WORTH REPEATING: Plan 9 From Outerspace

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: It’s telling that Romney, when encouraged by the debate moderators to criticize Gingrich, refrained from discussing the ethics violations, adulteries and such that form the molten core of Gingrich’s negatives. Instead, Romney went for Gingrich’s boyish fascination with the heavens. “We could start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon,” Romney said dismissively. You can see the appeal, to a determined pragmatist like Romney, of attacking Gingrich’s lunar colony; “loony” is right there in the headline. Yet Gingrich didn’t flinch. Instead, he took the opportunity to champion his idea […]

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: Top Fund Raisers Latest To Bolt From Gingrich’s Sinking Ship

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Newt Gingrich’s top two fundraising advisers resigned on Tuesday, and officials said the Republican candidate’s hobbling presidential campaign carried more than $1 million in debt. The departures of fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman were the latest blow for the former House speaker who watched 16 top advisers abandon his campaign en masse earlier this month, partly because of what people familiar with the campaign spending described as a dire financial situation. These people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the campaign inner workings, said the former […]

With Enemies Like Gingrich, Who Needs Friends?

THE GUARDIAN: Newt Gingrich has just launched his campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 – only for Gingrich’s train to be derailed as soon as it left the station. So far Gingrich has been revealed to have owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to upmarket jeweler Tiffany, rashly attacked the Republican party’s signature policy before making an abject apology, been humbled by a conservative icon and humiliated by an ordinary voter in the crucial state of Iowa. Oh, Gingrich also had a box of glitter tipped over his head at a book signing. And it’s only Wednesday. […]