Needed: Conservative Leaders in for the Long Haul
Sarah Palin chose to resign as governor of Alaska in 2009, and then declined to pursue a 2012 presidential bid.
After the 2012 election, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina stepped down as senator to head up the Heritage Foundation.
In Florida, Allen …
Rick Perry: Perhaps Not Out of This Race Yet!
Last night, I wondered if four of the “Not Romneys” would “have the self-control to stop hitting the other Not Romneys and focus on Romney?” For much of this morning, it appeared there would be two fewer of them, with …
Can the 'Not Romney' Candidates Resist Fighting Among Themselves?
We could see some surprises, but if the pre-caucus polling is accurate, tonight’s results are likely to cause the biggest headaches for Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann. As Byron York reports, a new “campaign ad study found …
Bachmann: I'm in a Statistical Dead Heat, a.k.a. Fourth Place!
Michele Bachmann e-mails me (and everyone else on her campaign e-mail list):
Dear Fellow Conservative,
As one of my most loyal supporters I wanted you to be the first to know this exciting news. In a We Ask America poll …
The Republican Candidates' Holiday Special
In the final Jolt of the week, a roundup of reactions to the final debate . . . until the next one.
Super Debate XVI!
Thursday night’s debate — the 16th of the year, and the final one before the Iowa …
Iowa: Newt Leads, Then Mitt, Then Ron Paul
According to Marist, 9 percent of Iowa caucusgoers listed their top choice as Herman Cain in their most recent survey. That’s a significant chunk that is now up for grabs.
Newt Gingrich leads at 26 percent, Mitt Romney is at 18 percent, …
A Virginia Mailer that Features Rick Perry! Sort of . . .
One bit of “good” news for Rick Perry . . . for Virginia’s Democrats, he has now reached the “bogeyman” status of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. This flyer, paid for by the Democratic party of Virginia, just arrived in my mailbox.
Barney Frank: The Community Reinvestment Act Was a 'Republican Failure'
In today’s Wall Street Journal:
Asked who was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis and whether any bankers should have been prosecuted, Mrs. Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the onus on the federal government, with Mr. …
Bachmann to Perry: We Have Heart. And I Hope They'll Donate to Me.
Michele Bachmann begins fundraising off of Rick Perry’s “have a heart” comment:
Dear Friend, If you oppose illegal immigration and don’t believe illegal immigrants should be given taxpayer subsidized tuition benefits over American’s children… than according to …
Rollins Overcomes Health Issues to Downplay Chances of Former Employer
As Katrina Trinko mentioned in the Corner, former Michele Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins is back on MSNBC talking about the candidate he worked for as recently as September 5. You may recall he stepped down for “health reasons” and that …
Fred Thompson: Like Heck I Stayed in the Race to Hurt Huckabee!
It seems strange to relitigate a fight from the 2008 GOP presidential primary, but perhaps many Republicans’ minds are on the notion of multiple conservative candidates dividing the vote in South Carolina, leaving the “Establishment” choice a path to victory.
Iowa's Big Winner Santorum . . . the Huckabee of 2012?
Presuming the final results are similar to what we see at this hour, it is a mildly disappointing result for Romney, since he and his supporters sounded like they expected a solid win tonight. His percentage of the vote and …
Newt Gingrich, America's Sixth-Most-Admired Man?
The good news for Newt Gingrich, from his campaign:
Newt Gingrich was named the 6th Most Admired Man in 2011 today in USA Today/Gallup’s annual survey of Americans. Gingrich is the only GOP presidential candidate to make the top …
It's Been a While Since Mitt or Newt Won a General Election
Recent general-election wins don’t seem to count much in the GOP presidential primary this cycle. Three of the contenders won last year, and while Ron Paul has a shot at winning Iowa, he’s certainly far from being the …
We've Been Warned: Some Won't Survive Iowa!
If your patience is waning, and you think you can’t stand one more discussion of who will win Iowa, be cautious — the state itself can be fatal, according to this headline and opening paragraph from Ken Rudin on …
Will There Ever Be a Consensus 'Not-Mitt' Candidate?
From the midweek Morning Jolt . . .
The Only Thing That Stopped the Pawlenty Momentum Was Tim Pawlenty
Poor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty-mania kicks in, roughly two months after he leaves the race.
First, from Jonah: “Looking back on the events of 2011, …
If You Want to Beat Mitt Romney, Try Beating Mitt Romney
A reader writes in, furiously asserting that “the talentless hacks at National Review” are responsible for Mitt Romney’s hard-to-dislodge frontrunner or near-frontrunner status.
As much as I’d like to believe that the magazine and website alone can determine …
The Perry Bandwagon, Looking a Little Lighter These Days
The new Washington Post–ABC News poll suggests that it’s been a rapid rise, and a rapid slide, for Rick Perry:
After a quick rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has …
Tonight's Debate: Starting to Approach Crunch Time...
Believe it or not, it’s debate night again, 9 p.m. kickoff, on Fox News Channel, live from Orlando. Yesterday I taped some discussion of the outlook for the debate with Fox Business News, and excerpts of that interview …
Last Night, Perry Couldn't Inoculate Himself From Attacks
I think the story of last night’s debate is that Rick Perry entered two very predictable fights on his Gardasil vaccination policy and illegal immigration and didn’t quite give a through, detailed, convincing defense on either issue.