June 10, 2008
An Oily Mess
WASHINGTON--Who is responsible for the astronomical price of oil? Most of the blame, as exemplified by the recent shenanigans in Congress with oil executives defending their paychecks under questioning by sanctimonious, eyebrow-raising legislators, is being put on petroleum companies. In European countries, protesters are denouncing the government for not taking immediate action to protect consumers.
A Veep Unendorsement of Hillary ClintonBy The Editors (6.25.08) TRB: The Unraveling of Joe LiebermanBy Jonathan Chait (6.25.08)The Upside of Jim Webb’s AngerBy Eve Fairbanks (6.25.08)Ed Rendell, Charming VulgarianBy Buzz Bissinger (6.25.08)The Quiet Appeal of Sam NunnBy Michael Crowley (6.25.08)Tim Pawlenty’s Proletarian ChicBy Noam Scheiber (6.25.08)Mike Huckabee’s Gonzo ConservatismBy Ross Douthat (6.25.08)Mike Bloomberg, Backseat DriverBy Ben Wasserstein (6.25.08)How McCain Should Pick His VeepBy David Frum (6.25.08) Mitt Romney’s Shameless Quest For V.P.By Eve Fairbanks (5.28.08) From TN
WASHINGTON--The scene has stayed with me for six years: Democrat Jill Long Thompson, in the midst of a fiercely competitive race in Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, was being pressed by supporters to criticize what they saw as President Bush's rush to war in Iraq.She would have none of it, explaining that her differences with Republican Chris Chocola were on domestic economic issues, not foreign policy.
First Read makes an interesting point about McCain invoking Carter in response to the charge that he's running for a third Bush term: Lost in McCain's attack is the subtle admittance that Bush has become the Republican's Carter. While Democrats have accepted the fact Carter was a mediocre-to-bad president, have rank-and-file Republicans had their own come to Jesus on Dubya? Are they ready to accept that he'll go down in history as their Carter?
June 09, 2008
Jim Gilmore's Train Wreck
The meltdown of Jim Gilmore's bid for a Virginia Senate seat against Mark Warner continues: Fairfax County Republican Vincent F. Callahan Jr., former chairman of the Virginia House Appropriations Committee and onetime ally of James S. Gilmore III, said he would announce Monday that he is supporting Democrat Mark R. Warner in the state's U.S.
A Simpler Obama-hillary Explanation
Forget race, gender, Mark Penn, Patti Solis Doyle, "change" versus "experience," Iraq, fundraising, immigrant drivers licenses, Bill Clinton, losing Iowa, skipping the other caucuses, the gas tax, sniper fire, Obama Girl, will.i.am and Matt Drudge. Maybe he was just taller? Which bodes well against McCain... Caveat: I ran into Fred Thompson at the 2007 White House correspondents' dinner and told him "Tallest man wins!" "I hope so!" he replied. (Turns out you actually have to put some effort into it, too.) --Michael Crowley
June 08, 2008
The new McCain campaign blog, written by former Weekly Standard web editor Michael Goldfarb, highlights this enlightening snippet from a Frederick Kagan editorial in that magazine's latest issue: For any voter trying to choose between the two candidates for commander in chief, there is no better test than this: When American strategy in a critical theater was up for grabs, John McCain proposed a highly unpopular and risky path, which he accurately predicted could lead to success.
June 07, 2008
As Hillary Clinton's farewell event wound down here at the National Building Museum in Washington, she and Bill worked one last rope line, to one last blare of inanely upbeat pop music: "There's only one place left I wanna go...
June 06, 2008
A Woman In Full
It is time that we pay tribute to Simone de Beauvoir. Posterity being what it is--unjust, capricious, confusing and chaotic, making a great deal out of very little, force-feeding us May '68 nostalgia and treating the dead as if they have not lost any of their formidable, vibrant virulence (not that this is, in this case, such a terrible thing)--it is time we celebrate Simone de Beauvoir on a scale commensurate with the 100th anniversary of her birth, which passed nearly unnoticed on Jan.
3 A.M. For Feminism
Amy Siskind, a 42-year-old mother of two from Westchester, stood in a Washington, D.C., park on the last day in May, telling a few hundred cheering people that she would not, under any circumstances, vote for Barack Obama. She was a lifelong Democrat, she said, a donor and a volunteer for the party. But, watching the race with a “mixture of shock, disgrace, and disgust,” she was appalled at the leadership’s failure to defend Hillary Clinton from the sexism that she believes bolstered Barack Obama’s campaign.