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There Will Be No ‘White Knight’ for the Republican Field

With Super Tuesday a kind of Romney-leaning wash, it appears as if the Republican field will march forward on their snipe hunt. Even though I still think it’s mostly inconceivable that Romney won’t be the nominee, I’m done predicting anything about this cluster. Well, except for this: there’s been a lot of chatter in political… Continue reading ‘There Will Be No ‘White Knight’ for the Republican Field’

Please, Newt Gingrich, Don’t Go Away

Mitt Romney’s hand-delivered bitch-slap to Newt Gingrich in Florida probably means he (Mitt) is out of the woods in terms of the Republican nomination. Any serious challenge by Rick Santorum or Ron Paul remains highly unlikely, and Newt’s win in South Carolina remains the outlier of his state-by-state performances. Nevertheless, I really like Newt Gingrich… Continue reading ‘Please, Newt Gingrich, Don’t Go Away’

An Intervention for Ron Paul Fans

With the Republican primary season under way, it’s time for an intervention for my fellow young people who have decided to support the cult of personality that is Ron Paul. Once considered a curiosity, Paul’s most radical views have increasingly edged into the mainstream in a pathetic Republican field. Even if, like me, you sympathize… Continue reading ‘An Intervention for Ron Paul Fans’

The One Possible Non-Romney Scenario

I’ve got some bad news for the giddy punditocracy: Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican nominee. The recent Rick Santorum surge (kids, please Google “Santorum surge” for an anatomy lesson that will delight you) in Iowa only highlights just how badly the Republican electorate wants to vote for almost anyone else, and Santorum… Continue reading ‘The One Possible Non-Romney Scenario’

Do We Have a Mitt Romney Blind Spot?

Earlier this year, I predicted that Rick Perry would be a formidable candidate for the Republican nomination, and likely the winner. I still think he would have waltzed to the nomination if he could manage even a 38% not-clueless factor in his debate performances and public appearances, but alas, he has been a gaffe manufacturer… Continue reading ‘Do We Have a Mitt Romney Blind Spot?’

Tune in: Live-Blogging Tomorrow’s GOP Debate

Because I’m well off the Michigan GOP’s radar, I was able to secure a media pass to Wednesday night’s presidential primary debate between such intellectual luminaries as Rick “I Mean, Live Free or Die? C’mon, How Cool Is That?” Perry and Michelle “The HPV Vaccine Made That Baby Retarded” Bachmann. As a thorough-going political nerd,… Continue reading ‘Tune in: Live-Blogging Tomorrow’s GOP Debate’

Shocking! Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Is a Joke!

You’re not gonna believe this, but pizza baron and “presidential candidate” Herman Cain’s much-ballyhooed 9-9-9 tax plan is an utter joke! I know what you’re thinking: when you can’t trust a pizza CEO-turned-radio host who’s never held elective office and admits he knows almost nothing about the world outside the U.S., who can you trust?… Continue reading ‘Shocking! Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Is a Joke!’