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    Where I Was On September 11

    Where I Was On September 11

    Until September 11, 2001, I worked in the World Trade Center, halfway up Tower One. I wasn’t doing political blogging at the time, but was writing “the Baseball Crank” as a weekly baseball column for the online edition of the Providence (R.I.) Journal. Here’s my account of that day, written for ProJo two days later while it was all still fresh. We run this every | Read More »

    The New York City Mayor’s Race: Race, Crime, Unions, Taxes, and…Other Stuff

    The New York City Mayor's Race: Race, Crime, Unions, Taxes, and...Other Stuff

    Tomorrow – Tuesday, September 10 – New York City voters go to the polls to pick the major-party candidates for their next Mayor. Candidates need 40% of their party’s vote to avoid an October 1 runoff election among the top two finishers in the primary. At this writing, it appears that the nominees – possibly without a runoff – will be Republican candidate Joe Lhota | Read More »

    Obama, Syria and Iraq: Any End But Victory

    Obama, Syria and Iraq: Any End But Victory

    The plans being floated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for a wildly unpopular military intervention in Syria are incoherent on any number of levels. Rather than identify an enemy and seek the enemy’s defeat, the essential requirement for using military force, the Administration is unwilling to declare the toppling of the Assad regime as a goal – despite Obama’s own proclamation two | Read More »

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    Concert Review: Kelly Clarkson & Maroon 5 at Jones Beach, 8/11/13

    Sunday night, my wife & I went to see a double-billed concert, Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach (in a fit of corporate sponsorship, this is billed as the “Honda Civic Tour”). As far as current pop music goes, this is about as good as it gets: Clarkson is, in my oft-stated view, the best thing in pop today, | Read More »

    73 Rules For Running For President As A Republican

    73 Rules For Running For President As A Republican

    We do not yet know who the Republican presidential nominee will be in 2016. We do not even know for certain who the candidates will be, although several are visibly positioning themselves to run. We all have our own ideas about who should run and what the substance of their platforms should be. But even leaving those aside, it’s possible to draw some lessons from | Read More »

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    For Paul Krugman, Everything’s An Exception

    The failure of Detroit is only the latest dramatic illustration of the practical failure of liberal-progressivism, standing in contrast to the great successes of free markets and conservative governance. If you are Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist, this sort of thing ought to give you pause about the connection between your big-government ideas and reality. Instead, it is only the latest | Read More »

    Fear of the Missing White Voters

    Fear of the Missing White Voters

    RealClearPolitics election analyst Sean Trende has come under coordinated red-hot rhetorical fire from the Left for his thesis that one of the major causes of Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012 was that a disproportionate number of white voters – mostly downscale whites outside the South – stayed home. Much of the criticism of Trende’s thesis is based on deliberately misreading his policy prescriptions – but | Read More »

    Barack Obama Wants Your Mom To Nag You To Buy Insurance

    Barack Obama Wants Your Mom To Nag You To Buy Insurance

    Once upon a time, young voters, you remember Barack Obama: cool, hip, The Future. But not anymore. Now, he’s just a guy who wants your mom to nag you to buy the insurance policy he’s having trouble selling: The Obama administration and its allies need lots of healthy young adults to sign up for insurance this fall to make the president’s health-care law successful. So | Read More »

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    Wedge Issues and the Rape Exception

    Wedge Issues and the Rape Exception

    Winning political parties don’t change their core principles or flip-flop on the major issues that animate major elements of their coalition. But they do pick their battles with care to maximize the number of wedge issues that favor them. Understanding this is key to understanding why the House GOP is right to push a late-term abortion bill that contains a rape exception. A Compass, Not | Read More »

    Is “IRS” The New “N-Word”?

    Is "IRS" The New "N-Word"?

    There is nothing, nothing, in politics more infuriating than the Democrats’ relentless use of racial division to cement the kind of thinking Courtland Milloy illustrated in his latest Washington Post column. The ever-expanding list of things that are considered racist to criticize so long as Obama is president is perhaps the most absurd manifestation of this line of thinking. Nearly all of these fail “the | Read More »

    Peggy Noonan, Nate Silver & Punditry

    Peggy Noonan, Nate Silver & Punditry

    Nate Silver kicked up a minor fuss last Friday with yet another NY Times column deriding the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. There’s less than meets the eye to the specifics of this particular dustup, but what’s interesting is Silver’s ongoing critique of Noonan and what it says about both of them. For today, I’ll focus here mainly on Noonan. Assume A Can Opener Noonan’s | Read More »

    A Timeline of Islamic Expansion In The Dark Ages

    Let me put down here some facts that are worth returning to from time to time, as arguments over the history of Islam and Islamism are back in the news with today’s beheading in London. In debates over the history of tension between Muslims and Christians, the Crusades are often cited, out of their historical context, as the original cause of such clashes, as if | Read More »

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    Concert Review: The Killers at Madison Square Garden

    Checking off the top act remaining on my current “gotta see live” list, I went with my wife to see The Killers in concert at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. While there were a few bumps in the road, on the whole the show was a reminder of why they are possibly the best rock band still in their prime today. The Setting I’ve previously | Read More »

    PPP on the Brown-Warren Senate Race: A Polling Post-Mortem

    PPP on the Brown-Warren Senate Race: A Polling Post-Mortem

    Polls are back in the news, with the release of four public polls and an internal Gabriel Gomez campaign poll in the June 25 Massachusetts special Senate election to replace John Kerry. 3 of the 4 public polls show Ed Markey with a distinct but still surmountable lead, an average of 6 points; the fourth shows him up by 17 and looks like an outlier, | Read More »

    Calling The Thing By Its Name

    Calling The Thing By Its Name

    Three hours after yesterday’s Boston Marathon Bombings, President Obama gave a short statement in which he pointedly declined to use the word “terrorism.” Shortly after his appearance, an unnamed White House official issued a written statement “Any event with multiple explosive devices — as this appears to be — is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror.” Defense | Read More »


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