The group blog of The New Republic
February 22, 2007
Today, the All England Club announced that it would begin giving equal prize money to male and female competitors at Wimbledon, the most prestigious event in tennis (last year the discrepancy was a little more than $50,000--in favor of the man). All other Grand Slam events in tennis pay male and female champions equally. Until now, Wimbledon had been operating under some pretty shaky lines of reasoning:
I assume this sort of thing doesn't happen that much.
In a valiant effort to surpass his own record for Most Self-Pitying Statement, Joe Lieberman said this today about the possibility of switching parties: "I hope we don't get to that point. That's about all I will say on it today. That would hurt."[My italics]
Rudy Giuliani's event of the day: a photo-op with firefighters in South Carolina:
"The first people that arrive on the scene of the bombing or the anthrax attack... it's going to be one of your brothers or your sisters or you that gets to do it," the former New York mayor told a crowd of about 200 emergency workers. "Your ability to do it well will once again determine if we save lives -- save America."
While we sit in our comfortable chairs criticizing the Bush administration for all sorts of things, we ought to recognize that not everyone is so lucky.