2012 Republican Primaries  (Page 4)

Pre-debate irreparable split

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 4:23pm 1/26/2012 at 4:23pm

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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Drudge versus history

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:31am 1/26/2012 at 9:31am

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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Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Rick Santorum’s campaign?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:50pm 1/25/2012 at 5:50pm

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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Romney’s claims about Newt’s ethics charge are false and misleading

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9:49am 1/25/2012 at 9:49am

Mitt Romney’s key debate line of late is that Newt resigned in disgrace over ethics charges. It’s even featured in the most recent Romney advertisement (not his SuperPAC) running in Florida.

I posted links...

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The Great Panic of 2012

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 3:01pm 1/24/2012 at 3:01pm

Did you hear what Andrea Mitchell said last night after the debate?  I did, and so did David Limbaugh.

If true, abject panic is just below the surface:

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What if everything we have been told about Mitt Romney’s electability is wrong, Part 4

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:48am 1/24/2012 at 10:48am

This is latest in a series debunking the primary justification for Mitt Romney’s nomination, electability versus Barack Obama.  (See Parts One, Two and Three)

Conn Carroll, at The Washington Examiner, used favorability ratings for a headline column, America Hates Newt, which generated a lot of attention and fed into a narrative pushed by...

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Fred Thompson endorses Newt

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:30am 1/24/2012 at 8:30am

This to be helpful to Newt not so much because it will change a particular vote, but because it adds to a helpful narrative for Newt and pushes back against the “erratic” meme being pushed by Romney and Santorum.

Video h/t ElectAd:

 
 
 

Pre-Ican’tbelievethere’sanotherdebate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 23, 2012 at 3:35pm 1/23/2012 at 3:35pm

Yessir, there is tonight:

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People who destroy hard drives shouldn’t demand records from others

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11:30am 1/23/2012 at 11:30am

Why is he doing this? Is his campaign really that incompetent?

Having successfully shut down scrutiny in the primaries (but not the general election) of his Bain record with unfounded cries of “Newt’s attacking capitalism and free markets,” Romney is back to what started it all, t...

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Mitt Romney sides with Nancy Pelosi

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:42am 1/23/2012 at 9:42am

Mitt Romney’s campaign is in trouble.  The trouble is not just the South Carolina vote count.  Romney’s internal polling almost certainly also showed that he was behind in Florida, as public polling released today reflects.

More worrisome for Romney is a growing chorus of doubters within the Republican establishment and conservative media who...

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Fearmongers for Romney

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 10:26am 1/22/2012 at 10:26am

It’s really no surprise. As Mitt Romney has faltered from inevitability to modest favorite, a chorus of pro-Romney voices in the media and Republican Party is insisting that if Newt is the nominee, we not only lose the presidency we also lose the House and fail to take back the Senate.

It’s...

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Should Rick Santorum drop out before Florida primary? (Reader poll)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:30am 1/22/2012 at 8:30am

Here were the final results in South Carolina:  Gingrich 40.4, Romney 27.8, Santorum, 17, Paul 13.

Drop Out Argument:  On what basis does Santorum continue?  His Iowa momentum never lasted beyond Iowa.  South Carolina, with a large evangelical vote whose leadership endorsed him, was Santorum’s best chance, and he could only muster...

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South Carolina Primary Results

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:30pm 1/21/2012 at 6:30pm

% Reporting: 99
Gingrich: 40.4
Romney: 27.9
Santorum: 17
Paul: 13

Live results pages:  SC Election Comm., Politico, Google, Associated Press.

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Videos of speeches at ElectAd.

Fox News confirms that Jeb Bush now plans to “stay neutral”  — of coures, he may jump in at convention if things fall apart and if not, isn’t going to risk a Nikki...

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“I find this gesture from the Romney campaign to make them look very junior high”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 4:32pm 1/21/2012 at 4:32pm

That’s Greta’s commentary on Mitt Romney’s campaign announcing it would 

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Rick Santorum failed the debate character test

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 20, 2012 at 1:46pm 1/20/2012 at 1:46pm

Rick Santorum disqualified himself last night at the debate by his response to John King’s question to Newt about the ABC News interview with Newt’s ex-wife.

The issue was more than just another issue, whether it was the Newt-Freddie consulting, Romney’s tax returns, or Santorum’s election loss in PA.  The ABC assault on...

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Charleston Debate – Newt took 1st question about ex-wife, wrapped question around John King’s neck, and tightened

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9:10pm 1/19/2012 at 9:10pm

John King started the night with a question about Newt’s ex-wife’s interview in which she alleged Newt sought an “open marriage.” Newt answered the question eventually with a denial, but used the oppoturnity to give King a smackdown which will be remembered for a long time.

It was classic Newt, and will...

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Charleston South Carolina Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:57pm 1/19/2012 at 7:57pm

Endgame assessment: Newt stole the buzz with the opening smackdown of John King over the issue of his ex-wife. After that Santorum was very aggressive, going after both Romney and Newt time and again; people either will like it or hate it. After a while he became grating. Romney has a...

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