Category: Domestic Politics

 
 
Domestic Politics
 
 Politically Correct Terrorism – ABC’s Castle (March 09, 2011 at 3:53 PM )
I am not a typical TV viewer. I care about college football and probably watch too many games during the collegiate football season. Other than that, I rarely watch TV as I prefer to spend my free time on other...

 Taxpayer Funded Abortion (July 26, 2010 at 2:49 PM )
Remember when politicians were arguing over ObamaCare? The Democrats promised taxpayer monies would not be used for abortions. However, the Democrats refused to include language in the bill precluding this. Now the Obama administration has approved a plan to give...

 Obama at Bat (July 06, 2010 at 12:13 PM )
A friend of mine sent me this link and I thought my readers would appreciate it....

 EMP: A Clear and Present Danger (June 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM )
Last summer, I experienced one of the scariest novels I have ever read. It truly scared me and the author was not who you might expect. Instead of Steven King, Dean Koontz, or the horror writer of your choice, this...

 37 Years, Over 50 Million Dead (June 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM )
A reader sent me a link to a recent abortion article. It is well worth reading for those of us who care about the unborn....

 Strategery (June 23, 2010 at 11:22 AM )
I really enjoyed Bill Sammon's book, Strategery, which was written by the senior White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner. The book is mostly written from a pro-Bush perspective, but provides some interesting insights in addition to any commentary on...

 Who is Ethically to Blame for the Oil Disaster? (June 01, 2010 at 8:55 AM )
A friend of mine asked me who I blamed for the oil disaster? BP? The federal government? The legal issues are interesting, but morally I blame the radical environmentalists (who have much more political power than the oil industry, even...

 True Words by a Liberal Talking Head (March 03, 2010 at 6:39 PM )
I was channel flipping a few weeks ago when everyone was talking about Scott Brown, the Republican who just won the special election for the late Senator Kennedy's seat. Some liberal talking head who I didn't recognize was responding to...

 Great Low-Budget Marketing (March 03, 2010 at 4:29 PM )
The Dallas Tea Party organization produced a very inexpensive ad that probably was very effective in recruiting potential members. They responded to one of the arrogant talking heads at MSNBC in such a delightful way that will make you laugh...

 The Election Heard Around the World (January 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM )
In 1775, Americans were preparing to fight against the strongest power in the world. The British government was the most powerful government in existence. Despite helping to found many of the American colonies, they refused to grant Americans representation and...

 I Love Ann Coulter (January 06, 2010 at 5:57 PM )
Ann Coulter is my favorite syndicated columnist. No matter how much criticism she takes, she provides a weekly column about liberal actions, or reactions, about current events with her own unique mix of facts and sarcasm. I just took a...

 Credit Crisis - A Simple Analogy (October 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM )
The following analogy briefly explains the credit crisis. This credit crisis was caused by the same people who want to control our health system...

 Saturday Night Live, CNN, and the Nobel Peace Prize (October 09, 2009 at 5:42 PM )
What a week! First, Saturday Night Live pointed out that Emperor Obama had no clothes. The impersonation of Obama was pretty weak, but essence of humor is truth and the skit was a riot. You Tube had it up for...

 Another Reason to Oppose ObamaCare (September 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM )
I am all for health care reform, but to me that means fixing the problems facing our medical private sector, not following the rest of the world into socialized medicine. Yes, we can and should do more to help US...

 Silence from the Left on Murder of Pro-Lifer (September 19, 2009 at 6:56 PM )
James Pouillon was a dedicated pro-lifer. He exercised his American right of free speech all around Owosso, Michigan. Despite physical problems, he frequently needed oxygen from a small tank he carried with him, he was frequently seen near the library,...

 Email about Abortion and Scripture (September 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM )
Quixote responds to an email about what the Bible says about abortion.

 In Their Own Words (September 16, 2009 at 4:05 PM )
The internet is a wonderful tool. Someone under the pseudonym of Morgenr compiled a video clip of various Democrats and their previous statements about the now infamous single-payer option. It makes it difficult to lie to the public about your...

 Knee-Jerk Censorship against Intelligent Design (September 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM )
Recently, David Klinghoffer had a great post on how Darwinists pressured people to remove an interview with Michael Behe, the brilliant author of Darwin's Black Box. Fortunately, saner heads prevailed. I can understand why Darwinists are afraid to let people...

 Interesting Times Ahead (November 06, 2008 at 7:52 AM )
The election results were interesting. My optimism was realistic for my state, which went for McCain, but incorrect for the nation which went for Obama by about 7.2 million votes. Some interesting bits of trivia about these results. I doubt...

 Some Perspective (November 04, 2008 at 7:07 AM )
Today is Election Day and I still have hope that Obama will not be our next president. Even though I am certainly not excited about a possible McCain presidency, the prospect of an Obama presidency fills me with great concern...

 The Election and Healthcare (October 16, 2008 at 7:28 AM )
US Pharm D posted a fairly objective overview of the candidates’ positions on healthcare. It is worth reading for those who want to know some details. This is also a good time to print an email I received when Hillary...

 Advertising vs. Entertainment (October 15, 2008 at 10:18 AM )
When I make the time to play games (and I would like to make the time to get involved in gaming again now that my children are getting old enough to play too), I play for entertainment and escapism. I...

