Isaac Chotiner

The Mccain Story

In a piece that reads as if a lot of stuff was edited out, these grafs are particularly important: Separately, a top McCain aide met with Ms. Iseman at Union Station in Washington to ask her to stay away from the senator. John Weaver, a former top strategist and now an informal campaign adviser, said in an e-mail message that he arranged the meeting after “a discussion among the campaign leadership” about her. “Our political messaging during that time period centered around taking on the special interests and placing the nation’s interests before either personal or special interest,” Mr.

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Getting Rough

Clinton speaks, and says nothing about Obama's big Wisconsin win. Obama then starts speaking well before Clinton is done with her speech. Etiquette is out the window--and that Thursday night debate should be pretty interesting. --Isaac Chotiner 

Obama

MSNBC calls it for Barack. --Isaac Chotiner 

34% of voters thought Obama attacked Clinton unfairly. 54% thought Clinton attacked Obama unfairly. That, combined with the fact that Obama won late deciders fairly handily, suggests that the Clinton campaign's plagiarism attack may not have worked. --Isaac Chotiner 

I know, I know, it's not really worth taking John Derbyshire seriously. The National Review blogger is extreme, sure, and sometimes offensive, but can't we all be adults and put up with his idiosyncracies? Why are we getting all bent out of shape? Why is everyone so touchy these days? Well, maybe because the prospect of a black president is making Derbyshire's head explode, and the results aren't pretty. Here he is today: Maybe I'm jaded, but I really need persuading that when I look at Barack Obama, I'm not just seeing Al Sharpton minus the pompadour and the attitude.

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From Politico: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign intends to go after delegates whom Barack Obama has already won in the caucuses and primaries if she needs them to win the nomination. This strategy was confirmed to me by a high-ranking Clinton official on Monday. And I am not talking about superdelegates, those 795 party big shots who are not pledged to anybody. I am talking about getting pledged delegates to switch sides. I admit to being completely baffled by the Clinton campaign's decision to continually leak these stories to the press.

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The Clinton campaign's argument that Hillary does better than Barack in big states, especially big swing states, is completely moot if polls like this are even remotely accurate: Pennsylvania: Obama 49, McCain 39...McCain 44, Clinton 42  --Isaac Chotiner 

There will surely be lots of interesting commentary on Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia, but in the meantime I found this story in Saturday's New York Times fascinating. As the Times' brilliant Russia correspondent, C.J. Chivers, reports: Russia held a high-level meeting with the leaders of two breakaway republics in Georgia on Friday, and vowed to increase its support for the separatists if Kosovo declared its independence and was recognized by the West.

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If you are looking for an interesting glimpse into the character of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, you could do a lot worse than Saturday's New York Times story on the teaching of the Holocaust in French schools: President Nicolas Sarkozy dropped an intellectual bombshell this week, surprising the nation and touching off waves of protest with his revision of the school curriculum: beginning next fall, he said, every fifth grader will have to learn the life story of one of the 11,000 French children killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. “Nothing is more moving, for a child, than the story o

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John Heilemann's insightful column in New York magazine this week does a very good job of explaining how Barack Obama has managed to garner more favorable press coverage than Hillary Clinton. Heilemann notes some of the more obvious reasons (the media likes Obama more, northeastern liberals want a black president, etc.) and then gets to the crux of his argument: All these theories contain at least some truth, but it’s the last one that edges closest to what I think has actually gone on.

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