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Forum: Diavlog comments 04-15-2010, 11:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 19,833
Posted By Bob M
Re: The Candidate (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

I appreciate the role Mickey has played over the years in attacking some of the excesses of interest group liberalism. If I lived in California, I might even vote for him out of a weird sort of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2008, 12:49 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 25,766
Posted By Bob M
Re: Bob's comments monovlog

I don't disagree with Bob's point that here
http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/15204?in=07:54&out=09:29
that gratuitously offending somebody is not a good way to persuade him or her. But I guess it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2008, 11:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 32,949
Posted By Bob M
Re: Santa Ana Winds Edition

A few points:

1. My understanding is that Fannie Mae did NOT make bad loans that helped lead to the financial crisis. In fact, I believe they were legally prevented from making the types of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-12-2008, 10:58 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 42,854
Posted By Bob M
Re: S.P.O.D. (Sarah Palin Obsession Disorder)

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/14332?in=22:29&out=23:16

Sorry Jackie, but isn't this similar to saying that you can see Russia from Alaska?
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-12-2008, 10:53 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 42,854
Posted By Bob M
Will suburban moms buy what Palin's selling?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/215898.php

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-09-10-rape-exams_N.htm

Not when they find out that as Mayor she charged rape victims for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2008, 01:01 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: Big mistake, Gary

I think we are largely in agreement, but I don't think the media wants to give the election to one side or another. I just think that the major networks prefer to cover the horse race and the daily...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2008, 12:53 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: Big mistake, Gary

I believe that Kerry won the Iowa Caucus because, at the last minute, most Iowans decided not to support Dean, and Kerry's war record made him seem like the most electable alternative.

The...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2008, 12:33 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: Big mistake, Gary

I think Obama's response was effective. He called them out for bringing up trivial nonsense and said that we need to focus on the important issues. And I am hopeful that playing the victim will...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-10-2008, 11:58 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: Big mistake, Gary

John Kerry's campaign was largely based on his credentials as a war hero. The swift boat attacks were a direct attack on his character. Not responding to that attack is much different than being...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-10-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: What Would Gary Do?

I get the sense that Bob Wright might be unaware that Gary Hart was a groomsman at John McCain's wedding.

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/14301?in=27:57&out=29:26

See this Arizona Republic...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-10-2008, 10:30 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 55,265
Posted By Bob M
Re: What Would Gary Do?

I think Gary Hart is saying something similar to what I have been thinking when he says that Obama should make "the problem bigger" - that is that Obama should provide a "narrative" or a governing...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-11-2008, 12:48 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 70,256
Posted By Bob M
Re: Participation Inequality in online communities

Jakob Nielson's insight is no discovery at all either. It is simply an extension of Vilfredo Pareto's observation in 1906 that 20% of the Italian population owned 80% of the wealth. This type of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-12-2008, 11:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 22,701
Posted By Bob M
Re: Special Endgame Edition

Jon Chait is a smart guy and generally good on economics; so I was surprised to hear him mis-characterize Pareto optimality here: http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/10975?in=00:37:33.

A Pareto...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2008, 09:08 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 144,809
Posted By Bob M
Re: The Lecture

Yes, I agree with you on this. I think Bob Wright has made this point better in the past than Jon Alter does here
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2008, 02:40 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 144,809
Posted By Bob M
Re: The Lecture

I thought this was a pretty good episode of bloggingheads. Here are a few thoughts:

Mickey’s Contrarianism – I thought that one of whole merits of the blogosphere was that it brings the benefits...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-02-2008, 12:28 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 34,819
Posted By Bob M
Re: Barack vs. Jeremiah

Glenn Loury seems to have such a rare ability to speak honestly, passionately and intelligently and he seems so emotionally honest and upfront that I wonder if he is not as tolerant of the brilliant...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-30-2008, 01:17 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 30,533
Posted By Bob M
Re: Social Science and the City

I am a liberal who believes in personal responsibility and acknowledges the conservative critique that liberals have been and often still are insufficiently attentive to unintended consequences and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-30-2008, 04:55 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 30,533
Posted By Bob M
Re: Social Science and the City

The econometric evidence (see Steven Levitt and others) does suugest that incarceration has been effective at reducing crime. Whether incarcerating the number of people that we do in this country is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-20-2008, 12:09 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 72,683
Posted By Bob M
Re: Pastors and Hookers Edition

Maybe this has been addressed elsewhere, but what is the cost-benefit for Obama of this free publicity that he is a worshipping Christian versus the association with the seemingly extreme views of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-19-2008, 11:44 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 72,683
Posted By Bob M
Re: Pastors and Hookers Edition

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/9562?in=00:16:47

I agree Iraq and immigration are the biggest cleavages among Republican voters, but weren't Iraq, Social Security, and Katrina the biggest...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-07-2008, 11:19 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 71,148
Posted By Bob M
Windsurfing

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/8605?in=00:57:50

Maybe he should do it in earth tones
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-05-2008, 02:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,528
Posted By Bob M
Re: 'I didn't realize there was a distinction made in that'

I have been appalled by the coverage of Senator Clinton's campaign by Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd, and others, and I do think that through the media echo-chamber (blogs, SNL, the Daily Show, etc.)...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 12:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,005
Posted By Bob M
Re: Econ 101 - aid to local gov't

Mickey says that aid to local governments may not be effective because the aid may not go to public works. That is besides the point.

I believe Krugman's point is that the requirement of most...
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