The group blog of The New Republic
August 1, 2007
Today's Wall Street Journal features a long letter from publisher L. Gordon Crovitz reassuring readers about Rupert Murdoch's impending takeover of the newspaper. It isn't very reassuring. Crovitz's two main arguments are that Murdoch promised not to interfere with the newspaper's editorial integrity, and that "it would be bad business" for him to do so, since the Journal's most valuable commodity is its integrity.
The Times has a terrific, hilarious story today about Mayor Bloomberg's S.U.V.-assisted "subway" commute to work. Basically, he only takes the train to work about two times a week, and when he does, he's driven to an express stop, making his ride to City Hall a mere three stations away.
"[Is it] a bigger feat to break 2,000 yards in one season or slice two necks in one night?"
--Caller to a web-radio interview featuring O.J. Simpson yesterday. The AP says the host rephrased the question as "What was your biggest accomplishment, basically, in football?"
"As his mom, I never really thought he was good-looking."
--The mother of Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth, reacting to her son's number-one position on The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list.
Charlie Cook has an interesting column about some challenges facing the Republican contenders in '08. Still, this part of his argument was entirely unconvincing:
The fundamentals are quite clear. Four out of five times in the post-World War II era, the party holding the White House for two consecutive terms failed in their attempt to win a third term. In 1960, 1968, 1976 and 2000, the party occupying the White House saw its string end with two terms.