Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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The Authentic Romney?

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Peter Lawler is right that Romney’s speech yesterday was vacuous, but no doubt it was that way on purpose.  It was a bit wittier and more coherent than his speech the night of the Iowa Caucuses even though it was just a string of “hurrah free market, boo big government, ain’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Saw The Romney Victory Speech

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It was better delivered than usual.  It had real focus as a defense of free enterprise against its enemies (including some “Republicans”.)  Romney still isn’t there and he isn’t close to getting there.  He needs to explain how his agenda will lead to higher . . . . Continue Reading »

Gingrich And The Media

From First Thoughts

 Wow.  The center-right media environment has turned toxic for Gingrich really quick.  Rush Limbaugh and National Review hit him hard on the same say.  I saw some of the 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM FOX News shows and both contained unfavorable references to Gingrich’s Bain Capital . . . . Continue Reading »

Tweet Attack

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Love this Ramesh Ponnuru tweet about Gingrich’s attacks on Bain Capital and Romney “Gingrich’s behavior is frankly so outside the norm for a Republican, only a Kenyan anti-colonial mindset can explain it.”  Sweet. . . . . Continue Reading »

Gingrich Comeback?

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I really hope Peter is right that I’m wrong about Gingrich’s chances for a comeback.  But . . . Gingrich had a mostly attractive performance on Saturday (especially when he went after the moderators - who deserved his scorn this time), and he nailed Romney on Sunday.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Romney And Electability

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I missed this morning’s debate which is too bad because I guess there were some fireworks.  I ended up seeing the first ten minutes or so on YouTube and Santorum and especially Gingrich went after Romney’s supposed electability on the grounds that he wasn’t willing to run for . . . . Continue Reading »

Trying To Be Objective

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1.  Is it just me, or are the debates hosted by ABC more annoying and worthless than those hosted by most other news outlets?  Though the CNBC debate was pretty bad too. 2.  Romney on Griswold vs. Connecticut:  I never saw any of the the National Lampoon’s Vacation . . . . Continue Reading »