“I Can’t Control Her Anymore!”

 

Sick of the election we’re currently embroiled in? Pining for simpler days? HBO has your back. Here’s the full trailer for Game Change, which debuts next month. We’ll give it this much: Ed Harris appears to have perfectly captured John McCain’s “what the hell have I gotten myself into?” look. Oh, and The Guess Who’s  American Woman is used to great effect as well. Other than that….meh. (Hint: click on the title of the post to view the trailer in HD.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPhh7mch5zo

Keep Hatch

 

Sometimes Republican politics make me think I am living in Seinfeld’s bizarro world, where up is down, left is right, and George Constanza charms women and gets a job with the Yankees.  And I am not even talking about the presidential debates where Ron Paul seems to be an alien visitor greeting us earthlings or Newt Gingrich is building moonbases where we can greet ourselves from space.  Instead, I am referring to the drive-by activists in the states who seem determined to purge conservative senators, such as Orrin Hatch from Utah, for not being ideologically pure.  

Hatch, for whom I once worked in the mid-1990s, is under threat of losing his Senate seat because of Utah’s unusual primary caucus system, which also ousted Bob Bennett in 2010.  In this piece, I argue that Hatch has ironically done more than any other Senator to set the foundations for the Tea Party movement, whose members sometimes criticize him, by being one of the few Senators who has stood tall to defend the confirmation of conservative nominees to the Supreme Court.  Without Clarence Thomas or Antonin Scalia, there would be no conservative intellectual agenda for the Constitution, and without Hatch, these men would not be on the Court today.

Turkey and the Gender Gap

 

I was asked last night to participate in an hour-long discussion, on Twitter, about the latest World Economic Forum Gender Gap report on Turkey. The conversation was–what’s the word, chaired? initiated?–by the Turkish Philanthropy Fund. I was keen to participate, but quickly realized that I wasn’t prepared because I hadn’t studied the report closely enough. I’ve spent the morning looking at it, and I have some thoughts now that might be at least help someone else to have helpful thoughts. 

1) I’d like to see a much more detailed account of the methodology: This is apparently based on “survey data.” We need to see how the surveys were done and look at the raw data. 

Rep. Allen West Announces That He Will Switch Districts

 

I just received a press release from the Allen West campaign.  It announces that he will abandon his current (significantly redrawn) House district and instead run in the (re-drawn) 18th district.  That district largely overlaps with the current 16th district, which is currently represented by Republican  Tom Rooney.  Rooney announced earlier that he will run in the newly re-drawn 17th district.

The following is a portion of West’s press release.

Radio Free Delingpole #7: Delingpole Abbey

 

Author, Top Chef judge, charter school advocate and raconteur Toby Young joins and Ricochet’s Rob Long stops by for a lively chat about the death of the Eurozone, David Cameron’s troubles, how a British CoC might differ from ours, the appeal of Downton Abbey, Toby explains how he invented Rob Long, and the contradiction-in terms-sounding issue of conservative groupies. 

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The poor body of Friedrich Hayek rolls over in his grave each time Paul Krugman files a new op-ed.   As reported at PJ Media by Roger Kimball (esteemed editor of Encounter Books), the London School of Economics has gone all-in on PC.  Given that Hayek taught there from 1931-1950, including during the time he wrote The […]

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An opinion piece from the N.Y. Times that details the evolution of HMO’s in to Accountable Care Organizations or ACO’s.  Accountable care organizations will shift the focus of medicine away from treating sickness and toward keeping patients healthy.  While these organizations when managed well really lower costs and provide better care, they also demand accountability […]

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If any of you have followed the Iranian soap opera of the past couple of weeks, here are two discussions of the situation. The first, by Fred Singer (who should stick to climate science), is pretty generic and kind of misses the fundamental point- that Iran is trying to pull a Kim Jong Il and […]

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Tim Worstall links to a dreadful story of the TSA at its most obtuse and inflexible.  His summary “What an appallingly depressing story. Two young British types get all excited about visiting LA and tweet that they going to “destroy America” and then repeat a Family Guy joke about digging up Marilyn Monroe. Homeland Security picks […]

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A Southern California Ricochet Meetup

 

All right, west coasters, it’s time to show our eastern brethren how a Ricochet meetup is really done.

Ricochet member FeliciaB has asked me to announce that she’s planning a Southern California Ricochet meetup to be held at 6 PM on Saturday, February 25. The event will take place in Orange County, at the Maggiano’s at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (information about the venue can be found here).

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Newt Gingrich’s comments yesterday about refusing to participate in a presidential debate if it were moderated by a standard-issue MSM “journalist” got me to thinking.  While I tend to agree with Mitt Romney’s sharp comeback that Newt isn’t likely to have to worry about the panel makeups this fall (disclaimer:  I don’t particularly like anybody […]

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