Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Romney In Florida Tonight

From First Thoughts

The speech wasn’t as aggressively awful as his Iowa Caucus night speech, but his reworked stump speech still isn’t much good.  He is trying to run as human placebo.  He needs to kill a couple of lines that he has fallen in love with.  I’m talkinng about lines like: . . . . Continue Reading »

Grading On A Curve

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Dr. Ceaser is right that we should consider the situation when looking at what a particular debating performance tells us about a candidate’s future debating ability.  Herman Cain’s boomlet was built on his debate performances.  A necessary condition of those performances was . . . . Continue Reading »

It Seems

From First Thoughts

that with every debate the questions just seem to get worse and worse.  Zero questions on Medicare.  Who-knows-how-long on moon colonies.  Why should your wife be the best  First Lady?  What job would you give Marco Rubio (it wasn’t phrased that way but . . . )?  . . . . Continue Reading »

Winners And Losers At 8:45

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Winner: Romney.  He is killing Gingrich out there. Loser: Gingrich.  This is a bully beatdown. Loser:  People who want Mitch Daniels to run for President. Winner:  Mitch Daniels.  He gets to live a normal and hopefully happy life not running for President. Loser:  . . . . Continue Reading »

Controlled Aggression

From First Thoughts

Peter Lawler is right that, in this race, the prevent defense is for losers.  Romney needs to go at Gingrich precisely and relentlessly.  If Romney’s attacks are poorly phrased, Gingrich will try to exploit any ambiguity to try to wriggle free.  If Romney’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Wednesday Thoughts Part 2

From First Thoughts

Mitch Daniels gave a very good response to Obama yesterday.  He took the right angles.  There was cutting government by reducing spending on the wealthy rather than raising taxes to fund an unsustainably large state.  He smartly argue that that Republicans were the party of both . . . . Continue Reading »

Wednesday Thoughts Part 1

From First Thoughts

I stick by my contention that Gingrich lost the Monday debate.  Alongside my impressions, I see that: 1.  Gingrich is talking like a loser.  I’ve seen him talk about the debate by a) Whining that the media didn’t let the crowd applaud.  I guess he isn’t such a . . . . Continue Reading »