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The real losers in this election are the voters

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Romney’s videotaped dismissal of swathes of the electorate will hurt him, but Obama remains a lame duck, too. Read my spiked article in full here.

Romney’s troubles

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Mitt Romney’s statement to donors¸ in which he complains that almost half the country is “dependent on government” and thus won’t vote for him, was badly argued and just plain dumb. It has damaged him politically. But the situation as not as dire for him, nor as positive for President Obama, as many are arguing. Romney was […]

Giving the green light to grievance

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The Obama administration seems to see free speech as a bigger problem than attacks on its overseas embassies. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“The day the roof fell in,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead “The deafness before the storm,” The New York Times, by Kurt Eichenwald [Alleges George W. Bush ignored pre-9/11 warnings] “The disappeared: how the fatwa changed a writer’s life,” The New Yorker, by Salman Rushdie “Obama’s way,” Vanity Fair, by Michael Lewis “Fiddling at […]

US response to Middle East protests: validating grievances, sacrificing free speech

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Once again, we see images of demonstrations and rioting in the capitals across the Middle East. But unlike the “Arab spring”, these protests are explicitly anti-American: gathering at US embassies, with placards denouncing the US and American flags in flames.  In Libya, four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed following an attack on the US […]

Shouting ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’ is not serious politics

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The rise of a tyranny of fact-checkers in the US election, who constantly call out politicians on their ‘lies’, is a very unhealthy development. Read my spiked article in full here.

The tyranny of the fact checkers

The election season in America has seen two new and related developments: constant accusations of “lies” and the rise of “fact checkers” as the arbiters of political debate. For the past two months or more, both the Obama and Romney camps have engaged in tit-for-tat accusations of lying. At the outset, both sides claimed the […]

That Eastwood routine again

Like many, I referred to Clint Eastwood’s skit at the Republican National Convention as “bizarre”. In a tweet, I called it a “debacle”. I still hold to those descriptions, but as comedy, it “killed”, as Bill Maher put it. Watching it again (see video above), Eastwood’s routine really had its moments. The use of the […]

This week’s articles of note

“Barack Obama’s new Chicago politics abandon Bill Clinton’s winning coalition,” The Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin “Inside story of Obama’s struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of debt ceiling crisis,” Washington Post, by Bob Woodward [Excerpt from Woodward’s new book, The Price of Politics] “Let’s be friends: two presidents find mutual advantage,” The New […]

Romney’s empty suit vs. Obama’s empty chair

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With the hope hoopla of the 2008 campaign a distant memory, now we have a contest between a letdown president and a vacuous challenger. Read my spiked article in full here.

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