 Moral Hazard (October 15, 2008 at 7:32 AM )
Moral hazard is a concept that shows that people who are sheltered from the consequences of foolhardy actions may be more likely to repeat them than people who feel the pain of their actions. In other words, if you spend...

 Watch Out (October 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM )
A friend of mine emailed me this perspective: 1) The current world credit problem is almost entirely due to the US government putting a socialist program in its banking/mortgage industry (redistributing goods and services as loans to those who can't...

 Beware of Congress (September 29, 2008 at 10:23 AM )
We are witnessing one of biggest governmental power grabs in history. Congress and two presidents caused this mortgage crisis and now Congress and a third president are trying to saddle the taxpayer with more debt to give the government more...

 Technology and Attitude Toward Abortion (September 27, 2008 at 9:11 AM )
As a college professor, I have the opportunity to get to know many students in the 18-24 age range as well as some non-traditional students. In general, it seems that a greater percentage of students are pro-life than they were...

 Fannie & Freddie – The Worst of Both Worlds (September 08, 2008 at 6:40 PM )
Capitalism has its advantages and disadvantages. Government has its place and there are some things it can do better than the free market. There are also many things where it is much worse than the free market. However, the worse...

 Prediction: McCain Wins in November (August 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM )
Despite the predictions of most mainstream pundits, I now forecast that John McCain will be our next president barring some completely unforeseen event. In early 2008, when the Rev. Wright scandal broke, it was clear that Obama lacked the judgment...

 A Free and Sovereign Nation (August 26, 2008 at 10:22 PM )
There are many things about the United States of which I am proud, but I recently learned something that made me want to stand up and cheer. Many Europeans support the International Criminal Court and many seriously support bringing Americans before it because they think they have the right to veto our nation’s actions. So what would happen if some arrogant European tried to arrest one of our soldiers, or even our Commander-in-Chief, and charge them under the ICC?

 Definition of Hate Speech (October 25, 2007 at 4:06 PM )
I wanted to capture this gem so I could find it again when needed. Hate speech is verbal communication that induces anger due to the listener’s inability to offer an intelligent response. Mike Adams...

 Resources for the Global Warming Debate (July 25, 2007 at 3:01 PM )
Anyone interested in the global warming debate should avail themselves of the following resources. For a brief overview of the science of global warming and/or simply to see how much you really know about global warming, take the Global Warming...

 Another Hate Crime? (April 28, 2007 at 3:14 PM )
Did you hear about the homosexual Hate Crime in South Dakota?. Of course not, although you may have heard of the depraved lesbian killer. The media loves to talk about hate crimes whenever they find a rare case of a...

 The Future of Medicine – Hopefully (January 23, 2007 at 9:41 AM )
Hats off to Dr. Robert Berry who is almost single-handedly trying to revolutionize the practice of medicine in the United States. For instance, he refuses to accept any payment from insurance companies. He does this out of principle, as anyone...

 Socialized Dentistry (December 04, 2006 at 11:49 AM )
When my academic friends promote socialized medicine, I always ask them why they think the government will do a better job than the free market. The reply is invariable one of two responses. Either they have more blind faith in...

 Bedtime Update on Amendment Two (November 07, 2006 at 11:03 PM )
With 57.8% of the precincts reporting, 52.4% of the people have voted against Amendment Two. Unfortunately I don't know which precincts haven't reported yet, but I remain optimistic that Amendment Two is going to lose. 11/8 update: Unfortunately the precincts...

 Electronic Voting Experience (November 07, 2006 at 5:32 PM )
Someone put some real thought into this particular electronic voting machine and I doubt my state will have any problems from the machines themselves.

 Missouri's Misleading Marketing: Stem Cell Research (November 06, 2006 at 10:21 PM )
The writers of this bill clearly think most Missourians are a bunch of ignorant hicks who cannot understand that this amendment has been written in the most deceitful method the writers could contrive. A more accurate amendment title would be Embryonic Stem Cell and Test Tube Cloning Amendment

 Election 2006 (November 01, 2006 at 10:22 AM )
I invite all of you to participate in an election poll unique to readers of this website. The pollster has promised to give me a copy of the results in a few days and I will post them at our...

 Free Markets, Filth, and Television (October 03, 2006 at 3:08 PM )
We do not have a competitive market for television channels in most of the US. Most consumers have four ways to obtain content if they want to watch TV. The simplest way is to just watch free TV that consumers...

 Better Late Than Never (May 26, 2006 at 3:20 PM )
After 108 years, the unconstitutional and illegal phone tax will finally cease. After July 31, phone companies should no longer collect this tax (so check your bills in August). It only took the rulings of five appeals court to make...

 Letters and Thoughts about Illegal Immigrants (May 04, 2006 at 5:39 PM )
This country was founded by immigrants and we have an obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Yet we cannot afford to support the world and there are inherent fairness issues (should an illegal immigrant who snuck into the...

 A Reporter with Guts (March 14, 2006 at 4:26 PM )
Jim Walsh is a humor columnist for the Cherry Hill Courier Post in New Jersey. For a humor columnist, he showed more guts and journalistic integrity than the vast majority of those who claim to be journalists. Here is the...

