Isaac Chotiner

Clinton To Exit?
June 02, 2008

Ambinder looks for hints--and notices a few. --Isaac Chotiner 

More On Bill
June 01, 2008

Maybe Mike is right, and we shouldn't be blogging rumors about Bill Clinton's sex life. But, as long as his wife decides to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, we should do her the honor of taking her at her word--and thus act as if she has some chance to actually win. And if we do so, Bill Clinton's personal life and the media's treatment of that personal life, are worthy of discussion (and, if you are a Democrat, concern).

Mondale And Clinton (not That Mondale And That Clinton!)
June 01, 2008

Tood Purdum's Vanity Fair profile of Bill Clinton has all sorts of good stuff, but this anecdote is particularly enjoyable: Less amusingly, in the run-up to the 1996 re-election campaign, when Clinton took one of his many fund-raising trips to California, I teasingly asked his press secretary, Mike McCurry, whether the president intended to go jogging with Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of the former vice president—as he had on a previous trip—after he was spotted with her (and Barbra Streisand) in the wee hours of the morning.

Ferraro Channels O'reilly
May 30, 2008

Mike has an excerpt from Geraldine Ferraro's op-ed in The Boston Globe. Here is the part I found interesting: As for Reagan Democrats, how Clinton was treated is not their issue. They are more concerned with how they have been treated. Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama's historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you're white you can't open your mouth without being accused of being racist.

Only In Britain
May 28, 2008

Why don't things like this happen at book festivals in America? Where's the excitement in our literary lives? --Isaac Chotiner

Dangerous Liaison
May 27, 2008

Two weeks ago, on the night of Barack Obama’s big win and narrow loss in the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, respectively, I turned my television set to MSNBC, as I normally do on election nights. It was early in the evening, and Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were discussing the first exit polls that were trickling in. Considering that the exit polls in these contests have been--to say the least--a bit unreliable, I assumed that they weren’t going to put much stock in the numbers.

Sydney Pollack, Rip
May 26, 2008

The first-rate film director passed away earlier today from cancer. The NYT obit is here. He'll certainly be best remembered for the movies he directed in the 70s and early 80s, principally Tootsie, Three Days of the Condor, and The Way We Were. As is so often the case in Hollywood, he won his Oscars for what was his most bloated and over-rated movie, Out of Africa (which, it must be said, is one of the worst films ever to win Best Picture). Still, Pollack was a skilled storyteller and technician, and almost all of his movies are crisply made and well executed.

Bill Unleashed
May 26, 2008

Bill Clinton is now accusing unnamed (and presumably evil) forces of a "cover-up":  "I can't believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out," Clinton said at a South Dakota campaign stop Sunday, in remarks first reported by ABC News. Clinton also suggested some were trying to "cover up" Sen. Clinton's chances of winning in key states that Democrats will have to win in the general election. " 'Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her.

Are There Superdelegates In Obama's Pocket...
May 23, 2008

...or is this just a weirdly worded sentence (from deep within today's NYT front pager on Hillary as VP)? Mr. Obama, who this week crossed the threshold of winning a majority of pledged delegates, intends to wait until next month before declaring victory in the Democratic nominating fight. --Isaac Chotiner 

The Gawker Files
May 22, 2008

I'll try and muster the will to write more later about Emily Gould's New York Times Magazine cover story (!) on her life before, during, and after working for Gawker, but suffice it to say that not since Russell Crowe went on 'The Late Show to "apologize" for his phone-throwing incident, has a public apology for past behavior seemed so insincere (not to mention solipsistic). As a side note, always beware of people setting out on "new beginnings" not because of a realization that they have caused other people pain, but rather because they themselves started to feel inconvenienced. --Isaac Choti