Politics

February 07, 2008

More On The Clintons' Piggy Bank
12:00 AM

Just to pick up where Mike left off, the prospect of the Clintons self-funding part of Hillary's campaign really does raise a lot of questions, some of them uncomfortable. For example, according to this Washington Post story from last year, Bill frequently commands between $200,000 and $300,000 per speech (with foreign clients usually paying the highest prices).

February 06, 2008

Charlie's Horse
12:00 AM

As John McCain consolidates his Super Tuesday wins to nail down the nomination, he can thank his big-name endorsers over the past week: Rudy Giuliani. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Texas Governor Rick Perry. Steve Forbes. And then he can give Florida Governor Charlie Crist a lifetime, unlimited mileage pass on the Straight Talk Express, or maybe even a copy of that prized donor list that he had to use as collateral last year to keep his campaign afloat. It's strange how quickly Crist's last minute endorsement has faded into history.

Growing Up Is Hard To Do
12:00 AM

SANTIAGO, Chile--It might be argued that a country ceases to be underdeveloped when its citizens shift their anger from other people's wealth to the quality of the services their own wealth is paying for. Chile is perhaps the world's best example.

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

Is punditry a worthwhile endeavor?   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

State of Play
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--The Super Tuesday primaries were a test of strength that demonstrated weaknesses in both parties and pointed to problems each could confront in the fall.John McCain is now the clear Republican front-runner, but he leads a party torn by ideology and has survived only because his conservative opponents have fractured their movement.Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought to a near draw in a series of Democratic primaries that revealed a sharp gender gap, a generation gap at least as deep as the age divide that was so widely advertised in the 1960s, and differences across lines of eth

February 05, 2008

The Preacher vs. The Campaigner
12:00 AM

WILMINGTON, Del.--Democrats are divided this year not by the issues but by a feeling and a theory. This helps explain why the preferences of voters in the Democratic presidential primaries so far have gyrated so wildly. In the absence of deep divisions on policy, Democrats have been cut loose from their ideological moorings.

Montana

Setting up their February 5 caucus, Montana Republicans took one look at Wyoming’s closed, convoluted (pro-Romney) caucus system--which provides little opportunity for public participation--and decided it was too democratic. As Montana GOP director Chris Wilcox explained to me, the party streamlined the system so only precinct representatives and elected or appointed officials can caucus (thus eliminating the unwieldy process of voter involvement). If this libertarian state ran an open primary, McCain might have a chance.

North Dakota
12:00 AM

This winter, the plains of North Dakota are so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. And that’s just the election coverage. Nary a poll--straw or otherwise--has been conducted since October. Delegates: Democrats: 21, (7 of which are superdelegates); Republicans: 26.Format: Both state parties use a proportional caucus system. Democratic Fundraising: Obama: $14,504; Clinton: $4,000.Republican Fundraising: Paul: $17,246; McCain: 11,936; Huckabee: $6,473; Romney: $5,570.Get a rundown of other states at play at TNR's Super Tuesday Primer, updated with new states every day leading up to February 5.

Correspondence: Chavez Hasn't Neglected the Poor
12:00 AM

To the Editor: Alvaro Vargas Llosa may have visited Venezuela, but his unfounded dismissals of its efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion ("Slum Lord," January 22, 2008) are short-sighted and dismissive of the many successes the country has had. Since President Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998, he has made the fight against poverty his government's primary and most pressing priority. Starting in 2003, the government instituted a number of innovative social missions--targeted programs that brought vital social services into Venezuela's poorest neighborhoods.

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