 Three Economic Books (February 27, 2006 at 1:19 PM )
While Three Economic Books is not the most exciting title in the world, I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting some of my recent reading has been. The FairTax Book is a light, but interesting read on taxes – a...

 Free Speech Hypocrites (February 21, 2006 at 1:49 PM )
James Joyner has an interesting post on free speech, or the lack thereof, in Europe. He quotes Sebastian Holsclaw and both make the point that people should be allowed to say stupid things. I don't see why many of my...

 Rebels Without a Clue (February 20, 2006 at 1:27 PM )
On February 7, the student council of the University of Washington voted against a resolution honoring World War II fighter pilot Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. It was a close call – the vote was actually tied, but Senate Chair Alex...

 Democrats and Republicans, Oh My (February 09, 2006 at 10:10 AM )
One of my favorite satirists is Scott Ott. He is one of the many jewels that have been discovered thanks to the ease of self-publishing enabled by the internet. He recently nailed both parties with this commentary: (2006-02-08) — Democrat...

 Bush Nominates a Qualified Conservative (October 31, 2005 at 9:10 AM )
Nominee Samuel Alito may be our next Supreme Court justice. Bush, showing he has learned from the Miers mess, carefully drew attention to a few points in his nomination speech. Judge Alito has served with distinction on that court [the...

 God Bless Harriet Miers (October 28, 2005 at 11:41 AM )
I believe Harriet Miers has just saved her boss, President Bush, and the Republican Party from a nasty internal fight. I had previously written about the problems with nominating Miers, and unless she pleasantly shocked me during the confirmation hearings,...

I have waited over two weeks to post about President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers for several reasons. I was disappointed that Bush did not pick someone with an established constitutionalist view, I was not familiar with Miers, and my...

 Senate Majority Leader Frist - Not Our Next President (September 27, 2005 at 8:49 AM )
Senate Majority Leader Frist will not be our next president.

 Another Interesting Poll (September 21, 2005 at 5:42 PM )
Today I spent a few minutes taking a political poll on the internet. Like most such polls, it is strongly biased based on what the authors think is important about politics. This particular poll is biased to the left and...

 In Case of Insult (August 05, 2005 at 2:08 PM )
Email debates can be fun if the people with whom you debate actually understand you and your position. However, sometimes people show you that they really don't understand you at all. I try to be a civil debater, but so...

 Thoughts on Supreme Court Nominee Roberts (July 20, 2005 at 7:16 AM )
Last night President Bush nominated Judge John G. Roberts to be our next Supreme Court Justice. Bush made the announcement in prime time, a first for a supreme court nomination. From this it seems obvious to me that President Bush...

 Forthcoming Supreme Court Justice Nominee (July 19, 2005 at 3:20 PM )
Tonight President Bush will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra "Wishy Washy" Day O'Connor. Scott Ott has an advance copy of the Democratic response to the nomination. Conservative Republicans will likely complain that Bush forgot he won...

Last March terrorists struck in Spain with the documented intention of changing the Spanish election. They succeeded. The ruling party, the Spanish Popular Party, was a strong favorite to win easily. Instead, enough of the population was scared by the...

 Buying Votes in St. Louis (June 30, 2005 at 10:17 AM )
The AP had an eye-catching title today. 5 Democrats guilty of plot to buy votes. I have a friend who is on the city council of one the cities that compose the St. Louis metropolitan area. He said this story...

 Constitutional Amendment (June 27, 2005 at 2:50 PM )
James Taranto, who I would classify as a coastal Republican (e.g., conservative on most issues, but liberal on social issues; similar to the founders of the libertarian party) had a very interesting suggestion yesterday for a new amendment. Section 1....

 Ambassador Lieberman? (December 06, 2004 at 1:00 PM )
I saw this note at the Poliblogger: According to Bill Kristol on Fox New Sunday this morning the Bush administration wants Joe Lieberman to be the US ambassador to the UN, and has allegedly contacted him for the job. This...

 Fightin' Words (November 30, 2004 at 9:17 AM )
I recently was made aware of the poetry of Russ Vaughn. Russ is an interesting character. According to his website, Russ describes himself as a moderately conservative nut case. A Vietnam veteran, his poetry reflects his background. In his own...

One of the problems in discussing the exit polls is that there are so many mistakes being published all over the media and the blogosphere. I started discussing this topic last week and you should read that post before finishing...

 Exit Poll Comments, Part I (November 12, 2004 at 12:25 PM )
As my regular readers know, my background is in marketing and I have some expertise in both creating and reading polls. Given the events of November 2, where the Democrats thought they were going to win based on exit polls...

 The Future of the Democratic Party (November 03, 2004 at 4:40 PM )
Dean Esmay has an interesting view on this. The Democrats, as I see it, now face a crisis of conscience. They can angrily dig in, continue to embrace the Michael Moore/Joe Trippi wing of the party as their hope for...

 More Political Predictions (November 03, 2004 at 3:44 PM )
Scott Ott has just revealed Kerry's Master Plan. This raises an interesting question. Who will be the new Senate Minority Leader now that Obstructionist Daschle has been fired by his constituents? Any predictions? Reid or Dodd seem the obvious picks,...

