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Hey, the Red Sox Were Down Three Games To One, Too


Bobby Jindal (R) received more than the 50% needed on Saturday to avoid a run off in Louisiana’s free-for-all election, becoming the nation’s first Indian-American governor. Sure, his victory was Katrina-related, but one can’t help but notice that last week – which included the GOP’s narrow congressional loss in blue Massachusetts — wasn’t a bad one at the ballot box for the Republican Party. Are things not THAT bad for the GOP?

Last year I underestimated GOP losses (I figured the House and Senate would be nearly 50-50), partially because I instinctively discounted the media hype that every race was breaking in favor of the Democrats. Why did I do that? Because they were blindsided by the election results in 2004. Just as they were blindsided by the election results in 2002. And they were blindsided by the election results of 1994.
Broken clocks are right twice a day, so the media’s expectations of Democratic victories will be right sometimes. But I’d ask gloomy Republicans what the generic ballot edge that Democrats have right now ended up being worth to Jindal’s rivals. That and $1.80 or whatever will get them a cup of coffee at Starbucks this morning.

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March Mailbag

1. In response to this post, about the Fed and fiscal stimulus: “So are you saying that deficit spending is a free lunch because the Fed will keep inflation from happening? You say [extra government spending] won’t ‘raise economic output’ but what’s the harm of it if you’re right?” I see at least ... Read More


For your amusement, I hope, I’ve done a Jaywalking episode. It begins with a bit of the overture to Semiramide -- a Rossini opera I reviewed from the Met last week. Then I get into Russia and, after a while, China. The Marriott company fired an employee for “liking” a tweet by a Tibetan independence group. ... Read More

Campaigns for World Down Syndrome Day Go Viral

As World Down Syndrome Day approaches on Wednesday, several campaigns supporting those with the condition have taken over the Internet. Fifty mothers of children with the condition put together a viral video of them and their children singing along in the car. The video helped the children and their mothers ... Read More

Viva l’Italia?

Italy has just had elections, with very interesting results. I wanted to talk with Alberto Mingardi, which I have. He is one of the leading classical liberals in Italy -- the director general of the Bruno Leoni Institute, in Milan. (Mingardi himself is Milanese.) He is also an authority in arts and letters. In ... Read More