November 05, 2008
The next Larry Summers ... or Larry Summers.
The Foreign TV Watch
Election Day found me across the Atlantic in France, but like any good American, I was glued to the television. The only difference was the time (six hours in advance of New York) and the faces, voices, and languages on the screen. CNN International, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, and dozens of French stations were at my disposal. Let’s start with France, where, unlike on CNN, they didn’t need gizmos ranging from holograms to Magic Maps to smell an Obama victory before the sun rose in America on Tuesday.
The First 100 Days, Energy Edition
The New York Times' new energy blog has a useful roundtable of energy experts pondering what Obama's victory will mean for energy policy. Among other points, Dan Weiss of the Center for American Progress has some advice for the first 100 days: The most immediate priorities should include: 1) Enactment of an economic stimulus package that includes clean energy measures that will increase jobs, while decreasing energy use and bills. This would include funds for weatherization of schools and low-income homes, pending transit projects and other similar efficiency programs.
Not All Bad News For Women
I appreciated Kate’s thoughtful post on how painful it’s occasionally been to be a woman during this race. Having supported Clinton early on in the race, then switched over, I was disappointed that Obama made no mention of her run in his acceptance speech last night. Still, it bears pointing out that, in fact, women did make some small steps forward yesterday.
Notes On Stevens And Prop. 8
-- In my (seemingly premature) goodbye to Ted Stevens last week, I did note that strategic Republicans who wanted to keep the seat in GOP hands might vote for Stevens anyway, figuring that if his conviction is upheld on appeal and he's forced out of the Senate, the seat will at least fall to a generic (or not-so-generic) Republican.
Regrets, I Have A Few
For anyone who has ever felt--because of race, gender, sexual orientation, or class--like an "other," last night was a triumphant night. But as I watched the jubilant crowds in Grant Park, the impromptu celebrations in front of the White House, and the tearful embraces in churches and bars across America, I couldn't help but feel a little sad that this political season has been so disappointing for women. While Barack Obama succeeded in running a post-racial campaign, neither of the two women candidates succeeded in running a post-gender one.
From Boston Celtics point guard Rajan Rondo's blog: I just got back in the locker room. We just got the W in Houston, and I had to blog. OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT! I can't even explain how I feel right now. All I have to say is that we have to repeat, because we have to go back to the White House to meet Obama. I don't really care about the Celtics. But I do think there'd be a very nice symmetry if next April, one year after scrimmaging with them in Chapel Hill, Obama could welcome the UNC basketball team to the White House to celebrate their 2008-2009 national championship.
Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. He served as national communications director for John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign. Both Barack Obama and John McCain sounded all the right notes last night, sending a strong message to their respective groups of supporters of the need to put the election behind them. Now it gets harder. McCain returns to the Senate, where he will begin writing the last chapter of his long career in politics and public service.
Just when I thought I could ignore polls for a while. From my inbox: Gallup Daily will track the new administration's progress with new daily measures on the state of the nation, favorability of president-elect Obama and vice president-elect Biden, Americans' optimism about the new administration, and job approval of the new president. --Michael Crowley
If I've already missed this analysis, please excuse. But can someone (Eve? Crowley?) explain to me the logic behind Rahm's accepting the post as Obama's Chief of Staff? I get why Obama would offer the job. Despite the personality issue, Rahm has his obvious charms. But what's in this arrangement for Rahm? Sure, the guy likes power. But he already did his stint as a top-tier White House player more than a decade ago. And, not to psychoanalyze, but Rahm has always struck me as the kind of guy with a big-swinging...ego...