October 12, 2007

Frosty Reception
12:00 AM

Conservatives claim to be in favor of stable families, small businesses, hard work, private schools, investment and homeownership. So why in the world are so many on the right attacking the family of Graeme Frost?Frost is the 12-year-old from Baltimore who delivered the Democrats' reply to a radio address by President Bush in September. The seventh-grader pled--in vain, it turned out--that the president not veto Congress's $35 billion expansion of the children's health care program known as S-CHIP.

Jeri Rigged
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No one thought Jeri Kehn could do it. Back in 2000, the dishy young Republican operative, then 33, had Washington wags atwitter over her high-profile quest to capture the famously footloose Fred Thompson. Divorced from his high school sweetheart in 1985, the senator and erstwhile actor, then 57, had become one of the hottest tickets in town. A deep- drawling, broad-shouldered six-and-half footer, Thompson had a devastating Southern charm, with a gilding of movie-star glamour.

The Church And The "dirty War"
12:00 AM

Daniel Goldhagen provoked a second storm -- the first one was his bookHitler's Willing Executioners -- when he published A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair.

Bush And International Law
12:00 AM

A Supreme Court justice from the bench on Wednesday said that "You're saying we don't need the Congress: the president can write a domestic law by writing a memo to his attorney-general." Who was it: Mrs. Ginsburg? Steven Breyer?

Jimmy Carter, Back Again
12:00 AM

Another book tour? Clearly Jimmy Carter writes more books than he reads. Yes, there is a new one, modestly titled, Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease and Building Hope. I suspect it's a record of failure disguised by PR as a rousing success. As for his last book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, he says, "many people just concentrated on the word apartheid." Well, wasn't that what they were supposed to do? Otherwise, would there be many buyers?

October 11, 2007

More On That Obama Op-ed
12:00 AM

A rival campaign points me to a speech Obama made in November 2006, where he used language that's substantively similar to the amendment he criticized in today's op-ed (which I wrote about earlier). Here's the key graf from the Obama speech: In such a scenario, it is conceivable that a significantly reduced U.S. force might remain in Iraq for a more extended period of time. But only if U.S.

Unholy Communion
12:00 AM

In the past few years, conservative Episcopalians from a number of U.S. congregations have voted to bolt from their church and place themselves under various African leaders, including Nigeria's Anglican primate Peter Jasper Akinola. The source of the conservatives' discontent with the U.S. Episcopal Church was its liberal position on homosexuality. It had, after all, named an openly gay man bishop of New Hampshire. That was also the reason Akinola and other African clergy appealed to these largely white congregations.

Revenge of the Hanging Chad
12:00 AM

It's déjà vu all over again. For the seventh successive year the New York Yankees have failed to win the World Series. No wonder it's open season in New York. Repeated failure demands a sacrificial scapegoat. George Steinbrenner may have decided that Joe Torre's head must go, while the media--perplexingly--argues that it's all Alex Rodriguez's fault. These are targets that are obvious and tempting but, nonetheless, inadequate. Yankee fans should aim higher. Can it really be a coincidence that the most-storied and successful team in American sports has failed to win while George W.

What's Your Problem?
12:00 AM

Do conservatives still hate Hillary Clinton?  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

Cheez Dunce
12:00 AM

For tourists, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without stops at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. For presidential hopefuls, meanwhile, the crucial photo-op takes place a mile or so to the south, near the intersection of Ninth and Wharton Streets: The block occupied by Pat's and Geno's, the dueling cheesesteak titans of South Philadelphia. Where the independence-era sites represent the secular shrines of a nation, the cheesesteak corner reflects the more localized civic religion of unhealthy eating. Ritualized though it may be, the cheesesteak grip 'n' grin occasionally makes news.