Baseball Crank
"It gets late early around here." - Yogi Berra
January 29, 2016
POLITICS: Last Night's Debate Underlines Why Congress Is a Problem for the "Establishment" Republicans

NRO: Last Night's Debate Underlines Why Congress Is a Problem for the "Establishment" Republicans

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:35 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
January 17, 2016
POLITICS: Trumpian Motion

RS: Donald Trump Floats A Pro-Abortion Vice President

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:13 AM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
January 14, 2016
POLITICS: Rubio, Cruz, Trump

RS: Marco Rubio Is Now Getting Attacked Unfairly For Killing Charlie Crist's Climate Scheme

RS: Ted Cruz Leading Tight Iowa Race In New Gold Standard Poll

RS: The Case For Marco Rubio, Part I: Experience

RS: How A Donald Trump Nomination Would Make The GOP Consultant Class Very Rich

RS: Do Liberals Know The History Of Their Own Ideas?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:46 AM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
January 13, 2016
POLITICS: Marco Rubio Is Now Getting Attacked Unfairly For Killing Charlie Crist's Climate Scheme

Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist

In 2007, Florida’s newly-elected “Republican” Governor Charlie Crist announced, with much fanfare, a costly “cap and trade” plan to regulate carbon emissions by Florida electric power plants. In the Spring 2008 legislative session, Crist pushed the Florida legislature to adopt his mandates into law. During the months-long public debate on the plan, Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio called for free-market approaches to “clean energy” and decried European-style mandates. Instead of Crist’s plan, the legislature at Rubio’s insistence passed a bill (which Crist reluctantly signed) that instructed the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop a potential plan, which would then go back to the Legislature no sooner than 2010 to put it up for a vote before Crist (who was then projected to be up for re-election in 2010) could actually do anything. The delaying tactic worked: the mandates were never passed into law, Crist ultimately ran away from them while running for Senate in 2009, in large part due to Rubio’s (successful) primary campaign, and by 2013 the whole scheme had been repealed. None of these facts are reasonably in dispute – yet Crist in 2009 ran with a wholly disingenuous attack claiming that Rubio had supported cap-and-trade, and some of Rubio’s critics in this race are recycling that attack. Charlie Crist’s sloppy seconds should be no less nasty this time.

Let’s go blow-by-blow here to get the context.

Read More »


Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:00 PM | Politics 2016
January 12, 2016
POLITICS: The Case For Marco Rubio, Part I: Experience

RS: The Case For Marco Rubio, Part I: Experience

House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-Coral Gables, points to his official portrait that will hang in the House chamber, Friday, May 2, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla.  Rubio is in his final session as House Speaker.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

The two main goals of the primary process - whether in a presidential or other race - are to choose the best candidate to do the job, and the candidate with the best chance of winning the job. Less than three weeks from the Iowa Caucus and less than a month from the New Hampshire Primary, we have reached a time for choosing. That choice involves a careful and serious weighing of those two objectives. Unlike in past years, the GOP's conservative and moderate wings are both still divided, although the options are narrowing. With my first choice (Bobby Jindal) out of the race, I believe the choice for conservatives comes down to Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz - and the best candidate remaining, on balance, is Rubio. Today, I will begin a series of posts explaining why, beginning with the question of Rubio's experience. Subsequent chapters will focus on Rubio’s salesmanship, his conservatism, and his "electability."

Read More »


Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:07 PM | Politics 2016
January 4, 2016
POLITICS: End of 2015

My last two essays of 2015 were just before Christmas:

RS: Against Despair: A Christmas Credo for Republicans

RS: What Would a Rubio Win Look Like?

On to 2016.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:47 PM | Politics 2015 • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere