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Thursday, August 04, 2011
Obama will be a 2 term President, but the 2nd term won't start in 2012
That's what I'm truly starting to believe, based on current facts. Obama will lose in 2012 (to Mitt Romney or Rick Perry), because of a terrible economy. He'll find some very productive Clinton-style community-fortifying immediate post-presidency career. In 2016 the Dems will turn to someone like Gov Cuomo or Cory Booker to run against the incumbent.

But during one of the three presidential elections in the 2020s, when Obama is in his early to mid 60s, he will be "drafted" back to lead the Dem ticket, and will win a 2nd presidential term.

You heard it here (possibly) first.
posted by CB @ 12:53 PM   0 comments
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
2012 GOP Nomination Rankings
Because this is how this blog started, here's my December 2010 take on who's most likely to win the GOP Nomination for President (from most likely to lease likely):

John Thune
Haley Barbour X
Marco Rubio X
Chris Christie X
Tim Pawlenty
Mitt Romney
Mike Huckabee
David Petraeus X
Sarah Palin
Newt Gingrich
Mitch Daniels
George Pataki
Jeb Bush X
Rudy Giuliani
Bobby Jindal X

The Xs mark people who may not run.
posted by CB @ 1:08 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
NYT graphics dept at it again
This one's a beaut:
posted by CB @ 12:17 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Republican Response
Was that Bobby Jindal who gave the Republican Response tonight, or Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock???
posted by CB @ 10:49 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Is it really "Stimulus" we need, or something more like "Hardship protection"
I'm totally out of my league here - the likes of Paul Krugman, Larry Summers, Tyler Cowen, and other economists are much better equipped to opine on these matters.


When I read in the news that the trade deficit has dropped to its lowest level since 2003, or that Americans are forswearing credit card debt and instead actually saving money, it makes me think... aren't there some good long-term things being learned during this recession, and perhaps we should let them sink in a little more before we try to spend our way out?

Yes, I recognize that this is easy for me to say: I have my job and my house. I realize that millions of people are out of work, facing agonizing choices of what bills to pay, losing their homes. And I think we should help those people by providing direct assistance in the forms of longer-lasting unemployment insurance, universal health insurance, education grants, and mortgage revalautions.

What I have a problem with are the measures aimed at increasing spending. American consumer spending was unsustainably high. Yes it's tempting to try to push it back up to that high to get rid of the temporary pain, but that is itself only a temporary solution. Instead we need to reset to sustainable consumption rates, and I think to some degree the recession is helping accomplish that.

While I'm on the subject (and because who knows when my next post might be), we could really improve things by taxing consumption and use of public goods (carbon tax, gas tax, etc.) instead of income the way we do now. The conversion should be revenue neutral, to ensure that the tax system remains progressive (the less money you have, the greater percentage you spend on consumption, gas, etc.). Our tax system could be set up to much better incentivize the behaviors that are favorable to the public.

For more on the unsustainability of US consumer spending, I recommend the 30-minute movie I.O.U.S.A you can watch free here:
posted by CB @ 11:24 AM   1 comments
Monday, November 10, 2008
Republican Presidential Nominee - 2012
My initial take:

Top Tier:
Newt Gingrich
David Petraeus
Mitt Romney
Sarah Palin
Mike Huckabee
Bobby Jindal

Second Tier:
Mitch Daniels
Rudy Giuliani
Ron Paul

Long Shots:
Condoleezza Rice
Bill O'Reilly
posted by CB @ 11:45 AM   1 comments
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
His face alone changes a lot
This Andrew Sullivan paragraph from 2007 really hits home today.

Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.
posted by CB @ 6:05 PM   0 comments
Just the beginning
Election may have been the easy part. Governing will be difficult.

That said, my picks for key Obama cabinet posts (with notes about who I think it will be:

Chief of Staff:
My pick: David Plouffe
Will be: Rahm Emmanuel (my problem with Emmanuel is I think he's too short-sighted)

My pick: Dick Lugar
Will be: Dick Lugar

My pick: Tim Geithner
Will be: Larry Summers

My pick: Robert Gates
Will be: Chuck Hagel
posted by CB @ 12:49 AM   1 comments

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