 Greatest Presidential Victory Since 1988 (November 03, 2004 at 8:20 AM )
Barring any last minute surprises, it appears that President George W. Bush has won the greatest political victory of any presidential nominee since 1988, where his father, George H.W. Bush also won the votes of the majority of Americans along...

 Looking Mostly Good (November 02, 2004 at 11:34 PM )
Good news - Looks like Bush took Florida and that one of my least favorite politicians, Senator Daschle may lose to Thune in South Dakota, but this will not be settled for a while. Bad news - Specter's seat is...

 Fox Follies & Live Election Thoughts (November 02, 2004 at 9:16 PM )
I'm watching the election results and one of the folks on Fox News called Arlen Specter the moderate senator from Pennsylvannia. Specter is stereotypical northeastern liberal and moderate is not a word I would use in describing him. Frankly I...

 Small Town America - Voting Update (November 02, 2004 at 1:53 PM )
In our small town in "fly-over" country, there are less than 20,000 residents. According to the local election workers, at the last presidental election, there were just about 200 voters at our voting location (note: there are several locations in...

 Pro-Life Voter Guides (November 01, 2004 at 9:43 PM )
I'm doing some last minute research on some of the smaller elections in my area. It is difficult to find quality information on some of these candidates. I have found this pro-life site helpful for some of the races, but...

 Bin Ladin "Only" Threatens Pro-Bush States (November 01, 2004 at 11:38 AM )
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is only threatening the Red States; that is any state that votes for George Bush. MEMRI, who entire existence is based upon their expertise in translating...

 Status Update and the Presidential Election (October 27, 2004 at 7:18 PM )
Yes, I'm still alive. Many thanks for your emails (including a few very interesting ones that I might share soon). I had the good fortune to spend over two weeks overseas, but I am still catching up at work... I...

 Arabian Attention Given to International Arms (September 22, 2004 at 2:50 AM )
The local news pays much attention to arms dealing. The other day, there was a detailed report about how Pakistan is becoming a major arms merchant, specializing in dependable goods. For example, Pakistanis have recently developed a new fighter that...

 Are You an Idiot Like Me? (September 14, 2004 at 9:26 PM )
Last week my intelligence was questioned by both the extreme left and right. From the loony left, my intelligence was insulted, along with that of many millions of other Americans, when John Kerry's wife stated: "only an idiot" would fail...

 Defending Alan Keyes (September 09, 2004 at 11:28 AM )
Alan Keyes has been taking much flack recently over a comment he made about his opponent's pro-abortion position. Christ would not vote for Barack Obama because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for...

 Greenpeace Defenders or Exploiters? (May 14, 2004 at 8:40 AM )
Greenpeace cultivates a fuzzy Disney-like image of an organization desperately trying to protect poor animals against unethical corporations. However, recently I have read several articles attempting to shine some light on Greenpeace itself. I found an interesting article entitled How...

If I were not one, I might dislike Americans. Even though most of us never think about it, our election will influence the entire world, not just ourselves. Yet many of us will cast our vote without consideration of what...

 Good for California (May 03, 2004 at 12:09 PM )
Those are not words that leave my lips on a regular basis, but California has showed uncommon sense for a change. On Friday, their secretary of state decertified all touch-screen voting systems in the state because there was no way...

 The Importance of Electoral Votes (April 29, 2004 at 12:31 PM )
Given the comments on my post on political demographics, I thought I'd spend a bit of time reviewing the electoral college and our current population. All fifty states plus Washington, DC have a total of 538 electoral votes. 270 electoral...

 Rough Week for Kerry (April 28, 2004 at 3:43 PM )
I could almost feel sorry for Senator Kerry. In a matter of days, he has been blasted from the right (Cheney), the left (ABC), the Catholic church, and his own supporters....

 Political Demographics (April 28, 2004 at 2:21 PM )
The election is just over six months away. Political managers are pouring over the figures from the 2000 election. I thought my readers might enjoy the same exercise. Voters Supporting: Gore Bush Nader Black 89 8 3 White 42 54...

 Blunt & Honest vs. Sophisticated & Dishonest (April 23, 2004 at 2:10 PM )
President Bush is one the most honest presidents we have had in quite a while. With two notable exceptions, he has followed through on his campaign promises and acted as he advertised. I strongly disagree with some of his acts,...

A Republican friend of mine emailed me this letter that is apparently floating around conservative email circles. Although clearly biased, it offers an interesting and sometimes humorous perspective. Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about...

 A Political Survey with a Twist (March 23, 2004 at 3:12 PM )
One of my readers, Don Hagan, has created a political survey. Unlike most surveys, you don't actually need to take this one to see the results. Hagan has provided the key along with the answers. Here are some of my...

 Kerry's Judgment (or Lack Thereof) (March 23, 2004 at 9:11 AM )
Imagine you are running for President. You have asked for Secret Service protection just in case some lunatic takes a shot at you. You have been campaigning hard and have wrapped up your party's nomination. So you take a much...

 Good Neighbors (March 19, 2004 at 2:22 AM )
As my regular readers know, I moved my family from one state to another last summer. It is a college town, but with a surprisingly even mix of liberals and conservatives at the college. I am sure this will come...

