Joe Klein, who wrote a great Woody Guthrie biography, has a good column about how the Bush years have transformed Merle Haggard from an "Okie from Muskogee" into a Hillary Clinton supporter. But I found this part of Klein's column--about whether Hillary will really do what it takes to win over disaffected white male voters--kind of odd:
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton unveiled a new program to spread the benefits of private retirement savings accounts to All Americans. In other words, she'd create a system in which even the poor and lower middle class had an easy way to pile up savings in IRAs or 401Ks, just like most more affluent Americans already do.
Ben Smith highlights the back-and-forth today between the Obama and Clinton camps over an Obama op-ed in the Manchester Union-Leader. First, the key grafs in the Obama piece, which focuses mostly on that Lieberman-Kyl Iran amendment:
A pretty big congressional debate has been emerging these past several weeks, with little coverage from the media or blogs. It concerns ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation (it is currently legal to do so in 31 states). The bill has existed in some form or another for over 30 years, but only now does it have a chance of passing.
If, like me, you're not a regular reader of the New York Sun, you might have missed Edward Glaeser's review yesterday of Paul Krugman's new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which Glaeser describes as "a sweeping political history of the past 135 years from a stridently liberal Democratic viewpoint." Glaeser argues that Krugman: