, I don’t think it will happen — though miracles do still happen. Also, I should note that a candidate getting in now might hit the Rick Perry problem and not actually be ready for prime time. read more

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a news conference in New York.

Top Talker: An Uphill battle for Gingrich?

12/07/11 09:13AM

A new nationwide Gallup poll shows Newt Gingrich topping the GOP field with 37% support... up 15 points from mid-November. Mitt Romney remains steady at 22%...15 points behind Gingrich. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Gingrich with 31% support in Iowa ... about 14 points ahead of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. In the same poll, when Iowa caucus-goers are asked which Republican candidate has the best chance at beating President Obama, Gingrich and Romney are in a statistical tie. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Dec. 7th

12/07/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland'Silent coup' rumors swirl as Zardari leaves PakistanUS citizen slain in Afghan suicide attacksUS marks 70th anniversary of Pearl HarborAlec Baldwin kicked off plane at LAXGeithner sees encouraging progress in EuropeRepublicans split on Democratic plan to extend payroll tax cutMitt Romney to make ‘closing argument’ and mount more aggressive campaignThom Yorke, Massive Attack play Occupy London party read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12/06/11 02:22PM

FAMILIARITY BREEDS NEWT BY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESRepublican strategists who were never persuaded that Michele Bachmann posed a credible threat, and who maintained a similar skepticism about Cain, say that the Gingrich challenge is different, and that he could really be the one to ruin things for Romney. For Democrats, that would be a godsend. The benefits of familiarity wouldn’t work as well for Gingrich in the general election, where he’d be a more polarizing figure than Romney, whose blandness and ideological squishiness have an upside... read more

Rep. Michele Bachmann talks with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in the msnbc hallway.

Michele Bachmann: We are perfectly positioned to win

12/06/11 02:04PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.,: “I think we’re peeling back the layers right now. Just like two weeks ago everyone would’ve thought Herman Cain was our next president. Two months ago everyone would’ve thought Rick Perry is the next president. As the voters are looking at the candidates, they’re making their decision. And remember, 30 days is an eternity in this race. I think we are perfectly positioned to be able to win because people are going to see that I am the real deal. That’s what Tea Partiers are looking for. Who’s going to mean what they say and say what they mean? read more