Kennedy And Elitism, Cont'd.
December 19, 2008

If you want evidence for the thesis Richard laid out in his terrific post about Caroline--that her appointment would help the GOP conflate social and intellectual elitism, to devastating effect for Democrats and the country--look no further than today's Rich Lowry column: Heretofore, whatever their other merits, fundraising for the American Ballet Theatre and the Fund for Public Schools has not been considered the proving ground for high office, yet some of the same liberal pundits who were hell on Sarah Palin for her lack of experience are taken with Kennedy.

The Breakup, Ctd.
November 05, 2008

From Newsweek's "Special Election Project": NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Why Palin's Policies Won't Help Special-needs Kids
November 03, 2008

Harold Pollack is a public health policy researcher at The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, where he is faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies. Today's New York Times contains a poignant article, "In Palin, Families of Disabled Children See a Potential White House Friend." With her infant son's diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Governor Palin has joined a community of caregivers that crosses every social boundary. My wife Veronica and I belong to that same community.

The Power Of Palin's Emotional Intelligence
October 03, 2008

David Kusnet was chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton from 1992-1994. He is the author of Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier than Ever.       Read the transcript of the Biden-Palin debate, and, whatever your politics, you’re likely to conclude that Biden won each round hands-down. On the financial crisis, health care, climate change, energy, the Iraq War, and especially on foreign policy issues, Biden offered clear and uncharacteristically crisp answers.

First Final Thought
October 02, 2008

Palin definitely avoided any major gaffes, and she certainly defied expectations that she'd fall flat on her face. But her performance was nevertheless somewhat flat. Stylistically, she was fine. But her style wasn't strong enough to cover up her total lack of substance. And her statement up front that she wasn't going to answer questions in a way that pleased the moderator or her opponent just highlighted her dependence on talking points. She would have been better off not responding to questions, rather than not responding and acknowledging that she wasn't responding.

Dept. Of Riiiiiiight, Palin Edition
September 30, 2008

I've been somewhat surprised that, rather than attack the media for Palin's problems, a lot of Republicans and conservatives are pointing fingers at the McCain camp and Palin herself. But, rest assured, media-bashing on Palin's behalf is alive and well--if confined to a smaller circle than usual. From yesterday's excellent Wall Street Journal piece about all the Palin hand-wringing, which I'm a little late in getting to: From her campaign's perspective, Gov. Palin isn't getting media attention for her contributions.

Was Palin A Strategic Mistake?
September 18, 2008

The New York Times/CBS poll out today (write-up here) has some useful insights about why the Palin pick may weigh McCain down. For one thing, her upside is fairly limited. She isn't fundamentally scrambling the demographics of the race, as some worried/predicted at the time of the announcement. Non-conservative women, in particular, don't appear to be taking the bait, possibly because of her hard-line positions on social issues: [T]he Times/CBS News poll suggested that Ms. Palin’s selection has, to date, helped Mr.

Palin's Philosophical Inquiries Into Book-banning
September 08, 2008

  Last week, the New York Times reported: Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question. Anne Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms.

Palin And The Out Of Touch Elites Who Love Her
September 04, 2008

Mike makes a great point about how well-received Palin's speech was among liberal elites. Lots of them deemed Palin's homespun shtick authentic and assumed it was what actual homespun people want. Fortunately, I think it's just another example of the elites being out of touch. My sense is that, while most PTA mothers don't want politicians bashing them, they don't see PTA membership as a qualification for the presidency. By playing up her ordinary mother bona fides, Palin demonstrated that she's a regular person.

Tnr Tv: Crowley And Judis On Palin's Speech
September 04, 2008

Live from Saint Paul last night, TNR senior editors Michael Crowley and John B. Judis react to Gov. Palin's speech. Who has she won over, and are Democrats scared? What are her biggest challenges ahead, and what could take her down? --The Editors