December 2011

New DMR Poll vs. 2008 Iowa Caucus Results

December 31, 2011
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With Santorum passing Paul on the last two of four days of polling, here is where the Des Moines Register poll puts things.

Romney   24%

Paul        22%

Santorum 15%

Gingrich    12%

Perry        11%

Bachmann    7%

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Here are the actual 2008 Caucus Results. If Santorum continues to surge big, as...

Is Mitt Romney Losing His Religion?

December 31, 2011
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This is from an email tip and I want to qualify it very carefully. I have absolutely no issues with Mitt Romney's faith and to the extent some people may, that bothers me. Frankly, I don't think it's as big a deal as some may make it out to be. I...

Get Ready to Hear Nothing About Rick Santorum and Universal Health Services

December 31, 2011
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As opposed to all. 

Get Ready to Hear All About Rick Santorum and Universal Health Services

I actually thought it might be something when I first saw it being circulated because of the way it was played up, so I called someone with Santorum and got a big yawn. Sure enough, it's...

Team Perry Infighting Goes Public

December 31, 2011
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Well, this isn't the kind of story you want to see around your guy right before Iowa. It's unclear what the motivations are for some people to start talking, anonymously, or not. Is it a final bit of internal maneuvering, or CYA crap from rats laying the groundwork to desert a...

Getting To The Romney vs. Perry Battle Conservatives Need

December 30, 2011
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There is a reason why we saw so many attacks on Texas Governor Rick Perry early on, even allowing for his self-inflicted debate wounds. He has always been the only real competition for Mitt Romney. That has not changed. Here is how things stand in Iowa today according to Marist.

23% for...

Resolving Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Alleged Gardisil Issue

December 30, 2011
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A woman from Texas supportive of Texas Governor Rick Perry for President, identified on Twitter as Rhonda Nelson, has been addressing questions about Perry and Gardisil. Apparently, some are still bothered by his approach to implementing the vaccination program. Personally, I'm not and never much was. I asked her to type a single...

Ron Paul: Hitler Okay, But Gaza Is A “Concentration Camp”

December 30, 2011
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It's important to contrast two facts we now know about Ron Paul. One, he reportedly believes that America should not have gone to war to defeat Adolph Hitler in World War II.

Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight...

Paul Rahe: The Soft Despotism Of Mitt Romney And Newt Gingrich

December 29, 2011
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Over at Ricochet, Paul Rahe effectively destroys any argument that either Newt, or Mitt are genuinely conservative thinkers.

If I am right in my fears in this regard, the Tea Party impulse will dissipate; the Republican party will split; the Democrats will return in 2016; and 2012 will be seen in...

I Fell In A Vat Of Chocolate

December 29, 2011
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While doing a Big Government story earlier, I noticed that Anonymous suggested you yell fire if you're being raped during a violent overthrow of the government because more people will come to help.

Occupy-Linked Hacker Group Anonymous Releases Survival Guide For Violent Revolution

In case of rape: Yell “FIRE”, not “help”, as more...

How Team Romney Will Sell Out Conservatives

December 29, 2011
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I have friends backing Romney, Justin Hart being one of them. And I almost hate hitting the guy because I like people like Justin. But my judgment and experience is what it is, I can't deny that. BTW, Coulter is also already shilling for Christie in 8 years. Bombastic as he may be, the NJ Governor is not conservative. Coulter has either lost it, or, well, I don't know what else it could be. She isn't stupid but she sure sounds it these days.

Sean Hannity Confronts Ann Coulter With Her Anti-Romney Comments From Last Year

My gut tells me here's what's going to happen. All these Mitt guys telling us how conservative he is, now, come the general, the first thing we'll be told – and this is entirely predictable – is that he's shifting toward the center for the general election. I get that. Obama ran in the center, so that doesn't bother me too much, though in Romney's case, it presents a unique problem. What he is, is incapable of providing inspirational leadership from the Right. He may well do fine as a moderate. But what happens if he wins?

That's when all these DC types...

Coulter Stands Up To Not Be Counted Upon

December 29, 2011
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Update: Initially this post inadvertantly applied the quoted word "quisling" to Ann Coulter. Per Jen, the word was used to characterize Romney, not...

Conservatives Shouldn’t Abandon Rick Santorum

December 28, 2011
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I've already said I support Perry, so a Santorum rise is problematic in that sense. But I think conservatives turning on Santorum, whatever their reasoning, simply because of one poll is a big mistake. It's the same Santorum Palin, Huckabee and many others have praised, after all.

CNN Poll: Romney on top,...

Iconoclastic Bloggers

December 28, 2011
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An iconoclast needn't be famous, even if many become infamous within this, or that group or sphere.

a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions

Several recent events have caused me to become mindful of how many enemies I've made over my years out here. Frankly, it surprised me, as I don't hold...

Does Powerline’s Endorsement Matter?

December 28, 2011
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Frankly, I doubt few, if any, endorsements matter, let alone from a blog, mine included. But for Powerline to equate "establishment" candidate with "someone who won tough elections and governed successfully" is as nonsensical, as it is insulting to those of us who would prefer a less establishment-aligned candidate. But...

FishBowlDC’s Ignorant, Inaccurate Sexist Attack On Michelle Fields

December 27, 2011
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If one takes the full 58 minutes to watch a substantive and informative Brian Lamb, Michelle Fields interview (at bottom) upon which FishBowlDC's latest hit job on Fields is based, you will find out what a truly despicable hit job it is, lacking in both substance and accuracy. The interview is...

I Bow To The Lord And Rich Lowry’s On The Cross

December 27, 2011
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I can't remember ever reading a takedown of someone, or something, and thinking, damn, I wish I'd researched and written that. And it's not only for finding a 2006 item in which Rich Lowry urged Newt to run for POTUS. No, my friends, it's much more than that.

My hat's off to...

Matt Lewis vs Rich Lowry: NRO For Sale?

December 25, 2011
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I termed NRO National Republicans Online on Dec 2. It's no secret that I've been something of a critic over the years, though I do try to stay within certain limits. I was surprised to see Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller, not only catch up, but actually name names a...

Paul’s Attack On Perry Based Upon Lies, A Pattern For Paul

December 23, 2011
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Rick Perry left the Democrat Party because of politicians like Al Gore. Ron Paul left the GOP because of politicians like Ronald Reagan; however, that's not the story Paul told Iowa voters in a TV spot. In fact, he basically told them the opposite of the truth. One can't...

Ron Paul’s Telling Speech At The John Birch Society’s 50th Anniversary

December 22, 2011
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This is actually rather helpful in coming to understand Ron Paul's politics. It's claimed that the John Birch Society re-entered the political mainstream in 2010. Many people dispute that and objected, some also boycotted CPAC due to JBS's 2010 participation.

The JBS was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference,...

The Aging Of Ann Coulter

December 21, 2011
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Time was, there were huge debates and often heated arguments between bloggers out here over Ann Coulter. It boiled down to, is her style worth it? Does it attract, or turn off potential allies? In that sense, Bill Jacobson has it wrong.

Coulter isn't becoming "a political kamikaze." She's always been...

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