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  • Secret to happiness? Be a conservative woman

    12/27/2013 9:42:06 AM PST · by dead · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2013 | 10:38am | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The head of the think-tank where I work believes he has discovered the secret of happiness, and he wants to share it with everyone. Don’t worry: I’m not in a cult... Once basic material needs are met, though, satisfying work matters more than money. What people want is not just success, but also “earned success” — the feeling that one’s efforts have paid off. In a recent talk, Brooks cited a 1978 study in which lottery winners were slightly less happy six months after they hit the jackpot... Over the last 40 years, women who describe themselves as “conservative” have...
  • Obama’s Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure

    04/16/2013 8:27:46 AM PDT · by safetysign · 28 replies
    Lucianne ^ | 04/15/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    President Barack Obama’s second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements. The president has been re-elected, demographic trends favor the growth of his coalition, his party has a technological edge, and his opposition is confused and divided. One might therefore expect Obama to be enacting the legislative agenda of that rising coalition. Yet the White House has to be disappointed, whatever it says, by the way the second term has been going. The president’s poll numbers have been falling since December, for one thing. His average job-approval rating, compiled on Pollster.com, has...
  • Romney and the Senate Candidates

    02/26/2013 10:39:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    This David Weigel post on Friday reminded me that I should use the final election data to check a point I’d talked a fair amount about right after the election: that Romney ran ahead of the Republican Senate candidates in tightly contested races. My AEI colleague Caroline Kitchens went to the official state election-result sites and pulled the numbers, which are better than what we had in mid-November.In Wisconsin, Virginia, and Texas, Romney ran just barely ahead of Tommy Thompson (by 0.03 percent), George Allen (0.3 percent), and Ted Cruz (0.7 percent), respectively.In Nebraska, Ohio, and Arizona, Romney ran...
  • How NOT to Read the Abortion Polls

    01/23/2013 8:03:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Chris Cillizza tweeted earlier today that a new post in a section of the Washington Post he oversees explained why “Republicans need to stop talking about abortion. Immediately.” What it really shows is that polling on abortion needs to be read carefully rather than excitably.In that post Aaron Blake writes, “The trend line is clear, and Americans are becoming more accepting of abortion rights.” His thesis depends entirely on an overreaction to a few bits of poll data. A fuller look at the evidence does not bear it out.First, let’s look at the polls on Roe v. Wade. Blake’s...
  • Washington Post Journalist Thinks Ramesh Ponnuru Is A Girl

    06/16/2010 7:35:34 AM PDT · by careyb · 5 replies · 270+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/16/10 | John J. Miller
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Girl Talk   [John J. Miller] In today's Washington Post, Susan Jacoby criticizes our own Ramesh Ponnuru for his pro-life views. I'd take her more seriously if she didn't think Ramesh was a chick: Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor at National Review, hailed this election as the year of the pro-life woman. "These women will make it easier for pro-lifers to discuss the issue in the terms we want to discuss it," she writes, "as a plea for justice for a vulnerable group." By the way, Ramesh is also a part-time contributor to the Post. Shouldn't...
  • Romney Reboots - Thinking about 2012

    10/08/2009 11:58:49 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 45 replies · 1,452+ views
    National Review. Online ^ | FROM THE 10/19/09 ISSUE OF NR | RAMESH PONNURU
    In the early stages of the undeclared race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is the frontrunner. The former governor of Massachusetts has the best-developed national network of supporters of any of the potential candidates. He is the one doing the most party-building across the country; of his potential rivals, only Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty comes close. He is the one to whom other Republicans are most likely to turn for answers on economic policy, and on many issues he is the only one giving them. When the auto companies came to Washington only Romney had a plan (“Detroit...
  • The Fatal Flaw of Obamacare

