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Clinton Under Attack From Sniper Fire...or Not
March 24, 2008

If you want to see a perfect example of the media's decided-upon narrative shaping election coverage, look no further than Hillary Clinton's story about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996. From the Saturday WaPo (page A05): Hillary Clinton has been regaling supporters on the campaign trail with hair-raising tales of a trip she made to Bosnia in March 1996.

Did I Say "an" Affair?
March 18, 2008

When New York governor David Paterson's admitted yesterday that, during a rocky period in his marriage, he'd had a relationship of 2 to 3 years with "a woman other than my wife," Josh Marshall joked that he'd "have to do better than this thin gruel to make his mark on the landscape of tri-state governors" such as allegedly prostitute-frequenting Eliot Spitzer and threesome-enjoying Jim McGreevey. Today, Paterson seems to have taken up Marshall's challenge and, while he may still be lagging, he's evidently catching up: Gov.

Reclaiming History
March 10, 2008

Look, it is nearly 41 years since Egypt, Syria and Jordan started their war against Israel.  Yes, exactly: the Six Day War, which the Arabs imagined would be a romp over the Jews but turned out to be a political and psychological disaster precisely for them.

Where Biography Does Matter
February 16, 2008

For those questioning Barack Obama's appeal to women voters, or his prioritization of "women's issues," from health to abuse to choice, I think it's wise to note that despite the dreams from his father, Obama's domestic existence has been dominated by females since birth--in every direction. A single mother raised him, and he, in turn is raising two young girls.

Ted Kennedy's Waning Influence
February 06, 2008

Last week, I expressed skepticism that Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama (along with those of his son Patrick and niece Caroline) would actually matter in the one state where it had the most potential: Massachusetts. It's impossible to say what, exactly, caused Clinton's lead over Obama to fall from 37% two weeks before the primary to the 15% victory she scored yesterday.

Celebrity Cash
February 03, 2008

There's an article in the Metro section of Sunday's Times which may not have been included in the on-line edition. It reported on the contributions of selected celebrities to the various candidates. Ah, a very important dispatch. Clip it, save it. Hasn't the Times got more significant news to tell on the newspaper of record?In any case, Alec Baldwin, the intellectual lightweight of the Hollywood left, gave $2,000 to Hillary Clinton.

The Olmert Omerta
January 31, 2008

The good news about Ehud Olmert is that he is not a willful murderer of Israeli soldiers.

Reason #48 For The Kennedy Endorsement
January 31, 2008

A couple days ago Noam wondered whether Teddy's desire to burnish the Kennedy legacy on race might have played a role in his Obama endorsement. I think Noam was on to something. From the WaPo: Sources say Kennedy was privately furious at Clinton for her praise of President Lyndon Baines Johnson for getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act accomplished. Jealously guarding the legacy of the Kennedy family dynasty, Senator Kennedy felt Clinton's LBJ comments were an implicit slight of his brother, President John F.

Why John Edwards Won
January 30, 2008

John Edwards ends his presidential candidacy today. This is not surprising news: He finished third in every single contest except for Iowa, where he narrowly beat Hillary Clinton. Going forward, he doesn't have the money or the organization to compete with either her or Barack Obama. And, most important, Democratic voters seem content with choosing between the two front-runners—as, in fact, they should. Both Clinton and Obama are capable of running formidable campaigns and, if elected, both could lead successfully. This is hardly a knock on Edwards's political talents.

Scenes From The Kennedy-obama Rally In Dc
January 28, 2008

The stadium here at American University is packed to capacity, and the press section as well. Rumors from outside suggest even Chris Matthews has been shut out from the hall. I expect Kennedy and Obama to both touch upon economic issues, perhaps with a particular focus on youth issues such as college affordability and the war. We’ll see. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her cousin Robert Patrick are in attendance alongside Ted. Right off the bat, Kennedy praises his father uncle John for “lowering the voting age to 18!” The college age crowd goes insane.