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Saturday, November 18, 2006
This Week's Excellent Readings
This week's list is heavy on election post-mortems and discussions of the transition on Capitol Hill, but there are gems on other subjects, too, prominently including uber-economist Milton Friedman, who passed away this week, dating and marriage counsel, and even -- blush -- Oprah.
Robert Novak explains how House Republicans are about to earn, once again, the title "Stupid Party." It has to do with leadership.
Newt Gingrich explains that it wasn't conservatism that lost the election.
John Podhoretz sees signs of health in the Democratic Party, not in spite of, but because of some infighting this week. An excerpt:
After surveying the political terrain, Peggy Noonan foretells surprise from the White House -- at least a partial surprise.
Charles Krauthammer describes the real problem in Iraq, and -- surprise! -- it ain't us. It's the Iraqi political culture. (And how, really, could we expect a country to have even a slightly healthy political culture after decades of tyranny?)
Mark Steyn writes of the election, Iraq, and the United States' unproven staying power. Here are scattered excerpts:
George Will writes of what the new Congress can and cannot do, in some interesting detail.
Jeff Jacoby offers an excellent historical look at where civil rights progress happens: the people, not the courts. (Not that same-sex marriage is civil rights progress . . .) Be sure to catch the last word, from Thomas Jefferson.
Tim Chapman profiles the candidates for the two most important leadership positions among House Republicans.
National Politics: The Election and Aftermath
Jeff Jacoby says the country's shift toward the political right actually continues, but the Republicans missed the boat . . . or the train, whatever. (It's my mangled metaphor, not Jacoby's.)
Michael Barone foretells the political future, both in governance and presidential politics.
William Rusher writes on what to expect, and what not to expect, in Congress in the next two years, after noting why the Republicans lost the election.
Donald Lambro foresees legislative gridlock in Washington and notes in passing that Wall Street is hoping for it.
Star Parker's analysis of the election differs from the conventional wisdom. Also, her account of why we need great leaders just now, and where they might come from and why, merits some thought.
Thomas Sowell's discussion of the next Congress includes this excellent observation:
Jeff Emanuel offers Georgia as a model for Republican electoral success on a national level.
Michael Barone looks at the numbers from last week.
Michelle Malkin points out that, if future Speaker Nancy Pelosi really wants to clean house, she should take the garbage out -- not in.
Linda Chavez describes the role of labor unions in the latest election, and two pending court cases which may limit such a role in the future.
Maggie Gallagher lists some lessons learned about voter attitudes from last week's elections.
Bruce Bartlett's post-election autopsy has some interesting arguments -- for example, about the opiate effect on Republicans of conservative talk and Internet media.
Jonathan Turley lists specific things Nancy Pelosi should do if she really wants to "drain the swamp" of congressional corruption.
John H. Fund explains why John Murtha is a highly suspect candidate for House leadership. (Note that he later was defeated in his bid for House Majority Leader by a large margin.
Suzanne Fields says a lot of old stereotypes just don't apply any more in our politics.
Robert Novak says Nancy Pelosi's written endorsement of John Murtha for House Majority Leader was a serious error in leadership.
Races for Republican leadership in the House were interesting right up until they were over. Here's Tim Chapman's summary of things before Friday's vote.
Rich Tucker says conservatism is alive and well, and the Democrats have proven it.
Lorie Byrd, on the other hand, says the masks are off, and there aren't many signs of moderation among the Democrats.
Burt Prelutsky waxes candid about November 7, which he calls a "day of infamy."
According to Debra J. Saunders, Nancy Pelosi is fitting right into the "culture of corruption" in her new majority role.
Donald Lambro describes stiff opposition the Democrats' major agenda items are already facing, including among large blocks of their supporters.
Rich Lowry makes the case that the election was not an affirmation of the nation's preference for amnesty in the immigration debate.
David Strom writes that you used to know what you were getting when you voted Republican, and the recent breakdown in that "branding" is what caused both houses of Congress to change hands.
As usual, Robert Novak has some interesting inside observations about the people on Capitol Hill.
Tony Blankley explains the difficulties of rebuilding the conservative Republican coalition.
National Politics: In the States
Abigail Thernstrom describes the initiative Michigan voters just passed opposing racial preferences.
La Shawn Barber discussed the resolution Michigan voters passed last week to eliminate race-based discrimination (affirmative action), and one state official's hostile reaction to it.
