Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Fantasy Politics In An Age Of Austerity

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I was reading Ross Douthat this week and this observation struck me with some force, He wrote, “Policy innovation always creates losers as well as winners and earns adversaries as well as supporters. But policy innovation in an age of austerity tends to be politically perilous, because the . . . . Continue Reading »

Credit Where Due

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I think Gingrich had a better answer on immigration policy than Romney.  But better isn’t necessarily politically prudent.  The line on Gingrich is now going to be that he is for amnesty.  Not just that.  He is going to be the pro-federal health insurance purchase . . . . Continue Reading »

Very Quick PATRIOT Act Thought

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The Gingrich/Paul exchange on the PATRIOT Act was entertaining and all, but did any one notice any particular policy issue in dispute?  One guy was talking about the PATRIOT Act helping prevent the destruction of a city and the other guy was talking about it violating our rights.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Ron Paul Is Looking Better

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or the soft bigotry of low expectations, 1.  One of the themes of this Republican presidential race is the tension between electability/competence on one hand and conservative authenticity on the other.  Romney has been winning the competence/electability sweepstakes all year (minus a . . . . Continue Reading »

Historian And Consultant

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So when, at the last debate, Gingrich was asked why he got paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac, he said he offered them “advice as a historian.”  I’m guessing that the most innocent plausible scenario is that the advice went "something like this" Today it turns out that . . . . Continue Reading »

Losing Persuadables

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Since the 2008 election, Henry Olsen has been one of the most astute observers of electoral trends.  Olsen made the point that if Republicans do not substantially improve their share of the votes among nonwhites, they are going to have to win landslides among white voters.  As far as . . . . Continue Reading »

Memory And Ignorance Part II

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I was going to write something longish about the excellent Henry Olsen, but I’m kind of tired and it would take more mental energy than I have at the moment.  So I’ll go back to shooting fish in a barrel. Herman Cain has had a tough day.  His answer  on Libya was . . . . Continue Reading »

Hey!

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That was pretty good debate yesterday.  I could nitpick (how much do you all think a war with Iran might cost -in American lives and American money - if you launch an attack on that country’s nuclear facilities?), but I won’t.  Good for them (even Ron Paul.)  It was . . . . Continue Reading »