Archive for January 2nd, 2012

George Will – Conservatives should stride confidently into the new year of 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Will:

In any case, nothing that happens this November will bring an apocalypse. America had 43 presidencies before the current one and will have many more than that after the end of this one in 2013 or 2017. Decades hence, it will look like most others, a pebble in the river of U.S. history.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts defends colleagues on recusal issue

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Washington Post:

“I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted,” Roberts wrote. “They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.”

CNET video – For cold weather, how to make touch-screen friendly gloves

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Iowa poll – Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney 29-17% among voters who say they decided who to vote for in the last seven days

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

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A primer on Tuesday’s Iowa Republican caucus – Jay Cost, Weekly Standard

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Jay Cost:

More surprises might be in store. One of the important functions that party identification serves is that of an educational tool. If I told you that you must choose between Mike Smith and Tim Jones for Congress, and that was all, you would not know whom to support. But what if I told you that Smith was a Republican and Jones was a Democrat? In that case, about 80 to 90 percent of voters would then have at least a direction to lean.

In nomination battles, party identification has absolutely no meaning. This implies it is hard for voters to develop a sense of which candidate is closest to their views, and in turn we can see some surprising swings throughout the season. We have already seen a lot of volatility this year. The RealClearPolitics average of the Iowa polls has had a whopping six candidates occupy the lead at one point or another.

And this is not the first time we have seen a lot of volatility. Barack Obama did not really begin his surge until November 2007, just a month or so before the contest. Ditto Mike Huckabee. And, what’s more, the final polls understated the size of Obama and Huckabee’s lead, suggesting that a good chunk of voters swung toward the frontrunner at the very last minute. The same was true in 2004: John Kerry was basically tied in the polls with Howard Dean, John Edwards, and Dick Gephardt until just a few days before the caucus; he ultimately won by a very solid 6 points.

 

Voters say most members of Congress are corrupt, by 48% to 28% margin – Rasmussen

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Rasmussen Reports.