National Review 2012 Cruise — Day 1

| November 12, 2012

Our port o’ call at Half Moon Cay (Bahamas) was cancelled due to strong winds and heavy swells (tenders are used to transport passengers to and from the island), so we spent the whole day at sea (with some strong swells, which seem to have died down in the last hour or so).

Two sessions today. The first had Jim Geraghty interviewing Scott Rasmussen and Ralph Reed — Jim’s opening question was, “What the hell happened?” Bottom line (as per Ralph Reed): “we cannot lose 80% of the minority vote and win a national election.” Rasmussen was quite blunt: “the Republican brand is damaged”; he also pointed out that the Republicaan primary slate turned off a lot of independent voters before the nominee was ever chosen.

The second session was on the state of the economy; Kevin Williamson moderated, with Kevin Hassett, Alan Reynolds, and Andrew Stuttaford. Bottom line: yeah, we’re in deep trouble, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

The best session is going on right now: Roman Genn, James Lileks, Peter Robinson, Jonah Goldberg, and Rob Long in the traditional Night Owl comedy session.


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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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