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Learning lessons from a failed campaign does not a circular firing squad make

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:55pm

Some amount of firing squad is needed in light of the loss this week of the presidential campaign.

Oddly enough, I’m not aiming at Mitt Romney himself. I agree with many commentators who say Romney emerged as a better candidate than expected, someone who came around to articulating a vision worthy of a Republican...

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Thank you, Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:41am

Newt Gingrich will be exiting the race next week.  Newt not only will endorse Mitt Romney for President, Newt will pledge to work without rest to defeat Obama.

Is there anyone Romney would rather have on his side than Newt?

Oh yes, Newt will go there so that Romney doesn’t have to.  Newt...

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Santorum suspends campaign

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2:12pm

Just breaking, via NY Times:

Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, according two of his advisers, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall.

Mr. Santorum is due to make the...

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Illinois primary open

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:48pm

Adam Kinzinger, a first term Congressman who was backed by Eric Cantor, defeated 10-term incumbent Don Mazullo.  Kinzinger had won election in 2010 with the support of Tea Party groups, but many conservative / Tea Party groups supported Mazullo in the new district which pitted two Republican incumbents.  Perhaps readers can explain...

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Is that the phone I hear ringing?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:45pm

Mitt Romney is waking up to the fact that his highly negative, in some cases vicious, campaign against Newt and Rick will create problems down the road, should Mitt win the nomination.

So Romney’s senior advisors are putting together an outreach strategy:

Mitt Romney, mired in a frustrating slog toward the presidential nomination,...

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Risk of selecting a nominee before US Sup Ct rules on Obamacare mandate

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2:01pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears argument starting March 26 on various aspects Obamacare, front and center the mandate.  A ruling is expected by the end of June.

Purity in opposing mandates is the reason to be of Rick Santorum’s campaign argument:  Mitt is tainted due to Romneycare, and Newt is tainted because he was...

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“Damn you for not running”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:49am

So says Ben Domenech regarding Paul Ryan after seeing the video embedded below:

 
 
 

Alabama and Mississippi Primary Results

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:02pm

Endgame assessment:  Big night for Rick.  Bad night for Mitt.  The Honey Badger don’t care (nsfw).

In honor of Rick Santorum’s victories, and to prove I carry no hard feelings, I present the definitive rendition of Sweet Home Alabama:

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Romney has trouble distinguishing “frontrunner” from “weak frontrunner”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 12, 2012 at 3:37pm

Mitt Romney is a weak frontrunner, anyone who thinks otherwise is not being realistic.

But he is the frontrunner.

Yet Romney seems not to be able to distinguish the two. And that is part of the reason why he is a “weak” frontrunner.

 
 
 

Alabama and Mississippi polls: Gingrich on top, but not by much

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:05pm

A slew of new polls have recently been released showing that the Presidential campaign in the southern states is essentially a dead heat. Newt Gingrich appears to have a tenuous lead over the other candidates but, in almost every poll, he is within the statistical margin of error.

In Alabama,

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Super Tuesday the day after

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:40am

Because of a number of distractions, I couldn’t devote much time to yesterday’s primaries yesterday, but here’s my net assessment, followed by some links:

Mitt Romney is the luckiest politician in recent memory.  He barely eked out a victory in Ohio and thereby dominates the headlines, while losing almost every other key...

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Super Tuesday Results

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:45pm

State-by-State vote results: NY Times.

11:00 p.m. -  Santorum is up by a couple of thousand votes with 86% reporting, but the talking heads are saying some key Romney precincts are not fully reported, so it is possible and maybe likely he will eke out a very tiny win.  I’m not staying...

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If we’re so sure to lose playing it safe, why not shoot for the moon?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00am

George Will and Erick Erickson predict near certain loss in the presidential election.

George Will:

“[T]here would come a point when… conservatives turn their energies to a goal  much more attainable than… electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal  of retaining control of the House and winning control of the Senate.. ...

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Conspiracy is in the eye of the beholder

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:33am

“Some people are much more into conspiracies” …

And in an attempt to prove there is no conspiracy, Paul has just released an ad attacking everyone, his first attack on Romney since Iowa (aka The Stone Ages).

 
 
 

Michigan and Arizona primary results

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:07pm

Endgame assessment:

Very good night for Romney, he has all but beaten back the Santorum surge.  It’s hard to know if outspending Santorum did the trick; Romney spent only about 1/3 going after Santorum in Michigan as he spent going after Newt in Florida, and didn’t need to bring in the establishment...

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Santorum courts Obama-Big Labor Democrats with Robocalls

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:01pm

Rick Santorum is running robocalls in Michigan urging Democrats to vote in the Republican primary for Santorum and against Romney because … wait for it … Romney opposed Obama’s auto...

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Santorum’s “team sport” remark a self-inflicted wound

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3:45pm

Contrary to what many are saying, Mitt Romney didn’t specifically attack Santorum on No Child Left Behind at the Arizona debate (here’s the transcript).

In fact, Romney defended Bush’s motives:

And with regards to No Child Left Behind, the right answer there — President Bush stood up and said, you know what? The teachers unions...

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