The Politics Of Johnson
December 14, 2006

On her blog yesterday, compassionate conservative Michelle Malkin posted about Tim Johnson's health. She told her readers to keep the Senator and his family in their thoughts and prayers, and then expressed her displeasure with the "rush to calculate the political consequences" on liberal blogs. Can we get serious? No one would give two cents about Tim Johnson's health were it not for the political consequences. And of course the politics (i.e. control of the Senate) is what we should be thinking about.

Refugees Everywhere
December 11, 2006

A few weeks ago, George Packer argued that if and when the United States finally pulls out of Iraq, the country should offer visas to those Iraqis who collaborated with us during the occupation, seeing as how they'll all be in grave danger when we leave. As an aside, he noted that last year the United States accepted fewer than 200 Iraqi refugees (and looking around, it seems that most of those had applied for admission before the current war).

Is History Useless?
December 10, 2006

by Stanley I. Kutler The only thing we learn from history is we forget it. A Cornell University poll found 44 percent of Americans believe the government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslims. Nearly 30 percent favored requiring Muslims to register with the federal government, and that the government utilize racial profiling. The poll numbers reflected more substantial support for restriction from Republicans and from those who consider themselves "highly religious." Republican voters supported restriction and surveillance efforts two-to-one over Democrats.

Romney's Immigration Problem
December 10, 2006

Mitt Romney sure has gall. I posted a Spine on the first part of this story, the fact that Mitt and Anne had illegal immigrants from Guatemala working on their land in Belmont, Massachusetts and on their son's, as well. Now, there is almost no one tougher on illegal immigrants in American politics than Romney, unless it is Representative Tom Tancredo, the phobic from Colorado. How Romney squares his position on illegals with his having them doing the landscaping at his house is a question that maybe he'll have to answer in a debate.

Obama And The Evangelicals
December 03, 2006

by Cass Sunstein For those wondering about the future of the Democratic Party, it's worth paying careful attention to Barack Obama's speech at the evangelical AIDS conference sponsored by Saddleback Church, available here. I am pointing not to the fact of the speech, which has already gotten considerable attention, but to its content. Obama's speech is noteworthy for at least four reasons. First, he spoke openly and unambiguously about his own religious convictions. ("My faith reminds me that we all are sinners. ...

Bad Days For Mitt Romney
December 01, 2006

It's been a bad couple of days for Mitt Romney. You probably have already read that John McCain crashed the Republican Governors Association meetings in Doral, Florida. This was supposed to be Romney's turf since he's head of the organization, and he had certainly made planes for it to be just that. Then McCain came to town, courted the governors, their associates, and the many lobbyists, and turned the event into, well, more than a competition, but a triumph of the senator's audacity and charm.

"she's Leading The Team In The Northeast"
December 01, 2006

For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, the now-notorious Bank of America conference video, featuring a couple of bankers playing--with the kind of earnestness you really can't fake--a version of U2's "One," with rewritten lyrics about their employer. And now, with the kind of earnestness you absolutely can fake, here's a video of David Cross's cover version of their cover. (H/t T.P.) --Jason Zengerle

Gay Marriage In Israel
November 24, 2006

Civil marriage is not permitted in Israel. Historically--that is, when the state was founded in 1947-1948--this was less a concession to the rabbis than to the Muslims and especially to the Christians of Palestine, who were fiercely represented by the Catholic countries in the U.N. General Assembly. The representatives of these governments extracted many concessions from the Zionists in exchange for support of the Partition Plan. Among these was that matters of personal status were to be left to the official religious communions.

'the Guardian' And Israel
November 08, 2006

On its front page yesterday, November 7, The Guardian trumpeted a speech it was reprinting by David Grossman, the well-known (I think more than a little precious, but no matter) Israeli novelist. Grossman gave the address at a huge memorial meeting for Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv on the fifth anniversary of the prime minister's assassination. "What has happened to my beloved Israel?" cries out the headline, placed directly under the Zionist banner, two blue stripes and a Star of David on a white field.

November 07, 2006

by Jacob T. LevyThis isn't very scholarly of me, but I'm just too delighted not to say: good-bye to Senator Man On Dog. In memoriam, the transcript, one last time. SANTORUM: We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family.