Back when we got basic information from encyclopedias instead of Wikipedia, politicians were at the mercy of the encyclopedia-writers' particular biases. Take the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Apparently controlled by smug British nationalists, it described the important Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell as "not over-scrupulous," "repellent," "powerful for evil," and, owing to the "mental affliction of his ancestors," probably possessing a "mental equilibrium [that] was not always stable." Wikipedia was supposed to fix this problem.
In certain towns in Scotland, there exist museums filled with relics of the rebel Bonnie Prince Charlie--pieces of his tartan, portraits, goblets, scraps of things he once touched, and rings inscribed with king charles iii, as if he really had become King of England instead of dying in exile in Rome.Unbeknownst to most local tour guides, a similar kind of museum exists in Washington. It's tucked away on the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building: the museum to the not-quite-presidency of Lamar Alexander.
The scene at the November 15, 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas was thick with the usual suspects—the candidates, the flacks, Wolf Blitzer, Dennis Kucinich's Amazonian wife. But there was someone who seemed out of place, a ghost of campaigns past: Howard Dean. The 2004 presidential candidate turned Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman had been strangely absent all fall, not just a ghost of an earlier campaign but seemingly the ghost of his former self. Among campaign junkies, suddenly glimpsing him up on stage shaking hands with John Edwards "set off a flurry of commentary," remembe
Even though he lost South Carolina, Huckabee’s running about even with Giuliani and McCain in fluid Florida. Those who predict he still has a chance to be, at least, a convention kingmaker point to the delegates he can rack up in Southern states on February 5: Lots of evangelicals in those states = lots of votes for Mike Huckabee. But South Carolina showed this math doesn’t work.
I get to Ron Paul's headquarters in Des Moines just as an army of student volunteers is surging out of the doors, yelling and clutching signs. "This is the herd we can't contain!" one staffer laughs. ABC's Jake Tapper is taping a live segment in front of Mike Huckabee's neighboring headquarters, and it's time to make some mischief. The volunteers conform to a Washington reporter's expectations about Ron Paul youth--almost all boys, rowdy, eager to disrupt--until they don't.
An exclusive interview with former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, who dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination on December 20, conducted on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses. The New Republic: What do you miss about being out here, in the mix? Representative Tom Tancredo: I don’t miss it. There’s absolutely nothing appealing about it from the standpoint of the effort that goes into it, especially while [Congress was] in session. I was so jealous when Democrats did a debate and the moderator asked them which of them flew their own planes out here.
Commenter jbullock, I guess you didn't see the cross in Huckabee's Christmas ad—but even the Huck admits it could be there. From an Ames appearance: That is a bookshelf, but if people are seeing the cross in it, so be it. It's like when the Virgin Mary's face shows up in a piece of toast. -- Eve Fairbanks
I was struck by something Noam reported over on the Stump -- that Huckabee's now capitalizing on what I would call some very mild suspicion directed at his Christmas television ad. Huckabee whined in Ames, Because I invoked [Jesus's] name on his own birthday, to say to America, 'Happy birthday, merry Christmas,' somehow everybody sees in it something that isn't even there. Have we so lost our national soul? Have we become so coarse that even the attempt to bring some civility to the political arena is met with nothing more than scorn, disdain, and disbelief? Oh, come on.
Is it just me, or does the Des Moines Register's endorsement of John McCain have an anti-Huckabee edge to it? The editorial panel writes: In an era of instant celebrity, we sometimes forget the real heroes in our midst. Who's the candidate of instant celebrity in the Iowa race of late? Also, compared to the bones the Register throws the other candidates -- Rudy "inspired the city and nation with his confident leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks"; Mitt Romney "exudes executive discipline" -- Huckabee's description, "charms with homespun humor," is a little sad.