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Archives for Michael Barone - 2/31 - Commentary

Colorado a Microcosm for American Politics

Colorado, writes National Journal's always insightful Ronald Brownstein, is "America, writ small." "A microcosm," he goes on, "of the forces destabilizing American politics." Of course, Colorado is not entirely typical of the nation. It has America's ...

Barone: Lessons for Both Parties in Virginia and New Jersey Elections

In an August Washington Examiner column, I argued that this year's governor elections in New Jersey and Virginia would have little precedential significance, unlike some other off-year elections in those states. Boiled down, my argument was that in N ...

Barone: Americans Keep Moving to States With Low Taxes and Housing Costs

Where are Americans moving, and why? Timothy Noah, writing in the Washington Monthly, professes to be puzzled. He points out that people have been moving out of states with high per capita incomes -- Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland -- ...

Barone: In Shutdown Fight, the Dog That Didn't Bark: Taxes

Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that did not bark. In the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling fight, there was a five-letter dog that didn't bark: T-A-X-E-S. Democrats insisted they wouldn't negotiate until they nego ...

Barone: Will Obamacare implode?

Amid all the tussling over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, a couple of bombshells went off in the blogosphere that may prove of more enduring importance. They suggest that there is a nontrivial possibility that Obamacare may implode. Th ...

Barone: New Report Undercuts Global Warming Alarmists

Events have failed to fulfill the prophecy. Preachers have suddenly been struck dumb by uncertainty. Believers are understandably nervous and some, under their breath, are abandoning the dogma. These sentences could have been written at the end of th ...

Barone: America's new Isolationism

America has gone back to isolationism, many commentators are saying. Not just the dovish Democrats, but also Republicans who were so hawkish a decade ago are turning away from the world. There is something to this, but it's more complicated than that ...

Barone: Obama's Wing-it Diplomacy Undermines U.S. Credibility

Here's how the Obama folks have been starting to spin Syria. The president made a credible threat to use military force in Syria. At the same time, he worked behind the scenes to get Russia's Vladimir Putin to push Bashir al-Assad to give up chemical ...

Barone: Obama's Red Line Undermines U.S. Power

Blunder after blunder. That's been the story of President Barack Obama's policy toward Syria. In April 2011, Obama said dictator Bashir al-Assad "had to go." But he did little or nothing to speed him on his way. At an Aug. 20, 2012, press conference, ...

Barone: Obama Could Learn From FDR on How to Get Things Done

Evidence of the astonishing incompetence of the Obama administration continues to roll in. It started with the stimulus package. One-third of the money went to public employee union members -- a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else. B ...


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