First They Attack Him for Opposing Tax Increases. Now They Attack Him For This?
Yesterday the Romney camp sent John Sununu out to attack Newt Gingrich for opposing the George H. W. Bush tax deal. Today, the Romney Super PAC is attacking Newt Gingrich for supporting the individual mandate. Yes, the same mandate Mitt Romney supports. So is the Romney team admitting the individual mandate is bad? And if so, why is Romney still supporting it? We want these | Read More »
My Endorsement for President
Yesterday I posted my confession about supporting Gingrich. Some people viewed it as a non-endorsement endorsement of Gingrich. Others viewed it as a rejection of Gingrich. Others viewed it as an endorsement of Perry or Huntsman. It was none of the above. I suspect I was too obtuse in that while trying clearly to express my concerns and publicly wrestle with getting my head around | Read More »
Getting to a Brokered Convention
The level of angst over this year’s crop of candidates really is amazing. Honestly, I think it says more about Mitt Romney’s failure to seal the deal with conservatives between 2008 and 2012 than anything else. But Steve Moore has this nugget in the Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary today: Efforts are underway by some wealthy Republican donors and a group of conservative leaders to | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Second Time At Bat
“If Rick Perry loses and goes back to Texas as its Governor, the man who has stood dominant in Texas for a decade will be seen as a loser for the first time — and not just a loser, but a fool too.” Last night on Fox News’ candidate forum, Governor MItt Romney defaulted to quoting David Brooks from the New York Times. There’s why | Read More »
The Danger Newt Gingrich Poses . . . to Mitt Romney
Ramesh Ponnuru is out with his endorsement of Mitt Romney. It’s a reasonable endorsement that doesn’t really try to do what so many others are doing — claiming Romney is something he is not. But one line up front made me chuckle just a bit. It happens to be the first sentence. Even though nobody has yet cast a vote in the primaries, Republicans are | Read More »
Are Conservatives Ready to Forgive Newt Gingrich His Sins?
I am now officially a self-declared member of the “Not Romney” camp. I will absolutely, positively support Mitt Romney should he win the GOP nomination, but I believe the GOP would meet certain doom if he is the nominee. Therefore, should Gingrich be the only other choice, I’d side with Gingrich over Romney. But I think in the next few weeks conservatives must ask themselves | Read More »
‘The Most Volatile Republican Race in Decades’ Is Actually Well Settled
“The race for the GOP nomination is well settled at this point. It is settled in ‘Not Romney’s’ favor. The reason the race is so volatile is that ‘Not Romney’ is not on the ballot” I keep hearing from the Washington Chattering Classes, Team Romney, and the White House that the race is over and Romney’s the nominee. To be fair, I think Romney will, | Read More »
Good Question by Mayhem
RedState User Mayhem asks a good question: Sometimes I find it frustrating that you refrain from telling us *why* you don’t support certain candidates. At times, you just completely ignore covering entire states because no one seems to excite you there (last year you said hardly anything about Rob Portman in Ohio, but, as I recall, you never really gave us a reason for why | Read More »
Jon Huntsman’s Poor Messaging
I’m a bit shocked by this excellent Coffee & Markets interview with Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Believe it or not, outside of his crummy campaign messaging (“I believe in science”) and the debates, this is a guy who actually sounds conservative. I have to wonder if there are two Jon Huntsmans out there — the conservative and the liberal going to different events. If nothing else, | Read More »
The Perry Campaign Gets a Life Line
Rick Perry’s debate gaffe last week will go in the annals of political history as one of the most embarrassing gaffes on a Presidential primary debate stage. His recovery the next day will be studied by future campaigns as the textbook example of damage control. His Saturday night debate performance in South Carolina gets him the complete redemption he needs. In South Carolina Saturday night | Read More »
Rick Perry on the Super Committee & Energy
In the second part of my interview with Governor Rick Perry, I asked him about the Super Committee. He tied its existence into the failure of Barack Obama’s leadership. His answer transitioned us into a discussion about energy policy and the ability to create jobs in the United States based on accessing our domestic energy.
Mitt Romney as the Nominee: Conservatism Dies and Barack Obama Wins
Mit Romney will not go on Special Report with Brett Baier to answer the tough questions as the other candidates have done. No worries. Conservatives will bitch and moan for a few days and Romney will claim it was a scheduling issue, he’d always meant to go on, and he will go on. Should Mitt Romney win the Presidency, conservatives will find this pattern play | Read More »
RedState’s Exclusive Interview With Texas Governor Rick Perry
Tonight at 7:05 p.m. on the Erick Erickson Show, I’m going to play the audio of my interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry. The actual interview will start around 7:35 p.m. and then re-air in its entirety at 9:00 p.m. You’ll be able to listen to the entire interview by clicking right here.
Mitt Romney Bleeds. I Star in the Film
Mitt Romney has a new web ad out about Rick Perry. I star in it. This is a necessary attack from Mitt Romney. Had he not pushed something out like this, the story would be that Mitt Romney got wounded last night. In several unscripted, unguarded moments he mentioned he failed to keep costs down in Massachusetts and was worried about illegals working for him | Read More »
Nostalgia & Decline
Apple has out a new app in its App Store — Cards. You can take a picture on your phone, design a card, and have it sent via the post office to someone. Think about that for a minute. In an age of digital communications, text messages, emails, and cell phones, Apple has produced a product that harkens back to one of the earliest message | Read More »
What the GOP Must Do: Finding Common Ground With the Occupiers
“The playing field does not need to be tipped back in favor of others. Just level it. An upright tower build on a slope will topple the moment the slope is laid flat.” A friend of mine chastised me the other day. He said I was being too hostile toward the occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere. He conceded that many of them are the | Read More »
Are Republicans Just This Stupid?! Apparently So.
Billie Tucker down in Florida makes an excellent point worth reiterating. The GOP is set, yet again, to have a debate on MSNBC. Seriously. Dare I refresh your memories on the last one? For two hours we were stuck with Brian Williams and John Harris of the Politico asking questions no one cared about in picking the Republican nominee. It was a dreadful debate that | Read More »
Remember Journolist? Why In God’s Name Is The GOP Consenting to Let a Journolist Member Moderate a Debate?
“How about you guys with a double digit polling average in Real Clear Politics come down to Atlanta instead and Brent Bozell, the Ryun brothers, and I will ask you guys some real questions by conservatives and for conservatives. ” Before the MNSBC-Politico Debate, I wondered why in God’s name the Republican candidates would bother giving press and air time to a bunch of liberals | Read More »
Dear Candidates: An Invitation to Have A Conversation
Below is a letter that will be going out to each campaign for President from me. The campaigns will get additional information beyond what is in this public release, including more expansive information on the media, broadcast information, contact information, etc. But we want to make this available publicly because of the number of inquiries we’re all getting about what we are doing and also | Read More »
Barack Obama is No Underdog. He’s a Political Loser.
Barack Obama told ABC News yesterday that he is the “underdog” in 2012. He actually raced to embrace the title George Stephanopolous threw out there for him. There was no deliberation, no pause — just an immediate “absolutely” to lay claim to the title. First understand that the Obama wants to be the underdog because of America’s fixation with rooting for the guy behind. He | Read More »