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Lugar’s Exit Interview

Sen. Lugar recently prepared a statement about his loss and the state of affairs in Washington. It’s worth reading in full (and it’s not that long), but this section really stands out: Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or … Continue reading

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Were We Doomed?

Jon Chait argues that the Republican Party would not have been so opposed to economic growth in the past few years if a Republican had been president: You had an all-Democratic government, led by a charismatic, young, black president. Any … Continue reading

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(Occupying) Wall Street And The Threat Of Socialism

The Republican Party is proving quite prescient in its persistent sounding the alarm over class warfare and the threat of incipient socialism. Via Tim Noah, an insidious screed against capitalism: [O]ne element of the structural change has to do with a transformation … Continue reading

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“Regulatory Uncertainty” Is A Made-Up Not-Real Problem

More from Reagan advisor and “America’s Last Honest Conservative” curiosity, Bruce Bartlett: Republicans have a problem. People are increasingly concerned about unemployment, but Republicans have nothing to offer them. The G.O.P.opposes additional government spending for jobs programs and, in fact, favors big … Continue reading

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In Pennsylvania, You Play To Win The Game

The Pennsylvania GOP has taken up the cause of putting a thumb on the scale for the 2012 presidential election. As explained in this amusing thread, where a commenter compares David Frum to a sex addict, the Pennsylvania electoral vote-splitting … Continue reading

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Only The Echoes Of My Mind

Everybody’s talkin’ about this piece from Mike Lofgren, who just retired after spending three decades as a GOP Congressional staffer. There’s zero new information in there to anyone who’s been paying much attention to politics at any point over the past … Continue reading

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Of Straws And Men

This morning, we noted the dueling Paul Krugman & Ross Douthat columns on the Republican Party’s deep-seated resentment of factual accuracy. Andrew Gelman flags the portion of Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile that actually caused consternation (Douthat linked the profile, but failed to … Continue reading

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Perception And Reality On Chinese And US Power

Interesting results from this Pew poll on worldwide perceptions of the US and China: The Japanese are China skeptics; that makes some sense. Only one other country has a majority who doubt that China will ever surpass the US: Lebanon. … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Like Them, I Have Others

Mitt Romney, no doubt scared by Rick Perry’s surge, is out there giving it his best pander, telling the lies he knows Republicans love to hear: “Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I … Continue reading

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Unaccountable Predictions

So, the polls are saying some stuff about the GOP field today. Gallup: Rick Perry 29%, Romney 17%. PPP: Perry 33%, Romney 20%. My first instinct is to say that I’m no more impressed with the Perry boomlet than I … Continue reading

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Everyone’s A Cafeteria Catholic

Well, not all people, but almost all Catholics are “cafeteria Catholics,” the term often hurled at liberal Catholics by conservatives. Conservative Catholics have no problem disregarding Church teaching on torture (like Rick Santorum did here) or just war, or forgetting … Continue reading

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Will The GOP’s Universal Craziness Backfire In The General?

Jonathan Bernstein argues that it won’t: Candidates, campaign, and policy positions are important during nomination battles because there’s so little basis for distinguishing between candidates. But once we get to the general election, most voters will choose on the basis of party, … Continue reading

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This Month’s Trump

So Rick Perry is at or near the top of the polls in North Carolina and Colorado, according to PPP. But the guy’s ostensible qualifications make no sense, and he’s not ready for prime time. I’d love for the GOP … Continue reading

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Out With Pawlenty’s “Sam’s Club Conservatism”, In With Perry’s “Yosemite Sam Conservatism”

A short while ago, Rick Perry appeared to urge Iowans to consider lynching Ben Bernanke, saying, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat … Continue reading

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Pointy-Headed Intellectuals

Jared Bernstein flags a report in the NYT: Now here’s a pretty refreshing read, FWIW. It’s an article featuring mostly conservative economists and policy makers associated with Republicans arguing for a) more stimulus in the short run to boost growth and jobs, … Continue reading

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50-50 No More?

Yesterday, I wrote that America’s unequivocal contempt for the Republican Party and the Tea Party might not matter much. Conservative columnist Ramesh Ponnuru looks to the Bush era to see where we are today: The strategic insight of the Bush re-election campaign … Continue reading

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Regulatory Uncertainty In China

In China, this sort of thing can happen at a moment’s notice: Around 2000 people have been arrested, and nearly 5000 businesses shut down, as Chinese authorities try to force their food industry to improve its safety standards. … The … Continue reading

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Whither China

This chart from empirical economist Dani Rodrik suggests that you can’t become a wealthy country unless you become democratic:

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