September 12, 2008

How Obama Should Frame Mccain
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I'm sure the Obama campaign has solid research suggesting they should paint McCain as out of touch and closely tied to Bush. But, watching their new anti-McCain ad, I can't help wondering if they're ignoring their most brutally effective case against him. So, at the risk of offering advice to people much more knowledgeable than I am (why stop now, right?), here's the ad I'd run at McCain. It grew out of a conversation I had with Jason yesterday: Start with McCain in a good light, both literally and figuratively. The narrator says something like: "Before 2007, John McCain was an honorable man.

September 11, 2008

The Stranger
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America’s schools have “lost their way,” and have become “bastions of moral relativism and moral compromise with the culture of death.” To be saved, those schools must change, so students can find “the God of the Bible and Biblical values in the classroom.” It sounds like Pat Robertson. But this is the latest from none other than Chris Smith, the longstanding Republican New Jersey Congressman who remains enormously popular in his largely suburban district encompassing several well-to-do towns. In a state that has been reliably Democratic since 1992, Smith seems like a moderate Republican.

Crashing Palinpalooza
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Palin puts the "party" back in GOP.

What's the Matter with Michigan?
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Democrats have grown accustomed to winning Michigan by relatively comfortable margins. Bill Clinton flipped the state in 1992, bringing home the Reagan Democrats and giving the party its first win in the state since 1968. Clinton’s margin grew to 13 points in 1996--five points better than his national popular vote margin against Bob Dole--and he successfully passed the torch to both Al Gore and John Kerry, each of whom also finished 5-6 points ahead of their national margins in the state. But Barack Obama has had trouble getting traction in the Wolverine State.

TNR's 9/11 Archives
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For the seven year anniversary of September 11, we've compiled our coverage of that day and our immediate reactions. See also our archived coverage of the long-term aftermath."Sidelines"By Peter Beinart, Sept. 24, 2001"It Happened Here"By The Editors, Sept. 24, 2001"Brooklyn Dispatch: Under the Bridge"By Paul Berman, Sept. 24, 2001"Manhattan Dispatch: Scrapped"By David Grann, Sept. 24, 2001"Manhattan Dispatch: Homecoming"By Yossi Klein Halevi, Sept. 24, 2001"Boarding Pass: Why Aren't Airports More Secure?"By Gregg Easterbrook, Sept.

Who's On First...again
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Yesterday at the Center for American Progress, John Podesta spoke with SEIU President Andy Stern about his new book on The Power of Progress. I got the chance to ask them both about health care and the energy crisis.

I Guess This Makes Obama Voldemort
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Strangest sighting from yesterday's McCain-Palin event: Included among the numerous buttons being sold was one design with "Bringing Wizardry to the White House" written above a computer-manipulated picture of John McCain decked out like Harry Potter, complete with geeky glasses and waving wand. I don't pretend to understand what the hell that's about. But when I close my eyes, I can almost picture Joe Lieberman as Ron and Sarah Palin as Hermione. Simply adorable.  --Michelle Cottle   

Speed Reading 'the War Within': The Book's Main Point

It's possible to skip the interminable first section of Bob Woodward's book and peek at a two-page summary of his conclusions about the war on pp. 320-21.

September 10, 2008

Creation Myth
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In late October 1987, Barack Obama and Jerry Kellman took a weekend off from their jobs as community organizers in Chicago and traveled to a conference on social justice and the black church at Harvard. During an evening break in the schedule, they strolled around campus in their shirtsleeves, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Two-and-a-half years earlier, Kellman had hired Obama to organize residents of Chicago's South Side. Now, Obama had something to tell his friend and mentor. It had to do, in part, with his father.

The Freedom To Publish
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WASHINGTON--Gibson Square, a British publishing house, has announced that it will soon release "The Jewel of Medina," a novel by American author Sherry Jones whose publication in the United States was recently canceled by Random House for fear of triggering violence by Islamic fanatics. Bravo. The novel fictionalizes the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and his youngest bride, Aisha.