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Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich agree to a "Lincoln-Douglas" style debate


Huntsman photo via Jim Cole AP

Look what's tentatively scheduled for December 12th, because if it's one thing we haven't O.D.'d on, it's those scintillating, informative, feel-good Republican "debates".

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)- Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich have agreed to a Lincoln-Douglas style match-up, with both participants going head-to-head on a range of issues.

As you may recall, the last time there was such a "match-up" it was between Newt and Hermie Cain, at which Newt signed books in the lobby beforehand. How enterprising of him.

And as I pointed out at the time, it only cost $200 to see what was supposed to be a throwback to the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Instead it turned out to be a love fest, with Hermie deferring to Newt whenever a tough question was posed.

It's hard to imagine Jon Huntsman allowing things to devolve that way, but undoubtedly Newt will do his sweaty best to cheapen the event.

By the way, Huntsman isn't ruling out running as an independent.

UPDATE: Huntsman has turned down the Donald Trump "Apprentice" debate.

UPDATE: Willard Mitt Romney turned down a a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with Newtie.


Michele Bachmann's book should have been called "Cheaper by the Dozen"


Oh snap. Via Chris Moody, political reporter for Yahoo! News:

Shades of Christine O'Donnell. Just pitiful.

My previous post about my irkitude over Newt and Michele's book hawking-while-running is here.


Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are over-booked


Via Chris Moody, Political reporter for Yahoo! News:

After watching the news and reading this from the Wall Street Journal, I once again managed to get thoroughly annoyed. Candidates who use their presidential campaigns to sell books are exploiting and profiting off voters instead of concentrating on cultivating them and offering a credible platform and maybe even a hint of gravitas.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall candidate Obama holding book signings instead of actively campaigning. Making money wasn't his primary goal, holding office was, although any income from The Audacity of Hope was undoubtedly welcome.

This is not to say voters shouldn't have or wouldn't bring copies of Barack Obama's books for him to sign, but it wasn't a sit-down autograph session designed to sell a product.


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream is the second book written by then-Senator Barack Obama.[1] In the fall of 2006 it became number one on both the New York Times and bestsellers lists after Obama was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.[2] In the book, Obama expounds on many of the subjects that became part of his 2008 campaign for the presidency. ... Obama announced his ultimately successful presidential campaign on February 10, 2007, a little less than three months after the book's release. [...]

The Chicago Tribune credits the large crowds that gathered at book signings with influencing Obama's decision to run for president.

So the crowds at the signings were a motivation to run, not vice versa.

The Wall Street Journal:

Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are trying to capitalize on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year by peddling copies of their books in a pair of early nominating states.

On Saturday, Mrs. Bachmann will sign copies of her new autobiography, “Core of Conviction: My Story,” at the Radisson in Davenport, Iowa, as well as a Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids and the Christian Family Store in West Des Moines. Meanwhile, Mr. Gingrich will host another of his many book signings at a Books-A-Million in Naples, Fla.

In both cases, the stops are part commerce, part campaign event.

Fake candidates Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain: None were ever serious about winning the presidency, all were serious about furthering their own post-1012 careers and padding their wallets.


Why Newt Gingrich is running for president


This applies to Herman Cain, too. It's all about the spotlight, money, book sales, and speaking engagements:

It may be the middle of a presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich has a new book out...

Cain may soon be able to devote himself entirely to selling books, because his presidential campaign may not survive the latest sexual harassment allegations.