Nasty turn in New Hampshire

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 10, 2012 1:00:45 PM PST
That so-called 11th Commandment fetched from somewhere by Ronald Reagan about not speaking ill of fellow Republicans? Out the window apparently for this round of GOP Presidential politics.

Mitt Romney may be getting from his fellow Repubs some of what he can expect in the fall from Barack Obama - that is IF Romney's the nominee. And maybe that's good practice for him.

But his colleagues also seem to be undermining the essence of Romney's central theme and character, in violation of the unofficial 11th Commandment. Of course, they'd say that the former Governor of Massachusetts is doing all the undermining himself; they're just pointing it out.

We'll soon see how much damage has been done to Romney this week. The key will be to see if the margin of his predicted slam-dunk victory in New Hampshire tonight is less impressive than earlier polls suggested. Is he limping to a victory in his a state where he has a second home? If John Huntsman comes in a strong second - or perhaps even second - it could be a sign to moderate Republicans that a Romney alternative has risen.

Our political reporter Dave Evans is in Manchester with the results for us, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, our friends at Consumer Reports tonight take a closer look at ways to fight the rising costs of banking. Helpful tips indeed - especially after thousands of Bank of America customers joined credit unions after they were hit with a (since reversed) debit card fee.

And as a personal aside - thanks to all of you for the wonderful and wonderfully emotional responses to my blog yesterday.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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