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    We Can Do This the Easy Way, or the Hard Way

    I confess up front as I write this piece that I have only the most tenuous grasp of finance and/or economics (my willingness to admit this fact being the primary thing that distinguishes me from Ezra Klein). That said, you don’t have to be a money whiz to react with horror at the slow-motion trainwreck that is currently unfolding in Greece, that threatens to imperil | Read More »

    Requiescat in Pace, Jon Huntsman for President Campaign

    Well, it looks like Iowa and New Hampshire both get to claim one official victim in the 2012 GOP Presidential sweepstakes as Jon Huntsman is announcing today that he is going to be the first to follow Michele Bachmann out the door. Huntsman never managed to get off the floor nationally, and wasn’t able to make enough of a dent in New Hampshire (the one | Read More »

    New Hampshire Results CoveritLive!

    Many of the polls just closed. Some still have another hour to go. Chime in by clicking the window or jump in to the comments.

    The Importance of the Early Contests

    Occasionally, I will hear someone say that the amount of attention paid to Iowa and New Hampshire in the nominating process is ridiculous. However, on the Republican side of things, it turns out there is a good reason for that. Since the institution of the modern primary system (and even before), no Republican has won the nomination without winning one or the other of the | Read More »

    Why is Ron Paul allowed to Continue Participating in Debates?

    Let us set aside for a moment the many crazy things that Ron Paul says and the ways in which they might damage the GOP brand. We’ve given people passes for saying crazy things before. I mean, I’m not thrilled to have the guy up there on national television representing the GOP in any form or fashion, but on the merits as far as his | Read More »

    The TMM* Memorial Monday Open Thread

    Life is hard when you’re an idiot, and you’re on television surrounded by people who can speak in complete sentences. It’s like starting out in a hole, and when you’re in a hole, it’s very important to remember the First Rule of Holes. The one thing you should absolutely not do is try to use a big word – or at least something that sounds | Read More »

    Mitt Romney, of the Private Sector

    Apparently, in a rush to conduct two debates on the same days as the opening round of the NFL Playoffs, there was another debate Sunday morning. If I was only vaguely aware it was occurring, I cannot imagine the audience was all that large. I mean, really, if you were a) awake, b) not at church, c) not watching the NFL pregame show, and d) | Read More »

    Caption This/Open Thread

    Happy Sunday to everyone. Open Thread/Caption this time!

    Caption This/Open Thread

    Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend. Caption this! Open thread!

    The Most Important Election This Year

    Via the Transom, Nick Schulz in the USA Today argues that the recall elections for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin are more important than the 2012 Presidential elections. The claim that “this presidential election is the most important election ever” is an enduring political cliché, and it’s almost always wrong. Consider this year. It’s likely the 2012 race for the White House won’t even be | Read More »

    I Like Rick Santorum

    Back in the day, Rick Santorum was one of my favorite Senators. The guy was good on judges, a solid pro-lifer (the most important issue to me in all of politics), and he took the bull by the horns on Social Security reform even though it was tremendously unpopular in his home state. He was a key player in Welfare Reform. For a Senator from | Read More »

    Nancy Pelosi: It Was Very Bold and Encouraging When Barack Obama Ran Roughshod Over My Branch of Government

    Democrats generally tend to operate on the hope that most American voters can’t remember anything that happened longer than about a month ago. Very often they can get away with it, especially on something as esoteric as recess appointments or filibusters. But it is worth noting the history of this particular sordid tale which culminated yesterday, in order to understand why, even in the normal | Read More »

    You Stay Classy, Ron Paul Supporters

    So Jon Huntsman can speak Mandarin and also he adopted a little Chinese girl who was abandoned in a market. Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, | Read More »

    A Blatant, Frontal Assault on the Constitutional Separation of Powers

    Regarding the power of the President, Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution states: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, | Read More »

    A Call for Sanity in the Anti-Romney Rhetoric

    Let me just say up front that Mitt Romney is far from my first choice among the current field. I think both Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman would be far better general election candidates and Presidents than Mitt Romney and I don’t really “get” the joke the state of Iowa has clearly foisted on the entire country by essentially voting for Santorum, but macabre humor | Read More »