By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Newt is methodically hitting the various notes needed to stay in good graces with his party's right wing.
More broadly stroke the conservative base by making noises about starting a new, ideologically pure party? Check.
Acknowledge that you're pondering a presidential run (but insist that you'd only do it if dragged kicking and screaming by either adoring supporters or the dictates of circumstance)? Check.
Has he started visiting Iowa yet?
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