May 09, 2008
Shortly after nine in the morning on April 28, about two dozen reporters and editors in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau assembled for the weekly staff meeting led by the D.C. bureau chief, John Bussey. Seated on couches in the bureau’s wood-paneled parlor, the staffers waited to begin a conference call with Robert Thomson, the Journal’s publisher.The mood was uncomfortable. Only a week had passed since the paper’s managing editor, Marcus Brauchli, had resigned under pressure from Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the Journal’s corporate parent, News Corp.
The Israel Archives
This week marks the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence. To commemorate the event, we went through TNR's writings on Israel, decade-by-decade, and selected some of the most memorable. Below, you’ll find pieces from 1997 to the present, including those from our Zionism at 100 issue, which featured a piece by Martin Peretz on its history and another by Michael Ignatieff on the legacy of Theodor Herzl. In addition, Hillel Halkin and Leon Wieseltier meditate on the two-state solution. Stay tuned for more lists as we dig deeper into the archives.
What To Do About Joe?
Brendan Nyhan mulls the future of Jomentum in the Democratic Party: What happens to Joe Lieberman if the Democrats take the White House and expand their Senate majority to 56 or 57 seats? Despite his support for McCain, I think Democrats will want his vote on non-war-related issues, so they'll hold their nose and let him keep his seniority in the caucus. Others say he'll be stripped of his seniority, lose his chairmanship of the government affairs committee, and then leave the party to become a Republican. My sympathies are with those who'd like to give Senator Lieberman the boot.
May 08, 2008
The McCain Archives
Now that it appears almost certain that the general election match-up is set, we’ve combed the TNR archives to find all the pieces that we’ve run on John McCain over the years.
The Obama Archives
Now that it appears almost certain that the general election match-up is set, we’ve combed the TNR archives to find all the pieces that we’ve run on Barack Obama over the years. Beginning with Noam Scheiber’s look at a young Illinois Senator in 2004 (“From his perch in the Senate, he's likely to become a perennial possibility for a spot on a national Democratic ticket.”) and ending with John B. Judis’ advice to the presumptive nominee, these articles look closely at the victories, missteps and positions that have defined Obama’s candidacy thus far.
Let Them Eat Arugula
The dying days of the Hillary Clinton campaign have brought the breathtaking spectacle of a candidate lashing out at every element of public life that has nourished her career. The über-wonk has disparaged economists and expertise. The staunch ally of black <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />America has attacked her opponent for lacking support of "working, hard-working Americans, white Americans." People who thought they knew Hillary Clinton have gazed in astonishment: What has she become?
Change Jews Can Believe In
No point denying it: Barack Obama has a Jewish problem. Because of his sympathy for the Palestinians, his willingness to meet with enemies, perhaps even his Arabic middle name, he averaged ten or more percentage points worse among Jewish voters in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania than he did in those states overall. And then there’s been the ongoing Reverend Wright saga, tossing gasoline on the whole situation.
Mark Schmitt On The Unity Ticket
The idea of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton "unity ticket" has been floated quite a bit the last few days. But, seriously, is the idea any good? We asked a few friends of the magazine to weigh in. Here's Mark Schmitt, senior fellow at the New America Foundation. There are fights within the Democratic Party that reflect deep structural and ideological rifts that, in turn, are embodied by individual candidates: Eugene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy vs. Hubert Humphrey in 1968, George McGovern vs. everyone else in 1972, Ted Kennedy vs. Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Karl Rove's Memory Remains Shaky
Karl Rove, writing in today's Wall Street Journal: This will be a very difficult year for Republicans. The economy's shaky state, an unpopular war, and the natural desire for partisan change after eight years of one party in the White House have helped tilt the balance to the Democrats. Gee, Karl, any other factors you're leaving out here? Republican scandals and incompetence? The most unpopular president in the history of polling? --Jonathan Chait
May 07, 2008
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
The Democratic primary is over. Hillary Clinton might still run in West Virginia and Kentucky, which she’ll win handily, but by failing to win Indiana decisively and by losing North Carolina decisively, she lost the argument for her own candidacy. She can’t surpass Barack Obama’s delegate or popular vote count. The question is no longer who will be the Democratic nominee, but whether Obama can defeat Republican John McCain in November. And the answer to that is still unclear. During the last two months, Obama has faltered as a candidate.