The group blog of The New Republic
June 3, 2007
Readers of The Plank might be interested to compare the Nation editorial that James Kirchick excoriates with the positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that The New Republic has taken over the years. The two magazines have often disagreed on particulars, but like The Nation, The New Republic has long been on record supporting a two-state solution to the conflict.
Kucinich wins the intro . . . if only because he alluded to the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hillary is typically quick to point out that, as a senator from New York, she knows "first hand" the damange terrorists can inflict on our country. Obviously we're used to hearing this kind of thing from Giuliani and Bush. I wouldn't underestimate the mileage she's going to get out of it, too.
. . . on why all the other candidates were wrong to vote against the Iraq funding bill--and he refuses to swing. Still, he gets in a good, subtle dig about how he knew what the smart "political" vote was and refused to make it anyway.
Smart move by Hillary saying that none of the eight candidates on the stage want to keep troops in Iraq, while all ten of the Republicans who'll be on the same stage on Tuesday do want to keep troops there. Anything she can do to minimize her differences on Iraq with Edwards and Obama has to help her.
Is it just me or is it a little strange for John Edwards, the only top-tier candidate no longer in public office, to talk about the difference between him and Hillary and Obama on the war as the difference between "leading and following." I guess I appreciate what he's saying, but, you know, it's pretty easy to kibbitz when you don't actually have to cast any votes.
P.S. I second Jason's point--good for Obama for not letting Edwards get away with styling himself as an anti-war leader.
It's interesting on how Edwards attacks Hillary and Obama; Obama attacks Edwards (great line, by the way, about how Edwards was four and a half years late in leading opposition to the war); and Hillary tries to stay above the fray with the insistence that the differences between them "are minor." Can you tell who the frontrunner is, and who's also most vulnerable on Iraq?
Edwards seems pretty pathetic keeping this up, especially when he acknowledges that Obama and Clinton "voted the right way."
Blitzer asks the key question of Richardson: if we withdraw troops by the end of the year, as he's called for, will that lead to genocide? And if it does, does the U.S. have a moral responsibility to stop it? Richardson, not surprisingly, doesn't answer the question. Doesn't seem like he's gotten any better answers since last week's disastrous performance on "Meet the Press."
Kucinich: "Let's end the war and make this a productive evening." That would be quite an evening...