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2012: Searching for the anti-Romney

The Hill looks at the “feud” between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sarah Palin.

BARBOUR: Fox writes this headline: “The Rise of the Anti-Romney? Barbour Campaign Takes Shape.”

GINGRICH: Newt Gingrich told The Christian Broadcasting Network’s Brody that he ‘felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness’ over his past marital infidelity and now that he’s at the grandfather stage he is ‘truly enjoying the depths of my life in ways that I never dreamed it was possible,’” CBN writes. He also said, “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” Gingrich, who was one of the most polarizing figures in American politics, said the president “ideally” should be “the unifier of the nation.” He added, “You want to be able to look into them and understand, do they share my values?” And he added that “our Judeo-Christian civilization is under attack on two fronts” – “secular, atheist, elitism” and “radical Islamists.” 

HUCKABEE: There’s this headline from the Spartanburg Journal Herald: “Mike Huckabee's admirers turn out at Spartanburg Costco.”

Huckabee reiterated that he’s the man to beat. Here’s the Greenville News: “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in Greenville on Tuesday that he was ‘an asterisk in the polls’ when he ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, but now ‘virtually every poll in America has me leading.’”

He’s still trying to walk back his Natalie Portman comments.

ROMNEY: Salon’s Kornacki writes that despite his flaws, Romney is still likely the favorite: “Romney, for all his flaws, starts with a significant base of support -- or at least potential support. The elites still see him as an acceptable, maybe even preferable, option for the nomination and plenty of Republican voters are still open to supporting him. If you assume that Huckabee and Palin won't run (or that Palin, if she does, will be marginalized), then Romney still begins this campaign as the closest thing there is to a default choice for Republicans. This doesn't mean that another candidate can't come along and supplant him, but it does give him a chance to fend off anyone who breaks through into the top tier.”

The New York Times’ Douthat seems to agree: “Just because the Republicans seem to need a better candidate than Mitt Romney doesn’t mean they’ll get one,” he writes.

PALIN: “Sarah Palin will provide her ‘personal testimony of faith’ at women's event to be broadcast to more than 1,000 churches this fall,” Politico writes. “The former Alaska governor will speak at Liberty University's Extraordinary Women Conference, slated for Oct. 7-8 in Lynchburg, Va.”

PAWLENTY: Dana Milbank makes this point: “On paper, Tim Pawlenty may be the most formidable Republican challenger to President Obama in 2012. Too bad he's running as somebody else.”

Tim Pawlenty on Libya at Iowa State: "We've got a situation where we have a confirmed terrorist, sociopath and killer, Moammar Gadhafi, mowing down his own people who are trying to bring forward their view of liberty and freedom. I think a no-fly zone would be a good thing for the United States to do."

SANTORUM: Quote of the Day? Rick Santorum in Iowa on a conservative radio program yesterday: "Ronald Reagan bombed Libya. If you want to be Reagan-esque, it seems the path is pretty clear here.”