The Other McCain

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

Cain Still Loved in New Hampshire

HOLLIS, N.H. Herman Cain broke a lot of hearts when he quit the 2012 presidential race and, of course, he still has many admirers — but perhaps no more ardent admirer than Sue Belzil.

Two Excellent Arguments in Favor of a Jon Huntsman Presidency

HOLLIS, N.H. At tonight’s Hillsborough County GOP dinner I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Mary Anne and Abby Huntsman: For all the grief I’ve given “Governor Asterisk” in the past several months, I must confess that his daughters were not only lovely, but also quite gracious. I gave them one piece of advice: “Whatever you […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Eight Days in a Mustang Later …

“What I fear will happen is that Perry will spend several months sucking up media oxygen and burning through GOP donor cash, only to collapse early next year. This will have the effect of suffocating other conservative candidates, and thereby lead to … Romney 2012.” — Robert Stacy McCain, Aug. 9, 2011 “Stacy’s not smooth […]

Iowa Victory Lap

DES MOINES, Iowa Today I checked out of the hotel near Santorum HQ in Johnston and drove down toward the Des Moines International Airport where I checked into a cheap motel. Then I went to Taco John’s and got four tacos, a burrito, chips and salsa. On the way back to the motel, I stopped […]

Bachmann Quits 2012 Campaign

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. CT: WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachammn just announced she would quit the 2012 presidential race. She praised God and spoke about the Founders of the American Republic, vowing her continued determination to repeal ObamaCare, calling it a formula for leading America down the road to socialism. UPDATE 10:55 a.m. […]

UPDATE: Santorum Surge in Precinct Numbers Exceeds Poll Projections

JOHNSTON, Iowa UPDATE 2:30 a.m. CT: Well, I’ve hit my deadline for The American Spectator, and Phil Klein of the Washington Examiner has invited me to breakfast. All rest of the press corps have left the Stoney Brook here, except for a guy filing an article for a French magazine. And this will be my […]

Pre-Caucus Night Nap Time

The rented Mustang convertible I got for the price of a Toyota JOHNSTON, Iowa Just got back from the Stony Creek Inn, across the highway from my hotel, where they’re setting up for tonight’s big victory celebration for Rick Santorum. Just so you know: Election Night events are always billed in advance as “victory” parties, because […]

Desperate Hours in the Hawkeye State

JOHNSTON, Iowa Republican voters are getting bombarded with robocalls all over Iowa. Last night, I talked to the night clerk at my hotel here. She’s a mother of three and a Republican, an undecided voter who isn’t even sure she’ll attend her precinct caucus tonight in Grimes. She told me she’s getting calls at home […]

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