Quote Of The Day
August 30, 2007
John Edwards neatly sums up both his primary dilemma and his general-election rationale: "I think most journalists would agree that I'm the most progressive, Senator Obama next, and Senator Clinton closest to the center. But I'd be willing to bet that if you ask most Americans the same question, they'd reverse it." That's not only, he says, because "she's a woman and he's an African American and Ah talk lahk thee-is. It's simple geography. Ask Middle Americans: You've got three Democratic candidates. One's from New York, one's from Chicago and one's from rural North Carolina.
August 27, 2007
The old Methodist Tabernacle on Martha's Vineyard was transformed into a high temple of liberalism on Saturday evening when Hillary Clinton came to address her core constituency. The Vineyard has become a campaign crossroads this week, with John Edwards passing through just before Hillary, and Barack Obama zooming in just afterwards. But Hillary's event had by far the highest profile, selling more than 2,000 tickets at $50 each, while Edwards ran a much smaller fundraiser, and Obama has limited himself to an exclusive, $1000 per person function.
Clinton's Pals On Wall Street
August 21, 2007
I don't know whether this is news or not. But I found it in my Financial Times clippings of August 9, just a week before the Wall Street tsunami. My friend and and very impressive old student Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs and probably the most significant banker in America, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This followed an earlier endorsement of Clinton by John Mack, the CEO of Morgan Stanley and one of President Bush's biggest fundraisers.
The "genius" Of Karl Rove
August 20, 2007
I don't often agree with the press critic Jay Rosen, but I think he had a smart point when he argued in one of the thousands of Rove postmortems from last week: Savviness is what journalists admire in others. Savvy is what they themselves dearly wish to be. (And to be unsavvy is far worse than being wrong.) Savviness--that quality of being shrewd, practical, well-informed, perceptive, ironic, "with it," and unsentimental in all things political--is, in a sense, their professional religion. They make a cult of it.
August 15, 2007
Here's Barack Obama talking about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: "I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can," Obama said. "I will add, by the way, that is not entirely a problem of her making. Some of those battles in the '90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do.
Hillary 1, Ignorant Critics 0
August 09, 2007
I haven't seen the exchange, described in this item from the New York Times campaign blog, between Hillary Clinton and a critic of universal health care. But if the description is accurate, I wish I had. And, for the record, Hillary was absolutely correct. See here and here if you need evidence of why. --Jonathan Cohn
Buttering Up Hillary
August 08, 2007
Below, Jamie Kirchick has what strikes me as an odd post about Robert Reich. He refers to Reich as "co-founder of a magazine called The American Prospect." If he's truly unfamiliar with it, he could ask me, Jonathan Cohn, Richard Just, or Jason Zengerle, who started out at TAP before ascending to TNR. Reich's main sin is that he recalled going to a movie with a young Hillary Clinton and saying: "She wanted a lot of butter on her popcorn," Mr. Reich said on his blog. "A lot of butter. Significant? You be the judge." Jamie says this is "pathetic." I don't get that at all.
"i'm No Hillary"
August 02, 2007
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the first lady of Argentina who is running to succeed her husband as president of the country that Juan Peron and Evita Peron once ruled, does not like the comparisons often made (like mine) between herself and Hillary Clinton. Reuters has it as a big story: "I'm no Hillary Clinton."
Covering The Debate Coverage
July 24, 2007
The votes are in: commentators mooned over the format (this will change all Presidential debate forever!), identified some mistakes (both gun nut- and blouse-related), appreciated Edwards' boldness, and were pained, pained to declare Hillary the winner. YouTube Forever! Katherine Q. Seelye, The Caucus "The videos added such a personal element and an unpredictable element, and made the debate seem so broadly open to everyone in the country, that it seems unlikely that future debates will not include them." Rick Klein, The Note "The biggest winner?
Hillary To Guest Star On "24"?
July 23, 2007
Having never seen "24," I'll defer to Chris's judgment that "the show is beyond politics altogether--or, perhaps more accurately, beneath them." But that hasn't stopped numerous conservative commentators (not to mention the odd Supreme Court Justice) from trying to make political hay out of the show. So, given the current Democratic frontrunner in the '08 presidential race, it's probably worth noting that for the show's seventh and upcoming season, the president on "24" will be a woman.