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Half-baked Gore Speculation
October 12, 2007 The Plank

Al Gore's Nobel Prize has us all wondering who he'll endorse, something Marc Ambinder says is likely to happen in December. My two cents: If at that point it looks like Obama has some chance of winning the nomination, it'll be Obama. I say that for the following reasons: 1.) Obama has the most credible claim to being a transformative figure, something Gore (rightly) fancies himself, too. 2.) Obama, like Gore, got the war right from the get-go.

So They've Got At Least Two-and-a-half Months
October 12, 2007 The Plank

"Imitating the Web, for the Busy Reader," The New York Times, October 12, 2007:

BusinessWeek's ad sales team has been previewing [its redesign] with clients. David Laverty, chief marketing officer of the software company Cognos, said he liked what he had seen of the redesign; he said he knew that Cognos's chief executive reads BusinessWeek while traveling.

Responses To Three Critics
October 12, 2007 The Plank

The media spotlight is leaving the Frost family of Baltimore--and, I suspect, that's just as well. But I want to respond to a few criticisms my post about the story generated. And while I don't want to make too much out of this, there are some important issues to discuss here--the same ones that always come up in health care debates--so please forgive yet another lengthy item.

Meanwhile, Back At The West Wing...
October 12, 2007 The Plank

Watching Al Gore take a well-deserved victory lap this afternoon, I couldn't help wondering what George W. Bush must be thinking. I mean, I know the guy still believes history will vindicate him and all, but, really, this has got to be pretty painful. Bush, according to various accounts of the 2000 campaign, absolutely despised Gore. He regarded him as a preening, self-righteous phony.

Frank Shorter, Winner
October 12, 2007 The Plank

Wow, was Frank Shorter always so vain and I just missed it, or does this kind of thing worsen with age? Shorter writes in the lede to his New York Times op-ed today:

Things You Learn While Driving Through The South
October 12, 2007 The Plank

Noam, in response to your item on how Bush must feel about Gore today: According to conservative talk radio, the Nobel Prize has become the "left-wing Man of the Year award" and no one should take it seriously. I suspect that's how Bush consoles himself.

P.S. Also heard on the radio: ABC News's national, top-of-the-hour news update featured a reference to John Edwards's denial of the National Enquirer story (though few other details).

--Michael Crowley

Caucus Like A Barack Star?
October 11, 2007 The Plank

Ed Kilgore notices something interesting about the methodology of the latest Des Moines Register Iowa poll. The poll assumes that only 2 percent of likely caucus-goers are under the age of 25. Ed writes:

Stay Cool, Dutch
October 11, 2007 The Plank

A very happy birthday to Elmore Leonard, who turns 82 today. In addition to reigning as the dean of American crime fiction for a few decades now, Leonard has had his books and stories converted into nearly three dozen films and TV movies. He's also, to a significant degree, the artistic forefather of Quentin Tarantino. As I noted in a review three years ago:

Wasted Youth
October 11, 2007 The Plank

Allow me to be far harsher than Jason about Obama's pursuit of the youth vote in Iowa. I know everyone likes to get all excited whenever a candidate has a certain inspirational hipness that the kiddies dig. But when it comes time for voters to pull the trigger, how much does that really matter? Younger supporters may give a campaign the aura of energy, change, possibility, blah blah blah, but it's the old folks who vote.

Quote Of The Day
October 11, 2007 The Plank

"My body is far from a wonderland. My body is more like a pawnshop. There's a lot of interesting things put together, and if you look closely you'd probably be excited, but at first glance, not so much." --Jennifer Love Hewitt

--Isaac Chotiner