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Today it seems like it’s all about Newt

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:30pm

Q.  Who was the last person to actually cut government?

As pointed out at C4P:

Rush is correct. Newt was indeed the last person to substantially cut Government and execute reform.

However; what folks seem to confuse that with is the idea that Newt actually “cut” budgets. That was never true. He cut Government,...

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“Really, this party is too dumb to live”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 4:37pm

Some people in the Republican Party want to follow John McCain’s policy of not going after Obama personally:

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for...

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Message received

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 2:23pm

Someone got the message that the current “hide and don’t seek me” strategy was not working.

Now when Romney goes on Glenn Beck like Newt just did, then I’ll really be impressed.  But until then, this will have to do:

But I’m curious about the timing. Why not this Sunday? I...

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“Silence is consent”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:00pm

Wow, just wow.

Republican Mark Reed is running for Congress in California’s 30th District against Democratic Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman in a new district resulting from redistricting.  Reed is a conservative, Tea Party backer.

Reed is making a big deal about...

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If Newt survives the next two weeks

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:17pm

The latest polling has caused an avalanche of attacks on Newt from just about every corner:

  • Newt had an extensive interview with Glenn Beck (audio and transcript).  Beck hammered Newt on all...
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Romney’s unknown unknowns

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 9:47am

I’ve posted about “unknown unknowns” before, as it is a structure I use in class to discuss how to build a case.  At a press conference about Iraq Donald Rumsfeld famously said:

“[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to...

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The case for Rick Perry remains the same (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8:15am

Prior to Rick Perry announcing he would run for President I brought on Katie Thompson to make the case for Perry.  Katie now is a leader of Students for Perry, and I predict, a future mover and shaker in Republican circles.

Given all that has happened over the last several months, I reached...

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Carter theory of relativity

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 7:00am

Thanks to frequent photographer Jason, who writes:

taken about a week ago in Raleigh, NC…(I was in the passenger seat, so no safety rules were violated)…note the small sticker on the bottom left also…

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Romney’s “hide and hope they don’t seek me” media strategy

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 4:30pm

LI reader and blogger Jeff Dobbs has a post up about Romney’s media strategy, which can be termed “hide and hope they don’t seek me” (that’s my term).  Jeff compares it to Obama’s strategy in 2008 of carefully controlling his exposure to the media.

The strategy worked for Obama because he didn’t...

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Defending Iran is where credibility goes to die

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 3:55pm

When someone finds himself so in need of criticizing the U.S. that he ends up defending the brutal Iranian regime which for over 30 years has funded anti-U.S. and anti-Israel groups around the globe and sought to export Islamist fundamentalism, then all credibility has been lost.

See, Glenn Greenwald, George Orwell on the...

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The delusion continues

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1:17pm

I previously have highlighted the treatment of the “Arab Street” by NY Times columnist Roger Cohen in the midst of the Arab Spring protests, many of which revealed an open and ugly anti-Semitic side:

In the Middle East you expect the worst. But having watched Egypt’s extraordinary civic achievement in building the coalition that...

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To whom in the Republican Party is Newt beholden? (Tweet of Day added)

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12:36pm

I posted yesterday the spot on article by Byron York, The insider-outsider divide over Newt Gingrich, which delves into the great divide between Washington Republican political players (politicians and media) who have their noses out of joint over Newt because he was mean to them in the 1990s, and the general Republican...

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Sickness in Wisconsin

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 11:04am

It’s hard to be shocked at anything anti-Scott Walker protesters do anymore given Wisconsin’s Long Strange Trip.

So as much as I want to be shocked at anti-Walker protesters greeting the Governor with a Nazi salute at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda (via Big Gov’t, h/t ...

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White House and Think Progress merger complete

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Posted by    Monday, December 5, 2011 at 9:36am

The Center for American Progress (CAP), the George Soros funded Democratic messaging machine, runs the aggressive Think Progress website.

Think Progress is obsessed with attacking the Tea Party movement as racist, the Koch Brothers as evil manipulators, and Clarence Thomas as corrupt.  Think Progress blogger Matthew Yglesias helped ignite the false story that Sarah Palin’s electoral map was...

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