Ron Paul’s Devastating Attack On Newt Gingrich

Ron Paul isn’t going to be the Republican nominee for President, but he’s been running a far more polished, professional campaign than he did in 2008, and he’s been far less reticent to go after his opponents. Take a look, for example, at this web ad that just came out today: Ouch, just ouch.

Herman Cain Campaign On The Verge Of Collapse?

Is the Cain Train finally running out of steam?

Obama’s Job Approval Numbers Now Worse Than Jimmy Carter’s

Paul Bedard takes a look at the President’s job approval numbers and find historical analogies that are likely to make them uncomfortable at the White House: President Obama’s slow ride down Gallup’s daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this […]

OTB On The (Not) Ed Morrisey Show

I’ll be joining Jazz Shaw of Hot Air for The (Not) Ed Morrissey Show at 3pm today. We’ll be talking mostly about my post yesterday regarding the possible future of the GOP in the event President Obama is re-elected, as well as Jazz’s thoughts on that topic that he posted earlier today.

Remember That Ban On Earmarks? Apparently, Some Congressmen Don’t.

The much celebrated ban on earmarks isn’t stopping Congressmen from trying to earmark.

Newt Gingrich: I Didn’t Lobby Because I Already Have A Ton Of Money

Newt Gingrich gave an interesting defense to charges that he spent much of the thirteen years that he has been out of Congress: GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said the reason he didn’t do any lobbying after leaving Congress was because he “was charging $60,000 a speech” and didn’t need the money. “I did no […]

Kim Update

Just a quick note to let people know that all’s as well as could be expected. Katie obviously notices the absence of her mommy but, typical for her age, doesn’t really understand the concept of permanence. Ellie seems blissfully unaware and made the transition from mother’s milk to formula quite easily. We’re holding a service for […]

Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn Set Up?

New head-scratching revelations in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.

Iranian Diplomats To Be Expelled From Great Britain

The British government has reacted pretty quickly to yesterday’s embassy attack in Teheran: The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced. He said he had ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London. Tuesday’s attack by hundreds of protesters […]

Romney Outpolls Gingrich Among Independents

A not entirely surprising poll result from ABC News: Gingrich remains underwater in basic favorability, with more Americans seeing him unfavorably than favorably. Romney gets no better than an even split on this measure; Paul, roughly the same. Nonetheless, this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that Romney’s favorability rating has advanced […]

A Dissenting View: DVR’s and Sports

Via Andrew Sullivan, I see that Matthew Yglesias is arguing How Technology Helps Hollywood and Hurts Pro Sports: It used to be that a sporting event only had to compete for my eyeballs against whatever other TV programming happened to be on right at that moment. Oftentimes a regular season Mavericks-Celtics game or an ALCS […]

Extra Bonus Quote Of The Day: Virgins, Hookers, And Herman Cain Edition

Lori Klein, an Arizona state Senator and Cain’s Arizona state chairman, told CBS News she stands by Cain. She says she has known him for 12 years and he’s “never been anything but a gentlemen – and I am not an unattractive woman.” Klein suggested that if Cain is innocent he should sue White for […]

U.S. Airways Gives Us A Lesson In Really, Really Bad Corporate Public Relations (Updated: Sanity Prevails)

This, I would suggest, is what happens when you let your business become hamstrung by idiotic rules rather than common sense: WASHINGTON (WUSA) — A woman claims a dream family trip is being cancelled because of her terminal cancer, and the airline is refusing to refund the money for her ticket. The McKain family would […]

Bonus Quote Of The Day: A Trip Inside Rick Perry’s Brain Edition

“Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support,” Perry said, eliciting a few chuckles from the crowd. “Those who won’t be, just work hard. Because you’re… counting on us.” — Rick Perry

Quote Of The Day: John Kaisch Is No Thomas Jefferson Edition

“I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio,” Kasich said Monday at a college in Columbus. “Very rarely do I read a newspaper. Because … reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience. … I have found my life is a lot better if I don’t get aggravated by what I read in […]

Chris Christie: The War On Drugs Isn’t Working

A short clip, submitted for your consideration here: Christie isn’t really talking about legalization or decriminalization here, of course, and it took him awhile after he became Governor to get on board with New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. Nonetheless, he’s making a good point here. Since the Nixon Administration, the response to drug use has […]

Hank Paulson, The Bush Treasury Department, And Crony Capitalism

Guess who got advance warning of government actions on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis?

Medal Of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer Sues Defense Contractor For Defamation

It was just over two months ago that Sgt. Dakota Meyer stood in the East Room of the White House and received the Congressional Medal Of Honor from President Obama for his actions in Afghanistan. Now, he’s at the center of a very interesting legal dispute: Two months ago, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal […]

What Happens To The GOP If Obama Wins In 2012?

Expect plenty of GOP infighting if President Obama is re-elected next November.

Report: Cain “Reassessing” Whether To Stay In Race

In the wake of last night’s revelations of a woman alleging a 13 year affair, National Review’s Robert Costa reports this: In a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. He told them he will make his final decision “over the next […]

The Curious Case of Cain

What does the Cain candidacy say about the contemporary GOP?

Iranian Students Storm British Embassy (Updates)

Well, this sounds familiar: Dozens of hard-line Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union Jack flag and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the anger against Western powers after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The mob moved into the diplomatic compound two days after Iran’s parliament approved […]

Fitch: U.S. Credit Outlook ‘Negative’

One of the three major credit rating agencies has put the United States on negative credit watch: Following the failure of the supercommittee, the U.S. government’s AAA credit rating was placed on a “negative outlook” Monday by Fitch Ratings, indicating a more than 50 percent chance the country gets slapped with another downgrade in the […]

Odd Headline of the Day

Via the BBC:  South Korea’s Lee Myung-bak dons thermal pants to save power.

