Friday, August 03, 2012

Cruising the Web

Jonah Goldberg advises Romney to clarify how his administration would be different from Bush's. He could point out, as Goldberg does, that Bush's administration was not about shrinking the size of government. Goldberg recommends a "policy-heavy 'Sister Souljah moment.'" It needn't be a personal attack but a method of separating himself from such government-increasing policies.

Even some in Obama's administration argued that no government administration knows better than private markets on how to allocate capital. Unfortunately, that sort of thinking never made it into Obama policy. Even William Daley, Obama's former chief of staff who was supposed to tighten up Obama's image in private business, was aware of the doubts about Solyndra's economic viability and didn't stop the Department of Energy's restructuring of the Solyndra loan.

Charles Krauthammer explains why, contrary to the media narrative, Romney's overseas trip was a "major substantive success." If anything it clarified differences between Romney's and Obama's views on foreign policy as well as how far the media was willing to go this election to reelect Obama.

Oh, those brave journalists who are willing to speak anonymously to say that the media is ready to turn on Romney and giving them free cookies just isn't going to cut it anymore. Meanwhile, they continue to bash Romney just as they always have.'

Jennifer Rubin argues that the Romney campaign needs a better communications team to act in this environment.

Paul Ryan is the absolute best in expressing conservative positions on reforming the tax code.

Major Garrett writes that, although a lot has happened in the campaign in the past two months and the polls didn't change all that much, we still learned a lot about each campaign.

Byron York writes that the Romney campaign is responding to critics by focusing his message on the economy to clarify what his plan would be.

RIP to the great military historian, John Keegan.

The economic history that Obama doesn't understand. Or as Virginia Postrel writes as she reviews Deirdre McCloskeys new book, The Bourgeois Virtues,
McCloskey’s book is not only a useful survey of how scholars answer the biggest question in economics: What causes growth? It is also a timely reminder that prosperity depends on more than effort or resources or infrastructure or good laws. Attitudes matter, too. You don’t build a wealthy society by deriding bourgeois enterprise -- or the people who take pride in it.
Gee, it sounds a lot like what Romney was saying in his remarks on how cultures matter.

Should we really be allocating school discipline by racial quotas? Maryland thinks so.

Oh, and Joe Biden's kids aren't middle class. What a surprise.

Is it time to start talking about Romney Democrats?

The RNC has some birthday cards to send President Obama.

And here is the political photo of the year.