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The race among Republicans for Speaker of the House is important because the only thing keeping Congress from sending an amnesty bill to Obama's desk was John Boehner's invoking of the informal Hastert Rule that he wouldn't call an amnesty bill for a vote since a majority of House Republicans were against it. But that's... Read More
I actually like Mitt Romney, but I have no idea if he'll make a good President. One concern I've heard is the notion that he's a prime product of the general healthiness of Mormon culture. Mormons try to set up their lives to have a lot of good influences from other Mormons around them. But it... Read More
From Yahoo News, on the chairman of the upcoming Democrat Convention:I would think that a major downside in Villaraigosa's mind when he considers the pros and cons of being President is the age of the news reporterettes who would cover him in the White House. Villaraigosa can never keep his hands off the lady media... Read More
From the Washington Post:Back in May 2010, I wrote a
A very old way to summarize politicians' personalities is to speculate upon which section of the Sunday newspaper they would most look forward to reading. I believe Teddy Roosevelt joked that he always read the sports section first because it was the only place he had a 50% chance of being right.For the rather opaque... Read More
A commenter points us to this Intrade betting market chance showing Marco Rubio's probability of being the Republican Veep spiking last week, before falling off a little bit. Today, Rubio endorsed Romney. Rubio is at 33% and nobody else is above 10%. I'm guessing that is somewhat due to punters hypothesizing in complicated fashions about the Trayvon... Read More
Long-time Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich has lost in the Democratic primary. I never quite got his appeal, but the old dog must have had something going for him, as judging by Mrs. Kucinich, who now has time to fulfill her rightful destiny of starring in a syndicated TV show entitled "Boadicea, Warrior Queen." My old... Read More
In Taki's Magazine, I review The Real Romney, the new biography of the candidate:Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
Audacious Epigone looks through the federal campaign contribution database to find out whom individuals identifying their occupations as "lobbyist" have donated to:Presidential candidateLobbyist $1. Rick Perry$25,5002. Tim Pawlenty$11,7703. Newt Gingrich$11,5004. Mitt Romney$8,0005. Rick Santorum$3,0006. Herman Cain$2,5007. Barack Obama$1,1508. Jon Hunstman$5009. Michelle Bachmann$25010. Charles "Buddy" Roemer$100So, the smart money, the professional insiders whose stock in trade... Read More
So, Santorum won Iowa, Romney New Hampshire, and Gingrich South Carolina, with Paul hanging in there in all three. In other words, Republican voters haven't made up their minds yet, and why is that so intolerable? 47 states haven't had a say yet and the election isn't for almost 300 more days. There's such a market... Read More
The NYT has an article on the upcoming House primary match between the San Fernando Valley's two incumbent Democratic Congressmen, Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman (D-Hollywood Hills), that completely misses the main news story: Why are two lavishly funded Jewish liberals with 44 years in the House between... Read More
After Newt Gingrich's frontrunnership implodes as people get bored for the umpty-umpth time with Newt's incessant yammering, Republicans will need somebody new to fill the Anybody But Romney hot seat. Obviously, Ron Paul is unthinkable, so I've found the perfect modern Republican candidate. He's handsome, he's a successful politician, he has a Spanish-surname to appeal to the... Read More
At the VDARE blog, I write:Read the whole thing
My new VDARE column is a review of the ex-President's new book Back to Work. My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
The recently elected senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been talked up a lot as a VP nominee, because he's handsome (which appears to be GOP priority #1 these days), has a Spanish-surname, and got his start working for a Cuban-American Congresswoman who is half-Sephardic by ancestry so you know he's sound on the World's Most... Read More
A few follow-ups to my earlier posting about James Q. Wilson's review of Steven Pinker's upcoming The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.The "intelligent" v. "intellectual" distinction regarding Bush that some have accused Wilson of ignoring is a red herring because Pinker repeatedly explicitly refers to Presidents' IQs, as guesstimated by Dean... Read More
Steve Camarota has done a very useful piece of research for the Center for Immigration Studies:Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrive
... where'd the GOP get all these male model types? Rick Perry is 61 and Mitt Romney is 64. Scott Brown, who launched the GOP resurgence by winning Ted Kennedy's seat, is 52, but looks like like a wily veteran big league pitcher of 37. And he really was a male model, posing nude in... Read More
From my new VDARE column:Read the whole thing there.In the kingdom of the obtuse, the butterknife is the sharpest tool in the drawer.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
