The group blog of The New Republic
July 24, 2007
July 23, 2007
From New York mag:
The senator further angered conservatives by becoming an early supporter of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform legislation. Although Thompson has recently tried to minimize his enthusiasm for the bill, his Senate papers include a handwritten note from Senator Russell Feingold after the measure passed the Senate in 2001 reading, "You were essential to our success from the outset!"
I'm not a big Bob Novak reader over here, but this morning's incredibly incoherent and intelligence-insulting offering deserves a mention: Billed with the sexy title "Reid's Anti-Reform Maneuvers," Novak's column consists of a harangue against a single earmark offered by Senator Ben Nelson -- debate over it was scuttled to make space for the all-night Iraq debate, a switchoff that Novak concedes was "mere coincidence," not the result of Reid's disclosure-suppre
Via Robert Pear in today's New York Times, we learn that Karen Ignani is very, very worried about how some proposed changes in Medicare would affect the elderly: "Cuts of this size would mean the end of a lifeline for many seniors," she warns. And that sounds very touching, indeed, until you remember that she represents America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which is the main lobbying group for the health insurance industry.
Thanks to Alex Beam today, I'm feeling a little left out. The good folks over at boycottliberalism.com have compiled a list of "products of the LEFT" to boycott--"take away their money and you take away their power." Indeed.
Heinz ketchup makes the list. Even, Jon Bon Jovi. There's Newsday, Newsweek, and the New Yorker but no The New Republic.
Having never seen "24," I'll defer to Chris's judgment that "the show is beyond politics altogether--or, perhaps more accurately, beneath them." But that hasn't stopped numerous conservative commentators (not to mention the odd Supreme Court Justice) from trying to make political hay out of the show.
I thought Obama's Gravel reply re: bundling was great. Also, Biden, Dodd, Kucinich, and Gravel have all gotten questions -- and not a peep yet from John Edwards. I'd be fuming.