BACHMANN: Rep. Michele Bachmann “has made a deal to publish her memoir, selling a book to Sentinel, a conservative imprint at Penguin Group USA, two people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday,” the New York Times reports. And: “John Fund, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, will assist with the writing of the book.” More: “One person who saw Ms. Bachmann’s proposal said the book was largely biographical, an account of the formation of her political and economic ideas. Ms. Bachmann was “very impressive” in her meetings with publishers, winning over the skeptics in the room, the person said.”
Andy Parrish, Michele Bachmann’s former chief of staff who now works for her campaign, has moved to Iowa and become a temporary official resident of the state as he begins organizing for the straw poll and caucuses, the Des Moines Register writes.
CAIN: “Cain, the former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant chain, is scheduled to hold a morning fundraiser at Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café. And, the event is being hosted by Brennan, among New Orleans’ most well-known and successful chefs and restaurateurs, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Roll Call.”
Dale Peterson, the man who gained national prominence for a jump-cut ad for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner, endorsed Herman Cain at the Republican Leadership Convention in New Orleans: "We don’t need any more professional politicians."
CHRISTIE: “Gov. Chris Christie is like Adolf Hitler and New Jersey is like Nazi Germany, a local labor leader declared at a rally against the governor’s proposed pension reform moves Thursday,” Politico notes. “’It took World War II to get rid of the last Adolf Hitler — it’s gonna take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie!’ shouted Communications Workers of America vice president Chris Shelton at a rally outside the statehouse in Trenton.”
GINGRICH: “Newt Gingrich’s campaign may be on life support – nearly devoid of paid staff and even lacking the money to pay the entry free for the Ames Straw poll – but as long as he can afford to fly to events such as the Republican Leadership Conference he’ll have a platform from which to speak. And speak,” Politico’s Martin writes. No longer constrained by campaign advisers who insisted on such conventions as ‘message discipline,’ Gingrich fulminated against President Obama, the news media, activist judges and assorted other liberal bogeymen for 41 minutes here Thursday night. It was classic Newt – slashing attacks, an array of ideas, and a few plugs for his website. All jumbled together with little cohesion.”
HUNTSMAN: “Jon Huntsman's Washington, D.C. fundraiser last night included what one attendee described as an unusually diverse Republican crowd -- including the heads of the two main, and feuding, gay Republican groups,” GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans, Politico’s Ben Smith reports
PAWLENTY: Pawlenty told Sean Hannity that he made a mistake in not directly confronting Romney at the debate: "I think in response to that direct question I should have been much more clear during the debate, Sean. I don't think we can have a nominee that was involved in the development and construction of Obamacare and then continues to defend it and that was the question, I should have answered it directly and instead I stayed focused on Obama...I should have been more clear, I should have made the point that (Romney) was involved in developing it, he really laid the groundwork..."
When you’ve lost Dale Peterson... He took a swipe at Pawlenty for not going after Romney at the debate, saying essentially, when you call someone out for a draw, you can't say it was someone else you were talking about.
Pawlenty was showered with glittery pink confetti by two protestors yesterday as he was signing books at an American Health insurance conference, the Los Angeles Times writes.
ROMNEY: Mitt Romney began speaking to a group of unemployed Floridians by introducing himself as also unemployed, the New York Times noted yesterday. “The references to Mr. Romney’s own unemployment status added yet another humorous, but occasionally awkward, moment to his ever-growing catalog of off-the-cuff remarks that he makes as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination.”
‘Bumps.’ Romney goes for another round of bumps.