Isaac Chotiner

Give Us Hope!
May 06, 2008

Obama started out his speech with some canny remarks about unity in the Democratic Party. But now he's doing his populist schtick--which grows extremely tiresome after the twelfth "personal story" about "folks" he met on the campaign trail. It's almost enough to make one yearn for more bromides about hope and change. --Isaac Chotiner 

Obama In Nc
May 06, 2008

All the networks call NC for Obama right at the bottom of the hour. The exit poll has him winning by 13 points. Given previous primaries, we can probably expect that margin to narrow.  --Isaac Chotiner

Unfair Attacks
May 06, 2008

CNN just reported that 63% of Indiana voters thought Clinton attacked Obama unfairly, while 43% of voters thought Obama attacked Clinton unfairly. This margin of 20% is 3 points greater than the margin on the same question in Pennsylvania (which, remember, Clinton won by 9 points). --Isaac Chotiner 

May 06, 2008

Drudge is blasting the news that Obama has won easily in NC--or, rather, that exit polls show an easy win. Meanwhile, MSNBC and (to a lesser extent) FNC are acting as if the news is very good for Obama. In short, the two words that come to mind are Deja Vu. --Isaac Chotiner

Of Expectations And Exit Polls
May 05, 2008

I spent some time watching MSNBC and CNN today to try and get a sense of the media's expectations for tomorrow, and how those expectations could be affected by early exit polls. The basic consensus seems to be what Noam outlines here: I don't know precisely where that leaves us, but, qualitatively, I'd guess we're looking at a "solid, but not as big as it could have been" win for Hillary in Indiana, and a "closer-than-expected, but not super-close" win for Obama in North Carolina.

Bill Clinton Goes After Tnr Alum!
May 05, 2008

Since Hillary Clinton is now the anti-intellectual candidate, it is not entirely surprising that her husband has taken up a similar pointy-heads-hate-regular-folks line. Apprently, though, the elites are now so invested in tearing down the Clintons that they are... quoting Clinton campaign advisers (imagine that).

The Weekly Standard Delivers Genuine Excitement!
May 04, 2008

Ah, to remember the days when some of us were naive enough to believe that The Weekly Standard could sink no lower than Jeane Kirkpatrick: An American Girlhood (remember, that was a cover story). But yesterday brought news that this week's cover piece is...wait for it... A Hero's Life: Remembering John McCain's Teacher. That's right: Much has been written about John McCain's presidential campaign, about his conservative ideology (or insufficient supply thereof), about his age, his military service, and his remarkable life story.

Hillary And Bill (o'reilly)
April 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton sat down with Bill O'Reilly for an interview set to air tonight on Fox News. While much space has been taken up commenting on Senator Clinton's willingness to kiss the rings of various right-wing hacks, the particular history of Clinton and O'Reilly is interesting. A decade ago, O'Reilly was weirdly obsessed with the then-First Lady. He would often refer to her as a socialist, and profiles of the host were sure to mention that he had a Hillary Clinton doormat under his desk.

More On Barack V. Bill
April 28, 2008

I just have a quick point about David Greenberg's post below, which discusses Ryan Lizza's New Yorker piece on Bill Clinton. Greenberg writes: For example, in The New Yorker today there is a dig at the former president that repeats Barack Obama’s false claim that jobs “fell through the Clinton Administration and the Bush Administration.” Oddly, the piece--by Ryan Lizza, late of this magazine, and by all accounts a fair and careful reporter--fails to state explicitly, as a factual matter, that Obama was simply wrong about this claim.

The Nba Playoffs And The Problem With Sports Journalism
April 27, 2008

The NBA playoffs started nine days ago, and for basketball fans they have been a treat. Still, even those of us who prefer the professional game to thirty seconds of passing the ball around the perimeter before putting up a 19-foot jumper college ball must admit that this first week-and-two-days has been ever so slightly disappointing. After what was by far the best regular season in decades (at least five blockbuster trades, the re-emergence of the league's two most storied franchises, the best conference in NBA history, the second longest winning streak ever), there have been some letdowns.