From Drudge: Tough Job Market: Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales has been unable to interest law firms in adding his name to their roster...developing... Riiight--it's the tough job market. --Isaac Chotiner
A predictable but basically understandable firestorm has begun over Barack Obama's comments on the "bitterness" of Pennsylvanians. Here is Obama's original statement, made at a fundraiser in California: You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
Courtesy of Rahm Emanuel, from today's New York Times front pager on the Colombia trade pact: “The fact is, this could very easily be worked out. We need something, infrastructure spending, a new stimulus package, a kids’ health bill. They were being totally arrogant. And I think I know something about arrogance.” The Times refers to Emanuel as "the Illinois Democrat and House Democratic Caucus leader who prides himself on being brusque sometimes." Brusque is of course one of those classic newspaper euphemisms that we read too often.
According to this poll, 61% of professional historians think George W. Bush is the worst president of all time. Matt Yglesias adds: More interestingly, I also take the view that Bush is probably correct to think that history will remember him kindly. American presidents associated with big dramatic events tend to wind up with good reputations whether they deserve them or not.
The latest from Ayman al-Zawahiri: A speaker on an audiotape identified as Ayman al-Zawahri, the chief deputy to Osama bin Laden, has rejected criticism of attacks by Al Qaeda’s followers that have killed thousands of people, maintaining that Al Qaeda does not kill innocent people. “We haven’t killed the innocents, not in Baghdad, nor in Morocco, nor in Algeria nor anywhere else." Except: “If there is any innocent who was killed in the mujahedeen’s operations, then it was either an unintentional error or out of necessity.” Doh!
Noam has an excerpt from that interesting GQ interview with Karl Rove: What do you make of this whole thing where Hillary was talking him up as a vice president and he came back saying, "Wait a minute, I'm winning—why are you asking me to be your number two?"Very calculating on the part of the Clintons, and a mistake for him on his part. Why?Because they wanted him to get down to their level. They want him to look like, you know, not the golden inspiring figure but instead, you know, like an average ordinary pol who's got three years in the United States Senate. So they lay it out there.
The news of the day is that Hillary Clinton is comparing herself to Rocky Balboa. As she said this morning: “Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing the fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people.” And the campaign even has a new theme song (take a wild guess). Now, it's true that Rocky went all fifteen rounds against the fearsome Apollo Creed, but is it worth mentioning that, in the end, Rocky lost? P.S. A colleague opines: She should be analogizing herself to Paulie. That's the real white working class cred.
Courtesy of affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly, as quoted in Dahlia Lithwick's Slate piece on Barack Obama and racial preferences: Affirmative action, says Connerly, "is probably the most difficult race issue [Obama] will have to face." If the candidate denounces affirmative action [in the general election], Connerly predicts, "his support among blacks will plummet from around 80 to 50 percent." That's right: Should Obama take the same position on affirmative action as John McCain, they will evenly split the black vote. --Isaac Chotiner
Yes, it's just one poll, but Rasmussen today has Clinton up only five points in Pennsylvania, 47%-42%. A week ago it was ten points, two weeks ago it was thirteen points, and three weeks ago it was fifteen points. --Isaac Chotiner
It's easy, apparently. According to The New York Times, a wave of romantic text messages is cresting over the subcontinent: Text messages have become an integral part of courtships in many countries. But the short messaging service, or SMS, is proving particularly revolutionary in India, where it is paving a way for the young to maneuver around deep-rooted barriers to premarital mingling. I am not sure this strategy is best, however: If a woman shows interest, Mr.