Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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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 »

Saw The Romney Victory Speech

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It was better delivered than usual.  It had real focus as a defense of free enterprise against its enemies (including some “Republicans”.)  Romney still isn’t there and he isn’t close to getting there.  He needs to explain how his agenda will lead to higher . . . . Continue Reading »

Gingrich And The Media

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 Wow.  The center-right media environment has turned toxic for Gingrich really quick.  Rush Limbaugh and National Review hit him hard on the same say.  I saw some of the 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM FOX News shows and both contained unfavorable references to Gingrich’s Bain Capital . . . . Continue Reading »

Tweet Attack

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Love this Ramesh Ponnuru tweet about Gingrich’s attacks on Bain Capital and Romney “Gingrich’s behavior is frankly so outside the norm for a Republican, only a Kenyan anti-colonial mindset can explain it.”  Sweet. . . . . Continue Reading »