Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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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 »

It Begins

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According to Public Policy Polling, Ron Paul is now within a point of Gingrich in Iowa and Gingrich’s support has shrunk from27% to 22% in the last week.  What is even more ominous is that Gingrich is losing support with Tea Party-affiliated voters.  The poll also shows that . . . . Continue Reading »

Please Listen To Me!

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I’m talking to Romney, Santorum, Bachmann and Paul.  The Freddie Mac digs seem to be getting under Gingrich’s skin.  He said he would return all of his Freddie Mac money if Romney returned all of his Bain Capital money (what with all the layoffs and all.)  Big tactical . . . . Continue Reading »

Rising And Falling

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Some quick thoughts, 1.  The volume of fire aimed at Gingrich has been increasing slowly up to this week.  Now the paid media attacks and the criticism from the other candidates has increased substantially.  There are still three weeks for everyone in Iowa to hear everything that has . . . . Continue Reading »