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Gingrich Ad: It’s morning in Iowa again

Newt Gingrich, now the clear front-runner (by double digits!) in national polling among candidates for the Repub nomination for prez, is also on the air in Iowa with his first ad.

It’s lovely, charming, hopeful, sweet, has footage of flags, front porches, men in military uniforms, the Statue of Liberty, some exquisite fall foliage, an actual cowboy on a horse roping them dogies, kids in school learning, and a very pretty young woman doing something wholesome with flowers.

The voice over is by Gingrich himself, who appears intermittently, among the lovely images, looking not exactly lovely but particularly avuncular and delivering the script with a now-familiar Gingrichian inflection in which he punches out one key word in every phrase.

As for substance, Gingrich disputes the notion that the America we know and love is a thing of the past. He favors a simple and fair tax code, American strength, faith in God, states’ rights, control of our lives and respect for one another.

Tonally, it’s remindful of the famous “Morning in America” ad of the Reagan campaign in 1984, only that one — which set the standard for gauzy, optimistic 60-second celebration of Americana — had far more information in it than Gingrich’s kickoff ad.

Here’s the Gingrich ad:

Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 12/05/2011 - 09:57 am.

    I guess a philandering, flip-flopping, Catholic is preferable to to a faithful, flip-flopping Mormon.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 12/05/2011 - 10:05 am.

    (quote)

    Nancy Pelosi to TPM: “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich. I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

    (end quote)

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/05/2011 - 11:01 am.

    Unfortunately, it will probably work.
    Asking voters to think has been a loser since Adlai Stevenson.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/05/2011 - 11:19 am.

    “I guess a philandering, flip-flopping, Catholic is preferable to to a faithful, flip-flopping Mormon.”

    A capitalist who’s run a lemon-aid stand and understands how the economy works is preferable to the current empty-suit in chief.

    “Nancy Pelosi to TPM: “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich. I know a lot about him”

    We need to hear more about how Pelosi and her husband made tens of millions of dollars by benefiting from insider trading in energy and health insurance stocks.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/05/2011 - 12:12 pm.

    Dennis–
    I suspect that if there were any factual substance to the allegations about Pelosi’s financial activities the Republicans would have done the same number on her that they did on the Clinton’s.
    So far, all we’ve got is alligators (and we’re up to our tuchus in them).

  6. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 12/05/2011 - 02:21 pm.

    The Republicans would support John Wayne Gacy as their nominee if he promised to be against gay marriage, opposed abortion in all instances, promised to invade Iran if elected and would build a fence along the border with Mexico. Anybody but the Kenyan Socialist.

  7. Submitted by Joe Musich on 12/05/2011 - 05:16 pm.

    Regarding newt, what did Palin say about pigs and lipstick ? The guys pigpen right out out of peanuts only malicious.

  8. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/05/2011 - 05:31 pm.

    John Wayne Gacy…what happened to Hitler?

    Jon, you’re of course free to say anything you want, but you might want to consider the relative benefits of saying nothing to saying something asinine….just sayin’. I’m here to help.

  9. Submitted by Pat McGee on 12/05/2011 - 05:33 pm.

    Kudos to #6, Mr. Kingstad. The most succinct and accurate summation of the current state of the Republicans I have ever seen.

  10. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/05/2011 - 06:56 pm.

    I think Gacy was gay, so that’s out.

  11. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/05/2011 - 09:39 pm.

    “Gingrich…(as Churchill said of John Foster Dulles) a bull who carries his own china shop around with him”

  12. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/06/2011 - 09:29 am.

    Dennis–
    Probably true, but have you heard of the Log Cabin Republicans?

  13. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/06/2011 - 11:35 am.

    Yeah, I’d forgotten that quick wits come part and parcel with interacting with the scary smart, reality based community David.

    Thanks for reminding me; you’re a big helper.

    *facepalm*

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