Erskine Bowles Hearts Richard Burr?
October 19, 2009
Ben Smith flags an N&O squib about some kind words Richard Burr and Erskine Bowles had for one another at a recent event in Durham, North Carolina. Burr, of course, defeated Bowles in the race to succeed John Edwards back in 2004: "I've had a chance to work with this guy for four full years and nobody works harder or smarter for North Carolina than Richard Burr does," Bowles told about 200 people at N.C. Central University.
The Penalty Box
October 19, 2009
Peter Harbage is a Washington DC-based health policy analyst who worked with both Senator John Edwards and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on their individual mandate proposals. He has also worked at both the Center for American Progress and the New America Foundation. With the release of the Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate Finance health bill, there has been significant concern about how health reform may not cover all of the uninsured. From leaders in the progressive movement (read Jon's list of top health reform issues) to Karen Ignagni's October 11 cover memo on the infam
Today At TNR (October 2, 2009)
October 02, 2009
The Biggest Flaw in Cap-And-Trade? Follow the Power Lines. by Bradford Plumer The Unintended Consequences of the UN’s Latest Indictment of Israel, by Yossi Klein Halevi Strippers, Cowboys, and That Girl From 'Little Miss Sunshine'--What Else Could You Want From a Zombie Movie? by Christopher Orr McWhorter: In 40 Years of African-American Studies, What Have We Learnt? by John McWhorter Cohn: The Problem With Letting States Control Health Care, by Jonathan Cohn Kilgore: Tim Pawlenty in 2012? Seriously?! by Ed Kilgore Peretz: Hillary Clinton, Secretary For Women's Affairs?
A Bit More on Andrew Young
October 01, 2009
Michelle's already flagged Ben Smith's Politico piece on the Andrew Young-John Edwards soap opera, but I just wanted to add my two cents--or, at the very least, get a blog post out of my one Andrew Young story. Although I met him a handful of times over the years in the course of reporting about Edwards--as Smith's piece documents, Young was one of those guys who was always just sort of around--it was my first encounter with him that sticks in my head.
Could John Edwards Really Be This Dumb?
September 30, 2009
Politico is spotlighting a long piece about the pathos of Andrew Young, the former John Edwards staffer who made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved boss: publicly claiming to be the baby daddy of Rielle Hunter's child, only to be later kicked to the curb by his idol. The piece paints no one in a positive light, conveying the sense that Young is a creepy loser and both Edwardses creepy users.
September 14, 2009
Jonathan Chait: Ayn Rand and the invincible cult of selfishness on the American right
September 14, 2009
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right By Jennifer Burns (Oxford University Press, 459 pp., $27.95) Ayn Rand and the World She Made By Anne C. Heller (Doubleday, 559 pp., $35) I. The current era of Democratic governance has provoked a florid response on the right, ranging from the prosaic (routine denunciations of big spending and debt) to the overheated (fears of socialism) to the lunatic (the belief that Democrats plan to put the elderly to death).
Slideshow: Where Do You Go When You Lose Your Election? Harvard!
September 01, 2009
Norm Coleman. John Edwards. Ursula Plassnik. What do all these people have in common? That's right. Each one became a Harvard fellow after failing to win a high-profile political campaign. And while this year's crop—which includes Senator Coleman and Terry McAuliffe—is perhaps not the most dignified, Cambridge remains a prime spot for office-seekers to rehabilitate. Click through this slideshow to see some of Harvard’s most prominent spurned politician-turned-fellows. Click here to view the slideshow.
As The Triangle Turns
August 06, 2009
The News & Observer reports that Rielle Hunter showed up at the federal courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, today to speak the grand jury investigating whether John Edwards misused campaign funds to buy her silence about their affair. Who knows what Hunter told the grand jury, but it's curious she brought her 18-month-old daughter with her. --Jason Zengerle
Why Hypocrisy Is The Least Of Mark Sanford's Sins
June 29, 2009
Alan Wolfe is a TNR contributing editor and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His latest book is The Future of Liberalism (Knopf, 2009). Charging Mark Sanford and his fellow roaming Republicans with hypocrisy is a story that writes itself. Yes Democrats, the most conspicuous being John Edwards, do these kinds of things too. But Democrats, or so my friends and colleagues tell me, have not made conventional sexual morality their path to power.