The Romneyfication Of Mitch Daniels
February 11, 2011
Here is a story that captures everything that's good and everything tragic about Mitch Daniels. At heart, he is clearly an intelligent, sane man.
The Solution To the Crisis In Egypt
February 11, 2011
Hosni Mubarak is hated in Egypt, but reluctant to give up power. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is desperate for a credible presidential candidate. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yes: Mubarak should cut a deal to step down as president of Egypt, take exile in the United States where he'll be granted citizenship, and immediately jump into the Republican primary field. The more I think about this, the more sense it makes.
January 20, 2011
The Republican Party—and indeed much of the media establishment—is living in a fantasy world when it comes to 2012. To hear most of the pundits and soothsayers tell it, the presidential nominating contest is still a long way off. The GOP heavies we’ve been talking about since 2008, such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty, are all terribly flawed: Mitt’s got his RomneyCare; Newt has been a national pariah; Huck has money problems; Palin is toxic outside her base; and T-Paw induces narcolepsy.
January 06, 2011
National Journal has a new poll of Republican insiders over who is likely to be nominated for president: Republican insiders are screwy! I keep saying this: Mitt Romney has a serious flip-flopper problem and a far more serious not-insane-on-health-care problem. He can't solve the latter without worsening the former. It's over. What's really odd is that Sarah Palin is up three points. Her polling numbers against Obama have cratered and the whole establishment, even former defenders, is ganging up on her. And what did Pawlenty do to crater? Nothing I can think of.
Yes, Republicans Oppose Facts And Science
October 26, 2010
Conservatives expressed outrage not long ago when President Obama accused them of opposing "facts and science and argument." Keep that in mind when you read stories like this, about Republicans seeking their party's presidential nomination find it necessary to question climate science: It's going to be hard winning the Republican presidential nomination if you’re not a climate skeptic. Recent comments from top White House and congressional contenders suggest an awkward mix of outright hostility or, at best, ambivalence toward the widespread scientific consensus that humans are responsible f
Are Supply-Siders Writing News Stories For Politico?
October 18, 2010
Politico reports that conservatives are burning Indiana governor Mitch Daniels at the stake for suggesting the possibility of replacing an income tax with a Value-Added Tax. (Conservatives actually tend to like the idea, but fear the result would be to add a VAT on top of the income tax.) Anyway, Politico's story includes this odd bit of conservative talking points: Many of the countries in Europe that implemented value-added taxes, including Greece, stagnated.
The Mitch Is Back
September 10, 2010
A couple follow-ups on my unkind review of Mitch Daniels' stimulus plan. First, Daniels clarifies, in an interview with Ezra Klein, that he only proposes to suspend the employee share of the payroll tax, rather than the whole thing as he originally suggested. This makes his arithmetic less wildly implausible than his original proposal, while still pretty wildly implausible. Next, National Review fiscal blogger Kevin Williamson weighs in with a slew of over-the-top insults aimed at yours truly.
Mitch Daniels Wins The Fiscal Special Olympics
September 08, 2010
Indiana governor, former Bush budget director and rumored dark-horse Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels lays out his economic recovery plan in today's Wall Street Journal op-ed page. Here's the basic problem. The gulf between the foundational beliefs of the conservative movement and basic fiscal reality is so deep that it is impossible for a Republican in good standing to promote a budget proposal that remotely makes sense. Yet analysts don't want to appear so partisan that we simply dismiss every Republican plan. So the standards for such proposals are extravagantly lowered.
March 03, 2010
--Noam Scheiber on Rahm Emanuel --George Packer on Mitch Daniels' shameful Iraq history --Conor Friedersdorf fillets Victor Davis Hanson --Peter Beinart on the peril posed by Charles Rangel --Isaac Chotiner on memories of Fleet Street
March 01, 2010
--Jonathan Cohn on where health care stands as of now --Richard Thaler on the all-gain, no-pain plan to auction off the radio spectrum --Tim Noah on America's insufficiently frightened ruling class --Ron Brownstein on America's excessively frightened Democrats --Dexter Filkins surveys America's position in Afghanistan --Ross Douthat dreams of Mitch Daniels (My not-altogether different take here.)