The Corner

Re: Spin Room

While I think Fred did okay, I would say he only did okay, and that’s not enough. He did not have the sort of performance he needs.  He seemed uninterested, almost annoyed, at the whole thing, and while he had a few good quips, he missed opportunities to highlight some of the differences he has with the others and reestablish himself as the one truly consistent conservative in the race.

I think Romney’s performance was both quite strong, but I think he also showed some of his more serious vulnerabilities.  At his best, he was persuasive and presidential.  At other times, however — such as when he was piled on — he got a bit defensive and off-balance in a way that made him seem less sincere.

Huckabee gave a decent performance.  Most notable to me was the fact that he stressed a completely different set of themes than he did in Iowa.  This was no accident, to be sure, but it’s hard to square tonight’s Huck of limited government and the 10th Amendment with the Huck who wants a national smoking ban and greater government involvement in picking winners and losers in the marketplace.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Most Popular

Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his editor, I’m going to have to keep this short. I’ve spent most of every day this week in a studio recording the audiobook version of my dead-tree/pixel ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Religion

Billy Graham: Neither Prophet nor Theologian

Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian. Neither was he a prophet. Jesus said "a prophet hath no honor in his own country." Prophets take adversarial ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More