The Republican Obama *wants* To Run Against
May 15, 2008
Bush at the Knesset: In a particularly sharp blast from halfway around the world, President Bush suggested Thursday that Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats are in favor of "appeasement" of terrorists in the same way U.S. leaders appeased Nazis in the run-up to World War II. "Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," said Bush, in what White House aides privately acknowledged was a reference to calls by Obama and other Democrats for the U.S.
They Should Know...
May 05, 2008
The Weekly Standard on Hillary Clinton: She's running a right-wing campaign. She's running the classic Republican race against her opponent, running on toughness and use-of-force issues, the campaign that the elder George Bush ran against Michael Dukakis, that the younger George Bush waged in 2000 and then again against John Kerry, and that Ronald Reagan--"The Bear in the Forest"--ran against Jimmy Carter and Walter F. Mondale.
February 27, 2008
It was a cool, damp afternoon when Barack Obama arrived to speak at an antiwar rally in Chicago's Federal Plaza on October 2, 2002. The scene was ragtag. A metal tower had been festooned with strips of white cloth upon which rally attendees wrote personalized peace messages. Protesters danced to a band featuring kazoos and a marching skeleton. Jesse Jackson was to be the day's marquee speaker. But it was Obama, wearing a war is not an option lapel pin, who stole the show. Obama's 926-word speech denounced a "dumb war. A rash war.
January 12, 2008
I know that many (most?) readers of TNR do not incline warmly to friendly words spoken or written about George Bush. And it doesn't especially matter from whom the words come.But since Ha'aretz is the prime voice of the peace camp in Israel perhaps it will mean something to those who were impatient with Bush for not enmeshing himself in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process earlier. This has certainly been the trope of virtually all of the Democratic candidates who want to be his successor. As it happens, Ha'aretz thinks that "until recently he did not have the appropriate partners for an e
What Egyptian Liberals Have To Offer
January 11, 2008
How many times have I heard this refrain? "This president is the best friend Israel has ever had." Hundreds of times. About Ronald Reagan. And about Bill Clinton. And now about George Bush. And, I suppose, it is true in a certain abstract sense about each of them. They probably also understood that the prime impediment to a peace between the Israelis and those who now call themselves Palestinians (this nomenclature is relatively new to the Arabs of Palestine) is fanatic resistance to the non-negotiable reality of a Jewish state in the Holy Land. But negotiations are not conducted over
Rudy's Terrible, Terrible Strategy
December 17, 2007
Chris' post below on how Huckabee actually hurts Rudy does nothing so much as to make one think about the monumentally stupid electoral strategy that the former mayor's campaign has followed all year. Giuliani's (probable) loss of the nomination, however, may have at least one good side effect for ailing fans of smart politics. Namely, the idea of committing halfway to states will be permanently put to rest. When John McCain decided to cede Iowa to George Bush in 2000, he completely ignored the state.
George Bush: Smarter Than Condi
November 29, 2007
Almost everybody knows that people who think in analogies think sloppily.Desmond Tutu, leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa, clings to his comparison between Israel and apartheid South Africa. It is such a gross analogy, factually and philosophically, that by now it almost needs no rebuttal.So now comes Condi Rice, who grew up in the Jim Crow American south, and compares life for the Palestinians in the Holy Land with her own life in what had been the Confederacy. Actually, she made quite a lot of her own life. After all, she'd been provost at Stanford before George Bush handed her
I Know You Are But What Am I?
November 13, 2007
As Noam and Mike pointed out in this week’s print magazine, the Clinton campaign relies heavily on what game theorists like to call “retaliatory escalation”—a.k.a. “club[bing] would-be attackers over the head with their own words.” Case in point: Yesterday, John Edwards slammed Clinton for coaching audience members at a Q&A, calling the tactic “what George Bush does.” The Clinton team responded, “What George Bush does is attack Democrats and divide the country … Sen. Edwards' campaign resembles that more and more every day.” And it worked!
From Jeri's Womb To Fred's Heart
October 19, 2007
Fred's explanation of his evolving abortion views at today's Value Voters summit strikes me as both tiresomely convenient and sinisterly shrewd. Some people will roll their eyes at the candidate's story of how the ultrasound of he and Jeri's daughter Hayden, born in 2003, helped him understand the life issue with his "heart" rather than just his "head." But this is exactly the sort of fuzzy, personal-experience talk that evangelical Christians love.
A Noble Nobel
October 18, 2007
Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor that has been bestowed on many without merit: For example, Yasir Arafat, charlatan and killer, and Rigoberta Menchú, simple populist fraud. But this award, voted by five members of the Norwegian parliament, does not bear any such onus. In one sense, it is an election by the democratic elite of a mature free society, acting soberly and seriously in behalf of the concrete interests of mankind.