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This was by far the best debate for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. They both made effective use of the squabbling between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Gingrich seemed tired, unprepared, and off his game tonight — bad timing for the former House speaker. Romney had some clunkers — he got caught redhanded on the anti-Newt attack ad, the line about not making his own investments could come back to haunt him, and he denied being politically involved during a time period that included a Senate campaign — but he had the better showing overall. I’m seeing many people argue that Gingrich has sharpened Romney as a candidate.
Gingrich uncharacteristically shied away from attacks on Romney and didn’t confront Wolf Blitzer as well as John King or Juan Williams. Santorum did the best job going after Romneycare, but he also went after Gingrich’s space program spending. Paul had some good laugh lines, especially on the age question and on sending politicians to the moon. Romney got the better of Gingrich in their immigration exchange, with the speaker making his criticism of the “Obama-level fantasy” of deportation a distinction without a meaningful difference.
This has been the most volatile race yet, with Romney looking like he had Florida in the bag, followed by Gingrich’s post-South Carolina surge, and now Romney retaking the lead in many polls. It will be interesting to see if this debate, the last for some time, moves the polls at all.
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?