Monday, March 05, 2012

Cruising the Web

J.E. Dyer wonders what it would be like if government treated eating the way it treats sex. An interesting contrast.

Mickey Kaus respond
s to the ugliness with which liberals greeted the news of Andrew Breitbart's death by reminding us of how they behaved similarly when Tony Snow passed away. If the argument is that Breitbart deserved such viciousness because of the way he fought the left, what would be the argument for viciously treating the passing of Tony Snow who was, everyone who knew him agreed, a cheerful, good-natured, kind man?

Andrew Ferguson notes the re-gendering of Dwight Eisenhower by the proposed Frank Gehry memorial.

California is going broke
yet again.

Timothy Carney describes what
the problem is with Rick Santorum's rhetoric. He might say he doesn't believe that we need government programs to support his moral beliefs, but he hasn't voted that way.

Mario Loyola explains how
the President's actions to limit further energy production is one of the factors contributing to gas prices today. Kimberley Strassel points to how Newt Gingrich has demonstrated how this can become a political winning argument for the GOP.
Energy also becomes, and this is the speaker's second point, one of the strongest contrasts with Mr. Obama. That is, if Republicans get it right. The temptation is going to be to hit Mr. Obama on gas prices, accuse him of not doing enough exploration. But if gas prices fall, that argument loses its punch. And Mr. Obama is already shamelessly taking credit for a production uptick on private lands.

The trick, which is what Mr. Gingrich is doing, is to instead cast energy policy as emblematic of the administration's entire broken philosophy, the "fantasy world" where "everything that is good is done by the government." This is the philosophy behind ObamaCare, behind entitlements, and all else.

Yet what is unique about energy is that it has already provided clear proof of failure, via Solyndra, EPA rules, the Keystone XL pipeline and more. A presidential mindset that believes government exists to remake the energy sector with high-cost green failures results in the exact opposite of the Gingrich proposition: fewer jobs, a higher deficit, calls for greater taxes, and declining manufacturing.

This is a contrast that has been gift-wrapped for the GOP, even if Mr. Gingrich isn't necessarily the best messenger. The ethanol king feels even in these speeches the need to keep plugging an "all of the above" policy that presumably throws more dollars at renewables. But in the way Mr. Gingrich occasionally can, he's outlining rich political arguments for his party. Whoever is the nominee could take some pointers.

Obama's supporters are confident that, even though he won't say so before the election, they'll see him fulfill all their liberal wish-list in a second term. And conservatives agree.

Naomi Decter celebrates
the efforts Mitt Romney took to help an employee whose daughter went missing and then notes how the NYT and Washington Post are cynically casting aspersions on his use of the story as if their employers would do the same thing that Romney did.

Who knew that Richard Nixon and JFK were counter-blackmailing each other over JFK's Addison's disease and Nixon's visits to a psychiatrist?

Hmmm. Why is the IRS asking questions of tea-party groups about their relations with elected officials and how they solicit members?