Collecting some links for your amusement:
- James Fallows has a fascinating perspective on the Obama presidency by crafting a “historical” review from the perspective of the now.
- Iconoclast’s Squaretable riffs on the philosophical underpinnings of a question I raised while blogging Mitt’s CPAC speech: Is Burke really the hallmark of modern conservatives? Based on this treatment it seems as if Mitt is the one inspired by Burke. A consummate compromiser who is not concerned about the poor because they have a safety net — noblesse oblige, indeed.
- Back-patting time: As I said, the GOP only had two — politically problematic — possible reactions to the administrations accommodation to the contraception controversy. First, admit that they never cared about the “Catholic Church” and really want a rule that allows ANY EMPLOYER to strip women of coverage for contraception. Or second, make the convoluted (but true) argument that the accommodation will result in an accounting pass-through, with insurance companies paying for contraceptives and indirectly passing on the cost as higher premiums. Will these arguments prove non-starters as I predict? We’ll know by the end of the week.
- The Arab League has seemingly worked out a deal for intervention in Syria that will overcome the previous Russian (and consequently Chinese) veto.