Ramesh Ponnuru

Romney? Again? Please Stop

This week, Mitt Romney said there was a “one of a million” chance he’d run again for president in 2016. Political journalism being what it is, his comments were taken to mean that he was “opening the door” to another campaign. Never mind that Romney was quoting a part of the movie “Dumb and Dumber”… Read more »

Republicans Misread Their ‘Gender Gap’ Problem

Polling turns out to be a business in which generating data that confirm the thuddingly obvious can get you both money and news media attention. Politico tried hard to make its story on a new poll sound exciting, choosing the headline, “Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past.’” Did we really need an… Read more »

Palestinian Civilians Aren’t the Bad Guys

Israel is a democratic state that is trying to respect human rights while defending itself against an adversary, Hamas, that does not. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, is obviously right to say that the killing of Palestinian children is something Hamas desires as part of its strategy. My sympathies are therefore entirely with Israel, and… Read more »

Inflation Cranks Keep Cranking

“I don’t think you have until 2012 before this gets out of control and there’s hyperinflation. It could go past that to 2014, but we’re seeing all sorts of things happening now that are accelerating the inflation process.” Thus spoke economist John Williams in May 2011. The Consumer Price Index rose 1.6 percent in 2012… Read more »

Buffett, Gates and Adelson Don’t Get Immigration

A trio of billionaires — Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates — say they want to “End the Immigration Impasse,” to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article. The article will do nothing to end that impasse, however, because the authors show no understanding of why it exists in the… Read more »