It’s game day. Kentucky’s two largest metro areas face off tonight as the University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of Kentucky Wildcats, of Lexington, go head-to-head in New Orleans in the final showdown before Monday’s NCAA championship game. As this legendary rivalry reaches its boiling point this weekend, you won’t see a punch fly between Mayor Fischer of Louisville and Mayor Gray of Lexington. Instead, behind their playful wager and exchange of good-luck bourbon and IPA, these two mayors and their metros are acting in stark contrast to their teams’ fierce on-court competitio
Jillian Rayfield reports on the Michele Bachmann historical follies: Rep. Michele Bachmann got her Revolutionary War history a bit screwed up at an event in New Hampshire today, telling the crowd: "What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord." The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the shot heard round the world took place in Massachusetts. ... Bachmann's gotten her American history wrong before.
Lexington, SCEvery Plank denizen should take a brief detour to the Stump, where Noam's done a fantastic Deep Blue on the next moves in the Republican race. But Noam, when you write that "with his war chest, Romney should be able to sneak into the top two in Florida," I'm not sure that's right—Romney's war chest didn't get him anywhere near the top two here. And I wonder if you underestimate Huckabee's resilience going forward to February 5.
Historical Analogies Run Amok: Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann have just compared Obama's victory to Lexington and Concord and the election of 1932 and the American Civil War. They neglected the obvious Glorious Revolution comparison. Giuliani Interview: It was a genuine pleasure to listen to Giuliani nervously laugh his way through questions about whether he could support a nominee like Huckabee with his views on arming the citizenry. Last I looked, Rudy had four percent in the caucus--that's sixth place, I believe.
POPULAR DEMAND Gregg Easterbrook’s hopeful essay on the possibility that warfare is trending toward obsolescence fails to meet the aspirations of its lofty title (“The End of War?” May 30). Warfare may presently be in decline as a result of increased democratization and prosperity, lack of conflict between superpowers, and improved international peacekeeping. But Easterbrook underplays the threat of nations going to war in order to secure scarce resources in the face of booming population growth.
"Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world." —Hymn sung at the completion of the Battle Monument, Concord, July 4, 1837 The claim in Emerson's line is expansive. Can it be true that the shot was heard round the world—when there were no satellites, no television, no radio, no telephone? Let us see. It then took from five to six weeks for news to cross the Atlantic.