Politics

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.

The O-List: 1-5
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The O-List Intro Essay     1-5     6-10     11-15     16-20     21-25     26-301. David AxelrodChief strategist, Obama campaignAt first, he professed no interest in trailing his guy to Washington. But that’s increasingly hard to believe. Obama’s message manager could follow the Karl Rove path, surrendering his lucrative consulting business for an official post. But he might take the James Carville tack: work for the DNC but be omnipresent in the Oval Office.

DISPUTATIONS: Learning From Prop. 8
12:00 AM

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. Rosen kicks things off below. (Click here for Richard Just's response.)   Dear Richard,   In our last dialogue on gay marriage in May, I expressed concern that the California Supreme Court’s decision to impose gay marriage by judicial fiat might trigger a backlash that would overturn the decision by popular initiative.

The O-List: 6-10
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The O-List Intro Essay     1-5     6-10     11-15     16-20     21-25     26-306. Larry SummersManaging director, D.E. Shaw & Co.The best economic mind in the party, his credibility with the Democratic base has grown in recent months. His must-read columns in the Financial Times have evinced a leftward turn in his thinking. And, unlike Rubin, the financial meltdown actually reflects well upon his last tour in Washington. If Obama doesn’t send him back to Treasury--that job could also go to his protégé, Tim Geithner--he might be called upon to replace Bernanke at the Fed in 2010.7.

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