    08/09/2009 6:51:13 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 37 replies · 2,119+ views
    cnn ^ | Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 | By Ramesh Ponnuru
    There are two basic points about health-care reform that President Obama wants to convey. The first is that, as he put it in an ABC special in June, "the status quo is untenable." Our health-care system is rife with "skewed incentives." It gives us "a whole bunch of care" that "may not be making us healthier." It generates too many specialists and not enough primary-care physicians. It is "bankrupting families," "bankrupting businesses" and "bankrupting our government at the state and federal level. So we know things are going to have to change." Obama's second major point is that--to quote from...
  • Obamacare's Fatal Flaw

    08/06/2009 5:00:22 PM PDT · by NCjim · 12 replies · 931+ views
    Time ^ | August 17, 2009 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    There are two basic points about health-care reform that President Obama wants to convey. The first is that, as he put it in an ABC special in June, "the status quo is untenable." Our health-care system is rife with "skewed incentives." It gives us "a whole bunch of care" that "may not be making us healthier." It generates too many specialists and not enough primary-care physicians. It is "bankrupting families," "bankrupting businesses" and "bankrupting our government at the state and federal level. So we know things are going to have to change." Obama's second major point is that--to quote from...
  • Ramesh Ponnuru in NY TIMES is Wrong about Ricci

    06/24/2009 4:54:55 PM PDT · by Bob017 · 6 replies · 707+ views
    View from the Right | 24/06/09 | LA
    A few months ago, David Frum wrote a cover article for the leftist magazine Newsweek smearing the most prominent conservative in America, Rush Limbaugh, as some kind of sinister McCarthyite hater who should "shut up." The message was that conservatives should shut up and surrender to liberalism. Now Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor of National Review, has followed in Frum's footsteps, writing an op-ed for the leftist New York Times in which he attacks conservatives as hypocrites for supporting the plaintiffs in the Ricci anti-white discrimination case. Here's his reasoning: Mr. Ricci probably deserved his promotion and had a right...
  • Battered Republican Syndrome (National Review Editor, Ponnuru, slams the Club for Growth)

    04/28/2009 2:40:11 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 8 replies · 745+ views
    Club For Growth ^ | April 28, 2009 | Adam Roth
    I don’t know what’s wrong with people like Ramesh Ponnuru and Lindsey Graham. Over at the National Review, Ponnuru blamed the Club for pushing Specter to the Democratic Party, calling us, “The Club for Shrinkage.” Senator Graham lamented Specter’s switch-a-roo, saying, “I don’t want to be a member of the Club for Growth. I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican Party that can attract people from all corners of the country.” But the only person to blame for Arlen Specter’s defection is...Arlen Specter. Today, the senior senator from Pennsylvania proved that he cares about one thing...
  • The Misguided Quest for Universal (Health Insurance) Coverage

    04/09/2009 2:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 616+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    America's dysfunctional health care financing system needs to be reformed. But the goal should not be universal coverage. Reform should simply aim to make health insurance more affordable and portable. Universal coverage has so dominated the health care discussion that even some Republicans have tried to devise market-friendly ways to achieve it. The case for doing so is presented in practical, moral and political terms. [Snip] The moral case for universal coverage is that we have an obligation to see to it that the poor and the near-poor have access to good health care. But universal coverage is only one...
  • Why Coleman Should Drop Out

    04/08/2009 3:55:55 PM PDT · by steve-b · 53 replies · 1,923+ views
    National Review ^ | 4/8/09 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    If he keeps up the fight, he is likely to lose, unnecessarily deprive Minnesota of a second senator, end his political career seen as a sore loser, and hurt his party in a state that is eager for this fight to be over. His team has talked enough about further legal challenges that if he leaves now, he will get some points for grace. (Needless to say, that sentiment would not be universal.) But this is, I think, the last moment where he can exit with some dignity....
  • Why Rush Limbaugh Is Good for the Republicans

