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Standing up for taxpayers is a winning political strategy even in Rhode Island

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
Republicans can learn something from Rhode Island about standing up for taxpayers as a winning political strategy. I have written many time before about the efforts of Democratic Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras, who has taken on school teacher unions and other public sector employees in an attempt to keep Providence from…
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What don’t you (or didn’t Obama) understand about killing a baby born alive?

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
Newt made headlines for this comment at the debate last night: I had forgotten about that controversy, involving Obama’s obfuscation of his failure to support the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as an Illinois state senator. Jill Stanek was responsible for bringing attention to the practice of killing babies who survived an abortion: On March 30, 2001, Obama…
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Romney’s “hollow and dispiriting” win last night

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
I posted last night and again this morning that Rick Santorum had a terrible debate. But it’s fair also to point out that many of the shots Romney scored on Santorum were cheap shots, as pointed out by George  Neumayr at The American Spectator (h/t reader OccamsrazorX): Romney, at his most hypocritical, labored hard…
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“I have spiritual reasons to support Israel, but it goes beyond that”

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
I am really liking The Times of Israel, the new online publication I posted about a week ago. This story is one of the reasons, Onward Christian Soldiers: Think North American campus activism for Israel and chances are you won’t think of a Hispanic Catholic organizing pro-Israel events. Or, of an African American C…
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The sweater vest is dry clean only, last night it was put in the wash

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
It’s hard to know just how much of an effect Rick Santorum’s horrible debate last night will have on the vote in Michigan and Arizona. It’s hard to believe it helped, and it has to have hurt badly.  I think Philip Klein from The Washington Examiner got it right: Santorum’s biggest blunder on…
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The Great Mistake

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
From reader David: I captured this one in Daytona Beach, FL. I was stopped and waiting behind a school bus.
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Debate word of the night: Cheerful

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
This was, in many ways, the best answer of the night, with Newt turning the tables on his critics with a single word: Mitt Romney Central was not amused:   The “press” has a sense of humor: Sarah Palin seemed to like it:
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Arizona Debate

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
Endgame analysis:  No question Newt won, but no single huge moment that is likely to shift the polls dramatically (or fundamentally).  Just a consistent strong performance, that’s the pretty uniform assessment from relatively neutral people I’m following on Twitter.  Really bad night for Santorum, off message, harsh, just strange performance, a…
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Pre-game show

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
The last best hope of mankind tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. In the meantime: They tried to redistrict away Michele Bachmann, but she’s fighting on.  And yes, despite everything, I support having her in Congress.  Her congressional campaign website is here. “we liked Matt Drudge a lot more when he was wearing the mismatched…
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Choices

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
Last Friday, I posted that if it came down to a choice between Romney and Santorum, “I’d have to think about it” because “[m]ost of all, I find [Santorum] to be the least scrutinized of the candidates so far.” That post was taken as being “anti-Santorum,” but it was not. Unlike Romney (with the exception of…
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Linc Chafee, Rhode Island’s Independent In Name Only Man

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
The long suffering people of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations elected Linc Chafee Governor in 2010, on the Independent line. When Chafee was a Republican Senator, he was ranked as the No. 1 RINO by Human Events.  Chafee lost his reelection bid in 2006 to Sheldon Whitehouse. In 2010, Chafee ran for Governor and eked out…
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A coalescing of support for Israel in the Jewish community

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
As readers know, I’ve been critical of the Reform Jewish movement, and the seemingly obsessive support of Democrats and Obama, with the most left elements aligning themselves with groups hostile to Israel under the guise of “balance.” Yet the threats facing Israel now are so great that AIPAC, the group which advocates for…
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“Just what has Mitt Romney promised Ron Paul?”

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
The consistency with which Ron Paul comes to the assistance of Romney has been clear since the fall debates, and Paul almost never has a harsh word to say about Romney. Paul’s media staff put together some of the most vicious and effective ads, but always against the rising not-Romney. So, this is the…
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Someone forgot to obtain a waiver

Posted by  ▪  February 22, 2012
Multiple metaphors in this photo. From reader Eric: Thought you might really enjoy this, Professor… Seen on the streets of Chicago. I think I may have an answer as to why so many lefties are angry. Perhaps they attribute parking tickets to the 1%’s secret influence upon Chicago Democrats who are compelled to issue…
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