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Mitt Romney Campaigns With AK Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan In Anchorage

The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading

Bush Speaks At National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

Tories and ethnic minorities: lessons from George W Bush

7 May 2014 12:52

Dan Hannan makes many good points in today’s Telegraph as he considers the Conservatives’ grim failure to attract support from black and ethnic minority voters. This isn’t merely a problem… Continue reading

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Speaks To Long Island Association Event

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

31 March 2014 15:58

Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election. Jeb Bush lost. Meanwhile, across the country, his elder brother… Continue reading

Senate Chairman Of Transportation Committee Calls For Investigation Into George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Rumours of Chris Christie’s political death are exaggerated.

8 January 2014 21:35

January 2014, two years before the Iowa caucuses and already Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, has been handed the Black Spot. His chances of securing the Republican… Continue reading

Chris Christie Makes Campaign Announcement

Chris Christie and the Average American Joe

6 August 2013 17:45

Jonathan Bernstein objects to the notion that it’s Chris Christie’s supposed ability to speak like an “average Joe” than makes him a strong candidate to win the Republican party’s 2016… Continue reading

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Lessons from Ronnie and Maggie

18 February 2013 21:51

Ramesh Ponnuru has written a splendid op-ed for today’s New York Times. Splendid, not because it is new or especially original, but because, alas, it’s central message needs repeating until,… Continue reading

Polish Work Force Leads to Largest Migration In Centuries

Today's easy question: Why won't minorities support right-wing parties? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 17:40

I’m afraid that I can’t help but feel some of the comments left responding to this post go some way towards answering a question Daniel Hannan asked recently: why do… Continue reading

Senators Speak To Media After Vote On Stopgap Spending Bill

Rand Paul: Leader of the US Senate's Tiny Awkward Squad - Spectator Blogs

16 November 2012 15:52

Speaking of politicians worthy of your support, here’s Senator Rand Paul doing his thing: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is holding up a vote on the Defense Authorization Act until he… Continue reading

Western Kentucky v Mississippi Valley State

Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it might all mean for politics there and, naturally, in this… Continue reading

Romney Campaigns Throughout Swing States Ahead Of Presidential Election

The View from the Cocoon of Denial and Epistemic Closure - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 19:48

William F Buckley has, alas, gone the way of all flesh but his National Review lives on and arguably remains the flagship journal of contemporary American conservatism. It certainly considers… Continue reading

President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Barack Obama is Re-Elected President of the United States - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 5:45

Well, I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney might do rather better than it seems he has. As I type this CNN has just called Ohio for Barack Obama, confirming… Continue reading

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Presidential Predictions: Barack Obama 294 Mitt Romney 244 - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 19:37

Asked my prediction a few days ago, I looked at all the possibilities and plumped for Obama 294, Romney 244. This is tediously in the middle of the general range… Continue reading


Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful candidate will talk of America’s essential greatness. He will promise… Continue reading

Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

The Republican party didn't leave Michael Bloomberg. He was never really in it. - Spectator Blogs

30 October 2012 18:34

If two things could have been predicted about Hurricane Sandy it was that, first, far too many people would waste time pondering the likely impact of the storm upon next… Continue reading

Romney Takes Whirlwind Campaign Tour Of Ohio

The Weakness of the Case for a Romney Comeback - Spectator Blogs

26 September 2012 19:23

Bob Wright correctly observes that we should soon be treated to a barrage of Romney Combeack stories chiefly because the press needs a new story to tell and this is… Continue reading

US President George W Bush (L) walks to

Mitt Romney is no George W Bush. That’s a problem.

19 September 2012 19:44

Failed presidencies have long half-lives. Just ask Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. Jimmy Carter’s legacy wasn’t the only reason they lost but they certainly received no assistance from the great… Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren is one of several Democratic Senate candidates who has pulled ahead recently. Picture: Getty Images

Democrats pull ahead in key US Senate races

18 September 2012 10:09

When I looked at the battle for the United States Senate back in July, I said it’d be tough for the Democrats to retain control. But since then — and… Continue reading

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spea

Who would vote for a vampire squid named Mitt Romney? - Spectator Blogs

18 September 2012 0:49

In politics – especially Presidential politics – message reinforcement is a risky business. You hope that, if reminded often enough, the electorate gets and keeps an idea of your guy’s… Continue reading

Romney And Ryan Attend RNC Farewell Victory Rally In Florida

New, Improved, Human, Mitt Romney Still Faces Demographic Difficulties - Spectator Blogs

3 September 2012 11:17

Traditionally – that is, for the last 50 or so years – Labor Day is considered the “official” start of the Presidential campaign. Since Labor Day is today t’s OK… Continue reading

Romney Accepts Party Nomination At The Republican National Convention

Clint Eastwood: Dada Maestro and Republican Superstar - Spectator Blogs

31 August 2012 4:56

To hell with Mitt Romney. He can wait. The star of last night’s Republican extravaganza in the god-forsaken city of Tampa was Clint Eastwood. With the help of an empty… Continue reading


Condi Rice gave a great speech. She still won't be a contender. - Spectator Blogs

31 August 2012 0:53

It’s no surprise that John McCain gave a shriveled, bitter, small speech at the Republican convention during which he inadvertently confirmed that the electorate – boobs, nitwits, rubes and all… Continue reading


Paul Ryan and the Audacity of Seriousness - Spectator Blogs

30 August 2012 12:40

If Paul Ryan looked and sounded like the tyro lawyer in a John Grisham movie delivering his first big courtroom speech then that’s because, in a way, he was just… Continue reading

Anti-Abortion Group Displays Controversial Billboard

Rape is rape and abortion is abortion. Except when they're not. - Spectator Blogs

28 August 2012 13:08

Way back in my debating days at Trinity College, Dublin we knew you could guarantee large crowds and impressively  – that is, pleasingly – bad-tempered debates twice a year. These… Continue reading

Barack Obama Goes On 2-Day Campaign Swing In Ohio And Pennsylvania

Is Barack Obama a Tory? - Spectator Blogs

23 August 2012 14:23

At The American Conservative, Noah Millman argues that Barack Obama’s administration is the kind of small-c conservative leadership Thomas Friedman and other so-called centrists have been asking for: [T]he Obama… Continue reading


Romney seeks ‘incredibly boring white guy’

15 May 2012 16:42

With just over three months to go to the Republican convention, what sort of vice presidential nominee is Mitt Romney looking for? Well, a Republican official ‘familiar with the campaign’s… Continue reading