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    Caption This/Open Thread

    Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend. Caption this! Open thread!

    The Most Important Election This Year

    Via the Transom, Nick Schulz in the USA Today argues that the recall elections for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin are more important than the 2012 Presidential elections. The claim that “this presidential election is the most important election ever” is an enduring political cliché, and it’s almost always wrong. Consider this year. It’s likely the 2012 race for the White House won’t even be | Read More »

    I Like Rick Santorum

    Back in the day, Rick Santorum was one of my favorite Senators. The guy was good on judges, a solid pro-lifer (the most important issue to me in all of politics), and he took the bull by the horns on Social Security reform even though it was tremendously unpopular in his home state. He was a key player in Welfare Reform. For a Senator from | Read More »

    Nancy Pelosi: It Was Very Bold and Encouraging When Barack Obama Ran Roughshod Over My Branch of Government

    Democrats generally tend to operate on the hope that most American voters can’t remember anything that happened longer than about a month ago. Very often they can get away with it, especially on something as esoteric as recess appointments or filibusters. But it is worth noting the history of this particular sordid tale which culminated yesterday, in order to understand why, even in the normal | Read More »

    You Stay Classy, Ron Paul Supporters

    So Jon Huntsman can speak Mandarin and also he adopted a little Chinese girl who was abandoned in a market. Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, | Read More »

    A Blatant, Frontal Assault on the Constitutional Separation of Powers

    Regarding the power of the President, Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution states: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, | Read More »

    A Call for Sanity in the Anti-Romney Rhetoric

    Let me just say up front that Mitt Romney is far from my first choice among the current field. I think both Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman would be far better general election candidates and Presidents than Mitt Romney and I don’t really “get” the joke the state of Iowa has clearly foisted on the entire country by essentially voting for Santorum, but macabre humor | Read More »

    Michele Bachmann: No Mas

    The Hawkeye Caucii have claimed their first official victim as Michele Bachmann just announced that she is suspending her campaign. Bachmann was born in Iowa, spent her political career in neighboring Minnesota, and hung everything on winning the Iowa Caucuses. Given that she finished dead last among the candidates who actually contested Iowa, this decision was all but inevitable. Bachmann has done some good things | Read More »

    Hawkeye Caucii CoveritLive/Open Thread!

    Tune in here or in the comments. If you’re watching coverage somewhere, let us know. Note that your humble moderator does not have the ability to check all the comments he approves for accuracy. Join in the comments as well! RedState Hawkeye Caucii CoveritLive

    Zenith of a Freakshow

    Well, regardless of how things shake out tonight (and I don’t think anyone has a very good handle on that), all conservatives have something to be thankful for tonight. One way or another, this is the high-water mark of the insane Operation Chaos-style freakshow that is the Ron Paul campaign. The Democrats and those too far out to identify with either party who make up | Read More »

    New Year’s Eve Open Thread

    Best wishes to you all for a happy new year. Open thread! UPDATE: And now a graphic representation of our liberal friends making their new year’s resolutions:

    Ron Paul: Well, You Know, the Money IS Pink, so I Was Totally Validated On That One

    I am pretty sure Ron Paul just admitted that at least some of the insane conspiracy theory material in his newsletter was his. Dave Weigel notes that Paul was on Jan Mikkelson’s show today, and a caller asked Paul about the newsletters. Paul offered what is now at least his third or fourth different explanation for the content of the newsletters, which is that he | Read More »

    Ron Paul: Know Who’s Really Behind Islamic Terrorism? The Jews.

    One of the more insane claims in Ron Paul’s newsletters was that the Israelis were behind the WTC bombings in 1993: Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little. This claim is of course so ridiculous and absurd that even Paul | Read More »

    Still the Governors

    Here we are, five days before the hawkeye caucii and I still have no idea who I plan to vote for when Tennessee’s turn rolls around on Super Tuesday. I cannot remember ever being undecided this late since I became legally eligible to vote. I have probably run the gamut with most of the rest of the GOP electorate in terms of at least considering | Read More »

    Thursday Open Thread

    Five days until Iowa. No one has the slightest clue what will happen there or how it will shake up the race. Right now five different campaigns could plausibly pull off a first place finish. What do you think will happen? Open thread.