GOP Presidential Race 2012

A Big Night For Mitt Romney

Featured image Mitt Romney won easily in Arizona today, and various sources are calling Michigan for him as well. From my own review of the voting in Michigan, which is reported here, it seems that Romney’s lead should increase through the evening, as he is winning big in the heavily populated counties around Detroit. This despite the fact that, according to exit polls, around 10% of the voters in the GOP primary »

I’m OK–You’re OK

Featured image John’s support of Mitt Romney is implicit in his comments on Rick Santorum, as it was in his comments on Newt Gingrich. John thinks that Romney presents Republicans with the best chance of beating Obama in November. He is therefore frustrated that they haven’t lined up behind Mitt in service to the cause. Mitt is an inspirational candidate. The problem is that what he inspires is intense apathy among a »

Are There Republicans Who Think This Is a Good Idea? Seriously?

Featured image Rick Santorum is a bright, well-intentioned guy. But the idea that he is the strongest candidate the Republicans can nominate for the presidency strikes me, with all due respect, as ludicrous. Put aside the fact that Santorum lost his last race by 18 points in his home state of Pennsylvania: not exactly an auspicious way to kick off a presidential campaign. Rather, consider that Santorum has always been most passionate »

Uncommon Knowledge with Newt Gingrich

Featured image Our friends at Uncommon Knowledge recorded a special edition with Newt Gingrich this week. Because of the timely nature of the interview, they requested that we make it available as soon as possible. Just one problem: they forgot to include me in their message, so we’re a tad late getting to the video. They introduce this special edition of the show as follows: The 58th Speaker of the House and »

Newt: In the Polls, It’s Deja Vu

Featured image On winter weekends, I wear a heavy baseball jacket with a Republican theme: it has big “GOP” graphics on the front and back and an American flag and another GOP symbol on one arm. I generally forget that I am a virtual billboard unless someone comments on the jacket, which happens occasionally. A month or so ago, at the height of Newt Gingrich’s surge, I was doing some target practice »

Mitt Wins CPAC Poll; So What?

Featured image Byron York wrote this morning about Mitt Romney’s reception yesterday by the CPAC crowd. Romney got a warm welcome; yet, Byron thought, there were aspects of his speech that gave pause to some who heard it. Today CPAC held its annual straw poll, and Romney won it with 38%. Is this a big deal? Well, I was at CPAC last year, and I didn’t think it was a big deal »

Is 2012 Slipping Away From the GOP?

Featured image For a long time, I was confident that Republican voters would oust Barack Obama in 2012, hold the House and, in all likelihood, take the Senate. Obama is a weak incumbent, who has been chronically unpopular since early in his term. His re-elect numbers are weaker than historically have ever worked for incumbent presidents. On paper, he is ripe for the picking. Nevertheless, if you are a Republican, the vibes »

Romney Agonistes, Part 3: The Upside of Low Expectations

Featured image In light of yesterday’s setback for Romney, I’ve decided to rechristen this “deconstructing” series as Romney Agonistes.  Anyway. . . Up in our “Picks” section is a link to those madcaps at The Onion, who offer a spoof of Obamamania called “Romneymania Sweeps America!”  This may be their best spoof since their bit about Grover Norquist’s tryst with the corporate income tax a while ago (“I Engaged in a Week-Long »

The once and future non-Romney

Featured image In my new year’s predictions for 2012 I anticipated that we would be recycling non-Romneys in this year’s primary and caucus contests for the GOP presidential nomination. The prediction has proved accurate, except in one small detail. I thought the recycled non-Romney of 2012 would be Rick Perry. Wrong, moose breath! But I had the right idea. Newt having risen and fallen again in a manner that reminded us of »

Democracy In Action?

Featured image We attended our precinct caucus tonight to vote in the straw presidential poll. Tomorrow morning’s newspapers will be full of coverage of today’s primary in Missouri and caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota. I don’t know about Colorado and Missouri, but any weight placed on tonight’s straw poll in Minnesota will be misplaced. No delegates are being selected, and very few Minnesotans are willing to devote an evening to participating in »

John Bolton comes to town

Featured image Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton appeared at a special event held by our local Minnesota chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Parker Rosen law firm in downtown Minneapolis last night. Announced 48 hours in advance of his appearance, the event was the most successful in the history of our small chapter. Ambassador Bolton drew a crowd to excess capacity. Included among the dignitaries »

The Delegate Count So Far

Featured image I don’t know whether the GOP nomination battle will drag on toward the convention, or whether Mitt Romney will quickly pull away and win the nomination more or less by acclamation (I don’t think any other candidate has the potential to do that). News coverage tends to focus on momentum, but a more basic question is, how many delegates do the candidates have so far? Those numbers tend not to »

Deconstructing Romney, Part 1

Featured image Given the increasingly likelihood that Romney is on his way to the GOP nomination, and noting the continued resistance to the idea both in comments here on Power Line and out in the general world (despite John’s endorsement!), I’ll start a new series evaluating how to think about whether he’ll make a good president, or what is required of him to be a good president.  Now, it’s a pretty low »

The Mitt Fits

Featured image Mitt Romney is on his way to a sweeping victory in Florida, with close to 50% of the vote, compared with 32% or so for Newt Gingrich. It seems reasonable to conclude that South Carolina, and the early days of the Florida campaign, represented the high-water mark of the Gingrich campaign. As voters saw more of Newt, and especially as they witnessed his often over-the-top attacks on Romney, they became »

When Newt went to Oxford

Featured image In his Washington Post column speculating what an Obama-Gingrich debate would look like, Claremont-McKenna Professor John Pitney recalls the February 1985 Oxford Union debate on American foreign policy in Central America. The AP account of the debate is still available online. Professor Pitney recalls the debate for purposes specific to his column, but (to say the least) it also adds interesting context to the discussion of Newt’s relation to Ronald »

Newt vs. Reagan: A footnote to the sequel

Featured image Steve Hayward’s “Newt vs. Reagan, the sequel” is the definitive response to the prominent conservatives who have sought to portray Newt Gingrich as an opponent of President Reagan’s foreign policy in the 1980’s. To Steve’s account must be added Jeffrey Lord’s look at Gingrich’s March 1986 speech from which Elliott Abrams quoted in his NRO column attacking Gingrich [UPDATE: as well as Rich Lowry’s corrective comment on Lord’s column]. Abrams »

Newt Vs. Reagan, The Sequel

Featured image Both Elliott Abrams, at National Review Online, and, as John Hinderaker noted yesterday, Pete Wehner (quoting from my book) have brought up Newt Gingrich’s pungent criticisms of Reagan back in the 1980s, supposedly giving the lie to Newt’s claim to have been solidly aligned with Reagan in those glory days of conservative nostalgia.  It is perfectly fair of Elliott and Pete to call Newt on his revisionist history, but what »