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    Ameritopia

    Perhaps the coolest part of my job is getting embargoed copies of best sellers and getting to read them well in advance of release.Around Christmas this year, I received a small package in the mail and out came Ameritopia with a great big sticker on the front. “Pre-Publication Copy. EMBARGOED until January 16, 2012.” Well, the problem was that it was Christmas time and I | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for January 17, 2012

    RedState Morning Briefing January 17, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Breaking the GOP Cycle of Capitulation 2. Requiescat in Pace, Jon Huntsman for President Campaign 3. Inside the Mind of a SEIU Political Activist & Insider

    From the Mail Bag

    You just can’t make these up. From: rajantewari@gmail.comSubject: ThoughtsDate: January 16, 2012 8:02:15 AM ESTTo: erick@redstate.com Your thoughtless and final analysis… “the evangelical movement might have just sown the first seeds of division for 2016 — seeds that, like in 2008 and 2012, prevented evangelicals from getting one of their own the nomination.”When has the evangelical movement ever got one of their own the nomination?Why | Read More »

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    The Evangelical Vote

    “The evangelical movement might have just sown the first seeds of division for 2016 — seeds that, like in 2008 and 2012, prevented evangelicals from getting one of their own the nomination.” I had the privilege to attend the meeting of evangelicals in Texas this weekend. Due to pressing matters before me Saturday I could not make the Saturday portion, but was there Friday hearing | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for January 16, 2012

    RedState Morning Briefing January 16, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. As we start here this morning, there is a wire story that Jon Huntsman is going to drop out of the Presidential race today. My gut reaction is that it does not have a huge impact on the race, though it might give Romney one extra percentage | Read More »

    The Great White Unknown

    It is one of my overarching concerns with the myth of Mitt the Electable — Bain Capital and Romney’s time in the private sector. Byron York sums it up here. There’s no basis to reflexively defend Romney’s record, because we don’t know in any real detail what he did at Bain. But there’s no basis to indict him, either, for the same reason. There are | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for January 13, 2012

    RedState Morning Briefing January 13, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Our Task Moving Forward: Focus On Congress 2. The Great Bloomberg Booze Backlash of 2012 3. The New York Times Ponders: “Are We Biased Enough?”

    Some Birds Say ‘Drop In.’ Other Birds Say ‘Drop By.’ We Vultures Say ‘Drop Dead.’

    have been accused of giving Rick Perry the term “vulture capitalist.” I’ve used it on CNN a few times to say that’s how the Democrats would describe Mitt Romney.Rick Perry has used the term of late too. It is a description Americans can relate to and while it does not affect our cold, capitalist hearts, it works mighty effectively with independent voters.If you don’t believe | Read More »

    The Horserace for January 12, 2012

    It’s a different horserace of sorts this week and from here on out. Gone are the individual prospects of each candidate. We have the real front runner now — Mitt Romney. The question remaining is which candidate, if any, can cause Mitt to stumble.No non-incumbent has ever swept Iowa and New Hampshire within a Republican Primary until Mitt Romney. He did it while getting less | Read More »

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    In defense of capitalism

    Sweet Lord in Heaven, every time I try to tune these clowns out they hack me off and drag me back in.There are legitimate criticisms to be made of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. Anyone who says otherwise needs to be prepared to defend Bain Capital more than once relying on the government to cover their butts on deals and even being bailed out by | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for January 12, 2012

    RedState Morning Briefing January 12, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. In defense of capitalism 2. Rick Santorum: A Massively Expanded Welfare State is ‘The Genuine Conservatism our Founders Envisioned’ 3. To Our Friends at (The) National Review 4. An Open Letter to Jim DeMint

    If I understand this right, I have a question

    f I understand this right, Bain Capital profited from the creative destruction of capital. It went in, found the unappreciated or hidden value in companies, restructured and/or chopped up companies, and returned the valuable parts to health.It did it across the board.And if I understand it right, attacking Bain Capital or Mitt Romney for what Bain did is unacceptable as an attack on capitalism. Now, | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for January 11, 2012

    RedState Morning Briefing January 11, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. On Romney, Bain and Keeping Your Integrity 2. The Perry Campaign Has Reset and Refocused in South Carolina 3. Illinois Can Learn From Wisconsin’s Success

    The Perry Campaign Has Reset and Refocused in South Carolina

    Here’s what everyone thinks about this year. If Romney sweeps Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina he wins. It is conventional wisdom and conventional wisdom is usually right.But this year there is an anomaly. The first several rounds of primaries and caucuses are not winner take all, but proportional. In fact, as you can see from the chart below the fold, there is still a | Read More »

    Attacking Bain

    I have to be honest that I do not have a problem with or feel the level of outrage some of you do about Newt Gingrich attacking Bain and Mitt Romney. It’s not because I necessarily agree with Newt on the attacks, but because these are the attacks the left will throw at Mitt and, should he be the nominee, the early attacks help him | Read More »