Right now, Obama wins

Rick Perry is out.Ron Paul is still in the game, and may yet run as a third-party candidate. But he won't be the GOP nominee.It is down to Obama vs. Romney, or Obama vs. Gingrich, or Obama vs. Santorum.So, the White House has to be feeling pretty good about things, just now. Not that Perry ever had the president's re-election campaign at all quaking, but they must be thinking, with the field narrowed, "we can easily beat any of these guys."And I expect they can. Against … [Read more...]

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SCOTUS Unanimous For Religious Freedom – UPDATED

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unanimously in favor of a church's right to be itself, and its freedom to assign its ministries:This is an enormous and timely victory for religious freedom:In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination.But the court’s unanimous decision in a case from Michigan did not specify the distinction between a secular employee, who c … [Read more...]

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Mark Steyn Writes Best Line of Campaign

Sometimes you read a line and slap the desk and say, "damn it, I should have written that!"No one who has chortled as frequently as I over the misadventures of Bertie Wooster and Gussie Fink-Nottle (or, "Spink-Bottle" as Aunt Dahlia would have it) cannot love this line, but dammit, I should have written it:Barely a month ago, Cain and 9-9-9 were riding high, an embarrassment of a different kind, and Gingrich was still a single-digit asterisk. But, like Gussie Fink-Nottle, we are all … [Read more...]

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When Carville is Your Role Model

Come on, you Center-Right folk! If you can't manage to do better than James Carville, then what's the point?Remember when James Carville smeared Paula Jones, saying you'll never know what you'll find "when you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park."Remember the criticism he rightly received from conservatives for saying such garbage? . . . Someone tell me how Mr. Barron today is any different from James Carville then...Read the whole thoughtful piece.The worst thing … [Read more...]

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What Cain Should have Said at Presser – UPDATED

Was chatting with some friends last night, and one was mildly annoyed with me for being underwhelmed with Herman Cain's presser, today. I thought it was too much talking in third-person, which suggested Cain's need to put distance between himself and what's he's experiencing; too much dancing and not enough punch-throwing. While I still rather like Cain (he's an original, at least), I can't help thinking that he failed to take advantage of a remarkable opportunity to express the frustrations of … [Read more...]

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Bialek Will be MSM’s Penance for Brodderick

In the lead-up to the Gloria Allred presser, Gloria Borger, on CNN, said "a name and a face" was necessary if any hints and allegations were to stick to Herman Cain, or do lasting damage.So I was amused to hear Sharon Bialek say that she was putting herself forward to be "a name and a face" for just that purpose. In just those words. Just struck me as so neat, that's all.Having said that -- Sharon Bialek came across to me as pretty credible, and I don't know how Cain survives the … [Read more...]

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Will have to look at Newt with New Eyes

We've all heard the story about how Newt Gingrich -- heartless, horrible man -- went to his cancer-stricken wife's hospital bed and told her he wanted a divorce.We heard it so often, we believed it. I admit, I believed it. Did you?Well, his daughter says we ought not have believed it:My mother, Jackie Battley Gingrich, is very much alive, and often spends time with my family. I am lucky to have such a "Miracle Mom," as I titled her in a column this week.As for my parents' … [Read more...]

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Herman Cain singing at National Press Club

A lot of people on Twitter are swooning over this. Some are declaring that "Cain just won the election!"Which is silly nonsense. He hasn't even won the nomination, yet.Having said that, though, Cain has just struck a note that will resonate for many in the country, particularly African Americans in the churches. Don't minimize the effect his lovely basso profundo will have on people who are looking for something a little human, a little authentic and a little consoling. Do not … [Read more...]

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President O-Irony

Hot Air, taking another look at the "bungled" negotiations that will prevent the U.S. from having any presence in Iraq, after December 31.They link to this piece by McClatchy News, in which it is suggested that neither the president nor the vice-president got involved with negotiations, instead allowing State Department lawyers to break down the options for them. Allahpundit asks: How much of that was due to “bungling” and how much was due to Obama’s and Biden’s studious disinterest?A … [Read more...]

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Limbaugh, Christie and the "Real" Reagan – UPDATE

Running out to store, I heard Rush Limbaugh criticizing Chris Christie for using the word "compromise" too often in his speech last night.Said Rush -- who wants nothing of compromise in our governance: "Winners don't compromise with losers."Well, alright, I guess that's one point of view, but it seems to me the man wants to have his cake and eat it too. He (and I, and many others) criticized President Obama for saying at his first meeting with the GOP, "I won," and for later reminding them … [Read more...]

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