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By Tim Graham | | January 23, 2012 | 8:43 AM EST

Longtime Washington Post reporter David Maraniss, author of several books on Bill Clinton, took to the Post op-ed page on Monday to plead for his subject. With Newt Gingrich on the rise, "Democrats have only one illogically rational response in this modern American political hall of mirrors. They should bring back Bill Clinton."

"Of course, the law prohibits the Comeback Kid from coming back to serve a third term, and Obama might not go for it, but only old-school twits would let any of that get in the way," wrote Maraniss. "The Constitution and its amendments are so 18th, 19th and 20th century. The notion of persuading good ol’ Joe Biden to step aside in favor of Hillary as vice president is not sufficiently grandiose when it comes to going after Gingrich."

By Tim Graham | | January 23, 2012 | 8:07 AM EST

One of the hoariest tactics of liberal media personalities is to single out strongly pro-life candidates and ask them if they’d let their daughters get an abortion, even in a case of rape. Piers Morgan dragged out this line of questioning on Rick Santorum on Friday night, adding that in this far-fetched hypothetical, the daughter would be “begging you to let her have an abortion.”

Piers may have borrowed from his CNN predecessor Larry King's playbook, since Larry threw a version of this at Dan Quayle in 1992. This is not a tactic they’ve tried on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Can you imagine a liberal interviewer asking if they would accompany their daughter to the clinic? Or what they would do if the daughter regretted their abortion? No, only the pro-lifers get this hardball. (Video below).

By Mark Finkelstein | | January 23, 2012 | 7:46 AM EST

Of all the Morning Joe regulars, I find Harold Ford, Jr. the least interesting.  Ever on the lookout for his next opportunity, the fiercely ambitious Ford is firmly of the "my good friend" so-and-so school of politics, constantly hedging his bets and finding a way to praise or agree with virtually everyone.  

So it was an exception this morning when the former Dem congressman from Tennessee actually said something of note, if only for its sheer silliness.  Ford somehow managed to maintain a straight face while claiming the media doesn't strongly favor Barack Obama.  Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | January 23, 2012 | 6:59 AM EST

On Friday night’s PBS NewsHour, pseudo-conservative analyst David Brooks insisted Obama’s new campaign ad is bogus and un-factual, but since that sounded too anti-Obama, he added that "if the Republican Party is going to look backwards, at least he can try to look forwards. And that's probably a good, decent strategy.”

Brooks felt no such need to balance when Mark Shields suggested Gingrich (politically) was a “great first date,” and Brooks mocked Gingrich’s multiple wives:

By Clay Waters | | January 23, 2012 | 6:59 AM EST

Former New York Times reporter Neil Lewis last week defended the paper’s history of Israel coverage in a 6,500-word article posted at The Columbia Journalism Review (with a longer one to follow in a Harvard publication next month): “The Times and the Jews --A vocal segment of American Jewry has long believed that the paper has been unfair to Israel. Here’s why – and why they’re wrong.”

Lewis, a veteran reporter who retired in 2009, is now part of The Constitution Project, which focuses on the alleged ‘erosion of privacy rights and civil liberties in a post-9/11 world” and “indefinite detention without charge of terrorism suspects.” That marks Lewis as a man of the left, as did his reporting for the Times, which included an amazingly slanted May 2008 look at the potential Supreme Court nominees of either Barack Obama or John McCain.

By Brad Wilmouth | | January 23, 2012 | 5:59 AM EST

After Newt Gingrich recently proclaimed that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history," presumably referring to the straightforward statistic that a record number of Americans now receive food stamp assistance, FactCheck.org set out to prove him wrong. (Video below)

By Brad Wilmouth | | January 23, 2012 | 3:04 AM EST

Last Friday saw two high-profile liberal pundits - one on Bloomberg News's Political Capital and the other on PBS's Inside Washington - repeating the story that Newt Gingrich divorced his first wife while she was being treated for cancer, without either of them noting that one of Gingrich's daughters - Jackie Gingrich Cushman -  last May specifically disputed the account that her mother, who is still alive, ever had cancer, or that her father initiated the divorce during a hospital visit.

