Viewers V. Pundits
July 24, 2007
By Cass Sunstein Here is an oddity about last night's Democratic debate: Immediately after it concluded, the announcers on CNN went right to a discussion of the Obama/Clinton answers to the "would-you-meet-with-leaders-of-Iraq-Syria-Cuba-etc." question. The main conclusion, on the part of the key analyst (Jeff Toobin), was that Clinton had given a much better answer than Obama had, and that his answer showed his inexperience. Immediately thereafter, the announcers went to a focus group, which said that Obama had won the debate.
June 16, 2007
Jeffrey Rosen on Anthony Kennedy's moralistic tendencies.
More Poll Chewing
June 12, 2007
The L.A. Times poll referenced by Isaac below is interesting data, in part because it confirms my preconceived notions (which makes it the best kind of data.) For one thing, it shows Fred Thompson surging close to the lead in the GOP field, which is what I expect. (If I had to bet on who will take the Republican nomination, I'd bet on Thompson.) Second, it shows Hillary Clinton with a massive electability problem. In a general election trial heat, she runs behind Giuliani, McCain, and even Mitt Romney, who up to this point has been getting crushed in any trial heat.
Behind The Curtain
June 11, 2007
Interesting tidbit buried in Patrick Healy's Week in Review piece on Hillary Clinton yesterday. Healy writes that Clinton's advisers "expressed annoyance with a recent story in this newspaper about Mr. Obama's love for basketball." (Touchy, touchy! It was a puffer, though.) Adds Healy: I volunteered to spend time reporting on Mrs. Clinton enjoying one of her hobbies. The interview request remains pending. Can't wait to see how this one turns out. --Michael Crowley
Clinton And Wal-mart
May 19, 2007
My, what a weekend. We get not just one but two stories on Hillary Clinton's tenure as Wal-Mart's first female board member. Both sketch similar portraits: Clinton focused on improving Wal-Mart's record on gender discrimination and the environment, stayed silent on the company's labor practices, and shied away from pushing for sweeping changes, preferring instead to pick smaller battles that occasionally led to incremental reforms.
Worst. Idea. Ever.
May 07, 2007
Via The Corner, you have to love the McCain campaign's comment on Hillary Clinton's suggestion to reauthorize the war: "Senator Clinton's proposal is the worst idea anyone could possibly have." Wow! It's not even possible to have a worse idea. --Isaac Chotiner
The Third Clinton Term
April 23, 2007
Yes, one reason there is deep brooding in the body politic about Hillary is whether this would be a third term for Bill. I know some people love him, love him to death. I am not one them, one of very many. Some people who do love him--even to death--don't want him as president. Yet, as the Associated Press reported, Mrs. Clinton "said Saturday that if she is elected President, she would make her husband a roving ambassador to the world." Now, that would keep him out of the White House. But maybe she wouldn't like that at all. If you were in her position, would you?
April 02, 2007
In October 2000, Hillary Clinton was entering the home stretch of one of the most unusual Senate campaigns in American history. Although her husband still occupied the Oval Office, she had decamped to a Dutch Colonial in Westchester County to run for the seat of retiring New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. To compensate for the fact that she had never actually lived in the state she intended to represent, she immersed herself in Empire State minutiae. Off the top of her head, she would describe in detail the virtues of the Northeast dairy compact and the rate of upstate job growth.
Pardon Me, Hillary, But...
February 28, 2007
In case you're having trouble remembering all the gorey details of 2001's Clinton pardon scandal, the Boston Globe has a piece today to jog your memory. David Geffen touched on this recently in his rant to Maureen Dowd, but the Globe predicts the pardons will continue to haunt Hillary: Now, in the wake of the launch of her presidential campaign, the pardon controversy has reemerged in an obscure court case in which Senator Clinton's brother Tony is battling an order to repay more than $100,000 he received from a couple pardoned by President Clinton. Eesh.
February 26, 2007
I just received an email from someone who's on the Clinton hit list in New York. Not, not the hit list, like with a gun. But the hit list, like for contributions to various causes on the Clinton agenda. My friend has been on this dossier since 1992. So she has parted with a small fortune. And she reminds me that, when the two inaugural festivities came along, you had to contribute to those, too. Not a big deal. But I am trying to make the list complete. Have I left anything out?