The Post-Rove Guru
July 31, 2008
Sergeant Schmidt. The Artillery Shell.
December 31, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards likes to tell other women that they're pretty. In her book, Saving Graces, she describes a classmate as a "pretty waif" and a hairdresser as having a "small, pretty face." A young girl who died in a car crash was somebody's "pretty daughter." A loyal fund-raiser's unnamed wife is "distractingly beautiful." Recently, she was chatting with supporters at a house party in New Hampshire, held in a living room crammed with antique dolls and interested locals.
More On The California Health Care Debate
September 04, 2007
In my TNR Online piece yesterday I noted that the reverberations from California's recent budget stalemate would likely be felt in the coming debate over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's universal health-care proposal. An article in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend illustrates how this is playing out. Because all legislation calling for tax increases requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of California's legislature, at least eight Republican votes (six in the Assembly and two in the Senate) are needed for passage.
Does The Democratic Party Know An Opportunity When It Is Handed To Them On A Silver Platter?
May 15, 2007
by Sanford Levinson Below is part of the transcript from the first Republican "debate" at the Reagan Library. The moderator, Chris Matthews, asked Mitt Romney the following: Moderator:Should we change our Constitution, which we believe is divinely inspired [Editorial Note: This is a reference to Mormon theology, which indeed views the U.S.
April 02, 2007
These days, as politicians tend to furiously distance themselves from the Iraq war, it's hard to remember back to 2003, when everyone wanted a piece of it. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz weren't the only ones, after all, itching to give Iraq an ideological makeover. Some celebs seemed disappointed they had missed the chance to lead the invasion themselves, and, after Saddam Hussein's statue fell, more than 50 of them poured over the border with the USO. Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped the troops' adrenaline with a screening of Terminator 3.
February 19, 2007
Requiring people to buy health insurance as if it were a driver's license has become the health care policy initiative du jour. This "individual mandate" model got its first official embrace when former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, working with his Democratic state legislature, used such a scheme to cover all state residents. In January, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to implement a similar program.
Schwarzenegger's Health-care Rhetoric
January 08, 2007
I'll be writing more about California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for universal health care, which he's unveiling as I type this and which--based on what I've been told by some of his advisors--is quite ambitious. In the meantime, though, I wanted to take note of the savvy rhetorical ploy Schwarzenegger is using. In his opening remarks, as in his publicity material, he's referring to the "hidden tax" all Californians pay. This tax is the money the state spends to take care of the uninsured in emergency rooms and at other safety net institutions.
November 13, 2006
Last fall, Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't escape the huge crowds of union members and Democrats who protested his ballot initiatives that proposed reshaping the state's education, budget, and political systems. Protesters surrounded hotels where he spoke,gathered outside TV studios and restaurants where he appeared, and even confronted him in hallways and kitchens. The angry hordes reflected a statewide rejection of the once-popular governor--more than 55 percent of Californians disapproved of his job performance, and Democratic challengers led in early polls on the 2006 governor's race.
by Sanford Levinson On October 2, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would, as described in the extraordinarly brief story published in the October 3 Times on the veto, "that would have automatically allocated all the state's 55 electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate received the national popular vote." An earlier, and extensive, story in the Times accurately noted that the bill, devised by a computer scientist, John r.
September 11, 2006
Surry Hill. So reads a plaque at the end of the long, winding private road that leads to the crown jewel of McLean, Virginia: the 18,000-square-foot mansion that Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers and his wife Edwina call home. To get there from Washington, you drive across the Potomac River and along a parkway that, in the summer, is canopied by lush green trees. Shortly before the guarded entrance to the CIA, you turn off McLean's main road and then down a private lane, passing through brick gate posts adorned with black lanterns and into a grand cul-de-sac. A massive brick Colonial with majestic