February 04, 2009
Last year, a new Middle East lobby called J Street was formed to push American Jewish opinion in a more conciliatory direction. "What we're responding to," wrote J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami last year, "is that for too long there's been an alliance between the neo-cons, the radical right of the Christian Zionist movement and the far-right portions of the Jewish community that has really locked up what it means to be pro-Israel." Israel's supporters do have a distressing tendency to define their position in maximalist terms.
December 03, 2008
The first hundred days of any presidency rarely go off as planned, but, for now, Barack Obama seems to know what's at the top of his to-do list.
Joe Biden, Attack Dog
August 23, 2008
Early in his speech at Springfield, he makes clear he won't be shy about throwing punches at his old friend from the Senate: "Ladies and gentlemen, if your kitchen table is like mine, you sit there at night after you've put the kids to bed and you talk about what you need, you talk about how much you're worried about being able to pay the bills. Well, ladies and gentleman, that's not a worry John McCain will have to worry about... He'll have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at." P.S.
Joe Klein Enters The Fever Swamp
June 24, 2008
Reading that Joe Klein blog entry about the Iraq surge Jason linked to earlier, I came upon this curious paragraph towards the end: The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives--people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary--plumped for this war, and now for an even more foolish assault on Iran, raised the question of divided loyalties: using U.S. military power, U.S. lives and money, to make the world safe for Israel. And then there is the question--made manifest by the no-bid contracts offered U.S.
May 30, 2008
I think Joe Klein has this right. McCain's "gaffe" today--saying that we're down to pre-surge levels in Iraq when we aren't--strikes me as careless and not very revealing of anything. But you can hardly fault the Obama campaign for pouncing. The GOP, after all, spent a good part of the week gratuitously attacking Obama's trivial misstatement of which Nazi concentration camp his uncle's army unit liberated in World War II. Both Obama and McCain say they want to run high-minded, civilized campaigns that rise above the pettiness of Washington politics. So far I don't see much sign of that.
What Pennsylvania Did To Obama
April 24, 2008
I think Joe Klein has the most succinct (and, not coincidentally, the most dour) assessment I've read: Obama . . . entered the primary as a fresh breeze and left it stale, battered and embittered — still the mathematical favorite for the nomination but no longer the darling of his party.
How Can Both Candidates Be Desperate?
April 20, 2008
And now, for some meaningless, but hopefully harmless, Sunday night commentary on the horserace... Joe Klein's dispatch from the campaign trail on Sunday noted that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had appropriated theme music from the now-defunct John Edwards campaign. Clinton has been playing John Mellencamp's "This Is Our Country," while Obama has been playing Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising." Obama's choice presumably has something to do with recent Springsteen's endorsement. But, as Klein observes, the song selection also signals something else: What does this mean?
Hillary's Unmentioned Liabilities
April 13, 2008
Like Joe Klein, I think John Harris and Jim VandeHei have compiled a solid brief against nominating Obama. But, like Klein, I also think they way, way underestimate the extent to which Hillary's been "vetted." We've barely stepped down Bill's trail of post-presidential dealings--the tax-return dump only gives the vaguest hint about where that $109 million came from. I'd expect much, much more in the Colombia-Kazakhstan vein were Hillary to win the nomination. Obama has chosen not to press this stuff, but the RNC and various GOP 527 groups certainly would.
Barnes On Obama's Patriotism
April 08, 2008
Fred Barnes devotes his latest Weekly Standard column to mocking Democrats for their "paranoia" over being branded unpatriotic, then invokes a Joe Klein column to conclude that Obama has "a problem with patriotism." There's a difference--a significant one--between being falsely called unpatriotic and having what Joe Klein of Time defines as a problem with patriotism. "Patriotism is, sadly, a crucial challenge for Obama now," Klein wrote. Why?
What To Do About Bill?
January 31, 2008
From Joe Klein's very good column about how Bill is spoiling Hillary's campaign: It is entirely possible that Hillary Clinton will win this nomination. One on one, she simply seems stronger than Obama. But two on one, she seems weaker. And if she wins the nomination, you can bet the co-presidency question will be front and center in the general election. It is, therefore, vital that she address it now. She's got to say something like, "Bill's a fighter, and he got a little too feisty these past few weeks.