 The Perfect Politically Incorrect Gift (March 18, 2004 at 3:23 PM )
Last year, I made a promise after reading a funny column by Mike Adams. He is one of my favorite columnists and has earned a permanent link at my roundtable (under Court Jesters). He is a politically incorrect tenured professor...

 Surprising Voter Turnout (March 10, 2004 at 12:34 PM )
Some of my Democratic friends have been excited about the news reports discussing the expected record voter turnout in the Democratic primaries. A few states, such as New Hampshire and South Carolina, did indeed have record turnouts. However, most states...

 Cigarette Taxes, Consumption, & Public Policy (March 08, 2004 at 11:06 AM )
I just read an interesting article in Health Economics about the impact of cigarette taxes on consumption. Farrelly et al (2004) tested whether smokers tend to switch to cigarettes with more tar and nicotine as cigarette prices rise. They discovered...

 Show Me the Money (March 04, 2004 at 9:34 PM )
Thanks to some data from CNN, I have updated my warchest chart. As a group, the Democrats continue to raise more money than the Republicans. This slight edge has grown by a full percentage point since I last reviewed the...

 The Roe Effect & Abortion (March 04, 2004 at 5:17 PM )
On January 17, 2003, James Taranto opined that one of the long-term effects of abortion was to make the country more conservative. It's almost a truism that women who have abortions are more pro-choice than those who carry their pregnancies...

 Election Update - Two Surprises (March 03, 2004 at 5:56 AM )
As expected, John Kerry won virtually every primary yesterday. Edwards has unofficially withdrawn (registration required) from the race and is expected to make an official announcement this afternoon. The biggest surprise was that Howard Dean won his first primary two...

 AFL-CIO: Supporting the Wrong Party? (February 26, 2004 at 12:18 PM )
A Missouri reader asked me to comment on Ann Coulter's column on the AFL-CIO. I do not know much about Coulter, but she raised an interesting point in this column. She claimed that the AFL-CIO is acting foolishly in their...

 Political Highlights of the Week (February 25, 2004 at 1:19 PM )
I have not been posting too much on the political race lately because it seems obvious that Kerry will be fighting Bush for the nomination unless he suffers a Dean-like meltdown between now and Super Tuesday. However, for those who...

 Political and Other Anagrams (February 23, 2004 at 4:47 PM )
A reader forwarded this list of anagrams to me. It was presumably created and compiled by several Scrabble experts. I found it amusing, but let me provide fair warning. This post contains a few crude anagrams (on par with Jay...

 The State of the Union (February 18, 2004 at 7:35 PM )
Remember the infamous red and blue map from 2000? Someone had the bright idea of using it as a baseline and applying current polling results to it. According to his explanation, he is slightly biasing things against Bush (deliberately) in...

 Democratic Hopefuls and Gamesmanship (February 18, 2004 at 1:04 PM )
I flipped on the news last night to see the results of the Wisconsin primary. Kerry narrowly beat out Edwards, but that was expected. The closeness of the race was the story and some of the talking heads were trying...

 Clinton Endorses Kerry (February 12, 2004 at 9:18 PM )
Scott Ott breaks the story about Clinton. I was debating even posting the Kerry problem, but Scott's unique perspective was worth posting. I suspect this story will keep Dean in the race for a while longer. I'm starting to believe...

 Another Right to Life Bill (February 11, 2004 at 9:47 PM )
The media must really despise how the internet has reduced their monopoly on power. When I was vainly searching for a media report on Hunter's Right to Life Bill, I found a post by the evangelical outpost. The legislature of...

 Right to Life Bill, Part II (February 11, 2004 at 9:28 PM )
I asked several legal bloggers to comment on the Right to Life Act. Many responded, but the subject was outside the expertise of most of those I contacted. Fortunately, Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh were kind enough to respond. Neither...

 Right to Life Act (February 07, 2004 at 3:02 PM )
Despite being given the silent treatment from the media, 23 members of Congress are cosponsoring the Right to Life Act which has the potential to overturn Roe v Wade.

 Abortion and Politics (February 04, 2004 at 2:16 PM )
The political implications of abortion are fascinating and are starting to receive more media attention.

 Democratic Primaries The Road Ahead (February 04, 2004 at 12:45 PM )
After last nights dismal showing, Lieberman realized he had no chance and finally withdrew from the contest. Kucinich and Sharpton are evidently playing their own personal game of Democrat Survivor and I expect at least Sharpton to hang around for...

 Mini-Super Tuesday Results (February 04, 2004 at 12:38 PM )
Kerry had a big night, winning five of the seven states. Edwards showed his Southern strength and easily won South Carolina. In a surprise showing, Wesley Clark narrowly beat out Edwards for Oklahoma with Kerry a distant third....

 Gentleman Revolutionary (January 28, 2004 at 9:47 PM )
I finished reading Gentleman Revolutionary: Governeur Morris the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution by historian Richard Brookhiser. It was a very interesting biography of a man who had personal experience with two revolutions (ours and that of the French)....

 Edwards Loses the Bowlers' Vote (January 26, 2004 at 10:02 AM )
This New Hampshire report paints a vivid picture of what happened Saturday night when Senator Edwards showed up at a bowling alley for a press conference. The original idea was that Sen. Edwards himself would bowl. ...when I arrived at...

