Michael Barone

August 2005

NOLA (continued)

Alas, I was wrong about New Orleans in my post two days ago. The city evidently survived the hurricane winds but, as this is written, Wednesday morning, floodwaters are still coming in through the breached levees and are rising. Looting seems to be rampant. We may be watching the destruction of a ...

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The polls

"President's Poll Rating Falls to a New Low," reads the headline in this morning's Washington Post. The accompanying article by Dan Balz and Richard Morin seems to me a reasonable account of the poll results. But they need to be kept in perspective. A few points of my own:

The poll finds that 45 ...

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Racial classification

The New Republic's Jeff Rosen has an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine on legal issues that may face a confirmed Justice John Roberts. He makes an interesting point on racial quotas and preferences, which he refers to as "affirmative action." (via the admirable

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In my August 25 post I made a mistake.

Austin Bay, syndicated columnist, novelist, blogger, and reserve Army colonel who has served in Iraq, is always worth reading. Here, in response to a challenge by blogger Jeff Jarvis, he argues that the Bush administration should try to engage the mainstream ...

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Empire of the czar

If you want to read something truly alarming about Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia, read Anders Aslund's report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Aslund, who has been writing perceptively about Russia since the late 1980s, says that Putin since the March 2004 election ...

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On the ground in Iraq

There's been some great coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the pages of U.S. News and on usnews.com from Julian Barnes, Bay Fang, Linda Robinson, Kevin Whitelaw, and others.

But I haven't seen anything quite like the coverage in Michael Yon's weblog dispatches from Mosul. Yon is a ...

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Constitution making

Excellent pieces of the proposed Iraqi constitution today—a column by David Brooks in the New York Times, and an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Brooks points to the favorable opinions of Clinton administration Ambassador Peter Galbraith, who has worked hard for freedom for the Kurds for many ...

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Base closings

I have no reason to believe that the Base Closure and Realignment Commission is making its decisions on a political basis. The nine-member commission has a bipartisan membership of highly qualified people. But its decisions are bound to have some political effect. The first decisions will help ...

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Time for fireside chats?

David Frum has a tough piece out today in National Review Online arguing that George W. Bush has been ineffective in persuading Americans to stay the course in Iraq. This is a direct slap not only at the president, but also at his speechwriters, and from a former colleague who served in the ...

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Bush's gains and losses

The just published Almanac of American Politics 2006, of which I am co-author, is out and can be ordered: www.aap2006.com. It includes the presidential vote within each congressional district, as calculated by Polidata.

Let me add here some additional analysis of the presidential vote by CD.

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Another truly bad idea

The mainstream media is suggesting that John Roberts stands against equal pay for women. "Roberts scoffed at equal-pay theory," reads the headline in USA Today. Actually, the story makes clear that what Roberts opposed was "comparable worth," a truly bad idea cooked up by feminists in the late ...

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Road trip: the ends against the middle

This past weekend I drove up to visit friends in New York. I've been in all 50 states and all 435 congressional districts; there are few populated parts of the United States that I haven't seen. So I decided to take a new route, up Interstate 95 through Philadelphia and into New Jersey and then ...

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Meeting with the families

Many Bush-haters have been attacking Bush for not attending servicemen's funerals and for refusing to meet with Cindy Sheehan, whose son died in Iraq and who is camping out outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. But Bush has already met with Sheehan once and has met with many family members, off ...

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All the bad news that's fit to print

On Friday the Washington Post front-paged a story on military bloggers.

Reporter Jonathan Finer concentrated almost entirely on bloggers critical of the war effort and mentioned next to nothing about the military bloggers who have been presenting the good news that the Post and other mainstream ...

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Public employee unions rule—or do they?

Check out the story in page A4 of Thursday's Wall Street Journal, evidently not available online.

"Three Republican governors hit unions," the headline says, and the lead runs: "Several Republican governors are trying to weaken organized labor in the one place it has remained strong: representing ...

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Roberts 7, Harpies 0

NARAL-Pro-Choice America has pulled the scurrilous ad mentioned earlier on this blog. The Washington Times led with the story; the Washington Post put it on A3. This is a major victory for the Bush administration and a major defeat for the left-wing groups that exist to prevent confirmation of Bush ...

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The disgraceful NARAL ad

The Annenberg Center's genuinely nonpartisan factcheck.org has produced the definitive debunking of NARAL-Pro-Choice America's ad attacking John Roberts for "supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber" and having an ideology that "leads him to excuse violence against other Americans."

"The ad is ...

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A bad idea whose time has come

Sen. Daniel Akaka's bill for Native Hawaiian sovereignty is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate in September. It would give Native Hawaiians the same status as American Indians. It would create a separate, race-based independent government for Native Hawaiians. Never mind that there are ...

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Playing team ball

During the 2004 campaign season, polls showed Democratic voters almost unanimously rating the economy negatively—even though the economy was doing well by almost all indicators. Then it was pointed out to me that during the 2000 campaign season, polls showed Republican voters almost unanimously ...

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The precedental value of Ohio 2

Several readers have E-mailed me on my posting on Ohio 2. They note that the Republican candidate, Jean Schmidt, had voted in the legislature for Governor Bob Taft's tax increase, that Taft has a very low popularity rating, that after 15 years of Republican-controlled state government Ohio has a ...

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My rules of life (continued)

In one of the first postings of this blog, I advanced my two rules of life. One: All process arguments are insincere, including this one. Two: Never eat in a Chinese restaurant next door to an animal shelter.

I asked readers if they had other rules. Here are some of the responses:

Regarding your ...

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A unique burden

"The public censured the Commander-in-Chief for the bloodshed, for this seemingly endless war. More and more politicians and journalists, Republicans as well as Democrats, called his administration incompetent. Military failures produced demands for peace negotiations. And the President was roundly ...

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GOP ought to worry at poor Ohio turnout

What does Tuesday's special election in the 2nd District of Ohio mean? The election was held to replace former Rep. Rob Portman, now U.S. special trade representative. The 2nd District is heavily Republican: It voted 63 percent for George W. Bush in 2000 and 64 percent in 2004. Yet Republican ...

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Must be of age

A posting in National Review's The Buzz blog, prompted me to send an email. The Buzz's Eric Pfeiffer noted that Sen. Joseph Biden is writing an autobiography and that many people were wondering how he could have been elected senator, as he was in November 1972, at the age of 29, one year below the ...

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Rules to live by

There are two postings in www.powerlineblog.com on Ted Kennedy's changing responses to recess appointments today and during years when we had Democratic administrations.

Surprise: he is against them now and was for them then. You could probably easily find similar inconsistent statements by ...

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