Stories by Noah Kristula-Green

Noah Kristula-Green is the Managing Editor and a Contributor to FrumForum. He was formerly a Web Intern at The New Republic. He lives in Washington DC, grew up in Tokyo, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from The University of Chicago. His email is noahkgreen [at] & you can follow him on Twitter: @noahkgreen

Who is Getting Into These Debates?

September 14th, 2011 at 1:03 am 142 Comments

One unexpected story that has emerged from the two most recent GOP debates has been the behavior of the audience. They cheered when Rick Perry’s record on executions was announced and Ron Paul got shouts of support when he was asked if a person who couldn’t afford healthcare should be left to die.


Why Americans Don’t Trust Anything

September 13th, 2011 at 3:50 pm 46 Comments

Jim Geraghty writes about how Americans have lost faith in their institutions over a 15 year period:

Think back to about fourteen or fifteen years ago, and everything you thought you knew at that moment.

You knew no president would be so reckless that he would get caught having sex with an intern in the Oval Office.

You may have worried about your kid’s safety at school, but you knew two alienated teenagers couldn’t turn their rage into a massacre.

You “knew” that the winner of the presidential election was the candidate who got the most votes.

You knew absentee ballots get counted, whether or not the race was close or not. You knew a vote was a vote, and “dimpled chad” was the kid in your child’s kindergarten class photo.

When you looked out at the New York City skyline, you knew it would look the same the next day.


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Free Minds, Free Markets, Free Booze?

September 12th, 2011 at 5:44 pm 12 Comments

A colleague sends over this video of a man in Montana being stopped for a DUI. He responds by proclaiming his fealty to the Constitution and Ron Paul:

The video is amusing, and to be sure, one intoxicated man doesn’t necessarily represent an entire movement. However, there still some truth about Ron Paul’s fans we can gleam from this.


Perry Trusts Scientists, if They Help Him Win

September 9th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 20 Comments

Rick Perry may think his opinions on climate change makes him a modern day Galileo, but there is one field where he is willing to concede ground to the experts: the political science of how to run a campaign.

Political scientists who study elections are interested to measuring the effectiveness of campaign tactics and strategies quantitatively. They ask questions like: “does it make a difference how a candidate spends his money?” or “how many votes did a candidate gain by using this campaign method?”


The Shameless Profiting from the MLK Memorial

September 8th, 2011 at 12:13 pm 61 Comments

If you don’t agree that the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial has problems because the statue looks like a monument to Kim il-Sung, then maybe you will find this argument from The Root more convincing.

It turns out that MLK’s family has a history of extracting large royalties from any attempt to use MLK’s image. It also seems that the family’s request for payment for a memorial on the National Mall is unprecedented. According to the article, “[T]he National Park Service said that, to its knowledge, no one had ever before charged such a fee.”

The builders of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial at the National Mall had to pay $761,160 for the right to use King’s words and images, according to financial documents obtained by the Associated Press. The money went to Intellectual Properties Management Inc. — a foundation controlled by King’s youngest son, Dexter. Another $71,000 was paid out in a “management fee” to the family estate back in 2003.


Perry Comes Unprepared to the GOP Debate

September 7th, 2011 at 6:37 pm 58 Comments


What if it’s Perry?

September 6th, 2011 at 12:15 am 192 Comments

On Election Night 2012, I expect that Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry will turn into President-Elect Rick Perry. My inbox will fill up with emails from both enemies and frenemies declaring: “FrumForum Lost! Your cause is doomed and you have failed!”


Huntsman Goes All in For Ryan

September 1st, 2011 at 12:50 am 15 Comments

While watching Jon Huntsman give his remarks on his jobs plan, I paid attention to how his speech described the existential threat of US debt.

Huntsman made clear he supports a Balanced Budget Amendment because “our debt is immoral and should be unconstitutional.” During a question-and-answer session, he added that the debt had to be controlled or it was going to “metastasize and kill this country.”


Huntsman’s Great (Pre-Recession) Jobs Record

August 31st, 2011 at 2:23 pm 15 Comments

Jon Huntsman has unveiled his jobs plan and it is accompanied by an impressive web video touting Huntsman’s success in job creation. The video argues that Huntsman not only has a good jobs plan, but that his record as governor is also worth running on. The video says that Utah is the “#1 State in Job Creation”.

But wait! I thought it was Rick Perry who had the best job creation talking point? What happened to the idea that the place to find job creation was in Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle”?


Perry’s Land Deals: He Discloses, You Decide

August 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm 17 Comments

What does the law say about Gov. Perry’s land transactions? Simple: they are clearly legal.

As long as the profits from the sales were not contingent on Perry doing a specific favor for whomever he sold the land to, Perry has nothing to fear from the law.