The Plank

Shave And A Haircut. . . .

John Edwards finally responds to the $400-haircut allegations swirling around him. A sampling from the Quad-City Times:

Bobos In Paris

On Sunday, the French will choose two candidates to square off in the presidential runoff. David Bell has predictions here.

--Adam B. Kushner

Fred Thompson Watch


"Seven weeks ago, I would have put it very low," Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said of the odds of a Thompson bid. "Four weeks ago, when I talked on the phone to both he and his wife, I would have put it at 50-50. "Last Wednesday, I talked to them both again on the phone, and I have to tell you I think he is very interested. I think he is at the 75- to 80-percent level at this point. I really do."

--Michael Crowley

Casey And The Democratic Convention

I know this is tiresome but some myths must be shot down again and again. In his response to Adam's post on abortion and "big tent" parties, John Podhoretz writes:

Reid Has Second Thoughts

Harry Reid doesn't seem overly thrilled with the Supreme Court's abortion decision yesterday: "A lot of us wish that Alito weren't there and O'Connor were there." That's nice, and I agree, but then why did Reid vote for the D&X ban in the first place?


What exactly does this press release, from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, have to do with gay rights?

--James Kirchick

On Inspiration

In the immediate aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, it seemed like some conservative commentators were almost hoping that the murderer was an Islamic terrorist. He wasn't. But that hasn't stopped some of these conservative commentators from trying to link Cho Seung Hui to Islamic terrorism.

Big Bosoms And Square Jaws

Everyone knows that John Ashcroft was fully committed to fighting the all-crucial War on Porn. But what about Alberto Gonzales? He wasn't one of those porno-king sympathizers found so frequently on the Western left, was he? Hardly, Salon's Mark Follman reports today.

Rats Fleeing?

A couple of minutes ago in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Senator Tom Coburn called for Gonzales's resignation, right to his face. Doesn't look good.

--Eve Fairbanks