Politics

November 09, 2008

Why Obama Should Copy Bush (really!)
12:00 AM

You hear lots of talk about which former president Barack Obama should use as a model. Bill Clinton comes up regularly. Franklin Roosevelt, too. But what about the guy in the White House now? I know, President Bush’s approval ratings are hovering around 30 percent. This election was in many ways a referendum on his tenure and the verdict could not have been more unambiguous. The voters didn't like it. “Saturday Night Live” got an entire skit (and a pretty funny one) out of John McCain trying to escape the stigma of his failure. But was Bush really a “failure”?

Gore Ups The Pressure
12:00 AM

In The New York Times today, Al Gore lays out his plan to have the United States get "100 percent of [its] electricity from carbon-free sources within 10 years"—a much more ambitious goal than anyone else has proposed to date.

Why The Dingell-waxman Dispute Matters
12:00 AM

So who will be chairing the House Energy and Commerce Committee when January rolls around? It's unclear. John Dingell and Henry Waxman are both claiming they have enough support. As E&E Daily reports, Waxman's backers are pointing to the 152 House Democrats who signed a letter last month calling for steeper cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions than those proposed by Dingell and Virginia congressman Rick Boucher.

November 08, 2008

Audaciously Reasonable

It is clear that Barack Obama is neither an angel nor a man sent from heaven. Nor is he the honorary European floating through the fantasies of French leftists--that must be cleared up if we want to avoid some nasty morning-after wake-up calls. The fact remains that Obama's election will affect us in at least three concrete ways, making his victory one of those improbable, incomparable moments that mark a complete break with previous history. It is unmistakably an iconic event. First, an Obama presidency will be a decisive turning point in dealing with the "racial question" in the U.S.

November 07, 2008

DISPUTATIONS: Learning From Prop. 8 (Part Two)
12:00 AM

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } In a major setback for gay marriage advocates, California voters passed Proposition 8 on Tuesday. Over the next couple of days, TNR's managing editor Richard Just and TNR's legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen will be debating the appropriate lessons to draw from the defeat. (Read Rosen’s opening argument here.) Dear Jeff, You and I both believe in gay marriage; our disagreement is about means, not ends.

Sticking With the Devil They Know
12:00 AM

Election Day 2008 was a moment of unambiguous triumph for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. But do Tuesday’s results make it a “pivot” election, as some of have suggested, marking the transition from 28 years of Republican ideological dominion to a new era of liberal supremacy? We won’t know the answer to this question with any certainty until the exit poll data have been closely studied and the popularity of President Obama’s policies assiduously tracked.

Sticking With The Devil They Know
12:00 AM

Election Day 2008 was a moment of unambiguous triumph for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. But do Tuesday’s results make it a “pivot” election, as some of have suggested, marking the transition from 28 years of Republican ideological dominion to a new era of liberal supremacy? We won’t know the answer to this question with any certainty until the exit poll data have been closely studied and the popularity of President Obama’s policies assiduously tracked.

Michael Lerner Sings A Sad Tune
12:00 AM

No one wants to play with "Rabbi" Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun. And one wants to sing his songs either. At least that's what he's written in a slightly hysterical "news alert" announcing that "Rahm Emanuel is No Reason for Hope or Celebration." I assume that Lerner, who first taught Hillary Clinton about "the politics of meaning" and was then tossed on the street with other inconvenient allies, was happy on Tuesday night, maybe even deep into Wednesday.

Tell It To Your Queen
12:00 AM

Just when you thought Toby Young couldn't lose more friends and alienate more people, there he goes and writes this obnoxious blog post on the site of the London Spectator entitled "Obama isn't black." Barack Obama, Young argues, isn't really "black," he's "bi-racial" (or "caramel-colored"), and thus his election cannot ultimately "assuage the guilt white Americans feel about slavery." Well, as a white American who obviously wishes slavery never occurred (though I'm not capable of feeling "guilt" about the institution, as my family, like many Jewish families, came to this country in the latter

November 06, 2008

The O-List: 16-20
12:00 AM

The O-List Intro Essay     1-5     6-10     11-15     16-20     21-25     26-3016. Dick DurbinSenator, IllinoisIt was telling that Obama asked Durbin to introduce the biggest speech of his career, back in Denver. Along with Claire McCaskill, he is the president's staunchest ally in the Senate, a total loyalist. That's a good thing for Obama, because the well-liked Durbin is the second most powerful Democrat there. Durbin will confront one problem with the Senate Democrats: They all believe they have more experience than that upstart president.17.

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