Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Cruising the Web

Ah, the answer to a question many people had: why does Rick Santorum keep wearing a sweater vest?

The GOP strategy against Obama is to use his own words against him contrasting his promises and the results. This will be very effective and is the problem that any incumbent would face. Obama, however, has been so grandiose and so much of his appeal was simply his own rhetoric that he is especially vulnerable to this strategy. Of course, the Democrats will try to do the same to Romney, if he's their opponent. I suspect that the charge of someone changing their position to whatever is more popular will be less deadly than the charge of falling so far short of the promises that Obama made. Without out that rhetoric what else did Obama have?

Charles Lane goes through the the numbers and finds lots of bad news for Obama.

Will Obama single-handedly rewrite the definition of "recess" in order to make recess appointments of nominees that have been blocked in the Senate? Somehow I don't think that the provision in the Constitution written in 1787 allowing the president to make recess appointments due to the difficulties in travel back in the 18th century and the expectation that Congress would be in session only part of the year would extend to the two or three-day breaks between sessions when the minority is explicitly trying to block the possibility of recess appointments.

Explaining why Best Buy is slowly going out of business and why you repeatedly get irritated when you shop there.

Here is the perfect example of over-regulation by unelected bureaucrats.
The EEOC is warning employers that they may be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act if they require a high school diploma for employment. Amazing.

The Washington Post celebrates
the end of the tax credit for corn-based ethanol and the tariff on imported ethanol as well as the tax credit for purchasing electric cars. It's a good start.

Who would think that it was a good idea to send a police officer to tell a five-year old that she had overdue books at the library? Great job in turning a child off from libraries as well as wasting the time of a policeman.

Philip Klein explains why we should be skeptical of reports of "packed rooms" in Iowa (or New Hampshire) campaign events.

Michael Barone explains the real reasons why Rick Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004. Then Barone has an interesting post looking back in history for an example of a major party having a weaker field for the presidency in a year when that party also had a great chance of taking the White House. His choice? The Democrats in 1932.

Kimberley Strassel argues that Romney seems headed for a victory as a result of his careful strategy this year as well as by seeming "good enough" for voters. And most of all, by his great luck that more popular possible candidates did not choose to run.

If you're such a political junkie that you can't wait for the final vote tonight to come in, here are 10 Iowa counties that might indicate how the vote will end up.

When you hear people lamenting the advent of super PACs this year and those nasty negative ads, just remember that this is the result of all those attempts at campaign finance reform by limiting the money that a candidate can raise for his or her own campaign.

Keep an eye on the efforts to transform Indiana into a right-to-work state.

What makes a map the best map of the United States?