Romney running away with New Hampshire
Last time around, Mitt Romney took a blow when he took ‘silver’ in his neighboring state New Hampshire, losing to the man who’d been plotting to win the state since the last contested primary there, John McCain. This time it looks like Romney is going to repeat the McCain strategy. By never having given up on the state since November 2008, Romney looks set to | Read More »
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, rick perry
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, Suffolk University
Get Ready: Conservatives Are About to Support the Federal Takeover of Schools
After Mitt Romney attacked Rick Perry for joining Milton Friedman in calling social security a “ponzi scheme”, conservative intellectuals in the DC-NY corridor suddenly began treating Friedman as John Maynard Keynes’ bastard love child with Karl Marx and rejecting all calls to reform social security because Rick Perry dared to call it a ponzi scheme. Considering the behavior of conservative intellectuals in Washington and New | Read More »
Isn’t This a Relevant Connection?
Nicole Gelinas is over at National Review joining in questioning Rick Perry about his “ponzi” rhetoric on social security. I’ve read that post twice and really don’t see the point of it, even with the previous points. But what is relevant to me is that Ms. Gelinas is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. The Chairman of the Manhattan Institute is Paul | Read More »
Mitt Romney and John F. Kerry – Parallel Lives?
It is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue of vice, indeed a small thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of a character than battles where thousands die. – Plutarch (HT: Livius.org) History doesn’t tend to repeat itself in completely sinusoidal fashion. It does, however | Read More »
Gallup: Romney gaining from Bachmann?
The new Gallup poll of the Republican contenders is out, this time with USA TODAY branding. Just looking at the frontrunners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in isolation, it looks like Romney is gaining. What I find interesting though is where that support appears to be coming from. Romney’s support may be coming from Michele Bachmann.
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Romneycare: A Microcosm of Obamacare, According to Conservative Study
Does government have the right to take over the healthcare sector, thereby infringing on liberty, killing jobs, reducing income, destroying investment, and driving up costs to consumers? Well, as long as it is promulgated by state government, Mitt Romney thinks there is nothing wrong. The conservative Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University has done a comprehensive study surveying the devastation of Romneycare – and it’s | Read More »
The state of the race before the Debate
Last night CNN hosted a key Republican Presidential debate, in which Rick Perry took a variety of attacks. This is critical because going into Rick Perry’s first debate, his favorability ratings were great, and his unfavorables were miniscule compared with the field. Let’s see where CNN had the state of the race going into last night.
The Headline Goes Here
No, that title is not a placeholder or an error. “What’s your headline,” so many people came up to me and asked last night after the CNN Tea Party Debate. There are so many headlines about the debate. You all, I’m sure, want the quick and dirty scoop. The short answer is Rick Perry won, but only by default. He had a stellar one hour | Read More »
Michele Bachmann’s Constitutional Ignorance
Having hit Romney on his ridiculous and contemptible Mediscare flier earlier today, I am now forced to defend him (sort of) from a completely ignorant attack from Michele Bachmann. In discussing the repeal of Obamacare (which is something I think almost all Republicans support), Bachmann claimed erroneously that there was no difference between the constitutionality of Obamacare and the constitutionality of Romneycare: Plus, no state | Read More »
Perry now perceived as most electable
In the latest CNN poll Governor Perry maintains his lead over the rest of the Republican presidential contenders at 30%. But the big take away from the new poll is that Perry is now perceived as the most electable, with 42% saying he has the best chance of beating Obama next year. Only 26% say Romney has the best chance of defeating the president. Perry | Read More »
LIVE FROM FLORIDA — No One Except Ron Paul
I’m in Tampa, FL for the CNN-Tea Party Express Republican Presidential Debate. The debate begins at 8pm on CNN. I’ll be on WSB Radio from 5pm to 7pm doing a “pre-game” show and then, starting at 7pm, I’ll be on CNN the rest of the night. When the debate starts, Michele Bachmann intends to join Mitt Romney in defending social security against Rick Perry and | Read More »
The First Perry Debate: The Governors Dominate
Let me offer my takes on last night’s GOP primary debate (I saw all but the very end). -Short answer? The debate reinforced, rather than changed, my impression of each of the eight candidates on stage. Which is usually what these debates do, but there’s always the odd night when somebody really makes a good impression or shoots themself in the foot. -Globally, the bad | Read More »
Mitt Romney’s Political Platform is a Ponzi Scheme
Mitt Romney might feel that entitlement reform is an electoral loser, but it is precisely his unprincipled Mittness Protection Program of a political platform that will lose him the nomination. Republicans are looking for a leader – and leaders show courage by articulating bold solutions to our most consequential public policy problems, such as retirement security; not by ducking behind them and palavering liberal demagoguery. | Read More »
Whose Idea Was it to have MSNBC Host a Debate?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by economic advisor Jim Johnston about tax policy, but first, we discuss last night’s Republican debate hosted by the always one-sided MSNBC, the ridiculousness of some of the questions from Brian Williams, the lack of a focus on the issues that really matter to | Read More »
MITT ROMNEY’S Social Security blunder.
You’ve probably read by now Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens’ gleeful email to Ben Smith – and might I add that there is something unseemly about an ostensible Republican using Politico for what is essentially an internal debate? – crowing over Governor Rick Perry’s rather sensible observation that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme: He has lost. No federal candidate has ever won on the | Read More »