The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Great Karl Rove Super PAC Scare

Having said nothing about all this previously, my inclination is to discourage pre-emptive panic among grassroots conservatives. Until we get down to cases — in a clear-cut situation where a Republican primary pits a solid conservative against a Establishment RINO type hand-picked by Karl Rove — there’s no point getting all angry or frightened about […]

Paranoid Theory: ‘Karl Rove Was Out Raising Money to Keep Santorum Alive’

James Yanke at Reaganite Republican links to an article at Business Insider in which Grace Wyler gives credence to a paranoid theory offered by evangelical leader David Lane: Karl stepped on Rick Perry and then Newt Gingrich every chance he got — albeit with deceit and sophistication — and elevated Mitt Romney at strategic, crucial […]

Aren’t You Glad You Supported Newt?

It was on Nov. 14 — when Newt Gingrich first emerged atop the polls — that I warned “Newt can’t beat Romney,” and further said that if, after the Florida primary, we were “left with a choice between Newt and Mitt, I’ll endorse Mitt.” Thank God and Rick Santorum, it never came down to that, […]

Ruh-Roh: Watchdog Warns of ‘Red Flags’ in Gingrich Campaign’s Financial Reports

Newt Gingrich campaigns in Fort Myers, Fla., Jan. 30, 2012 Before we get to the news, let me make a disclaimer: Every time I criticize Newt Gingrich’s disastrous presidential campaign, some of Newt’s supporters get angry at me and seem to miss the point of my criticism. From my perspective, the person Gingrich’s admirers should be […]

BREAKING: Newt Gingrich Will End Pathetic Shuffling Zombie Campaign

Seems like just the other day “sources close to the campaign” were saying Newt would go all the way to Tampa, but now — probably just about the time their paychecks started bouncing — “two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN” otherwise. UPDATE: While everybody’s busy scripting their Downfall video parodies, here are more details from inside the […]

Gingrich Gets Stomped by 30 Points in Delaware; Fourth in Pennsylvania

As predicted, the talk of Newt Gingrich winning Delaware turned out to have been delusional: Mitt Romney got 57% to Gingrich’s 27% in the state where Newt had campaigned heavily in recent weeks. We have known since April 8 that Gingrich’s campaign was more than $4 million in debt. By continuing his campaign another 16 […]

Newt’s Delaware Delusion

When the FEC reports were released Friday, showing that Newt Gingrich ended March with $4.3 million in campaign debt, I noted talk of a comeback in today’s Delaware primary: Alex Moe of NBC News reports that Gingrich has been spending most of his time in Delaware, which holds its primary Tuesday, and quotes “a source close […]

Jeff Goldstein Isn’t Ready to Don His Saffron Robe and Chant, ‘Hare Mitt-nu’

“Mother, do not wonder that my loyalty is growing weak. . . . I am sick and tired of the disaster and the fools that bring disaster upon us.” – letter from a soldier in the 79th New York Infantry, 1863 Seedubya today was cracking cynical jests on Twitter, whence I derived the headline joke. Speaking […]

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