Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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A Couple Of Quick Thoughts

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1.  So I was talking to a friend of mine about Romney’s inability to connect with conservative audiences.  I don’t know how someone can run for office for so long and yet be be so bad at imagining the mental universe of his target constituency as to believe that they would . . . . Continue Reading »

Steady On

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Reihan Salam is one of my favorite policy writers and he had some interesting thoughts about how the issue of gay marriage impacts Rick Santorum’s chances to win the general election.  This caught me a little short:  But the notion that opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in . . . . Continue Reading »

The Limits Of Santorum

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I really like the guy but the skeptical comments regarding Santorum by Bryan, Sara, Stephen P,  and Peter Lawler deserve attention.  Take the whole women in combat thing.   His point about group dynamics isn’t crazy, but he is just off.  He just isn’t quick enough or . . . . Continue Reading »

Santorum Skepticism

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Henry Olsen is one of my favorite writers.  He explains the problem with Santorum’s strategy to win over white (and not only white) working-class voters.  Olsen just nails it and every right-of-center politician with national ambitions should read the article.  I . . . . Continue Reading »

Not So Bad In The End

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I’ve spent a lot of the Republican nominating race complaining about the various demagogues and/or con artists like Trump, Cain, Bachmann, and Gingrich who, at one time or another either led the polls or were the main alternative to Romney. As Ross Douthat pointed out last month,  . . . . Continue Reading »

Very Quickly On Last Night

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1.  I think Peter and Rich Lowry over at NRO said a lot.  2.  One huge advantage that Santorum will have over Gingrich is that conservative journalists won’t turn on Santorum the way they did on Gingrich (unless Santorum really melts down or something).  Santorum . . . . Continue Reading »

A Partial Case For Mitch Daniels

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The main economic challenges facing conservatives in the next ten years are bringing down federal spending so that we can have a sustainable budget without large, economy damaging tax increases and reforming health care policy so that we get more quality health care for the dollars we . . . . Continue Reading »

Involvement Issues

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Over at Big Think, Peter Lawler writes that: Another reason for the low turnout is the bizarrely huge number of debates that have absurdly lengthened the campaign. Robert says that those who Republicans who long for a candidate worthy of their deep devotion—such as Jindal or Christie or . . . . Continue Reading »