    03/11/2009 2:25:53 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 803+ views
    Time ^ | 3/11/09 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Obama aides Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs knew what they were doing when they declared Rush Limbaugh the leader of the Republican opposition. They were putting Republican politicians in a trap. Repudiating Limbaugh would mean alienating millions of conservatives and declaring Limbaugh's plainspoken conservatism — which many of those politicians share — outside the lines of the national debate. But neither could Republicans allow the insinuation that they take orders from a radio host stand. If voters got that impression, they would look weak. Worse, the polls show more people dislike Limbaugh than like him. The Republicans escaped this trap...
  • Town Overboard! (Obamoron-mania)

    01/16/2009 5:03:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 799+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | January 15, 2009 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    At least one segment of the economy is booming: the market in Obama kitsch. The dedicated supporter of the incoming President need not content himself with a T shirt or bumper sticker. Also available are Obama coasters, lava lamps, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, skateboards, toy trains, CDs, DVDs and, of course, commemorative dinner plates. Ben & Jerry's is introducing a Yes Pecan flavor in honor of Obama's campaign slogan, and Marvel Comics is running a special Inaugural issue of Spider-Man. Pepsi has created the Pepsi Optimism Project with a red, white and blue logo almost identical to Obama's sunrise button. And...
  • Scapegoating the Social Right

    12/04/2008 5:14:43 PM PST · by yongin · 25 replies · 478+ views
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2008 | RAMESH PONNURU
    In 2002 and 2004, Republicans ran hard on social issues and the courts — and scored victories at every level of politics. In 2006 and 2008, they left those issues off the table, and got walloped. It follows, naturally, that the social issues are to blame for the Republican defeats. At least, that’s the conclusion that a chorus of commentators has reached. They are attempting to persuade Republicans to soften or downplay their party’s social conservatism and hide its social conservatives in order to resume winning elections. About this campaign to sideline the social Right, three things can be said...
  • How to Move the Middle

    11/07/2008 7:55:33 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 855+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 7, 2008 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Based on the exit polls from 2004 and Tuesday, Republicans have lost more ground among self-described moderates than among conservatives. Even if Senator McCain had won the same percentage of conservatives that President Bush did in 2004, he would not have won. Moving right will work only if moderates are given a reason to move right too. The way to court these moderates is not to abandon social conservatism, which would alienate many of the voters Republicans still have. The party needs to “move to the middle” less than it needs to move to the middle class: to go back...
  • A Strategy for McCain

    07/21/2008 6:17:14 AM PDT · by guitarist · 22 replies · 95+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 21, 2008 | Lowry and Ponnuru
    A Strategy For McCain Hillary Clinton — only more so. By Rich Lowry & Ramesh Ponnuru Editor’s note: A longer version of this piece appears in the new issue of National Review. The good news for Republicans is that Obama can be beaten. The bad news is that the McCain campaign has embarked on a course that — although it has some of the right elements — seems likely to fail. McCain would be most comfortable running in accord with his particular notions of political virtue while emphasizing character, national security, and a few pet causes such as earmarks. If...
  • McCain's Temper, Ctd.

    04/20/2008 3:43:19 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 27 replies · 59+ views
    The Corner ^ | 4/20/08 | Ramesh Ponnuru]
    McCain aide Mark Salter wrote in, and I thought his account provided ample reasons for doubting the Washington Post's story. Salter allowed me to post his email. (I've made minor edits for typos.) Saw your post about the WP story on the McCain temper. If one half of it were true, it would give me pause. As it happens, the piece is 99% fiction. [Reporter Michael] Leahy is a nice guy, but the story was one of the more dishonest I've read in a while. I talked to him for over two hours. Some of the instances, like the Bob...
  • State of the Conservatives - We're All Clintonites Now [November 22, 1999]

