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(Posting this paragraph does not mean I hate capitalism)

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
From The NY Times: While his campaign advisers generally agree that Mr. Romney must explain his work at Bain, they are wary of engaging in an exhaustive public examination of the nearly 100 deals he was involved in, anxious that it could bog him down in the inevitably messy details of fixing…
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Add Bain to list of things we cannot discuss (Update: Politico story in doubt)

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
Politico has a story about Newt agreeing not to go after Romney any more about Bain, and Newt was just on Hannity’s radio show on the issue.  (I’ll post the audio if I can get it.) Newt said there are three or four instances where the record is really bad and Romney…
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RI-01 Update: Brendan Doherty for Congress

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
I previously have posted about the RI-01 congressional race, which is my home district, a seat currently held by Democratic former Providence Mayor David Cicilline. Cicilline concealed Providence financial problems until after the 2010 election.  Cicilline ran a “scare grandma” campaign, making a tour of senior centers to falsely claim their social security…
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Starting to count the price of defending Bain

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
This was read by Rush Limbaugh on air today. Romney likens work at Bain Capital to Obama’s auto industry bailout: “In the general election I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler – closed factories, closed dealerships laid off thousands and thousands of workers – he…
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Just accept your fate

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
From NMA.TV:
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As the world turns

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
it turns: How Romney won New Hampshire.  It’s the (supposed) electability, not conservatism, stupid. Bad signs for GOP.  Why do you hate capitalism? Another Iranian nuke scientist goes down.  And I don’t mean what you think I mean, you depraved freaks. Have you noticed that Fox News turned negative on Newt over the past month…
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Eureka! I oppose capitalism because I teach at a law school

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
I knew that my position on Bain Capital would fray some relationships in the conservative blogosphere, but this post by Don Surber took me by surprise, Why Republicans Oppose Capitalism: Newt and Rock Perry are trying to divide the party in a way I never imagined. I thought the divide would be between social conservatives…
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Drill, baby, drill

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
Funny, when Mitt Romney and his supporters played Mediscare against Rick Perry on social security and class warfare on capital gains tax rates for those making over $200,000 per year, I don’t recall a chorus of objections that Romney was using leftist rhetoric and giving ammunition to Obama against the then leading…
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Well, now that you mention it

Posted by  ▪  January 11, 2012
It’s fading fast.  We may get a change, but it’s not what I hoped. Another one from Linda in Tennessee, taken at the (in)famous Lowe’s parking lot in Nashville:
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New Hampshire Primary Tweets of the Night

Posted by  ▪  January 10, 2012
Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary.  While the results are not final as of this writing, it looks like he comes in at 37-38%, with about the same total number of votes as in 2008. Here are the tweets of the night, bitter and otherwise. Tora Tora Tora Tweet: Reality Sucks Tweet: Good Enough…
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New Hampshire primary results

Posted by  ▪  January 10, 2012
89% Reporting Romney 39.1% Paul 23 Huntsman 16.9 Gingrich 9.5 Santorum 9.4 —————————– Interesting: Gingrich was the target of 96% of negative super PAC spending between Iowa and N.H.  But Newt’s the angry nasty one, rights? Romney’s argument on electability was an important factor with voters. Romney is on target to get about same number of votes as in 2008,…
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Pre-debate, I mean pre-primary results Open

Posted by  ▪  January 10, 2012
Some things to mull as we await the close of the polls in New Hampshire at 8 p.m. Eastern.  A new results post will go live at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern.  I’m going to handle it in a manner similar to the NY-09 night, not a Live Event but an update…
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Swimming with Bain

Posted by  ▪  January 10, 2012
When even Rush Limbaugh buys into the “criticising Bain is criticizing capitalism” meme, we have lost as a party.  There is a huge difference between using government powers to impose value judgments (a la Obama) and making value judgments in evaluating a candidate’s background. It’s over. We’ve discovered a way to lose the general…
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I’m not going to sit here while critics of Bain badmouth the United States of America

Posted by  ▪  January 10, 2012
Any criticism of Bain, much less a criticism of how our possible nominee ran the firm, is an attack on free markets and capitalism.  Or so we are being told. No, it’s not.  I have been almost alone against the chorus of “Newt’s anti-capitalist”: Bringing up Romney’s Bain problem is not “socialist” Bain drip…
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