The group blog of The New Republic
August 14, 2007
People of a certain age from the tri-state area will understand why his death had me hunting in YouTube for "The Money Store." The search yielded this hilarious compilation of 1980s commercials. Rizzuto's is the second one, but the anti-drug ad at the end is actually the best:
The New York Times, reflecting on the recent day Eliot Spitzer spent at the racetrack, reveals that the New York governor comes by his NASCAR fandom honestly:
Ever since he married his North Carolina-born wife, whose brother is a top engineer at Hendrick Motorsports, one of Nascar's top teams, Mr. Spitzer has followed stock car racing, and has made Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick driver, his favorite.
I don't know how I let myself get almost through the day without reading Fred Barnes' encomium to Karl Rove. (Make that, his latest encomium to Karl Rove.) The basic theme is that Rove is responsible for every good thing that has happened to the GOP since 2000, but responsible for none of the bad things.
Barnes' most audacious argument: