Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Cain’s Loss Is Gingrich’s Gain

 

PPP has some new polling data out that affirms what some have posited in the comments to Rob’s post below: Cain voters really love Gingrich, and would flock to him should Cain drop out of the race.

Our last national survey found that Gingrich’s favorability with Cain voters was 73/21. Meanwhile Romney’s was 33/55.  That’s the same basic trend we’ve seen in every Republican primary poll we’ve done in the month of November. On average in 7 polls we’ve done this month Gingrich’s favorability with Cain voters is 69/22. Romney’s average is  31/57. In other words Gingrich’s net favorability is 73 points better with Cain supporters than Romney’s.

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Ricochet’s own, the illustrious Mollie Hemingway, was kind enough to chat with me recently for American Enterprise Institute’s “Values and Capitalism” podcast that I now host.  During our lively conversation we talked about baseball, American religious culture, and my decision to dub Mollie and her husband Mark the “Brangelina of conservative journalism.”  More

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I grew up in a moderate, Catholic household. I spent 12 years in Catholic school learning the gamut of Church history, theology, and the Catechism. By the end of those 12 years, so many of my friends and classmates held their religion in contempt and their “ex-Catholic” bona fides as a badge of honor, as […]

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The BlueGreen Alliance exemplifies a core Democratic coalition that has endured for decades: blue collar workers and environmentalists. Read the BGA’s list of goals, then tell me which half of the Alliance — Blue, or Green — has become the dominant half? Here’s a hint: the list’s items can be divided into two categories: alternative […]

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The North Pole, once a wintery wonderland, is no longer safe for Santa’s Workshop. Climate change is melting the snow and ice, and the rising water is getting too close for comfort. Santa must relocate — fast — to make sure that all the nice boys and girls still have a Happy Holiday. You can help by […]

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BERLIN, November 30 — A visibly relieved Chancellor Andrea Merkel announced an end to the Euro financial crisis today after experiencing what she described as the “wonderful luck” of finding a five trillion Euro note in the bottom of her purse. The announcement was greeted with cheers from journalists and politicians alike. Flanked by top […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Today is Winston Churchill’s Birthday

 

What’s your favorite Churchill quote/moment?

There are so many we’re spoilt for choice. But I guess, being like Churchill prone to depression – the “Black Dog” as he called it – the most useful of his mottos, applicable on a daily basis, would be “keep buggering on.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. On the Side of the Road to Serfdom

 

George Packer has a thought-provoking comparison at The New Yorker:

[Peter] Thiel and Kachel [a homeless fan of Rachel Maddow] embody what could be called the politics of dissolution. In different, almost antithetical ways, they represent a political experience that would have made little sense fifty or sixty years ago. Each in his own way is alienated from the established order. Neither has any faith in traditional American institutions and élites. Thiel isn’t part of the corporate establishment, and he’s moved away from the Republican party. Kachel has no connections to organized labor; his main political affiliation is his devotion to the Rachel Maddow show. Neither of them puts much store in elections, or conventional politics generally. (For example, the subject of the 2012 Presidential race rarely came up in conversation with either of the two.) Both of them have a fundamental sense that things in America are not working. Both of them entertain fantasies of an alternative polity where things might work better: for Thiel, a floating city-state on the high seas where the long arm of national and international government can’t reach (he’s the largest supporter of the libertarian Seasteading Institute); for Kachel, a park in lower Manhattan where, for two months, a self-organizing community took root.

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Doom and gloom–with charts! Chris Martenson gives a presentation linking several gloomy trends, and how they feed into each other.  His basic argument is that we are used to exponential economic growth fueled by linear trends, but that many trends are actually exponential themselves.  This will force economic growth to follow a different trend line […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ricochet Membership is Going to Get More Expensive

 

If you’re not a member now, it’s in your economic interest to join now.  (And if you’re thinking about giving a gift membership this Christmas, better move fast!)

It’s not our fault.  Really.  We’d like to keep prices low, despite the huge benefits of membership — the conversations, the exchanges between and among our members and contributors, the crackling back and forth with esteemed guests, politicians, conservative activists, and Americans who want to save their country.  Despite the podcasts and the member networking features, the Ricochet meetups, the slow and steady and rewarding work of turning America around.  Despite all of that.

