He certainly is going strong. “Although coming up on his 78th birthday, [Sen. John] McCain’s faculties haven’t dimmed a bit, witness his continuing status as the Sunday talk shows’ favorite guest. Nor has his energy flagged. He continues to maintain a schedule that would bury mere mortals. Most importantly, McCain has never been more influential or consequential than he is today. And that’s particularly true on foreign policy, what McCain cares about most.”
Have a kid going off to college? A must-read: “In the pursuit of what they perceive to be racial justice, [economist and political scientist Tim] Groseclose argues, university administrators and professors cultivate duplicity and thwart the free exchange of ideas. He focuses on UCLA’s concerted effort beginning in 2006, in defiance of California state law, to significantly increase the number of black undergraduates by taking race into account in admissions decisions while assiduously denying that it was doing so. As Groseclose notes, there is no good reason to suppose that this tale of institutional duplicity is restricted to UCLA.”
Going from bad to worse for the new guy. “Josh Earnest once again faced some tough questioning from reporters on his second day as White House press secretary Tuesday, this time about missing emails tied to the IRS targeting scandal. CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted Earnest about the lack of evidence, which to him sounded like ‘the dog ate my homework’ excuse. ‘On the face of it, it doesn’t sound credible,’ Acosta said.”
Going to court for poor kids. “Campbell Brown is working with six parents to challenge New York teacher tenure laws, in a lawsuit that will be similar to the landmark lawsuit recently won by students in California. The six parents will testify that New York laws preventing schools from firing teachers have harmed their families.
It’s going downhill when your own party bashes your key witness. “Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has done ‘a terrible job communicating’ in the investigation into former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails. ‘Obviously, I think he is doing a terrible job communicating, and obviously, they made huge mistakes as far as how they’ve retained records and whether or not they’ve been upfront and whether or not those records were available. . . .This guy did a terrible job being arrogant yesterday. We all think of the IRS as being arrogant, and he kind of confirmed that,’ she added about his performance at a hearing Monday evening before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”
Going back to similar themes George McGovern sounded, President Obama is calling for the U.S. to retreat and for the military to be shrunk. “Doing less in the world, turning instead to ‘nation-building at home,’ is and always will be tempting. Problems developing far away seem far away. Then comes Pearl Harbor or 9/11. But we do not need attacks on America to understand that the world is not a better place with less American power and less American leadership. In southeast Asia the boat people showed us that as soon as our war in Vietnam ended. In the Middle East we are seeing again how things can fall apart, and how dangerous that chaos can quickly become. ‘War rarely conforms to slogans’ is a nice slogan, as is ‘nation-building right here at home.’ But there is only one possible leader for the people and the nations that seek peace and freedom, and we are it. When we step back, others step forward. The president said at West Point that ‘by most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world.’ That is not what people in fear of Iranian hegemony or jihadi violence or Chinese expansionism or Russian irredentism feel today. It is striking to see a president, who prides himself on having spent many years abroad and on understanding the world, incapable now of seeing the world as others -– friend and enemy –- see it.” Read the whole thing.
Going step-by-step, John Steele Gordon explains simple economics to the left, or at least to one New York Times reporter complaining that Wal-Mart should pay its employees more. “So if Walmart can hire a satisfactory employee at a given wage, why should it insist on paying more? For one thing, it would violate its fiduciary duty to the stockholders. For another, it would have to raise the prices its hundreds of millions of customers pay.” Who knew math was required?