About Those Tax Returns: We’ve Seen This Tactic Before
With the current debate instigated by the Democratic Party and David Axelrod and Barack Obama regarding Romney’s tax returns, this strategy is nothing new. Two points are immediately obvious. First, as long as Obama’s obedient media keeps harping on the issue, it will be kept in the forefront. Second, Mitt Romney is under no legal or moral obligation to release ten years worth of tax | Read More »
Economic Data to Predict the Election
When looking at most of the literature regarding the effect of economic data on presidential election outcomes, most pundits point to the big three: GDP, unemployment, and gas prices. GDP is a general gauge of the overall health of the economy, unemployment and gas prices are obvious. However, several economists have found higher correlations regarding economic data like the ISM Manufacturing Index and electoral outcomes. | Read More »
What Do Independents Really Want From Romney?
Sean Trend of Real Clear Politics recently had an analysis of a Pew Study regarding the upcoming presidential election. Specifically, he cites the fact that when people were asked whether they had an opinion of Obama, 90% had to 8% no. Regarding Mitt Romney, the split was that 69% had an opinion, but 28% had not. Most importantly, with independents who had not reached a | Read More »
If Bain Capital, Then Why Not Jeremiah Wright?
It is a sad state in the world of politics that probably one of the most important elections in this Nation’s history has descended into a perception of the past. Poll after poll indicates that jobs, the economy, health care, and budget deficits are most on the minds of American voters. Instead, in Congress we are debating campaign finance reform in the non-starter DISCLOSE Act | Read More »
Is Mitt Romney This Year’s John McCain?
There is no shortage of ideas as to why John McCain lost the election in 2008 to Barack Obama. However, one iconic image of McCain remains from that campaign. In the midst of one of the worst financial collapses in American history, McCain suspended his campaign to ride into Washington, DC on his white horse to save the day. Although he was granted a seat | Read More »
Around the Circuits Again: Some Interesting Cases
Its time for another installment of interesting cases from the various Circuit Courts of Appeal that may wind their way before the Supreme Court eventually. Incidentally, they are called “circuits” because federal judges used to literally “ride the circuits” as in stagecoach circuits deciding cases. Just a little historical tidbit for your reading consumption. Starting in the 1st Circuit, that Court has ruled that Boston | Read More »
Electoral Projections: Still No Changes, but Looking Up
Generally speaking, every time I write one of these entries, I get comments to the effect that polls at this time mean little, or that this state or that state is in play, or complaints about the accuracy of polls. Let me state right up front, as I do every time, that with a little over 4 months to the election, anything can change. We | Read More »
We Got OUR 5-4 Decision: Don’t Over-React
Following the health care decision this morning on the Internet as it unfolded with CNN blaring in the background, I was, like most readers here, surprised. Incidentally, while CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was announcing the mandate was struck down and lining up liberal talking heads to comment, the Internet was reporting, correctly, the opposite. Jeffrey Toobin apologies aside for the initial confusion, it is quite evident | Read More »
A Hypothetical, Tongue-in-Cheek Conversation
The following is a discussion between Mitt Romney and his campaign manager and advisers. Advisor: Now that we have the nomination wrapped up, Mitt, we have to turn to the convention in Tampa. Romney: Yes, a few days in the hot Florida sun will do everyone good, I think. Listen, we have the platform stuff all tidied up right? I don’t want any surprises down | Read More »
A Triple Smack Down for Obama in Supreme Court
Yesterday, June 18th, the US Supreme Court announced four opinions, and three that involved the federal government and positions taken by the Obama Administration. The fourth decision was a Confrontation Clause case and DNA testimony involving a state trial in which the federal government was not involved. In the three cases- two involving Indian tribes, but having ramifications beyond Indian affairs- the federal government came | Read More »