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    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.

    “The Chickens of that Effort are Coming Home to Roost[.]“

    The Huntsman campaign just released this video, which scores a pretty solid hit on Paul with the newsletter issue, ending with his embarrassing flight from the Gloria Borger interview: As we count down the final few days before Iowa, I also wanted to point out and hopefully tie together some of the remaining questions about the Ron Paul newsletters. This somewhat lengthy piece is definitely | Read More »

    Wednesday Open Thread

    Boy, it sure is getting dusty in here.   Open thread.

    Ron Paul is Crazy, Part 4,018,663

    Know what I’m curious about? I’m curious as to whether there is any video out there of some citizen journalist shoving a microphone in Ron Paul’s face and asking him about some conspiracy theory – any conspiracy theory at all – and Paul just flatly tells the person asking the question that he’s being ridiculous. We already have Ron Paul on the record grousing aloud | Read More »

    Ron Paul’s Base of Support: Not Republican

    Via Ben Domenech’s Transom comes perhaps the least surprising news of the month. That news is that almost exactly half of all Ron Paul supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire self-identity as non-Republican. Without the support of these Democrats and Independents, Paul pulls roughly the same trivial level of support he got in 2008. This has some important implications for the state of the race. | Read More »

    What, If Anything, Could Convince a Ronulan Not to Vote for Ron Paul?

    The latest Ron Paul revelation of the day is that, apparently, he would not have sent American troops to Europe in World War II to stop the Holocaust. I mean, we’re getting to the point where this sort of thing isn’t even surprising anymore. To me, the key passage in this particular story is this: Paul then looked at me, and I politely thanked him | Read More »

    What, If Anything, Could Convince a Ronulan Not to Vote for Ron Paul

    The latest Ron Paul revelation is that, apparently, he would not have sent American troops to Europe in World War II to stop the Holocaust. I mean, we’re getting to the point where this sort of thing isn’t even surprising anymore. To me, the key passage in this particular story is this: Paul then looked at me, and I politely thanked him for his time. | Read More »