Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Chris Christie Studies: Tough To See

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I prefer not to overreact to jobs reports, but today’s unemployment and job creation news has Obama looking weaker than ever.  This would be a good time for a Republican who has shown the ability to win over Democratic-leaning voters, take on the spending interests, and produce a . . . . Continue Reading »

Romney Doomed?

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Jonathan Last argues that Romney is in huge trouble because he is a mediocre-to-lousy campaigner with no real support base and no real principles.  I think Last very slightly overstates his case.  Romney’s campaign for the governorship in 2002 was pretty good.  On, the other . . . . Continue Reading »

Perry Studies: The Bachmann Attack

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So I’ve been thinking about John’s suggestion that Bachmann attack Perry on the conservative authenticity thing.  So let’s take the issues of the Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Enterprise Fund etc. and the HPV vaccine thing.  Her attacks could look something like this: . . . . Continue Reading »

Perry Studies: The Anti-Pawlenty

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The first round of Perry vetting hasn’t laid a glove on Perry’s appeal to right-of-center voters.  According to Public Policy Polling, Perry is in an incredibly strong position.  He is the plurality first choice for GOP voters in a three way race against Bachmann and . . . . Continue Reading »


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While the Ryan people were announcing that he wasn’t running for President (sigh), I was out watching FRIGHTNIGHT.  Very enjoyable vampire movie that does a smart job of incorporating some of the anxieties of the Great Recession.  That is tougher to do than it sounds.  The . . . . Continue Reading »