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Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Happy Thansgiving All.

Good News for Romney: The Newt Surge is Upon Us

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

 As has been widely reported in the media today, six months after I (along with the rest of the country) wrote him off, Newt Gingrich is having some success positioning himself as the latest “Not Mitt Romney” candidate.

As Nate Silver showed last week, over the last two months, Gingrich’s trend lines are the best in the Republican field, and while he still trails both Cain and Romney, he is clearly on the upswing while Cain and Romney seem to be fading a little. Meanwhile a raft of new polling released in the past few days confirms that surge, with one poll even showing Newt leading the Republican field.

I have to admit that I didn’t watch the foreign policy debate on Saturday. I watched Rick Perry’s self-immolation on Wednesday and I just couldn’t bear to watch any more on Saturday. Like most, I think Perry’s meltdown marks the death knell of his already faltering campaign.

Meanwhile, Herman Cain continued to do what he has done in every debate, which is to repeat “NINE-NINE-NINE” at every possible turn. I’m no expert at predicting how Republicans judge candidates, but I think it is becoming more and more evident that, in Cain’s case, the Emperor Wears No Clothes. And while constantly repeating “NINE-NINE-NINE” might be a great way of getting attention, at some point voters are going to expect you to take it to the next level. It’s not clear to me that Cain has a next level. As Mike Murphy tweeted after the foreign policy debate, and Mark Halperin seconded, Cain’s answers always seem to be a mile wide and an inch deep.

What’s interesting about a switch to Newt is that, as Mark Halperin pointed out last week, Gingrich may be the person most likely to become the alternative to Romney, but he’s also the least likely to beat Romney. Gingrich brings a treasure trove of political liabilities to the presidential race. And given that only about 5% of GOP voters in a recent poll rated Gingrich as the most likely to beat Barack Obama, the swing to Gingrich seems to indicate that Republicans might be done searching for a viable alternative to Romney and are now just looking for a credible protest vote to cast.

The bottom line is that, despite Mitt’s yearlong stagnation in the polls and the fact that he’s the last choice of so many conservative Republicans, the paucity of credible alternatives puts him in a pretty good position. The self inflicted wounds of Perry and Cain over the past few weeks have just amplified this advantage.

All in all, a pretty good couple of weeks for the Romney camp.

Something’s Happenin’ Here

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

And it looks big.

Whiner of the Month

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

 

This guy has to be the consensus choice for whiner of the month.

Shocking that some people in Washington might condone “the pitting of Americans against Americans.”

Man these guys have short memories. As soon as Bush got on that helicopter and headed back to Texas they forgot about all of the debt he ran up over the previous 8 years, and now they seem to have forgotten that they spent the last two years vehemently supporting a movement that was all about “pitting Americans against Americans.”

It makes me so mad that I want to go out to a rally and paint a Hitler moustache on my John Boehner sign.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

He was an icon for our time and probably the most influential entrepreneur in modern times. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he revolutionized three different industries: the computer industry, the music industry and the wireless phone industry.

As Thomas Friedman once said, “I would have been happy with my Sony Walkman had Apple not invented the iPod. Now I can’t live without my iPod. I didn’t know I wanted it, but Apple did.” You can say the same for the PC, the iPhone and the iPad.

56 is too young, but Jobs burned bright. He will be missed.

Obama Takes a Lesson from Elizabeth Warren

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


At the risk of turning this space into an Elizabeth Warren admiration society, I need to post this one. This is one of the best defenses of liberalism that I have ever heard and it’s nice to see Obama taking the cue. Infrastructure, education, police protection, a dominant military to protect our economic interests abroad, all of these are part of the story of what has made America so successful over the years…and all of these things are brought to you by the government.

More on this later, but the lesson here is that Democrats need to learn how to defend their philosophy more effectively and aggressively. The things I listed above are centrist ideas that a large majority of Americans support, but they don’t come for free. They need to be paid for.

A Bad Day for America

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Buried with work now, so no time for a long manifesto on how the Tea Party’s taking this country down the tubes.

Instead, here’s James Fallows:

the major steering decisions in national policy make a difference in the long term. It made a difference, for the good, that the United States adopted the GI Bill, and set up the Land-Grant Universities. It made a difference, for the bad, that California passed Proposition 13. In the short run, the “bargain” just agreed to offers worse than no hope for addressing the really urgent problem of the moment, harmfully high unemployment. And in the long run, this has been as sobering a case study of a great nation misusing its resources, distracting itself from real problems, and discrediting its political system in the world’s eyes as… as I can remember. No “foreign threat” has been involved here. Not a “rising power,” like China. Not a “non-state menace,” like some terrorist. We did this all ourselves.

I hope things will look better tomorrow.

Me too.

Joel Klein: The Failure of American Schools

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Here’s an eye opening piece by Michael Bloomberg’s former Chancellor of Schools in New York City. I’m not for ending collective bargaining, but I agree with what Chris Christie said on Face the Nation earlier this year:  ”What I believe in is true, adversarial collective bargaining.”

Public employee unions have been a convenient scapegoat this year, but it’s hard to read this piece and not argue that the negotiated contracts are out of control in New York City and that this has had a significant effect on outcomes.

Mac Is Back: John McCain Sets Record Straight on Torture

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Here’s Greg Sargent on John McCain’s push back to Condi, Rumsfeld, Cheney, et al’s argument that evidence gained by torture led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Nice development. Wasn’t sure if we were going to see the old McCain again.

Justice Is Served

Monday, May 2nd, 2011