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1. Many people are going to say Mitt Romney did not win by a large enough margin. To be sure, his weakness remain. But he took nearly 40 percent of the vote in a six-candidate race and the exit polls show him enjoying the support of broad cross-section of New Hampshire Republican primary voters. Good luck making that argument. He’s more than a step closer to the nomination.
2. None of the candidates who are best situated to stand against Romney in South Carolina — Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and especially Rick Perry — did anything to help themselves tonight. Instead, they hurt themselves.
3. Some will argue that Santorum should have skipped New Hampshire rather than risk an embarrassing result. I offer three counterarguments: Pat Buchanan in 1996 proved social conservatives can do well in New Hampshire; Gingrich would likely have finished closer to Jon Huntsman without Santorum in the race, hurting the former senator anyway; it isn’t clear that bypassing New Hampshire bought Perry anything.
4. Ron Paul needed to finish ahead of Huntsman. He still would have enjoyed back-to-back top three finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, a major coup. But losing the expecations a second week in a row would have demoralized a subset of his supporters and made it more difficult to channel their enthusiasm into productive purposes, like winning votes for Paul, as opposed to counterproductive ones, like more sign-waving at other candidates’ rallies or complaining about conspiracies against their candidate.
5. Paul is doing quite well at simultaneously building a movement within the GOP and attracting independents. No wonder he is upsetting his critics so.
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?