The group blog of The New Republic
July 6, 2007
The sky, thankfully, has not fallen.
Andrew kindly calls me out for labeling the Libby commutation critics "Cassandras." Did I not mean "Chicken Littles?" No, I was being sarcastic. Those saying our country is one step closer to authoritarianism by the president's exercising his constitutional duty--Andrew, Glenn Greenwald, et. al.--see themselves as Cassandras, and I was attempting to mock. Perhaps I ought to have inserted "self-identified."
Foreign policy is not often a major factor in British elections. You could argue it's not decided a general election since Labour argued for unilateral nuclear disarmament in 1983 (part of a party manifesto memorably described as "the longest suicide note in political history"). Despite the tensions of the Blair-Bush years, it's not hugely likely that foreign policy will be a major factor in the next election either.
Uh oh. It looks like Obama is cutting into Kucinich's base.
I'm off to attend Tiger Woods' new golf tournament, the AT&T National, at the Congressional club in Bethesda today. Hence this desperate need to find a golf-related post...
Most PGA Tour golfers are conservatives. Paul Azinger's disdain for the "draft-dodger" Bill Clinton was such that he had to be talked into attending a pre-Ryder Cup reception with the President. It's fair to say that there aren't many too many liberals on the tour.
Perhaps it's, er, overkill to feature Daily Telegraph obituaries on consecutive days. But ever since Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd revived the art of the obituary 20 years ago, much of the best writing in British papers is found on the obituary page. Today's Telegraph does not, I think you will agree, disappoint:
More fallout from the Libby commutation? According to this American Research Group poll, 54 percent of Americans now think the House should begin impeachment proceedings against Cheney.
Update: Which must make Bush feel relatively good, since the same poll finds that only 45 percent of Americans want to impeach him.