Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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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 »

It Begins (Maybe)

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A new poll shows Santorum in third place in Iowa.  Sure it is just one poll,  but like Rich Lowry says, the strongest argument against Santorum for people who want to like him has been that he had no chance.  When he looks like he is doing better, people will give themselves . . . . Continue Reading »

Iowa Thoughts

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1.  According to PPP, Romney and Paul are leading with a four car pile up for third place.  Gingrich is closer to finishing sixth than first.  The internal numbers are really bad for Gingrich.  A lot more people dislike him than like him. 2.  Any finish where Romney and . . . . Continue Reading »

The Bigger Problem

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On one level, I think Paul deserves all of the newsletter-related grief he is getting.  The most plausible charitable explanation is that Paul and his associates looked at the most slanderous, incendiary, things liberals said about Republicans winning elections based on appeals to bigotry and . . . . Continue Reading »

Homework

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I think that Peter Lawler’s thoughts about how conservatives should deal with Ron Paul (and more specifically with the phenomenon of Ron Paul’s support) are deeply interesting and important.  They touch on how conservative need to deal with people in general who . . . . Continue Reading »

Thoughts On Peter Lawler’s Thoughts

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1.  The current primary-dominated system for selecting presidential candidates has its flaws, but I don’t see us going back to a system in which a conclave of party leaders choose the nominee.  A party leader-dominated process like the convention would have spared us some of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Very Quick Thought

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I’m tired so I’ll keep it quick.  I was listening to Ed Rollins predict that Ron Paul will win Iowa.  Since Rollins ran the campaign of the last Republican to win the Iowa Caucuses I’m not inclined to disagree.  But . . . the right-of-center media environment has . . . . Continue Reading »

How Gingrich Might Come Back

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Like Peter says below, Gingrich’s support is falling fast.  PPP now has him at third and he is closer to being in sixth place than first.  According to Insider Advantage, Gingrich has fallen to fourth behind Rick Perry, but that poll hasn’t gotten much play so maybe there is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Debate Thoughts

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Sorry I’m late getting to it, but work and family . . . 1.  Gingrich’s response on Freddie Mac was weak.  That thing about how he only worked with people who shared his values is begging to be made into an ad.  Just the same, the other candidates left points on the floor . . . . Continue Reading »