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Posted December 24, 2011
What’s Ahead Dec. 24: Super PAC pulls attack ads for Christmas

Christmas truce: It hardly compares to the famed Christmas truce between the British and Germans during World War I, but the a “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney has decided to stop broadcasting its ad attacking Newt Gingrich today and Christmas Day.

Newt Gingrich

Mitt Romney

For his part, Gingrich started running a Christmas-themed ad Dec. 23 in which he and his wife, Calista, talk about the joy of seeing homes lighted up for Christmas.

The warm fuzzy ad over Christmas steals from a strategy that seemed to help Mike Huckabee in 2007. Of course, that was before there were super PACs running ads not associated with a candidate.

The truce is likely to be short-lived for a couple of reasons: Campaigns are trying hard to sway a higher-than-usual percentage of undecided caucusgoers; and negative ads work.

No confidence vote: Republicans can’t make up their minds which candidate to support in the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses Jan. 3, but they do agree they don’t want four more years of President Obama.

That’s hardly surprising. However, it seems they’re not alone.

NBCPolitics.com’s Voter Confidence Index suggests there is widespread discontent with the president. His numbers aren’t as bad as George W. Bush in 2008, but then Bush wasn’t seeking re-election.

The confidence index shows Obama with a -60 rating, the lowest point since taking office with a +34 rating.

Obama hasn’t fallen to the depths of the confidence index that sank Jimmy Carter in 1980, who lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan when his confidence index fell to -72, or George H.W. Bush, who had a -84 rating that contributed to his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992.

Christmas break: All of the candidates are taking a Christmas break, too.

Michele Bachmann’s 2:50 p.m. visit to a Newton coffeehouse appears to be the last pre-Christmas campaign event.

Rick Perry will be the first one back on the campaign trail with a 10:45 appearance in Council Bluffs.

Likewise, What’s Ahead will be taking a Christmas break. See you next week.

One the calendar:

Dec. 27

Rick Perry, 10:45 a.m., Main Street Café, Council Bluffs; 1:15 p.m., Glenn Miller Museum, Clarinda; 3:30 p.m., Adams Street Espresso, Creston; 5: 30 p.m., Clarke County REC, Osceola

Newt Gingrich, Iowa

Dec. 28

Rick Perry, 7 a.m., Westside Conservative Club, Machine Shed Restaurant, Urbandale; 1:30 p.m., The Sports Page, Indianola; 3:30 p.m. Smokey Row Coffee Shop, Pella; 5 p.m., Smokey Row Coffee Shop, Oskaloosa

Ron Paul, noon, Iowa Speedway Media Center, Newton; 3 p.m., employee meeting at GuideOne Insurance, West Des Moines; 7 p.m., salute to veterans, Knapp Learning Center, Iowa State Fair Grounds, Des Moines

Dec. 29

Rick Perry, 10 a.m., Coffee Corner, Washington; 12:30 p.m., Blue Strawberry, 118 2nd St. SE, Cedar Rapids; 5:30 p.m., Fisher Community Center Auditorium, Marshalltown

Ron Paul, noon, Hotel Pattee, Perry; 3 p.m., Cass County Community Center, Atlantic; 7 p.m., Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

Dec. 30

Rick Perry, noon, Doughy Joey’s, 300 W. 4th St, Waterloo; 2:45 p.m., Fainting Goat, Waverly; 5:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo County GOP fundraiser, Mason City County Club

Newt Gingrich, 10 a.m., Moms Matter Coffee Break, Java Joe’s, Des Moines

Ron Paul, 1 p.m., Le Mars Convention Center; 3 p.m., Sioux Center Public Library’ 7 p.m., River Bend Convention Center/Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux Center

Dec. 31

Rick Perry, 10:30 a.m., Bloomers at Central Coffee Shop, Fort Dodge; 12:45 p.m., Dutch Oven Bakery, Boone


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