Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Debate Thoughts

From First Thoughts

So the debate started an hour later than I thought so I was able to watch it: 1.  Gingrich just schooled Romney in their first clash.  Total Gingrich win.  Romney would do better to get it into his head that the salient difference between him and Gingrich has nothing to do with which . . . . Continue Reading »

High Stakes

From First Thoughts

 It is a Saturday, but big debate tonight. Gingrich has to decisively win his clashes in order to maintain his debater invincibility cred. If he loses that he is just another guy who used to be for cap-and-trade and a federal health insurance purchase mandate. It isn’t impossible that . . . . Continue Reading »

Very Quick Thoughts

From First Thoughts

1.  On Jon Huntsman:  If Ramesh Ponnuru is right and that Huntsman’s tax plan adds up to a tax increase on middle-class families with children then I think his candidacy is fatally flawed.  I just don’t see how you sell middle-class tax increase + high earner tax cut . . . . Continue Reading »

Repetitive Thoughts

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1.  Unlike Peter, I don’t think that Gingrich’s flip-flops and sell outs have been fully priced in by Republican primary voters.  Don’t get me wrong.  Many voters are very sympathetic to Gingrich and like what he has said (and especially his style) in debates.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Open Field

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I’m wondering if the Republican field is actually a lot more open than most people think.  I don’t think Gingrich’s numbers last and he has very large numbers.  Gingrich is, at the moment, pulling from both those Republicans who value authenticity and those who value . . . . Continue Reading »

Gingrich And His Weaknesses

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Gingrich is polling at 50% in Florida.  He is more than doubling Romney’s support in the Rasmussen poll. Peter asks below if there is enough time to stop Gingrich.  If we were talking on Christmas Day, I’d say no.  But it is December 1st and I’ll be very, very . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Can Newt Be Stopped

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I think the answer is very, very, likely yes and before the Iowa Caucuses (not that he’ll drop out, just that he will have substantially lower support than now.)  There was this time during the Cain boom when he had just spent the section of a debate dealing with criticism of 9-9-9 by . . . . Continue Reading »