Phony Conservative Anti-Elitism, Revealed!
November 07, 2009

From a new cover story on Sarah Palin by Weekly Standard hack Matthew Continetti: Last week, when Joe Biden traveled to upstate New York to campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Bill Owens, the vice president took aim at Sarah Palin. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'drill, baby, drill,' " Biden said.

The Insider
November 05, 2009

In the wake of defeats in New Jersey and Virginia, Democrats and the Obama administration are being advised to move to the center. I think the Republicans are well advised to take that advice, but I am not sure about the Democrats, and I am not sure what the "center" means in this case.

Feds Pony Up Toward Great Lakes Water ‘Magic’
November 04, 2009

If your image of Milwaukee is largely derived from Laverne and Shirley re-runs, think again.

Doug Hoffman Vs. His Narrative
November 03, 2009

Dave Weigel has a great dispatch from New York’s 23rd district today in The Washington Independent that’s packed with juicy anecdotes, like Fred Thompson choking up as he introduced Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman (if only he’d shown such commitment to his presidential bid!). What makes the Thompson detail so interesting is the extent to which it highlights the differences between the narrative building around Hoffman and his own temperament.

Conservative Euphoria Watch
November 03, 2009

As excitement builds in the right-wing blogosphere for what promises to be a good night for conservatives, sites like The Corner are excitedly posting emails from their readers. Alas, amidst all the celebrating, standards seemed to have declined--apparently anyone can have his or her email posted. Here is one New Jersey reader's report: I live in Randolph, Morris County. Always get to my polling place right at 6:00. Always the only one there. There were 15 cars in the lot when I got there. When I got to my parking lot to get to NYC for work, the lot had 50% more cars than normal.

Was Creigh Deeds's Fatal Error Being Himself?
November 02, 2009

Whenever I read the words, "You're not from around here, are you?" I automatically imagine them being said with a serious Southern--or at least rural--twang.

Who's Mike Capuano? You Probably Don't Know. But, Running for Senator, He's Ready to Screw Darfur
November 01, 2009

Michael Capuano is my congressman. He does not make me yearn for Joe Kennedy to return. That's the plus side. He is now running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator, that is, for Teddy's seat. He is not the favorite. But neither is my candidate, Alan Khazei, an honest-to-God community organizer who co-founded City Year. The favorite in the polls is the Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, who is long on seniority in public office and a woman with common sense, sound political judgment, true rather than hyperbolic liberal values.

Gaming Out That Crazy House Race in Upstate NY
October 31, 2009

When I read just now that Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee for that special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, was dropping out, I had the same reaction Nate Silver did: This does not necessarily seal if for the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, who basically forced Scozzafava from the race. Here's Silver: Although a majority of Scozzafava's supporters are Republican (about 62 percent, by my reckoning), it is safe to assume that they are mostly rather moderate Republicans, because almost all the conservative Republicans had already gone over to Hoffman.

Today at TNR (October 26, 2009)
October 26, 2009

Paradise Lost: Is California Finished? by John B. Judis We Now Have a Black President. Was Booker T. Washington Wrong? by Steven Hahn Senate Dems to Obama: We Could Use a Little More Help Here, by Jonathan Cohn Can a Self-Described 'Boring as Hell' Candidate Really Lead a Major American City for 20 Straight Years? by E.J. Dionne Jr. Writing Is Increasingly About Speed. What a Shame. by Damon Linker The News Keeps Getting Worse for the Class of 2009, by Noam Scheiber The Art of the Impossible: Building Megaprojects During the Recession, by David Jackson The T.E.

The NY-23 GOP Meltdown Continues
October 20, 2009

It's bad enough that, if current trends continue, the GOP is likely to lose what should be a gimme congressional seat in New York's 23rd district next month thanks to a conservative spoiler candidate. Now sparks are flying between the moderate GOP nominee, Dede Scozzafava, and The Weekly Standard, which backs Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.