Hillary's Not Reassuring
November 06, 2007

Hillary Clinton has laid out her foreign policy in the magazine Foreign Affairs.  It is for sure that she did not write the article that appears under her name.  This is probably true for all the writings attributed to political leaders who appear in this journal (and others), the tribute publishing pays to plagiarism.Still, it is for now the place you can get her take, and the take in which I am especially interested: the case of Israel and the Palestinians.  After all, she is now the hard liner in the Democratic Party -- or, at least, the hard liner among the presidential hopefuls.  Which ma

Blog Roundup: Ron Paul Edition
November 06, 2007

The Case for Ron Paul: [Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com]: “Perhaps most importantly, Paul is the only serious candidate aggressively challenging America's addiction to ruling the world through superior military force and acting as an empire -- not by contesting specific policies (such as the Iraq War) but by calling into question the unexamined root premises of these policies, the ideology that is defining our role in the world.”   Concurring Opinion: [Ross Douthat, The Atlantic]: “I suspect that if the Democrats take the White House, certain elements in the GOP will rediscover their 1990s-vintage

V For Vendetta: Paul Hauls, Edwards Keeps Hitting
November 06, 2007

Paul's Haul [David Kirkpatrick, New York Times]: "On Monday, a group of Paul supporters helped raised more than $4.07 million in one day — approaching what the campaign raised in the entire last quarter — through a Web site called ThisNovember5th.com."  Obama Targets Fence-sitters [John McCormick, Chicago Tribune]: "Obama's embracing of the GOP expanded today with the release by his campaign of a list of 268 Iowa Republicans backing his candidacy."  Giuliani's New Cold War [Joelle Farrell, Concord Monitor]: "Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said yesterday that ...

If Only Bush Had Been Clearer!
November 05, 2007

Over at Slate, Lee Smith argues in favor of standing by Musharraf despite his imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan. (Next week: Dennis Eckersley defends military aid to Hosni Mubarak.) Smith is right to note that we don't really have any good options in Pakistan (for which Fred Kaplan blames the Bush administration), but he seems far too willing to give Musharraf the benefit of every doubt while exempting him from blame for all of Pakistan's problems.

Clinton Goes Green
November 05, 2007

Hillary Clinton just released her climate and energy plan, which can be read in full here. The broad outlines are just as audacious as what Edwards and Obama have proposed. She'd aim to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050—a goal urged by a growing number of scientists and green groups—through a cap-and-trade regime, with the pollution permits auctioned off rather than given away for free. That last bit is a key design point (see here for a handy explanation), and would help avoid some of the problems plaguing Europe's emissions-trading system.

Iowa Dems Huff, Puff At Hillary's White House Years
November 05, 2007

Saturday Night Obama [Jim Rutenberg, New York Times]:  "Coup of the Weekend: Barack Obama showed up on 'Saturday Night Live,' unannounced, to deliver the famous opening line, 'Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!' ” No GOP Strongman in 2008 [Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Washington Post]: "For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is no breakaway front-runner for the Republican nomination as the first votes of Campaign 2008 loom, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores how open the GOP race remains."  Iowans on the Clinton Vault [John McCormick, Chicago Tribune]: "With Sen.

The Democrats' Biggest Obstacle To Power
November 04, 2007

Philip Stephens writes for the FT, and on Friday he published a rather sage little essay in it: "America is still indispensable but it must work with others."  OK, the last thought is both obvious and more than a bit hoary.  Still, it's true.  And everyone knows it.                                 The surprising argument that Stephens makes you did not get from the Democratic debate, at which the underlying theme was the decline and fall of the United States.  Instead, his major point is the indispensability of the U.S.

Rnc Goes After Hillary
November 02, 2007

Hunting Season: [Alexander Mooney, CNN]: “The Republican National Committee is out with an ad titled ‘Hillary Clinton: Long on rhetoric, short on answers,’ that edits together several different Washington pundits expressing criticism of the New York Democrat's answers at Tuesday's debate.”           Millionaires’ Club: [Nicole Brennan, The Hill]: “With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) spending millions on his White House bid, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are weighing the possibility of adding a ‘millionaire’s amendment’ to presidential campaign finance reform measures.

The Fight Is Personal
November 02, 2007

The new Edwards TV spot, in which John cites Elizabeth's breast cancer as making the couple all the more committed to their White House run, will once again have some folks charging that the candidate is exploiting his wife's terminal illness for political gain.    Maybe. But this criticism seems to miss the fundamental nature of the Edwardses's relationship to politics. Whatever John's ego and ambition (and obviously a run for POTUS requires massive amounts of both), these people need politics. Not in the politics-defines-me way that Bill Clinton needs it.

Gratuitous Alliteration Friday
November 02, 2007

Donkey Dilemma [Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times]: "More than two decades after presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale called for tax increases--and lost the White House in a landslide--the Democratic Party is on the verge of a major political gamble: Some of its leading members are proposing an array of tax hikes on wealthier Americans.