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New Hampshire Debate

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
Endgame Analysis:  Romney has to be happy.  He came away unscathed.  No one went after him in a confrontational manner. The prevailing wisdom will be that Newt failed to attack, but Newt’s in a no win situation.  If he attacks aggressively, he’s bad, angry Newt; if he doesn’t, people complain.  Newt attacked…
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Pre-Debate

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
Debate starts at 9 p.m. Eastern.  Some things possibly relevant: There is another debate Sunday morning on Meet the Press.  Are they kidding? Via Instapundit, Byron York says that it was Newt’s reaction to the negative ads rather than the ads themselves which did the most damage.  I think there is some truth…
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Did you hear about the question that left Newt speechless that he actually answered?

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
Every now and then there is just one of those mainstream media moments which points out how false narratives are created. This time it’s a story from CBS Boston titled Gingrich Left ‘Speechless’ By Young Voter’s ‘Old People’ Question (h/t reader punfundit in the Tip Line).  Here’s the pertinent section, with the bold italics added…
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Waiting for the Syrian pot to boil

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
I keep thinking, when, not if. And what will happen to the heavy missiles and chemical weapons. I presume the Israelis have a plan. Some of the latest headlines: Now we’re getting tough – Obama Administration Seeks to Remove Syria From Human Rights Committee. ‘Syrian military official defects with soldiers’: “A Syrian…
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Heavy thumbs for Romney

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
The Romney campaign expects to have the nomination all but wrapped up by the end of January The Washington Post reports, and is using surrogates like John McCain to push the narrative that if Romney wins the first three (or four) states, it’s over.  One of those wins, of course, was Iowa…
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Video of Day: McCain mistakenly refers to Romney as Obama

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
It was just a slip of the tongue.  True. Via Right Scoop:
 

“We, like the Santorums, took a photograph of the baby”

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
There must be tens of thousands of stories like this one from Charles Lane of The Washington Post about his child who died in utero just hours before a scheduled c-section: We, like the Santorums, took a photograph of the baby — lying, as if asleep, in my wife’s arms. We have a…
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First time shame on you, second time shame on you

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2012
Kind of makes me want to smack the vehicle owner upside the head and scream, “snap out of it.” From Linda in Tennessee, taken at the Whole Foods parking lot in Nashville:
 

Rick Santorum shortens libertarians

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
This video (via Leslie of Temple of Mut) of Rick Santorum has made the rounds as evidence that Santorum is hostile to the Tea Party movement. The key sentence, in which he expresses and intention to “vocally, publicly oppose” the Tea Party, is ambiguous.  Was he saying he would oppose the Tea Parties, or…
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Bain drip drip drip

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
It’s so frustrating, the failure of conservative media and Republican campaigns to vet Mitt Romney’s Bain days. Instead of hiring cartoonists to turn Newt into Marvin the Martian, National Review should have been digging deep into the public filings, court filings, and the financial history of the companies Bain acquired and sold. …
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Sawyer and Stephanopoulos to debate Republican candidates Saturday night

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
Of course I’ll be covering it, probably one of my “updates at the breaks” type of coverage, not a Live Event.  It starts at 9 p.m. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos “moderated” the Drake Debate in December.   My prior posts: Drake Debate – Video highlights, Drake Debate Post-Op & Tweets of Night and Duel…
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Eugene Robinson clarifies criticism of Santorum

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
This is an update to yesterday’s post.  Eugene Robinson kinda, sorta, apologized, but not exactly (h/t @jtLOL):
 

They know who the real threat is

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
Via The Hill: Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will run full-page ads attacking Newt Gingrich in the Manchester Union Leader and The State in Columbia, South Carolina, the most prominent newspapers in the next two states to vote…. The decision to attack Gingrich is a curious one…
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The election is not just about jobs, it’s about the vision thing

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
There is a new jobs report out, with the usual caveats that the work force is shrinking, but the nominal unemployment rate is down to 8.5%.  That’s the number which counts politically. The rate would be 10.9% if the same number of people were in the workforce as when Obama took office The…
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“less intelligent, but angrier liberals”

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2012
I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that phrase used in the email from reader NCMont to explain his move from D.C. to Austin.  I guess it’s like when I make the trip from Rhode Island to Ithaca when school is in session.  Or is it the other way around? Basically, NCMont and I are …. Professor,…
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WI Judge: Bugs Bunny can’t sign petitions to recall Scott Walker

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2012
You would think that Wisconsin state officials charged with ensuring the intergrity of elections, including the recall against Gov. Scott Walker, would want to check for duplicate, fictitious and fraudulent signatures on recall petitions. But no.  As I reported in November, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board decided that it would not check signatures. …
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Grow some

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2012
Things that deserve separate posts, but won’t get it, for now: He’s still trying to out liberal a real liberal, and it will not work:  Scott Brown Says He Supports Obama’s Illegal “Recess” Appointment of Richard Cordray… and  Scott Brown Accuses Gingrich Of ‘Pandering To The Right-Wing Extreme’.  He has forgotten who elected him. Teenager…
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