So Mitt Romney has won, and won big. He’s got momentum, and it’s bad news for Newt, as well as for other contenders like Santorum and Ron Paul. The way you puncture the inevitability of an “inevitable” nominee is to beat him, and nobody came close to beating Romney in Florida. On the other hand, as Bryan Preston points out at the link above, Romney hasn’t won over Republican voters yet.
Then again, neither has anyone else, and nobody else came close to Romney’s performance tonight. Ultimately, the way you seal the deal is by getting the votes, and the delegates. So far, Romney seems to be pulling ahead.
In exit interviews, many GOP primary voters worried that campaign negativity would hurt the chances of beating Obama in November. And while politics ain’t beanbag, winning politics isn’t about fratricide, either. What GOP primary voters are looking for, above all, is a candidate who can make Barack Obama a one-term President. Candidates will be well advised to remember that, and not let their egos lead them into pointless personal attacks.
John Hinderaker picks up the ball: Not Just A Democrat Dirty Trick, But A Crime.
“That Edwards allegedly tried to steal the Secretary of State’s identity in order to frame Schultz for ‘unethical behavior in office’ is no coincidence. Iowa Democrats, as Kevin Hall of the Iowa Republican points out, have mounted a campaign of false accusations against Schultz. . . . So on its face, Edwards’s identity theft appears to be part of a coordinated effort by the Iowa Democratic Party to bring down the Republican Secretary of State so he can be replaced with a Democrat. We hope that Edwards will get the long jail term that he deserves, but the more important question is, from whom was he taking instructions?”
This is interesting. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz Targeted for Identity Theft by Former Obama Staffer. Hmm. Here’s the story from the Des Moines Register. His bio seems to have vanished from his employer’s page though. But here it is via the Wayback Machine.
So is this an isolated incident or part of a broader dirty-tricks campaign? At the very least, it’s an indication that we should be suspicious of any out-of-character scandals involving Republicans where the evidence is largely electronic. Note that Link Strategies, where the arrested Zach Edwards worked until very recently, was founded by a former Tom Harkin operative.
Now out: A comic-book biography of Ayn Rand. A perfect stocking-stuffer?
In a new (and mercifully short) law review article, I look at Second Amendment penumbras.
We keep hearing about “shared sacrifice” and the need for increased revenues. Based on Warren Buffett’s response to Obama’s corporate-jet demagoguery, my Sunday Washington Examiner column offers some suggested revenue enhancements that even a Republican can love.
Plus this: “Businesses that support Democrats have had a good deal up to now. When Democrats are in power, they get the kind of special deals that Democrats dole out to their supporters. When Republicans are in power, their taxes don’t go up because Republicans don’t like tax increases. Well, perhaps Republicans should take Democrats seriously in their call for ‘shared sacrifice.’”
Rex Murphy writes: “If America falls, it will not be from external enemies. It will be by her own hand. That is the inescapable conclusion one carries away from a reading of Reckless Endangerment, an account of the ferocious financial crisis that exploded in 2008 and through which, to this very day, the United States is still struggling to find safe and solid ground. . . . Any person with a regard for the United States, or with some surviving faith in the virtues of representative democracy, will finish this book severely angry. It’s a good game to play, should you start to read it, to keep count of the number of times you lay the book down in exasperated wonder that the American system could have been so twisted, so abused and so turned against itself.”
If there is ever a Mount Rushmore for hypocrites, the face of Democratic Congressman Barney Frank — Fannie Mae’s friend in every sordid scrape (until nothing could be hidden anymore) — should be the first to go up. It was the complaisance and complicity of elected politicians like him that enabled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to achieve the power they did, to violate so utterly their own charters, to defy and slander their regulators (they set rumours afloat that one honest overseer was having “mental problems”) as long as the mortgage giants tossed funds into their political kitties, gave them ribbon cutting ceremonies for “minority housing,” and greased their re-election efforts.
The real story of Reckless Endangerment is more a story of democracy corrupted than it is a story of financial fraud. It is a story of America’s great wounding of herself. And even now, with this book, the full account is not nearly as known as it should be; and as the authors so sadly point out, nearly every one of the principals who brought such misery and shame upon their countrymen are free, prosperous, in many cases highly honoured and “serving” still at the highest levels of political and financial power.
At the very least, this needs to be pointed out continuously.
Congratulations to PJ Media author Sarah Hoyt, whose novel Darkship Thieves — dedicated to Robert Heinlein — has won this year’s Prometheus Award for best novel. She joins such other honorees as Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, and Neal Stephenson. I’ve read the book, and the honor is well deserved!
Over at Right Wing News, John Hawkins interviews Ann Coulter about her new book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.
On InstaVision, I talk with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch of Reason, the authors of The Declaration of Independents, about the importance of independent voters in an increasingly libertarian electorate. Can libertarians really fix America?
PJTV producer Dave Voda’s book, How To Protect Your Money From The Coming Government Hyperinflation is now #1 in Business Education on Amazon for Kindle.
Blogosphere fave Scott Ott’s new book, Laughing At Obama: Volume I, is out.
