Give Me A Caption For This Rick Santorum Photo

No Firearms Makes For Gang Wannabes In England

Bill Bratton, the former New York City police commissioner had a most interesting comment recently in regard to guns and gangs in England.  Bratton was named by British Prime Minister Cameron as a special advisor on gangs. 

“The firearm problem in England is almost laughable in the sense of how small it is,” Bratton stated.  “The gangs here, I would describe as, basically,wannabes.  They’re heavily influenced by American gangs–in dress, in langauge, in the stupid sings they use.”

Thank God American culture has not perverted the gun laws of Britain.

Why GOP Should Embrace Ron Paul

There is friction galore between Ron Paul and the Republican Party.  It strikes me as odd that it should be the case given that Paul is only mouthing the end results of the smaller government crowd who rail against Washington, and work feverishly to slow down the work of government.  One would think Ron Paul would be the hero of the Tea Party, and all those who only wake in the morning so they can find some new way to undercut government.

And the truth is that Paul’s vision reveals—with candor and specificity—what the G.O.P.’s rhetorical hostility to government would mean if it were rigorously put into practice. A minimal state, without welfare provisions for the unemployed. A quarter of a million federal workers—as a first installment—joining those unemployed. Foreign policy and national defense reduced to a few ballistic-missile submarines. The civil-rights legislation of the nineteen-sixties repealed as so much unwarranted government intrusion. As for the financial crisis, Paul would have countenanced no regulation that might have prevented it, no government stabilization of the financial system after it happened, and no special help for working people hurt by it. This is where the logic of government-shrinking leads.

Mit Romney Soaring In South Carolina Poll

I am still of the mind that when splintering the conservative vote among Perry, Gingrich,and Santorum combines with Romney’s money, organization, and skillful campaign strategy there can only be one outcome.  I have  preached this for months.  This is not rocket science, and still conservatives seem to fail to grasp what is happening.

The latest poll from South Carolina seems to make it clear.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is surging in South Carolina and now has a solid lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll released today.

The poll also shows that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s support in South Carolina has soared, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s numbers have nose-dived.

South Carolina holds the first in the south contest in the race for the nomination with its critical January 21 primary.

According to the poll, 37% of likely GOP primary voters in South Carolina say they are currently backing Romney, nearly double his most recent support from CNN’s last South Carolina survey conducted early last month. The new poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, after Romney’s eight-vote victory over Santorum in Tuesday night’s Iowa caucuses.

Santorum had 19% support in the survey, up from 4%, and Gingrich was at 18%, down from 43% in the ea rly December poll.

Mitt Romney Is Political Pinata

This is just an amazing week–and the weekend gets even more exciting.

One veteran GOP strategist put it even more bluntly: “He will be a political pinata, no question about it. The question is, how does he handle it?”

The chances of a Romney pile-on are fairly high, especially with a field that’s been whittled to six candidates, down from eight just a few weeks ago.

There are two debates within 16 hours of one another — an ABC News-sponsored event on Saturday night, followed by an NBC News-sponsored forum the next morning. The two face-offs are consuming gobs of time for all the campaigns, and essentially freezing campaigning over much of the weekend in what is an already-condensed run-up to the Jan. 10 primary.