Archive for January, 2012

The Palmetto Payoff

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In the 19th century, sailing ships plying the lucrative China trade out of Baltimore had a harsh but economic way of dealing with crew at the end of a two-year voyage. With the homeport in sight, the captain would use the heavy boom to knock a crewman into the water, thereby banking his pay. [...]

Forgive Me

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I just watched the Republican Presidential debate from South Carolina. I just watched the remaining four candidates argue about everything from abortion to immigration to taxes to tax returns. It left me with one puzzling question:
Who are these simpletons who cheer wildly at every cheap, [...]

A Class Act

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Jon Huntsman withdrew from the Republican Presidential sweepstakes today in the same classy fashion that he conducted it.
He acknowledged the reality of his single-digit standing the the polls in South Carolina, endorsed his fellow Mormon Mitt Romney as the candidate with the best chance of challenging Barak Obama, and preserved his option to run again [...]

A Ticket to Ride?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Jon Huntsman’s third-place finish in New Hampshire, with 17 per cent of the vote, is being characterized by reporters this morning as “disappointing” and “unremarkable.”
I don’t agree.
I think he accomplished a lot in New Hampshire. He climbed into double digits, broadened his appeal, demonstrated surprising support (42 per cent) among those voters who [...]