Posts tagged Mitt Romney
The 2016 presidential campaign has definitely started. No candidates have announced themselves, but the most likely players are clearly evident. For the Democrats, most speculation has centered around two veteran politicians: former Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. On the Republican side stands a bevy of brash young Turks, each trying to out-do the others for the most possible camera time. You can tell which side is already running scared, and which opposing candidate is most feared. Fox “News” and Karl Rove (desperate to remain a player after backing so many losers in 2012) have already created a campaign-style attack ad.
The attacks on Secretary Clinton consist of innuendo and speculation fueled by hearings in the House Oversight Committee chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Vista, CA). Those hearings were in regard to a different attack — the September, 2012, assault on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, an action which resulted in the deaths of Christopher Stevens (then America’s ambassador to Libya) and three other staffers. Republicans have already taken multiple bites off this apple, including non-inhaling former Governor Mitt Romney’s clumsy and ineffective macho blustering that began while the event was still under way; then a sensationalist first set of Congressional hearings in January; and then the scuttling of Susan Rice’s nomination for the post of Secretary of State. In no case was any wrongdoing revealed, only Republican frustration at the Obama Administration’s insufficiently prurient use of the word “terrorism.”
This year, 2012, was the year that math beat ideology. It was a definitive victory, too; just look at some of the battlegrounds.
Early in the year, the last of the Republican ideologues fell away to leave Mitt Romney as the lone Presidential candidate. The exit polls in the various primary elections were consistent. People voted for Romney, not because they thought he was the best ideological match, but because he had the best shot at beating President Barack Obama. All of the others fell away, despite their stricter adherence to conservative ideology. Republicans voted for Romney because of math, not ideology. (more…)
Immediately after the recent election, Grover Norquist famously said that Barack Obama won reëlection by portraying Mitt Romney as a “poopyhead”. This rather odd remark caused some hilarity among politics-watchers, but it did tend to shine a spotlight on the issue of political name-calling. It also led to the usual hand-wringing about the “lack of civility” and how our election campaigns have become “dirtier than they’ve ever been in history.”
Before we get into this discussion, let’s save some time by stipulating up front that we all do it to each other; right, left and center, and we always have. Name-calling and insults may have survived to the present day, but they are an old and not-so-honorable component of the fabulous sporting pursuit we know as politics. If you don’t believe me, watch this clip that recalls some of the language used by politicians back in the 1800s. (Even if you do believe me, watch it anyhow, right to the end. It’s less than two minutes long and really quite wonderful.)
Some other favorite political insults: (more…)
Here we are, at the end of the road for so many campaigns. And it’s the time when I deliver my final predictions.
As with Saturday, I’m starting with early voting. Like Saturday, this edition includes a section on the gubernatorial races. After that, I delve into the Senate, followed by the Presidential race. I’m dropping the other external factors, as they should all be priced into the polls by now.
That said, Hurricane Sandy could have an impact on turnout. But with no precedent upon which to draw, it’s anybody’s guess as to what the impact will be.
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Reed Davis posted an article on Halloween with juicy links to the “six studies” quoted by Paul Ryan as supporting the Romney tax plan, and even juicier links to rebuttals and counter-rebuttals. I had already written up a discussion of most of these papers, so at the risk of some duplication, I’m going to post it here.
As much as possible, I’m working with projections that the Tax Policy Center would have used, rather than Harvey Rosen’s 2009 SOI. I prefer these because 2009 is already three years old, and was an anomalous year because of the economic slowdown. Where possible I have links to underlying documents. (more…)
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The Romney tax plan has stimulated the sharpest and most entertaining exchanges among academics and policy wonks. Both camps, Obama and Romney, are able to use the very same papers to prove that the plan raises taxes on the middle class, or doesn’t, increases growth, or doesn’t, achieves revenue neutrality, or doesn’t. I’m surprised no one’s claimed it’ll bring Middle East peace, or won’t.
I can’t do justice to the debate in a single post, so in this one I’ll look at the Romney Tax plan and the first study that evaluated it, from the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution. (more…)