 Just in from New Hampshire (January 24, 2004 at 9:00 AM )
The latest from the political columnist who most accurately captures the perspective of most Americans....

 Debate Coverage (January 23, 2004 at 1:45 PM )
The debates last night had very little meat to them. After almost a year of debates, where the contenders are asked to give brief answers to questions usually the same ones asked in previous debates I can usually...

 2004 - Big Spender vs. Big Spenders (January 22, 2004 at 4:45 PM )
As my regular reader know, I think President Bush has done an abysmal job domestically. He has presided over one of the largest increases in domestic spending (non-defense related) in modern history. I had hoped that at least one of...

 SOTU Analysis (January 21, 2004 at 1:07 PM )
I have reviewed the entire State Of The Union address and commented on each part of it. I gave him a D for his domestic agenda and an A- for the war on terrorism.

 Political Survey (January 20, 2004 at 4:23 PM )
Select Smart has an interesting survey that matches some of your political preferences with the current candidates for President. The survey covers a lot of ground. I am a bit skeptical of their methodology, although I find their results fairly...

 Summaries of the Iowa Caucus (January 20, 2004 at 10:52 AM )
The Blogosphere did a great job covering the Caucus. The Command-Post was updated very frequently and did a better job than many paid news agencies. Professor Bainbridge presented a chronological perspective of the day. Outside the Beltway has collected summaries...

 One Can Only Hope (January 20, 2004 at 9:14 AM )
While I respect some of Congressman Gephardt's decisions, I have never liked the man. Like many non-coastal politicians, he ran on a pro-life platform, then had a change of heart once he was in office and realized that he had...

 Gephardt Dropping Out? (January 19, 2004 at 9:17 PM )
According to the AP, the results of the Iowa Caucus are in: John Kerry rode an 11th-hour surge to victory in Iowa's kickoff presidential caucuses, upsetting Democratic front-runner Howard Dean and stunning caucus favorite Dick Gephardt. Gephardt scrapped plans to...

 Iowa Caucus - Update (January 19, 2004 at 4:58 PM )
It will be hours before everything is resolved tonight. In the meantime, here are some comments and links of interest to those watching politics. To my surprise and amusement, Dave Barry is covering the Iowa caucus. Barry's three columns enlighten...

 Analyzing President Bush's Marriage Proposal (January 19, 2004 at 10:02 AM )
I will play devil's advocate and explain Bush's thinking on the marriage proposal and argue in favor of it.

 Clinton's Resounding Victory? (January 14, 2004 at 10:28 PM )
While I am sure James Tartanto and his usually capable staff at the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web would like to forget President Bill Clinton, that does not excuse statements such as this: It has been 40 years...

 Political Predictions for 2004 (January 08, 2004 at 3:21 PM )
Here are my political predictions for 2004. President Bush will win reelection (OK, I started with a easy one) More WMDs will be found in Iraq - these WMDs will be displayed in such a manner only unreasonable people will...

 Yellow Dog vs. Dean (January 06, 2004 at 3:28 PM )
My in-laws are yellow dog Democrats from the Deep South. If you are not familiar with the phrase, it means they would vote for a yellow dog if it was on the ballot as a Democrat instead of voting for...

 Thoughts on Gerrymandering (December 12, 2003 at 2:05 PM )
I was not really familiar with Chris Genovese, the blogger at Signal Plus Noise until he hosted this weeks COV. I love the tagline - All Models Are False, Some Are Useful. How true. I looked around his site and...

 Gore in 2008? (December 09, 2003 at 2:14 PM )
The Poliblogger thinks that the New York Times overstates its case: I think this headline in the NYT, Gore to Endorse Dean, Remaking Democratic Race, is an overstatement, as is the breathless statement that Gore's endorsement "rocked the Democratic presidential...

 Do No Harm - Dean & Abortion (December 09, 2003 at 1:52 PM )
Kevin Whited found an interesting news brief about Howard Dean and abortion. Dean says he never performed abortions since he was a medical doctor [Deans emphasis]. Kevin wonders why Dean would "intimate those who do perform abortions are not quite...

 A Low Bar to Hurdle (December 04, 2003 at 10:35 AM )
Howard Dean has been predicted to win the Democratic primary by many pundits, including myself. Dean is a smart, canny politician who has moved to the extreme left for the campaign and undoubtedly expects to move back to the center...

 Bush Lied and Other Thoughts (November 30, 2003 at 11:51 PM )
Jadegold & I were discussing some items at John Cole's site and I decided it made more sense to move the conversation here. I was stating why Independents such as myself see no realistic alternative to Bush in 2004. My...

 Thankgiving Politics (November 29, 2003 at 11:57 AM )
Sometimes it is difficult to separate political theater from a sincere desire to do the right thing. Critics of both President Bush and Senator Clinton automatically suspect the worst of these politicians who spent Thanksgiving with the troops in Iraq...

 The Problem of Compulsory Unionism (November 25, 2003 at 8:58 PM )
Thanks to Drew (California) for the heads up on this news report. After years of blatantly violating tax laws, the NEA (National Educational Association) is finally being audited by the IRS. Reg Weaver, the union president, is trying to spin...

