September 24, 2007
Last week I did a few posts about some reservations I had with Obama's campaign strategy thus far (see here and here). I thought a bit more about it over the weekend, particularly after reading this solid Adam Nagourney/Jeff Zeleny piece in yesterday's Times, and think I've come up with something a little more fleshed out about both Obama and the overall state of the race. First, as Nagourney and Zeleny document, the nomination increasingly looks like Hillary's to lose.
Ahmadinejad At Columbia
Via television, the scene at Columbia today is fascinating. Lee Bollinger introduced the Iranian president with a blistering speech describing him as a "petty and cruel dictator" and essentially rooting for his downfall. The crowd roared with approval. But when Ahmadinejad took the the podium and scolded Bollinger for telling his audience what to think, a sizeable contingent applauded that, too. Now he's prattling on about The Prophet (boringly enough that CNN has cut away from live audio).
Gays In Iran
Mike, the notion that "we do not have this phenomenon [homosexuality]" in Iran, is hardly the province of Muslim dictators.
Bollinger On Ahmadinejad
Michael Crowley wrote earlier today of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial appearance at Columbia University. Columbia President Lee Bollinger, under fire for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak, provided an impassioned and hugely critical introduction of the Iranian president.
If, several decades from now, anthropologists set out to locate the spiritual hub of early twenty-first-century Washington, they could do worse than the Caucus Room, that bunker of a steakhouse across from the FBI building downtown. Founded seven years ago by a bipartisan klatch of moneymen and influence-peddlers--among them, famed lobbyist Tommy Boggs, Bush-family henchman C. Boyden Gray, and Clinton fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe--the restaurant caters to the bland appetites and bulging egos of Washington's expense-account elite.
If you have some expertise in the politics of the Iraq war, you will instantly find the gaffe buried in the following Mitt Romney riff: "[My assessment of Iraq] is very consistent with what the president is speaking about and what we're hearing from Iraq right now. And that is that the surge is apparently working." At last week's GOP debate, John McCain caught it straight away: "No, not 'apparently.' It's working." He continued, "I can assure you, it's more than apparent.
In the circumstance of having allowed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be invited to speak at Columbia University, its president, Lee Bollinger, acquitted himself quite well in the reproaches he showered on the demonic madman who is president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. "Mr.
I don't who Captain Ed is. But he sure has it right about Columbia and its late effort to have it both ways. It is an ugly performance, and I hope Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, demonstrates to the Morningside Heights elite that dragging the idea of free speech to accommodate some of Ahmadinejad's fans at Columbia -- and, believe me, there are some fans of his there -- does not sit well with the American public, a public impassioned about free speech. If Ahmadinejad is as bad as Bollinger says, then why invite him?
September 23, 2007
Bollinger The Bozo
The following came to me from an utterly honest and conscientiously precise friend. Think about it. Lee Bollinger has made a mess out of Columbia, certainly a greater mess than Grayson Kirk 40 years ago. If you don't recall who Dr. Kirk was, look him up. You will understand. I've learned a few interesting details about the Ahmadinejad disgrace. First, students will not be allowed to bring protest signs into the session on security grounds.
September 21, 2007
If you think the last two years have been a rough time for Alberto Gonzales, check out what's happened to a different Alberto: former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. First, his poorly-thought-out scheme to return from exile and run in Peru's 2006 presidential election ran into trouble when he was arrested by Chilean authorities while en route to Peru and later placed under house arrest.