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    Return of the Vichy Catholics

    During the legislative debate over ObamaCare, observant Catholics were stunned at the spectacle of Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of Catholic Health Association opposing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the issue. The Catholic bishops accurately predicted that ObamaCare would ultimately require religious organizations to violate their own teachings in order to be in compliance. But nooooooo, said Keehan. The bishops were being irrational | Read More »

    Obama Administration Doubles Down On Contraception Rule

    Following on what my colleague Francis Cianfrocca writes below, the Obama Administration’s ballyhooed “compromise” on the extraordinary rule that gives the US Department of Health and Human Services the final say in how religious groups operate is actually a finger in the eye. From the White House statement: Under the new policy announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no | Read More »

    Mitt Romney: Registered Democrat

    Mitt Romney‘s 1992 Democratic Primary vote for Paul Tsongas — a technocratic modernizer and reformer, but very much a Democrat — raised some Republican eyebrows last week. What hasn’t been mentioned: Romney’s vote formally enrolled him in the Democratic Party. more… For anyone who either believes in leprechauns or that Mitt Romney is a conservative this should be of significance, especially since his minions haunted | Read More »

    Secretary Sebelius Scraps Conscience Exception for Health Plans

    As the implementation of Obamacare rolls into high gear, we’ve been given insight into how it will be implemented in general. On January 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would not exempt health plans provided by non-profit religious employers from the requirement to provide “contraceptive services.” … Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services | Read More »

    Romney: I’m Moderate and Progressive, Not a Wingnut

    That isn’t an exact quote but it is very close. We are constantly told by Romney‘s supporters, at least those who can still bear the humiliation of being associated with the man, that he’s conservative. Not only is he conservative but he governed Massachusetts as a conservative. Never mind the increased state support of abortion rights, Romneycare, carbon caps, and his opposition to a Traditional | Read More »

    Why I’m Looking At Newt

    I’m beginning to like the idea of a Newt Gingrich candidacy. There. I said it. Seven or eight months ago I would have called the nice guys in white coats if I’d even thought the thought but today it is not only thinkable it may be necessary. I was just pondering Erick’s early morning post and it struck me that this is where I am: | Read More »

    Mitt Romney Knows Deprivation

    There are few things more ridiculous than wealthy men trying to convince everyone they know what economic deprivation feels like. Even when the stories are possibly true, such as when Paul O’Neill and aged Klansman Robert C. Byrd dueled over who had the most authentic PWT background, the spectacle is demeaning and degrading to everyone involved: participant or spectator. When the man involved is fabulously | Read More »

    Gingrich Calls Out Romney On His Bain Record

    (by way of TIME) “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be glad to then listen to him. And I will bet you $10, not $10,000, that he won’t take the offer.” It is about time someone said this. As I’ve noted before the | Read More »

    December 7, 1941

    (by way of the Navy History and Heritage Command) This is just to take a brief time out from politics to reflect on the event that, arguably, more than any other in that century determined America’s role in the world.

    On Newt and Gnomes

    Yesterday I posted a brief piece on the first wave of oppo dumps on Newt Gingrich to appear at NRO. No suprise that. NRO has been oppo central for all of the “anti-Mitt” candidates this cycle. Jim Geraghty thinks he was maltreated by me in the story. I think Jim protests too much.

    Latest Gingrich Oppo Dump

    Naturally it appears at National Review Online in Jim Geraghty’s Campaign Spot titled “Newt Gingrich Said What?” A sample In June 2005, the New York Times raved about a “balanced and thoughtful” report from a bipartisan task force headed by Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and George Mitchell, the former Senate majority leader, declaring, “Lawmakers should take the time to at least thumb through | Read More »

    The Unelectable Mitt Romney, Part II

    Earlier today I posted a story on why I believe that contrary to what the Establishment would have us believe that Mitt Romney is actually the least electable candidate in the GOP primary. As today is a slow day I decided to follow up this well-received post with a supplementary one. Not only is Romney not exciting the GOP base… which he has to do | Read More »

    The Unelectable Mitt Romney

    Generally speaking, I think the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson is the most profoundly stupid and uninsightful writer on any editorial page in any paper in any country. But file this one under “Blind Hog/Acorn”. Moderator Wolf Blitzer opened Tuesday’s Republican debate by introducing himself and adding, for some reason, “Yes, that’s my real name.” A few moments later, the party’s most plausible nominee for president | Read More »

    Losers. It’s What They Do.

    Every political party has its bogeymen. The left live in fear of finding one of the Koch brothers in the bedroom closet or a Diebold machine in the voting booth. The right fears the media. Now that the primary field is being whittled down to plausible and implausible candidates, a cry is rising from the implausible and their supporters that the media, not the voters, | Read More »

    Blaming the Messenger and Blaming the Victims

    The whole Herman Cain story has caused me more disappointment in my political allies than any other event in my time as a blogger. As I sit here, mouth agape, I am watching a number of people I respect, like Andy McCarthy at NRO, become indistinguishable from Lanny Davis and James Carville during the Clinton-Lewinski scandal. The fact that we have a story that was | Read More »