The group blog of The New Republic
September 12, 2007
Pop quiz -- what Euro-loving, Bush-bashing, ultra-liberal wacko said the following:
"...the truth is that the best national health-insurance programs do not bear out the horror stories that conservatives like to tell about them."
Michael Moore? Paul Krugman? Ezra Klein? Me?
Er, no. Those words came from conservative journalist Ramesh Ponnuru, writing in the latest issue of National Review.
From an email I just received promoting Digger Phelps's new book, Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach:
Head basketball coach of Notre Dame at age 29, a position he held for more than two decades with a 100 percent graduation rate, Richard "Digger" Phelps was an attention-getting figure in The White House's anti-drug program, part-time ambassador, is an adored ESPN commentator, and a possible Presidential candidate. [Emphasis added.]
USA Today has a piece today about the ongoing battle between breastfeeders and Facebook. It seems the popular networking site has deleted the accounts of some women for posting photos of themselves nursing their babies, arguing that such pics violate its policy against nude and obscene material.
Obama in Clinton, Iowa, just now:
We do hope that the headline after we leave is, "Clinton Endorses Obama."
An Obama aide assures me the location for today's Iraq speech was not chosen to make a pun-y point.
Update: Here's the key Hillary-smacking portion of the speech:
Before his Iraq speech today Barack Obama was introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter. This was his first appearance at an Obama event, and the campaign sees Brzezinski's support as a way of countering the implicit Clinton critique of Obama's lack of "experience." After the speech I sat down with Brzezinski for a few minutes to discuss his support for Obama.