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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 the WSJ:Now, that's some brilliant politicking, Mitt: With your speech to Latino leaders today, you've definitely picked up some of that crucial voting bloc of Hispanic American citizens who are closely related to illegal immigrants with advanced degrees. You just keep listening to what the WSJ and NYT tell you and you can't go... Read More
Here are excerpts from a review I published in in 2003 of a book written by Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and her daughter:The two authors note: "The brunt of the price increases has fallen on families with children. Data from the Federal Reserve show that the median home value for the av
It's a truism in the study of politics in the Third World that the real test of democracy is not voting a president in but voting him (and his party and/or relatives) out. That's true in the First World, too. For example, I was a little surprised in 1981 that The Economist was relatively enthusiastic that... Read More
Jehu at Chariot of Reaction writes:"Frequent fliers" -- the people who make the 7am flight to DFW a few times a month or more -- pretty much keep the country running. (I say this as somebody who flies as infrequently as possible.) They wouldn't be a bad class to cultivate."Providing adult supervision to government" --... Read More
I review Sean Trende's new book on whether 2012 will be a realigning election in VDARE. Read the whole thing there. My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
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From USA Today:In contrast, white men continue to make up the vast majority of the Republican Party. In 1950, House Republicans were 97% white men, which fell to just 86% in 2012 -- a figure that Wasserman says will remain largely unchanged in the next Congress.
In the U.S., people who are strongly liberal or strongly conservative tend to be better educated and better informed than moderates. Sure, some moderates are moderate because they understand each sides' arguments perfectly, but many are moderate because they aren't very interested in politics.But, what happens when you disentangle the effects of IQ and education... Read More
Puerto Rico doesn't have any Electoral Votes, it sends its own national team to the Olympics, it's a Spanish-speaking imperial possession that's bribed into staying a possession by huge tax breaks to big American companies like Microsoft to cheat the IRS by nominally taking profits there rather than in America, and if Puerto Rico became... Read More
Henry Canaday comments:For example, AFL-CIO boss George Meany, an elderly ex-plumber, went from being The Man for Democratic-leaning newspapers to being an embarrassing relic in a few years.4. During roughly the last ten years, Dissident Conservative Media has grown in presence and power and has begun to play the same role for Republicans as Big... Read More
Foreign policy has never appeared to have been of much active interest to Mitt Romney, unlike to, say, Rick Santorum, who can wax eloquent on the Ecuadorian Threat. Romney's large list of national security advisers is mostly the same cast of idiots who helped get us into these messes distinguished senior statesmen with years of... Read More
Back in 1993, President Carlos Salinas of Mexico held a private dinner for Carlos Slim and 29 other rich Mexicans to whom he had sold various government monopolies. They all knew he was going to ask for campaign contributions to the ruling PRI party's 1994 presidential run, but Salinas's request for 25 million from each... Read More
... as they did today with the Proposition 8 vote against gay marriage on the grounds that majority rule violates minority rights, can they please also throw out Proposition 1A from the same ballot? As you'll recall, California's majority of marching morons voted to borrow $10 billion for a SuperTrain! that would go vroom-vroom between Los... Read More
The NYT's top story tonight is:One interesting trend is that that these heavy hitter mega-donors like Dr. Miriam Adelson and Haim Saban, a major Democratic contributor, are often dual-citizens who are also big players in Israeli politics. The Adelsons, for example, started a newspaper in Israel that is given away for free to promote Likud.... Read More
The newspapers are full of stories about how casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given $5 million dollars to Newt Gingrich to run attack ads against Mitt Romney, revivifying Newt's campaign. Is $5 million really headline news in politics these days? I feel very naive about this because I have no clue what the real deal is,... Read More
From my new VDARE column:Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
As we've all been told, the vast growth in the number of Latinos makes them an unstoppable force in American politics. Anybody who stands against illegal immigration, such as the Republican upstarts in Arizona who passed SB 1070 in 2010, will be crushed beneath Mexican-Americans' implacable will, relentless focused energy, and superb organizational skills.From today's... Read More
From the NYT:And that's not counting unpaid media: of the traditional big 4 newspapers, the New York Times, the Washington Pos
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
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
From the LA Times:You know, Republican Congressmen, you are back in the majority in the House now in large part because a whole bunch of older white people got worried in 2009-10 that, having paid taxes for Medicare for decades, Medicare would now suddenly get whittled down by this black liberal guy to pay for... Read More
Perhaps one reason for the Obama Administration starting the Libyan War was to avoid a situation like in Iraq from 1991-2003, where international sanctions reduced oil exports, presumably making gasoline prices higher in America. If Gaddafi had won his civil war, the great and the good would likely have voted sanctions on Libyan oil exports,... Read More
Jonathan Last points to Michael Kinsley's new oped in the LA Times, in which Kinsley explains that his old boss at Slate, Bill Gates, was a Jefferson Smith-type innocent who didn't understand that the city slickers of Washington D.C. would fleece him unless he hired lots of lawyers and lobbyists. Kinsley asserts:Ultimately, there even was... Read More
