Does Obama Need A Philosophy?
January 25, 2009
Jacob Weisberg, writing in Newsweek, says that President Obama needs to articulate a governing philosophy: "Whatever works" is less a vision of the public sector's proper role than a placeholder for someone who has yet to figure out what he thinks that role should be. At the end of his essay, Weisberg offers a positive example for Obama to follow: Obama would do well to figure out what he thinks about the fundamental question of government's responsibilities.
December 10, 2008
It's hard to be a feminist when you're drunk. It's not that drinking isn't ladylike or that women shouldn't drink at all; my point is neither meant to be puritanical nor draconian. But how true to your own ideals, principles, and sense of self can you be if one is drowning that sense of self in booze?Whenever a woman hands her power to someone else--in this case, something else, alcohol--she is less than.
America the Liberal
November 19, 2008
The Democratic majority: It emerged!
What Newsweek's Editor Doesn't Get About John Mccain
October 30, 2008
This morning on NPR, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham provided a bizarre analysis of John McCain's worldview, and then dove headfirst down the rabbit hole in arguing that it's quite similar to Barack Obama's. Meacham argued that, as fans of Reinhold Niebuhr, both McCain and Obama are "moral realists"--men who understand that good cannot always triumph over evil, that the world is stubbornly tragic, and, because we must live in that world, we must learn to compromise.
Palin On Hillary's "whine"
August 30, 2008
I agree that Palin was picked to exploit lingering Obama-Hillary tensions, though I see it as an insult to liberal and moderate women more than an appeal to them. (She's not particularly qualified and she doesn't agree with you on most issues, but she does have two X chromosomes!) But even if Hillary voters were so enraged by Obama as to embrace an unqualified social conservative, I'm guessing they'll think twice before embracing an unqualified social conservative who called Hillary a whiner. Newsweek has the video here... --Noam Scheiber
August 13, 2008
The problem with The New Yorker's Obama bin Laden cover was owed to a certain confusion about the moral status of wit. The image was the creation of people for whom there is almost nothing more mortifying than not being in on the joke. That is the bridge and tunnel of the soul. So it is worth interjecting that the duty to get a joke is always followed by the duty to judge a joke. More, it is possible to get a joke and to hate it. I make such jokes often: I wish to be funny because I wish to offend. The New Yorker wishes to be funny but it does not wish to offend. No, that's not fair.
Sally Quinn's Controversial Communion: WWJD?
June 25, 2008
Sally Quinn, co-founder of the Washington Post's On Faith website and pillar of the Georgetown community, recently wrote about taking Communion at Tim Russert's funeral Mass.
Taking A Dive
June 10, 2008
From a distance, it might seem that environmentalists should be crestfallen that the 2008 Climate Security Act--shorthanded as Lieberman-Warner after its lead sponsors in the Senate--went down in flames on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill, which would cap fossil fuel emissions in the United States above a certain level and ask industry to pay more for any excesses, was easily the most aggressive and comprehensive environmental reform ever to hit Congress. But the bipartisan plan to cut U.S.
My Meeting With Hamas
April 15, 2008
While the world debates Jimmy Carter's decision to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal, I can't help thinking back to my chance encounter with him at the Four Seasons in Qatar last year, when I was working as a correspondent for Newsweek. Only after elbowing the short, pudgy man crowding the humus platter at the dinner buffet did I realize I was standing face-to-face with the infamous terrorist.
Will Democrats Really Dismantle Nafta?
March 11, 2008
In this week's Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria makes a counter-CW case that Obama is worse than McCain for the U.S. image abroad because he panders on trade: Already the mood is shifting abroad. Listening to the Democrats on trade "is enough to send jitters down the spine of most in India" ... For Obama, the backlash could be greatest because he's raised the highest hopes. A senior Latin American diplomat, who asked to remain unnamed because of the sensitivity of the topic, says, "Look, we're all watching Obama with bated breath and hoping [his election] will be a transforming moment for the world.