James Pethokoukis

Palin explained, kind of …

July 4, 2009

I think this hunk by Mark Halperin on Sarah Palin’s resignation is pretty good:

Is Obama blowing it?

June 30, 2009

Some liberals think so, says Ezra Klein:

Late last week, I was summoned to a windowed meeting room overlooking the White House to sit with members of one of Washington’s nimbler, smarter think tanks. The assembled thinkers tried to convince me that Barack Obama was missing a historic opportunity: The legislation that was traveling under his name was increasingly unlikely to bind the middle class to his presidency or party. Cap-and-trade was a mess. Health reform was going to fail on cost control. And what of jobs? Obama, they said, had to take a firmer hand with the Congress. His hands-off approach was a fiasco. Leadership matters. It’s important. It’s needed.

If economy improves, does GOP have a plan B?

June 8, 2009

Over at NRO, my pal Ramesh Ponnuru looks at all the green shoots and mustards seeds and wonders the following: