Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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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 »

Debate Thoughts

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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

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 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

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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 »