Author Archives: Maggie Gallagher

Grading the Candidates: Ron Paul

[Watch the debate live online here.] Prof. George: “Power delegated to national government by Section 5 of the 14th Amendment. You have a strong and consistent pro-life record in Congress. Whether in view of those delegated powers, would you propose to Congress legislation to protect life in all stages, or would you have to wait […]

Rating the Candidates: Newt Gingrich

[Watch the debate live online here.] Newt gets extra credit for giving Dr. George a shout-out at the beginning on the Manhattan Declaration: “What Dr. George began with the Manhattan statement to re-center American culture is very important …this is very important.” From his opening remarks: “Always a citizen, never a subject. A set of […]

Rating the Candidates: Herman Cain

[Watch the debate live online here.] Prof. George leads off: “Does Congress have the power under Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to enforce the equal protection of unborn life?” Cain responds (paraphrase): “Yes I could support that. I would challenge the U.S. Congress to do its job. The president has the responsibility to be […]

Rating the Candidates: Michele Bachmann

[Watch the debate live online here.] This debate is breaking new ground. Prof. Robby George asks whether Congress has the power to enforce the equal protection of unborn life, under Section 5 of the 14th Amendment. I think Michele Bachmann said yes. This breaks new ground. Michele Bachmann also offered Pres. Obama’s failure to defend […]

DeMint's Pull in South Carolina

The debate will go live in 5 minutes. The panelists just walked in. Sen. DeMint is introducing the honoraries in the audience (like the NH Speaker of the House). The South Carolina delegation is particularly impressive. Let me put it this way: if the terrorist attack the convention center right now, it looks like the […]

I Wish Rick Santorum Were Here

The uninvited using the forum to get their media shots in — this one via ABC’s The Note blog: No, their invitations didn’t get lost in the mail. They were never sent. Though most of the major presidential candidates were offered the chance to speak at a Labor Day forum here with Sen. Jim DeMint, […]

Waiting for Ron Paul, etc.

I just walked into the convention center, and passed a gaggle of Ron Paul supporters holding homemade signs saying “End the Central Bank!” You gotta love those guys’ passion. I’m now in the spin room. NBC, CBS, major media — all here.  Perry is back fighting fires in Texas.

Ranking the GOP Candidates on Marriage in This Debate

Assuming the marriage question is asked, I will be blogging/ranking the candidates on their answers on marriage.  Can they explain why they support marriage?  Let’s find out.

The APP/Jim DeMint Palmetto Freedom Forum

I’m here in Columbia, South Carolina. I’ll be at the debate, watching NOM’s founding Chairman Prof. Robby George asking the core, principled questions. This is the debate where conservatives take back the debate process from the media. I don’t know what will happen, but watch with me. I am taping material for the Maggie Report. […]

Rick Santorum Versus Piers Morgan!

Rick appeared on CNN. Naturally, following the new script Byron York points out, Piers wants to talk about homosexuality. Making religion and religious people a “wedge” issue in the campaign is the new script and boy is Piers on message. Rick’s finish is particularly strong–when Piers wants to say ‘I’m a Catholic,” and I’m with […]

Mark Sanford On What He's Learned About Breaking Up His Family for an Argentinian Love Flame

I don’t know what he could have said but this is distasteful: Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was a guest on “Piers Morgan Tonight” this evening, and discussed the 2012 GOP candidates, the economy and what he’s been up to since leaving office. But he also discussed the scandal when he was in office – […]

Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

EurekAlert: Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover […]

The Chilling of Our First Amendment Rights

The First Amendment is more than a legal guarantee. It is a culture — a key American value — which holds that in a decent and free society, law-abiding citizens should not face reprisals for speaking up with civility for the moral good as they see it. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s remarkable opening statement in [Wednesday’s] […]

A Developing Romer Doctrine?

One of the hallmarks of the postmodern Supreme Court is an increasing creativity in developing new doctrines that expand the Court’s power, while attempting to rest that expansion of power in the actual Constitution. The 6th Circuit just struck down a law passed by the people of Michigan that makes admission to public universities race […]

"Your Daddy Was a Yale Sperm"

An LA Times story, which was on the new census data on the decline of married families, but which featured a Heather has Three Mommies happy meme, provoked this response from some Yale grads: Presumably the singing groups will soon need to update their repertoires to include “Your Daddy Was a Yale Sperm…” — A reference […]