Why haven’t Romney’s rivals exploited his latest gaffe?

"Both Jonathan Chait and Jonathan Cohn today noted the utter incompetence of Mitt Romney’s GOP rivals when it comes to basic opposition research, as shown by their failure to dig up two 2009 statements in which Romney supported a national individual health insurance mandate. These statements are completely at odds with Romney’s claim throughout this campaign that he has never backed a national individual mandate, but rather simply thought it appropriate for the people of his own state. Yet Mssrs. Santorum, Gingrich et al apparently could not bother to dig up the statements, which were contained in two very obscure corners: a USA Today column and Meet the Press appearance.”

-Alec MacGillis, Just How Pathetic are Romney’s Opponents?

Read our Super Tuesday primer and know what’s at stake for today’s big vote. Also, read Jonathan Bernstein’s analysis on how caucuses affect the nominating process.
"Regardless of whether Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum comes out ahead in Ohio later today, Super Tuesday already promises to make at least one growing segment of America’s political class gleeful: caucus skeptics."-Jonathan Bernstein, Yes, Caucuses Are Unfair. No, We Shouldn’t Mind
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Read our Super Tuesday primer and know what’s at stake for today’s big vote. Also, read Jonathan Bernstein’s analysis on how caucuses affect the nominating process.

"Regardless of whether Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum comes out ahead in Ohio later today, Super Tuesday already promises to make at least one growing segment of America’s political class gleeful: caucus skeptics."

-Jonathan Bernstein, Yes, Caucuses Are Unfair. No, We Shouldn’t Mind

Can FEMA really take full control of the country at the President’s whim?

"Long before anyone had heard of Glenn Beck, Ron Paul’s newsletters touted the conspiracy theory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was preparing to impose martial law on Americans. The November 1987 Political Report claimed that “FEMA is now an integral part of Washington’s bureaucratic maze, and it stands ready to take full control of the country at the president’s request.”

- TNR Staff, “TNR Exclusive: More Selections from Ron Paul’s Newsletters

Do Ron Paul’s newsletters really reflect his views?

Who will win Iowa?

The Republican field is crowded and fluid right now, but it won’t be for long. By January 11th, there will be at most three remaining contenders, and we’ll have a much clearer understanding of how the race will develop.

Until then though, it is still anybody’s race to win.

Check out TNR contributing editor William Galston’s “User’s Guide to the 2011 Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary" for an insider’s look at the two earliest and most important contests in the 2012 GOP campaign.

Photo courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.


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he Los Angeles riots of 1992: ‘Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. … What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.’”
For years, Ron Paul published a series of newsletters that dispensed political news and investment advice, but also routinely indulged in bigotry. Continue reading a selection of some especially inflammatory passages here.

A man was arrested recently in Montana under suspicion of driving under the influence. After testing at four times the legal limit, he was placed under arrest and proceeded to go on a drunken Ron Paul-citing rant about his constitutional rights.

The producer of the video may not be a Ron Paul 2012 supporter, but this man sure is. And he sure knows his Constitution. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the officers who picked him up on that fateful night in big sky country.

Courtesy of National Geographic

In 40 years, the Millenial generation will have taken over the GOP, and they’ll be nominating 116-year-old Ron Paul, who already looks like he’s 116 years old and by that point will look like Yoda. We have no doubt that whatever wizard powers Paul possesses to attract thousands of fanatically loyal followers to his bizarre paleoconservative goldbug platform will also allow him to still be campaigning for president well into the three figures.