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  • The Democrats’ Leftward March

    06/13/2017 11:55:35 AM PDT · by Mafe · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2017 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Both victory and defeat have been radicalizing experiences for the Democratic party during this century. Democrats moved left after losing to George W. Bush; they moved farther left after winning with Barack Obama; and now they seem to be moving farther left still under President Donald Trump. The cumulative effect of all this movement has been to put the party well to the left of where it was during Bill Clinton’s administration. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign felt it necessary to disavow many of her husband’s old stances, and some of her own. President Clinton signed a tough-on-crime bill; Hillary Clinton...
  • Late Walsh O'Beirne RIP

    04/23/2017 1:12:05 PM PDT · by John W · 17 replies
    national ^ | April 23, 2017 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Kate O’Beirne was part of National Review’s world before she joined the staff. When she became the magazine’s Washington editor in 1995 her resume already included stints at Senator Jim Buckley’s office, the Reagan administration, and the Heritage Foundation. She served NR in that position for eleven years and then became president of National Review Institute for six more.
  • 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, 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...