The Loneliness Of Alberto Gonzales
July 26, 2007

Not even his FBI Director will back him up. From the AP: FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday the government's terrorist surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between top Bush administration officials, contradicting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn Senate testimony. Mueller was not in the hospital room at the time of the dramatic March 10, 2004, confrontation between then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and presidential advisers Andy Card and Gonzales, who was then serving as White House counsel.

The Mystery Of Bush's Unpopularity
July 25, 2007

The Washington Post's Peter Baker has an article today on President Bush's massive unpopularity. Oddly, Baker treats the phenomenon as both hard to explain and largely unrelated to anything Bush has done: Yet Bush's political troubles seem to go beyond particular policies.

Richardson's Rhetoric
July 24, 2007

Like Eve, I thought Bill Richardson had some impressive moments last night (he had some bumbling ones too, recalling Ryan Lizza's profile of the candidate). I particularly liked his honest answer on gay marriage: "Well, I would say to the two young women, I would level with you--I would do what is achievable." In my mind, he scored the best line of the night during the touchy-feely "what do you like about each other" moment (besides Hillary's smart quip about disliking Bush's 2000 election too).

Utter Contempt
July 20, 2007

This story in the Post today is absolutely incredible--if unsurprising. The White House has refused to let Harriet Miers testify before Congress, citing executive privilege. Congress has threatened to charge her with contempt. But now the Bush administration has responded by saying that the Justice Department will never pursue contempt charges against Miers or any other official who invokes executive privilege.

Random Beef-blogging
July 20, 2007

I'm quite sure that no one ever gave up meat-eating because they were harassed by environmentalists.

Bigmouth Strikes Again
July 18, 2007

George W. Bush, 2002 State of the Union address: My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. But some governments will be timid in the face of terror.

More Cheney Chronicles
July 16, 2007

Hayes on Cheney's role in the Ford White House: "Rockefeller would periodically produce these big proposals and he'd go in for his weekly meeting for the president and often-times give him these proposals. At the end of the day I'd go down for the wrap-up session and the president would say, 'Here, what are we going to do with this?' And I'd say, 'Well, we'll staff it out.' So I would take it and put it into the system. It would go to OMB and go to the Treausury and all the other places that had a say in his Council of Economic Advisers.

Cap V. Isg
July 11, 2007

The Center for American Progress warns liberals not to fall for the Iraq Study Group renaissance now underway in Congress: There are growing signs that the White House and Republican legislators, having previously rejected the ISG report late last year, will now seek to co-opt the ISG recommendations this summer and fall to provide a bipartisan veneer to their efforts to pretend they are shifting course in Iraq. We acknowledge the important contributions made by the ISG and its co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton, but progressives need to point out that some of the ISG's recommendations a

Sara Taylor's "oath To The President"
July 11, 2007

Via TPMmuckraker, this is a devastating one-minute exchange between Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and former White House political director Sara Taylor. In a way I think it explains quite a lot about the past six-and-a-half years: Even one NRO writer says of Taylor's performance today: It's a total disaster. Leahy is just schooling her. She is dissheveled, inarticulate, bumbling - lots of "uhs" and "ums," and at times answers that appear to open the door to more questions unnecessarily.... Keith Olbermann is going to have a field day with this footage.

July 11, 2007

It is with great sadness and great pride that the staff here at The New Republic says goodbye to our very own Ryan Lizza. Ryan is moving to The New Yorker, where he will be the magazine's Washington correspondent. A fantastic opportunity for him, and a treat for New Yorker readers, we wish Ryan nothing but the best in his new endeavor. A brilliant and insightful journalist, Ryan has reported for TNR on everything from the corrupt reign of Liberia's Charles Taylor to the Senate campaign of George Allen.