Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Ryan Studies: A Qualified Yes

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I think Allahpundit overstates the case against a Paul Ryan presidential campaign.  Whatever else Ryan might be, he wouldn’t be another Tim Pawlenty (or at least not the phony, weaselly, cynical Pawlenty who ran this time around.)  Allahpundit is right that it is tough to see a Ryan . . . . Continue Reading »

Ryan For President: Con And Pro

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Talk of Paul Ryan maybe running for President seems to be all over Fox News today.  Here are my thoughts: Con: 1. Ryan’s original Roadmap proposal has huge political problems on the taxation side.  He seems to have proposed a middle-class tax increase with sharp tax cuts for . . . . Continue Reading »

Minnesota Studies: Nobody Is Nice

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Ah, Tim Pawlenty.  He was a governor who, facing divided government and a Democratic-leaning electorate, managed to produce a more or less sustainable budget (overwhelmingly through spending cuts) while maintaining core government services.  That sounds like pretty good preparation for . . . . Continue Reading »

Bachmann Studies: Cynic Schools

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Too bad it is being buried in a Ta-Nehisi Coates comment thread (and Coates is very much worth reading himself), but this blog comment by Yoni Appelbaum (who writes as Cynic) is a brilliant critique of a certain kind of smug and shallow Bachmann-despising journalism.  Here is a taste: . . . . Continue Reading »

Film Studies: Captain America

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Saw it last week and I’m still not entirely sure what I think.  It was a very enjoyable action movie.  It was also unambiguously pro-American, though as Alyssa Rosenberg pointed out it, had trouble incorporating the WWII-era Army’s racial segregation in a satisfying . . . . Continue Reading »