What do pundits William Bennett, Fred Barnes, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and a host of other men of their generation have in common? They were all beneficiaries of racial and/or gender preference.
Just as Romney's 47% number is not evidence of a massive breakdown of society, the 12% average decline in household incomes in the wake of the 2008 collapse may not actually be evidence of a widespread collapse in family incomes.
Every election comes down to a series of big debates. In this one there are 4 that everything will turn on: what does Romney's tenure at Bain say about him, which side has the better Medicare plan, why are we having such tough economic times, and how do we get out of this mess.
This week we discuss topics including: Mitt Romney loves lamp; the Tea Party wagging the Republican dog; Romney briefly made sense on spending; no transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia; the Muslim rumors are back; and others.
Since virtually all of the mainstream media -- and even former President Bill Clinton -- considers that station to be a liberal analogue to Fox, how is it that MSNBC has this extreme right-wing culture warrior to cut loose in the first place?
No one says that Buchanan is not bright and personable. He is, however, a bigot so far outside the American political mainstream that he should never have been given legitimacy by MSNBC in the first place.
If Americans care about where their products are made, companies will care. Therefore, even as the president promoted tax credits for insourcing -- the new word for bringing those jobs back -- perhaps another step would be to build on the power of choice.
Disgraced former Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams and thrice-failed GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole have both taken aim at the former House speaker, suggesting that he's "unfit" for the presidency.
I don't agree with anything that Pat Buchanan writes or says about race and eugenics -- his views are worse than extremist, and far harsher than bizarre. Still, I take strong exception to MSNBC's suspending and removing Pat Buchanan from his perch as on-air paid pundit.
Huntsman's departure from the race is a viscerally painful moment in American politics. He was the last connection to the Jack Kemp brand of open-minded, optimistic, rational conservatism. Were the term not so obviously tainted, I'd call it "compassionate conservatism."