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Why 2012 Looks Good for Democrats

One hears a lot about the “enthusiasm gap” this election. But maybe the better term is “enthusiasm lack.” The vast majority of the American electorate…

T-Minus 10 to Implosion of Middle East Peace Talks

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks effectively died this week.  That’s what happens when you take your case to the press. Though the hard left no doubt…

A Tale of Two Tunnels

1993. That’s when both Switzerland decided to construct a low-elevation rail line through the Alps and New Jersey committed itself to a new train link…

Politics on the Brain

Yesterday, former Bush speechwriter turned Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson picked on Obama for publicly complaining that fear gets in the way of rational thinking,…

Fiscal Reform From the Radical Center

It’s crazy, I know, but imagine that U.S. political leaders after the midterm election called a truce in the partisan tong wars to work out…

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About Campaign Financing

Writing in yesterday’s New York Times, columnist David Brooks proposes to the media and campaign reformers, “Don’t follow the money” when it comes to spending…

Do Republicans Actually Want Government to Do More?

How much anti-government feeling is really out there?  Perhaps less than you might think. Consider a fascinating new poll in which Gallup listed 11 functions…

Why It’s Easier For Conservatives To “Brand” Themselves

There’s been quite a bit of buzz over the last few days about a TNR article by Sara Robinson of Campaign for America’s Future that…

Rupert Murdoch v. Justice Scalia

Just like their crazy-as-a-FOX cousins, the Wall Street Journal editorial page has indulged yet again in a spectacle of tragicomical self-victimization. An especially shameless recent…

The Republicans’ Self-Negating Electoral Strategy

I was struck by an item in the recent Washington Post/Kaiser/Harvard Survey on The Role of Government: The fact that in 2000, 28 percent of…