Did Negative Ads Sink Gingrich?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 3 2012 @ 7:39pm


That's the conventional wisdom. Blumenthal weighs the evidence:

According to CMAG's Goldstein, none of the Republican candidates or their Super PACs aired advertising nationally, either on broadcast or cable television, so the national decline resulted from media coverage that echoed many of the same criticisms delivered in the paid ads in Iowa (and even some of the ads themselves).