Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Watching Santorum

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So my two year old daughter and I watched most of a Santorum town hall event from New Hampshire (start them early I say.)  1.  He actually talks to people.  I’m sure he falls back on some pat phrases, but there is a sense that he is actually talking to his questioner. 2.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Unhappy Thoughts

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1.  We’re probably doomed.  Well, not doomed, just looking at some tough probabilities.  If the latest employment report sets the pattern for the economy going into the next ten months (or even somewhat less), it would take a good Republican candidate running a good campaign to . . . . Continue Reading »

Grumpy Thoughts

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1.  I’m not sure it is good policy, but Santorum’s policy of no corporate income taxes on manufacturers, might do him some good when added to the stuff about his biography, etc.  He might be able to rally a constituency for working class-oriented, right-leaning industrial . . . . Continue Reading »

And In Conclusion

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Heck, I dunno.  There are more potential storylines that can come out of the order of Iowa finishes than I can keep track of.  Stories like do Perry or Gingrich finish fourth?  I don’t have the energy to keep up with most of them.  So I’m going to focus on whether . . . . Continue Reading »

At The Speed Of Thought

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1.  I don’t think Santorum will be complaining about not getting enough questions at the next debate. 2.  So does Bachmann drop out this week?  It looks like she will be lucky to finish fifth.  The Iowa Republican Caucuses are about the friendliest electorate that she can . . . . Continue Reading »

New Year’s Thoughts

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between putting the baby to bed and watching the Twilight Zone marathon: 1.  I saw Romney’s stump speech on television.  It is pretty obviously a response to Obama’s Osawatomie speech on inequality by talking about opportunity etc..  I thought Romney’s speech needed . . . . Continue Reading »

Quick Thoughts

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1.  I don’t want this to be true, but, from watching several of Gingrich’s appearances (on television) over the last several days, Gingrich seems to have found a groove on the stump.  I don’t like him, but I still found him likeable.  I’m not sure it . . . . Continue Reading »

Skeptical Santorum Thoughts

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1.  Well that was quick.  Perry is already putting out a hit on Santorum as a congressional porker.  At this point, Perry probably needs to finish ahead of Santorum in Iowa or he becomes a well funded spoiler candidate (and one that helps Romney to boot.) 2.  So I went over to . . . . Continue Reading »

Thoughts On Santorum And Paul

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1.  It is tough to see Santorum going all the way. I’m not sure how he wins New Hampshire no matter how well he does in Iowa (short of a some kind of personal Romney “heaaaahhh” meltdown.) So that makes South Carolina huge if (IF) Santorum does well in Iowa. He also would have . . . . Continue Reading »