Tina Does Hillary
March 10, 2008

Hillary gets the Tina Brown treatment in Newsweek. It's an entertaining read for several reasons--maybe none more so than Brown's horror at encountering, for the first time apparently, the sheer drudgery of reporting on a campaign; in Brown's words, "It's like being trapped in a moving bathysphere." (And how many writers has she sent to live in that bathysphere over the years?) But the point of Brown's article, so far as I can tell, is to paint Hillary as the champion of the "Invisible Woman": It's a revolt that has been overdue for a while and has now found its focus in Clinton's candidacy.

Robert Dreyfuss, Lyndon Larouche, And The Nation
March 07, 2008

Robert Dreyfuss, a contributing editor to The Nation, has written a piece this week entitled "Hothead McCain." I wonder if Dreyfuss would use a similar descriptor for his longtime former employer, the convicted felon and political cult-leader Lyndon LaRouche.

More Silliness From Camp Clinton
March 05, 2008

In a just-released statement, Pennsylvania Governor and Clinton campaign surrogate Ed Rendell argues that Clinton's win last night was impressive because, among other things, Obama was "benefitting from outside political funds."  By this, I assume, Rendell means the support of pro-Obama unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- along with, a new independent group that helped him in California.  According to this New York Times report, Powerpac spent $150,000 on mailers for Obama in Texas. Well, sure.  But it's not like Clinton hasn't had the same sort of adva

This Is Obama Country, Too
March 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Northwest Ohio may turn out to be Clinton Country, as I wrote earlier today.

Adding Insult To Injury
March 03, 2008

Remember the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, the 22-year-old former Halliburton worker in Iraq who was allegedly drugged, gang-raped, and locked in a storage shed until the State Department rescued her after her congressman intervened? Thanks to an order signed by Paul Bremer, employees of U.S. contractors in Iraq are beyond the reach of the Iraqi criminal justice system, leaving them effectively in a legal black hole, as Michael Walzer wrote in our last issue. They could technically be tried in U.S.

Moscow Dispatch: Election Day In Russia
March 02, 2008

  Today, Russia votes for its next president.

Where The Supreme Court And "office Space" Meet
February 26, 2008

Remember the scene in the movie where Peter, Samir, and Michael Bolton decide to launder money but realize they don't know what the term means and resort to looking it up in the dictionary? Well, the justices are doing the same thing in an attempt to decide whether the feds are applying the term too loosely: The government ...

The Vindication Of Al Gore
February 24, 2008

 The most trying experience for me, a Gore loyalist, after the Supreme Court gave George Bush the election in 2000 (and for years thereafter) was to sit and listen to the autopsies of the oh, so smart people who knew just how Al had screwed up. So what did the wise people say?  "He should have used Bill Clinton more."The fact is that I have never discussed, post-election, this particular matter with Gore. And neither did I discuss it with him during the campaign. But I was sure then that it was wisdom.

The Long Run-Up
February 21, 2008

Last night, around dinnertime, The New York Times postedon its website a 3,000-word investigation detailing Senator John McCain’s connections to a telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman.

What Story?
February 20, 2008

So here's the essence of the Times' 3,000-word "bombshell" on John McCain. John Weaver, whom McCain fired last summer (indentified in the Times piece as  "now an informal campaign adviser" to McCain, which sounds like a puffed-up euphemism for "unemployed") says that 8 years ago, he and two other former employees who have since "become disillusioned" (read: disgruntled), suspected that McCain was having an affair with a lobbyist.