January 17, 2008

Paul's Pause
12:00 AM

Since my article “Angry White Man” was posted on our website last Tuesday, many have asked who the author of Ron Paul’s newsletters could have been. Published since at least the late 1970s--and at their most incendiary from 1987 to 1996--these newsletters have at times been filled with conspiratorial warnings about the Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group, animus towards black and gay people, and sympathy for right-wing, anti-government militia movements. Many libertarian bloggers have intimated or concluded that the man chiefly responsible for this content was Llewellyn H.

Working-Class Blues
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--This is a good time to put in a word for the white working class.For days, the Democratic campaign for president was mired in a discussion, started by Hillary Clinton, about Martin Luther King's role in winning civil rights laws. There was also much talk of the crucial part women played in the New Hampshire primary.Clinton and Barack Obama were both so concerned about the racial detour that during the debate in Las Vegas, they sounded like penitent schoolchildren apologizing for a playground brawl.

Is That Hillary Clinton Talking? Or Grover Norquist?
12:00 AM

Barack Obama has taken a lot of grief for appropriating right-wing talking points.  And rightly so.  Consider health care.  When he has argued against "forcing" people to buy insurance, as Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have proposed to do, he undermined the case for an individual mandate -- something virtually every expert agrees is necessary to achieve truly universal coverage.  But look who's talking like a conservative now.

January 16, 2008

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

What's the problem with the way identity politics has entered the Democratic race?  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

Out of Afghanistan

Out of Afghanistan: Peter Bergen, Franklin Foer, and Masood Aziz, the attaché to the Afghan ambassador to the U.S., discuss America's role in Afghanistan and what effect, if any, The Kite Runner film will have on that country and ours. Peter Bergen is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Osama bin Laden I Know. Franklin Foer is editor of The New Republic. Said Tayeb Jawad is Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States.  By Peter Bergen, Franklin Foer, and Masood Aziz

Obama, The Mirror
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--Foreign leaders and journalists often joke that the whole world should get to vote in U.S. elections since the outcome affects the entire planet. His recent setback in New Hampshire notwithstanding, an intense scrutiny of Barack Obama is taking place from Buenos Aires to Paris. But what observers and politicians are saying about him is what they are really saying about their own societies.In Europe, one senses a quiet shame.

An Apology
12:00 AM

I did Andrew Cuomo an injustice earlier today by accepting as true an allegation that the New York attorney-general was alluding to Barack Obama when he used the phrase "shuck and jive" as representative of what you can't do in the intimate campaigns of New Hampshire and Iowa. After realizing my mistake, I spoke with Cuomo on the phone and we agreed that the phrase was unfortunate, more than unfortunate. But, in the absence of very clear evidence, why did I so easily accept that he was applying it to Obama when he was not?

The Vegas Debate
12:00 AM

I scratched my head when I heard Chris Matthews proclaim Hillary the victor of tonight's debate on the strength of her "presidential"-ism and her Iraq maneuvering. There's no question Hillary looked confident and in-command, and that she's put her Iraq problems behind her. (Though I'd argue that happened a couple months ago.) Conversely, there were times when Obama seemed a little tired and out of it. But I think this plane of analysis mostly misses what had happened last night.

January 15, 2008

The Struggle Ahead

Over the next few days, a group of Congressional experts will try to answer the big questions that came out of the Capitol last year: Were the Democrats as hapless as the press made them out to be? How could've they been more effective in meeting those filibustering Republicans head-on? What happened with the timetable for withdrawal? And, hey, where's Rahm when you need him?

Motown Mitt
12:00 AM

Livonia, Michigan--John Hillman, 63, is a veteran car salesman for a Ford dealership here in suburban Detroit. And it's just not just any dealership. It's one that claims to have the most Ford sales of any in the nation. But lately business hasn't been so good. Hillman figures it's about half, maybe two-thirds of what it was at its peak, many years ago. And, he knows, those good times may not be returning anytime soon, now that the economy is widely believed to be slowing down.