2012 Republican Primaries  (Page 10)

Reconsider Bachmann? No.

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 5:28pm 11/29/2011 at 5:28pm

Taking another look at Michele Bachmann is one of the memes being pushed by people unhappy with the Newt/Romney choice in the wake of the likely departure from the race of Herman Cain.

Why does Cain dropping out make Bachmann any better than she was?

She’s still the person who built her campaign...

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Manchester Union Leader endorses Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 9:00am 11/27/2011 at 9:00am

Newt Gingrich has picked up the endorsement of New Hamsphire’s largest newspaper, the conservative Manchester Union Leader.

This newspaper endorses Newt Gingrich in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

America is at a crucial crossroads. It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year. We are in critical need...

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“I’m the comeback grandparent.”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:30am 11/26/2011 at 8:30am

I’ve said it before, it’s not enough to be a “not” candidate.  Not being Barack Obama is not enough, and not being Mitt Romney is not enough.  Any candidate who is to win the nomination and the general election is going to have to inspire, not merely be the default candidate.

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What if everything we have been told about Mitt Romney’s electability is wrong?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 25, 2011 at 11:03am 11/25/2011 at 11:03am

From The Razor (h/t SoccerDad), a brutal takedown of Mitt Romney followed by a “he’s electable” endorsement, The Case for Mitt Romney:

I don’t like Mitt Romney. I think he’s almost a walking cliche of the smooth talking, Country Club Republican. I think he’s about as authentic as a Coach bag bought...

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If Newt wins the nomination, last night was the watershed moment

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 7:57am 11/23/2011 at 7:57am

And the winner of the debate last night was ….

Don’t take my word for it.  Because if I said Newt, you’d say, well, you support Newt so….

And if I told you that last night Newt put himself in the position of the most presidential on stage, you’d say …...

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Video Clip of the Night from what’s his name

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 9:59pm 11/22/2011 at 9:59pm

Wolf Blitzer started the night by confirming that Wolf really was his first name.

In the introductory statements, Mitt Romney confirmed that Mitt was his first name.

Except that it’s not, it’s Willard. Which leads to the Tweet of the Night from @AshleyRParker:

 

 
 
 

Republican National Security Debate – 11-22-2011

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:36pm 11/22/2011 at 7:36pm

Tonight is coverage of the national security debate hosted by CNN.

To comment in the live feed please register in the CoverIt-Live box using OpenID (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Your Legal Insurrection registration will not work. If you comment anonymously, your comment will be held in moderation until I get around to...

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Romney going all out in Iowa

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8:41pm 11/19/2011 at 8:41pm

As reported by The NY Times, Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly:

Mr. Romney, who has been cautiously calibrating expectations about his chances in a state full of social conservatives, is now playing to win the Iowa caucuses. Television commercials are on the way, volunteers are arriving and a stealth...

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Time to go negative?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:47am 11/17/2011 at 11:47am

When I saw this Michelle Bachmann ad my first thought was, “Don’t go there, Michele, this will not help you.”  But on second thought, why not?

I have been in favor of niceness so far, but I wondering whether it’s gone on long enough.  Why shouldn’t the candidates face...

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Newt Gingrich is not conservative enough for … er … Romney supporters?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:19pm 11/15/2011 at 7:19pm

I was on the road and in meetings all day, with only passing opportunities to log on.  But I see a trend emerging.

Bloggers and websites which support Romney, explicitly in some cases, impilicitly in others, are making lists of reasons why Newt Gingrich is not conservative enough, finding anywhere from 5-10 positions he has...

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Poll – Romney and Newt tied up for lead

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 14, 2011 at 1:36pm 11/14/2011 at 1:36pm

You can’t take a single poll on it’s own, but this CNN poll (data here) released at noon today does comport with the trend of Newt rising as Romney’s main challenger, and Cain feeling the effects of the negative publicity.

Update: Ed Morrissey, linking also to a PPP poll showing Newt in the lead, notes:

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The Republican candidate from Politico

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:22am 11/14/2011 at 9:22am

The narrative is being set.  Mitt Romney will be the nominee because all other candidate are faltering, and cannot hold up.

Who is setting this narrative?  In addition to the usual suspects, add Politico, as in this post by Alexander Burns:

Conservatives don’t like him. They really don’t like him.

But as Mitt Romney...

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“That clip was so satisfying that I need a cigarette!”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:15am 11/13/2011 at 11:15am

That’s what commenter and blogger Joan of Argghh said last night after watching the clip of Newt taking on Scott Pelley over killing enemy combatants.

So what do you say about this one?

Update:  Ann Althouse enjoyed Newt’s performance also:

He listens to the precise question asked and examines it, then works out, before our...

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Debate Tweets and Video of the Night

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:39pm 11/12/2011 at 9:39pm

Here was my assessment:

End Game – no clear winner. Cain exceeded expectations but only because expectations were low.  Perry redeemed himself but I doubt it will change perceptions.  Newt and Romney were both good, Newt scored his usual slap at the moderator and it worked wonderfully.  Scott Pelley started arguing...

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South Carolina Republican Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7:36pm 11/12/2011 at 7:36pm

End Game – no clear winner.  Cain exceeded expectations but only because expectations were low.  Perry redeemed himself but I doubt it will change perceptions.  Newt and Romney were both good, Newt scored his usual slap at the moderator and it worked wonderfully.  Scott Pelley started arguing when he didn’t like...

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Three-way tie

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 11, 2011 at 9:15am 11/11/2011 at 9:15am

Cain-Newt-Romney all tied up, per latest CBS poll, with Cain at 18, and Newt/Romney at 15:

In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of...

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Does the best debater win, or is it just a threshold issue

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:42pm 11/10/2011 at 7:42pm

E-mail from reader Scott:

The reaction to last nights debate (and Perry’s poor performance in earlier debates) is that Perry is now disqualified from being president.

If so, does that mean that Romney and Gingrich, the best debaters, are the only candidates we should consider? Does the best debater win, or is it...

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