Jonathan Martin had an interesting piece up yesterday about the floundering Thompson campaign. He's got lots of good detail in there and it's well worth your time. My only quibble is that he's a little too generous to Thompson. (Having written this genre of piece myself, I suspect he's worried he was too hard on the guy, if anything.


WASHINGTON -- Imagine a place where the leading politician pokes fun at those who "regard all taxes as a pestilence, a plague or a disease." Imagine the same politician saying: "Not one of us wants to pay more in taxes. But you know what we want even less? What we want even less is to leave our country to our kids in a worsened condition." And imagine a place where other politicians are grown-ups and decide that closing budget deficits requires a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. The place in question is clearly not Washington, D.C. Facing a $1.7 billion budget deficit, Gov.


What's Your Problem?

What's the problem with Thanksgiving? PETER BEINART is editor-at-large of 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

As Bad As It Gets

WASHINGTON--During his eight-year rule, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has not been able to deliver the promise he made after staging his bloodless coup in 1999--order and stability. He has delivered a pro-Western regime and collaborated with American and European intelligence agencies pursuing terrorists around the world, but he has not been able to bring under control the many areas in which terrorist groups, fundamentalist organizations and separatist movements are active.


Barack Obama is all about moving beyond. Take transportation policy: “Barack Obama believes that we must move beyond our simple fixation of investing so many of our transportation dollars in serving drivers,” his campaign website declares.


When Oil Hits $100...

Oil approached just short of $100 a barrel.  That is, within pennies.  The stock markets fell...drastically.  When West Texas Crude hits $100 the markets will fall even more.  The governments that are most delirious are the Chavez regime in Venezuela and the Islamic dictatorship of Iran.  It is, after all, another blow to the United States.  This is not something that Saudi Arabia desires.  They want to maintain the link to the dollar and they have no interest in propelling these deeply radical states.   

Tea Leaves, Ii

Second Amendment cases in the Supreme Court have numbered only two in the last century. After weeks of speculation that the 1939 Miller v. California would keep this streak alive, the court agreed to hear DC v. Heller, a challenge to the challenge of DC's stringent gun ban (which Sen. Jim Webb discovered the hard way), and the best chance for advocates of gun ownership to make flat-out bans unconstitutional.If the lower-court decision is upheld, we may credit one man: Robert A.


Dc Gun Case Tea Leaves

Scott Lemieux and Jack Balkin have two early takes on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the challenge to the District of Columbia's gun ban.


Illegal Advantage: [Michael Luo, The New York Times]: “Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has in particular sought to wield the issue [of illegal immigration] against his Republican rivals, focusing on Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.”   Rock the Vote: [Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times]: “Of the Democratic candidates, the Illinois senator has the greatest support among young people and the least among senior citizens.



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