They weren't high profile issues, but many of the initiatives on the ballots in the states impact business. Matthew Swibel lists a bunch of them.
National Politics: Miscellany
Elizabeth MacDonald discussed the near-term future of Sarbanes-Oxley reform.
Mike S. Adams clearly explains his opposition to affirmative action.
Wesley Pruden wonders if the Democrats will now go after the NCAA.
Terence Jeffrey says Rudy Giuliani has no chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
William Perry Pendley describes a Bush Administration land grab bigger than the Clinton Administration's most notorious land grab.
George Will writes of the Supreme Court, capital punishment, and the Ninth [Circus] Court of Appeals.
According to Joel Mowbray, Senator Hillary Clinton might not be the Arkansas presidential candidate.
Alas, writes Diana West, Republicans have become nearly as politically correct as Democrats, with all the intolerance that implies.
Rich Galen briefly profiles leading Republican presidential candidates.
Ben Shapiro thinks Barack Obama's "understanding" crosses the line between open-mindedness and empty-headedness.
Economics: Mostly (the Late) Milton Friedman
A giant, Milton Friedman, has left us. Bruce Bartlett explains how large a figure he was, and why.
Ralph Kinney Bennett's essay on playing tennis with Milton Friedman is a delight.
Brad DeLong's essay on Friedman focuses on economics, not personality -- but maybe the two are actually inseparable in Friedman's case.
Mark Alexander recalls both the humor and the massive influence of Milton Friedman.
Daniel Henninger revisits the ideas of another controversial economist, Arthur Laffer, and a quarter century of their (very successful) history.
Veterans Day, a Little Later
Mark M. Alexander has some poignant thoughts about Veterans Day.
Kathleen Parker offers specifics in asserting that we owe our veterans more than they are getting.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., says the case was there to make, but the Bush Administration failed to make it effectively. Meanwhile, some form or other of defeat looms . . .
Amir Taheri reports our enemies' glee at our election results.
Austin Bay recounts the US failure to support the Iraqi people after our first war with Saddam and the Iraqi memory of that, along with the reappearance of one of the players from that time: James Baker.
Michael Fumento is embedded in Iraq -- along with only ten other reporters. The fault is not the military's, he says. And he notes that some media folks don't think we have a right to know what is actually going on in Iraq.
Richard Z. Chesnoff wants the Bush Administration to wake up and smell the Persian nukes.
Donald Lambro advocates a "Reagan strategy" in Iraq.
Larry Elder asks, Are the Democrats united behind an Iraq plan or not?
Mona Charen says we're about to give up.
Doug Giles contrasts life in Florida with life in Texas.
Burt Prelutsky muses on the differences between men and women, and explains why he would like to inherit a lot of money. Somewhere in that first part is a sad commentary on society.
James Bowman writes of honor -- what it is, where it came from, where it went.
Phyllis Schlafly summarizes how we have reached the point where parents' -- read that taxpayers' -- values are deliberately excluded and undermined by the public -- read that publicly funded -- schools.
Michael Medved considers who is less tolerant: the believers or the secularists. (Hint: It's not Elton John.)
Ruben Navarrette reports on a new study of parents and how they spend their time -- and in what quantities.
Walter Williams says:
Paul Greenberg muses on the virtues of a politically incorrect condition, being alone, as he talks about Andrew Wyeth's works.
How great a force is Oprah? Almost without peer, writes Janice Shaw Crouse, who describes the megastar's gospel of "church-free spirituality."
Doug Giles writes sensibly in what appears to be the first of a series of articles on the question, "How does a girl avoid dating or marrying some festering bag of ripe compost?"
Henry T. Edmondson says the change in partisan control of Congress bodes ill for the quality of public education (though not for the public education industry itself, to be sure).
Jay Sekulow describes yet another ACLU attempt to remove religion from public life.
Jonah Goldberg explains how "diversity" equals racism in higher education.
Oak Norton is pointing to a major victory in the Utah Math Wars as if the war is over. I'm more of a pessimist than that, but I don't dispute that a major battle was just won. Three cheers for Oak in any case. Here are a Deseret Morning News article by Tiffany Erickson and Laura Hancock and a Salt Lake Tribune article by Nicole Stricker.
American Fork and Environs
Here's a brief Salt Lake Tribune report on audits of electronic voting in Utah.
This Daily Herald editorial gripes about poll worker training.
UDOT's looking at another dangerous American Fork intersection, according to this Chris Jones story.
Copyright 2006 by David Rodeback.