On Bloomberg News's Political Capital show, host Al Hunt only vaguely noted that Gingrich's daughter had disputed some of the commonly believed details of her parents' divorce as he dismissed her account as "demonstrably false." After Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson called the former House Speaker a "lout," Hunt asserted:

By Noel Sheppard | | January 23, 2012 | 12:17 AM EST

In their attempt to demonize Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Obama-loving media have been misinforming Americans that venture capitalists are robber barons and corporate raiders preying on failing companies to suck every penny out of them with total disregard for employees.

What these ignorant and/or dishonest members of the press are hiding from the electorate is that venture capital-backed companies were responsible for 21 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in 2010 while creating 11 percent of the nation's private sector jobs.

By Noel Sheppard | | January 23, 2012 | 12:04 AM EST

CBS's Nancy Giles on Sunday scolded women's groups for giving former President Bill Clinton a pass for his transgressions with White House aide Monica Lewinsky.

This strangely came during a Sunday Morning piece about Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's troubles with the media over his own marital infidelity (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | January 22, 2012 | 11:22 PM EST

A little over a year after her tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced Sunday that she is stepping down from her position as a House Representative (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Rusty Weiss | | January 22, 2012 | 10:46 PM EST

Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, was the victim of a ‘glitter bombing’ Saturday night, as he delivered remarks following a third place finish in the South Carolina primary.  Glitter bombing is a supposed act of protest in which opponents are showered with glitter by leftists who support same-sex marriage policies.  What exactly would cause grown men and women to perform an act that is seemingly drawn from the mind of a child?

In 2005, Michael Savage famously wrote a book titled, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, the subject of which is self-explanatory.  And more recently, Dr. Lyle Rossiter, a board-certified clinical psychologist, wrote a book in which he diagnosed the ideology of the left as a tangible mental illness.  Perhaps though, liberalism is not so much a novel mental disorder, but a more cleverly disguised form of illness already widely studied since the late ‘60s – narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

The Mayo Clinic defines NPD as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.”  This seems in tune with the fact that liberals, along with their degenerate offspring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, believe their policies and platforms fall in the majority - or the 99% if you will - despite being outnumbered by conservatives at a 2-1 clip. 

There are other symptoms that define NPD and the left alike…

By Tim Graham | | January 22, 2012 | 10:31 PM EST

Over at Think Progress, liberal culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg loves the new Bruce Springsteen single titled “We Take Care Of Our Own”: “The Boss is in full rallying cry mode...This seems practically designed to be played at Obama-Biden rallies (if not the Democratic National Convention itself). The choice of Chicago as the origin point for that sense of mutual care seems pretty deliberate.”

So it’s funny to see music writer Randall Roberts in the Los Angeles Times slamming the Boss for “jingoism” and overtones from the movie “Deliverance," perhaps because the lyrics refer to a flag being flown:    

By Noel Sheppard | | January 22, 2012 | 3:58 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday told Meet the Press host David Gregory, "Nobody in the elite media wants to cover" Barack Obama's Saul Alinsky roots.

This came in response to Gregory asking the former Speaker of the House if he can "win independent voters in a general election campaign" talking about Obama's ties to Alinsky and other "radical left-wingers" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | | January 22, 2012 | 3:28 PM EST

Given his high unfavorable rating, Newt Gingrich “cannot win a national election,” MSNBC’s very liberal host Lawrence O’Donnell insisted early Saturday night when it became clear Gingrich would win the South Carolina primary, “it’s impossible.” O’Donnell’s assessment, however, is held beyond left-wingers animating MSNBC shows.  

Saturday night, Fox News veteran Brit Hume asserted: “Republicans in Congress will be terrified to run with this man for fear they will lose the House and the Senate.” Sunday morning on ABC, George Will imagined “people are waking up who are running for office as Republicans – from dog-catcher to Senate – and they’re saying, ‘good God, Newt Gingrich might be at top of this ticket.’”

By Tim Graham | | January 22, 2012 | 2:59 PM EST

Via MRC's Dan Gainor, there's this captured Saturday morning headline on an Alex Burns piece from Politico: "Mitt vs. the walking dead." That certainly looks silly now. In fact, it was quickly changed on Saturday morning.

The headline writer may have been borrowing from the leftists at the Guardian newspaper in Britain, who came out of the New Hampshire results with a "Mitt vs. the Zombies" spin: