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“they resent it when he attacks them for being to the left of positions he has very recently adopted”

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
As long time readers know, I really didn’t pay much attention to the 2008 Republican primaries. But as I’ve gone back in researching various issues, I’ve noticed that a lot of candidates in 2008 had a reaction to the way Mitt Romney ran his campaign similar to the reaction Newt is having right…
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Rick Perry not suspending campaign, going to South Carolina (Reader poll added)

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
After his announcement last night that he was returning to reassess his campaign, everyone assumed Rick Perry was going to suspend his campaign. Apparently that is not the case, as Perry just announced via Twitter that he is heading for South Carolina: This has to be the best news Mitt Romney has received…
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Bachmann Suspending Campaign

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
Michele Bachmann is holding a press conference any minute.  She is expected to announce she is “suspending” her presidential campaign. Video to be added when available. It was a classy speech. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
 

McCain’s Romney baggage

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
John McCain is set to endorse Mitt Romney today, and I’m sure there will be plenty of platitudes. But the McCain endorsement comes with baggage, like this: “Never get into a wrestling match with a pig,” Senator John McCain said in New Hampshire this month after reporters asked him about Mr. Romney. “You…
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About last night

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
It was a late night, and apparently Mit Romney won by 8 votes.  Don’t let anyone tell you voter fraud is not a threat; what if this had been the general election and Barack Obama won by 8 votes in a state, would we not care that people voted without showing…
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If only it were that easy

Posted by  ▪  January 4, 2012
Another one from John Ruberry’s canoe trip:
 

Iowa Caucuses Tweets of the Night

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
The election was close going down to the wire between Santorum and Romney, with no winner declared as of this writing, with both in the 24% range.  Paul was at about 21%, Newt at 13%, Perry at 10%, and Bachmann at 5%.  (Results not final) The big news is that Newt g…
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Iowa Caucuses LIVE

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Welcome to Legal Insurrection’s Iowa Caucuse live event. We will stay live until the results are in. You can comment in the Live Feed with any of the usual social media user i.d.’s such as Twitter, Facebook and Open ID (Google, Yahoo, etc.). Your Legal Insurrection log in will NOT work. Please…
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Tomorrow we can go back to having to look up where Iowa is (*)

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Because there’s a big world out there, and stuff is doing: Iran Missile Drill Results Exaggerated, Images Photoshopped Previously American Left troubled by him, but drawn to him [link fixed] US and EU Funding Palestinian Efforts to Stop “Normalization” with Israel Defiant: U.S. defiant as Iran threatens action over Navy activities in Persian Gulf Defiant:Iran Defiant Amid…
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Iowa Caucus Day – Open and Updates

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
This post will be “sticky” until early evening when we go “Live” at about 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and will collect news from Iowa during the day, with the most recent on top: ————— With the Iowa Caucuses just a few hours away and the live event scheduled to begin soon, some parting…
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Recipient of Romney negative ad blitz speaks out

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Things have been ugly on the airwaves in Iowa, and the recipient of those ads is going to start giving some of the ugly back. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but it fits a pattern which goes back to Iowa in the 2008 cycle. Different recipients, same attacker. Update: I’m…
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Palin delivers political coup de grâce to Bachmann

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
What goes around comes around.  Michele Bachmann hired Ed Rollins as campaign manager last spring and the first thing he did was trash Sarah Palin. Bachmann let the Rollins’ comments hang out there for a while and then went on TV to say what good friends she was with Palin.  Bachmann supporters…
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Inevitable Iowa Caucuses Tweet of the Morning

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
It’s the narrative and perception. From Jeff Emanuel:
 

Can’t we all just paddle along?

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Thanks to John Ruberry of Marathon Pundit who took this photo of end of the New Year’s Eve Paddle in Morton Grove, IL:
 

I thought they would save Randy Johnson for later innings.

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Re-running the Kennedy campaign against Romney based on Bain deals was predictable and predicted, but this does seem a bit early: The Democratic National Committee has set up a war room in Iowa with its main focus on Mitt Romney, who is looking more and more likely to win the Republican nomination….. The…
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Caucuses tomorrow

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Here’s the plan, subject to change. Beginning late morning or lunchtime (Eastern), we’ll have an Open and Update Thread with latest from Iowa.  While the caucuses don’t start until the evening, we’ll try to dig deep for reports of how and what the campaigns are doing.  Bryan will help with…
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Alan Colmes mocks how Rick Santorum mourned dead child

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
This is lighting up Twitter.  Colmes also uses the incident in a blog post today, linking to this 2005 WaPo article: In his Senate office, on a shelf next to an autographed baseball, Sen. Rick Santorum keeps a framed photo of his son Gabriel Michael, the fourth of his seven children. Named for two…
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