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The Spirit of Resistance

In a stunning development, Speaker of the House John Boehner was forced Thursday night to drop his “Plan B,” a bill that would have raised the top marginal rate on people with incomes over $1 million. The theory was that Boehner could undermine President Obama’s position in the fiscal cliff bargaining by caving in to […]

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The Fiscal Cliff Agenda

In an unusually rambling piece (from which I am transmitting only the central paragraphs), George Will gets to the epistemological heart of the “fiscal cliff”: “[S]pending is the main culprit” because: Today federal revenue is $2.67 trillion (slightly less than “the Clinton equivalent”) and spending is $3.76 trillion, so we are spending $987 billion more […]

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20th Century Lite Gets Heavier

The End of an Era, Part 1 This election signals the end of an era, a roughly 30-year political-cultural trend that we can call the Reagan era after the man who was swept into office by it and stood as its advocate and then as its symbol for so many years. This era was a […]

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The Other Side Gets a Vote

As I write this, it is approaching midnight, and it is clear that President Obama has very narrowly won re-election. I mean very narrowly. As I write, he is only one-tenth of a percentage point above Mitt Romney in the popular vote count (49.3% to 49.2%). Many votes from the West Coast are still being […]

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Why Mitt Romney Is Winning

Back in July, I wrote an article (picked up at RealClearPolitics) making so bold as to predict how the election was going to play out and that Mitt Romney would win. That prediction looked bad for a while and looks a good deal better now, so it’s worth taking a look at how the campaign […]

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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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Notes on the Republican Convention

I provided quite a lot of coverage of the Republican convention last week in my RealClearPolitics newsletter, The Daily Debate. See my comments on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I want to draw your attention to a few highlights from that coverage that are particularly important, add a few points that I didn’t […]

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The Tea Party Era

The Todd Akin case in Missouri—the Republican Senate candidate who declared that women can’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape”—is a bit of a sideshow and a distraction, since almost no one in the party is backing him. In fact, for all the blustering outrage against Akin from the left, the most accurate and devastating […]

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High Risk, High Reward

The odd thing about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is that the news was received with elation by both sides, by both Republicans and Democrats, by both the right and the left. Both sides see the potential upside for themselves. The right sees a vice-presidential candidate who compensates for the […]

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