Monday, August 20, 2012

Cruising the Web

Matthew Continetti traces how Barack Obama has gone from that optimistic speaker in 2004 who told us there was no red or blue America to a president who slices off parts of the electorate to either appeal to or to demonize. And he has explicitly ruled out any compromise with Republicans on policy.
Time and again, however, Obama has missed opportunities to seize the ground of national unity and possibly split the GOP. He could have for example included defense funding in the stimulus bill, or decided to go back to the drawing board on health care after Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts, or embraced fully the Bowles-Simpson Commission’s recommendations in January 2011. He did none of these things. What we got instead was a mobilization of the center-left coalition toward partisan ends that had been on the agenda for years and in some cases decades. What we got was an unshackled and unhinged country whose people are at each other’s throats.
And the man who was sold to us as a great uniter is the one who is leading a party devoted to such slicing and dicing of the electorate.

Steven Hayward posts a series of charts on the economy that should be giving the Obama campaign heartburn. No wonder that all they can talk about is Romney's taxes.

Paul Ryan holds his own in think tanks and conservative intellectuals of Washington. Such influence is understandable when you read about how, from quite a young age, he was interested in debating policy.

Explaining how Paul Ryan's approach to growing the economy while limiting the role of the government is perfectly in line with Catholic theology.

The EPA's regulations on the coal industry are, according to the GAO, likely to cause electricity prices to rise and to put the reliability of the electric grid into jeopardy. And those Obama policies are creating an opportunity for the Romney ticket.

Refuting Democratic distortions about Paul Ryan.

John Podhoretz remembers his own encounter with Joe Biden's logorrhea.

If only they had listened to Paul Ryan back in 2000 about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The contrast to Senators Obama and Biden is quite revealing.

The NCAA has some explaining to do.

We've heard Erskine Bowles' praise for Paul Ryan; now Alan Simpson expresses his admiration as a "spokesman of hard truth against fakery."

This is what the Arab Spring has come to: crucifixions of people protesting Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi.

How amusing. Nancy Pelosi is claiming that her House of Representatives cooperated with President Bush.

How ironic. Bill Maher thinks Ann Romney and Romney supporters have a messiah complex.

It's come to this - more and more schools in Britain are dropping the teaching of the Holocaust from history classes in order not to offend Muslim students. Far be it for the schools to offend students with teaching what actually happened in history.

Looking at the NYT's double, even quintuple, standards when rich guys support Republicans and when they meet and support Obama.

Lawyers for the lead plaintiff in the case against Pennsylvania's voter ID law are simply amazed when their 93-year old client was easily able to get registered to vote even though she didn't have a photo ID.

Another company receiving stimulus from Obama's green energy initiatives is going bust.

George Will looks at what the doomsayers miss about the impact of human ingenuity.

There is evidence that the GOP is holding its own on turnout.

National Journal looks at battleground districts and finds that Republicans aren't as vulnerable on Medicare as the conventional wisdom usually argues. And it is the unpopularity of Obamacare that has made the difference. And polls show that, at least in Florida, seniors are more worried about Obamacare than Paul Ryan's ideas on Medicare.

More California cities are set to join Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes in filing for bankruptcy.

This is what political analysis as the New Republic has come to - a defense of the fit of Paul Ryan's clothes because it helps make him more relatable to the American people in contrast to the perfection of Romney's hair. Now that's penetrating analysis.

Wow! How dumb is Todd Akin, the GOP candidate for the Senate in Missouri? Dumb enough to endanger what seemed like a sure pick-up seat for the Republicans against Claire McCaskill. We can just hope that the Missouri GOP can exercise some sort of Torricelli option. Even if this dodo won the election, do we really want to have him in the Senate bringing ridicule to the party?

On the other hand, if this is your thing, we now have photographs available of all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates going shirtless. Just imagine if we'd had this sort of coverage throughout the 19th century. The mind shutters.

For a little change of pace - an article on the desire for fashion among NBA wives.