Monday, April 16, 2012

Cruising the Web

The media and Democrats like to pretend that the Republican Party has lurched to the right and even Ronald Reagan would no longer be acceptable to the party today. Another question is: Where have all the moderate Democrats gone?

Hey, whatever happened with Gibson Guitars? The Justice Department still hasn't filed charges though they haven't returned the guitars and wood they seized. What's that saying about Justice delayed?

Can congressmen get by without earmarks?
Can leaders still corral their members if they can't use earmarks to influence votes?

Iowahawk sums up
the Democrats' argument against Mitt Romney, Millionaire.
Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine.

Jonah Goldberg has some advice for Romney - play off his uncoolness.

Robert Costa travels along with Chris Christie
to a townhall meeting. You can see his appeal, but also understand why he wouldn't make a good vice president.

Grantland looks
at the treatment, called Regenokine, that Kobe Bryant received in Germany and that has helped to revitalize his career at a time when the bodies of most NBA players are giving out. Note the role of the FDA in preventing this treatment from being used here in the U.S.

And this is how lobbyists get into the Obama White House in spite of his pretense that he's closed it to lobbyists: "White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In." Oh, that's so much better.

If you want to see what an activist court can do to a state, take a look at New Jersey.

Kevin Williamson analyzes "The Economics of Ann Romney."
It turns out that her decision to stay home was an economically rational decision.

Yup. Los Angeles sure is going broke. That's what happens when you spend more than you take in year after year after year and keep raising taxes on businesses thus driving them away from the city. As elsewhere, the culprit is public employee pensions.

Frederick Hess notes "the culture of can't" in our public schools.

Andrew Malcolm misses the Original Obama.
Of course, he never really existed, but his rhetoric sure was more appealing than the guy now in the White House.

Folks over at Twitter are having fun coming up with #Obamabooktitles.

Fred Barnes marvels at Obama's
"invincible economic ignorance."

Timothy Geithner is having a hard time arguing that Obama's economic policies have been a success.

Here's a fascinating look at the Doolittle Raid
with five survivors.

One of the best biographies I've ever read was Robert Caro's Master of the Senate about LBJ in the 1950s, but also about so much more: segregation in the South in that era, the politics within the Southern Democrats, how the Senate really worked in those years, plus a history of the Senate going back to Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. It was fascinating. I've always thought that the mark of a really good writer or teacher was that person's ability to make you interested in a subject that you hadn't thought you were interested in. Caro achieved that magnificently. I've been waiting a long time for the newest volume of his to come out. And now the wait is over - The Passage of Power will be published May 1st and will cover the 1960 election through the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. While we're waiting here are two long profiles from Esquire and the New York Times Magazine of Robert Caro.