November 30, 2007
“No, I Hate Immigrants More”
WASHINGTON--Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani did a fine job of achieving their objectives in Wednesday's Republican presidential debate: Each thoroughly discredited the other. They also disgraced themselves as they pandered relentlessly to the growing anti-immigrant feeling in their party. Mike Huckabee and John McCain were the only candidates willing to suggest what now seems unmentionable: Immigrants, even those here illegally, are human beings and shouldn't be used as political playthings. At least Tom Tancredo, the Colorado congressman whose railing against immigration has becom
What's Your Problem?
What's the problem with all these debates? 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
Even with Barack Obama looking more and more competitive in the fast-approaching Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton remains the prohibitive favorite to win the 2008 Democratic nomination.
Clinton Emergency: [The New York Times]: “A man claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest walked in to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign offices in Rochester, N.H., today and took hostages, police and witnesses said.” Final Audition: [Jim Kuhnhenn, AP]: “Bill Richardson, John Edwards and Barack Obama addressed party officials who make up the Democratic National Committee at the committee's fall meeting here, their last opportunity to speak to such a gathering before the first presidential voting begins in January.” New York State of Mind: [Rebeca Sinderbrand, CNN]: “New York may be Sen
In case you aren't near a TV, there's a hostage situation at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office. WMUR seems to have the most frequently updated online coverage. --Jason Zengerle
The New York Times has a must-read piece today detailing how Medicare often pays medical-equipment manufacturers rates well in excess of market prices for devices like oxygen tanks.
Some of you may recall my infatuation with Barack Obama. I am a bit less taken with him now...actually not less taken with him, but with his views on foreign policy. I am still convinced that he is the genuine article, unlike his opponent, the lady with stick-figure passion and no real humor at all. And certainly no sense of humor about herself. And, yes, a president who is a person of color -- which is not a sufficient reason to vote for him -- would change the dynamics of America's relationship with the world. Still, he has to have sound views about that relationship. The fact is that,
November 29, 2007
Barack Obama: The Interview
On November 19, I sat down with Barack Obama at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Iowa Central Community College. (Go Tritons!) The senator had just finished a campaign event, and he spoke with remarkable candor about his mid-summer malaise, the challenges he faces in beating “the top brand in Democratic politics,” and how he’s not afraid to get dirty. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />TNR: There are all these people, journalists included, who want to see a legend being born. They expect you to give an historic speech nearly every night.
A Little Less Conversation
Sen. Ted Kennedy has drawn a line in the sand. Writing in the The American Prospect on November 19, the liberal lion declared that “the Senate needs to reform the process by which it considers Supreme Court nominees.” The first two years of service by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, he argues, degrade “the commitment to open-mindedness, modesty, and compassion that they professed during their confirmation hearings.” And the senator’s not going to take it any more: “General platitudes are no substitute for concrete statements about a nominee’s constitutional views.
What's Your Problem?
What's the problem with the idea of "American Empire"? 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