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Bild: Teckning av Chan Lowe. Mer av LoweGoComics.

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”Have these folks been briefed on my inevitability?”

”We’re not getting the crowds we’d like.”

Bild: Fler av Pat Oliphants bilder på GoComics. Denna är från den 15 mars 2012.

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HYBRIS | Han har höga tankar om sig själv. Han älskar att kalla sig historiker. Och jämföra sig med Charles de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan och Margaret Thatcher.

Även om Pat Oliphants teckning publicerades innan Newt Gingrich seger i South Carolina har den blivit aktuell igen efter förlusten i Florida.

Timothy Stanley, historiker på universitetet i Oxford, skrev på CNN:

It’s no great surprise that Gingrich lost Florida. He was dead from the moment that he clammed up in the Florida debates — and the millions that Mitt Romney poured into the state in negative ads didn’t help either. A lesser man would be crushed by this result. But Gingrich isn’t just a man. He’s a visionary, a historian, the inventor of supply side economics, a space marine and a latter-day Casanova. I’m getting all this off the back of one of his DVDs (just kidding).

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In short, just about the only thing that will propel Gingrich through to the national convention is ego. But that ego is large enough to have a gravitational pull of its very own — so don’t expect to see Newt stop now.

Bild: Fler teckningar av Pat Oliphant på GoComics.

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PR | Newt Gingrich har lanserat en ny slogan: “Unleash the American people, rebuild the America we love”. Otympligare än så kan det knappast bli.

Matt Bai skrev ett roligt inlägg på bloggen The Caucus med anledning av detta:

First off, there’s the odd use of the word “unleash,” which might make sense if we were talking about unleashing untapped energy or potential, but which in this case makes the citizenry sound like a big, slobbering Doberman that’s been seething in the rain.

And then there’s the sheer wordiness of the slogan, which had to be so severely shrunk in order to fit on the campaign placards that, even on a 55-inch TV, it looked like the second-to-last row on an eye doctor’s reading chart. Bumper stickers don’t usually have clauses. There’s a reason Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” wasn’t: “Unleash the sunrise, remake the home fries we love.”

One can imagine what Mr. Gingrich might do as a corporate branding consultant. Taco Bell’s “Think Outside the Bun” might become: “Eschew the hamburger, think beyond the roll that houses it.” Instead of “Just Do It,” Nike might end its commercials with: “Just undertake whatever it is you were intending to do, before you got distracted or depressed.”

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Mitt Romney’s current argument-in-a-phrase, plastered on his own signs and banners in South Carolina, seems to be: “Believe in America.” I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean, except that it’s calculated to be utterly unobjectionable and comes off as synthetic and conventional. In that sense, it’s also a pretty good reflection of Mr. Romney’s candidacy to date.

Läs mer:12 Lessons Learned: A Critique of the 2012 Presidential Campaign SlogansGOP Campaigner.com.

Bild: En ”editorial cartoon” av Mike Thompson. Se fler på GoComics.

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Pat Oliphant (20/10) gissar att slaget står mellan Mitt Romney, Rick Perry och Herman Cain bland de republikanska presidentkandidaterna. (Mer Oliphant på GoComics.)

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Se mer: Fler editorial cartoons från Jerry Holbert på GoComics.

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MÅNGA LIBERALER tycker att Rick Perry t.o.m. är värre än George W. Bush. Men en som har förstått att Perry kan få Barack Obama återvald är Obama själv!

I en valkampanj skulle Obama definitivt föredra Perry framför Mitt Romney. Endast Michele Bachmann skulle vara bättre.

John Heilemann, i New Yorker, skriver:

[P]erry was hammered mercilessly by every liberal under the sun—except one. “I think that everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that … you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say,” President Obama told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “But I’ll cut [Perry] some slack. He’s only been at it for a few days now.”

It’s no secret that the White House would prefer to run next fall against the likes of Perry (or, perish the thought, Bachmann) than Romney, the easier to paint Obama’s opponent as unacceptably outré and even scary. Less appreciated is how significant a player Obama’s reelection team—along with its allied outside groups—may be in the Republican primaries. By spending millions of dollars on anti-Romney ads and pointing out the similarities of his Massachusetts health-care plan to Obamacare at every opportunity, they may be able to function effectively as a pro-Perry “super pac”—and one with greater resources and media reach than anything Perry and his allies can muster.

Se mer: Fler Steve Benson teckningar på GoComics.

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REPUBLIKANERNA har problem att hitta trovärdiga kandidater. Ingen ser idag ut att kunna besegra Barack Obama i en kommande valkampanj.

(Don Wright den 25 maj 2011. Fler editorial cartoonsGoComics.)

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