Lyndon Johnson supposedly once remarked "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America." In his day, Cronkite was the news; he was "the most trusted man in America." While The Drudge Report is no substitute for Cronkite's News Broadcast, it plays as large as a role as any other news source (including perhaps Fox News: "If it is on Drudge in the morning, it's on Fox in the afternoon.") in Republican Party politics. It seems true that if Drudge wants to run with a story, it will be in the news. And Drudge started running the Gingrich-Reagan story this morning:
One of the highlights of this article, posted there earlier:
Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”
And the day has only gotten worse. See how it looked at 11:30 pm:
Is it true? If you've lost Drudge, you've lost the Republican primary?
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Update as of 12:07 am. While it may be hard to read (it is not easy to get it all on one screen), almost all of the top links on The Drudge Report right now are unfavorable articles about Newt Gingrich. The blue comments and lines show where the articles are on the screen; aside from two articles on the right-most column (both negative about Obama), all of the top headlines are bad news for team Gingrich. Speaker Gingrich can hardly claim that The Drudge Report is the 'liberal media,' but this news cycle is definitely not very good for him all the same.
The Politico is basically carrying the same story, with a bit more detail: here, in an article they posted about 11:30 EST. The Politico article makes the point that this is a broad based attack from many sources, summarized neatly: "The Right Drops a Bomb on Newt."
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Nancy Pelosi is getting in on the anti-Newt action, making oblique references about "how-much-she-knows" about her co-former speaker Newt Gingrinch:
“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” she told Talking Points Memo at the time. “When the time is right. … 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.”
The Hill has the story.
The attack, more or less, continues...
I'm not sure how coordinated the whole thing is, since the Gingrich victory in South Carolina was a pretty big public signal.
Anyway, it seems like both Gingrich and Romney are locked into the 'negative attacks' until somebody quits or is forced out. Santorum, whose campaign has really faded, is promising the 'high road' to no avail.