The Buck Stops There

As I noted in my newsletter for RealClearPolitics, Mitt Romney’s failure in the second debate to drive home his criticism of President Obama on the 9/11 attacks in Benghazi (with a little ref interference from Candy Crowley) does not put an end to the issue. Instead, it “tees up the Libya debacle as a prime […]

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Vice-President Blowhard

So this is what it looks like when a debate has two sides. I have to admit that a lot of us underestimated Joe Biden. It’s not just that he avoided a major gaffe in tonight’s vice-presidential debate with Paul Ryan. He made more than a few highly dubious statements, including an absolute howler about […]

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The Moral Case for Romney-Ryan

What is most astonishing about the debate over the economics of entitlements and the national debt is the complacency on this issue among the political and economic establishment. President Obama has adopted the Alfred E. Neuman Doctrine: “What, me worry?” Paul Krugman, who seems to be on a personal crusade to devalue the Nobel Prize […]

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The Economic Case for Romney-Ryan

Editor’s Note: Now that we’re in October and past the first debate, it is time for my official recommendation for the presidential race. The article that begins below is not just the case against Obama—I’ve been presenting that for five years. This is the case for Romney and Ryan. (There’s a reason for the “and […]

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The Mainstreaming of “Atlas Shrugged,” Part II

The second installment in the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy opens in theaters next week. Thanks to the producers, I got to see the official premier of the film in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Let’s start with the bottom line: the second installment is better than the first in nearly every respect. If you want to […]

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Romney Unfiltered

Well, that was interesting. The debates are one of the few opportunities the candidates have to bypass the media filter and address voters directly. They are an even better opportunity than the conventions—at least from the voters’ perspective—because the conventions let the two parties address voters with their own carefully prepackaged sales pitch, while the […]

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The “Les Misérables” Adaptation

Back in January, I wrote a long article (now up on the new site) about the news that a movie version of the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was about to begin filming. At the time, it was too early to offer anything but the vaguest speculation about how the film would turn […]

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Who to Support in the Election

No, this article is not my big presidential endorsement statement. After all, it’s hardly a mystery where I stand: I oppose Barack Obama and support Paul Ryan—er, that is, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. My full argument against Obama and for Romney-Ryan is coming soon, but in the meantime, I want to offer some advice […]

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John Maynard Keynes Meets George Orwell

Paul Krugman is famous for his stridency. He advocates a dogmatic Keynesianism with an air of certainty and the frequently repeated aspersion that anyone who disagrees with him is dishonest, ignorant, a hack, a stooge. He cannot be swayed. If there are exceptions that disprove his theories—like, say, the Baltic states—he ignores and ridicules them. […]

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The White Flag and the Black Flag

The Cairo and Benghazi embassy attacks have brought foreign policy back into the election. The Democrats were enjoying a “post-convention glow,” bragging about a post-convention bounce (which has, as usual, bounced back), and were trying to talk themselves into the idea that they now have a big advantage over Republicans on foreign policy. Well, sure, […]

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