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Is Newt Too Confident?

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In his interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper, Newt Gingrich declared, “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.” Actually, it’s not that hard. More … 

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Jonathan Chait of New York magazine writes: It is not that Republicans won’’t vote for Romney. It’’s that Romney does not capture their fundamental attitude toward Obama. He can adopt the positions of the base, but he can’’t seem to ape their feeling of fear and outrage toward the current president. Gingrich may lack money and…

On Herman Cain’s Shallow and Contradictory Claims

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In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan (which Alana wrote on earlier this week), GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke out on two contentious social issues–homosexuality and abortion. Let’s deal with each in turn. On homosexuality, Cain claimed that it is a “choice.” If there are any other factors that go into determining one’s sexual orientation, Cain didn’t name them. More ……

On Rick Perry … And Burning Bushes

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While campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, Anita Perry said, “We are being brutalized by our opponents  and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith. He’s the only true conservative — well, there are some conservatives, and they’re there for good reasons. And they…

Watching Obama Morph Into Nixon

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By Peter Wehner, Commentary A few months ago, I had dinner with a journalist who knows President Obama somewhat well and admires him in several respects. He told me something that didn’t particularly surprise me – but which was useful to have confirmed. This person’ said Obama is enormously thin-skinned, he remembers and keeps track of…

Compromise and the Constitution

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Today is the 224th anniversary of when the delegates to the Federal Conventionvoted to approve a new Constitution. One of the encouraging things we’re witnessing in our time is a renewed interest in the Constitution, most especially among Tea Party activists, many of whom consider themselves to be “Constitutional Conservatives.” More …  

A Nice Political Moment

This video of Speaker Boehner and Vice President Biden is, as a friend of mine pointed out, kind of charming –two old-fashioned politicians caught on an open microphone unaware, talking about golf and enjoying each other’s company prior to the president’s speech to a joint session of Congress. They showed good humor and what seems to […]

Barack Obama’s Wings of Wax

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Presidencies can go through various stages in terms of their effect on the opposition – from eliciting respect and some amount of fear, to provoking anger, to becoming the object of ridicule. Barack Obama has reached the third stage. More …