Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cruising the Web

Sean Trende explains why election models are, as GWB would have said, fuzzy math.

If OWS carries out their threat of shutting down the subways tomorrow in New York, how is that showing support for the 99%? Aren't they the people using the subway to get to work?

Do you think that Jerry Sandusky and his lawyer are bonding over how they abused minors?

Apparently, some Democratic politicians are trying to separate themselves from President Obama. That rarely works. If the leader of your party is on the ballot, it's difficult to convince that you're worth reelecting. And skipping his visits when he comes to your state just draws attention to your split, but not to your true independence. And if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid aren't popular among your constituents, will they vote to return or keep those people in leadership?

Another difficulty for Democrats is whether of not to vote for the repeal of the CLASS Act. The Obama administration has announced that they can fulfill its requirements and are dropping it, but do these Democrats want to vote to repeal a part of Obamacare. Heh.

This column that the NYT ran this weekend by Harold Bloom about the possibility of having a Mormon president was really rather despicable. Is there any other religious faith that the newspaper would run an essay warning that we shouldn't elect a president of that faith tradition?

Herman Cain might be flummoxed when asked about collective bargaining for public employees or the right of return, but he knows which flavor of ice cream his Republican opponents are. Mitt Romney is vanilla; Rick Perry is Rocky road, and Michele Bachmann is tutti-fruiti.

Gene Healy discusses again how Gingrich is not a conservative. I think that Americans are used to thinking of him as a foil for Bill Clinton and so assume that he is a true conservative, but those aren't the ideas that he's endorsed over his career. And if Romney is unendurable because of Romneycare, why should Republicans support a guy who wrote a book in 2008 endorsing an individual mandate for health insurance?

Doesn't this tell you what we need to know about China? In response to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo getting the Nobel Peace Prize, China established the Confucius Peace Prize. And who will be the first to receive the award? Vladimir Putin. Enough said.

Although she's never worked in journalism, Brian Williams compares her potential to that of Tim Russert.

And why was Herman Cain in Wisconsin to be interviewed by the Milwaukee newspaper? He had scheduled a stop there so his staff could attend the Packers-Vikings game. Just more evidence that he isn't truly serious about running for president.

Even if the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, there are still glitches that could blow up parts of the program unless Congress votes to change them.

Why should the federal government be acting like a venture capitalist? The results we've seen from the Department of Energy's loans to favored green companies are the strongest argument of why we shouldn't look to the government to choose favored companies.

It will be difficult for Energy Secretary Chu to deny politicization of the Solyndra loans when they urged the company to hold off on layoffs announcements until after the 2010 elections.

Holman Jenkins is right. The scandal isn't what congressmen do with their own money, but what they do with ours.

Will Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline play well in Ohio which may be about to experience its own oil boom?

Explaining Obama's recent uptick in the polls: Americans like him best when they're distracted by other stories and not seeing him on a regular basis. That will be an atmosphere difficult to duplicate during the presidential election.