The group blog of The New Republic
March 8, 2007
Mort Kondracke on the Libby trial: "I think that this whole case is another rancid example of a rancid custom in Washington."
Who says there are no second acts in American life? Bob Torricelli is now a blogger.
Some of the unsung heroes of American government are those in our foreign service, especially those who forgo plum assignments to represent their country in far-flung danger zones. The American delegation in Harare is one of which we can be proud. In 2005, after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Dell publicly blamed Robert Mugabe for his country's descent into madness, Mugaberesponded, "Mr.
Here's an amazingly raw glimpse at the frustration of a House Democrat being torn between "idiot liberals" and vulnerable moderates over Iraq. (It takes a minute to really boil over.) Wow.
Speaking to James Dobson, Newt cops to having an affair while leading the Clinton impeachment. It's not clear from this story whether the subject came up organically or whether this was a calculated garbage-dump by Newt. If it's the latter, it tells me he's getting serious about the GOP presidential nomination: Better to get the subject out of the way sooner rather than later.
March 7, 2007
Mr. Bush will no doubt be advised to wait for the outcome of an appeal and the end of his Administration to pardon Mr. Libby. We believe he bears some personal responsibility for this conviction, especially for not policing the disputes and insubordination in his Administration that made this travesty possible. The time for a pardon is now.
One question. Is the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust trying to suggest that Hamid Karzai thinks he's innocent?