More on the Irrelevant Welfare Debate in the Presidential Campaign

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 11:01 am

This welfare dustup in the Presidential election, as I said earlier in the week, generates a lot of heat as an argument while being irrelevant to the actual issue. Newt Gingrich, the architect of welfare reform in the 1990s who has been employed by the Romney campaign as a spokesman, admitted last night that there’s [...]

Old News: Money Still Matters in Politics

By: Monday January 30, 2012 11:00 am

It appears that Mitt Romney will win the Florida primary going away, as polls show a double-digit lead or more. Newt Gingrich has downplayed the loss already and vows to take the fight to Super Tuesday and all the way to the convention if necessary. Gingrich’s problem is that there aren’t 10 Sheldon Adelsons willing [...]

Adelson and Wife Have Ponied Up $10 Million for Gingrich SuperPAC

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 7:35 am

The early reports were that Sheldon Adelson plowed another $5 million into the SuperPAC supporting Newt Gingrich. It turns out that the money specifically came from Sheldon’s wife Miriam. I’m not sure why the Adelsons made this distinction, other than so Sheldon can technically reduce what he said he spent on political advertising in the [...]

Gingrich Decides the Real Victim is Gingrich

By: Friday January 20, 2012 7:34 am

Newt Gingrich’s symphony of resentment at the media last night for daring to bring up the question of his marital infidelity was utterly predictable. And yet, mostly because of CNN debate moderator John King’s inability to follow up in any way, it was wildly successful at neutralizing the issue, and will propel Gingrich to victory [...]

Conservative “Redemption” Story a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Overmoralizing Philanderers

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 12:16 pm

The story from Evan McMorris-Santoro here, about conservatives turning up their nose and saying “Meh” to the upcoming Marianne Gingrich revelations, even the open marriage stuff, is completely anecdotal. But it fits with a general story about redemption that conservative Christians often tell themselves to allow for a candidate who fails them morally but still [...]

Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 7:35 am

Rick Perry must have flipped through the schedule, saw another debate on the agenda for tonight, and just said “I can’t deal with talking in public again, let’s end this!” And so closes one of the most disastrous Presidential runs in modern history, up there with Phil Gramm, Rudy Giuliani and John Connally. Texas Gov. [...]

Brutal 30-Minute Anti-Romney Attack Ad Released

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 7:01 am

The full 30-minute attack ad called “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” is out, and it is really hardcore. Dolloped with a hint of xenophobia (Romney speaks French in the film twice), the film features the roadkill from the freight train of vulture capitalism, the workers who had the misfortune of getting caught up in [...]

Gingrich Goes Scorched Earth Against Romney With Bain Doc

By: Monday January 9, 2012 1:40 pm

I finally got around to watching the trailer for the Winning Our Future PAC mini-documentary on Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital. Man, that’s tough stuff. The ad, which is actually a half-hour long (this is a trailer) will get massive airtime in South Carolina between now and their primary on January 21. And it [...]

Republicans Cannot Handle Decent Jobs Reports

By: Friday January 6, 2012 11:37 am

Look, there are plenty of ways to downplay the December jobs report, if that’s your goal. It’s a modestly good report, but there’s plenty to concern yourself with in the numbers, as Jared Bernstein points out. We’re still well off from getting back to a normal unemployment rate, the quality of jobs being added fall [...]

Looks Like Bachmann, Perry Out After Iowa

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:55 am

I mostly agree with Jon Walker’s take on the Iowa caucus results, and the eight-vote victory for Mitt Romney. It’s not clear Rick Santorum, to this point completely un-vetted by conservative or traditional media, will have the staying power or the resources to hang with Romney. I thought of half a dozen things off the [...]

Gingrich Mistaken: The Problem Lies in the Broken Campaign Finance Process Itself

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 11:35 am

The big story for the 1,500 media members scurrying around Iowa trying to find something for cable news to shout about for the next few hours is that Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a liar. Specifically, Gingrich accused Romney of illegal coordination with the Super PACs that firebombed Newt’s candidacy with negative ads in Iowa. [...]

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