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If Romney doesn’t confront Newt face-to-face, he’s Tim Pawlenty

Posted by  ▪  December 2, 2011
Tim Pawlenty was the candidate who was going to be the not-Romney candidate conservatives could rally around. A successful relatively conservative Governor of a blue state, someone who had managed well, had campaign organization, and could bridge the gap between the Tea Party and establishment wings of the Republican Party. While I didn’t…
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Nothing says random kindness and senseless beauty like Che

Posted by  ▪  December 2, 2011
What shocks me, though, is that a fan of Che Guevara attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.  Quite unexpected. Thanks to reader Matt, who writes: Spotted this in the parking lot of my old neighborhood bar in uptown Denver. Couldn’t help but start laughing. Reminded me of other revisionist…
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Surrogate Fight Night – Open

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
A variety of things doing in the Stop Newt Express: The Romney campaign is going to use surrogates like Chris Christie to go after Newt: “Campaigning for the former Massachusetts governor in South Florida Thursday, Mr. Christie showed he may be the Romney attack dog.” Isn’t that part of the problem, Romney dodging hard…
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Incentives and lives matter.

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
Good news out of San Francisco today:  A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that most bone marrow donors can be paid, overturning a decades-old law that made such compensation a crime. In its ruling Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a technological breakthrough makes donating bone marrow a nearly identical…
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Cain fighting back

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
He’s seeking Ginger White’s phone records, and denying that the alleged trip to the Tyson-Holyfield fight (the one where Tyson bit his ear) ever took place.  Someone is lying, and we owe it to ourselves and the process to find out who. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A review of the records by The…
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What do you see?

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
Michele Walk, who along with Kathleen helped me out on some social media things and who now works for Engage, links to an interesting post at Mashable about eye tracking of Facebook pages performed by EyeTrackShop Inc. Here’s the image of what people see on a Facebook page:   I’m pretty sure I can’t afford their…
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“I’m the comeback grandparent” strategy working in Florida

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
On November 26 I noted that Newt’s line at an overflowing town hall in Florida, “I’m the comeback grandparent”, struck the right chord. First, it distinguished Newt’s prior “when I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible” days from the person running for president.  Second, it presented the im…
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“The idea that we could have controlled that process is absurd”

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
That’s Doug Mataconis pushing back against my post We know who lost Egypt and similar arguments by others. The push back misses the point.  Whether or not we could have controlled the situation — and whether or not we should have tried – the fact is that we threw Mubarack overboard in just one week without…
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All the king’s horses may not be enough for Romney

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
Mitt Romney had a disastrous interview with Bret Baier the other night, compounded by Romney complaining about the interview to Baier (video via Right Scoop h/t HotAir): As bad as the original interview was, Romney’s reaction simply confirms the perception that Romney will have trouble in a general election.  If he can’t…
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I guess it depends on the meaning of “having your back”

Posted by  ▪  December 1, 2011
Spotted in Ithaca:
 

We know who lost Egypt

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
Obama’s foolish policy of forcing Mubarak out of office precipitously without giving non-Islamist parties time to organize has resulted in Islamists achieving a sweeping victory in the first round of parliamentary elections.  Strength by the Muslim Brotherhood was expected, but the extremely hard line Salafists had a very strong showing. As reported by…
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Newt “goes there” on Obama/Alinsky

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
Ron Paul released a very professionally done hit job on Newt.  It’s all over at Drudge, HotAir, etc.  Not really surprising, since Paul and Newt apparently have some bad blood going far back, and Newt totally embarrassed Paul at the national security debate. While it would be easy to whine about these…
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Just another Wednesday afternoon

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
A lot going on: Herman Cain not dropping out.  Allen West says he’s become a distraction and should exit.  Whether justified or not, the allegations are causing an implosion in New Hampshire. Eric Holder punches up at Daily Caller. Iranians need to stop looting the English Embassy, the British one too. So will the 35%…
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We need the government…

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
…to protect the poor. Or so my friends have argued. But, time and time again, I see government intervention perverting many means out of poverty. While ineffective foreign aid and protectionism hurt those in the developing world the most, many Americans have had their economic aspirations atrophied by laws all over the country which target small…
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“that same unhealthy, irrational need to hurl himself higher onto the slopes of history”

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
It’s not sufficient for a presidential candidate as Obama has demonstrated, but it is necessary for victory. Here’s Nate Silver’s take on why Newt is likely to be the last “anti-Romney” (I don’t like that term, I prefer “not-Romney” because one doesn’t need to be against Romney to be a viable alternative): And…
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Who cares about duplicate signatures in Wisconsin Recall?

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
Apparently not the Governmant Accounting Board according to the McIver Institute (h/t CharlieSykes): The state board overseeing the potential recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells the MacIver News Servicethat they will rely upon temporary workers to scrutinize recall petitions and those individuals will not be expected to catch any duplicate signatures…
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Remember when Jennifer Rubin said Romneycare rendered Romney all but unelectable?

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011
Mitt Romney appeared last night for an interview with Brett Baier (video below).  Too bad Brett didn’t ask Romney why Romney refused to appear before the full panel on Center Seat, like the other candidates have done. My biggest reaction is that it’s bizarre that Romney refuses to admit he made a mistake on Romneycare and…
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