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Thomas Sowell contrasted with anti-Newt Romney PAC money

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2011
Thomas Sowell has an interesting column today pushing back against the demonization of Newt.  It’s not an endorsement, but it sure sounds like Sowell is not liking all the hate being directed Newt’s way (h/t jeannebodine in the Tip Line): Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes,…
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Iranian surprise?

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2011
Iran will not be allowed to get nukes, and is a year or less away.  So says Leon Panetta: The U.S. Secretary of Defense said Monday night that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. In an interview, Leon Panetta, said despite the efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear…
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Romney mocks Newt on Letterman, really

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2011
Why do Republican politicians go on Letterman?  I know it’s good exposure, but it’s exposure that always comes with a price. Letterman always makes the Republican look bad and weak.  I said it when Rick Perry went on Letterman, but at least in that circumstance Perry was poking fun at himself…
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Survival of the fittest

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2011
From Linda, spotted in Franklin, TN:
 

Save America, defeat Charlie Sykes

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
Democrats in Wisconsin are trying to make Charlie Sykes, the great conservative talk show host and blogger, a campaign issue in the recall. Sounds like a plan, a stupid plan: From Charlie’s blog: Pure political genius if a state political party running against a talk show host and the largest radio station in the…
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Pollday stuff

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
A lot of polls today showing Newt weakening substantially, and he’s finally doing a major media buy in Iowa starting with this ad, and launching a 44-stop bus tour.  I don’t think it’s too late, but it is late. Would Michele Bachmann be in second place if she were a man?  I…
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Will Ben Nelson run?

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
He says he will make a decision over the holidays, and Democrats in Washington desperately want him to run even though he is in a weakened position because of the Cornhusker Kickback. The NRSC has released a web ad which highlights Nelson’s problem (h/t HotAir).  I still prefer the farewell video produced…
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Death of Dear Leader Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
From @TobyHarnden:
 

You can criticize Newt’s judicial plan without lying about it

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
Newt Gingrich wants to restore a balance between the branches of government, and address what a lot of people see as an imperial judiciary. His white paper lays out a variety of mechanisms, most of which are not controversial.  One in particular, that Congress should subpoena judges in rare circumstances to explain judicial…
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Bain drip drip

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
Mitt Romney’s days at and after Bain have been largely unexamined in the primaries.  None of the other candidates has the resources and organization to do the research, but others are and it will hurt Romney’s come the general election if he is the nominee because people will hear the details…
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Irony is winning the Iowa caucuses

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
How ironic would it be if a month-long onslaught by conservative media and attack ads run against Newt non-stop by a Mitt Romney supporting SuperPAC resulted in Ron Paul winning the Iowa caucuses?  Paul also is running attack ads, but without the rest of the pile on, they would not have…
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so close and yet so far…

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2011
That was the subject line in the e-mail from Aaron Worthing, who blogs at Allergic to Bull , who sent this photo: It was perfect, almost perfect. A bumper sticker picture with a hilarious contradiction. First they say “universal healthcare is pro-life” and then they say the don’t brake for right wingers. But alas,…
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Kim Jong-Il dead

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2011
Also known as Dear Leader and Supreme Leader, died according to North Korean state television. via CBS/AP: Kim’s death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to…
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Mitt was for Newt’s brilliant intellect, before he went zany for it

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2011
Mitt Romney has been doubling and tripling down on the strategy of crazy attempting to portray Newt as mentally unfit for office. Part of that strategy is to characterize Newt as “zany.” Romney stood by the accusation this morning on Fox News Sunday. But that’s not how Romney described Newt in 2007, when…
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Sunday night

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2011
Interesting stuff: Good neutral article about the 10 factors which could sink Newt in Iowa.  One of them was “Fox News Talkers.”  I guess I wasn’t the only one who noticed.  Coulter was on Hannity, O’Reilly, and apparently Red Eye singing the same Newt’s crazy tune.  Trying to track down the Red…
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Some thoughts on Hitchens

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2011
I don’t care for the phrase “public intellectual,” particularly when paired with “political thinker.” It tends to reference the most polemic or controversial people, skeptics of common sense. For instance, there are lots of great thinkers who have never ascended to notoriety the way Noam Chomsky has, probably because they are tasteful…
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Good news / bad news in Egypt second round elections

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2011
The good news?  The Islamists did not do significantly better than in the first round of elections. The bad news? The Islamists did not do significantly worse than in the first round of elections. They’re still running at about 70%: The Muslim Brotherhood party secured 39 percent of the vote, while the Salafi Al…
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