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Gingrich rising in Iowa.

Nov 21, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 10 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Other roadblocks abound. Gingrich may consider his years of experience in Washington and public policy an asset, but they produced a mixed record. His reign as speaker ended with a whimper after a near-coup within his Republican caucus forced him to resign. The Iowans who praise Gingrich now will no doubt soon be reminded that he supported liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava in a 2009 special election in upstate New York and appeared in a television commercial with Nancy Pelosi supporting mandatory carbon caps to fight global warming in 2008. And Iowa’s socially conservative Republicans may have lingering doubts about the twice-divorced Gingrich.

Yet Hawkeye Republicans seem to be giving Gingrich a second look at just the right moment. With the January 3 caucuses fast approaching, he may be gaining momentum in time to mount a respectable challenge to Romney. Gingrich and his wife will be barnstorming the state for three days, starting on November 14. Still, the Gingrich campaign is dampening expectations.

“We want to have a strong showing in Iowa,” Hammond says. “But Iowa is the beginning.”

Michael Warren is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.

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