#2012 Elections

God instinct

Krugman: [T]he deepening anti-intellectualism of the political right, both within and beyond the G.O.P., extends far beyond the issue of climate change. Lately, for example, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page has gone beyond its long-term preference for the economic

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2012 – it’s the paradigm, stupid

Assuming that 2012 things are about like 2011 things or worse (N.B.:  big assume; a few months ago most mainstream economists thought happy days were almost here again), then the election will be a paradigm test:  Political pseudo-science calls for

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I’ve heard a lot of negative things about the Republican 2012 field…

…but this one’s a little strong: I was no fan of the Romney effort in ’08, but it was pretty main street, IMO. As for the other juxtaposition, my personal guesstimaview is that, though Anthony Weiner is a committed partisan

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Department of incredibly empty statistical arguments

You’ve all heard of the “factoid” – which Wikipedia helpfully defines as a “questionable or spurious—unverified, incorrect, or fabricated statement presented as a fact, but with no veracity.”  One can watch entire political interviews on a Sunday morning and hear

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Why is BHO at a 16-month high?

Sarah Palin's Bus - Ass-End

Gallup is having some difficulty figuring out why the President’s job approval  just hit a 16-Month High: It’s often difficult to pinpoint why a president’s job approval rating goes up or goes down. The bin Laden raid was one of

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Trumped

Public Policy Polling: Trump collapses Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%. In the space of just four weeks

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Long day’s blogging into evening – pre-game festivities

Am about to disappear into Lakerdom – either a further descent into tedious misery, a temporary revival on the way to even deeper misery, or the Turning Point we’ve been waiting for and falsely identifying this whole desperately non-compelling season

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Secrets of the Ancient Blogging Masters – The Day Trip

(kind of a sample post based on the “How To“) Amazon.com: Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001 (9780679744757): Benny Morris: Books Really, read this book.  Just finished the first world-scene-setting chapter that closes with the birth of

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My further brave, brave stance on Libya

At Juan Cole’s joint, the good professor details what the Libya No-Fly Zone has accomplished in just a few days.  He concludes: Pundits who want this whole thing to be over with in 7 days are being frankly silly. Those

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Palin’s got it made!

Ed Morrissey: Palin has near-saturation levels of name recognition, which puts her far ahead of other potential nominees… …a huge plus, since EVERYONE knows her, and EVERYONE has such a high opinion of her.  Of course, she doesn’t need a

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