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Political Theory and Punditry from a native of Flyover Country
Michael Koplow for the Ottomans and Zionists blog: “Turning Israel Into A Partisan Issue Does Israel No Favors”
Peter Wehner for Commentary: “The Responsibility of Government”
Marco Rubio for National Review Online: “My Immigration Firestorm”
David Harsanyi for Human Events: “Department Of Labor Proposal Would Force Journalists To Use Government Computers, Software”
I’ll just say this. Wintour appears to have an exceptional taste in fashion and style. Not so much on her judgement of character.
Apparently fame, not respectability, is the central feature of this president’s fundraising strategy. That’s too bad.
Matt Lewis has the scoop at the Daily Caller. Give it a read. Not pretty stuff.
(Source: The Atlantic)
Good morning friends. Here’s your daily Lagniappe!
Peter Wehner for Commentary: “Conservatism Must Avoid Conformity”
John Hayward for Human Events: “Google’s wi-spy adventure”
David Frum for the Daily Beast: “Soup Nazism”
Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times: “From Peace Prize to Paralysis”
Good morning, friends. I have some excellent links for your morning commute. Enjoy!
Jonathan Alter notes a clever John Steinbeck-themed allusion by Romney’s ad man.
Michael Gerson thinks Democrats are playing with dynamite.
Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic: “The Problem with Public-Sector Unions — And How to Fix It”
Going to be posting this every morning. Consider it Matt’s gift to all of you in terms of the best reading material — of a political bent, of course — to start your day. Also, please do click through. There’s actually a lot more material if you do — as opposed to those obnoxious types who have you click through to find another sentence or two.
Good morning, friends. As you might imagine, a majority of the political news from yesterday dealt with Scott Walker‘s win in Wisconsin. I’ve listed some of the best recaps on that event, but rest assured, that’s not all of interest that was written yesterday.
John Hayward for Human Events: “No, ‘Citizens United’ did not throw the Wisconsin recall to Walker”
Walter Russel Mead for The American Interest: “The ‘People United’ Go Down in Flames”
My boss, Matt Lewis, cautioning conservatives against eagerly supporting the tendency of some on the right to prioritize security over liberty when it comes to the “War on Terror”
There might not be a clear leap from indefinite detention to drones — or for that matter, the black helicopters fringe militia groups used to fear — but as politicians redefine the basic rights of American citizens, such stories are sure to continue. Conservatives are wary of government power. That shouldn’t cease simply because they’re told by their leaders to play along.
But seriously. What other social networking site allows such access on an individual level?
On that note, I’m meeting with Matt Lewis, one of my favorite conservative bloggers in DC, for coffee tomorrow.
Thank you, Twitter.
Matt Lewis (follow him), one of my favorite journalists, has published a thinly veiled endorsement of Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. You might be confused, of course, given that he only mentions Don twice in the entire article. At bottom, he suggests, we should trust organizations over individuals when it comes to listening to endorsements.
That’s all well and good (although I think such an idea is overly simplistic).
Lewis seems to think Stenberg’s relatively weak position in the polls is a consequence of his poor campaigning style. That’s true, but it fails to account for the reasons why Stenberg is so bad at campaigning. Here’s one:
Stenberg is the epitome of what so many Nebraskans have tired of in their representatives. Don is a career politician. This is his fourth Senate campaign and he’s running for Senate just two years after winning a race for State Treasurer. Much like his opponent Jon Bruning, Don’s been running for office since finishing school.
If Nebraskans wanted to send Don to the Senate, they might have done it in 1996. Instead, he was crushed in the primary by Chuck Hagel. He lost a close general election race to Ben Nelson in 2000 (although given the resounding win George W. Bush enjoyed in Nebraska, no GOP candidate should have lost). Finally, he lost to Pete Ricketts in 2006’s GOP primary.
In no way do I wish to suggest that losing elections means you have bad ideas or are a bad person. Unfortunately, however, it does mean you’re not a very good politician, and that counts for quite a bit more than the first two things in the real world. Tuesday’s winner will face Bob Kerrey, who is a formidable candidate in Nebraska despite a huge GOP voter registration advantage. No matter how solid Don’s ideas, he isn’t a proven winner, and that counts. Nebraska conservatives should realize that there are competing demands between electability and political philosophy.
Now I don’t subscribe to the apocalyptic view of elections that holds each round as the most important in America’s history. With that said, this is a big one. If the GOP allows a Nebraska Senate seat to slip away from its grasp, it can protest all it likes about not picking the conservative enough candidate, but that doesn’t matter. We only pick these folks every six years, so when we have the opporunity to win back a major seat, let’s make the proper choice.
As I said a month ago, Deb Fischer is our best option for beating Bob Kerrey in the fall:
The best choice for Nebraskans happens to have just finished up a hard-working session in your state legislature. Like the Nebraskansshe represents, she believes it’s important to finish her work. She’s a career mom who has experience in small business, the challenges of education and the cultural values shared by all Nebraskans. She’ll represent “Nebraska values” like no other candidate in this race.
She’s found success because of hard work and a willingness to challenge the status quo. She’s the American Dream and she wants to make that dream accessible to all willing to work hard enough.
We need more candidates just like her in Washington.
Vote Deb Fischer on May 15. You won’t be disappointed.
A hardworking woman with a background not in politics but private industry and who cares about her constituents instead of acquiring fame or fortune in public office.
That’s something Nebraskans value very much, and it’s my final sell for Nebraska Republicans. Deb is our candidate. Give her your vote today.