Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Watching The Debate

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So I’m watching the Gingrich/Cain debate thing.  I don’t think I’ll make it all the way through.  The Medicare discussion is tough to watch.  Gingrich is doing better, but I’m liking Cain more the more I watch.  Gingrich is trying to dig out from the . . . . Continue Reading »

Grudging Respect

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I’ve been a little negative (okay, very negative) about the GOP presidential field in recent weeks, so I should give credit where it is due.  Good speech by Romney today.  Taken in outline, the spending cuts and entitlement reforms he talks about are probably big enough to avoid . . . . Continue Reading »

Cliff Clavin Cain

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So I saw Cain on the Fox Special Report show yesterday.  I’m going to ignore all the stuff about sexual harassment because I don’t know what is true and I figure it will shake out in the next couple of weeks (or even faster.)  I’m more interested in some of Cain’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Run Bobby Run

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Yeah, I know Jindal has endorsed Perry.  But he just won a crushing reelection in Louisiana.  He has a record as a spending cutter who can maintain core government services.  He know health care policy.  He is conversant on national issues.  He is a competent and energetic . . . . Continue Reading »

Everybody Is A Winner

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  1. Carl is right that we aren’t talking enough about the courts and that a second Obama term would make it very likely that we will have a decisive liberal Supreme Court majority with who-knows-what ability to make future conservative electoral victories fruitless to a large degree. 2. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Radical And The Blowhard

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So Ron Paul has released his plan to cut one trillion from the budget and balance the budget in three years.  Well, I don’t like it.  Here is a nonexhaustive list of reasons why, 1.  Ron Paul cuts 2013 Medicaid spending to a level 30% lower than the Ryan  budget (and . . . . Continue Reading »

A Little Romney

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I was gonna do longish post about Ron Paul and Herman Cain, but I don’t have the energy today, so a few thoughts about Romney on Tuesday, Romney really prepares for debates.  He and his staff try to anticipate questions and his answers are sharp and hard.  Just listen to him talk . . . . Continue Reading »

Very, Very Quick thoughts

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 More on Thursday, 1. Romney beat down Perry every time they clashed. But Romney’s evident dislike of, and contempt for, Perry was unattractive (I think.) Romney came out on top despite fierce criticism - though he got some dings. He isn’t my guy. My guys aren’t running, but . . . . Continue Reading »