If you are a potential Republican Presidential candidate, you are likely to get your college transcript and/or test scores leaked to the press. For some reason that doesn't seem to happen to Democratic candidates. For example, everybody in the media could just tell that John Kerry had higher grades at Yale than George W. Bush. In... Read More
We constantly read articles in which Hispanic leaders, such as the head of the National Council of La Raza, threaten that any politician who takes a stand against illegal immigration will be buried at the polls. But do these media-acclaimed Hispanic prophets have all that many disciples?From my new VDARE column:Read the whole thing there.My... Read More
From the front page of the Washington Post website:Philip Rucker and Sandhya SomashekharQuestions that surfaced about her migraines come at a critical juncture for her presidential campaign.The Fast Fix: On her migrainesBy the way, did you know that Michelle Bachmann suffers from migraines? Just checking ... Cough migraines Cough.Look, I'm all in favor of the intimate... Read More
From an interview in Business Insider with Republican pollster Jan van Lohuizen (via Jonathan V. Last):The general implication of van Lohuizen's remarks is that nobody will win the GOP nomination.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
I've decorously avoided all mention of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), but a few commenters have been suggesting that steroids might have played a role in his self-inflicted travails. Here's a PG-rated picture of his shaven chest the skinny 46-year-old Congressman took of himself in the mirror for his Internet admirers. The impact of steroids on behavior... Read More
From the Washington Post:I've always kind of liked Newt, but he's a flake. I remember listening to a dinner table conversation in the 1990s about Newt between two people who were much more insiders than me, so I kept my mouth shut and paid attention. The first, who I won't name, was a woman who... Read More
A reader sends photos of Bibi Netanyahu and Barack Obama as young men, with the implication that these might shed light on why the head of a country of 6 million treated the head of a country of 300 million like his personal dogwalker.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
It's widely noted that the GOP field of Presidential candidates seems a little weak. They are especially lacking in Identity Politics Oomph. For example, polls have long revealed more pervasive bigotry against the idea of a Mormon President than against most better known victim groups, but nobody in the media cares about promoting Mitt Romney... Read More
Shelby Steele writes in the WSJ on the central issue of the 2012 election:The Obama lineage was associated with slavery in the sense that they sold slaves to the Arabs, but who cares about details?All of this adds up to a powerful racial impressionism that works against today's field of Republican candidates. This is the impressionism... Read More
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: Congratulations on your triumphal tour of Washington D.C. You have emerged as the de facto leader of anti-Obama sentiment in America.In return for all that America has done for you, may I ask, in all seriousness, that you do a favor for America?Namely, please come to America again and deliver a high... Read More
Akiva Eldar writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about Bibi Netanyahu's triumphant address (two dozen standing ovations) to the U.S. Congress:Old joke:Poor Obama figured he could take a gentle swipe at Bibi, thought he could articulate American policy without clearing every jot and tittle with Bibi beforehand, because Bibi is the equivalent of a Republican in... Read More
I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk yet about the one man who is the most obvious Republican nominee for the 2012 Presidential election.Just as Barack Obama's nomination was the result of trends brewing in the Democratic Party since 1964, this man's nomination would be the logical end point of trends brewing within the GOP... Read More
So, I won't be able to say I had dinner with a Presidential candidate: Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has announced he won't run, citing the opposition of wife and four daughters. Back in 1993, his wife ran off, but then they got remarried in 1997. Plus, there was the drug dealing in college, which didn't... Read More
Consider three family names that are somewhat tarnished at present: Bush, Schwarzenegger, and Gibson. Yet, they all have a chance to return to fame and power in the next generation due to the ongoing changes in the electorate. We live in an age in which surnames serve as brand names in politics, and that will likely... Read More
All these years, we've been led to believe by the Hollywood publicity machine that Arnold Schwarzenegger espouses some epic philosophy of life, such as: True happiness is "to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."It turns out, however, that Arnold's considered judgment actually is (with thanks... Read More
