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Perhaps I am one of the few who are horrified about how much visibility and political power spouses of politicians wield in today’s political culture. I find the inability to hold spouses  to account one of the more disturbing aspects. I was only in elementary school at the time but I have memories of President […]

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We often hear about a seemingly innocuous statement that is actually a “dog-whistle” meant for a racist’s ears. The most recent one was Bashir and O’Donnell on MSNBC making a free association from Obama->golf->Tiger Woods->reckless lifestyle that is something to behold. It’s easy enough to observe that the liberal commentariat hear these dog-whistles extremely well, despite […]

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If I were to boil the convention down to a few phrases they would be these: Obama wants to move us forward. Forward along the flat path of our stagnent economy. Forward to the looming fiscal cliff, at the bottom of which lies the utter destruction of our way of life. Forward into a more complete dependence on government […]

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A Further Reason To Be of Good Cheer!

 

This morning I posted a piece entitled Be of Good Cheer! – in which I drew attention to the latest Gallup poll as it pertains to the favorability ratings of our two main political parties, noting that it suggests that Barack Obama has done more harm to the Democratic brand in the last four years than George W. Bush did to the Republican brand during his eight years in office, and drawing attention to the fact that for the first time in the twenty years in which Gallup has been doing this sort of polling the Republicans are doing better than the Democrats. That fact is not only a portent of what is to come on the first Tuesday of November. It is an indicator of the direction in which the electorate is drifting, and I believe that it suggests something about intensity. Our side is fired up; their side is demoralized. As in 2010, turnout on their side will be depressed. Frankly, if I were a partisan Democrat, I would vote for Mitt Romney – if only to save my party from another four years of Barack Obama!

This afternoon I came across the results of another poll that is no less revealing. Entitled A Closer Look at the Parties in 2012, it was released a week ago by the Pew Foundation. Bill Galston, who was Domestic Policy Adviser to Bill Clinton, discusses it at some length on The New Republic site in a post entitled New Evidence That 2008 Was a Major Aberration for Democrats – in which he notes that Pew’s findings dovetail well with those of Gallup:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ibslzPXX5s My number 13 song for 2012.  I need some energy this morning.  And a smile on my face.  How can you not smile when you listen to this?  Or tap your feet to the beat?  Or bob your head? Or play air guitar?  They are a big giant band with a huge sound hailing […]

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Thinking and Feeling: The Tell

 

Several weeks ago, while on an annual fly-fishing trip with several other authors (we were in Idaho this time), we engaged in a late-night alcohol-fueled discussion about politics.  Being the only right-of-center guy in our group — the others hail from right and left coasts — it was three against one, just the way I like it (I’m kidding, but I held my own).

As the argument grew louder and more heated — but never personal or vicious which is why we remain friends — they went on about how much they liked and admired Obama and despised the evil Mormon wife-killer and tax-cheat Romney, I began to note a “tell” in their arguments that I’ve noticed before and which became more pronounced as the night went on. 

Does the LSAT Make You Smarter?

 

According to colleagues of mine at UC Berkeley, studying for the LSAT increases test-takers’ IQs. The investigators try to use this to claim that IQ is somewhat plastic. But a few other thoughts occurred to me.

 1. Is it really surprising that studying for an intelligence test makes your IQ go up?  The dirty little secret of the LSAT is that it has little to do with the law; it seems to me to be a general test of intelligence. Some factors, like reading comprehension, will improve with better schooling. But some, like logic  games, are really about intelligence alone. I’ve always thought the brain is like a muscle – you can be born with a great one, but you have to exercise it to reach its full potential.

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Last week Foxfier started a conversation on Thud! by an author I had never heard of.  I don’t know much about Foxfier except that she has a rather fetching avatar (even though I’m not into the Netroots conference depiction of Republican sex lives); I’ve skimmed some of her conversations. But I scrolled through the comments […]

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GOP Convention Live Chat

 

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You’re Likable Enough Already, Mitt

 

Just had a conversation with my friend and Hoover colleague, the political scientist Morris Fiorina.  When I suggested that in his speech this evening Romney needs to demonstrate a certain warmth, Mo demurred, arguing instead that Romney would do fine if he merely conveyed a certain competence and strength of character.

Mo then sent me the link to a fascinating column he’d written this past spring.  Joining a couple of other political scientists, Mo had studied the importance of likeability in recent presidential elections.  An excerpt:

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I’m often amazed by the number of liberals who actually believe that most Republicans are racist. I want to ask these people: how many Republicans do you know? And have you ever been to a country where racism really is widespread? Racism is not in any way tolerated among educated or influential conservatives, and I […]

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Gays, Catholics, Mormons, Evangelicals

 

When Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana and Ricochet stalwart talked about calling a “truce on so-called social issues” a few years ago, he got into a bit of trouble.  There was push-back from social conservatives, naturally.

I agreed with him then, and I agree with him now.  And it’s hard to see this Republican convention — despite media shrieks that the Republican party is “divided” and “fractured” — as anything but unified.