    01/30/2008 1:17:45 PM PST · by Sideshow Bob · 16 replies · 38+ views
    National Review ^ | November 22, 1999 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Does the conservative movement need to take some lithium? As the Washington Post's Thomas B. Edsall recently observed, over the last five years its mood has swung from giddy optimism to despair and back again. The arc can be traced in the pronouncements of individual conservatives. Less than a year ago, Bill Bennett was despairing of the American public's moral insipidity, as evidenced by its conspicuous lack of outrage at Bill Clinton's misconduct. Now he blesses George W. Bush's efforts to put a smiley face on the Republican party. Some of the same conservatives who were broaching the subject of...
  • The Huckabee Trap

    12/14/2007 2:08:19 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 71 replies · 978+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Dec. 13, 2007 | RAMESH PONNURU
    While Huckabee is the most ardent social conservative of the top Republican candidates, he is also the one who takes the economic anxieties of the lower middle class most seriously. When the Republicans met in Dearborn, Mich., to debate the economy, most of the candidates maintained that times were good and that people who thought otherwise just hadn't seen the statistics. Huckabee had a different message: "For many people on this stage, the economy's doing terrifically well, but for a lot of Americans, it's not doing so well." He talked about people who have trouble paying their rent or getting...
  • Rudy Wins the Pundit Primary: Conservative journalists choose up

    11/17/2007 11:23:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 91 replies · 71+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 16, 2007 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Rudolph Giuliani may not win New Hampshire, but he has already won the pundit primary. It’s not even close. Quite a few conservative journalists are in Giuliani’s corner. His rivals have no similar support...
  • The GOP's Flip-Flopping Four

    11/15/2007 10:51:56 AM PST · by pissant · 220 replies · 225+ views
    CBS/National Review ^ | 11/15/07 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The four leading Republican candidates for president have demonstrated that they have four distinct styles of flip-flopping. Mitt Romney is the most notorious flip-flopper in the field, and his most notorious flip-flop concerned abortion. He claims that a conversation with scientists about human cloning made him see how abortion had devalued human life. Nobody can prove that Romney isn’t telling the truth, but nobody quites believe him, either. Romney has also changed positions on guns, immigration, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. But it is not the number of his flip-flops that has impressed people so much as how they have...
  • Giuliani and Roe (Rudy caught in another lie)

    10/12/2007 4:02:41 PM PDT · by Ol' Sparky · 24 replies · 307+ views
    NRO ^ | 10/12/2007 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Giuliani and Roe [Ramesh Ponnuru] Somehow I missed a St. Petersburg Times story from earlier this month that sheds some light on the claims that Giuliani's social-conservative supporters are making for him. Bruce F. Berg, who chairs the political science department at Fordham University, has an archive that may be the envy of anyone interested in New York City politics. It documents every mayoral news conference in the city dating back to 1996. Berg has DVDs of what was said and how they said it, covering all but the first two years of the Rudy Giuliani era. Does he have...
  • Run, Eric (Cantor), Run! (U.S. Senate-Virginia)

    09/15/2007 10:04:07 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 473+ views
    The National Review ^ | September 6, 2007 7:00 | Ramesh Ponnuru & Kate O’Beirne
    Rep. Eric Cantor, the deputy Republican whip, would be his party’s best shot at holding John Warner’s Senate seat. As Patrick Ruffini has pointed out, Cantor is ideally positioned as a congressman from the Richmond suburbs. He can connect with downstate voters without alienating northern Virginia suburbanites. He is a proven money-raiser. In a primary, the conservative Cantor would have to be favored to beat northern Virginia moderate Tom Davis. Everyone who follows politics knows that Virginia is changing, and that 2008 is shaping up to be another bad year for Republicans. But Virginia isn’t becoming a liberal state. James...
  • D.C. Aims at the Second Amendment

