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  • Answering Politico's "Romney riddle"

    Blog ››› ››› SIMON MALOY

    We're still 22 months or so from the first nominating contest of the 2012 presidential campaign, but Politico is already trying to game out likely GOP contender Mitt Romney's chances in the Iowa caucuses, wondering if the former Massachusetts governor should just skip Iowa, given how poorly he performed there in 2008. They've dubbed it the "Romney riddle." Should Mitt try for Iowa and risk losing again to an underfunded dark horse like Mike Huckabee? Or should he just pay lip service to the Hawkeye State and focus on later primaries, hoping that the winner of Iowa won't get too much momentum?

    At first glance, it seems like quite the pickle. But the Politico has forgotten the third available option, one that actually played out in 2008 -- the "Giuliani 'Strategy.' "

    The "Giuliani 'Strategy' " entails spending a lot of money and trying really hard to win Iowa, performing abysmally at the caucuses, and then relying on the media to tell everyone that Iowa was never part of your "strategy" and that you never really tried to win there. It's an attractive option for Republican candidates because all it requires is a political press that has a nagging habit of presenting everything that happens in electoral politics as good news for Republicans.

  • Politico: "Fox platform gives Kasich a boost"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From the March 2 Politico article, titled, "Fox platform gives Kasich a boost":

    John Kasich, who served nine terms in the House before becoming a Fox News host, is now testing whether the revolving door between politics and the media works in both directions.

    It clearly goes one way, with many former elected officials having followed a path into cable news. Recently ousted New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is now reportedly in talks with CNBC, while former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has become an MSNBC regular. And Fox now has a trio of prominent former Republican officials: Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

    It's quite possible that one of those three could run for president in 2012. But in the meantime, it is Kasich, host of "Heartland With John Kasich" from 2001 to 2007 and guest host on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," who is running against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio and finding that the old ties to Fox can be very handy.

    Since first talking publicly about running for governor in February 2008, Kasich has made more than 25 appearances on Fox News, five of them since formally announcing his candidacy last June. O'Reilly has introduced him as "John Kasich, our man in Ohio," while Fox's Sean Hannity talks up the "future governor of the great state of Ohio." Gingrich spoke favorably of Kasich as a candidate while appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor," the night before Ohio newspapers reported that Kasich was filing papers to raise money.


    But it remains to be seen how his national cable news presence plays out locally. Former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan, now running for Congress in Mississippi, recently told POLITICO that her on-air time could be an asset in the primary. "It helps me with the conservative base," said McGlowan. "But being associated with Fox News will not win me the election."

    In addition to actively using social networking, Kasich has courted the Republican base beyond "Hannity": He recently made a minute-long video for RedState that addressed readers of the influential conservative blog.

  • Campaign Arm: Fox promotes GOP campaign video, which suggests Becerra laughed at the Pledge

    ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Fox News has repeatedly promoted a video shot by Republican Congressional candidate Ari David's campaign of what they claim is Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) laughing at the recommendation that a meeting he was attending begin with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Fox News has frequently promoted other campaign videos by Republican candidates, and in some cases, let them raise funds on-air.

  • "Political Star" Marco Rubio is the latest Fox News candidate

    ››› ››› BROOKE OBIE

    Fox News has declared that "A Political Star [Was] Born" at CPAC on February 18: Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida, who Fox News personalities have described as a "rising star" and an "amazing leader" who "knocked it out of the park during his speech." Rubio is the latest in a long line of GOP candidates who have been bolstered by Fox News in its role as the Republican Party's communications arm.

  • Fox News, the new NRSC

    Blog ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    Following Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise announcement of his intentions to retire, Fox News has wasted little time in attempting to influence the race. Yesterday, Fox & Friends hosted Tamyra D'Ippolito, a long shot Democratic candidate who was being promoted by right-wing bloggers who believed she would be an easily beatable candidate. D'Ippolito did not obtain enough signatures to be placed on the ballot for the Democratic primaries -- in fact, she didn't even come close -- despite the best efforts of Fox & Friends and the blogs to assist her in doing so.

    Now that the race is wide open, Fox & Friends is already taking shots at Democrats who they think may end up choosing to run in Bayh's place. Today, Fox & Friends hosted two Indiana University journalism students who back in September 2009 were told that they could not videotape Rep. Baron Hill's town hall meeting, which they were attending. They claim Hill informed them that he had a policy of not allowing his town halls to be filmed because the films tended to end up being edited and exploited on YouTube. Judging by the town hall spectacles of last summer, it's easy to understand why Hill would hold such a position, unless, of course, you work at Fox (also, despite Hill's policy, Fox managed to find some video of the exchange between Hill and the student). Doocy repeatedly sniffed that most people probably wouldn't know about this story because the "mainstream media" didn't cover it. Doocy wasn't even subtle about his motivations for reporting on the story now: "[T]his got so little coverage from the mainstream media. We're bringing it up because it sounds like this guy is on the short list for Evan Bayh's seat."

    So, imagine my lack of surprise when about an hour later, Fox hosted Dan Coats, the former Indiana senator who is likely to be on the Republican ticket for Bayh's old seat. Coats preemptively attacked whoever ends up being Democratic nominee because this candidate will be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party, rather than the "people." Yesterday was the deadline for Democratic candidates to submit signatures to be added to the primary ballot. Given that Bayh announced his retirement on Monday, this didn't really afford prospective candidates much time to collect the neccessary signatures. No matter. Coats also attacked Obama for failing to deliver the hope and "change" that Indiana voted for and declared that "liberals" have steered this country on the "wrong track." Impressed, Doocy said to Coats: "Now, Dan, you have technically not officially declared yet. We have a camera, pointing right at ya. Anything you'd like to say?" Coats demurred from making a formal announcement, but all but announced his intentions to run anyway.

    While interviewing Coats, Doocy did point out that there are "three other Republicans in addition to you" in the running for the Republican nomination. Any bets on how long it will take before they, too, get invited to appear on Fox & Friends?