Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 333)
 

Hey, let’s make fun of Newt crying about his deceased mother

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 8:00pm 12/30/2011 at 8:00pm

I posted earlier about Newt Gingrich’s emotional discussion of his mother, in which he shed tears while discussing his memories.

What kind of person would make fun of this, and what type of supporters laugh in response?

Mitt tweaks Newt: ‘I won’t cry’:

POLITICO’s Emily Schultheis, on the trail with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire,...

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How disastrous was Santorum’s endorsement of Specter? Can you say ‘Obamacare’?

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 6:24pm 12/30/2011 at 6:24pm

Rick Santorum backed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004.  It was a tough race with Toomey mounting a credible, well-financed challenge.

Toomey’s candidacy, by his own estimation, was one of the precursors to the Tea Party movement:

The “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party” between big spending moderates and committed...

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“Mothers are the civilizing influence”

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 4:12pm 12/30/2011 at 4:12pm

It’s the major headline at Drudge:

But the headline suggests it’s a reaction to polling, but instead it was questioning by Frank Luntz about Newt’s mother.

The most poignant moment to me was not the discussion of his mother but at 4:25 when he recounted a story told by a young mother about how...

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So much of what the left-wing said about Coulter turns out to be true

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 2:19pm 12/30/2011 at 2:19pm

Who would have expected it.  Ann Coulter in her endorsement of Mitt Romney gave a very misleading account of Rick Santorum’s immigration record, asserting that he voted against E-Verify.

Ann’s a lawyer, so she knows that omitting material facts can be just as much a fraud as stating false facts.  And Ann...

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SOPA will make the whole internet like WordPress.com

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 12:36pm 12/30/2011 at 12:36pm

Readers have been emailing me about the dangers of the Stop Online Privacy [wow, what a slip] Piracy Act but I’ve been a bit distracted.  Here’s the concern from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

The “Stop Online Piracy Act”/”E-PARASITE Act” (SOPA) and “The PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) are the latest in a series...

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“In light of that, Romney decided to run as a pro-choice candidate”

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 10:42am 12/30/2011 at 10:42am

Via Byron York, a preview of a book by Boston journalist Ronald Scott:

According to Scott, Romney revealed that polling from Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan’s former pollster whom Romney had hired for the ’94 campaign, showed it would be impossible for a pro-life candidate to win statewide...

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We will pay the price for giving Romney a free pass

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 10:05am 12/30/2011 at 10:05am

“Why Is No One Attacking Romney?”  That’s the question I have been pounding all fall, particularly in the past 6 weeks. It’s also the question asked by Alex Roarty at National Journal:

It’s an old story this primary, where Romney has not faced the kind of withering attacks that normally confront a...

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Best Tweet of the Year

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Posted by    Friday, December 30, 2011 at 7:00am 12/30/2011 at 7:00am

The Best Tweet of the Year competition was really, really tough. There were so many great tweets arising out of the Occupy Wall Street protests that it could have been its own category.  Not surprisingly, Obama also was a hot topic.

I excluded from consideration tweets regarding the Republican primary candidates; since...

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Rollins: Bachmann stayed clear of attacking Romney in hopes of VP slot

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 9:39pm 12/29/2011 at 9:39pm

One of the conspiracy theories floating around the comment section here and elsewhere was that Michele Bachmann served as the attack dog against everyone but Romney in the hope of gaining a VP nod.

The speculation was fueled by Bachmann’s relentless and often inaccurate attacks on everyone who rose to be the lead...

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Don’t fall for Operation Psych Out

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 6:30pm 12/29/2011 at 6:30pm

A certain someone already has declared that the media got the primaries all wrong, and that it was going to be Mitt all the time.  Others have written off Newt and Perry to the dustbin of history.  The emerging media consensus, pushed by the mainstream conservative outlets, is that it’s all...

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New Year’s Greetings from the IDF

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:45pm 12/29/2011 at 2:45pm

With war in Israel  just one shot or rocket or kidnapping away, it’s always worth seeing the faces of the people who will fight it.

The Jewish New Year was in September, so this is the IDF’s New Year’s greeting to you (via Sheya):

 
 
 

Let’s all surge for the least scrutinized not-Romney

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1:25pm 12/29/2011 at 1:25pm

Rick Santorum has lived in Iowa for months, visiting every county, street, house, coffee shop, bakery, and front porch waiting for his time to come.  It may have arrived, if the recent polling is indicative of reality.

But because Santorum’s surge comes just days before the caucuses, he is the least scrutinized...

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The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:35am 12/29/2011 at 11:35am

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.  The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, too.

In Britain, they have run out of other people’s money, so the National Health Service has cut back services.  According to this...

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Romney keeps digging on secrecy

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:43am 12/29/2011 at 10:43am

I noted the other day Romney’s emerging secrecy problem, including the refusal to release income tax returns even if he becomes the nominee.

This is a break with standard practice for nominees, and creates a no win situation in which Romney makes his income and taxes a central general election issue or...

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Romney’s electability is overblown

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 8:50am 12/29/2011 at 8:50am

John Hinderaker of Power Line Blog wrote an endorsement of Mitt Romney on Tuesday.  It was about as good an endorsement as I have seen, but kept coming back to one theme, electability.

I don’t think we can judge electability just yet because no one really has challenged Romney in the primaries.  Several million...

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Worst Bumper Sticker of the Year

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 7:00am 12/29/2011 at 7:00am

The worst Bumper Sticker of the Year competition was almost as tough as the Best Bumper Sticker of the Year competition.  Thanks again to those who made nominations.

Not surprisingly, it was dominated by various forms of Derangement Syndrome.

1st Place – “Tea Party” sounds so much nicer than “Mob of Racists and Homophobes.”  Obviously, this car owner has been watching MSNBC too often.

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2nd Place – This bumper sticker made me throw up a lot.

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3rd Place – C*V*L*TY

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No one would have seen it coming

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:04pm 12/28/2011 at 5:04pm

I’m trying to make this an Iowa free day, which given the polls coming out today probably is a good thing:

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