GOP Presidential Race 2012

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Featured image I watched the GOP presidential candidates’ debate in Jacksonville. The debate was broadcast on CNN — CNN has posted the full transcript of the debate — and moderated by Wolf Blitzer, who proved to be a formidable antagonist for Newt. When Newt came at Blitzer on a question that put Newt on the defensive, Blitzer held his ground and shot back. It may have been the defining moment of the »

On Gingrich and grandiosity

Featured image A long-time reader writes to look back at last week’s GOP debate in Charleston: To date, the most decisive moment of the lengthy Republican presidential debating season occurred when Newt Gingrich launched his tirade against CNN’s John King for raising the subject of Gingrich’s second marriage. But in my view, that moment was theatre, and revealed little. For me, the most revealing moment occurred in the same debate when Rick »

Quoting Steven Hayward

Featured image Matt Drudge and others have been digging up instances over the years when Newt Gingrich has criticized Ronald Reagan. (Nowadays, of course, Newt takes credit for pretty much everything the Reagan administration accomplished.) Pete Wehner has unearthed another one, that was recorded by our own Steven Hayward. I wonder whether Steve forgot about it: One Gingrich quote is particularly revealing and hasn’t, to my knowledge, yet been highlighted. But in »

Newt, We Knew Ye Too Damn Well!

Featured image There are signs that the Newt Gingrich bubble may be bursting. Let’s hope so: the walk down the memory lane of the 1980s and 1990s, not to mention Newt’s current transgressions, is getting hard to take. Let’s just survey today’s news: * R. Emmett Tyrell, who was there and remembers, labeled Gingrich “conservatism’s Bill Clinton, but without the charm.” * Marco Rubio denounced a Gingrich Spanish-language ad in Florida that »

Formerly known as “dirty tricks”

Featured image Earlier this week we drew attention to AFSCME’s Newtron bomb — AFSCME’s megabucks Florida advertising campaign attacking Mitt Romney in order to give Newt Gingrich a boost in the Florida primary. Hugh Hewitt now draws attention the the Orlando Sentinel story drawing the larger picture: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has an unlikely ally this week in his Florida primary battle against Mitt Romney: the Democratic National Committee. The Democrats »

AFSCME’s Newtron bomb

Featured image Hugh Hewitt draws attention to the astounding news that the AFSCME arm of the AFL-CIO has bought $800,000 worth of television time to run this ad attacking Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain. (Hugh credits Conn Carroll for the inside dope.) AFSCME’s ad gives voice to some of the same sort of high-minded concerns about Romney’s work at Bain that Newt has voiced. The ad will run throughout the state of »

Does Newt Own a Beet Farm?

Featured image When a photo of Newt Gingrich as a young college professor hit the internet a week or two ago, my wife was stunned, because he looked almost exactly like a certain TV star. She wasn’t the only one who noticed the resemblance. All American Blogger notes the affinity between Newt and Dwight K. Schrute of The Office: Separated at birth, indeed! »

Trouble in Potomac City

Featured image I couldn’t help it.  With apologies to Meredith Wilson and The Music Man, herewith an update of “Trouble in River City”: Prof. Harold Charles Hill: Well, either you are closing your eyes to a situation which you do not wish to acknowledge, Or you are unaware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a Gingrich in your political party; Well, ya got trouble my friend, I say, »

Nattering nabobs of Newtism

Featured image Newt Gingrich’s stunning victory in the South Carolina primary last night suggests that Newt owes a major debt to Juan Williams of Fox News, Brian Ross of ABC, and John King of CNN, without whom…the result would not have been so astounding. I’m thinking that these liberal media figures are, inadvertently, the nattering nabobs of Newtism. The result exposes the weakness at the heart of the Romney campaign: Mitt’s weakness »

Congratulations, Newt

Featured image Newt Gingrich won big tonight in South Carolina, about as big as Mitt Romney did in New Hampshire. To some extent that reflects the differences between those states, but also, certainly, it is the result of momentum flowing in Newt’s direction as a result of the South Carolina debates and, somewhat weirdly, the ABC interview with his ex-wife. This afternoon I was at a shooting range, and the guy working »


Featured image What is it about this primary season that causes Republicans to go around the bend? The current beneficiary of the “anyone but Romney” mania is Newt Gingrich, who may actually win the South Carolina primary tomorrow. I find that astonishing. Gingrich has been mostly out of the public view since he retired from Congress 13 years ago. The most surprising feature of this endlessly surprising political year is that, at »

Newt, the Debater

Featured image A long-time reader adds his thoughts to Steve Hayward’s “worries” about how Newt Gingrich would fare in debates against Barack Obama: In thinking about a Gingrich-Obama debate, it’s helpful to consider why Gingrich has done so well in his debates against the Republican presidential field. One key to Gingrich’s success is his bashing of MSM questioners. For example, without Gingrich’s response to John King regarding the Speaker’s second marriage, I »

A baker’s dozen obervations

Featured image I watched the whole thing live from Charleston on CNN last night. Herewith a few observations, inspired by Jonah Goldberg’s even dozen: 1. John King asked each of the four candidates to introduce himself. I wish someone — Newt? — had declined to perform as requested. Instead, everyone but Newt took the occasion to emphasize his stable married life by contrast with a mysterious someone who went unmentioned. I thought »


Featured image Just when you think, as I did for the last couple weeks, that the GOP nomination contest was effectively over, along come events that shake things up and make you think that maybe, just maybe, Romney may yet be derailed.  Who would have thought, two or three months ago, that Perry and Cain would be gone by now, but that Rick Santorum would still be standing and in the hunt, »

Thoughts On Tonight’s Debate

Featured image I watched tonight’s South Carolina debate, having skipped the last several such events. It was exceptionally interesting. There is much one might say, but two observations stand out. First, all four participants did very well. Starting in the 1980s or 1990s, voters began, for some reason, to value above all else the skills that are on display in “debates.” So it probably isn’t surprising that the four survivors of the »

Jonny, We Hardly Knew Ye

Featured image News reports indicate that Jon Huntsman will drop out of the GOP presidential race tomorrow. No shock there, although the timing is a bit curious, with South Carolina’s primary on Tuesday. [UPDATE: A reader says that South Carolina’s primary is on Saturday.] Evidently Huntsman wasn’t happy with his campaign’s internal polling. Huntsman was one of the oddities of this year’s primary season. When his campaign proudly trumpeted his endorsement by »

What Really Happened In Gaffney?

Featured image The Left is carrying out a coordinated attack on Mitt Romney’s business career. One sees exactly the same allegations, often phrased identically, whether you look at the Daily Kos, the Associated Press, Slate or Think Progress, or listen to Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry. The centerpiece of the Left’s attack has been Bain’s involvement with two companies that merged to become Holson Burnes Group, Inc. Holson made photo albums, and »