The group blog of The New Republic
June 14, 2007
First the Democrats decided to pull out of a Fox News debate. Okay, you thought, but politicians aren't that cool. But now comes word that Angelina Jolie, Hollywood legend, daughter of Jon Voight (our condolences), and partner to the man costarring in the year's worst film, tried to ban Fox from covering the premiere of her new movie.
"The submission was not something I would expect from a first-year in law school. It was submitted for the sole purpose of throwing their names out there." --Judge Reggie Walton, commenting on a legal brief filed on behalf of Scooter Libby by Robert Bork, Alan Dershowitz, and ten other prominent law professors.
The American Prospect has an article today complaining, in part, about TNR:
A while back, The New Republic demanded that "the West finally get ruthlessly serious about Iran." Unless "ruthlessly serious" describes some subset of containment theory that I'm unfamiliar with, this seems like mercilessly frivolous advice. But such is the sorry state of discourse on Iran: lots of hyperventilating, but relatively little in the way of actual diagnosis or prescription.
Henry Waxman sticks a fork in disgraced GSA Administrator Lurita Doan:
Plenty more where that came from here.
Perusing the Weekly Standard's promotional package (which isn't online), I came across this testimonial from Joe Lieberman:
"If Kristol says what I'm doing is right, it must be right."
This does not strike me as a sound way for a self-described moderate liberal hawk to evaluate his positions.
Bill Richardson advisor Steve Murphy just defended his boss on MSNBC. Asked by Tucker Carlson about the opening anecdote in Ryan Lizza's new TNR piece, in which Richardson bizarrely tickles the head of a woman he's never met at a baseball game, Murphy declared: "Everybody touches everybody!"
I'm not sure that's the winning soundbite they're looking for.
But come to think of it, perhaps there's a campaign theme song in here:
Some might argue that this is by far the most sense Jonah Goldberg has ever made.
Yes, it's a hard thing to put a brand new political publication on the map as a Beltway must-read. But in attempting to get there quickly The Politico seems already to have made more than its share of journalistic and ethical missteps.