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  • Why Last Saturday's Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous

    01/19/2012 1:11:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/19/2012 | David Neff
    The 150 evangelical leaders who met behind closed doors on January 14 to anoint a Republican candidate for President were wise not to have invited me. I believe that Christians have an urgent duty to engage the social, economic, and moral threats to a healthy society. That requires a wide variety of political action. However, one thing it doesn't call for is playing kingmaker and powerbroker. By conspiring to throw their weight behind a single evangelical-friendly candidate, they fed the widespread perception that evangelicalism's main identifying feature is right-wing political activism focused on abortion and homosexuality. In truth, it is...
  • All of the candidates except Gingrich, Romney and Paul should drop out before Iowa

    12/01/2011 5:54:03 PM PST · by TBBT · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/1/2011 | The Tech Guys
    The Newt Surge is official. Over the last week, Gingrich’s Intrade odds of winning the nomination rose from 16% to 39%. Romney has faded a little but still leads with 47% odds. No one else is above 5% odds. The polls are even more stunning. Rasmussen shows Gingrich leading 38%-17% in a national poll. Real Clear Politics lists polls with Gingrich leading Romney by 15-30 points in Florida, South Carolina and Iowa, and trailing Romney by only 10 points in New Hampshire. In the general election match-up, Rasmussen has Gingrich leading Obama by 2% and Romney trailing Obama by 6%....
  • Tea Party’s rise could undercut mainstream GOP (and the problem is what?)

    05/29/2010 7:57:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 601+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/30/2010 | Susan Milligan
    WASHINGTON — The Tea Party movement is energizing elements of the Republican Party and fanning an anti-Washington fervor, but the biggest beneficiaries in the midterm elections, pollsters and political analysts say, could be the main target of their anger: Democrats. From North Carolina and Kentucky to Colorado and Nevada, candidates backed by Tea Party activists are making strong showings in primaries and opinion polls. Some of their campaigns, however, threaten to undercut GOP efforts to attract independents and moderates, prized voting factions in the general election. “Republicans are definitely doing Democrats a favor if they nominate these Tea Party candidates,’’...
  • Hold the Champagne on Military Commissions – It’s a Head Fake

    03/05/2010 6:32:36 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies · 490+ views
    NRO ^ | March 05, 2010 | andy McCarthy
    The Washington Post article that Dan posted about last night is a head fake. President Obama is not caving on military commissions. He has already caved on them: He failed (thankfully) to abolish them, Congress enacted legislation endorsing them again in 2009, and the administration has already directed a commission trial for the Cole bombers. The real agenda here is to close Gitmo. That’s the ball to keep your eye on. The Post is trying to soften the opposition to shuttering the detention camp by portraying beleaguered, reasonable Obama as making a great compromise that will exasperate the Left. The...
  • The Road Already Taken

    07/10/2008 2:04:33 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 41+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2008 | James Reston Jr.
    The importance of Kingmakers for a wide American audience emerges slowly. At first, the book appears to be a quaint reminiscence of eccentric and often familiar British colonials of the early 20th century, strutting across Middle Eastern deserts in pith helmets, instructing the benighted native tribesmen about the fundamentals of governing. But as this beautifully written and researched book proceeds, it becomes abundantly clear that these skilled English soldier-diplomats are the progenitors of (and in some cases, role models for) the current crop of American diplomats and soldiers on the same turf. The issues that this country is now debating...