Tales from the Trail

from Political Theater:

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

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.

Gingrich, who described the debates as, "two adults, talking about the nation," told the crowd that if Obama wanted to use a teleprompter during the debates, "it would be fine" with him. "It has to be fair," he said to cheers.

"If you had to defend ObamaCare, wouldn’t you want a teleprompter?”

Gingrich predicted Obama would agree to the debates because of his "ego":

"Can you imagine him looking in the mirror -- graduate from Columbia, Harvard Law, editor of the Law Review journal, greatest articulator in the Democratic party...How is he going to say that he's afraid to be on the same podium with a West Georgia College teacher?"

Here's the clip, via Thesharktank1 (teleprompter comments start at 0:45):

from Political Theater:

With Barney Frank’s farewell, a few video highlights

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.

Ezra Klein deserves a hearty hat tip for his roundup (do check it out), which leads with the most must-see of Frank's takedowns:

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Frank also has strong opinions about members of the current Republican presidential field, particularly Newt Gingrich, who suggested during a recent debate that Frank might deserve prison time for his role in the housing crisis (more at this video):

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