- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2012

SEEKING A NEWT MOMENT

Mitt Romney needs a “Newt moment” to woo voters who now revere Newt Gingrich for his attack on CNN anchor John King in the last Republican presidential debate. The 19th bout looms Monday night; it’s NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ turn to wrangle the GOP hopefuls. Inquiring minds wonder: Mr. Romney is said to be the liberal left’s candidate of choice to take on President Obama. Will Mr. Williams tee him up for an image-building outburst? Indeed, candidates can now grab a rogue bounce among the sizable voting bloc that loathes the press.

Gingrich won South Carolina because he refused to succumb to assaults by the liberal media, and because conservatives are just as fed up as he is,” observes Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell. “He tapped into the anger and frustration of not only South Carolina voters, but the rest of the country. The left-wing media have tried to manipulate this campaign cycle through the systematic character assassination of every conservative in the race. The public has had it.”

Mr. Bozell adds, “Newt’s three competitors ought to push back against the media the same way he did this week. If they’re smart, they will emulate the refreshing assertiveness that propelled Newt to victory. Rush Limbaugh is right: the liberal media learned nothing, and will not stop. They are on a mission, and their mission to destroy these candidates continues.”

As for Mr. Gingrich, he begins his Florida campaign with a prayer, not a growl, perhaps. The Hillsborough County Republican Party hosts the candidate for an early afternoon rally at The River of Tampa Bay, an evangelical mega-church in Tampa.

PRO-LIFE FOREVER

“Respect for life has never been a political position for me: It’s who I am, and it’s who we are as a people.The cause of life endures in large part due to the vigilance of the American people, especially those who, led by Nellie Gray, march and pray in our nation’s capital each year at this time.”

- House Speaker John A. Boehner, who will deliver the opening remarks at the 39th annual March for Life on Monday, followed by the annual Rose Dinner, with keynote speaker Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II .

PRO-CHOICE FOREVER

“This Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.”

- President Obama, regarding the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

MONDAY VIEWING

Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, hosts a significant Conservative Black Forum at the U.S. Capitol at 10 a.m. Monday, joined by Republican Reps. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, among many.

“More than 95 percent of black voters voted Democrat in the last election. I am hoping Monday’s forum will begin to shed light on how we can change this status quo,” Mr. West says.

C-SPAN will broadcast the event live, to be followed by live coverage of the 39th annual March for Life at noon.

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