Mitt Happens

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I met Mitt Romney yesterday. Well, if you can consider shaking his hand and saying hello “meeting” him. Mr. Romney is the governor of Massachusetts and a probable candidate for President in 2008. As with all presidential campaigns, the early path has to run through Iowa. And so Governor Romney found his way to Cedar […]

lazy teenagers?

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Noel Sheppard has a good column over on Newsbusters today regarding a little-reported statistic that has some bearing on the recent immigration debate. We hear every day that illegal immigrants are “doing jobs Americans won’t do.” However, Noel asks us to take a look at the rate of teenage employment over the past 30 years. […]

Joe Klein on how Consultants have ruined Politics

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Joe Klein has a good column on time.com today about how political consultants, pollsters, and focus groups have been the ruination of politics. His conclusion: I hate predictions. Most pundits, like most pollsters, get their information by looking in the rearview mirror. But let me give 2008 a try. The winner will be the candidate […]

now it makes more sense…

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Emanuele Ottolenghi, who teaches at Oxford Uninversity, writes a column today on National Review Online that makes a crucial connection between some recent Islamic dots. Much has been in the news the past week or so of the unrest caused by Muslims in response to some cartoons published in a Danish newspaper that ridiculed Mohammed. […]

Alito hearings, Day 1

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I’m sitting here at work with a stream from C-Span playing the Senate Judiciary committee hearing of Judge Samuel Alito. Question 1: Why the heck do they call it a “hearing” when the senators do so much more talking than the nominee does? I’m getting really tired of listening to all of the speeches. Right […]

“Unlikely firebrand” or “Murderous Fanatic”?

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A great column from Jonah Goldberg from a week ago, but it just ran in my print newspaper today. http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200512231243.asp Among the proud recipients of Time magazine’s fluffy end-of-year “People Who Mattered” feature is Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here’s how his blurb begins: “He is an unlikely firebrand: the soft-spoken son of a blacksmith who […]

“Unlikely firebrand” or “Murderous Fanatic”?

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A great column from Jonah Goldberg from a week ago, but it just ran in my print newspaper today. http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200512231243.asp Among the proud recipients of Time magazine’s fluffy end-of-year “People Who Mattered” feature is Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here’s how his blurb begins: “He is an unlikely firebrand: the soft-spoken son of a blacksmith who […]

“Unlikely firebrand” or “Murderous Fanatic”?

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A great column from Jonah Goldberg from a week ago, but it just ran in my print newspaper today. http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200512231243.asp Among the proud recipients of Time magazine’s fluffy end-of-year “People Who Mattered” feature is Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here’s how his blurb begins: “He is an unlikely firebrand: the soft-spoken son of a blacksmith who […]

“A Separate Peace”

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Peggy Noonan writes a somber column today. An excerpt: I think there is an unspoken subtext in our national political culture right now. In fact I think it’s a subtext to our society. I think that a lot of people are carrying around in their heads, unarticulated and even in some cases unnoticed, a sense […]