Mitt Romney’s new ad is pretty dynamite. The 30 second spot is comprised almost completely from a 1997 broadcast of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. In it, Brokaw announces Newt’s ethics violations in Congress and raises questions about his effectiveness as a leader in the future.
The ad is brilliant as it delivers a gut punch to Gingrich while keeping Romney’s hands clean. Brokaw is also one of America’s most trusted journalists, and one respected and revered by an older generation of voters.
NBC and Brokaw, however, have taken issue with the ad, asking for Romney’s campaign to pull the spot as they don’t want to their journalism to be a mouthpiece for any campaign.
"I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad," Brokaw said in a statement released by the network. "I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign." Brokaw’s response:
We totally see where Brokaw is coming from on this, but regardless of the outcome, it’s a pretty shrewd play from the Romney campaign and a pretty effective ad.
Sure, Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich could make a serious run at Barack Obama and win this coming October…but they sure as hell won’t be dishing out orders and posing for photos in the Oval Office. According to reports from The Washingtonian, the storied Executive office in the West Wing may be out of commission for a bit.
While the exterior of the White House has had a lot of repair work done and the press room underwent a thorough renovation, other parts of the West Wing are old, weary, and need to be upgraded.
And it could take some time, too. A source told the Washingtonian that renovations could take up to a year to get done. Further proof that when you do construction at the White House, you don’t mess around. The source also added that most of the West Wing aside of the Situation Room (how else will we hunt the terrorists?) will be out of play as well. Of course, White House liaison, Gregory Mecher made sure to be as vague as possible in a classic, robot-like email on the subject. ““As we have done since the project began, GSA will continue to keep the public abreast of this project as it moves forward.”
But hey…we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We still have a Republican Primary and a General Election to deal with. Mitt is excited about it. Are you?
The whirling dervish that is the 2012 Republican nomination blew down the east cost from New Hampshire to South Carolina like a tornado. Not everyone survived. We lost two candidates in the process and what seemed like a sure thing for Mitt, is now in question after Gingrich’s decisive win in S.C. The whole thing took us by surprise, but the all-seeing eyes of Facebook saw it coming the whole time. Those sneaky bastards.
Thanks to the fine folks at the Alexandria-based OhMyGov, we can see exactly how momentum built for Gingrich as tracked by Facebook fans. Turns out that even after 245,563 debates, when the candidates speak, the people are still listening. Check out the following charts below.
Romney’s Facebook fans left him in DROVES after his January 16th debate. While he was in a Facebook freefall, Gingrich continued to creep up in the polls, finally rising sharply after lashing out at CNN’s John King, after his ex-wife’s ABC interview. We have the video of Newt’s corpulent ire right here…
Personally, we’re pretty surprised at how fickle Facebook ‘fans’ are—jumping ship on Mitt during and immediately after the debate. This falls pretty much in line though with the tepid response Republicans have had for this field of candidates this year. Voters are easily swayed, more likely to swing from candidate to candidate.
There is, of course, an exception to the rule—Ron Paul, who boasts an extremely devout following.
We have to keep in mind that this is but one small metric to consider…it’s just Facebook, right? Well, yes and no. Sure, Facebook is one platform and anyone has access to be Mitt Romney’s fan on Facebook—not just legal voters or even US citizens. But it has been noted before that Facebook users don’t shy away from their true feelings on the social network. We might be seeing more and more that as Facebook users go, so goes the country. We’re not there yet, but there’s no question it is a trend to monitor.