The group blog of The New Republic
September 10, 2007
Brendan Nyhan has a theory about why Obama isn't questioning Hillary's "experience" more aggressively.
The room where Petraeus is scheduled to speak is in a bizarre state of chaos right now--none of the microphones are working. Not an ideal scene for a hearing that's supposed to demonstrate competence. They've also failed to get statements passed out, so the press is still waiting around for things to get underway...
Politico has the full transcript. The portion I heard wasn't very surprising.
For a presidential hopeful who's stressed how aggressively he intends to use the web to boost his candidacy, you'd think Fred Thompson might have given a tad more thought to the contents of his blogroll.
First up on the alphabetical list is The American Scene, where the most recent commentary on Thompson was this observation by Peter Suderman:
Oscar Lindsay, the brother of Fred Thompson's first wife Sarah, explaining to the Daily Mail why his family is backing Thompson's presidential bid:
"It has been a bit of a dilemma, deciding whether to support him. But his political philosophy and ours are very close, time heals and Sarah and he had three children together. We believe he can beat the hell out of the Democrats." [Emphasis added.]
Great news! There's still time to attend the Cornell Waste Management Institute's 2007 "Road Kill Composting Workshops"!
According to this, the New York state transportation department deals with 25,000 dead deer annually. That must be one tall pile.
Over the past year or so, Brad Pitt's reputation has come to be a little diminished, as if he were more an accoutrement to Angelina Jolie than a star in his own right. But that could change pretty quickly if his surprise Best Actor win for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at the Venice Film Festival this weekend proves a harbinger of things to come.