November 07, 2006
I'm sitting in my hotel room in Paris trying to eke out some hints from CNN. Nothing really. So I read The Plank in TNR Online. What seems clear is that Senator George Allen, Republican from Virginia, is on his way at midnight here (6 p.m. in Washington) to a devastating defeat. There are many reasons for this development. But among them--and way up at the top--is Ryan Lizza's energetic fidelity at getting to the bottom of things. Especially fraudulence by candidates. Allen, it turns out, was a consummate fraud.
Allen and the N-word.
October 16, 2006
This past summer, I was asked to testify as an expert witness in the case of Nicholas Minucci, who was charged with having committed a hate crime. In Bensonhurst, New York--which is notorious for its anti-black sentiments-- Minucci, who is white, had beaten a black man with an aluminum baseball bat. When Minucci initially approached this man (whom he suspected of being a car thief), he reportedly said "Whattup, nigga." Prosecutors portrayed that language as evidence of a racial motivation for the ensuing violence.
GOOD OLE GOY
October 09, 2006
The notion peddled by the [James] Webb campaign that I am somehow embarrassed by my heritage is . . . offensive. . . . I embrace and take great pride in every aspect of my diverse heritage, including my Lumbroso family line's Jewish heritage, which I learned about from a recent magazine article and my mother confirmed. . . . I still had a ham sandwich for lunch, and my mother made great pork chops.
September 11, 2006
Surry Hill. So reads a plaque at the end of the long, winding private road that leads to the crown jewel of McLean, Virginia: the 18,000-square-foot mansion that Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers and his wife Edwina call home. To get there from Washington, you drive across the Potomac River and along a parkway that, in the summer, is canopied by lush green trees. Shortly before the guarded entrance to the CIA, you turn off McLean's main road and then down a private lane, passing through brick gate posts adorned with black lanterns and into a grand cul-de-sac. A massive brick Colonial with majestic