The group blog of The New Republic
January 12, 2007
Good news for Duncan Hunter! He's no longer the most ridiculous GOP presidential candidate. The reason? Texas Congressman Ron Paul has tossed his hat into the race (link via PoliticalWire). Although, come to think of it, Paul does at least have some presidential campaign experience, having run as the Libertarian candidate in '88. Maybe Hunter still is the most ridiculous.
Uh oh. Does this foreshadow a Rudy-Newt ticket? On a substantive note, the Iraqi Citizen Job Corps they propose doesn't sound like a bad idea. But analogizing the current situation in Iraq to the one in New York City in the 1990s seems like a stretch, to put it mildly. After all, Baghdad today would make even the worst neighborhood in the Bronx or East New York circa 1991 seem like the Upper East Side.
A brief, off-topic post for DC-area residents:
This morning I suffered what I imagine is a widespread annoyance. Driving into work, I was hectored by a large public-safety ad that jeered, "Hey Slick, email the office later. Negligent driving kills." The tone of the injunction, which strives to be hip but succeeds only in being snide, is bad enough, especially for the large majority of us who do not thumb Blackberries while driving (or dial cell phones or apply makeup, behaviors condemned by other ads in the series).
It'll be fun to watch Mitt Romney try to wriggle free from the web of contradictions he has crafted in such a short political career. He has not even announced his presidential campaign yet, but a press release issued today shows just how difficult Romney's journey will be.
January 11, 2007
"We need to cut through the confusion. Bringing security to Baghdad--the essential precondition for political compromise, national reconciliation and economic development--is possible only with a surge of at least 30,000 combat troops lasting 18 months or so. Any other option is likely to fail."
--Frederick Kagan and Jack Keane, The Washington Post, 12/27/06
It's hilarious that new Idaho Republican Representative Bill Sali appears to be the brightest young thing now emerging from the Republican freshman class, given that, during his campaign, his own Idaho Republican colleagues called him him "incompetent" and an "embarrassment," and complained that he didn't have "one ounce of empathy in his whole fricking body."