The Tennessee Law Review will soon be publishing a symposium on the laws and procedures involved in holding a federal constitutional convention, and they also rounded up a lot of legal luminaries — ranging from Richard Epstein to David Lat — to propose their own amendments. Here’s my Foreword, where I survey proposals ranging from a third house of Congress aimed solely at repealing bills, to proposals to limit voting to those who pay taxes, and more.
In the words of George Costanza, I’m back, baby! I credit the mango.
They were supposed to do some sort of upgrade last night, and apparently it’s gone all Biden on us. The last email I got, from 4 a.m. said everything was working fine. I presume they’ll have it fixed later. See you there then!
Over in the Wall Street Journal, I’ve got a column on why the Republicans should scrap the nationwide 21-year-old drinking age mandate — on grounds of both politics and principle. But will they listen?
I have a review of Michio Kaku’s Physics Of The Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 in today’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s the link.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Reserve is losing the confidence of the middle class. Lower prices on consumer electronics aren’t enough to offset skyrocketing fuel and grocery prices in real life.
As an aside, though, note that the places where prices are dropping, like consumer electronics, are the least regulated sectors, while the places where prices are skyrocketing, like food and energy, are among the most heavily regulated. Is there a lesson here?
Yes, but not one that they’ll take.
The hot new trend is Kindle books for 99 cents. Now Michael Walsh has joined the phenomenon with his Exchange Alley. Could this be the future of publishing? At 99 cents, impulse buys are easy, and readers don’t take much risk if they turn out not to like the book. And if authors keep the profits, it could easily turn out to be a better deal than going through a publisher.
This kind of phenomenon could have huge consequences. Somebody should write a book on it!
Not so great. USA Today: Unemployment rises in nearly all metro areas.
Coming next week on PJTV: I talk to Andrew Breitbart about his new book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save The World.
So today I talked to Donald Rumsfeld for PJTV, about his new book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir, about the state of civilian-military relations, whether he’s gloating over Obama’s decision to keep Gitmo open, and why detainees should have been issued pink bunny slippers. Plus, what the U.S. should be doing about Libya, Egypt, and Iran. The video is here.
So, I’m scheduled to interview Donald Rumsfeld about his new book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir tomorrow. Any suggested questions from Tatler readers?
Over at my InstaPundit blog, I’ve got an interview with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) about his new budget-cutting bill.
PC World: Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down. “In the land of no Internet connection, the man with dial-up is king.” Plus, thoughts on ham radio, etc.
There’s more at Slashdot.
University of Wisconsin law professor and blogger Ann Althouse unleashes a brutal old-fashioned Fisking on a letter sent out by the American Sociological Association in defense of Frances Fox Piven, and attacking Glenn Beck for the crime of accurately quoting Piven’s advocacy of violence. It’s a must-read.
Meanwhile, I like to point out just what was involved in those Greek riots Piven liked and wanted Americans to emulate:
At the same time, tens of thousands of protesters marched through Athens in the largest and most violent protests since the country’s budget crisis began last fall. Angry youths rampaged through the center of Athens, torching several businesses and vehicles and smashing shop windows. Protesters and police clashed in front of parliament and fought running street battles around the city.
Witnesses said hooded protesters smashed the front window of Marfin Bank in central Athens and hurled a Molotov cocktail inside. The three victims died from asphyxiation from smoke inhalation, the Athens coroner’s office said. Four others were seriously injured there, fire department officials said.
Just to keep the record straight on who’s actually, you know, advocating violence.
Coming next week from Tyler Cowen: The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. “In a figurative sense, the American economy has enjoyed lots of low-hanging fruit since at least the seventeenth century: free land; immigrant labor; and powerful new technologies. Yet during the last forty years, that low-hanging fruit started disappearing and we started pretending it was still there. We have failed to recognize that we are at a technological plateau and the trees are barer than we would like to think. That’s it. That is what has gone wrong.The problem won’t be solved overnight, but there are reasons to be optimistic. We simply have to recognize the underlying causes of our past prosperity—low hanging fruit—and how we will come upon more of it.”
No hidden agenda there, Politico! No, really, the agenda isn’t hidden at all . . . .
That’s A. Barton Hinkle, referring to many political groups’ enthusiasm for putting the violence of the state behind their particular policy choices. Hinkle observes:
Force is sometimes necessary. We must have police and courts and national defense and environmental protection and so on. But government at all levels does much more nowadays than is strictly necessary, because both liberals and conservatives delight in using it to make other people do what they would not do through mutual consent.
In the wake of the butchery in Tucson, it has been nice to hear many people say we should not speak so well of violence. It would be even nicer to hear more say we should not vote for it quite so often, either.
He’s right, and you should read the whole thing.
Upgrading The World: PJTV’s own Andrew Klavan reviews Jane McGonigal’s Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
MSNBC lets Keith Olbermann go. Who will right-wing bloggers kick around now?
Coming this week on PJTV: I interview Kevin Williamson about his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide To Socialism. (Bumped up).
Anything you want me to ask him?
OVER ON PJTV, I talk with science fiction writer Sarah Hoyt, author of Darkship Thieves, Soul of Fire, and numerous other works. Among other things, we discuss Robert Heinlein, aliens vs. humans, and whether there’s any such thing as a benevolent dictatorship.