    09/05/2007 12:20:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 733+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/5/2007 | Ramesh Ponnuru et al.
    D.C. is asking the Supreme Court to let it maintain the strictest gun controls in the country. I hope the Court says no. In its legal brief, the city argues that the handgun ban does not deprive District residents of the right to self-defense because they can own rifles and shotguns. As Mayor Adrian Fenty and Attorney General Linda Singer put it in an op-ed, “It is plainly relevant that the District allows residents to own other perfectly effective firearms.” What neither the op-ed nor the brief mentions is that D.C. requires these other guns to be stored in a...
  • Libertarians to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    08/21/2007 11:41:49 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 444 replies · 5,217+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Aug 6, 2007 | Carol Iannone
    I just recently caught up with the exchange on conservatism and the culture wars between Brink Lindsey and Ramesh Ponnuru, in which Lindsey exhorts conservatives to give up any further efforts in the culture war, which he deems finished. And I also heard some of a Cato Institute talk that featured Lindsey and David Brooks, who agrees with Lindsey on this point. I agree with Peter Wood who commented on PBC that if the culture war is over, efforts to reform the university are pointless, and we obviously don't think such efforts are pointless or we wouldn't be here at...
  • NRA Nation - The Second Amendment people are winning

    07/30/2007 12:40:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies · 1,616+ views
    NRO ^ | August 13, 2007 | RAMESH PONNURU
    In March, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a challenge to Nancy Pelosi. “The Democrats have said repeatedly that they blame the Republicans for no gun legislation,” he said on his radio show. “Well, now they’re in charge. Okay, stand up. And if not, I’m going to tell everybody.” Bloomberg, together with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and allied groups, wants Congress to repeal the “Tiahrt amendment.” They say that the amendment keeps local law enforcement from having access to gun-trace data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE). Gun-rights groups say that they...
  • The Congressman from Ground Zero

    07/12/2007 3:59:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,431+ views
    http://corner.nationalreview.com/ ^ | 07/12/2007 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    A few weeks ago, former White House aide Bradford Berenson testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the much-debated question of whether suspected-terrorist detainees should have habeas-corpus rights. During one exchange, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) had this to say: "I don't see how you can pick up someone in New York and say that his rights are different or less because he's accused of being an enemy combatant, based on whatever information, as opposed to his being accused of being a murderer. . . ." Berenson responded: "[W]e need to be clear about what that means. It means that...
  • How to Win by Losing

    09/13/2006 7:29:47 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 274 replies · 2,919+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 13 2006 | RAMESH PONNURU
    CONSERVATIVES are dreading the November elections. The Republican capture of the House of Representatives in 1994 was one of modern conservatism’s signal political accomplishments. Now the Democrats are poised to take back the House. If that happens, however, conservatives will find several silver linings in the outcome. It would be worse for conservatives if Republicans actually gained seats. The Congressional wing of the party lost its reformist zeal years ago and has been trying to win elections based on pork and incumbency. An election victory would reward that strategy, leaving the congressmen even less interested in restraining spending, reforming government...
  • No Middle Ground [NYT Review of Ramesh Ponnuru' "Party of Death"]

    09/03/2006 12:24:20 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 6 replies · 653+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 9/3/06 | JONATHAN RAUCH
    My friends Jenny and Greg were still digesting the news that Jenny was pregnant with triplets when, only moments later, their fertility doctor sat them down. After recounting the many things that might go wrong in a triple pregnancy, he said, “You really should consider reducing.” Overwhelmed by the prospect of triplets, they were now horrified by the doctor’s casual attitude toward abortion. “Honestly,” Greg says, “I felt like there was no regard for human life.” He and Jenny did not “reduce,” and today their triplets are healthy toddlers. Asked how she feels now about the thought of aborting one...
  • Snookering Stevens (SCOTUS-Hamdan-mistake with DTA and timing of senators' Statements)

    07/25/2006 7:12:59 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 10 replies · 785+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2006 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Everyone knows that Hamdan v. Rumsfeld was the blockbuster case of the latest Supreme Court term. What everyone doesn’t know — even most of the decision’s critics — is that Justice John Paul Stevens’s majority opinion in the case is partly based on simple factual mistakes. Hamdan concerned the treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism. To reach a judgment, the Court had to decide first whether Congress, when it passed the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, had removed the case from the Court’s jurisdiction. To be precise, the Court had to determine whether a Graham-Kyl amendment to the...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 3/18 - 3/19 (not the live thread)

