Steve Schmidt, campaign manager for John McCain had this to say on last night’s Hugh Hewitt show talking about the 2012 Presidential campaign:

If I had to bet money on it, if I had to bet money on it today, you’d have to say that the people that I think look very good, very strong right now are Governor Romney, Governor Huntsman. I think Newt Gingrich, should he run, is going to be a very formidable, very formidable candidate. But the history of the Republican Party nominating process is that it almost always goes to someone who’s been around the track once before. And in that instance, in this instance, it would be Governor Romney. I thought he was a very scary opponent looking from the other side of the table in that he was almost like a learning organism at the end. He just kept getting better week by week by week, and kept becoming stronger. And I think these national campaigns are very unique, and I think most people learn a great deal with they go through them. And I think one of the reasons that President Bush was able to make it through the process the first time, unlike most people on the Republican side, is because he had been up close and personal through a couple of national races. And I think Mitt Romney is a candidate, is a far stronger candidate, prospectively, for the ’12 race because of his experience in ’08 than he was heading into the ’08 race.

Bad Trade: CO2 Cap by Eric Fehrnstrom

From Romney’s Free and Strong America blog:

Bad Trade: CO2 Cap by Eric Fehrnstrom

As President Barack Obama pushes for a national cap-and-trade system, results are starting to come in from the nation’s first mandatory program to limit carbon emissions and they foreshadow higher electricity prices for all.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), got under way on Jan. 1 and covers power plant operators in Massachusetts and nine other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. RGGI caps carbon emissions at current levels through 2014, and then reduces them 10 percent by 2018.

At the center of it is the concept of selling to power plants the right to discharge CO2 into the air, something they previously did for free, turning it into a lucrative revenue source for government.

The “cost to pollute” is expressed as the price to emit a ton of carbon. The first auction of permits was held last September, when the price was set at $3.07 per ton, more than 50 percent higher than the $2 predicted by the University of New Hampshire.

The price increased to $3.38 in a second auction in December. It went up to $3.51 in a third auction in March.

Through this nifty scheme, states so far have pocketed $262 million from the power-producing sector, which can only come from one place: electricity users. Auctions are held quarterly, and the per-ton price will rise as the carbon caps are lowered over time and speculators get in on the game.

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Romney this week in National Review

Romney this week in National Review

At last week’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama acquiesced to a 50-minute attack on America as terroristic, expansionist, and interventionist from Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. His response to Ortega’s denunciation of our effort to free Cuba from Castro’s dictatorship was that he shouldn’t be blamed “for things that happened when I was three months old.” Blamed? Hundreds of men, including Americans, bravely fought and died for Cuba’s freedom, heeding the call from newly elected president John F. Kennedy. But last week, even as American soldiers sacrificed blood in Afghanistan and Iraq to defend liberty, President Obama shrank from defending liberty here in the Americas.

Obama passed on stupid urban legends that exaggerated racial problems.

Obama is Wrong:

Reasons to agree:
  1. “I don’t want to wake up four years from now and discover that we still have more young black men in prison than in college.” ~ Barack Obama, fund-raiser in Harlem, NY, Nov. 29, 2007.

    “Simply untrue, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There may be a case for arguing, as some Obama supporters have done, that the total number of black prisoners is slightly higher than the total number of black students. But I can only fact check the comparison the candidate actually made, which was between young black men in prison and in college. Rather than acknowledge the error, the Obama campaign declined to provide statistical support.” Source: GovWatch on 2008 Pinocchio Awards for Biggest Fib of 2007 Jan 1, 2008. As GovWatch points out, there are more black men in prison (age 18 to 100 years old) than there are “young  black men” in college. However Obama said there were more young black men in prison than in college, which is far from true.

Obama is right on Merit Pay

Reasons to agree:

  1. We should reward good behavior and punish bad behavior
  2. ” Teachers are extraordinarily frustrated about how their performance is assessed. And not just their own performance, but the school’s performance generally. So they’re teaching to the tests all the time. What I have said is that we should be able to get buy-in from teachers in terms of how to measure progress. Every teacher I think wants to succeed. And if we give them a pathway to professional development, where we’re creating master teachers, they are helping with apprenticeships for young new teachers, they are involved in a variety of other activities, that are really adding value to the schools, then we should be able to give them more money for it. But we should only do it if the teachers themselves have some buy-in in terms of how they’re measured. They can’t be judged simply on standardized tests that don’t take into account whether children are prepared before they get to school or not.” ~ Barack Obama, 2007 Democratic primary debate on “This Week” Aug 19, 2007


Q: As president, can you name a hot-button issue where you would be willing to buck the Democratic Party line & say, “You know what? Republicans have a better idea here?”

A: I think that on issues of education, I’ve been very clear about the fact–and sometimes I’ve gotten in trouble with the teachers’ union on this–that we should be experimenting with charter schools. We should be experimenting with different ways of compensating teachers.

Q: You mean merit pay?

A: Well, merit pay, the way it’s been designed, I think, is based on just a single standardized test–I think is a big mistake, because the way we measure performance may be skewed by whether or not the kids are coming into school already 3 years or 4 years behind. But I think that having assessment tools and then saying, “You know what? Teachers who are on career paths to become better teachers, developing themselves professionally–that we should pay excellence more.” I think that’s a good idea.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview: presidential series Apr 27, 2008