2012 Republican Primaries  (Page 2)

Romney’s “hollow and dispiriting” win last night

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:42am 2/23/2012 at 11:42am

I posted last night and again this morning that Rick Santorum had a terrible debate.

But it’s fair also to point out that many of the shots Romney scored on Santorum were cheap shots, as pointed out by George  Neumayr at The American Specta...

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The sweater vest is dry clean only, last night it was put in the wash

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 8:45am 2/23/2012 at 8:45am

It’s hard to know just how much of an effect Rick Santorum’s horrible debate last night will have on the vote in Michigan and Arizona.

It’s hard to believe it helped, and it has to have hurt badly.  I think Philip Klein from The Washington Examiner got it right:

Santorum’s biggest blunder on...

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Debate word of the night: Cheerful

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:28pm 2/22/2012 at 10:28pm

This was, in many ways, the best answer of the night, with Newt turning the tables on his critics with a single word:

Mitt Romney Central was not amused:

 

The “press” has a sense of humor:

Sarah Palin seemed to like it:

 
 
 

Choices

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:08pm 2/22/2012 at 2:08pm

Last Friday, I posted that if it came down to a choice between Romney and Santorum, “I’d have to think about it” because “[m]ost of all, I find [Santorum] to be the least scrutinized of the candidates so far.”

That post was taken as being “anti-Santorum,” but it was not.

Unlike Romney (with the exception of...

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“Just what has Mitt Romney promised Ron Paul?”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:19am 2/22/2012 at 9:19am

The consistency with which Ron Paul comes to the assistance of Romney has been clear since the fall debates, and Paul almost never has a harsh word to say about Romney.

Paul’s media staff put together some of the most vicious and effective ads, but always against the rising not-Romney.

So, this is the...

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What is wrong with this picture?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:40am 2/20/2012 at 10:40am

Other than everything?

It’s a theme I’ve been harping on since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of this campaign season.  Not being someone else is not a reason to vote for you.

Oh, we’ll vote for you if the only someone else is Obama, but we will not...

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Yes, you can be conservative and not support Santorum

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 17, 2012 at 4:52pm 2/17/2012 at 4:52pm

I still support Newt, but I’m not oblivious to the challenges currently facing his campaign.

So what if ….

Should the race come down to Santorum or Romney, I’d have to think about it, as shock...

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Malaise and disgust in blog-over country

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:20am 2/17/2012 at 8:20am

Deep down in Update III to a Thighgate post, Robert Stacy McCain makes an observation which is spot on about the mood out here in blog-over country:

There has been a lot of crazy on the blogosphere today that had nothing to do with me and, discussing it with Jimmie Bise Jr. this afternoon, we...

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Mitt, Rick and Ron to Georgia: Drop Dead

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:00pm 2/16/2012 at 4:00pm

CNN has cancelled a scheduled March 1 debate in Georgia just ahead of Super Tuesday after Romney, followed by Santorum and Paul, announced they would not participate.

This makes perfect sense, of course.  Why should...

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Be (not) nice to Rick day

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1:33pm 2/15/2012 at 1:33pm

It must be great to be Rick Santorum running against Mitt Romney.

By the time Mitt gets to you, after Mike H., John M. and Newt G., all of the sudden there is grave concern that Mitt will not be nice.  What’s that saying, it’s better to be lucky than good?

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Hang in there Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 13, 2012 at 2:20pm 2/13/2012 at 2:20pm

Yes, my thoughts exactly:

National Review lost any credibility to chime...

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Remember when no one understood why ABC asked about contraception at the NH Republican debate?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:24am 2/13/2012 at 8:24am

Remember when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception?

Everyone, at least on our side of the aisle, shook their heads in disbelief as to why Stephanopoulos was bringing up the issue.  There was no active...

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Minimalistic Momentumitis

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:31pm 2/11/2012 at 8:31pm

Mitt won the Maine caucuses, Mitt won the Maine caucuses! 39-36 over Ron Paul, with about 5000 people voting!  Not for Mitt, in total.

He also won the CPAC straw poll.  Just like Michele Bachmann won the straw poll in Iowa.  And Herman Cain in Florida.  And just like Mitt did in...

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Santorum surge, or mirage?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:30am 2/11/2012 at 11:30am

PPP polling shows Santorum with a huge surge in support since he won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and non-binding Missouri primary, to the point that he leads nationally with 38 percent, to 23% for Romney, 17% for Newt, and 13% for Ron Paul.

Although a surge of this magnitude is not reflected in numerous...

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CPAC Candidate Speeches

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:09pm 2/10/2012 at 7:09pm

You be the judge, and remember, Newt Judges You.

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Insulting our intelligence appears to be Romney’s campaign strategy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:48am 2/9/2012 at 10:48am

As was documented by Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator, the floor speech Newt gave about Reagan’s “failing” Soviet policy in 1986 was filled with praise for Reagan and the criticisms of the policy raised in the speech were common...

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Can you say “brokered convention”? (Reader poll added)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:30am 2/9/2012 at 8:30am

From Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics:

But for the first time, the two way faceoff doesn’t seem inevitable, and a viable path to a brokered convention is beginning to emerge…

To see it, let’s examine a map of U.S. counties and how they have voted so far. Blue counties...

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