    03/17/2006 7:12:26 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 44 replies · 1,082+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 3/17/06 | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: Fissures in the GOP - immigration Topics: "Are Republicans headed for a political meltdown over immigration?" (as per Opinion Journal web site)"Immigration reform controversy: We'll examine policies under consideration" (as per FNC show page)"Plus, what a hard line on immigration means for this year's midterm elections" (as per FNC show page) Guests Colorado Governor Bill Owens I have a plan, just like the plan that's failing the President Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review illegal immigration isn't really a problem, really Stephen Moore, Walls Street JournalJason Riley, Walls Street JournalPaul Gigot, Walls...
  • Illegal Detour: Thinking reasonably about immigration.

    03/17/2006 2:45:24 PM PST · by Crackingham · 39 replies · 1,219+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/17/6 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    llegal immigration is not a big problem in America. Okay, let me amend that before pots and pans and worse things come flying at me. America has some serious immigration problems, but they are not distinctively problems of illegal immigration. If we focus narrowly on illegal immigration, we are likely to come up with counterproductive solutions. Almost all of the things that cause people to complain about illegal immigration are true of much legal immigration as well. If your worry is that illegal immigrants tend to raise government spending, for example, then you ought to be worried about legal immigrants,...
  • A War Strategy . . . for the Democrats.

    11/19/2001 9:22:45 PM PST · by toenail · 5 replies · 98+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 11-19-2001 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    James Carville, Stanley Greenberg, and Bob Shrum have written a memo on how Democrats should position themselves for the 2002 and 2004 elections. It should be sobering reading for Republicans. Their basic task seems to be to buck up Democratic spirits. President Bush's popularity, they say, in no way imperils the party's prospects. This is, in part, because the public mood is now more receptive to Democratic arguments about government activism as a way of building a national "community" — a familiar point from the punditry of the last two months. In addition, a war on "fundamentalism" is raising the ...
  • Why Conservatives Are Divided

    10/16/2005 9:31:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 108 replies · 1,301+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 17, 2005 | RAMESH PONNURU
    CONSERVATIVES are conducting a bitter debate about President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Some see a divide between populists and elitists: they say that the conservative masses are gung-ho for the nomination, which is opposed only by Beltway insiders. The truth is that the debate, like most political debates, is largely among elites. Ms. Miers's strongest supporters are in the White House elite, and they argue that conservatives should trust her because she is also part of that elite. Her strongest opponents are in the network of legal conservatives who have sought to move the courts...
  • ANN COULTER VS. JOHN ROBERTS

    07/21/2005 6:00:22 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 109 replies · 6,259+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/21/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    I think she raises some points worth pondering in her column, but ultimately I disagree with her. She wants a justice who will vote to overturn Roe. So do I. She dislikes the stealth-nominee strategy. So do I. She thinks that it is possible that he could end up compiling a record like the one Souter has. And it is possible; those of us who defend him now may end up having reasons for regret. But while it is possible that a nominee who openly pledged that he would vote to overturn Roe could get confirmed, it is not at...
  • ODE TO JOY (Clement)

    07/19/2005 12:25:06 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 66 replies · 2,154+ views
    National Review- The Corner ^ | 07/19/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The Washington Post reported earlier (I can't find the link) on Edith Brown Clement: "Known as a conservative and a strict constructionist in legal circles, Clement also has eased fears among abortion-rights advocates. She has stated that the Supreme Court 'has clearly held that the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to have an abortion' and that 'the law is settled in that regard.'"I don't believe for a minute that these statements have "eased fears" among anyone in the abortion-rights groups, and they shouldn't inspire fears among pro-lifers--which, judging from some of the blog commentaries and...
  • Partial Justice. Alberto Gonzales’s recusal problem. -O-

