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I’ll be covering the debate tonight starting at 9 p.m. Eastern.  It will not be a “Live Event” but rather, me giving commentary as it goes, probably at the breaks as I have done for several other debates.

In the meantime:

  • Newt is sliding in the polls, and now is more or less even or slightly behind Romney, the result of relentless attack ads run by Ron Paul and others against Newt in Iowa, and a ferocious attack on Newt by the mainstream conservative media.
  • Newt has not had the money to fight back, and until now has not had the well-funded SuperPACs like others.  But, Newt’s apparently getting a huge $20 million contribution from Sheldon Adelson for a SuperPAC.  This is the second pro-Newt SuperPAC announced this week.  The question is, is it too late to reverse the slide?
  • I knew those Alan Grayson ads would be used against me, but I didn’t think it would be by someone at National Review.
  • In the Wisconsin recall, supporters say they have enough signatures, well ahead of the mid-January deadline.
  • Karl has analysis and links to the Ryan-Wyden Medicare bill.  Sam Stein at HuffPo notes the plan has the White House worried because it damages the Democrats’ planned Mediscare campaign theme.
  • Maybe the yutes are onto something, they think Obama will lose.
  • The drone which the Iranian captured may have originally landed in Afghanistan.
  • Israel announces long range command.  How long is long? My guess is it’s about 1598 kilometers, and clear skies.
  • Interesting read about Newt’s meeting with “movement conservatives.”
  • This is the guy Glenn Beck said he’d vote for in a third party over Newt Gingrich.
  • Perry supporter defends Newt.
  • More to come.
  • Finally some scrutiny of Romney, of course from a foreign newspaper: “Romney aides had asked him not to speak publicly about their time together there.”  I may have a separate post on this, but not today.
  • The Gingrich Derangement Hyperbolic Outrage Disorder has infected Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard who goes ballistic over an interview Newt gave, terming it the nastiest attack so far by any candidate.  Really?  Weeks of cut-and-paste hatchet job anti-Newt televisions ads, the strategy of crazy I have documented here, Romney’s not so subtle dig at Newt’s conversion to Catholocism, and so on.  I think I’ll start reading DailyKos where at least I can get a fair assessment of the Republican race.

For some unknown reason, this song seems like a good prelude to tonight’s debate (via Keith Burgess-Jackson):


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Bummer about the no LI live chat on the debate, but your comments are always golden so can’t wait for those. And, gee, of course Wisconsin has enough signatures . . . there are SO so many cartoon characters and evil dead dictators to add to the roles, after all. :/

I was just about to ask why the heck I keep getting Grayson ads. I must have missed the explanation. But my goodness, does he have evil eyes in that long header ad.

Looks like Newt will have plenty of money to bomb Iowa with ads over the next few weeks if he wants to. Hopefully it will be positive ads stressing his achievements. I hope Perry does the same. (I would be happiest with Perry or Gingrich as the nominee given the choices.)

Not surprising about WI, but still frustrating.

I will be tuning in for your comments during the debate!

    William A. Jacobson in reply to angela. | December 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    They are fed by Google Ads with no control by me.

      I see. I just thought it was odd because most of the ads I see are related to a website I’ve been to or a subject I’ve searched recently. Of course, now I’m getting an ad for Cabela’s and I’ve never had anything to do with them so I can see now that the ads are sometimes random.

      I thought maybe my weenie dog was getting on here and donating to Grayson. That’s totally something he would do.

“I knew those Alan Grayson ads would be used against me, but I didn’t think it would be by someone at National Review.”

Well, you committed the unforgiveable sin of endorsing Newt.

Perhaps by 2014 the Tea Party will have infiltrated the Republican Party much as the Marxist left has taken over the Democrat Party.

All this plus Ghost Riders and Burl Ives. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Re: Ron Paul, lest people forget them in the myriad of other, more recent reasons not to Paul, Ed Morrisey at Hot Air has resurrected Ron Paul’s profoundly racist and anti-semitic newsletters of the late 1980s and early 1990s, of which Paul alternately denies and admits authorship depending on political needs of the moment. Link:

“..more recent reasons not to SUPPORT Paul,”

Argh! Who keeps stealing my words?

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Hold the phone! What exactly is “the mainstream conservative media?” And who is in it? Not by any chance everyone who is not pro-Newt?

If Newt can’t hold the lead, one has to assess if he ever really have it to begin with.

I don’t think he’s the flavor of the week like Cain and he’s definately above the fray. But he has to keep delivering bolo punches to Obama. I agree- stay positive for conservative values and turn the flame thrower on Barack’s dismal record.

I have to admit, I am tiring of the Newt Kool-aid, Professor.

    angela in reply to herm2416. | December 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Interestingly (or…maybe not), the victims at Jonestown were given cyanide-laced grape Flavor-Aid not Kool-Aid. I can never decide if Flavor-Aid dodged a bullet or if Kool-Aid ultimately benefits via the “no publicity is bad publicity as long as you spell my name right” thinking.

Isn’ Nate Siolver partof the leftist media? Why would we listen to him re one of our candidates? Why would we pay attention to polls run by leftists? It is a given both the left and right media want Romney to be the nominee and aren’t particularly scrupulous about achieving this.

We should not run away with the idea that the right media is on our side either. Wheree were they when the left (Rham Emmanuel as an example) pu their collective thumbs to their noses in a blatant show of disrespect for W at obama’s inaugeration? I heard nothing from them in protest. But then, they didn’t like him either. The fact is that we should not listen to them any more than we listen to the leftist media. They have their own agenda.

Really, NRO is showing where they stand and it’s not with middle America. Is there any difference between their crude tactics than that of the left? They seem bent on destroying anybody who gets in their way.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to BarbaraS. | December 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I have found Nate Silver to be very fair. Believe it or not, he became more fair after he joined the NY Times than he was at his prior blog. He’s a rare example of a blogger improving after joining an MSM newspaper.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | December 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I know one thing for sure, if Romney somehow ends up getting the Nomination, I and many other Tea Party folks will NOT vote for him, but either a third party candidate, or not at all, period.

Newt is the only one, who can effectively wipe up Obama, like a mop on the floor, but Romney is almost exactly like Obama, so where’s the difference and contrast to draw on.. Exactly, there isn’t any, they both have the same policies, programs, and agenda..  except one has a D next to their name, and one has an R next to his name..  That’s it..   A liberal Mass Gov., from the most liberal state in the Union, who implemented his own Obamacare before Obama did, is not a  conservative contrast, to the most anti-American liberal President in US history..

Wake up people.. if there is one thing the liberals like more than a Democrat in power, it’s 2 Democrats in power..  In other words, when the candidate on either side of the political race, is of the same stripes, and agenda, then it’s a win-win situation either way for the liberal agenda.

There is no perfect candidate, let alone another constitutional conservative Ronald Reagan, in the current field of candidates.. Newt, with his record open for all to see, has made some mistakes, but has also accomplished much in his life..And he is far more knowledgeable and coherent about the issues, and problems we face, than Romney will ever be..  So the people can decide whether or not, they want and like Newt, over the other candidates, or not, to be the next Republican Party Nominee and next U.S. President. Especially with major economic, political, social, and international world affair issues at stake, the next President will have his or her hands full.. which Newt is more than qualified to handle..  

But with Romney, all you will be getting is a liberal Republican RINO Party establishment elitist Obama lite…  so why should you vote for Romney,  when we already have one in office now.. It’s like saying Hillary is better than Obama, because she is Hillary, and not Obama, even though they are both exactly the same politically, ideologically, philosophically as anti-American progressive liberal socialists..  give me a break.!!