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March 27, 2008

Ben Bernanke Is My Kind of Guy By Larry Kudlow

I have really learned to like Ben Bernanke. He's the man. And his interest-rate cuts are vastly more effective than the so-called economic-stimulus rebate plan coming out of Congress and the White House.

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March 27, 2008

The Lash of Unfair Criticism By Larry Sabato

John F. Kennedy was correct about life and politics when he famously said, "Life isn't fair." Not only is politics unfair, it may be the least fair part of life. In many election years, if we had blue-ribbon selection panels charged with considering only the qualifications and likely performance of potential presidents, governors, and senators, the list of winners would likely be quite different from the ones actually elected by the voters.

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March 27, 2008

McCain's Payroll Prize: An Inside Report By Robert Novak

A major strategist in John McCain's campaign was asked privately this week whether his candidate might propose cutting the payroll tax.

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March 26, 2008

Hillary's History of Lies By Dick Morris

The USA Today/Gallup survey clearly explains why Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is losing.

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March 26, 2008

The Clintons' Truth Deficit Disorder By Michelle Malkin

Seinfeld's George Costanza famously quipped: "It's not a lie if you believe it." This is how a Clinton -- take your pick, Hillary, Bill or Chelsea -- makes it through the day. Better living through self-delusion.

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March 26, 2008

Why Not Optimism? By Lawrence Kudlow

What exactly is wrong with an optimistic president who has confidence in the long-run future of the American economy?

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March 26, 2008

The Robot Rule By Susan Estrich

We called it "the robot rule." I still have an old and slightly rusty pin showing a robot with a red slash through it. "Delegates are not robots" was our rallying cry in seeking to defeat what was then Rule 11(h) of the Delegate Selection Rules, or Rule f(3)(c) of the Convention Rules, which bound delegates to vote at the convention for the candidate to whom they were pledged according to the results of their state's primary or caucus.

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March 25, 2008

Bailouts -- Be Very Particular By Froma Harrop

If we're going to bail out Wall Street, shouldn't we also rescue homeowners? "Yes!" the Democrats answer. And faster than Roger Federer returns a tennis ball, conservative voices hit back with reasons -- some rather odd -- for helping the former and not the latter.

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March 24, 2008

Hillary's Irish Feast Fantasy By Dick Morris

"I was deeply involved in the Irish peace process." Those words were uttered by Hillary Clinton — with a straight face!

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March 24, 2008

Deepening Democratic Dilemma By Robert D. Novak

Barack Obama's speech last week, hastily prepared to extinguish the firestorm over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, won critical praise for style and substance but failed politically.

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March 22, 2008

Heavy Hitter? Not Hillary by Dick Morris

Now that Hillary Clinton's schedule as first lady has been released, her near-total lack of serious involvement in the real inner workings of the government is bluntly apparent.

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March 22, 2008

Will Wright Damage Obama's Millennial Support? by Michael Barone

It's a generational thing. That was the theme of Barack Obama's speech last Tuesday, in which he both failed to renounce and at the same time separated himself from the man he has described as his spiritual mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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March 21, 2008

TMI By Susan Estrich

TMI stands for Too Much Information. That's how I feel about David Patterson and his sex life. I know more than I want to know, or need to know, about whom he's slept with and why, and when, and about whom his wife slept with, and who was getting even with whom, and when it stopped.

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March 20, 2008

The Folks Who Brought You Iraq By Joe Conason

"Well, that's history. That's the past. That's talking about what happened before. What we should be talking about is what we're going to do now."

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March 20, 2008

Was Bear Stearns the Sacrificial Lamb? By Larry Kudlow

Did Bear Stearns really need to go down in flames? It's a question that needs to be asked, and my answer is no.

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March 20, 2008

The Crapshoot of Presidential Politics By Larry Sabato

This week's detour into the murk of racial politics underlines that it's going to be a long, hard slog on the Democratic side.

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March 20, 2008

Divides Obama Doesn't Bridge By Froma Harrop

In distancing himself from the heated remarks of his pastor, Barack Obama did as well as anyone could do in his position. The problem is his position, which is having sat in the reverend's pews for 20 years without thinking to pick up and leave.

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March 20, 2008

Finance's "New Day" By Robert Novak

The Federal Reserve's unprecedented bailout of Bear Stearns was crafted not at the White House or Treasury, but in secret by a New York central banker whose name is unknown to Washington power brokers and was a Clinton administration presidential appointee.

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March 19, 2008

Pastor Wright: This Too Shall Pass by Dick Morris

Will the Gospel According to Jeremiah Wright sink the Obama candidacy? Not very likely.

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March 19, 2008

The Speech: by Susan Estrich

It was an eloquent and powerful speech. But Barack Obama's inspirational oratory left one fundamental question unanswered, at least for this white American -- although judging by the reactions I've been hearing on local radio, for many others, as well.