On Ron Paul and Progressivism

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 9:45 am

I wrote previously about Ron Paul’s newsletters, and I still think there’s reason to condemn not only the writings but the worldview they espouse, one which Paul embraces even as he disavows some of the finer points of the newsletters. But I think there’s more to say about this incident and what it means about [...]

Ron Paul’s Newsletter Problem Re-Emerges

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 8:15 am

I think it’s fair to say that Ron Paul doesn’t like to take questions about the newsletters that bore his name in the 1990s. He walked out of an interview with Gloria Borger when she peppered him with questions about it. Paul’s argument is that this came up in the 2008 campaign, and therefore it [...]

Chances for Brokered GOP Convention Non-Trivial

By: Friday December 9, 2011 12:52 pm

The tribunes of the conservative establishment made pretty clear today that they do not accept Newt Gingrich as the nominee of their party for President next year. In nearly identical op-eds, David Brooks and Michael Gerson criticized Gingrich’s fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants approach to problem solving, and claimed that he would damage conservatism. Other leading pundits had harsh [...]

The Day of Savage Web Ads Attacking Republican Front-Runners

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 1:15 pm

Today was the day that challengers in the Republican Presidential primary took out their heavy machinery on the front-runners. In two pretty devastating Web ads, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are filleted, cut down by their own past public statements. First, we have Ron Paul going after Gingrich: This one includes the TV ad Gingrich [...]

Largely Isolated Commentary Raging About Executive Assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday September 30, 2011 11:39 am

If you knew where to look, you could find a healthy debate about today’s announcement of the government-sponsored killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen. Over at Wired there’s a debate about the Constitutionality of the drone strike, between law professors Charlie Dunlap and Mary Ellen O’Connell, who says that “The United States is not [...]

A Look at the Underbelly of the President’s Deficit Plan

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 12:29 pm

Because the April Obama deficit reduction plan played out over a 12-year time horizon, and the deficit reduction plan released yesterday has a more traditional 10-year horizon, some of the presumed changes aren’t really big changes at all. In fact, the plan reads like a rehash of that April document, with the American Jobs Act [...]

Former Paul Campaign Manager Died From Lack of Health Insurance

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 9:35 am

The group Protect Your Care has put together a mini-site based on the incident in the Republican debate on Monday, where tea party attendees cheered the prospect of allowing an uninsured man to die. The candidate being questioned during that exchange was Ron Paul. It turns out that he has a particular experience with the [...]

Tea Party Debate Shows America What Everyone Can’t Stand About the Tea Party

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 6:59 am

Everyone’s talking about this exchange from last night’s CNN/Tea Party Express debate (I assume the CNN/MoveOn debate is next week), where the crowd cheers the prospect of allowing an uninsured man to die. And I’ll get to that in a moment. But perhaps just as rotten was when the crowd booed Ron Paul, who’s supposed [...]

Pawlenty Quits After Third-Place Straw Poll Finish

By: Sunday August 14, 2011 6:42 am

Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term governor of Minnesota, has ended his campaign for President after a disappointing third-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Pawlenty wound up a distant third behind the winner, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul. Pawlenty’s candidacy was very much predicated on winning Iowa, a neighboring state to Minnesota. He [...]

Ron Paul Reminds Nation that President Commands Armed Forces, Not the Other Way Around

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 10:35 am

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul had an interesting exchange in last night’s Republican Presidential debate. Mitt Romney appeared to say that it’s time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, but he then hedged to the familiar refrain of having to base the decision on conditions on the ground and the advice of the generals. [...]

Republican Presidential Debate In New Hampshire: Let the Disappointed Shrugs Begin!

By: Monday June 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Tonight at 8pm ET, seven Republican Presidential aspirants will debate at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire. CNN will carry the debate live. The seven participants include everyone who is currently announced as a candidate for President, as well as a couple others who have not formally announced. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, [...]

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