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He’s gone about as far as he can go — but he might be ideal in a more ceremonial role.
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But, I hear you say, voters did that already. And correct you are, but now that the fog of Obama’s “historic” candidacy has been blown away by the persistent foul wind of over-nine percent unemployment, people are free to focus on the true destructiveness and economic idiocy of this administration, and what better representative of both than “Plugs” Biden?
Whatever good things you may believe of Sarah Palin and even if you believe she beat Biden in their October 2008 debate (which was watched by a stunning 70 million people) she was roughly in Biden’s rhetorical weight class in that contest. Gingrich-Biden would be like putting the current UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, against Ralph Macchio, though comparing Macchio to Biden is patently unfair to Mr. Miyagi’s eye for talent.
Going back to the conventional wisdom that Romney is the major gainer from Herman Cain’s troubles and considering the fact that betting odds have only Gingrich with significant gains in the past week, I think they’re both right.
Yes, Gingrich has moved up substantially… to the point where his betting odds are one tenth of Romney’s instead of one twentieth. So while Mitt Romney’s betting odds have been fairly stable, the real story is that despite consistently mediocre poll numbers across the nation (except for in New Hampshire) his odds have remained stable at roughly twice the entire rest of the field combined.
Now that the “anybody but Romney” wing of the GOP, which seems, at least temporarily, to be a majority of the party base, has cycled its way through Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and is halfway through Herman Cain, it makes sense for Gingrich’s odds to rise. Meanwhile bettors continue to believe that the “anybody but Romney” crowd, as large as it is, will be unsuccessful in their quest to find an other-than-Romney candidate whom William F. Buckley would approve of as “the most conservative electable candidate.” (Emphasis mine.)
Republicans are properly and intensely focused on beating Barack Obama, a fact that limits Newt Gingrich’s potential success despite his repeatedly winning debates and showing himself as an intelligent and mature candidate. For those who like betting on such things — and I do — I’ll be looking to sell my Gingrich “futures” soon. Perhaps unfortunately — but perhaps not — the “anybody but Romney” wing of the GOP is running out of options.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?