Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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On Perry And The Rest

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Perry - Perry is having a tough time, but he is still in the driver’s seat.  We just don’t know if he can drive a national cammpaign yet.  Perry has taken an ungodly amount of criticism from the other candidates.  He has stumbled in the early debates.  He is still . . . . Continue Reading »

Cain/Gingrich: 20NEVER

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There was this point where it became obvious just how little Rick Perry thought of the electoral chances of Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.  During the last debate, Perry was asked which one of the other candidates on the stage he would prefer to be his running mate.  Surrounded by several . . . . Continue Reading »

OMG

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Chris Christie’s Reagan Library speech reads awesome .  I especially like how he uses the rhetoric of American exceptionalism not for purposes of back patting, but as a call to truth, humility for what we have been given, humility about our unpleasant current circumstances, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Selfishness

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Well it looks like Chris Christie might be thinking about getting into the presidential race.   Well, I hope he jumps in, but it occurs to that might be because I’m selfish.  If I cared a lot about Christie personally, I’d say that his chances of getting nominated and elected . . . . Continue Reading »

The Romney And The Hares

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So Herman Cain thumped Rick Perry in the Florida straw poll where they both competed.  This has been such a weird early period in the Republican nomination contest.  You’ve had a handful of Republican candidates surging an then falling back.  Cain surged after the first . . . . Continue Reading »

Debate Thoughts

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1.  Romney is getting away with murder on his answers distinguishing Obamacare from Romneycare.  Romney’s biggest advantage is that the other candidates don’t really make arguments about Obamacare.  They just strike poses about how much they hate it, how fast . . . . Continue Reading »

Pre-Debate Thoughts

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1.  I’m not staying up until 11:00 PM.  I’ll watch a recording tomorrow and get back to you. 2.  Comparisons of Rick Perry to Ronald Reagan along the dimension of electability are problematic.  The electoral prudence case against Rick Perry (which doesn’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Tha Bachmann Slide

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Bachmann’s support  is collapsing in the latest national poll.  She is well behind not only Romney and Perry but even below Ron Paul.  She is in fact down there with no hopers Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.  This is great news for Rick Perry.  His nightmare . . . . Continue Reading »

Ambivalent Thoughts About Rick Perry

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1.  Reihan Salam has some thoughts (and stats) about “”persuadable switchers” (voters who voted Obama in 2008 and Republican in 2010.)  Long story short: these voters think of themselves as to the right of the President, but are strongly for some kind of federal old . . . . Continue Reading »