 The Power of Incumbency (November 20, 2003 at 2:24 PM )
Along with President Bush, candidates Dean and Kerry have announced they will not use public money (nor be bound by the restrictions that go along with campaigning at taxpayer expense) for the rest of the 2004 presidential campaign. Like former...

 Faster Than a Speeding Bullet (November 18, 2003 at 11:09 AM )
Governor Schwarzenegger was sworn into office yesterday. He wasted no time in issuing his first executive order. As he had promised, Schwarzenegger issued an executive order repealing the $4 billion increase in car taxes approved by former Governor Davis. While...

 Louisiana Update Where to Find the Results (November 15, 2003 at 9:01 PM )
I have been following Louisianas gubernatorial race and have been pulling for pro-life Bobby Jindal. Today, election day, I havent heard anything new, but I just discovered the site for the official results. If it works as promised, you can...

 A Referendum on Who? (November 05, 2003 at 8:42 PM )
For months, the mainstream media and the Democrats have been stating that the 2003 gubernatorial elections would be a referendum on President Bush. I wonder if they will be saying that after last night. In a span of weeks, the...

 Another Reason I am an Independent (November 04, 2003 at 10:21 AM )
Yesterday I got sucked into a conversation at Deans World. If you arent familiar with his site, he has been posting for quite a while and has a host of regular commenters. Sometimes the comments are more interesting than the...

 Why Bush Will Win in 2004 (November 02, 2003 at 11:51 PM )
Many political junkies are following the democratic primaries with much interest. I have watched a few of the debates, but I dont think they matter. First of all, I think Howard Dean will win the Democratic primary by a large...

 All Politics are Loco (September 28, 2003 at 10:45 PM )
Taegan Goddard pointed me to an interesting LA Times story about a potential Republican challenger for Barbara Boxer. Some people want to recruit Dennis Miller to run for her U.S. Senate seat next year. Now that would be an interesting...

 Quixote Endorses McClintock (September 28, 2003 at 10:21 PM )
The Californian recall election process has fascinated me because the choice facing Republicans is so dynamic. Tom McClintock seems to be that rare breed of politician one who actually says what he means, means what he says, and clearly...

 Non-Californian Review of Gubernatorial Recall Debate (September 24, 2003 at 10:31 PM )
**** Introduction prepared before debate **** Tonights debate, which Schwarzenegger called the Super Bowl of debates, is of tremendous importance to the people of California. According to one poll, two-thirds of potential Californian voters said they would be swayed...

 A Victory for Common Sense (September 23, 2003 at 4:43 PM )
I just reviewed the brief (13 page) decision by the 11 members of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They unanimously overturned the previous ruling by three of the most liberal members of the Ninth Circuit. Technically, the earlier Ninth...

 Incompetence Rewarded The 9th Court Strikes Again (September 15, 2003 at 4:53 PM )
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court most overruled by the Supreme Court, delayed Californias recall election until March. According to the Mercury News, Governor Davis lucked out: The 9th Circuit is the most liberal and maverick...

 Real Campaign Finance Reform (September 13, 2003 at 4:59 AM )
If you haven't read Owen's post on a potential scandal involving the Governor of Wisconsin, an abusive union, and pepperonis, you should. I was looking at the comments and most of the respondents are missing the bigger picture. What bothered...

 Voting with Their Feet (September 03, 2003 at 4:40 PM )
Daniel Henniger has written a fascinating column that integrates demographic trends with political analysis. Specifically, he has correlated census data which shows how the US population is redistributing itself with voter behavior from the 2000 presidential election. Before...

 The Granola State (August 31, 2003 at 10:55 PM )
When I used to live on the Left Coast, I found many folks who referred to California as the Granola State. When I innocently inquired as to why, the response was because if you are not a fruit or a...

 Howard, Dick, John, and Joe Pull Ahead (August 29, 2003 at 11:02 PM )
According to the most recent poll, one would think some presidential hopefuls should be dropping out soon. The polls margin of error is five points, so statistically Dean, Gephardt, and Kerry could be all tied. Lieberman struggles to remain with...

 An Intriguing Perspective on Politics (June 26, 2003 at 10:27 PM )
I owe a hat tip to someone, but I forgot where I first saw this link. At any event, I am grateful to whoever it was. David Brooks has a fascinating piece on the difference between Republican and Democratic perspectives....

 American Perspectives (June 24, 2003 at 9:45 PM )
The Washington Post and ABC released another joint poll today. It is important to note that the random sample was American adults, not registered or likely voters. So while this is a very good representation of what Americans think as...

 Californian Politics (June 12, 2003 at 10:25 AM )
If you haven't been following Californian politics, you may want to start paying attention. A few people have been collecting signatures to recall Democratic Governor Gary Davis. It looks like they may succeed. Let's assume they succeed in gathering the...

 Political Implications of a Rising Economy (June 04, 2003 at 1:19 PM )
Those who follow politics closely have been having a wonderful time debating who will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2004. Some have even wondered if Senators Biden or Clinton would join in since the Democrats have no clear...

 The Real Dole (May 30, 2003 at 1:25 PM )
When Bob Dole was running for President, he was an uptight speaker and fond of speaking in the third person (Bob Dole will lower your taxes. Bob Dole cares for the American people.). To put it mildly, Dole's style did...

