The Corner

Pence, romney, and pumpkin ravioli

John, first, don’t make my mouth water. I love pumpkin dishes of all kinds–pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cheesecake, you name it–so this is a great time of year. But I don’t think the Pence/Romney comparison is fair. It was always obvious, I thought, that Pence-as-minority-leader was going nowhere. It’s by no means obvious that Romney is going nowhere, in fact he projects as a pretty strong candidate. And that matters. It’s a mistake simply to brandish poll numbers at this stage of the game. What were Clinton’s numbers early on? What were Kerry’s numbers in Iowa a month before the caucuses? (His numbers in New Hampshire, of course, were in the toilet.) If I were Romney at this point, I’d be very pleased with 9 percent. It’s a respectable showing for a newcomer, he’s gaining in the inside game, and there’s a long, long way to go.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

Most Popular


Is Journalism School Worth It?

Clarence Darrow dropped out of law school after just a year, figuring that he would learn what he needed to know about legal practice faster if he were actually doing it than sitting in classrooms. (Today, that wouldn't be possible, thanks to licensing requirements.) The same thing is true in other fields -- ... Read More

Wednesday Links

Today is ANZAC Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli: Here's some history, a documentary, and a Lego re-enactment. How DNA Can Lead to Wrongful Convictions: Labs today can identify people with DNA from just a handful of cells, but a handful of cells can easily migrate. The 19th-century art of ... Read More

Microscopic Dots. Let’s Look at Them.

Stuart E. Eizenstat has written a big book on the Carter presidency. (Eizenstat was Carter’s chief domestic-policy adviser. He also had a substantial hand in foreign affairs.) I have reviewed the book for the forthcoming NR. Eizenstat tells the story of a meeting between President Carter and Andrei Gromyko, the ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Alfie and Haleigh and Charlie and Jahi

When British hospital officials tried to pull the plug on 23-month-old toddler Alfie Evans on Monday night in arrogant defiance of his parents' wishes, many Americans took to Twitter to count their blessings that they live in a country that would not allow such tyranny. "Stories like Alfie Evans make me ... Read More