Why Fox News viewers don’t like Mitt Romney: 4 theories

Well, we already know that Fox News viewers are among the “low information” crowd, so one would wonder why their view on Mitt Romney is important or even relevant.

I’ve concluded that some folks may actually be interested…

The Week

Iowa Republicans are already partial to Gingrich, but Hawkeye State conservatives who get their news from Fox are especially likely to favor Newt over Mitt

A new CBS/New York Times pollfound that nearly 40 percent of Iowa Republicans get most of their updates on current events from Fox News. Among those voters, Newt Gingrich is beating Mitt Romney by a mile.

Almost 50 percent of the Fox viewers say they would vote for Gingrich if the Iowa caucuses were held today, while only 12 percent would back Romney.

Why the big gap? Here, four theories:

1. Gingrich used to work at Fox
It helps that Newt was “on the Fox payroll,” says Prairie Weather. Gingrich only signed off as a well-paid “contributor” when he entered the presidential race, so he’s fresh on the minds of Fox’s viewers and hosts. That makes him “a made man in the Fox family,” while Romney is the outsider trying to push Fox’s guy aside.

2. Gingrich loves granting Fox interviews, Romney doesn’t
The “Fox News effect” comes down to simple math, says Libby Spencer atThe Impolitic. Gingrich has made 52 appearances on the network since entering the race. Herman Cain, another favorite until his recent flurry of sex scandals, was interviewed on Fox 63 times. That Fox love helped Cain do well “until his transgressions were too large for even Fox to spin away.” Mitt, on the other hand, was essentially a stranger to Fox until he recently expressed “new interest in deigning to be interviewed there.”

3. Romney dropped the ball
“Mitt Romney has done a great job of nailing down support from wealthy donors,” says Jed Lewison at Daily Kos, “and he’s got a virtual monopoly on support from the GOP establishment.” But he seems to have overlooked the need to “reach the people who actually vote.” Fox is a ready-made megaphone for Republican leaders like him. “The question is: Will he be able to take advantage of it?”

4. It’s the debates, stupid
Fox viewers’ preference for Gingrich might be connected to another factor fueling his popularity, says Don Surber at the Charleston, W.V., Daily News. Seven in 10 of the Republicans polled — a crowd that obviously includes many Fox viewers — had watched some of the recent televised showdowns among the GOP candidates. “This shows the power of the televised debates,” in which Gingrich has really shined.

Santorum: We Don’t Need Food Stamps Because Obesity Rates Are So High

I’m no longer shocked or dismayed from what the cretins on the far right have said in recent weeks.  I simply remind myself that they’re playing to their extreme right-wing base and both the base and the far right politicians are just way out there when it comes to their rhetoric and intent.

Think Progress

Speaking in Le Mars, Iowa on Monday, Rick Santorum promised to significantly reduce federal funding for food stamps, arguing that the nation’s increasing obesity rates render the program unnecessary:

Santorum told the group he would cut the food stamp program, describing it as one of the fastest growing programs in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight million people are on food stamps in a country with 300-million people, said Santorum.

If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?” Santorum asked.

The cost of the food stamp program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — has jumped because more Americans are out of work and wages are down, not because of obesity rates. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly “70 percent households that relied on food stamps last year had no earned income,” although many households did benefit from Social Security benefits and other government programs. But a whopping 20 percent of households had no cash income at all last year.

Food prices have also gone up, adding additional costs. In fact, the food stamp program has been critical for reducing poverty and pumping money into local economies during the down economy, so cutting it now would not only take food out of peoples’ mouths (regardless of whether they are obese or not) and could slow down the recovery.

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Occupy Christie, Occupy Gingrich

Dave Weigel – Slate

In the space of two hours, the actual GOP frontrunner and the man dreamers wanted to be the GOP frontrunner were both mic-checked by Occupiers. Chris Christie got the treatment at an event at the Kum n Go headquarters in Des Moines. I’ve freeze-framed the moment of the mic-checking.

Christie handles it well, with his usual self-aggrandizement about how well he handles things. “You’re so angry, aren’t you?” he scoffs. “Work it all out for yourselves.”

And Mother Jones brings us the video of the mic-checking of a Gingrich fundraiser at the Willard hotel in downtown D.C. Clever Occupiers used a room in the hotel as a staging ground to get inside the event.

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