Political Theater

Ron Paul says Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims”

December 17, 2011

Ron Paul was on The Tonight Show last night, where Jay Leno asked him to say a little something about the other Republican candidates for president. Mitt Romney, according to Paul, is “a nice guy.” Newt Gingrich should “run for Speaker of the House again,” and Jon Huntsman is “a good diplomat” and ” a thoughtful person.”

New ad from pro-Romney SuperPAC hits on Gingrich’s weaknesses

December 9, 2011

The pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future has released a video ad warning that Obama’s “plan” to “brutally attack Mitt Romney and hope Newt Gingrich is his opponent” because “Newt has a ton of baggage” is working.

New Perry ad bashes Gingrich, Romney on health care mandate

December 8, 2011

A day after releasing an incendiary ad condemning gays serving in the military and “Obama’s war on religion,” the Perry campaign has put out a new campaign video, this one focused on his rivals’ stances on the individual mandate.

Gingrich and Trump plan ‘Apprentice’ show for poor kids

December 5, 2011

After a meeting with Newt Gingrich in Manhattan this morning, Donald Trump announced plans to start an ‘Apprentice’-style program for children from New York City’s poorest schools. The idea, apparently hatched during their meeting, is an extension of Gingrich’s scheme to hire poor schoolchildren for jobs typically occupied by adults — including janitor and librarian — because, as he put it last week, these kids “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

Gingrich airs first TV ad in Iowa: ‘Is the America we love a thing of the past?’

December 5, 2011

Newt Gingrich has released his first television ad of the campaign, an optimistic rebuttal to anyone who thinks “the America we know and love is a thing of the past.” Set to air in Iowa this week, the spot mixes uplifting music (from the soundtrack to the film Rudy) and imagery — wheat fields, a picket-fence home flying an American flag, factory workers, the Iowa State Capitol building — with footage of Gingrich making the case that “together…we can rebuild America”:

Gingrich reiterates plan to hire poor kids as school janitors

December 1, 2011

Speaking in Iowa today, Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich repeated his idea for schoolkids in poor neighborhoods to take over some of the jobs adults are normally employed to do — greeter, for instance, or assistant librarian or janitor — in exchange for cash and, apparently, lessons in work ethic.

Gingrich challenges Obama to debates, says he can use a teleprompter

November 28, 2011

Newt Gingrich delighted a crowd of supporters with jokes about President Obama’s debating skills and “ego” at a campaign stop in Naples, Florida, over the weekend, where he repeated his promise to challenge Obama to “seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates” in the general election.

With Barney Frank’s farewell, a few video highlights

November 28, 2011

Whatever your view of his politics, it is difficult to deny Rep. Barney Frank’s inimitable facility with the spoken word. With the news of his retirement, it seems only appropriate to look back on a few of his best video moments.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

November 24, 2011

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

from Tales from the Trail:

Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

November 24, 2011

Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.