June 03, 2008
(Cross-posted from Open University) By all accounts, one of the distinctive features of the Bush Administration has been its relative intolerance for internal dissent. High-level officials have tended to settle on a particular course of action, quite early on, and to squelch rather than to promote discussion and debate within the White House or the administration more generally. The point applies to the Iraq war, of course, but to many other issues as well, including climate change, tax cuts, energy policy, the mortgage crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and much more.
By all accounts, one of the distinctive features of the Bush Administration has been its relative intolerance for internal dissent. High-level officials have tended to settle on a particular course of action, quite early on, and to squelch rather than to promote discussion and debate within the White House or the administration more generally. The point applies to the Iraq war, of course, but to many other issues as well, including climate change, tax cuts, energy policy, the mortgage crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and much more.
June 02, 2008
He may have saved his most dramatic outburst for the very end: Tightly gripping this reporter's hand and refusing to let go, Clinton heatedly denounced [Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum], who is currently married to his former White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers. "[He's] sleazy," he said referring to Purdum. "He's a really dishonest reporter.... There's just five or six blatant lies in there.
Good news for fantasy baseball owners everywhere: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to step into a dispute between a fantasy sports business and professional baseball. Without comment, the justices declined to hear the case involving a segment of the $1.5 billion fantasy sports industry in the United States, in which participants manage imaginary teams based on the real-life performances of professional players. The lawsuit involves C.B.C.
June 01, 2008
Tood Purdum's Vanity Fair profile of Bill Clinton has all sorts of good stuff, but this anecdote is particularly enjoyable: Less amusingly, in the run-up to the 1996 re-election campaign, when Clinton took one of his many fund-raising trips to California, I teasingly asked his press secretary, Mike McCurry, whether the president intended to go jogging with Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of the former vice president—as he had on a previous trip—after he was spotted with her (and Barbra Streisand) in the wee hours of the morning.
May 30, 2008
The Battle of the Blogs
As anybody with high-speed Internet knows, MyDD and Daily Kos sit at the top of the liberal Netroots movement, which over the last five years has made astonishing strides in its campaign to transform the Democratic Party into a hard-fighting, proudly liberal, and, most importantly, victorious entity. Though their websites offer distinct communities and commentaries, and though they have very different personalities, MyDD founder Jerome Armstrong (a former astrologer) and Kos's Markos Moulitsas (a former Army man) have always gotten along--the two co-authored a 2006 book, Crashing the Gate, abo
Vee Have Vays of Making You Talk
Last week’s report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General reveals that working in the Bush administration really does mean never having to say you’re sorry--or, indeed, anything else you don’t want to for that matter. And this applies even when it’s your executive branch colleagues who are trying to get you to talk. The Justice Department’s inspector general Glenn A.
A Telling Tale Of Tell-alls
An interesting side-note to the whole Scott McClellan media love-fest: how come the country's major newspapers and media outlets haven't devoted 1/10th the attention to the recently-published memoir of former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith? There's a guy who, you know, actually knew something about the administration's war plans, as opposed to a not particularly bright nor competent press flack whose station is one that has traditionally and intentionally been kept out of the loop by senior officials for obvious purposes. --James Kirchick
Hillary's Puerto Rico Problems
Michael Sean Winters, who knows an awful lot about Puerto Rican politics (and blogs here), has chimed in with some pre-primary analysis. Hillary Clinton is headed back to Puerto Rico this weekend after a new poll shows her leading Barack Obama 51% to 38% in the June 1* primary. If those numbers hold, they would represent a great storyline for Obama, who has consistently lost Latinos by margins of more than two-to-one to Clinton.
May 29, 2008
Why Olmert Must Go
Jerusalem--Forget the envelopes stuffed with dollars being passed to Ehud Olmert by American businessman Morris Talansky. Forget the favors Olmert solicited for Talansky's business interests. Forget that 70 percent of the public thinks he's lying when he insists he took nothing for himself and that the cash was intended only for his election campaigns. Forget the half-dozen other inquiries into Olmert's business dealings that have made him the most investigated prime minister in Israel's history.