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July 26, 2007
July 25, 2007
This Politico article on the Obama campaign says South Carolina will be his "make-or-break test." Meanwhile, via Hotline, I see that Bill and Hillary are donating $100,000 to help build a library in Bennettsville, South Carolina. The library will be named after Marion Wright Edelman who, last I heard, was mad at her old friends Bill and Hillary for their support of welfare reform.
The New York Sun, noted for its outside-the-box thinking a while back when it published an editorial arguing that Dick Cheney would make a strong presidential contender, is at it again. This time it's a review, by Ira Stoll, of Stephen Hayes's hagiograpic Cheney. Stoll enthuses:
My own guess - okay, hope - is that Mr. Cheney has taken a look at the Republican presidential field and sees an opening.
"As you can see, Mr. President, the acid bath eats away all the inconvenient parts of the Constitution."
Congratulations to Talkbacker drdannyu--and thanks to everyone for their funny contributions. We'll have another contest soon.
I've been meaning for a couple of days to write something about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to say. Fortunately, Ross Douthat has now basically said it. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.) The book was a significant disappointment, and in all the respects he cites. In particular, he captures the lengthy shapelessness of the novel: