Politics

November 02, 2007

The Fight Is Personal
12:00 AM

The new Edwards TV spot, in which John cites Elizabeth's breast cancer as making the couple all the more committed to their White House run, will once again have some folks charging that the candidate is exploiting his wife's terminal illness for political gain.    Maybe. But this criticism seems to miss the fundamental nature of the Edwardses's relationship to politics. Whatever John's ego and ambition (and obviously a run for POTUS requires massive amounts of both), these people need politics. Not in the politics-defines-me way that Bill Clinton needs it.

Gratuitous Alliteration Friday
12:00 AM

Donkey Dilemma [Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times]: "More than two decades after presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale called for tax increases--and lost the White House in a landslide--the Democratic Party is on the verge of a major political gamble: Some of its leading members are proposing an array of tax hikes on wealthier Americans.

November 01, 2007

Take the FDR
12:00 AM

 This November 8 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s election as president of the United States. Chosen to resolve the worst non-military crisis in the nation’s history, Roosevelt led the country through the Great Depression as well as its greatest military crisis since the Civil War. Americans have memorialized him on the dime and in Washington, DC. Yet for some reason Republicans want to run against his legacy. It’s a fight Democrats should let the GOP pick.

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

  PETER BEINART is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight (HarperCollins). JONAH GOLDBERG is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a contributing editor to National Review.   By Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg

The Bill Clinton Defense
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12:00 AM

Richard Wolffe has an interesting nugget in Newsweek about Clinton's plan to defuse the attacks headed her way:  But Clinton's campaign is honing its counterattack. Her aides say the opposition isn't just attacking Hillary but also impugning her husband—a tack they're confident will turn off most Democrats. "I don't think there's a very large constituency in the Democratic Party for that," says Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson.

The Hillary Frenzy
12:00 AM

                                                      With the media in a minor frenzy over Hillary Clinton's debate performance Tuesday night, I'm questioning my own judgment. After all, I had initially declared Hillary's performance not so bad. We'll see how much average voters think about her "bad" moments, including that awkward exchange on drivers licenses for illegal immigrants and her obfuscation on her White House papers. But the media has clearly been longing to "correct" the Hillary bubble lest the race became a total dud.

October 31, 2007

Who's Buried in Che's Tomb?
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PANAMA CITY, Panama--Thousands of Cubans and foreigners have been flocking to a mausoleum in central Cuba to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara's death. For 10 years, the Cuban government has been telling the world that the body inside the mausoleum is that of the famous guerrilla.It's a lie designed to bamboozle the population into worshiping the Argentine-born revolutionary as if he were a saint--and the Cuban Revolution as if it were a religion.

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

Who Won the Democrats' Debate? &nbspWe've been experiencing technical difficulties with What's Your Problem? Please leave a comment or email us at theplank@tnr.com if you experience problems with the video or its player.--Ed. &nbspPETER BEINART is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight (HarperCollins).

Doing the Math
12:00 AM

Polls can mislead, but at the risk of making a fool of myself, I will try to draw some conclusions from the current ones: Hillary Clinton is going to get the Democratic nomination unless she makes some very big mistakes between now and the first caucuses and primaries; and the Republican race looks increasingly like a two-man contest between Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, with Fred Thompson and John McCain as also-runs and Mike Huckabee as a spoiler.

The Philadelphia Debate
12:00 AM

The big question heading into tonight’s debate was how aggressively would Barack Obama and John Edwards hammer Hillary Clinton’s character, which recent internal-polling suggests is her greatest vulnerability. The answer was: very aggressively. Obama and Edwards spent much of the evening firing away at Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness. And, yet, in a way, the debate seemed less about Obama and Edwards versus Clinton than Obama versus Edwards, with Clinton as a bystander. That’s not to say all the incoming fire had no effect on Clinton.

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