Primaries

Rick Perry Bows Out of GOP Race, Backs Gingrich

Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race and endorsed Newt Gingrich on Thursday morning, delivering a short, jaunty speech to supporters in South Carolina.  “I have come to the conclusion that there is no …

Why Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate Matters

Mitt Romney stammered on Monday night when debate moderators asked him whether he’d release his tax returns.  “I hadn’t planned on releasing tax records, because the law requires us to release all of our assets, all the things …

The Great Bain Diversion

The great debate about whether Mitt Romney was a vulture capitalist or venture capitalist at Bain Capital is useful and interesting, but not for the reasons many people pretend it is. The country benefits from a frank discussion about the wages of capitalism and what limits, if any, we should place on free markets. But the specifics of …

Weak Tea and Dirty Tricks in South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

A few minutes after Rick Santorum had finished addressing a packed wings joint here on Sunday, Bill Gautsch felt that he’d seen the man who can stop Mitt Romney. “He’s the closest thing to Jim DeMint that I’ve seen,” Gautsch said, referring to the state’s junior Republican senator, a hero of the …

Former South Carolina Governor Jim Edwards Dumps Romney

In 2008, former South Carolina governor Jim Edwards devoted four months of his life to be the de facto co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state, raising money and organizing supporters statewide. This time around not only is he not helping the Romney campaign, he’s not even endorsing Romney. Instead, he tells TIME, he is …

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