 Public's Right-to-Know vs. Privacy (May 09, 2003 at 6:46 PM )
Last week, the Sun Sentinel had an interesting article on Mark Foley, a congressman from Florida who is running in the Republican primary to compete for Senator Graham's position. Foley, R-West Palm Beach, is the perfect Republican primary candidate except...

 Watch Florida (April 25, 2003 at 1:30 PM )
Most celebrities believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity. In other words, bad press is better than no press. And if you can get in the middle of a controversy, you are assured of attention. To a...

 32 and Counting (April 23, 2003 at 12:44 PM )
Believe it or not, there are already thirty-two Democratic contenders for their party's presidential nominee. Project Vote Smart has been keeping tabs. It is way too early for me to get excited about the various contenders. Right now, I mostly...

 Protestor Psychology (April 21, 2003 at 1:53 PM )
This weekend I made the time for some personal reading. I found a report that described the motivation of many leftist protestors who wanted the US to stay out of Iraq.The situation is extremely dangerous and uncertain. The Peace Wagers,...

 Bilateral Pork (April 11, 2003 at 5:55 PM )
According to ABC News, the House and Senate have almost finalized the War Package although they insisted on limiting President Bush's control of the funds. Over the objections of the White House, this War Package includes approximately $3.1 billion dollars...

 Loyal Opposition (March 18, 2003 at 2:15 PM )
Loyal Opposition is a political term that is a hallmark of a strong political system. When political decisions need to be made there are usually multiple options. Reasonable people may disagree on what should be done. Honest disagreement is good...

 What a World (February 14, 2003 at 1:40 PM )
I just emailed my Congressman to ask him to support H.R.25, the Fair Tax Act of 2003. (Hat tip to Anne Wilson for bringing this to my attention). This bill would eliminate the Federal Income Tax and replace it with...

 Another Estrada Update (February 11, 2003 at 7:25 PM )
Hours after I compliment some Democrats for not acting in a partisan manner, Obstructionist Daschle strikes again. Senator Daschle is at least posturing that he has 40 votes to filibuster and he might. I bet it is very close though....

 Estrada Update (February 11, 2003 at 3:21 PM )
Two Democrats have now stated they will vote for Michael Estrada to be confirmed. Senator Ben Nelson (Nebraska) joined Senator John Breaux (Louisiana). According to the Washington Times, Senator Nelson was convinced that Estrada wouldn't bring a personal agenda to...

 Estrada Update (February 10, 2003 at 12:18 PM )
The Democrats are still discussing a filibuster, while Senate Majority Leader Frist hopes for a vote tonight or tomorrow. Raul Damas, a conservative Hispanic, hopes the Democrats try a filibuster he calls it political suicide....

The gall of some government officials astounds me.Paul and Linda Walsh filed a lawsuit after police and caseworkers entered their home without a warrant and without permission. The social workers said they were acting on an anonymous tip about unspecified...

 631 Days! (February 05, 2003 at 11:15 AM )
Very early in his administration, President Bush nominated a host of judges. They had one thing in common they believe their job is to enforce the law vs. creating the law. While I question some of President Bushs economic...

 Peggy Noonan and the SOTU (February 04, 2003 at 1:25 PM )
The State of the Union already seems like old news in our fast-paced world, but Noonan's comments on it are interesting. Her perspective on the Democrat's reactions to Bush is also entertaining. I don't completely agree with her, but there...

 Thoughts on the Economy and Bush's Plan (February 03, 2003 at 4:12 PM )
Earlier I promised to discuss my mixed feelings about Bush's economic plans.  But first let me give you some background on how I think the U.S. economy works.  My thinking has been greatly influenced by Professor John Hoagland at Michigan...

 State of The Union Address (January 29, 2003 at 12:26 PM )
I watched President Bush's SOTU address last night with keen interest. I had very mixed feelings about his economic policies and I'll discuss that at length some point in the future. There were some new domestic and international initiatives such...

 Choose Death (January 24, 2003 at 4:24 PM )
A big hat tip to Anne Wilson. Earlier Anne suggested that those who protest the "Choose Life" license plates should have the option to buy a "Choose Death" plate. State Rep. John Graham Altman made the same suggestion in South...

 30th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (January 22, 2003 at 2:40 PM )
Under the U.S. Constitution, slavery was legal for almost a century. Many scholars compare the Supreme Courts Dred Scott decision where the Justices said States had no right to prohibit slavery to the Roe v. Wade decision where other...

 Enough Rope, Redux (January 21, 2003 at 6:20 PM )
I reviewed many blogs to see if I could find a pattern to those who were confused or upset with Bush's MO (see Giving Critics Enough Rope and Enough Rope Revisited). I found an unanticipated problem in categorizing the blogs....

 Enough Rope, Revisited (January 17, 2003 at 8:37 PM )
I just visited Anne Wilsons blog. If you arent familiar with it, it is always an interesting read. Her thoughts are usually insightful and entertaining.I was surprised to read her take on President Bushs announcement (her comments are titled President...

 Giving Critics Enough Rope (January 17, 2003 at 10:48 AM )
I am amazed at how the mainstream media continues to underestimate and misunderstand President Bush. While I certainly do not agree with all of President Bushs decisions (for example, his imposition of steel tariffs was a horrible mistake for...

 

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