The New Republic Staff

The Warren Debate, Ctd.
December 18, 2008

Over on his new blog (which you should bookmark), Damon Linker has been duking it out over the Rick Warren selection. Here he is chiding those who thought that the culture wars were over, and here he is responding to criticisms of that post. It's a fascinating discussion...

About That Rick Warren Choice...
December 17, 2008

Barack Obama has selected Rick Warren to give the Inaugural invocation--and a lot of folks ain't thrilled. Damon Linker isn't one of them. Writing on his new blog, he argues that Warren's a politically savvy pick. Key passage here: But Obama's a politician, and the Warren pick is just the latest sign that he's an exceedingly shrewd one (as Andrew concedes). Warren is beloved by mainstream evangelicals, who have helped him to sell millions of books extolling a fairly anodyne form of American Protestantism.

"We've Never Felt Scared"
November 28, 2008

Naresh Fernandes, the editor of Time Out Mumbai, tracks the rich tradition of Jews in India:   As an Indian Christian, I occasionally remind my Jewish friends that I owe my faith to them. Indian tradition maintains that a few years after Christ's death, one of his apostles, Thomas ("the Doubter'), sailed to the southern Indian state of Kerala to share the Good News with his co-religionists. Jews have lived in India for thousands of years, perhaps arriving on a mission from the court of King Solomon to trade in "elephant's tooth, peacocks and apes".

The O-List
November 19, 2008

In the spring of 2007, long before Sarah Palin became a feminist icon, before Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers reared their unreconstructed heads, before Hillary Clinton ever questioned his readiness to be president, Barack Obama's greatest nemesis was a 29-year-old paralegal named Joe Anthony. Anthony had attracted tens of thousands of fans to a MySpace page he'd set up for Obama—a testament to the legions of new voters the candidate was inspiring. But, back in Chicago, all Anthony's site inspired was indigestion.

We Endorsed, You're About To Decide
November 03, 2008

In case you haven't read it already, here's our endorsement of Barack Obama for president.  

From The Business Pages: October 21, 2008
October 21, 2008

An OECD report out this morning shows that the United States isn't the only country experiencing a widened rich-poor gap--on average, inequality is increasing across the developed world.

Delaware Is For Haters
August 27, 2008

There's never a bad time to revisit Jonathan Chait's wonderful piece railing on the state of Delaware. But with its favorite son, Joe Biden, about to give the biggest speech of his career, now is a particularly good time to revisit it. Here's a taste, though we suggest you read the whole thing: Delaware's image as small and inoffensive is not merely a misconception but a purposeful guise. It presents itself as a plucky underdog peopled by a benevolent, public-spirited, entrepreneurial citizenry. In truth, it is a rapacious parasite state with a long history of disloyalty and avarice.

While You Were Outside, Having A Picnic...
August 24, 2008

Here's a rundown of TNR's Joe Biden coverage this weekend. *Jon Cohn explained why Biden is  "very qualified for the job." He also bemoaned the continuing Clinton saga and detailed why--and how--Obama came to make his vice presidential selection.  *Howard Wolfson, Clinton's former communications director, said that Biden was the best choice of the contenders not named Hillary. *John Judis likes having Biden around because it shows that Obama "recognizes his own weaknesses." *Noam Scheiber looked at Biden's potential downsides and came away not that worried.

The Corncob Pipe Of Politics
August 14, 2008

There was a time when party platforms truly mattered. That time is not now. What happened? Seyward Darby is here to explain.   The Democratic Party’s platform committee approved a whopping 54-page draft document last Saturday in Pittsburgh. (That’s up 15 pages from the 2004 platform). The Republicans won’t draft their platform until just prior to the GOP convention in Minneapolis, so it stands to be seen how the new platform will stack up to the 2004 document, which topped 41,000 words and began with a triple homage to Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and George W.

Tim Russert Dead At 58
June 13, 2008

Terrible, unexpected news. We all send our best to his family in this difficult time.