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August 16, 2007
In his interview with the Washington Post yesterday, Barack Obama emphasized his distinctly un-Hillarylike prospects for healing the country's partisan divide, telling Dan Balz, "I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can." Obama's desire to remake American politics also runs throughout our beloved Ryan Lizza's excellent new READ MORE >>
Not really, but via Brink Lindsey, is it all that surprising that his position on economic sanctions on Iran has changed since 1998? Of course Halliburton's CEO would favor less restrictive policies on American economic activity in oil-rich Iran. The well-documented evolution of his views regarding the wisdom of toppling Saddam Hussein may well have resulted from a post-9/11 overraction, but this seems like it's probably just a product of his new job.
August 15, 2007
Is it me, or does this NYT frontpager on Fred Thompson's "stealth campaign" read like it was written three months ago--or, better yet, written by Thompson himself? Yeah, yeah, he's got a good website and it's great that NBC can run his "Law & Order" re-runs without having to worry about other candidates demanding equal time.
And are the Democratic candidates paying enough attention to that possibility? A plugged-in reader of Marc Ambinder's says (probably) yes and no:
I would bet that "it's the economy stupid" is going to be right up there with "bring them home" when it comes to sloganeering on the campaign trial next year.
I thought this, from Karl Rove, was too priceless to ignore:
When asked about the House Democratic leadership, Rove said: "This last election was a very close election, and I think they misread the results. They think they've got some mandate to raise taxes and blow up the budget. It's just unbelievably out of touch with reality."
Karl Rove's conversation with Rush Limbaugh included this nugget, which had been talked about in a lot of hard news pieces but without specific numbers:
RUSH: How many books have you guys read?KARL ROVE: I beat him last year, 110 to 94, and I'm ahead this year. I won't give you the total because it would crush you, and again he keeps saying, "Look, I'm the leader of the Free World, but, you know, I won the first year." In fact, it was almost ... It was very funny.