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Don’t fall for Operation Psych Out

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
A certain someone already has declared that the media got the primaries all wrong, and that it was going to be Mitt all the time.  Others have written off Newt and Perry to the dustbin of history.  The emerging media consensus, pushed by the mainstream conservative outlets, is that it’s all…
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New Year’s Greetings from the IDF

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
With war in Israel  just one shot or rocket or kidnapping away, it’s always worth seeing the faces of the people who will fight it. The Jewish New Year was in September, so this is the IDF’s New Year’s greeting to you (via Sheya):
 

Let’s all surge for the least scrutinized not-Romney

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
Rick Santorum has lived in Iowa for months, visiting every county, street, house, coffee shop, bakery, and front porch waiting for his time to come.  It may have arrived, if the recent polling is indicative of reality. But because Santorum’s surge comes just days before the caucuses, he is the least scrutinized…
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The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.  The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, too. In Britain, they have run out of other people’s money, so the National Health Service has cut back services.  According to this…
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Romney keeps digging on secrecy

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
I noted the other day Romney’s emerging secrecy problem, including the refusal to release income tax returns even if he becomes the nominee. This is a break with standard practice for nominees, and creates a no win situation in which Romney makes his income and taxes a central general election issue or…
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Romney’s electability is overblown

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
John Hinderaker of Power Line Blog wrote an endorsement of Mitt Romney on Tuesday.  It was about as good an endorsement as I have seen, but kept coming back to one theme, electability. I don’t think we can judge electability just yet because no one really has challenged Romney in the primaries.  Several million…
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Worst Bumper Sticker of the Year

Posted by  ▪  December 29, 2011
The worst Bumper Sticker of the Year competition was almost as tough as the Best Bumper Sticker of the Year competition.  Thanks again to those who made nominations. Not surprisingly, it was dominated by various forms of Derangement Syndrome. 1st Place – “Tea Party” sounds so much nicer than “Mob of Racists and Homophobes.” …
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No one would have seen it coming

Posted by  ▪  December 28, 2011
I’m trying to make this an Iowa free day, which given the polls coming out today probably is a good thing: ‘Drive to kidnap IDF soldiers up since Schalit deal’ - Hmmmm, trading 1000 for 1 is a motivator.  Who whoulda thunk it. New York Times Staffers Express ‘Profound Dismay’ With Management - It hurts…
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What possibly could go wrong with too much government?

Posted by  ▪  December 28, 2011
Via CNS (h/t well-known anti-shrimpite @TexasGrizzlette): Via JammieWearingFool:
 

Meet the guy who can take down Sheldon Whitehouse

Posted by  ▪  December 28, 2011
Operation Counterweight has started.  We need people in the House and Senate who are not afraid to fight. In many states and districts, it will be easy.  In others it will be hard. We are going to have to win a couple of hard ones in order to have the Senate we want, where…
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Alan Grayson sitting on pile of cash

Posted by  ▪  December 28, 2011
Via Orlando Sentinel: Former U.S. Rep. Alan Graysonis reporting today that he already has raised more than $500,000 in the final quarter of 2011 — a big haul that should boost efforts by the Orlando Democrat to return to Congress….. “This is what People Power looks like,” said Grayson in a statement. His…
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Best Bumper Sticker of the Year

Posted by  ▪  December 28, 2011
The choice for Best Bumper Sticker of the Year was a tough one. I appreciate the nominations from readers. My choice came down to which bumper sticker most concisely and vividly reflected my mood and the mood of Legal Insurrection readers. Here are the results: 1st Place – “Actually, No One Owes You Crap” – pretty…
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Rick Perry files suit over Virginia ballot access

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2011
Rick Perry has filed a lawsuit over his exclusion from the Virginia ballot. His website link to the pleading is overloaded, so I don’t know the specifics, updates to follow. Update:  The link keeps freezing but I managed to download the Complaint, here it is. (added) I claim no expertise in election law, but…
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Positive Negative

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2011
Both Newt’s campaign (first video below) and a pro-Newt SuperPAC have hit the airwaves in Iowa with positive ads. Meanwhile, I assume that the massive Romney SuperPAC ad buy will be hitting the airwaves in Iowa at the same time. There is no question that the negative ads have hurt Newt, who has…
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Ben Nelson retiring

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2011
I have focused on Ben Nelson, and the Cornhusker Kickback, repeatedly.  The big question was whether Nelson would run for reelection, with the Democrats hoping he would as the best chance of keeping the seat. It turns out he is retiring, via Politico: Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska will announce today that…
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Romney’s emerging secrecy problem

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2011
Mitt Romney has an emerging secrecy problem.  For someone whose primary claim to the nomination is that he has nothing to hide, he sure acts like he has something to hide. First, there was the cleansing of Massachusetts state records from his time as Governor, including the purchase by 11 Romney aides of…
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Breaking news on Newt and Romneycare is not breaking and not news

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2011
Have you noticed, the hot topic this election cycle is to dig into internet archives and find something someone said which appears to contradict what the person says now.  It’s not a new phenomenon, but it has taken on gargantuan proportions this cycle. The latest is the ABC News headline that a…
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