• Politically Foul

    Politics is not a game exactly, but there are rules, and when you break them, you are running Politically Foul!

    If you need help with your eye black, look no further than Newt Gingrich. He knows his game day prep. During an event at a Raleigh high school, Gingrich reached into his cosmetic bag of metaphors while explaining his stance on health care to his teen audience.

    "Think about it, if you're going to go out on Friday and you're going to put on make-up, each of you has a different skin tone and you have different hair color and you may want to create a different effect. If you're going to church you probably wear one level of makeup, if you're going out on a date, you may wear a different level of make-up. If you were going to be in a play up here, you may wear a different level of makeup and it would be literally unique to each one of you."

    Flag! Illegal shades on the face. It may have been a good metaphor but who wants Newt Gingrich weighing in on their mascara?

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  • George's Bottom Line

    Mitt Romney has a gender gap problem. He's trailing by 19 points among women voters according to our latest poll, so it must be tempting for him to think about picking a female Vice Presidential nominee.

    Senator John McCain tried it when he named Sarah Palin as his running mate. But Republicans I've spoken with have said the 2008 Palin experience makes picking a woman this time around a non-starter.

    But it's clear that this so-called "war on women" is going to play a part in the 2012 narrative, so let's look at the women Romney might consider.

    There are two impressive and smart governors from South Carolina and New Mexico, Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez. Martinez could also help Romney with the Hispanic vote,.

    But both women are in their first term and have been convincing in their denials that they do not want to be considered for Vice President - denials that are beyond the normal coy talk of someone who wants to be in the running for VP.

    Haley told me on GMA

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  • Obama’s money woes

    Top Line

    President Obama has money troubles. The president's re-election campaign was rumored to be a $1 billion juggernaut, it was supposed to dominate the 2012 election. But it has fallen short of that lofty number, by a lot.

    The inability to reach the big B is a warning signal to the base. In 2008 Democrats had every reason in the world to donate, and they need to be convinced of the same this time around.

    Of course part of the problem stems from Super PACs, groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on candidates, as long as they do not co-ordinate with those candidates. The disparity between the Super PAC backing Obama -- Priorities USA -- and the conservative one affiliated with Karl Rove -- American Crossroads -- is stark: American Crossroads has ten times as much money in the bank as Priorities USA.

    Once the general election begins, the Karl Rove group can start dumping a lot of cash on Obama's head, which will lead to a wake-up call for Democrats to start

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