A Useful Compilation Of Republican Economic Thinking
August 05, 2011
The Jennifer Rubin post I mentioned earlier this morning also usefully reveals the paucity of Republican economic analysis. The party's agenda largely consists of maintaining current tax rates and deepening fiscal contraction. Rubin compiles quotes from various Republicans. Only Michelle Bachmann offers any prescriptive element. Let's look at her soundbites one by one: When I asked economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum about his assessment of our economic woes, he pointed to investors moving back to Treasurys (and out of the stock market) with the U.S.
Romney Death Watch
July 19, 2011
PPP now has him trailing Michelle Bachmann in a national head-to-head matchup. Check out this part about Romney's support for the individual mandate: Only 17% of Republican voters say they'd be willing to vote for someone who had supported an individual health insurance mandate at the state level, compared to 66% who say they would not be willing to support such a candidate. The funny thing about that is Romney's getting 17% right now with that latter group of voters and his favorability with them is 49/33.
Were There Really Fewer Two-Parent Black Families During Slavery Than There Are Today?
July 13, 2011
Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum may have a number of things to be embarrassed about. However, supporting an observation that there were more two-parent black families during slavery than there are today is not one of them. This observation was found in “The Marriage Vow,” a conservative pledge produced by The Family Leader, a Christian group. It was signed, notably, by Bachmann and Santorum.
Bachmann As 2007 Obama
July 11, 2011
I've been arguing that the dynamic of Michelle Bachmann's campaign is somewhat analogous to Barack Obama's in 2007. Obama trailed badly in the national polls throughout 2007. But he had high favorability seemed to do well among those voters most attuned to the campaign, which suggested that as elections neared and voters paid more attention, he had the potential to win over voters who were not paying attention months and months before any vote. You can see a similar thing going on in Iowa.
Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, And The Christian Right
July 05, 2011
Amy Sullivan has some good reporting on the evangelical infatuation with Rick Perry, who's the top choice of the Christian Right leadership. One interesting question she veers into is why they haven't flocked to Michelle Bachmann: [W]hile Bachmann has been on a hot streak since the first candidate’s debate, Christian Right leaders continue to be far less willing to embrace her (or Sarah Palin, for that matter) than the rank-and-file or more secular politicos. Is that sexism at work? Possibly. Maybe even probably. But geography is an important factor as well.
What The Bachmann Skeptics Get Wrong
June 30, 2011
I think Michelle Bachmann has a real shot to win the Republican nomination, but many commentators continue to view her as a fringe candidate bound to implode. Here' Will Wilkinson: It will not surprise me if Ms Bachmann is able to parlay her tea-party popularity and Iowa roots into a victory in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. But conservative voters aren't as blinkered as Mr Chait implies.
Romney Death Watch Reconsidered
June 24, 2011
My constant premonitions about the death of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign have yet to come true, so perhaps now -- given Nate Silver's handicapping of the GOP field -- is a good time to revisit my analysis. It's certainly true that the last month has been berry, berry good to Mitt Romney. The candidate best positioned to disqualify him ideologically while still garnering establishment support, Tim Pawlenty, bombed his introduction to the party electorate in the Republican debate.
Bachmann: Obama Hates... Socialism?
June 17, 2011
Michele Bachmann is onto President Obama's secret plot: “This hasn’t been talked about very much – the president’s plan for senior citizens is Obamacare,” Ms. Bachmann told party activists here. She added, “I think very likely what the president intends is that Medicare will go broke and ultimately that answer will be Obamacare for senior citizens.” Medicare is a single-payer program -- the kind liberals have always wanted for the non-elderly, but didn't get.
So now it turns out that not even Mike Huckabee or Michelle Bachmann are willing to attend Glenn Beck's Jerusalem rally. Who will attend? Herman Cain, still vigilant against the possibility that his own potential Muslim Cabinet appointee might try to kill him, and... Joe Lieberman: None of the major 2012 GOP presidential candidates currently plan to attend an August rally in Israel being held by conservative firebrand and outgoing Fox news host Glenn Beck. But Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), a former Democratic vice presidential contender, signaled he might show up.
Michelle Bachmann's Worldview
June 15, 2011
Michelle Goldberg has a terrific piece exploring the intellectual roots of Michelle Bachmann: Bachmann honed her view of the world after college, when she enrolled at Coburn Law School at Oral Roberts University, an "interdenominational, Bible-based, and Holy Spirit-led" school in Oklahoma.