The group blog of The New Republic

February 7, 2007

Following up on Isaac's item from a few days ago about Nader-ite thinking, it looks like it's spread to the GOP. From a Politico article about Republicans' fear of Hillary and self-loathing:

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Per Jason's recommendation below, I checked out Glenn Greenwald's argument that Rudy Giuliani will not have difficulty winning over the GOP social conservative base.

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Jason and others have chronicled the despicable attempts made by some on the right to smear the lawyers working for Guantanamo detainees. But this Andy McCarthy post must count as the stupidest thing anyone has yet said on the subject. Here's the last paragraph:

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As Michael Barbaro and Robert Pear are reporting, at a Washington press conference scheduled for 11 a.m., Andy Stern, the president of SEIU, and Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart, are supposed to announce they agree on some basic principles for health care reform -- including universal health care by some date, likely 2012.

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A quick recap for anyone who hasn't been following this story: John Edwards recently hired two liberal bloggers--Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister--to blog for his campaign.

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The New York Times editorial page doesn't like Harry Reid's approach to the Iraq surge fight, chiding him for dodging a vote on the GOP-backed Gregg resolution, which basically vows not to cut off funds for the war:

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Some refreshing news from the world of sports: John Amaechi, who played five seasons with the Utah Jazz is coming out of the closet in a new book (I would mention his college career, but the NCAA game is just so much more boring than pro ball). Very, very few athletes have announced that they are gay, and so Amaechi's memoirs will, I think, count as a first for men's professional basketball.

--Isaac Chotiner

Last night I was chatting with an acquaintance about her boyfriend, a fairly obscure columnist. At one point I said something about how Washington is a small town, and she misheard me as calling her man "small time." With a tone of indignation she retorted: "Oh, no--he's syndicated!"

Because who would be caught dead with someone who wasn't?

--Michael Crowley

How politicized are federal investigations by the Justice Department? Check out the results of this new study:

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Excuse my sparse blogging today, but I'm a bit preoccupied thinking about a certain sporting event that's taking place tonight. If you too are a bit preoccupied by said certain sporting event, you can't do much better than reading this preview by the excellent Will Blythe.

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