The group blog of The New Republic
January 23, 2007
Worst op-ed of the (admittedly still young) year? Liz Cheney's Hannity-esque effort on Iraq in today's WaPo. It's a really thing of wonder. In a mere 800 words, it manages to touch all the wing-nutty bases--smearing Hillary, lauding Lieberman, bitching about Hagel, quoting Churchill, etc. Give this woman a prize!
Ben Smith has a story in the Politico about Clinton's relative strength--and Obama's relative weakness--when it comes to appealing to black voters. It's a good piece, but there was one part of it that I didn't quite get. Smith makes a big deal of the fact that the Clintons spent a recent vacation in Anguilla schmoozing with Bob Johnson. Smith writes:
The Times has a sad story today lamenting the likely death of the public financing program for presidential campaigns. Hillary Clinton has already decided to forgo the program, as she knows she will be able to raise a lot more than the $150 million that public financing would provide her if she chose to run in accordance with its restrictions.
Former almost-candidate Mark Warner says he's not getting back into the '08 race--but a key supporter notes that he didn't exactly rule it out and urges him to reconsider. I suspect Warner, like Al Gore, may watch Hillary and Obama bludgeon each other for a while before making a decision--although Warner probably can't afford to get in as late as Gore can.