It’s a brave Newt world out there. The 2012 field’s newest frontrunner firing back at his critics, and he’s saying it’s now a Newt versus anti-Newt race. But it seems like he’s having a blast touting his record…including how he led the effort to defeat Communism. Can Newt stay on top or does his campaign risk implosion? msnbc’s Mark Halperin and the Daily Beast’s Mark McKinnon will weigh in.
Is there truth to the notion that an improving economy would worsen Mitt Romney’s chances in this race? It’s a question for the Hardball Strategists, Todd Harris and Steve McMahon! They play Hardball tonight.
Next up: The Cain Clown Show! In Cain’s own words: “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over!” But he’s waiting to make a decision on his candidacy until he has a “meeting” with his wife (and as Politico’s Mike Allen said this morning: When you have to have a meeting with your wife, you’re in trouble). Fmr. RNC Chair Michael Steele and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum will comment on the Cain Train’s next stops.
Plus: Should John Hinckley be granted more freedom? President Reagan's son Ron says absolutely not. We’ll hear his opinion tonight.