February 08, 2008

Globalize This
12:00 AM

For all the sound and fury that has accompanied this election season, it's worth remembering that Democrats and Republicans have remarkably similar positions on globalization. In an October poll, nearly twice as many Republicans, usually the party of business, opposed free trade as supported it. At the same time, with a majority of Democratic voters opposing trade, even the most centrist Democrats are backpedaling--Hillary Clinton says she would reexamine the North American Free Trade Agreement, a landmark deal passed by her own husband. America is hardly unique.

A Proud Day For Cornhuskers
12:00 AM

Nebraska was the last state to use the electric chair as a method of execution--until the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional today (ruling here--pdf). From Justice William Connolly's opinion: “We recognize the temptation to make the prisoner suffer, just as the prisoner made an innocent victim suffer.

February 07, 2008

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

What's the problem with comparing Obama to JFK?   Peter Beinart is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight (HarperCollins). Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a contributing editor to National Review. By Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg

Split Dominion
12:00 AM

In the wake of Super Tuesday's split between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the conventionalwisdom is that the rest of the February primary calendar favors the senator from Illinois. On balance, the evidence is pretty strong.

Raucous Caucus
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February 1: I email Barack Obama's Colorado campaign site, asking for information on which caucus I should attend. Although I write a syndicated column that often deals with presidential politics, I’ve never been to a caucus, or for that matter participated in a political campaign. And my lifetime financial contributions to politicians consist of writing a $50 check to John Kerry in the summer of 2004. But I’ve taken a liking to Obama, and have decided I should overcome my natural inertia and at least go to the caucus.

Asian Alienation
12:00 AM

Anyone who has been watching or reading coverage of the Super Tuesday results has heard about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's success with Latino voters. In California, the day’s biggest prize, Clinton beat Barack Obama by a margin of 67 percent to 32 percent. While her edge was smaller in other states, including New Mexico and Arizona, Clinton's achievement with Latinos helped offset Obama's overwhelming win with African Americans and his gains among white voters, particularly men, since South Carolina.

Missing Mitt Romney
12:00 AM

Mitt Romney's decision to withdraw from the Republican presidential campaign will surely please a lot of people -- starting with his rivals, both present and former.  It was no secret that Romney was widely reviled among the candidates.  Romney's willingness to transform his entire political persona, from the moderate technocrat who governed in Massachusetts to the conservative crusader who tried -- without enough success -- to win over the Republican base, really was breathtaking, even by the standards of politicians.  That, combined with his willingness to spend untold sums of his personal w

More On The Clintons' Piggy Bank
12:00 AM

Just to pick up where Mike left off, the prospect of the Clintons self-funding part of Hillary's campaign really does raise a lot of questions, some of them uncomfortable. For example, according to this Washington Post story from last year, Bill frequently commands between $200,000 and $300,000 per speech (with foreign clients usually paying the highest prices).

February 06, 2008

Charlie's Horse
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As John McCain consolidates his Super Tuesday wins to nail down the nomination, he can thank his big-name endorsers over the past week: Rudy Giuliani. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Texas Governor Rick Perry. Steve Forbes. And then he can give Florida Governor Charlie Crist a lifetime, unlimited mileage pass on the Straight Talk Express, or maybe even a copy of that prized donor list that he had to use as collateral last year to keep his campaign afloat. It's strange how quickly Crist's last minute endorsement has faded into history.

Growing Up Is Hard To Do
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SANTIAGO, Chile--It might be argued that a country ceases to be underdeveloped when its citizens shift their anger from other people's wealth to the quality of the services their own wealth is paying for. Chile is perhaps the world's best example.