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David Cicilline’s (Dem RI-01) last trick to win re-election

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
I have posted many times before about David Cicilline, former Mayor of Providence who hid the city’s financial problems during the 2010 election, and ran a scare grandma campaign, allowing him a relatively (for Rhode Island) narrow win over John Loughlin in my home RI-01 District. Cicilline is in a lot of…
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Defeat National Review

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
We should defer to the judgment of people who run a cover like this? National Review is off the rails and off its rocker.  And plenty of their writers are having a good laugh about it on Twitter today. Related:  The making of an anti-Romney
 

Positive is his only choice

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
I don’t think Newt really has any choice but to stay positive.  Deep down I think it’s what people want, and in any event, he doesn’t have the money to flood the airwaves in Iowa that way Paul and Romney’s SuperPAC are doing. My worry? Positive may be what people want, but negative…
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I interrupt the doom and gloom

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
For something that is pretty funny (h/t windbag in the Tip Line) “NEWT GINGRICH” — a Bad Lip Reading Soundbite – watch more funny videos
 

The making of an anti-Romney

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
I have tried to emphasize time and again here that I am not anti-Romney. When I endorsed Newt on November 16, I made sure to point out that I thought Romney was a smart and decent person, but I saw fundamental flaws in his candidacy, none of which have gone away.  When…
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A radical notion

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
“I really don’t care what you think.” Thanks to Linda, again, for these taking in Nasheville, TN:  
 

Ryan re-engineers Medicare Plan – Newt was right

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2011
Newt Gingrich has been raked over the coals for using the term “right wing social engineering” with regard to Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan released last spring.  In context, Newt was making the point that the plan as proposed went to far in one fell swoop to pass unless public confidence had been built…
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Glenn Greenwald stands by “Israel-Firsters” smear in column complaining of “Anti-Semitism smear”

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Glenn Greenwald has a lengthy hyperbolic column complaining that people who criticize Israeli policies are smeared with accusations of anti-Semitism. The column relates to the fallout from Ben Smith’s report on the anti-Israeli activities and writing at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its Think Progress blog, and at Media Matters. One focus…
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Quick, call Krauthammer, Mitt’s going all “socialist” on Newt

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Desperate campaigns engage in desperate tactics, and the Romney campaign with its “zany” comment today now has sunk lower, bringing up Newt’s Tiffany purchases: In a capitalist country, what business is it of anyone what someone purchases with their own money? Charles, I’m sure you’ll be all over this tonight, right? The…
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Rinoplasty

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Various interesting stuff: Thursday night is Fox News Iowa Debate, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern.  I’ll cover it, but haven’t decided whether to do Live Event or simply commentary at the breaks.  What do you think? Moe Lane takes a look at the new Pennsylvania redistricting map, and likes what he sees.  (added)…
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“Zany” is looking pretty good right now

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
The Romney campaign and its supporters have been pursuing a strategy of crazy ever since Newt surpassed Romney in the polls.  The strategy is to use words like reckless, unreliable, and so on as frequently as possible when it comes to Newt. It has been relentless, and Romney now has come…
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Fox News did it, not me

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Listening to Fox News last night, there seems to be a split of preference in the GOP primary.  O’Reilly pretty clearly is on Romney’s side, Hannity is more neutral leaning towards Newt, Greta I can’t tell. But I think we know where the person who prepares images for the video feed stands. Via…
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Doomsday Poll Results

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
The Doomsday Poll results are in. Ron Paul met the most opposition, with by far the highest percentage of votes for staying home or voting for Obama in the general election.  Second, with less than half as much opposition, was Mitt Romney. There was some funny business as to Rick Santorum.  He had a very…
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Bringing up Romney’s Bain problem is not “socialist”

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Charles Krauthammer said Newt Gingrich was speaking like a “socialist” because Newt, responding to Mitt Romney’s demand that Newt give back the consulting money he earned from Freddie Mac, said that he’d consider it if Romney gave back the money he earned from bankrupting companies and laying off workers. George Will calls…
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Ann Coulter can’t explain her flip flop on Romney

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Ann Coulter was on Hannity last night, and it was embarrassing.  (Video embed at bottom of post) Coulter stumbled trying to explain why she declared Romney a sure loser against Obama at CPAC in February of this year. First she said Obamacare changed her mind about Romney, but Obamacare passed in March 2010. …
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Rocky Mountain sigh

Posted by  ▪  December 14, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Matt, who writes: I’ve been waiting to send this one in. Every imaginable bumper sticker via the liberal meme on a Prius with a CU license plate. What struck me was the Marines sticker. Being the time of giving with Christmas and Hanukkah, I’m reminded of how much peace…
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Doomsday Poll – Who would cause you to stay home or vote for Obama?

Posted by  ▪  December 13, 2011
Following up on my post this morning regarding whether conservatives and libertarians would stay home or support Obama if Newt were the Republican nominee, I wonder which if any of the other candidates generates such feelings. So, here is the Doomsday Poll, in two parts.  First, which of the candidates, if nominated, definitely/likely…
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