Rich, powerful men often acquire High Maintenance Mistresses, who are always threatening to commit suicide unless their boyfriends divorce their wives immediately and marry them, only to eventually be placated for the time being with diamond tennis bracelets. That can really chew up a lot of time. Others, such as Mark Zuckerberg, prefer a Low Maintenance... Read More
Many people think former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty will be elected President in 2012 because they can't remember ever hearing anything bad about him. Others think he won't be elected President because they can't remember ever hearing anything good about him. Most people, however, can't remember ever hearing anything about him. I therefore challenged my readers... Read More
Update: Mickey Kaus points to a 2004 Los Angeles article by Ann Louise Bardach suggesting the mother of ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child is not the family maid, as a naive reading of today's news accounts would suggest.If you are Arnold Schwarzenegger, you employ lots of people besides a cleaning lady. This 2004 article points to a stewardess on... Read More
I know you come here to get my insights into the looming federal debt ceiling crisis, but ... I keep getting distracted. From What Would Tyler Durden Do:She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two decades. “I wanted to achieve... Read More
Back in 2009, I looked up the frontrunners for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination on one of those betting sites. There was a three-way tie between Sarah Palin (whom I had heard of), Mitt Romney (whom I had heard of), and Tim Pawlenty (uh ...). Presumably, the smart money figured that nobody else could win,... Read More
This MSNBC article by Michael Isikoff was pretty ho-hum for awhile:Eh, a little gambling ... Gingrich will just tell the evangelicals that Adelson is also Bibi Netanyahu's financial angel, so he's helping bring the End Times, and everything will be all right. Adelson and his gamb
Mitch Daniels, the two-term Republican governor of Indiana is, as far as I can recall, the only potential President I've had dinner with a couple of times. (Note to future opposition researchers: I wasn't me back then, so don't bother.)Nice guy. Didn't instantly come across as Presidential Timber. David Brooks writes in "Run, Mitch, Run:"Seemed... Read More
On paper, NJ governor Chris Christie sounds like a pretty good nominee for the Republicans in 2012. The GOP these days is rooted in the South, so a northeasterner gives a good balance. But, how fat does the guy look? I've never met him and I don't watch much television, but is he just too fat... Read More
In my new VDARE.com column, I review the numbers on the likely sizable decline from 2008 to 2010 in young and minority and, especially young minority voters. We've been told over and over that the Arizona law will lead to a tidal wave of minorities voting Democratic, but current polling shows minorities bored with politics... Read More
Washington D.C. is having a mayor's race between incumbent Adrian Fenty and City Councilman Vince Gray. I think it totally fulfills the promise of the Postracial Obama Age that black majority Washington D.C. now has two white guys running for mayor, and nobody has even mentioned it!On the left is a picture of D.C. Mayor... Read More
If John McCain had been elected President, would we be out of Afghanistan by now? After all, McCain would have been much better situated politically than Obama to declare, "Nobody loves the smell of napalm in the morning more than John McCain, but even I recognize this is an increasingly pointless war, so we're outta... Read More
Here's the opening of my weekly column in Taki's Magazine: In April, I noted that television ratings indicate that sports audiences skew Republican and entertainment audiences Democratic. “Which is more useful to control for propagandizing for your Party: the games or the stories?” I asked portentously.An astute reader pointed to Italy, however, where Silvio Berlusconi... Read More
From VDARE.com:  Just as Obama (Harvard Law ’91) enthralled Chicago lakefront fundraisers, consultants, and journalists by finally fulfilling their Sidney Poitier fantasies dating back to old Stanley Kramer movies, Castro (Harvard Law ’00) strikes America’s elites as their kind of Hispanic.The wonderful thing about Chafets’ article, however, is that the veteran reporter, who was born... Read More
Just a reminder as everybody has fun with the interview given by Rielle Hunter, the mother of former Presidential candidate John Edward's out-of-wedlock baby: She is also a major character, under the name Alison Poole, in novels by fairly major novelists, Jay McInerney and Brett Easton Ellis: the Alma Mahler of the Tin Age.My published... Read More
James Fulford has the full story on Nixon's IQ score on the VDARE.com blog.My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
A reader writes: It's quite true that McCain lost five jets in military service. However, that doesn't prove he did anything wrong. However, a close reading of how he lost five planes tells a quite interesting story. For reasons that will become clear, the story is best told in reverse order. 5. On Oct. 26,... Read More
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