One More for the Grayson Files
October 27, 2009

Alan Grayson, the Democratic Congressman from Florida who's rapidly making a name for himself as the sort of liberal analogue to Michelle Bachman, is in some more hot water for calling Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a “K Street whore.” Anthony Weiner probably had the best line among the various Congressional Democrats rushing to distance themselves from Grayson: “Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?" But I think what may be more troubling than Grayson's "K Street whore" comment is the venue in which he made it: Alex Jones's radio show.

John Kerry on Afghanistan, Karzai, and the Way Forward
October 26, 2009

Ever since he helped convince Hamid Karzai last week to agree to a run-off election, John Kerry has become a critical player on Afghanistan policy to a degree that's surprising even for a chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Today, Kerry gave a speech on Afghanistan at the Council on Foreign Relations, in which he indicated that, while he thinks General McChrystal's counterinsurgency plan is too ambitious, he would support Obama sending some additional troops.

Germany:Russia::United States:China
October 26, 2009

Americans are used to presidential candidates promising to get tough on China only to turn tail once they are in office. Could the same be true of German Chancellor’s promises to get tough with Russia? The Financial Times has an extraordinary report on “The New Ostpolitik,” between Germany and Russia. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel first ran four years ago, she was highly critical of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s warm relationship with the Russians. Indeed, after leaving office, Schroeder became the chairman of Nord Stream, which is owned by the Russian firm, Gazprom, and is deve

Berman, Dodd to Mark Up Iran Bills This Week
October 26, 2009

In the next step towards turning the screws on Iran, two key congressional committees will debate companion bills this week targeting Iran's gasoline imports, a Hill source tells me. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman will mark up that committee's bill on Wednesday. Chris Dodd will hold a markup of a Senate Banking Committee bill the next day. That might help Iran make up its mind about our latest nuclear offer.

Afghanistan Quote of the Day
October 25, 2009

From Dexter Filkins' New York Times Week in Review piece on Hamid Karzai and voter fraud: “Mr. Karzai got 48 percent of the vote and Abdullah got 27,” said Azizullah Ludin, the chairman of the Independent Election Commission. Despite its title, the commission is widely seen here as a tool of the president. “We will have another election, and we’ll have the same result.” Mr. Ludin smiled broadly. “Karzai is going to win.” Italics Mine.

Tom Coburn: An Unwitting Cog of the Gay Agenda
October 23, 2009

I'm a bit late in getting to this, but I have to disagree with Suzy Khimm's take on GOP Senator Tom Coburn's co-authoring a piece for The Advocate with Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud. That organization was founded earlier this year (I wrote about it here) by a pair of disgruntled former employees of the Log Cabin Republicans, who argued that the flagship gay GOP organization had been hijacked by liberals.

Show some CLASS
October 21, 2009

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. Imagine that you walk outside your home one rainy morning to get your morning paper. You slip and fall on your slippery front steps, breaking your back and suffering irreparable spinal cord damage. Even if you have perfect medical insurance, you would quickly discover that you would need a lot of help. You might need a home health care aid. You might need ramps and equipment for your house, a handicap-accessible van.

The Moral Authority of Accusers: 1. The Fall of Human Rights Watch 2. The J Street Circle Jerk
October 21, 2009

Ours is an age when the moral authority of accusers is at its height. Also the moral authority of accusations. There was a time when accusations had to be proven. That requirement has long since passed. After all, why would anyone bear false witness? So everybody is a witness, especially those with phantasmagoric tales to tell, especially those who yearn to testify against liberal societies which have established and proven processes to alert their own demos about evil. There are many of these foul witnesses: some ideologues, some ideological liars, some resentful, some haters.

Will Rick Perry Get Away with Murder?
October 14, 2009

Not murder in the literal sense, of course, though in this case the metaphor is less distant than one would prefer.

What Not Up
October 14, 2009

One day after launching its new website with great fanfare and to great ridicule, the RNC has already changed the name of chairman Michael Steele's blog from "What up?" (which attracted a considerable portion of the aforementioned ridicule) to "Changing the Game." No irony intended, as far as I can tell. You can find Steele's musings on life, politics, and the GOP--beginning with his observation that "The Internet has been around a while, now"--here.