Why the Field is so Bad

I have no idea for whom to vote. None. I am a staunch, free-market, old-school conservative. A fan of men like Burke, Reagan, and Kirk. That means I don’t have a candidate in this race. Continue reading “Why the Field is so Bad”

Where the WMDs Really Were?

A new report indicates that maybe they were all smoke and no fire. Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam, Tells 60 Minutes Former Dictator Bragged About Eluding Capture – CBS News

It’s 2008… I guess it’s time.

I guess I will finally start blogging the 2008 election cycle. I’ve resisted until now, because the election cycle has already been so prolonged (and, to be honest, mostly irrelevant). I know the vast majority of my readers are political wonks, so hopefully they won’t mind if I give in to the temptation.

So, to start things off, some interesting Iowa predictions. My only objection is the comment – repeated ad nauseum in the press in the last few days – that anything but a win could spell the end for Romney. I just don’t see it. If Huckabee goes 1st/3rd in Iowa and New Hampshire, as seems likely, and McCain goes 3rd/1st, with Romney in second both times, I don’t see how that spells the end for him. After all, he’s already won Wyoming.

Dick Durbin: Towering Genius, or Grossly Irresponsible?

Dick Durbin can, apparently claim with a straight face that 46 hours, 8 minutes (commencing at 12:15 AM a week before Christmas) is enough time to read a 3,417 page omnibus spending bill and vote on it. Either Durbin has the reading abilities of a small army of legal thinkers, or he’s irresponsible in the extreme. Illinois should be even more ashamed of this joke of a legislator than before.

Dick Durbin: Speed Reader | Redstate

Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others

New Gallup poll: Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others. An intro:

Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

A cautionary note:

Correlation is no proof of causation, of course. The reason the relationship exists between being a Republican and more positive mental health is unknown, and one cannot say whether something about being a Republican causes a person to be more mentally healthy, or whether something about being mentally healthy causes a person to choose to become a Republican (or whether some third variable is responsible for causing both to be parallel).

Read the whole thing and feel free to discuss in the comments!