Josh Patashnik

Your Daily Kerik Fix; Huckabee Robocalls Rile
December 19, 2007

Just Ask Howard Dean About It [Mark Leibovich, The New York Times]: "[Huckabee] is attempting one of the tougher transitions in politics: from also-ran to novelty act to overnight leader, with all the new scrutiny, expectation and attention that brings." More Headaches for Rudy [John Solomon and Matthew Mosk, Washington Post]: "That evidence, reviewed by the Washington Post, shows that Kerik brought [Lawrence] Ray into contact with Giuliani on a handful of occasions documented in photos and that he invoked Giuliani's name in connection with a New Jersey construction company with alleged mob ti

Cringe-inducing Metaphor Of The Day
December 18, 2007

Michael F. Cannon describes the universal health care plan passed yesterday by the California State Assembly as a package of health care reforms that would further kneecap the taxpayers, march them down to Death Valley, and bury them up to their necks to be eaten alive by special-interest fire ants.  But perhaps I understate. Perhaps.

Like (brainwashed) Father, Like (pandering) Son
December 18, 2007

The Apple Never Falls Far... [David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times]: "On the trail, his father’s ghost hovers constantly over the Romney campaign. ...

Dubai: Fabulous City, Counterfeit Drugs
December 17, 2007

No sooner had I posted a Spine on The New York Times publishing two articles in one day pushing tourism to Dubai than the Times published another piece--this one above the fold on the front page--about a different aspect of life in fabulous Dubai.  Not fabulous at all.  Dubai is now in the midst of the counterfeit drug business, a big business that may be dangerous to your life and to my life, as well.  One route is especially simple: Hong Kong to the Emirates to the Bahamas to Britain to the U.S.  But this is only one model.  Dubai is the vortex of fully one third of counterfeit transport of

The Democrats' Fisa Reform Strategy
December 17, 2007

Like Glenn Greenwald and Atrios, I'm a bit puzzled as to why Harry Reid seems determined to stack the deck against opponents of the FISA reform bill granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that cooperated with the administration--even refusing to honor the "hold" Chris Dodd requested on the legislation, all while recognizing, for instance, Lindsey Graham's "hold" on the CIA interrogation bill.

Beyond February 5; Paul Rakes In The Dough
December 17, 2007

The Rest of the Country Might Matter! [Adam Nagourney, The New York Times]: "As campaigns try to keep up with this fast-paced, multi-layered campaign, there is growing sense among Republicans that for their contest at least--and perhaps for Democrats--Feb. 5 may not be the end of the line."   And It's Not Even Guy Fawkes Day [Kenneth P. Vogel, The Politico]: "Rep.

Misguided Mukasey Gloating
December 15, 2007

The disturbing news that Attorney General Michael Mukasey is stonewalling a congressional investgation into the CIA's destruction of interrogation tapes prompts Scott Lemieux to mock Ben Wittes for having supported Mukasey's nomination: Yes, the Dems will actually if anything have more leverage over Mukasey once he's confirmed! Because, er, he won't be able to "do anything" --like, oh, just for a random example, obstructing a Congressional inquiry into the obstruction of justice surounding state-sanctioned torture -- without them.

The Unlikely Juicer
December 14, 2007

When the report of George Mitchell's commission investigating steroid use in baseball was released yesterday, my immediate reaction was the same as Jonathan Cohn's: that maybe Barry Bonds, unforgivable though his sins were, will--finally--no longer be treated as a scapegoat for a problem that went far beyond him. The name on Mitchell's list of steroid users that jarred me most deeply, though, was not Bonds's. Nor was it Roger Clemens's, Miguel Tejada's, or even Chuck Knoblauch's (somewhere, Keith Olbermann's mom is smiling).

Romney's Rich! More Good Polls For Barackabee
December 14, 2007

Psst: He's Loaded! [Liz Sidoti, Associated Press]: "Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson have begun casting Republican rival Mitt Romney as a scion of the upper class, contrasting him with their more humble roots in hopes of undermining the richest candidate in a well-off group."   Luckily, Chuck Norris Fixed It [Michael Luo, The New York Times]: "The Huckabee campaign was crippled for about 24 hours by a massive e-mail breakdown that began just after Wednesday’s Republican debate and stymied its communications just as media attention on it crescendoed."   There's Gotta Be a Word for That [Ross Dou

Two Should Be Able To Play This Game
December 13, 2007

Today the Senate voted on an amendment by Byron Dorgan and Chuck Grassley to make the appalling farm bill slightly less bad (the effort to make it significantly less bad having already failed, garnering only 37 votes). The Dorgan/Grassley amendment got 56 votes--and so, of course, it failed also, since in typical Senate fashion it needed 60 to pass. (It should be noted, by the way, that while it was a bipartisan group who voted down the amendment, only 12 Democrats voted the wrong way, while 31 Republicans voted for a bill that would make Milton Friedman vomit in terror.