Woman Claims 13-Year Affair With Herman Cain

Another allegation of sexual wrongdoing for Herman Cain.

Now That’s What You Call Tough Parenting

Jeffrey Goldberg passing along this line from the obituary of Lana Peters, a/k/a Svetlana Stalina, a/k/a Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Josef Stalin who defected to the West many years ago and passed away this weekend at her home in Wisconsin: In her memoirs she told of how Stalin had sent her first love, a […]

Newt Gingrich, Rockefeller Republican

Politico’s Maggie Haberman uncovers some interesting quotes from a 1989 interview of Newt Gingrich by the conservative Ripon Society: Ripon Forum: But beyond personnel selections, on what issues will you involve moderates? Gingrich: To really understand my hopes, let me give you an outline of my way of thinking.  Activities occur at four levels. The […]

Eurozone Only Days Away From Collapse?

That’s what Wolfgang Münchau at The Financial Times says: Technically, one can solve the problem even now, but the options are becoming more limited. The eurozone needs to take three decisions very shortly, with very little potential for the usual fudges. First, the European Central Bank must agree a backstop of some kind, either an […]

The Other Jobs Crisis

You’d think that in today’s world employers wouldn’t have trouble finding qualified employees. You’d be wrong.

Barney Frank Not Running For Re-Election

Barney Frank, who has represented Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District since he was elected in 1980, will announce later today that he will not be seeking re-election in 2012: US Representative Barney Frank, the state’s highest-profile congressman and one of the nation’s leading liberal voices after being among its first openly gay elected officials, planned to […]

A Brokered GOP Convention? Not Likely

Could the GOP go into Tampa next August not knowing who their nominee will be? It’s possible, but not probable.

Fallout From Pakistan Friendly Fire Incident Continues

The fallout from Saturday’s friendly fire incident, in which two dozen Pakistani soldiers were mistakenly killed by NATO helicopters, continues to widen.  On the civilian side, American flags were burned in protests by members of the public no doubt riled up by extremist elements: Tensions between the United States and Pakistan boiled over as angry […]

OTB Caption Contest

The OTB Caption Contest will return at a later date.

Site Note

Thanks to all the kind sentiments on the passing of my wife, Kim. The outpouring from all corners has been gratifying. Alas, it has also put a tremendous strain on the server load for the first time since moving to the current configuration. Ed is working on some technical fixes to mitigate the problem. As […]

Manchester Union-Leader Endorses Newt Gingrich

It was a good day for Newt Gingrich, but will it matter in the end?

Dan Drezner: RINO

Over at his FP blog, Drezner pens a post he calls Hi, my name’s Dan, and I’m a RINO.  Speaking about an essay he wrote on the GOP field’s foreign policy, um, “ideas” he notes When I’ve published essays like this before, I find liberals write "even conservative Dan Drezner…" while conservatives often deploy terms […]

Kimberly Webb Joyner, 1970 to 2011

My wife, Kimberly Webb Joyner, died this morning in her sleep from unknown causes. She was 41.

Looking at the Causes of the Financial Crisis

Can we credibly blame the CRA, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and the like for the mortgage crisis?

The Truth Behind The “Sharia Turkey” Nonsense

As I noted earlier this week Pamela Geller and the rest of the anti-Muslim right had themselves in frothing-mouth mode over the allegation that Butterball turkeys were Halal. Well, as MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry gets to the truth, and it turns out the only halal turkeys are the one’s sold in Muslim countries Visit for […]

Millionaires Reach Deal With Billionaires

The NBA strike/lockout is apparently on the verge of being over: NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season on Christmas Day. Neither side provided many specifics but said the only words players and fans wanted to hear. “We want to […]

Gary Johnson May Seek Libertarian Nomination

Feeling abandoned by the Republican Party, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is weighing a Libertarian Party bid for president.

Pakistan Says 25 Soliders Were Killed By NATO Helicopter Strike

Tensions between Pakistan and the U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan are threatening to turn even more sour today after an apparent friendly fire incident: Pakistani officials on Saturday accused NATO of conducting a helicopter attack on two military checkpoints at the northwestern border with Afghanistan, in strikes that military officials said killed at least 25 […]

Kennedy Assassination Story

A stark account of how American journalism has changed over the last half century.

IQ and Income Inequality

Life, it turns out, isn’t fair.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Laws Against Stalking Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

A Question Which I Wish Americans Would Ask Themselves

New Zealand has a referendum this weekend that will influence whether or not the country will change its electoral system (currently MMP, i.e., a mixed member proportional system).  In an editorial in support of keeping MMP the following line from an editorial in the New Zealand Herald (Flawed, but MMP is pick of the bunch)suggests […]

Military Rule Continues in Egypt

Current events have underscored who holds political power in Egypt in the post-Mubarak era.

And We Thought Cell Phones Created Distracted Drivers….

…wait until they have one of these: h/t:  Carpe Diem.

Explaining American Ignorance About World Affairs

Via Andrew Exum, the front covers of the newest issue of Time Magazine for the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific: Notice anything?

Shoppers Hit By Pepper Spray Wielding Woman In Wal-Mart “Black Friday” Incident

The inanity that is Black Friday took a new turn in California last night: Matthew Lopez went to the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch on Thursday night for the Black Friday sale but instead was caught in a pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was “competitive shopping.” Lopez described a chaotic scene in the […]

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