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See Bhl
September 17, 2008

Bernard Henri-Levy, a mesmerizing political philosopher, is on a speaking tour in the United States. I heard him last night defending the ideas of the democratic left against a boorish spokesman of what I have to say is nothing more and nothing less than a sophisticated fascism in red hue.  Levy will be in a conversation with Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the New York Times Book Review (and a frequent contributor to TNR) tomorrow night, Thursday at the 92nd Street “Y”.

Obama's Polldrums
September 10, 2008

A friend who is overseas called me in a panic (at a dollar a minute, he confessed) to ask what was happening to Barack Obama’s prospects. I told him to save his money and that I would send him an email, which, out of immodesty and at the risk of repeating some things that are obvious, I’ll share with TNR’s readers.    John McCain’s rise in the polls reflects the fact that he and the Republicans had a very successful convention.

Did The White House Play Woodward?
September 09, 2008

Derek Chollet is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and coauthor of America Between the Wars. As Bob Woodward's new book The War Within rolls out this week, many Democrats are giddy at the skewering Bush is taking. According to the numerous press accounts of the book and the lengthy excerpts running this week in the Washington Post, Woodward portrays Bush at best as out of touch and at worst as duplicitous about the collapse of his Iraq strategy in 2006.

Conventional Wisdom (day One)
September 01, 2008

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA--Political conventions used to feature pitched battles among party factions, and the challenge to convention planners was to muffle these internal wranglings sufficiently so that the nominee could get his message across to the public on Thursday. The Democrats feared this kind of convention in Denver, but Barack Obama avoided it. The Republicans haven't had a convention like this since 1992 when the Buchananites made a ruckus--and this one continues the peaceful trend.

A Tick-tock Of The Big Palin Scandal
August 29, 2008

In Alaska, it's known as Troopergate and, sometimes, Wootengate. Newly selected GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Alaska's first female governor, has been dogged by controversy since July 11, when she fired Public Safety Commissoner Walter Monegan. At the time, a spokesperson for Palin said the 44-year-old governor wanted to take the public safety department in a new direction. Monegan said any complaints from the governor about his job performance had "never been communicated" to him. Then things started to get messy.

Chait Vs. Yglesias
August 26, 2008

Our esteemed senior editor Jonathan Chait recently had an illuminating conversation with Matthew Yglesias for BloggingheadsTV. Here are some higlights (check out the whole thing here): Chait and Yglesias just how significant McCain's "house" gaffe is. Chait and Yglesias predict Obama's VP pick just before Biden was announced: --Eric Zimmermann

The Other Other Iron Lady
August 25, 2008

Denver, Colorado*  Not that she was waiting on it, but today was the day Nancy Pelosi officially won my respect. I figured there were worse ways to inaugurate my 2008 convention than watching the woman-with-the-gavel opine on the issues of the day--even if the appearance promised a heaping spoonful of saccharine.

When John Met Vlad
August 21, 2008

One of McCain's best lines is about Vladimir Putin. As McCain often says, "I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes and I saw three things — a K and a G and a B.” This, of course, isn't just a shot at Putin but also at Bush, who famously declared upon meeting Putin in 2001 that he'd "looked the man in the eye" and "was able to get a sense of his soul." McCain tells us today that he knew Bush was wrong about Putin from the get go.

End of the Affair
August 13, 2008

Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama’s press office. The campaign was irked by the Times’ latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee’s accompanying front-page piece titled “Poll Finds Obama Isn’t Closing Divide on Race,” which was running in the morning’s paper.

Hollywood's Walk Of Shame
July 31, 2008

  I had sort of assumed that, fast and furious as they come, celebrity opinions on matters of state would be confined to a succinct, well-crafted endorsement. Three sentences, delivered amiably--perhaps vetted with the campaign in question--and certainly not descending to the pettiness or mischaracterizations to which enough regular pundits subject the public. But this week, an improbable duo has proven me wrong. First, Jon Voight penned an incredible rant in the Washington Times, which reads as follows: Sen.