Michael Barone writes about the Census results:That's just the kind of myth that springs up as people forget what really happened. Jim Crow never applied to Italians or Poles. Anti-miscegenation laws didn't apply to southern and eastern Europeans. Black people should get upset about all this "How the Irish Became White" mythmaking.By today's definitions, we'll... 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
What's this world coming to? Strange phenomena are afoot as Republican politicians continue their mystifying recent trend (e.g., Sen. Ensign, Gov. Sanford) toward getting into sex scandals with women:My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
From the column I wrote before the press whipped itself into a frenzy nine days ago:Let me spell this out more clearly than Brownstein does. In 2010, whites voted slightly more as a bloc for Republican House candidates (60-37) than Hispanics did for Democrats (60-38)....Still, it’s fascinating that after endless pronouncements in the MSM... Read More
The New York Times explains the "background" of Obama's new chief of staff, William M. Daley:Funny, I always thought Bill Daley was a big shot (e.g., he's head of JP Morgan Chase's "Office of Corporate Social Responsibility") because his father had been mayor of Chicago for 20 years and his brother for 22. Obama's chief... Read More
In VDARE this week, I compare two examples of how the press has treated two Members of the House of Representatives who have been major beneficiaries of racial gerrymandering: the media has portrayed Howard Berman's gerrymandering with appropriate cynicism but Luis Gutierrez is repeatedly profiled with near-complete credulity.My published articles are archived at --... Read More
Mickey Kaus has been covering in Newsweek the maneuvering to pass the DREAM amnesty by the lame duck Senate (after it was passed by a lame duck House this week).  First, DREAM is potentially a huge amnesty:Second, that Harry Reid postponed a vote today shows he's not just going-through-the-motions to prove his good intentions to... Read More
Election expert Michael Barone writes about the midterms:Gus Hall (1910-2000), who was the perennial Communist Party USA candidate for President when I was a kid, was born Arvo Kustaa Halberg in the iron-mining belt of Minnesota and grew up speaking Finnish in his family of twelve. A lot of the Finnish Communists who subsequently lost... Read More
In Newsweek, Mickey Kaus blogs: What, GOP politicians might sell out on
In VDARE this week, I offer the President another policy suggestion that he won't hear from anybody else that would be politically feasible and good for himself, good for the Democrats, and good for the country. You're welcome, Mr. President.My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
My new column:  "How Obama Could Earn Re-Election"To find out the answer, read the whole thing here.My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
From my new column in VDARE:Let’s recap what happened:Governors: As of my writing this, some 36 hours after all the polls had closed, Republicans had won 23 gubernatorial races, Democrats nine, independents one, and four were still up in the air.State legislatures: Numbers are hazy at present, but Republicans supposedly took 500 legislative seats from... Read More
From my new column: Would this work? Would appealing to Hispanic voters as patriotic Americans rather than as entitled ethnics convert some to voting Republican?Maybe—maybe not.But how could it be worse than the Rove rout?More importantly, a straightforward appeal to Hispanic patriotism would subvert the MSM’s dominant trope that being against illegal immigration is... Read More
Here's an excerpt from my new column on electoral trends in what ought to be the citadel of the Obama Coalition:Fifty two weeks ago, I  pointed out that the Democrats’ winning 2008 strategy–positioning Barack Obama to  blacks as the black candidate, to  Asians and  Hispanics as the minority candidate, and to  whites as the... Read More
Here's the top story at the New York Times: Disillusioned Hispanics May Skip Midterms, Poll SuggestsBy MARC LACEYPHOENIX — Arizona’s controversial immigration law has prompted denunciations, demonstrations, boycotts and a federal lawsuit. But it may not bring the protest vote many Democrats had hoped would stem a Republican onslaught in races across the country.That’s because... Read More
Commenter Wilson gives a quick intro to the House Republicans' "Pledge to America," a 2010 version of Newt Gingrich's winning 1994 "Contract with America."My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
Courtland Milloy, the Washington Post's local (i.e., black) columnist, writes in the WaPo about veteran hack Vince Gray's defeat of press favorite Adrian Fenty for mayor of DC: But Fenty was a cruel mayor. He inflicted deep hurts, not little boo-boos that you kiss and blow to heaven and make feel okay overnight.Air out those... Read More
From the Washington Examiner, on the Democratic mayoral primary in D.C. between the two cafe-au-lait candidates, young Obama-like incumbent Adrian Fenty and aging hack challenger Vince Gray, which turned out much like Obama's loss to Bobby Rush in the 2000 Democratic House of Representative primary.The Democratic primary results were clear: Mayor Adrian Fenty lost because... Read More
My old pal Dave Weigel continues his series on Slate today filling in more examples to illustrate themes in James Edwards' book Racism, Schmacism, which I reviewed for on Sunday. On Sunday, I wrote:Michael Steele, the inept chairman of the Republican National Committee, is only the most obvious example of this. Edwards writes:In Slate today... Read More
An excerpt from my new column on "Jim Webb, the GOP, and The Sammy Sosa Solution:"
An excerpt from my recent column:
The New York Times is deeply, truly concerned that their precious GOP might be damaged by having a popular issue on its hands:Fortunately, Bush apparatchiks are available to offer their time-tested wisdom to Republicans:“I think we need to be very careful about immigration,” said Karl Rove, the former adviser to President George W. Bush. “I... Read More
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