Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Ichabod Or The Decline Of Newt

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Since it looks like Gignrich is in line to make a surge, I think I’ll repost something I wrote about him elsewhere: Let us put aside Gingrich’s marital woes. I want to push back against the idea that Gingrich is, in the present, the “idea factory” for Republicans. Gingrich . . . . Continue Reading »

Rough Draft

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This is what we need on domestic policy.   The most frustrating thing about this year’s GOP presidential field is the knowledge that there are better potential Republican candidates who, for a variety of reasons (family issues, the electoral calendar), aren’t . . . . Continue Reading »

The Reckless And The Feckless

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Ross Douthat really nails it.   Many of our governing elites (personified by Jon Corzine) are, for all of their alleged intelligence and sophistication, engines of destruction.  They don’t know what they can’t control and end up producing chaos.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Watching The Debate

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So I’m watching the Gingrich/Cain debate thing.  I don’t think I’ll make it all the way through.  The Medicare discussion is tough to watch.  Gingrich is doing better, but I’m liking Cain more the more I watch.  Gingrich is trying to dig out from the . . . . Continue Reading »

Grudging Respect

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I’ve been a little negative (okay, very negative) about the GOP presidential field in recent weeks, so I should give credit where it is due.  Good speech by Romney today.  Taken in outline, the spending cuts and entitlement reforms he talks about are probably big enough to avoid . . . . Continue Reading »

Cliff Clavin Cain

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So I saw Cain on the Fox Special Report show yesterday.  I’m going to ignore all the stuff about sexual harassment because I don’t know what is true and I figure it will shake out in the next couple of weeks (or even faster.)  I’m more interested in some of Cain’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Run Bobby Run

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Yeah, I know Jindal has endorsed Perry.  But he just won a crushing reelection in Louisiana.  He has a record as a spending cutter who can maintain core government services.  He know health care policy.  He is conversant on national issues.  He is a competent and energetic . . . . Continue Reading »

Everybody Is A Winner

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  1. Carl is right that we aren’t talking enough about the courts and that a second Obama term would make it very likely that we will have a decisive liberal Supreme Court majority with who-knows-what ability to make future conservative electoral victories fruitless to a large degree. 2. . . . . Continue Reading »