    06/27/2005 5:37:53 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 307+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/27/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    If President Bush nominates Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, he won't be naming a new justice. He'll be naming something more like a new half-justice. A Justice Gonzales would have to recuse himself from cases dealing with a wide range of issues — from the Patriot Act to partial-birth abortion — because of his high-level service in the Bush administration. Federal law is clear: No federal judge, including any Supreme Court justice, may participate in a case if he "has served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, advisor or material witness...
  • KEN STARR'S REAL VIEWS

    05/12/2005 10:45:25 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 252 replies · 10,328+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | 05/12/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    KEN STARR'S REAL VIEWS [Ramesh Ponnuru] CBS, AP, and other outlets reported earlier this week that Starr had said that getting rid of the judicial filibuster would be a "radical, radical departure from our history and our traditions, and it amounts to an assault on the judicial branch of government." This seemed like a very odd thing for Starr to say, so I contacted him. He forwarded to me an email he had sent to someone else who had asked about this matter: "In the piece that I have now seen, and which I gather is being lavishly quoted, CBS...
  • IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGES

    04/14/2005 2:21:33 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 19 replies · 514+ views
    NRO-TC ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2005 | Shannen Coffin/Ramesh Ponnuru
    IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGES [Shannen Coffin] I believe the editors of NRO are far too dismissive of the importance of impeachment as a check on a runaway judiciary, where they conclude that in today's editorial that "impeachment makes no sense as a remedy for the defects of the modern judiciary." Certainly, the authors of the Constitution did not think it madness. Alexander Hamilton may have lacked the jaded foresight necessary to foresee the degree to which the modern judiciary would encroach on legislative judgments, when he wrote in Federalist No. 81 that those encroachments would "never be so extensive as to...
  • DANFORTH

    03/30/2005 2:44:17 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 432+ views
    NRO-TC ^ | March 30, 2005 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    DANFORTH [Ramesh Ponnuru] Here's what the man writes in today's Times: "During the 18 years I served in the Senate, Republicans often disagreed with each other. But there was much that held us together. We [Republicans] believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and regulation. We encouraged the private sector, so that a free economy might thrive." MORE DANFORTH [Ramesh Ponnuru] Danforth was, as he notes, a reliable anti-abortion vote during his time in the Senate (although he came out in support of funding research on tissues taken from aborted fetuses toward the end of his...
  • GOOD FOR ANDREW SULLIVAN

    03/29/2005 2:56:33 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 660+ views
    NRO-TC ^ | 3/29/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    for linking to Tom West--always a good thing, to my mind. The link follows this passage from Sullivan: "It's been striking lately how the rhetoric of some conservatives has morphed into revolutionary tones. Bill Kristol, at heart an ally of religious radicalism, calls for a revolution against the independent judiciary we now have. Fox News' John Gibson has argued that 'the temple of the law is not so sacrosanct that an occasional chief executive cannot flaunt it once in a while.' Bill Bennett has said that the courts are not the ultimate means to interpret law and the constitution, that...
  • THE LUNGREN AMENDMENT

    03/15/2005 3:35:21 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 15 replies · 562+ views
    NRO-TC ^ | 3/15/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Rep. Dan Lungren (R., Calif.) is getting set to introduce his own version of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. It would read as follows: SECTION 1. Marriage in the United States shall consist only of a legal union of one man and one woman. SEC. 2. No court of the United States or of any State shall have jurisdiction to determine whether this Constitution or the constitution of any State requires that the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any union other than a legal union between one man and...
  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Size Sense and Nonsense - Andrew Sullivan, NR, and limited government

