Are Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul all part of Frankenstein’s monster? [AM Briefing]

If you could take a little from each of the GOP candidates, you could have a perfect candidate. Or... “Of course, you could just as easily have a Frankenstein’s monster with Gingrich’s verbal pomposity, Santorum’s resentful and dour sanctimony, Paul’s conspiratorial nuttiness and the full suite of Romney’s Stepford Republican qualities. It calls to mind Homer Simpson’s scheme to forcibly mate his pets in a burlap sack so as to create ‘a miracle hybrid, with the loyalty of a cat and the cleanliness of a dog,’” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (LA Times)

Victor Davis Hanson: Otherwise insignificant nations and failed states gain credibility by shorting their own people to divert billions of dollars to acquiring a bomb. Take away that fact from Pakistan, and the United States would probably have reduced aid to such a de facto belligerent long ago. Without the ongoing appearance of possessing nukes, North Korea would probably earn about as much foreign aid as Chad or Niger. What makes France a world player, in a way that the much larger and richer Germany is not, is not just the burdens of German guilt, but also the fact of a nuclear France. The bomb sometimes achieves what even GDP, population, strategic location, or natural resources cannot. (National Review)

Hudson’s Bruce Cole doesn’t want Frank Gehry anywhere near President Eisenhower. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: Should the government restrict where drones can fly and film, to protect people’s privacy? Or should we all assume that if we are outdoors or near a window, we have no privacy? (New York Times)

The Phony-Drug war. (National Review)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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