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The (Liberal's) Case for Mitt

Kevin Drum states it: A few months ago I was pretty much rooting for a Perry or a Bachmann to win the GOP nomination because I figured (a) they'd lose big in the general election, and (b) their loss might push the Republican Party back toward the center sooner than otherwise. But it's just …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday November 15, 2011

Signs of the Times

Bill Kristol had a cryptic editorial in the Weekly Standard this weekend, wistfully remarking that 2012 is not 1980 and that conservatives may have to resign themselves to "a not particularly distinguished four-year governor who’d zigged and zagged back and forth to be acceptable to large parts …

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Written by David Frum on Monday November 7, 2011

The Nominee Will Be Romney and the GOP Will Like Him

Although I'm hardly optimistic that he'll take the presidency, there's every reason to think that Mitt Romney is going win the Republican nomination and attract the votes of his own party members. Thus, while I would still bet on Obama to win reelection, I disagree with David Frum 's contention …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Tuesday November 1, 2011

The GOP's Best Case/Worst Case

In my column for CNN, I discuss how the Tea Party will react to the different possible outcomes of the 2012 election: A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility. That second …

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Written by David Frum on Monday October 31, 2011

Res Judicata: I Want To Sue the Teamsters

Last year I moved my law firm from one high-rise building in downtown Chicago to another one a few blocks away. Because the move was a short one, I shopped around for a mover who could get the job done for under $500. And there were small movers in the suburbs willing to do the job at that cost. …

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Written by Howard Foster on Monday October 24, 2011

Admit it, The GOP Needs a Smart Nominee

Mitt Romney is the most intellectual of the leading Republican presidential candidates (Romney, Cain, Perry). That can’t be questioned. His masterful debate performances – capped by the October 18th debate's one-on-one destruction of Perry – have evinced quick-wittedness, a deep grasp of policy …

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Written by Stephen Richer on Monday October 24, 2011

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Romney

Our friend John Vecchione this morning received a solicitation to donate money to Mitt Romney. He emailed me in despair: "I feel like the bride in an arranged marriage I can't get out of."

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Written by David Frum on Thursday October 20, 2011

Immigration Attack Could Backfire on Perry

In the short term at least, it seems hard to deny that yesterday's debate was good to Rick Perry. The leading un-Romney contender, Herman Cain, sank underneath withering attacks on his 9-9-9 plan; his inability to defend the details of this plan with anything other than assertions that his …

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Written by Fred Bauer on Wednesday October 19, 2011

Mitt Romney: Constitutionalist

On the Las Vegas stage, Anderson Cooper asked the candidates about the role of faith generally and then specifically to the disparaging comments about Romney's Mormonism by the pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voters Summit. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday October 19, 2011

Cain's Immigration Plan is Not Enough

Last night’s free-wheeling, barely moderated debate was a joy to watch. We learned that Michele Bachmann thinks Libya is not in Africa. We learned that Herman Cain might have another set of numbers besides 9-9-9: 171 -for-1...the number of Gitmo detainees that he might be willing to swap for a …

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Written by Zac Morgan on Wednesday October 19, 2011

Foreign Policy, Finally!

The Heritage Foundation has  announced that it will co-host -- with the American Enterprise Institute and CNN -- a Republican presidential debate on foreign policy and national security. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a month (the debate won’t happen until Tuesday, November 15), but such …

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Written by John Guardiano on Tuesday October 18, 2011

GOP: Pick Romney!

If it wasn’t clear before, it should be now: Mitt Romney is the only sensible choice Republicans have for their presidential candidate in 2012. The exciting choice would have been New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who, in any debate or personal appearance, would have demolished rivals – Republican …

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Written by Peter Worthington on Tuesday October 18, 2011

Reagan As He Was

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Written by Geoffrey Kabaservice on Monday October 17, 2011

Res Judicata: Defending Romneycare

The Massachusetts health care law signed in 2006 by Governor Romney has three main parts: 1. It requires all citizens to buy a state-approved health insurance plan, 2. It provides subsidies to certain low-income people to pay for insurance, 3. It requires employers to provide health …

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Written by Howard Foster on Monday October 17, 2011

Romney Can't Stop the Tea Party

By all appearances Mitt Romney seems likely to walk away with the Republican Party’s 2012 nomination. We can still expect a few scares, particularly in Iowa and South Carolina, but it’s getting harder to construct a credible scenario in which Romney fumbles this one away. He looks smart, savvy, …

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Written by Chris Ladd on Friday October 14, 2011

Does the Tea Party Have a Future?

In my column for The Week , I discuss what the future of the Tea Party will be if Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee for President: The astounding result: After three years of battling against ObamaCare, the most likely winner of the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 is the …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday October 13, 2011

Romney Won't Drink the Tea

In an October 11 post discussing Romney’s performance in a recent Gallup poll, the Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen noted, “What seems more interesting, however, is just how weak a frontrunner Mitt Romney really is. Even as Rick Perry’s support collapses, and even when the rest of the GOP field …

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Written by D.R. Tucker on Wednesday October 12, 2011

Worry About Costs, Not Mandates

Revelatory Headline : "White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law." I am no fan of Obamacare. The notion that a top down system will control costs flies in the face of the fact that virtually every advanced country on earth that has a top-down scheme to manage its …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Tuesday October 11, 2011

Perry's Dangerous Debate Temptation

Rick Perry has thrown away his opportunity to make a good first impression. Will tonight's debate be a last chance to correct a negative view? I think I can guess the advice Gov. Perry is receiving in advance of the debate. He needs to "go on the attack," hit hard on Romneycare and the individual …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday October 11, 2011

Christie Could Never Run Against Romney

When I wrote that Chris Christie was not going to run for President, I gave four reasons why it was too late for him to enter the race. As we learn about Chris Christie's plan to endorse Mitt Romney today, we can add a 5th: apparently he had been in communication with Romney for a long time. …

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Tuesday October 11, 2011