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No matter what his chances on Super Tuesday, Newt Gingrich is fierce. He’s launched a 30-second campaign ad in five primary states touting his plan for $2.50 per gallon gas by increasing domestic production and cutting regulatory red tape. Meanwhile, Herman Cain, J.C. Watts and daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman embark on a “$2.50 Gas Tour” in Oklahoma to support the message on Monday, with stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Midwest City.

“We’ve completely overregulated ourselves, and our dependency on foreign oil is problematic. A lot of conservative voters will quickly identify with this message,” former Oklahoma Republican Party state director Chad Alexander tells Inside the Beltway.

Mr. Gingrich himself is currently campaigning in Tennessee, will roar through Alabama on Tuesday, then settle in to await the returns in Atlanta by evening. In a post-primary world, he and wife Callista return to Alabama on Wednesday, then on to Mississippi and Kansas at week’s end.

OCCUPY TITANIC

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking is April 12. The event has spawned a worldwide frenzy across media and popular culture. It also gets analysts pondering. Like Katherine Howe, an author who teaches American studies at Cornell University, who declares there’s a link between the Titanic and, uh, Occupy Wall Street.

“One of the reasons we’re still so obsessed with the Titanic is because of the ridiculous concentration of wealth that it carried. Details would include Mrs. Eleanor Widener’s million-dollar pearls, John Jacob Astor IV, the richest man in the world in 1912, who died on Titanic. A first-class cabin ticket cost the equivalent of $90,000 in contemporary dollars,” she observes.

“There is a lot to be said about the relatively low mortality for first-class passengers, versus the high mortality for third class, and the very, very high mortality for the crew. The Titanic was a potent symbol even before it went down,” Mrs. Howe concludes.

POLL DU JOUR

• 71 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Israel; 80 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree.

• 19 percent overall have a favorable view of the Palestinian Authority; 15 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats agree.

• 10 percent overall have a favorable view of Iran; 6 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

• 61 percent overall say their “sympathies” lie more with Israel than with the Palestinians; 78 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,029 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 2-5 and released Friday.

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