October 26, 2008

The Audacity Awards, Kissinger Edition
12:00 AM

The first one goes to Newsweek, for asking Henry Kissinger to write a piece entitled, yes, 'What Vietnam Teaches Us.' The second goes to Kissinger himself, for actually writing the following sentences:  When the United States goes to war, it should be able to describe to itself how it defines victory and how it proposes to achieve it. Or else how it proposes to end its military engagement and by what diplomacy. In Vietnam, America sent combat forces on behalf of a general notion of credibility and in pursuit of a negotiation whose content was never defined.

October 24, 2008

The TNR Q&A: Brian Moore
12:00 AM

With all the accusations of socialism flying around, it seemed like a good time to check in with Brian Moore, the Socialist Party USA presidential nominee. As Moore himself observed, socialism has been in the news more in the past few weeks “than anytime since 1932.” Over the course of two recent afternoons, I conducted a hard-hitting phone interview with the 65-year-old candidate who spoke to me from his home in Tampa, Florida, and from the Fox News green room, where he was preparing to tape one of his recent Neil Cavuto interviews. What follows is a condensed version of our conversations.

Ugliness Watch
12:00 AM

The presidential has gotten increasingly ugly over the past few months. But things have devolved to such new lows in the last few days that we've decided to compile our blog coverage of the campaign's inglorious events.

"Whose Side Are You On, Comrade"
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--Conservatives are at each other's throats, and here's what's revealing about how divided they are: The critics of John McCain and the critics of Sarah Palin represent entirely different camps.Skeptical social conservatives are precisely the people McCain was trying to mollify by picking Palin as his running mate.

It's LOOGY Time
12:00 AM

A World Series--even one hosted in such grim locales as St. Petersburg's moldy Tropicana Field or Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, the Ford F-250 of ballparks--is all about stars. No one pays $600 for a ticket to watch Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett work smart at-bats and turn tricky double plays; they come to watch men like Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit the ball 450 feet.

Bush Not An Obamacon!
12:00 AM

Obama campaign flack Bill Burton wants to make sure reporters are aware of one early voter in particular and just sent out this brief AP story: WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, who has been rarely seen on the campaign trail, cast his ballot for GOP presidential nominee John McCain. In past elections, the president and first lady Laura Bush have traveled to Texas to vote, but the White House said Friday they cast their ballots in the early voting process.

The Number That Explains It All
12:00 AM

 From yesterday's CBS/NYT poll:Fifty-nine percent of registered voters think McCain's economics would favor the wealthy; just 11 percent the middle class.

A Spine In Which I Boast
12:00 AM

Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House of Representatives oversight committee, said on Wednesday that the three ratings agencies (Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's) had "broke a bond of trust" in their evaluation of...well, just about everything: mortgages, government bonds, corporations, etc. The report by Waxman is detailed in the Financial Times on Thursday. It is a fact now widely accepted. But the calamitous damage has been done and the damage yet to come will point to theculpability of these firms in the process.I said I'm going to boast, and I am.

October 23, 2008

Ground Wars
12:00 AM

Mark Feest is doing all he can to get John McCain elected. Unfortunately, the McCain campaign hasn’t always made that easy. Feest is the chairman of the GOP committee in Churchill County, a rural region of some 26,000 people in northwestern Nevada. Feest complains that the campaign doesn’t seem to understand the nature of rural areas. “Early on, his campaign was sending materials to Las Vegas, hoping we would pick it up,” Feest laughs. “That’s an eight hour drive!” Feest isn’t alone.

No, Obama Is Not A Marxist
12:00 AM

It's one hundred and sixty years since Karl Mark published The Communist Manifesto. Communism had a long run, much longer than fascism. But it is long since dead.  Yes, there are less than a handful of communist dictatorships: "People's" China, Vietnam, Cuba, North Korea. The first two of these are still run by the Party. But the economies are about as rapacious capitalisms as there are in the world. Fidel Castro's Cuba was a cruel joke on its own people: unproductive, impoverished, unequal, tyrannical.  Raoul is the intermittent ruler before...God knows who and what will succeed him.