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Powell In '08?
November 27, 2007 The Plank

The NYT political blog reports that Hillary Clinton put some meat on the bones of her oft-stated pledge to tap both Democratic and Republican statesmen as diplomats should she become president:

Bush Tax Cuts Fail, Must Be Renewed
November 27, 2007 The Plank

A couple months ago, when the economy first appeared to be heading into a recession, I wrote a column bemoaning the fact that conservatives were going to switch their tax cut rationales again. When the economy was growing, it was proof that tax cuts worked, so we should have more of them. If the economy is slowing, it shows we need tax cuts to fix it.

More On Hillary's Experience
November 27, 2007 The Plank

I agree with a lot of what Jason writes below. The experience issue should be tricky for Hillary Clinton—and it's best we see now whether she can deal with it. But I disagree with him—and, more importantly, with Barack Obama—that she's constantly trying to take credit for her husband's successes and avoid blame for his failures. The reason? Health care. Even before she ran for president, she was talking constantly about the mistakes she made and the flaws of that plan.  

This Time It's Personal
November 27, 2007 The Plank

Like many people, I've basically been sitting back and enjoying the increasingly nasty back-and-forth between Romney and Giuliani. But I want to take a brief timeout to delve into one particular facet of it: Former Massachusetts GOP chairman Jim Rappaport's recent endorsement of Giuliani (and savaging of Romney). As Byron York reports:

Your Dirty Mind
November 27, 2007 The Plank

When I described the Disney film Enchanted as "a children's movie at which adults are also welcome, not a cartoon for grownups" last week, I obviously hadn't seen this careful outtake, in which an offscreen bystander in a busy scene appears to shout "Get the fuck out of here!" Presumably, that's the price Disney pays for filming in the Big Apple. Or is it?

Are You Experienced?
November 27, 2007 The Plank

I think Obama has finally found an effective rejoinder to Clinton's continued attacks on his experience (or lack thereof). From an interview with ABC's "Nightline":

Edwards Gets Into The Mandate Scrum
November 27, 2007 The Plank

If you've been following the Democratic presidential primary race closely, you know that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been going back and forth on the relative merits of their respective health care plans.  And the big point of contention has been whether an "individual mandate" is necessary for achieving universal coverage, at least in the short term. 

The Midas Slam
November 27, 2007 The Plank

If blog posts like this are what it takes to make the Wizards play like this, I'll keep it up all season. For the record, there's no way Caron Butler goes 28, 7, and 7 the rest of the season and leads Washington to the conference finals. None. 

Rock Bottom
November 26, 2007 The Plank

Earlier I alluded to David Samuels' dreadful profile of Condoleezza Rice in The Atlantic last year, but now it seems that Samuels has topped himself with a disgraceful and incoherent piece on the state of American Jewry.

"hi, This Is Governor Mitt Romney, You've Reached [your Name Here]"
November 26, 2007 The Plank

I'm sure many--if not most--Plank readers have spent the four days since Thanksgiving saying to themselves, "My friend/relative/significant other is a huge Mitt Romney supporter, but I just can't think of what to get him/her this holiday season." Well, worry no more!

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