    02/28/2005 5:33:38 AM PST · by NutCrackerBoy · 9 replies · 419+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2005 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Andrew Sullivan has now weighed in on my debate with Ryan Sager. What all of us are grappling with is the expansion of the federal government under President Bush. How should those of us who want a much smaller federal government respond when Bush, for example, imposes steel tariffs? We should denounce the tariffs and bash Bush for imposing them. On this much, I take it, all three of us agree. But Sullivan and Sager write as though the problem were simply that Bush is for big government — as though the problem would go away if Bush would simply...
  • How To Be a Hero of Liberty (Laurence Tribe)

    02/25/2005 5:34:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 498+ views
    NRO ^ | February 25, 2005 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version February 25, 2005, 8:45 a.m. How To Be a Hero of LibertyYou may have to gild the lily . . . EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appears in the March 14, 2005, issue of National Review. When historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was accused of plagiarism, Laurence Tribe rushed to her defense. The Harvard Crimson had published an editorial demanding that Goodwin resign from Harvard's board. Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, wrote a letter to the Crimson criticizing its editorial as "utter...
  • EASON JORDAN JUST RESIGNED (Updated Info)

    02/11/2005 3:37:13 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 777 replies · 31,580+ views
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | 2/11/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
  • RUTHLESS PEOPLE

    01/31/2005 2:40:48 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 19 replies · 924+ views
    NRO - TC ^ | 1/31/05 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Fred Barnes has an editorial in the Standard arguing that Democrats have adopted "brutal tactics": calling Condi Rice a liar, Iraq a disaster, and Bush's Social Security plan an attempt to "destroy" the program. Barnes thinks that the Democrats are trying to replicate Newt Gingrich's success in 1993-94, but are misunderstanding the sources of that success. Here's Barnes's bottom line: "The media tolerate or even encourage Democratic rage. But the White House can't afford to. Senate Democrats have enough votes to block major Bush initiatives like Social Security reform and to reject Bush appointees, including Supreme Court nominees. They may...
  • Fri 12-3 on RIGHTALK! Aunt Jemima? Huh? Tim Graham/MRC! Ramesh Ponnuru/National Review!

    12/03/2004 10:32:07 AM PST · by Bob J · 1 replies · 493+ views
    RIGHTALK.com ^ | 12-3-04 | Bob J
    Listen While You Freep! All programs are replayed for 24 hours and again on weekends so tune in when it’s convenient for YOU! Call In Number – 866-884-TALK (8255) 1pm EST – Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, Tim Graham, will be the featured guest this week. Paul Weyrich, CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, and Graham will analyze the media and the 2004 election. The media, it has been said, was not biased this time; instead, they had their own agenda. 2pm EST – TIPPING POINT - HAVE THE DEMOCRATS GOT THEIR STATES' RIGHTS MOJO BACK?...
  • The Perils of Tax Reform

    11/24/2004 11:59:36 AM PST · by Remember_Salamis · 138 replies · 3,281+ views
    The National Review ^ | December 13th, 2004 | Ramesh Ponnuru Ramesh Ponnuru
    The Perils of Tax Reform Frankly, tiny and timid is better than big and bold RAMESH PONNURU When President Bush said that he would appoint a commission to report on tax reform in the spring, conservative hopes for a fundamental overhaul rose. Could this finally be the moment for a flat tax or a national sales tax? The answer appears to be no. Early reports suggest that the commission will look at substantial tax-policy changes, but will not scrap the code and start over. Conservatives should be relieved, not upset. Anyone who has filed a tax return knows that there...
  • SPECTER AND HEWITT

    11/10/2004 2:58:46 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 134 replies · 1,476+ views
    NROTC ^ | 11/9/04 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    I’ve been meaning to respond to Hugh Hewitt’s arguments for a Specter chairmanship, but he has been a bit of a moving target. In his latest posts, he seems to have abandoned the curious view that the principle of seniority in the Senate is some ancient conservative principle, the characterization of the anti-Specterites’ objective as a “putsch,” and the thought that the history of the Roman republic tells us something about this debate. What remains are the ideas 1) that it would be better to extract commitments from Specter to fight any attempts to filibuster conservative judges than to remove...