November 20, 2007
From Blinded by the Right, in which he spoke of his experiences as a conservative “hit man,” to his work with Media Matters, David Brock has made us all aware of just how easy it is for those on the right to refract data through the prism of radical conservatism and watch it spread like wildfire from The Drudge Report and The American Spectator to the most cherished outlets of the “liberal media.” Every time the media (and even Democratic leaders, who often themselves become unwitting conduits for messages from the right) repeat the well-crafted, market-tested phrases constructed by a multi-bi
Close Quarters: [Anne E. Kornblut and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post]: "The top three Democratic presidential contenders remain locked in a close battle in Iowa, with Sen.
November 19, 2007
As the Writers Guild of America strike enters its third week, it's worth remembering that there was a time when strikes by the WGA were like Jerry Lee Lewis marriages. Don't like the current one? Just wait. There'll be another one along any minute, and it'll be even more destructive for all concerned. Which is not to say any of them could have been avoided. (WGA strikes, that is.
The Political Is Personal
WASHINGTON -- The contours of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination are set, and it is not a battle about "issues." Advisers to the major contenders largely see things this way, and Democratic voters are in a quandary about what to do. The norms of high-minded commentary suggest that you are never to say the issues are not the issue. But among the top Democratic candidates, the confrontations they are staging around policy questions are designed to use their rather small differences to highlight larger contrasts in experience, temperament and character.
November 18, 2007
South Africa's Betrayal Of Its Past
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued areport integrating its three previous ones and drawing deeper conclusions on what its scientists say will be, according to Elisabeth Rosenthal in Saturday's New York Times, inevitable meltdown of ice sheets and the elimination of many species. This news from the U.N.
November 16, 2007
A recent study by Democracy Corps, a left-leaning research and polling firm, asked independent voters to pick two reasons “why the country is going in the wrong direction.” The top answer, chosen by 40 percent of respondents, was the following: “Our borders have been left unprotected and illegal immigration is growing.” Commentators judged the survey to be bad news for Democrats, who might have difficulty addressing the concerns of these voters without alienating their traditional supporters.
What's Your Problem?
Do liberals romanticize the sixties?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> 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
At What Price?
WASHINGTON--It's time that we subject the Iraq War to the same cost-benefit analysis that we are called upon to impose on other government endeavors. We are supposed to repeal or revise domestic programs that don't work. Shouldn't a troubled war policy be treated the same way?Driving the current debate is the assumption that we can't afford to withdraw our troops from Iraq because of the chaos that will ensue.
There has been a lot of press criticism lately (see Paul Waldman's Tim Russert takedown, Noam's thoughts on Russert, and Matt Yglesias' more general criticisms), and while much of it is sensible, I think the media is getting a little too much blame. Here's Matt: Great example. An audience member makes the sensible observation that the candidates haven't talked about the Supreme Court and asks them to say something about their approach to picking nominees. I'd be interested to hear the answers to these questions.
The Vegas Debate
Earlier this week I had a conversation about Barack Obama with a rival campaign strategist. This summer, the strategist told me, Obama looked downright plaintive--like a man second-guessing his decision to run for president. No longer, said the strategist. In recent weeks, both the candidate and campaign have been acting like a team that expects to win. I think we saw this second Obama on display tonight. He was focused, energized, tough, charismatic--pretty much everything the press had accused him of not being in previous debates.