Spouse In The House

Elizabeth Edwards declares she has no interest in attending her husband's cabinet meetings if John is elected president. This of course is a response to Rudy Giuliani's (now mostly retracted) suggestion that his wife might. Far more interesting to me is how Hillary Clinton will handle this question. Will Bill attend cabinet meetings? Weigh in on foreign policy crises? Will he keep running his foundation--and if so how much time will he spend in the White House? Hillary has said he'll be "ambassador to the world," whatever that means.


It's The Hacks, Stupid

The Weekly Standard's Jonathan Last argues that the real attorney scandal isn't a matter of political corruption (I'm not so sure) but rampant hackery (I totally agree). He focuses on the case of Monica "Taking the Fifth" Goodling: Goodling's background is curious. Now 33, she graduated from Messiah College, an evangelical Christian school, in 1995. After a year at the American University Washington College of Law, she enrolled at Pat Robertson's Regent University Law School in 1996 - the year it received full accreditation from the American Bar Association. She graduated from Regent in 1999.


Jason Zengerle hangs out with Ned Lamont, who relives his loss to Joe Lieberman every week; Michael E. O'Hanlon judges Robert Gates's first months in office; Michael Currie Schaffer probes the psychology of Matthew Dowd, the Bush turncoat; Rachel Bronson explains why Saudi Arabia is suddenly so chummy with longtime adversary Iran; and, in the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on the greenhouse-gas emissions, we offer a package of stories from our archives on the EPA--including articles by Al Gore and Ralph Nader. --Adam B. Kushner

The Ridiculing Posture

It is like a tornado itself. Except its attempt is to contain the damage and restrain it in the future. A particularly clear dispatch by Fiona Harvey, "Damage from global warming 'to worsen'," in Saturday's FT reports on the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Change to be made public this week. Now, according to this panel, North America and northern Europe will do not badly, in a comparative sense, and the southern spheres plus East Asia and lower Europe will be a disaster.


Friedman's Follies

Everything that happens in the world that's bad and everything that doesn't happen that would be good is clearly George Bush's fault. No doubt about that. Now, frankly, I too accept that proposition as it regards the relentlessly intrusive efforts to put every government action in line with the administration's often crackpot and more than somewhat authoritarian ideology.


Krauthammer's Martian

Charles Krauthammer bashes Democrats who call Afghanistan the site of "the real war" on terror. I'm sure it's true that Democrats prefer talking about Afghanistan to Iraq because it's an easier moral case. But Krauthammer's argument is built around an awfully glib view of Afghanistan's strategic value. Thought experiment: Bring in a completely neutral observer -- a Martian -- and point out to him that the United States is involved in two hot wars against radical Islamic insurgents.



by Jacob T. Levy Over on The Spine, Marty Peretzseemingly endorses state-level divestments from businesses doing business in Sudan. Apart from the merits of divestment as a strategy of effecting change, I have a question: Isn't such a policy unconstitutional? Per Crosby v. National Foreign Trade Council, states are prohibited from conducting independent foreign policies through economic boycotts; the federal government occupies the whole field of legitimate action on foreign trade. Isn't a divestment policy just a narrow case of an economic boycott?


The Editors point out that the U.S. attorney firings are only the latest part of the Bushies' plan to subvert political norms; Eve Fairbanks watches D. Kyle Sampson convince the Senate Judiciary Committee that his idiocy, not politics, are to blame in the firings; Cass R. Sunstein explains why top White House aides won't be forced to testify; and John B. Judis says Hillary is still an Iraq hawk. --Adam B. Kushner

by Sanford Levinson Monica Lewinsky was involuntarily recruited into the American culture war as myth and symbol, and she is still paying a cost, as Richard Cohen noted a couple of months ago in an eloquent Washington Post column, saying she should be granted an honorable discharge from that war upon her recent graduation from an altogether serious program at the London School of Economics.


I wouldn't panic. Even if she actually makes it to the White House, Hillary will not desert Israel. But you can already see how people-politics will be done in another Clinton administration. After announcing his support for Hillary's campaign for the presidency and that he will run her primary operation in the crucial state of New Hampshire, of which his wife Jeanne was governor, Bill Shaheen has already put himself into the next Clinton government. Shaheen has deep feelings for the Middle East, being a Lebanese Christian and all that.