There are only so many ways for a black pol to win statewide
Criticize Cory Booker from the left and you’re likely to get two legitimate forms of pushback: The first is that, despite his close ties to big business, Booker has spent too much of his life fighting for (even living among) the poor to fit the profile of a corporate lackey. The second is that the critique doesn’t take into account the way African-American Democrats must position themselves if they want to be viable candidates for statewide office.
What to expect from Senator Cory Booker
It’s more Paul Ryan than Paul Wellstone.
I'm pro-intervention in principle, but Obama hasn't sold me on it
I’m not remotely an expert on foreign policy in general or Syria in particular. At best I’d call myself a semi-informed lay-person.
There's no other way when you're dealing with loons
When you’re dealing with loons, you have to throw out the book on negotiating and suppress your conciliatory impulses (ahem, Mr. President). The lunatics will somehow manage to rationalize as victory anything short of total defeat. And so total defeat is what you have to give them.
The Most Compelling Details From My Last Two Weeks of Reading
*/ Global warming has unleashed a moose holocaust in New Hampshire, where winter has grown too mild to kill off feasting ticks. The moose are so harassed by the pests that they scratch off their fur and stop eating. —The Washington Post Sports broadcasting rights have become so precious they now comprise the majority of all TV programming costs. This trend has allowed espn to hit up cable subscribers for more than four times the monthly fee of its nearest competitor, TNT—which broadcasts NBA games.
There's an easy way to best the GOP. The White House isn't using it.
There's an easy way for Obama to best the GOP in this fall's fight over the debt-ceiling and the budget. Unfortunately, the White House isn't using it.
Cory Booker has just won New Jersey’s Democratic Senate primary in a rout, making him an easy favorite to claim the seat this fall. But even stronger than the pundit consensus that Booker will soon be in Washington is the belief that the camera-savvy Twitter celebrity will be a rabble-rouser once he gets there.
Patton, Boggs and the End of Big Law
When I wrote last month about the loud wheezing noises coming from the world of Big Law—that is, the 200 or so biggest, most profitable law firms in the country—the industry’s staunchest defenders protested that I had the story all wrong: Big Law may have had a tough recession, they said. But it was bouncing back with aplomb, just the way it always had. Any suggestion that it was facing an existential crisis was either naïve or deliberately alarmist.
Democrats have all the leverage. Why won't they use it?
Up until three weeks ago, Senate Republicans had gone out of their way to block Obama’s highest-profile executive-branch nominees, typically for no other reason than that the president had selected them. The GOP finally backed down after Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened to do away with the filibuster for such appointments, and seven nominees promptly sailed through the Senate. But the victory was fleeting.
The White House's defense actually underscores the problem
Of all the charges and counter-charges that have been aired so far in the reality show known as “America’s Next Fed Chairman,” none is more explosive than the charge of sexism.