Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?

According to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, the answer is yes: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet. At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said "nobody is blocking any amendments" to legislation thatContinue reading “Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?”

How to start a conversation: David Brooks

David Brooks, the conservative columnist for The New York Times, can be irritating to a Californian:  During his first term, President Obama faced a wicked problem: How do you govern in a highly polarized, evenly divided country with House Republicans who seem unwilling to compromise?  The GOP did not "seem" to be unwilling to compromise.Continue reading “How to start a conversation: David Brooks”

Santorum: Best line of the last GOP debate

Prominent lefties and journos independently say that Rick Santorum blew it in the last debate of the Republican primary, but surely he had the line of the night: From Dan Balz:  When Romney noted that he had balanced the Massachusetts budget for four straight years, Santorum scoffed, saying that was required by the state‚Äôs constitution.Continue reading “Santorum: Best line of the last GOP debate”

Will Romney live up to his own father’s standards?

Though attacked for asking a personal, sexual question of Newt Gingrich at the beginning of the South Carolina debate, CNN anchor John King came back later in the debate with an even tougher question for Newt's rival Mitt Romney. He laid it out beautifully, and listened as Romney flailed to answer.  As Romney failed to liveContinue reading “Will Romney live up to his own father’s standards?”

The Global Warming Debate in Real Life

From the great Overheard in New York: Boyfriend: Can you believe they're saying the temperature is gonna rise, like, 5 degrees over the next 100 years?Girlfriend: Yeah, but it's all based on scientist's predictions and computer models.Boyfriend: Predictions and computer models? C'mon!Girlfriend: How do you think they predict anything?Boyfriend: But to force public policy uponContinue reading “The Global Warming Debate in Real Life”

McCain Seethes: Obama Keeps His Cool

As a fellow debate watcher said last night, Obama is an "organized thinker" — his small points inevitably lead to large conclusions. (For instance, in the debate last night he noted that the United States consumes 25% of the world’s annual oil production, but only has 3% of the world’s oil reserves. This means thatContinue reading “McCain Seethes: Obama Keeps His Cool”

McCain Wins Debate, McCain Campaign Says

Believe it or don’t: proof (from an ad placed in the Wall Street Journal) below, which was posted this morning, before the debate. Obvious question: If McCain can win the debate by saying he won the debate, why can’t he win the war in Iraq by saying he won the war in Iraq — andContinue reading “McCain Wins Debate, McCain Campaign Says”