Jan 302015

Mitt Romney said on a conference call this morning that he would not run for president next year.

Romney is a good man, and I think I would like more about a Romney presidency than I would dislike. But he’s not strong in this field of candidates. I do wish he’d stayed in long enough to tie up Bush a bit. Romney’s departure will likely accelerate the coalescence of “the establishment” around Bush.

Thing is, “the establishment” GOP hasn’t won out of the chute since 2000, and that was by a hair’s width, if you’ll recall. Jeb Bush can’t win even a vaguely competitive general election. His last name alone is at least a 5-point penalty.

The successful Republican candidate will be a small-government conservative with grown-up and sensible ideas on foreign policy. These are the arenas in which Obama has done the gravest damage; consequently, I think little else matters. Right now, of those who could plausibly win, I think that candidate is either Scott Walker or Ted Cruz, with Rick Perry and/or Marco Rubio on the bubble.

 Posted by at 1:25 pm
Jan 282015

Remember when our esteemed president released five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for one soldier (who almost certainly deserted) and the promise that the released Taliban would behave themselves? Remember that he did so unilaterally, ignoring a law requiring him to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing anyone from Guantanamo?

Remember the released POW’s father actively campaigning for more Guantanamo releases? Remember the released POW’s father praising Allah in Arabic in the Rose Garden, with a nod and a smile from The One?

Remember that at least six American soldiers were killed in battle while looking for Bowe Bergdahl? Did their parents get invited to the White House? Do you think Obama even knows their names?

It sounds very much as if the U.S. Army intends to formally charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. And the White House is exerting tremendous pressure to keep that from happening, so that whatever feel-good narrative it has deluded itself into believing is preserved. Anything in this hey-wait-a-minute story sound potentially coerced to you?

Of course, even if closed-door strong-arming fails, the president can still get his way on this by pardoning Bergdahl. I would love to see him forced into having to make that choice.

It is 650 days to Election Day, 2016.

 Posted by at 7:31 am
Jan 202015

To whom it may concern: I will not talk to your stupid automated “natural conversation” phone menus anymore. No commonly encountered societal construct irritates me more highly, or takes me from content to extremely agitated more quickly. Pressing 0 used to work reliably. I encountered one last week that kept saying “Tell me something about […]

 Posted by at 9:55 am

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