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It is worth getting angry about

Posted by  ▪  January 27, 2012
Whatever my criticisms of Rick Santorum, we owe him a debt of gratitude for this segment last night, which confirmed that Mitt Romney loves him some Romneycare: As Jeffrey Anderson writes, Romney’s defense of Romneycare will be political death in the general election: Romney then replied by issuing a defense of Romneycare th…
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Smashing your success

Posted by  ▪  January 27, 2012
Thanks to reader Bob from Colorado, who writes: I can’t remember if this one had crossed your desk before. The electorate had better be awake and act this 2012 election season.
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Jacksonville Republican Debate

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
Endgame assessment: It’s almost like there were two debates. Early on Romney scored points against Newt on Freddie Mac and the “wealth issue,” and Santorum scored major points against Romney on Romneycare.  The first half of the debate was not strong for Newt, although I think the talk of the space…
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Pre-debate irreparable split

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
The only way Mitt Romney wins a nomination is by destroying others.  It was true in 2008, and it’s true in 2012.  He is incapable of bringing people together with positive inspiration.  He had the chance early in this cycle to prove he would not run the type of nasty campaign he ran…
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Shock, video of Newt bashing Reagan misleadingly edited

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
One of the videos linked by Drudge, of Newt supposedly bashing Reagan while talking about George H.W. Bush running in 1980, is misleadingly edited. Dan Riehl has the details and the more complete video: There’s a short excerpt of a 1988 C-SPAN video purportedly showing Newt Gingrich bashing Reagan when talking about how…
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Mitt Romney’s shameless use of Nancy Pelosi

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
The claim by Nancy Pelosi that she had secret information on Newt has been thoroughly debunked …. by Pelosi’s press secretary. Yet Mitt Romney, not his SuperPAC but his own campaign, just started running an advertisement in Florida claiming otherwise. How much more deceptive could the ad be?  The ad features prominently a comment…
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Confirmed: Romneycare template for Obamacare

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
I read the analysis below, and then I look at the hyperbolic rhetoric about how Mitt Romney is the most electable and Newt must be destroyed, and I just shake my head in disbelief. Via James Pethokoukis: It’s one thing when Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum say Romneycare was the inspiration for Obamacare….
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Drudge versus history

Posted by  ▪  January 26, 2012
Politico’s homepage top headline is The right drops a bomb on Newt featuring photos of Ann Coulter, Tom DeLay, Elliot Abrams and Matt Drudge. Just like in December, the rise of Newt has caused panic in Republican circles. In December the charge was led by National Review, and now it’s being led by Matt Drudge, as…
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Nancy Reagan 1995: Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
There is something truly obscene about the full blown assault on Newt Gingrich’s strong Reagan conservative history from and on behalf of Mitt Romney, who unabashedly ran away from the Reagan legacy and conservative principles in his 1994 Senate campaign and 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Truly obscene. The latest iteration comes from Elliott…
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Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Rick Santorum’s campaign?

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
Rick Santorum has said he will be in the race for the long haul, and I have no reason to doubt his sincerity. But what message does it send his supporters in Florida that he’s not even hanging around for election night? Failing to show early signs of momentum in the Sunshine State,…
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Gov. Scott Walker looking strong in early recall polling

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
Come on Cheeseheads.  So what if your team isn’t going to the Super Bowl, we need someone to get us out of the funk.  Or at least me. I’ve long predicted that a Scott Walker win in the recall will be the perfect launch to the presidential campaign against The One. Looks like…
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Panic at the disco

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
S.E. Cupp, who previously called Newt a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is on the verge of a breakdown, Newt’s Doomed Crusade: At the risk of sounding maudlin or apocalyptic, the conservative movement is  poised to become irrelevant or simply extinct…. [C]onservatives are in dire need of a come-to-Jesus-moment, the  likes of which…
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Romney campaign sends mass email quoting Pelosi threat against Newt (Update: Pelosi backs off)

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
I told you this morning that anti-Newt forces would try to use Nancy Pelosi’s claim that she had secret information about Newt. And the Romney campaign didn’t waste any time, sending out a mass e-mail quoting Pelosi as well as Romney attacking Newt on Fox & Friends about Pelosi’s statement. Here’s the e-mail (click to…
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Claiming credit for Marco Rubio

Posted by  ▪  January 25, 2012
There’s something of a scuffle going on in Florida right now over the 2010 election of Marco Rubio and the hiring of Charlie Crist’s Florida staff by the Romney campaign.  Newt implicitly is tying Romney to Crist. Rubio, who has not endorsed anyone, in response, says that Romney is not Crist, and  asserts…
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