Paul Ryan: Almost Famous

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 9:30 am

Want to know what America thinks of vice presidential nominees? Just consider Barry Goldwater’s 1964 choice, William E. Miller. A New York Congressman, Miller was so forgettable that American Express tapped him for one of its first “Do You Know Me?” commercials years later. Cameron Crowe even gave the name William Miller to the protagonist of Almost Famous.


Is There a Democratic Party Ideology?

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 10:40 am

Politicians and pundits blather about ideological divides. How can that be when the Democrats have no ideology, unless you count “We suck less”.

The ACA’s Projected 93.1 Percent Insurance Coverage Is Not “Universal Health Care”

By: Monday January 23, 2012 12:40 pm

A common mistake is claiming that the Affordable Care Act will bring “universal health care” to the United States. Ryan Lizza’s makes this claim in his defense of President Obama at the end of his long story in the New Yorker, but insurance is not care, and the ACA’s insurance coverage isn’t universal.

Look-Back on Administration Economic Policy Reveals More Missteps

By: Monday January 23, 2012 12:00 pm

We’ve seen several retrospectives of the Administration’s actions to deal with the economic crisis in 2009-2010, and Ryan Lizza has a new one in the New Yorker. His recounting of the memos and exchanges between Larry Summers and Obama add to the view of Summers inducing Obama to pull his punches for political reasons, ensuring the stimulus would be too small.

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