Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Santorum vs. Gingrich

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Santorum:  I beat Gingrich in Iowa and New Hampshire.  Newt is grandiose and unstable. Gingrich:  You know all that stuff from the last thirty two years you liked.  That was me.  Also Kemp and Reagan some. Santourm:  I helped break the House of Reps. bank . . . . Continue Reading »

Whoa

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Santorum lays into Gingrich and Romney but good on health care policy.  He finally articulated an almost comprehensive indictment of Romneycare and hit Gingrich carefully and powerfully on supporting mandates in the recent past. Gingrich’s response was:  Look how arrogant I . . . . Continue Reading »

First Round

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In the debate, Romney leads with: I love my many children and my one wife. Gingrich:  How dare the evil news media start a presidential debate asking me about the national story about my second ex-wife telling a plausible story that I asked her for an open marriage.  I am so angry, . . . . Continue Reading »

Pre-Debate Thoughts

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1.  I don’t think the ABC story on Gingrich’s second ex-wife hurts him.  No one on Earth is voting for Gingrich because they think he is a good husband (with the possible exception of the most recent Mrs. Gingrich.) 2.  Gingrich’s current line is that people . . . . Continue Reading »

Late Debate Thoughts

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I finally have a chance to talk about the last ninety minutes of the debate, 1.  What the heck is with Juan Williams?  There is no upside whatsoever in calling out Gingrich on his food stamp President/go-to-the NAACP- and-tell-them-to-demand-jobs-not-food-stamps comments.  Gingrich . . . . Continue Reading »

As The Debate Continues

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So far I’m pretty horrified.  The low point was when Santorum asked Romney if Romney believed that felons who had completed their sentence should be allowed to vote.  Romney froze and tried to change the subject since apparently Romney didn’t know what he was supposed to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Authentic Romney?

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Peter Lawler is right that Romney’s speech yesterday was vacuous, but no doubt it was that way on purpose.  It was a bit wittier and more coherent than his speech the night of the Iowa Caucuses even though it was just a string of “hurrah free market, boo big government, ain’t . . . . Continue Reading »