OCTOBER 31, 2007
AFSCME Pushes One More Lady [Steven Greenhouse, The
"Gaining one of the biggest endorsements that organized
labor has to offer, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is to receive the
endorsement at 1:30 p.m. today of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, a union official said today."
More on AFSCME below.
Wrestling Russert [Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics]:
"Blaming Russert [for yesterday's debate] is not only ridiculous, it makes Hillary and her
campaign look like a bunch of spoiled children. Why not say, 'so we had
one bad night out of a hundred' and leave it at that? Better yet, why
say anything at all?"
Left Not Sold on Immigrant
IDs [Ben Smith, Politico]:
"One reality check on driver's licenses for illegal
immigrants: Obama and Edwards may win points for standing on principle, but
they may also face attacks on the substance, and certainly will in a general election.
Dodd, the only Democrat to clearly oppose Spitzer's plan, was playing to what
even Democrats want."
Flip Floppers Unite
[ Rich Lowry, The
"I think, indirectly (and here I disagree with Kathryn),
it was a bad night for Romney. If inauthenticity is one of [Clinton's] major vulnerabilities, you
wouldn't naturally throw Romney into a fight with her, given—fairly or
unfairly—his own problems on that front. Rudy and McCain match up with her much
better on this theme."
Girly Men: [Kathleen
thing has occurred among the Democratic candidates. It's a kind of gender role
reversal in communication style. Contrary to decades of research, the male
Democratic presidential candidates sound more equivocal than the woman."
Rare Sesquipedal [Christi Parsons, The
"A lot of demonstration chants follow the meter of
middle English poetry," said Wells. It's "something deep in us"
that drives us to phrase things this way."
Update: 'Sesquipedal' is usually used to refer to long words. The meter of 'President Richardson' is, in fact, a double-dactyl--used to perfection below by poet John Hollander:"Twilight's Last Gleaming"Higgledy piggledy,President JeffersonGave up the ghost on theFourth of July.So did John Adams, whichShows that such patriotsPropagandisticallyKnow how to die.