Is Mitt Romney A Sketchy Candidate?

All along, the question about Mitt Romney has not been whether he can win the presidency—he has a better chance than any other Republican contender, no ifs, ands or buts—but whether his own party will let him. Illinois seemed to suggest that it would. It was a resounding victory.

Dowd's Awkward Clang

General John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testified Tuesday in front of the House Armed Services Committee. The circumstances were deeply somber. In the wake of the bloody Koran-burning riots, the deaths of U.S. servicemen at the hands of their Afghan counterparts and the tragic massacre of sixteen Afghan civilians, Allen was tasked with reporting on the state of the mission. But even the crushing weight of this situation wasn’t enough for the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd to forgo her characteristically flippant tone.

The Consequences of Communal Preferences

If you want a large laboratory to study what works and what doesn't in dealing with the competing claims of ethnic, racial, religious or other communities defined in terms of mostly permanent ascriptive characteristics, look to India. It has castes among its majority Hindus. It has religious division between the Hindus and others, primarily Muslims.