With Friends Like These, Your Poll Numbers Could Suffer
It's a bad day for a Republican presidential candidate when he can't even get a break from Bill O'Reilly, the bullish Fox News arbiter of conservatively correct thinking. Newt Gingrich had just spent several daylight hours complaining across Iowa about the onslaught of negative campaign ads by his GOP rivals that are contributing to his downward creep in the polls. If he was looking forward to a sympathetic conversational nightcap with O'Reilly on the Republican-friendly network, he was disappointed.
O'Reilly instead came down hard during his evening talk show on Gingrich's recent comments that "radical" judges who issue rulings out of step with mainstream values can be subpoenaed and hauled before Congress by federal marshals to explain themselves before facing possible impeachment.