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From CBS: Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Shocker: Conventional Wisdom Wrong on Middle East

 

Lee Smith has a very interesting and counterintuitive piece up at Tablet regarding the discovery by Hezbollah of CIA infiltrators in their midst.   While the conventional wisdom on this incident is that it is a CIA failure, Smith points out that the fact of the infiltration actually shows Hezbollah’s weakness.  Hezbollah has long perpetuated the myth of its impenetrability to outside intelligence assets, and this public admission of their penetration pierces that myth.  Smith makes the compelling point that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah “has spent the last five years since the end of the party’s 2006 war with Israel bunkered underground because he fears his organization is so porous that the Israelis have a good shot at assassinating him.”  Smith also notes that the weakening of the Assad regime in Syria is harming Hezbollah as well.  Definitely worth a read.

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I was reading an article in The Wall Street Journal some time ago that was written by a man who makes his living writing essays for college students–these even included dissertations for doctoral students!  [Unfortunately I cannot find the article or I would link it.]  According to him, he makes quite a nice living generating prose […]

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Everyone loves the Peanuts Christmas special. It airs every year and the music from it is now iconic. However, the show almost didn’t go on. CBS balked at Charles Schulz’s inclusion of a gospel reading in the cartoon. Lee Habeeb tell the story of The Gospel According to Peanuts. NRO is running his story again, so […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Radio Free Delingpole #3: The Last Word on Climate

 

There are a number of topics that can get our British correspondent James Delingpole going: Herman Cain, David Cameron, WWII, the many varieties of hummus (you’ll have to trust us on that one), but if you really want to get him revved up, ask him to talk about climate change. So when he rang us up earlier today and excitedly told us he had author and fellow climate change skeptic Donna Laframboise ready to do a podcast, we of course could not refuse him. This one is for all you climate junkies. Dig in:

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I’ve very much enjoyed Ricochet, and recommend it to others. It’s well worth the membership fee. That said, you can always improve, and there are some things I’d like to possibly see. What about other Ricochet members? What would you like here? What’s on your wish list for the site? Any new features that you’d […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Way to Make Me Feel Like Part of the Tribe, Israel!

 

As Jeffrey Goldberg explains, Netanyahu’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is sponsoring advertisements in American communities warning Israeli expatriates that they will lose their identities if they don’t return home.

The Ministry is also featuring on its website a series of short videos that, in an almost comically heavy-handed way, caution Israelis against raising their children in America — one scare-ad shows a pair of Israeli grandparents seated before a menorah and Skypeing with their granddaughter, who lives in America. When they ask the child to name the holiday they’re celebrating, she says “Christmas.” ,,,

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Because when you’re bankrupt, cold, isolated and under constant threat of volcanic eruption, this is the kind of thing on which one expects elected representatives to spend time. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. When The Diagnosis Is Alzheimer’s

 

It is at once a tired cliche’ and a terrible truism that life isn’t fair.&nbsp; None of us are safe from calamity.&nbsp; But sometimes, fate seems to take a wicked swipe at very good people in the worst way.&nbsp; I read with sadness and respect the letter that Ronald Reagan wrote when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; Odd, I thought, and awful that those who have lived such rich and colorful lives should be deprived of the memories of such a journey. &nbsp;

But life isn’t fair.&nbsp; As I sit here, struggling to put into words feelings that are caught in my throat, I think it would be best to just state it:&nbsp; So it is with my Dad’s permission that I pass along his recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; We’ve suspected, but we now have confirmation.&nbsp; As with most things, Dad has taken things with grace and humor.&nbsp; He said he can’t remember what it was he was supposed to forget, so with that characteristic smile, he sees it as a simplification of life in general.&nbsp; Plus, he looks forward to hiding his own easter eggs anytime of the year he feels like it.&nbsp; Dad’s wit is still very much alive, as evidenced by our recent discussion on whether or not the Christmas song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” was in fact an act of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (the word Merry&nbsp;being of dubious meaning).&nbsp; But the little things,…what day of the week it is, or the need to repeat information several times in a conversation, betray the insidious nature of the disease. &nbsp;

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I sit by the phone all day, and nothing. Nothing! None of you people have nominated me for the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. More

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