Maggie Haberman relates Newt Gingrich's advice for Mitt Romney:
"I actually think that the nature of a general election campaign is such at the presidential level (that) the media is such an enormous part of it... You can win primaries by raising enough money to win a power boat. But nobody including the President of the United States has enough resources to build a power boat in a general election…and so you’re always sailing. You don’t have the power to drive straight through it," said Gingrich, when asked about the latest messaging push by Boston.
His concern about the way the Romney campaign is performing "would be there’s an agility (needed in terms of) of taking your general themes and turning it into immediate messages. … We live in an era where because of the totality of electronic media you have to have a three hour turnaround."
In a riff off a Margaret Thatcher line, he said, "My sense is they’re more comfortable making the presentation than they are winning the argument and that’s a real challenge. If you’re the conservative candidate you are inevitably going to be in arguments…(because you have a) viewpoint and philosophy …that’s in conflict with about 85 percent of the national media."
"Romney right now should be all over Obama (over the Mideast)…there’s just such a total disarray (there)," he said. "You look …. this involved the killing of an American ambassador and three other Americans…it is a disaster and yet it just sort of floats by and that’s Romney’s challenge. You can’t expect Obama to do it. And I think what happens is two things. They all say to each other oh gosh we got to stay focused on the economy well - I don’t know what that means."