Mitt Romney's new ad in Ohio slams President Barack Obama for failing to protect Social Security. The most interesting thing about the ad is that he's airing it at all: Clearly, Romney thinks this third rail of U.S. politics has lost its charge in an era of trillion-dollar deficits.
Obama hasn't made Social Security much of an issue in the campaign, but Romney has gone on offense, providing more specifics about how he would adjust Social Security benefits than possibly any other candidate in history.Read more »
At a time when the tech world stops for every Apple Inc. announcement, even the smallest iPad can change the course of the industry.
Apple's new iPad mini, announced today, will help double the size of the 7-inch tablet market this year to 34 million units, according to a IHS ISuppli report. The smaller iPad, with a 7.9-inch screen, is cheaper than its 9.7-inch sister, starting at $329 compared to $399 for the iPad 2.Read more »
For "a nation of immigrants," the U.S. is denying entry to a lot of foreigners who want to come here and would do a lot to grow our economy.
Just last month, Congress blocked a plan to offer more permanent-residency visas (green cards) to foreign doctorate and master's-degree students in science and technology fields. Republicans deliberately set up the bill to fail -- a bill which they ostensibly supported -- hoping to score political points and elicit campaign contributions from the technology industry, a Democratic-leaning constituency.Read more »
"We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them," President Barack Obama quipped in last night's foreign-policy debate. "We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."
Condescension aside, he's right that Mitt Romney makes a silly argument in comparing the size of today's U.S. Navy to that of 1917. Romney's desire to peg Pentagon spending to gross domestic product is also a head-scratcher; quality is more important than quantity.Read more »
Last night, Mitt Romney once again declared that he would name China a currency manipulator on “day one” of his presidency and impose tariffs if the Chinese won’t let their currency appreciate. So why is Romney so soft on Switzerland, which has an explicit policy of weakening its currency?Read more »
Mitt Romney's basic strategy to win the presidency was to gallop to the right in the primaries, then gallop to the center in the general election. It worked well enough to give him the nomination. And when he pivoted to the center in the first debate, it worked again.
In Boca Raton, Romney was betting that he could say anything in the debate in front of 65 million not terribly knowledgeable viewers and get away with it. He was trading on the fact that viewership for the fact-checking follow-up on cable will number in the tens of thousands, not the millions.Read more »
This is part of a continuing dialogue between Margaret Carlson and Ramesh Ponnuru about the 2012 campaign.
Margaret: Like the law professor he once was, President Barack Obama toted up every incautious thing Mitt Romney had ever said at last night's debate, although he held back until later bringing up Romney’s tour abroad, during which he offended almost everyone he met. Obama criticized Romney's past statements on Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan.Read more »
Mitt Romney was in the odd position tonight of arguing that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is a failure, while advocating a substantially similar one. Given the impossibility of that task, it’s no surprise the president soundly won tonight’s debate, according to CBS News's instant poll.
From Libya to Afghanistan to China, Romney sketched out positions virtually indistinguishable from the president’s. In some cases, that meant abandoning his past positions, most notably by endorsing the 2014 deadline for Afghanistan withdrawal that he previously opposed.Read more »
Ohio is used to being ground zero in presidential elections.
In 1960, knowing that no Republican had ever won the presidency without carrying Ohio, John F. Kennedy made a major effort in the Buckeye state, holding huge rallies. Although Kennedy was elected president, his Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon, carried Ohio by 222,762 votes. "Nowhere did I receive such a tumultuous reception, but less votes," Kennedy noted.Read more »
That Mitt Romney's economic plans are slapdash is practically beyond argument. (To see just how slapdash, read Josh Barro on his tax proposal and Glenn Kessler on his jobs proposal.) The question is why.
One possibility is that Romney, an MBA who made a fortune in private equity before becoming governor of the home state of Harvard and MIT, is a moron who has surrounded himself with other morons. This strikes me as unlikely.Read more »