Hillary Punts, But Still Beats Richardson
September 26, 2007
I'll second Noam's complaint that Hillary seemed to come off as arrogant and standoffish when she refused to answer Tim Russert's question about Social Security (and Israel/Iran policy too, for that matter). Why bother to show up at these debates if you're not going to even pretend to answer the interesting questions?
Yes, Evan Bayh may be the milquetoastiest guy in the Senate, but I share Noam's thinking about Bayh's potential to be Hillary's (admittedly not electrifying) No. 2. And I think there's no question that the Indiana Senator is jockeying (oh-so-politely, of course) for the slot.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, President Bush will host an international conference on climate change. Anyone who thinks this signifies a genuine change of heart on his long-standing opposition to curtailing greenhouse emissions would be wise to read this article about his administration's efforts to undermine California's emissions-reducing proposal.
Ack. Here's the subject line/come on from my latest "Bill Clinton" email, this one encouraging Hillary supporters to sign up for the chance to hang out and watch one of the upcoming debates with the former president.
"You, me, a TV, and a bowl of chips"
That's it. I've gotta email Team Hillary and find out who dreamed up these bizarre teasers--and how much they'd had to drink.
Will keep you posted.
Jonathan Martin has a smart post up about the conflicting challenges the Romney campaign faces: Romney is trying to distance himself from the mess Bush's GOP has made of the country. At the same time, he has to win over a Republican establishment that's still skeptical of his moderate Massachusetts pedigree, to say nothing of his Mormonism. As Jonathan puts it, "he's wanting to give the Sunday sermon a week after he joined the church."
Vanity Fair has online an extraordinary, heartbreaking essay about the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School 50 years ago this month. The story focuses on 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford, the shy, pretty subject of Will Counts's iconic photograph of the event, and on the furious teenage protester also captured in his frame, Hazel Bryan.