National Review senior editor, Bloomberg View columnist, AEI Visiting Fellow

Democrats and the South — Michael Tomasky started the conversation by saying that Democrats "shouldn't bother trying" to appeal to the South any more. Er, except for Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, and maybe soon Georgia too. Even this qualified thesis began to be picked apart by other commentators.

There Is No Retirement Crisis — You're probably going to be hearing a lot about a "retirement crisis" over the next few years. And Democrats think they know just what to do about it. Some academics are convinced that Americans aren't saving enough, or being provided enough by the government, to sustain themselves in old age.

How Not to Argue about Abortion — Most of Adam Gopnik's recent New Yorker article "Arguing Abortion" is uninteresting invective against pro-lifers, but there is a two-paragraph passage in which he mounts an argument. Part of that argument has a distinguished pedigree, having been advanced by the late liberal legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin in his book Life's Dominion.

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Republican Bigwigs Will Own the Tea Party — Republican donors want to anoint a front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination early. According to the New York Times, they're worried that too many potential candidates are seeking the "establishment" slot in the Republican primaries -- Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all have strong appeal to this group -- and would like to settle on one candidate.

Getting beyond Obamacare | National Review Online — Obamacare took a beating in the elections, but it is pretty safe from legislative attack over the next two years. Republicans should spend those years making it less safe during the next presidency. Many, many Republicans who oppose Obamacare won their elections. And they ran on that opposition: No issue featured in more Republican ads.

Ramesh Ponnuru: Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics — Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told The Wall Street Journal 's CEO Council recently that if he runs for president in 2016, he'll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he's willing to risk losing the primaries in consequence.

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics — Ramesh Ponnuru: Bush will have a hard time dealing with the perception that most Americans don't like the GOP's economic policies.

Do Statistics Really Lie About Discrimination? — Ezra Klein, the liberal journalist, is suspicious of statistical controls -- too suspicious. He thinks they obscure the magnitude of certain social problems. But statistical controls remain one of the best methods we have to illuminate the causes of social phenomena and possible responses to them.

Ponnuru: Jeb Bush's biggest problem for 2016? Economics — Yet even if Romney had gotten the same share of Hispanics as George W. Bush in 2004 - about 40 percent - he still wouldn't have won the election. The party's most serious disadvantage in recent presidential contests is that voters don't think its agenda would promote the economic interests of most Americans.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @jameshohmann: I got ahold of the DNC talking points for Sunday show surrogates about how to best attack Jeb Bush. Here's my story:….

Dec 19, 2014

I am delighted that the president is unfamiliar with at least one celebrity. #Flacco

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BenjySarlin: While you're watching this righteous outburst from Paul, bear in mind no one knew his position on the Cuba embargo until....this week

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