July 06, 2009

Just Give Palin A Few...decades
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Via Andrew, here is Fred Barnes on Palin: By itself, two months on the Republican ticket won't propel her to the presidential nomination. But there is a way: win Alaska's lone House seat in 2012 and oust Democratic senator Mark Begich in 2014. A term in the House and another in the Senate--nothing would do more to groom her for the White House than this and transform her into the best Republican candidate for the presidency in, say, 2020, when she'd be 56. My question is this, Fred: Why limit your gaze to 2020? What about 2038?

The Beating Heart Of The Palin Cult
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Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.   After sampling the vast buffet of commentary on the Palin resignation, I'd single out this offering from Kellyanne Conway in a National Review "symposium" on the event: It may confound old men and spinsters in the media that a mother of five would want to stop the madness and protect her brood from the relentless and vicious attacks by people who literally don't know anyone like her, but, at some level, Governor Palin

Iran: Obama's Next Move
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Barack Obama is reiterating his desire to negotiate with Iran, even in the wake of its post-election brutality. But Israel has all but abandoned hope for negotiations, Ha'aretz reports:   Before the protests in Iran began, the official explained, Israel's assessment was that the planned American-Iranian dialogue had little chance of succeeding.

The Politics Of A Second Stimulus
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The Journal has its second piece in as many editions about the chatter over another stimulus bill. As on Friday, the paper reports that the White House has discussed the idea internally, but believes it's too early to pursue given that so little of the first stimulus (only about 10 percent) has been implemented.  I disagree with this substantively--the economy has deteriorated far more than expected when the administration made the forecast on which the first stimulus was based, so it's almost certain to be insufficient even when fully implemented.

A Second-stimulus Grand Bargain?
12:00 AM

Earlier today I talked about how difficult it will be politically to pass a second stimulus. For one thing, opposition to the stimulus has become a key GOP talking point, and continued job loss has given the talking point traction (even though it's incredibly dishonest to blame it on the stimulus). For another, the legislative calendar is so jam-packed with high-profile initiatives--health care, climate change, regulatory reform for Wall Street--that it's not clear there's room for another stimulus fight even if Obama wanted one.

July 05, 2009

Governor Palin, You Should Have Stuck With It
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Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. I have no idea why Governor Palin quit, but I am saddened by her decision. She is letting down one small but important constituency that regards her with genuine affection: families touched with the joys and burdens that come with cognitive/ developmental disabilities. For all the obvious reasons, she’s not my favorite politician. And yeah, I dislike the occasions in which she deploys her son Trig as a prop in her own political drama.

July 04, 2009

Don't Listen To Obama
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 Hmmm.  North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan had expressed skepticism about a public option being included in the Democrats’ health insurance proposals.  Then the advocacy group Moveon.org said they would run ads criticizing her over the July fourth weekend. Then Hagan announced that she is supporting the public option.

July 03, 2009

Borrower's Remorse
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How many times have you heard that the key to reviving the economy is fixing the banks? The thinking usually goes: If the banks are fixed--if bad loans are taken are taken off the books, and if regulations are put in place to prevent risky new loans--then they will resume lending to consumers who will buy cars and homes, and to businesses that will invest in plants and hire new workers. That's probably why Washington has spent the last six months proposing bank reforms, but not worrying about whether the first stimulus adopted is going to be sufficient. In my opinion, that's a mistake.

TNR's Founding Fathers Spectacular

Throughout its 95-year history, The New Republic has featured the work of countless renowned historians on America's founding fathers. For the Fourth of July, we dug up our best book reviews, historical essays, and mini-biographies on the founders. Here are some of the highlights: Charles A.

Palin’s Independence Day
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Ed Kilgore is managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a frequent contributor to a variety of political journals.     Generously helping the chattering classes extend a week of speculation about her past and future, Alaska governor Sarah Palin announced today that she was resigning her position on July 26, because--well, it’s not quite clear why, but if you watch her press conference, it seems to have something to do with her concept of point-guard play in basketball.  She’s handing off the governorship to her Loot, moving towards