Archive | January 2012

Gingrich’s Magic Word


Newt Gingrich’s resounding win in Saturday’s South Carolina primary was remarkable in itself, considering Romney’s 25-point lead in one poll held just after New Hampshire; but what was most surprising was the manner of his win. He won over Republican voters attacking unrestrained capitalism, seized the ‘outsider’ label while emphasising his experience in government, and won over social conservatives amidst the revelation that he had asked his second wife for an open marriage. How did he manage all this? With one magic word.


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A Bad Day For Mitt Romney


In my first post on this blog, I asked the question ‘Who Really Won Iowa?’. Well we now have an official answer: nobody. Following a recount, Mitt Romney’s 8-vote lead now appears to be a 34-vote lead for Rick Santorum. However, due to a number of ‘missing votes’, the decision has been made not to declare a winner.

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I imagine some of you reading this woke up this morning and tried to access Wikipedia. Whether you were doing an essay, trying to remember who played John McClane’s wife in Die Hard, or factchecking a Newt Gingrich advert, Wikipedia would probably be your first port of call. So I imagine some of you have seen the above picture already. You probably know it’s a protest against SOPA and PIPA, and that it’s something to do with internet piracy, but as how controversial bills are is usually directly proportional to how confusing they are, you may not understand exactly what everyone’s so upset about.

I’ll try to explain.

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The GOPscars – Craziest Campaign Adverts


Possibly the best thing about having a Republican field all bordering on clinically insane is that it makes for some incredible campaign adverts. I don’t think I’m alone in harbouring a suspicion that the each of the candidates is a comedian and they are just playing a big joke on us all. But I can’t prove that (yet), so for now we’ll have to assume they’re real and that the below adverts were actually produced in order to win elections.

And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, the nominations for the GOPscar for Craziest Advert of the Year…

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And Then There Were Five…

Jon Huntsman has pulled out of the 2012 race... but was he ever really running?

Ranking up there with Mitt Romney winning New Hampshire and bears shunning public lavatories in terms of pure shock, Jon Huntsman has withdrawn his candidacy for the Republican nomination. His supporters in South Carolina will hold a meeting in a phone box later to decide how to proceed.


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What Didn’t Happen in New Hampshire


Yesterday, the voters of New Hampshire went to the polls and acted exactly as they were supposed to. Mitt Romney strolled to victory, Ron Paul fended off Jon Huntsman’s weak attempts to take second, the conservative vote was split almost equally between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and a few people threw a pity vote Rick Perry’s way. But still, there were lessons to be learned: not from what happened, so much as what didn’t happen in New Hampshire.

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Two Days, Two Debates, One Winner


I first must congratulate anyone who managed to sit through both of the Republican New Hampshire debates this weekend. They seemed to alternate between being boring and nauseating to such a degree that a Keith Moon situation was a real possibility. But what is to be taken from them?

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Ron Paul or The Turner Diaries?

Ron Paul has faced a lot of criticism recently for newsletters published in his name in the 1980s and 1990s which put forward racist, conspiracist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and pro-militia views. Paul claims not to have read them, and while that claim is of itself ridiculous, the fact of the matter is that he allowed them to be sent out in his name, he made money from them, and he defended them as late as 1996. In fact, he only began to deny authorship of the newsletters in 2001.

Whatever Paul’s involvement, the newsletters are disturbing, and reading them now (there are scans here) is a distressing experience.

Reading the newsletters, Angus Johnston, who runs the wonderful Student Activism blog, has noticed some similarities with possibly the most infamous piece of American white supremacist literature: the Turner Diaries. This paean to race war influenced Timothy McVeigh and David Copeland with its extremist message of racial purity, and yet sections of Paul’s newsletters fit neatly into place alongside this vile hate book.

If you think I’m exaggerating, head over to Student Activism and see if you can tell Ron Paul from the Turner Diaries in ‘the toughest quiz you’ll take today‘.

Pat Robertson Knows Who The Next President Will Be…

Pat Robertson knows who the next president wlil be … but he’s not telling.

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Who Really Won Iowa?


We were told it would be close; in the end it turned out to be the closest contest in the history of the Iowa caucus, with Mitt Romney gaining only eight more of the 122,250 votes than Rick Santorum in second. With such a small winning margin, it is perhaps unsurprising that all of the frontrunners Read More…