The New Republic Staff
The Kristol Ball Update (week One)
May 19, 2008
Last Friday, we tried to predict what today's Bill Kristol column would be about. To refresh: Using Bush's Knesset speech as the peg, he'll consider the possibility that Barack Obama just might be a terrorist appeaser who totally hearts Iran and Hamas.
Peering Into The Kristol Ball
May 16, 2008
We understand that writing a newspaper column is hard work. But, sweet jeebus, does Bill Kristol have to be this bad at it? Blandly written, intellectually lazy, and--worst of all--hopelessly predictable, his columns will stink up The New York Times' op-ed page for the foreseeable future. Instead of despairing, however, we figured we might as well have some fun with the old gasbag. So, on Fridays, we're going to try to guess what his Monday column will be about.
Schlafly's (dis)honorary Doctorate
May 15, 2008
If the university doesn't accede to the great many protests that have sprung up in response to the news (and it doesn't look as if they will), Phyllis Schlafly will earn an honorary doctorate from Washington University in Saint Louis tomorrow. Schlafly, of course, has been an immeasurable force for bad over her long life, her torpedoing of the Equal Rights Amendment being just her most famous act in a series of acts that have done great damage to the cause of gender equality.
'the Night Tourist'
May 08, 2008
Some excellent home news to report: Our very own Kate Marsh won an Edgar Award for her haunting children's novel, The Night Tourist. It's a prestigious piece of hardware, and huge congratulations are in order. ...
Lawrence Kaplan On The War
May 07, 2008
Our friend Lawrence Kaplan (whose new journal, World Affairs, comes with highest recommendations) has a fascinating interview in Der Spiegel today. He speaks candidly about the war in Iraq and its grave consequence, and, unsurprisingly, this quote has received the most attention: So whose fault is it--the Americans' or the Iraqis'? I think both. I also think that the Iraq experience has set back the cause of idealism in American foreign policy and the willingness of Western countries to intervene for humanitarian reasons.
Can We Get Royalties At Least?
April 24, 2008
We don't want to say that this week's cover of Time is a rip-off of our HillarAck cover that came out last month, but--oh, whatever--they totally ripped us off! All the way on down to the cover line, too: "There Can Only Be One" vs. "We Have To Choose One." Perhaps we should retaliate by putting a mirror on one of our future covers? On second thought ... no, that's a terrible idea. UPDATE: Time's cover is derivative (not just of us).
Standing By His Man
March 26, 2008
For Marty Peretz's take on why Obama was correct in not repudiating Reverend Wright, click here. For a taste: My relationship to the different rabbis whose sermons I have not just heard, but heard intently over more than 50 years, would make a very difficult narrative--not quite as difficult as a narrative about my father and me, but up there. I now attend a synagogue in New York with my children and my grandson. I love the synagogue; I do not love the rabbis for I do not really know them personally. More to the point, I do not love their sermons.
What Obama's 'race Speech' Does Say
March 18, 2008
You can find the full text here.
The '3 A.M.' Fight Continues
March 13, 2008
Sean Wilentz has just offered a new response to Orlando Patterson's response from yesterday--which was written to refute Sean Wilentz's response to his op-ed in Tuesday's New York Times.
More From Moscow
March 02, 2008
Here's our election day correspondent Michael Idov speaking (on camera!) about Dmitry Medvedev's victory in Russia's presidential race--reflecting on the great apathy it inspired and on what you should expect going forward. Check it out.