January 18, 2012 |
When the Republican presidential candidates took the stage at the NBC News/Facebook debate on Meet the Press on Jan. 8, it was their last big chance to make an impression before the New Hampshire primary. They may have differed from one another on political issues throughout the event, but there was something unmistakably uniform about the six candidates. Lined up side by side under the bright lights, each wore a plain dark navy suit, solid light-colored shirt, subtle tie, and, except for Ron Paul, a lapel pin of some kind (in most cases, an American flag)
January 16, 2012 |
There are two stories out of New Hampshire. The big story is Mitt Romney. The bigger one is Ron Paul. Romney won a major victory, with nearly 40 percent of the vote, 16 points ahead of No. 2. The split among his challengers made the outcome even more decisive. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were diminished by distant, lower-tier finishes. Rick Perry got less than 1 percent. And Jon Huntsman, who staked everything on New Hampshire, came in a weak third, with less than half of Romney's vote.
January 15, 2012
Jeffrey Lord is a former Reagan White House political director and a contributing editor of the American Spectator Can Ron Paul make Abe Lincoln a villain - in the Party of Lincoln? Why would he try in the first place? And who would help him? In all the attention that has surrounded the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul, one of the problems that has been bubbling just below the surface is the congressman's special contempt for the man most Americans revere as the nation's greatest president.
January 10, 2012 |
While some of his Villanova University classmates were partying or catching up with friends - and sleep - on their winter breaks, Ian Dardani sat in his old room in his parents' home in Syracuse, N.Y., telephoning strangers in Iowa. Voters, that is. Dardani was trying to help Ron Paul become president. Dardani, 20, a junior in mechanical engineering, was asking likely Paul voters questions to gauge their support for the Texas congressman on the eve of the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucuses.
January 8, 2012 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, battling for second place, tangled over the meaning of conservatism Saturday in the first debate of a weekend doubleheader ahead of the New Hampshire Republican primary. Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts with a commanding lead in state polls, mostly escaped serious attack during the two-hour debate as rivals scrapped with each other. Paul accused Santorum of being a "big spender, a big-government conservative" who used earmarks and voted five times to raise the federal debt ceiling, increase the federal role in education, and to expand Medicare to cover prescription drugs.
January 7, 2012 |
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson, meet Ronald Ernest Paul. He is the very soul of a foolish consistency. Meaning that he is willing, often to a fault, to follow his ideology to its logical and most extreme conclusions. In this, the congressman differs from other GOP contenders for the White House and, for that matter, from most politicians, period. Your average pol might rail against the intrusion of government into the private lives of citizens, then turn right around and advocate a law regulating what a gay man does in his bedroom - and see no contradiction.
January 5, 2012
Iowa injects sanity into the race The people who cast votes in the Iowa caucuses returned sanity to the presidential primary season. In response to the ratings-driven media firestorm designed to transform this one-time footnote event into a major litmus test for presidential candidates, Iowa took a pass. By voting for the moderate Mitt Romney, the right-wing Rick Santorum, and the lunatic-fringe Ron Paul in large numbers, the caucuses essentially excused themselves from deciding the Republican primary winner before the race even started.
January 5, 2012 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Mitt Romney eagerly pocketed an endorsement yesterday from two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain and bid to convert a single-digit victory in Iowa into a Republican presidential-campaign juggernaut. Unimpressed, Newt Gingrich ridiculed the former Massachusetts governor as a liberal turned moderate now masquerading as a conservative. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sought to rally conservatives to his side after coming achingly close to victory in the Iowa caucuses.
January 4, 2012
OUR OWN RICK Santorum's a hit in the initial test of 2012. What can it mean? Does it mean Pennsylvania's positioned to get its first White House resident since James Buchanan (1857-61), a regular on lists of worst presidents? Uh, no. It means that some lily-white Iowa evangelical farmers think that the problems of the country can be solved by outlawing abortion and gay marriage and bombing Islamic nations. It means that the heretofore-ignored Santorum gets a turn in the Mixmaster of presidential-campaign coverage.
December 31, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wept Friday as he recalled his late mother's end-of-life illnesses, a moment of poignancy in a notably negative Republican presidential Iowa caucus campaign. "I do policy much easier than I do personal," Gingrich told an audience of women as he tried to regain his composure. The tears flowed as the former speaker was responding to questions about his mother from a pollster and longtime political ally. Gingrich's emotional moment came as his rivals engaged in traditional campaign tactics, and as polls suggested large numbers of Iowa Republicans could change their minds before caucuses Tuesday night provide the first test of the 2012 campaign.