Monthly Archives: October 2012

Abortion exceptions and consistent philosophies

Am I really going to do this?  Am I really going to stick my neck out and blog about abortion?  Am I really going to try and defend a position that will upset liberals and conservatives alike? When I started this blog, I promised myself I would use it as a public sounding board for […]

The Create Your Own Map function at Real Clear Politics. I'm changing Nevada to lean Romney.

Romney’s paths to victory

When I first began this blog, my idea was to focus on enduring issues rather than on current events.  I’ve broken that rule already with a couple of posts dedicated to analyzing the Presidential debates.  There’s a bit of an irresistible spiral that occurs when you begin blogging on politics – you start reading more, […]

Horses and Bayonets

The dust hasn’t quite settled on the final Presidential Debate for 2012, but in the early aftermath, I’m pretty surprised by the analysis I have heard.  Following the two previous debates and the Vice Presidential debates, my own analysis pretty well matched what I was hearing in the media. The short version is this: I […]

How to win a Presidential debate

Am I the only one who notices that when a Republican loses a debate it’s because he’s not as smart as the Democrat but when a Democrat loses a debate it’s because he “wasn’t prepared” or “wasn’t on his A-game”?  Indeed, when Ronald Reagan had a poor first-debate performance against Walter Mondale in 1984 the […]

Gay Marriage: The Next Litmus Test?

My morning routine is usually to give a good read to the Sports section of my paper, then check the local crime headlines, and finally check the op ed page to see if there’s a George Will or Charles Krauthammer column to read.  Sometimes I’ll skim the letters to the editor too, if my stomach […]