Politics

January 15, 2008

The Democratic Debate
12:00 AM

I already know from email that some colleagues disagree, but I saw a modest win for Hillary tonight. (And a clear win for the entire party, insofar as the race/gender feud of the past several days ground to a halt, despite the best efforts of moderators Tim Russert and Brian Williams) As always, Obama's grandeur was flattened in the debate format--as opposed to the big stage with a rapt audience--while once again I thought Hillary's quick feet and policy chops shined through.

January 14, 2008

Whining About Obstructionism Is Silly

Over the next few days, a group of Congressional experts will try to answer the big questions that came out of the Capitol last year: Were the Democrats as hapless as the press made them out to be? How could've they been more effective in meeting those filibustering Republicans head-on? What happened with the timetable for withdrawal? And, hey, where's Rahm when you need him?

Two Houses, Two Strategies

Over the next few days, a group of Congressional experts will try to answer the big questions that came out of the Capitol last year: Were the Democrats as hapless as the press made them out to be? How could've they been more effective in meeting those filibustering Republicans head-on? What happened with the timetable for withdrawal? And, hey, where's Rahm when you need him?

Uncivil Unions
12:00 AM

When Barack Obama collected the endorsement on Wednesday of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Nevada’s largest union, Culinary Workers Union Local 226, many observers proclaimed that he may have picked up the key to victory in the state’s date January 19 caucuses.

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When Barack Obama collected the endorsement on Wednesday of Nevada’s largest union, Culinary Workers Union Local 226, many observers proclaimed that he may have picked up the key to victory in the state’s date January 19 caucuses.

Compromise: Great in Theory, Not in the 110th Congress

Over the next few days, a group of Congressional experts will try to answer the big questions that came out of the Capitol last year: Were the Democrats as hapless as the press made them out to be? How could've they been more effective in meeting those filibustering Republicans head-on? What happened with the timetable for withdrawal? And, hey, where's Rahm when you need him?

More Selections From Ron Paul's Newsletters
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The Newsletters: Since at least 1978, Ron Paul has attached his name to a series of newsletters--Ron Paul's Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, and The Ron Paul Investment Letter--that frequently made outrageous statements. You can see excerpts from the first batch of these newsletters.

Anti-war Cred, Cont'd
12:00 AM

Noam: I hear what you and Matt are saying. But here's why I think Hillary sees profit in her jujitsu strategy of targeting Obama's anti-war bona fides: It's about tarnishing Obama's image as an "unconventional" politician. She'll never convince anyone that Obama is some closet war supporter. But she can depict him as someone who occasionally shades his positions to serve a political agenda. Take Obama's argument that he hedged his criticism of the Iraq resolution in mid-2004 to avoid a public rift with John Kerry. It may be a reasonable position.

False Boundaries
12:00 AM

Yes, I am fixed on the question of whether specific polities are actually nations. That is because the international system is organized on the presumption that most and maybe even all of them are. Just as the post-1945 world also presumed that the danger of war would be, as it had been for two centuries, across established borders. Of course, there have been several cross-frontier wars since the Second World War bled to its end -- first in Europe, then in Asia -- and many of them were bloody indeed.

Hillary On Obama's Anti-war Cred
12:00 AM

Like Matt Yglesias, I don't entirely get what Hillary Clinton is aiming for by raising questions about Obama's war-opposition. Yes, Obama toned down his opposition once he arrived in the Senate. But, as Matt says, "Russ Feingold's not his opponent. Hillary Clinton is." And, at pretty much every step of the way, Hillary was either where Obama was or to the right of him on this issue.

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