Morning Briefing for March 1, 2012

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March 1, 2012
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1. If You Use Georgia Pacific Paper Products, Barack Obama Wants You To Turn Yourself In

Georgia-Pacific makes a lot of household paper products. Quilted Northern toilet paper, Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Vanity Fair napkins, etc. If you use any of them, Barack Obama wants you to report yourself to the government. No, I’m not making this up.

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2. Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Talks to RedState

Yesterday I had the privilege of conducting the first interview with Newt Gingrich in Atlanta, Ga. following the primary elections in Arizona and Michigan. The former speaker seemed resigned to the results and matter-of-fact about Tuesday night’s results, emotionless about facts he can now do nothing about. He spoke quietly and calmly with intensity, if not energy.

I started our interview asking him about his path to victory, given he is now behind Rick Santorum in delegates. He pointed out how few primaries we have had compared to prior years and how many delegates are up for grabs still.

Calling Rick Santorum a “big labor Republican”, Gingrich made clear he thought neither Santorum nor Romney would play well in deeply red states, as we saw in South Carolina — states that are about to be up for grabs on Super Tuesday and shortly thereafter. He views Mitt Romney as someone who cannot sell himself to the voters because Romney does not know himself who he is.

In the interview, more to be aired today, Gingrich also responded to Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) claiming Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney are at war with Islam. We delved into Operation Fast and Furious, energy prices, and Gingrich’s plan to save upwards of $500 billion a year by transforming the federal government with Lean Six Sigma.

I’ll send you an email later today when the full interview is online. It is quite interesting.

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3. Irony, Thy Name is Lugar

Richard Lugar does not even own a home in Indiana anymore. Despite this, someone thought it would be a good idea for his campaign to attack challenger Richard Mourdock for absenteeism.

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4. Matt Yglesias and the Totally Awesome Energy Narrative

Dig the moats, unroll the concertina wire and man the battlements! With the looming possibility of $4.00 per gallon gasoline at the pump, the Left’s defense of President Obama’s disastrous energy policies has begun in earnest.

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