The group blog of The New Republic
July 10, 2013
Some of the commentary about Mark Leibovich’s new book, This Town, concerns the degree to which Team Obama has replicated the less-worthy habits of previous administrations: discarding high ethical standards, leaving public service for lobbying, etc.
July 9, 2013
While you were lounging on the beach over the Fourth of July, Marco Rubio was having a really stressful holiday. And it wasn't just because he was recently booed by a crowd of Tea Partiers for his role in the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, and called a “piece of garbage” by Glenn Beck, which can really hurt a person’s feelings.
One of the entertaining parts of the rollout of This Town, Mark Leibovich's characteristically perceptive and well-turned expose of self-dealing and self-importance in official Washington, has been watching reviewers attempt to attach Larger Meaning to the book, as if it's not enough for it simply to lay bare the moral corruption of a powerful place.
It's been a while since we've had an update on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who, for the last two and a half weeks, has been living in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
The trendlines are bad for Republicans. They're falling behind in the battleground states. Demographic and generational change are making matters worse over time. And outside of the South, they're not even making gains among white voters. That latter point does create room for Republicans to do even better among white voters and win without big gains among Hispanics, at least for now.
An Associated Press tweet Tuesday morning read, “Israel appoints a former GOP activist as its ambassador to Washington.” That sentence is at once technically accurate; not a little misleading; and, on a deeper level, inadvertently revealing of how many in the United States view the news.
Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner have something in common: no, not that. Both men, back on the campaign trail, have been working forced expressions, almost approaching rigor moris in their set-ness. Spitzer, hoping to be loved again, had a death mask grin on his face during his first official comptroller campaign stop. Weiner, needing to be taken seriously, bears a more grave countenance. Yorick's got nothing on these guys, back from the political dead.
The key to creating a long-term Democratic majority is the Republicans' willingness to cast their lot with an overlapping group of Southern whites who are still fighting the Civil War, cultural conservatives who want to ban anal intercourse, and selfish rich people who don’t think they should have to pay taxes. This Republican base is largely responsible for Democrats’ success among Hispanics, women, youth, and college-educated professionals, key groups in the Democratic coalition that elected Barack Obama twice.
The Financial Times is reporting that the military and its allies have launched a campaign against business interests associated with the Muslim Brotherhood: