Paul Krugman in The New York Times on protecting partisan politics Some endorse Romney because they believe he can work with Democrats better than Obama can work with Republicans. But this argument mostly "just takes it for granted that Democrats would be more reasonable." Republicans are the ones not willing to work with Obama, not the other way around, so endorsing Romney for alleged centrism "veers dangerously close to accepting protection-racket politics, which have no place in American life."
Charles Krauthammer in The Washington Post on ideological ascendancy A party doesn't fully enact is ideology until the next party in power accepts its terms. Nixon expanded LBJ's liberalism, and then Reagan conservatism was confirmed when Clinton said big government was over. "Obama’s intention has always been to re-normalize, to reverse ideological course, to be the anti-Reagan—the author of a new liberal ascendancy." If Obama wins, he will continue that course.
Haley Barbour in The Washington Post on politics and disaster relief The former Republican governor of Mississippi, including during Katrina, writes that people shouldn't have been surprised when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's praised Obama's Sandy relief. Politics don't matter in disaster time, especially when states need help. "Republicans worried that Christie saying anything favorable about Obama is politically disloyal need to remember that a governor’s first responsibility is to his or her state and its people."
Thomas K. McCraw in The New York Times on how immigrants innovate Another issue Obama and Romney have ignored: immigration reform. "Understanding how immigrants have fueled innovation through history is critical to making sure they continue to drive prosperity in the future." Immigrant innovators include people from Alexander Hamilton to Andrew Carnegie. They don't have the same lifelong social ties as native-born Americans and "are in some ways better prepared to play the innovator’s role." But an overly complex immigration system can hamper their efforts to be citizens.
Carl Pope in Bloomberg View on the economics and politics of green Polarization around the environment is "about the struggle between America’s economic past and its future." Past Republicans were uneasy about supporting the oil industry, and Obama's "war on coal" was actually a continuation of a Bush pledge. There is support for clean energy, and the government needs "stop cosseting economic incumbents and give innovators a fair chance." Romney's tone is a shift toward the past of energy economics instead of the future.
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