Michael Barone


December 2006


Iraq and Afghanistan Recommendations

I can remember reading a couple of years ago an argument that the reason George W. Bush followed the recommendations of the so-called neoconservatives–in Afghanistan as well as Iraq–is that the neoconservatives had an analysis of and a plan of action for dealing with Islamofascist terrorists and ...

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The Latest Census Figures

The Census Bureau has issued its population estimates for the states for July 1, 2006, and they make for interesting reading. Over the decade, 2000-06, growth has been much higher in the West (9.7 percent) and the South (8.8 percent) than in the Midwest (2.8 percent) and the East (2.1 percent). In ...

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Daniel Pipes: The West Could Lose

The invaluable Daniel Pipes is suspending his column for three months while he teaches at Pepperdine University in Malibu, but his final column of the year, "The West Could Lose," is very much worth reading. I wish I had paid more attention to Daniel, and also to Steven Emerson, before September ...

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Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, has died at age 93. He lived longer than any other American president, just a few months longer than Ronald Reagan. The longest-living previous presidents were John Adams and Herbert Hoover, who both died at 90. Hoover lived for 31 years after ...

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Polls for the Republican Nomination

Pollster.com has an interesting summary of the poll standings for the Republican nomination in 2008. It makes the point, largely overlooked by political writers of all stripes, that Rudy Giuliani has been leading John McCain in the large majority of polls, albeit usually by narrow margins.

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What Next in Iraq?

The Democrats' victory in the November 7 elections, the resignation the next day of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and the unveiling of the Iraq Study Group report December 6 all have led le tout Washington to suppose that we would be withdrawing soon from Iraq. And not illogically. But it's ...

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Augusto Pinochet

The longtime (1973–90) dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, has died at age 91. For years he has been vilified by the left, the press, and the academy as the most despicable tyrant of the second half of the 20th century. But there's some serious competition for that title. For more rounded ...

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Lobbying and the Way the World Works

Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System

So reads the headline over a story on the front page of Sunday's Washington Post. It's well done, too, as one would expect from the lead reporter, Dan Morgan. It's about a Dutch-American farmer who figured out how to produce milk ...

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House Seniority and Committee Leadership

Give yourself a quiz. Which political party in the House chooses its committee leadership positions primarily by seniority and which one routinely selects leaders who are not first in line in seniority?

I would guess that most readers would think the Republicans choose primarily by seniority and the ...

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Democratic Governors and the Presidency

The Democratic Governors Association is meeting in Washington, and I had a chance to sit down with two Democratic governors, Tom Vilsack of Iowa and Phil Bredesen of Tennessee.

Vilsack is running for president, and I was one of four U.S. News writers and editors to meet with him. I've interviewed ...

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Karl Rove on Iraq; A Third Way?

Karl Rove on Iraq: Last night I attended Hillsdale College's annual Churchill dinner at the Mayflower Hotel. Karl Rove was the main speaker. Usually in his public speeches, Rove talks mainly about domestic issues and politics. But last night he talked primarily about our "new enemy": "transnational ...

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The 2008 Presidential Race

The character and qualifications of the nominees are going to be more important than party preference in determining who wins the 2008 presidential election. That's my conclusion from the initial 2008 polls I've seen. Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that in the generic vote for president,

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