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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…

American Exceptionalism: The Baloney and the Glory - Spectator Blogs

31 August 2012 13:03

I’m writing a column about Mitt Romney for tomorrow’s Scotsman so more on him later. Suffice it to say that…

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…

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…

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…

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  –…

The United Nations is not in Foggy Bottom. On balance, that’s a good thing.

23 August 2012 23:40

For an Englishman, Nile Gardner is an unusually reliable mouthpiece for the more reactionary elements of reactionary American conservative foreign…

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…

Saturday Afternoon Country: Robert Earl Keen - Spectator Blogs

18 August 2012 16:57

Saturday country sessions have been delayed while the new Spectator website was being built. But that’s been done now and,…

Doc Watson, 1923-2012

30 May 2012 12:38

 Another of the grand old men of country and bluegrass music has picked his last. Doc Watson has died, aged…

Will Obama Dump Biden for Hillary?

22 May 2012 13:39

Mike Tomasky enters the Veepstakes with a variation on a well-worn theme: Will Barack Obama replace Joe Biden with Hillary…

Mitt Romney’s Invisibility Strategy

17 May 2012 15:22

 Joe Klein complains that the Republican nominee is being beastly to the press.  Mitt Romney is clearly a candidate terrified…

Obama’s Evolution

10 May 2012 12:29

Yesterday, Barack Obama came out of the closet and acknowledged what we’d all suspected for a long, long time: he…

Washington’s Favourite Unimportant Parlour Game: The Veepstakes

2 May 2012 14:19

The American presidential campaign is in one of its few fallow periods just now. Which means it is time for…

Amarillo Slim, 1928-2012

1 May 2012 10:45

From one great Texan to another: Amarillo Slim, giant of poker and peddler of western wisecracks, has died. Now that…

The Years of Robert Caro

16 April 2012 18:32

For political types there’s little doubt about the publishing event of the year: the fourth volume of Robert Caro’s mammoth…

The Limits of Political Speech: Talking About Everything Just Makes It Worse

20 March 2012 17:37

The Sunday Telegraph was sensible enough to publish a pleasing article by Brother Hoskin last weekend in which our man…

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

20 March 2012 15:26

Congratulations to YouTube user Hugh Atkin for this mash-up. Nicely done.

Illinois Votes; Mitt Romney Wins; Race Still Over

20 March 2012 12:05

The Illinois primary is today and looks like handing good news to Mitt Romney and poor news to reporters and…

Song of the South

14 March 2012 11:22

Consider these three propositions: 1. A Mormon, moderate conservative from Massachusetts won 30% of the vote in Alabama and Mississippi…