Who’s interested in Zimbabwe, and why? How should Westerners understand the situation there? And could this all be Jimmy Carter’s fault? T.A. Frank and James Kirchick discussed the situation over IM. Why Zimbabwe? T.A. Frank: As people like to point out, there are a lot of rotten countries out there. So why this rotten country? Let’s talk about why you and I happen to care about Zimbabwe. James Kirchick: Well, personally, I've been there.
Regarding Jon Cohn's and Noam's discussion about Romney as VP: Not to beat a dead horse, but I still think it's dangerous for McCain to underestimate the Mormonism issue. Romney may have been able to win over some social-conservative leaders, but back during in the primary, some of those leaders kept telling me how their flocks--deep down on a visceral, can't help themselves level--find Mormonism creepy. (As, frankly, do my own Southern, Christian kin.) And I doubt that hearing about how Romney's Latter Day Saints friends would be bankrolling the McCain campaign would much help the situation.
Via Jason, I see Mike Allen is reporting that Mitt Romney is now McCain's top veep prospect. The rationale, Allen says, is money: One of the chief reasons the Massachusetts governor is looking so attractive is his ability to raise huge amounts of money quickly through his former business partners and from fellow members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. McCain sources tell Politico that they believe Romney could raise $50 million in 60 days.
A piece in USA Today looks at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' new PR campaign to distance itself from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It seems that the Mormon church is concerned about all the ugly publicity surrounding the recent raid on the FDLS compound in West Texas and the subsequent grand jury probe into whether the polygamist sect had indeed been committing atrocities against young girls. Fair enough.
Now that we've peeked at Obama's iPod, how about McCain's? Here's an imagined playlist for those long and tedious Baghdad airport landing spirals: "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" -- Glenn Miller Orchestra "Over There" -- George M.
Sally Quinn, co-founder of the Washington Post's On Faith website and pillar of the Georgetown community, recently wrote about taking Communion at Tim Russert's funeral Mass.
Today's New York Times front page story on Barack Obama and the Muslim community is an extremely depressing read. Here is the opening anecdote: As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help. Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr.
The near-simultaneous publication of Rick Perlstein's Nixonland and Sean Wilentz's The Age of Reagan has stirred up a lot of controversy among the GOP history set. Basically, the question boils down to, "Is conservatism all Nixon, or all Reagan?" Perlstein--though he wrote the seminal work on Goldwater--argues that the conservative revolution was all culture war; all Southern Strategy; all resentment and Id: in essence, that it is all Nixon.
WASHINGTON--Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton just finished their speeches here at AIPAC's annual conference. Most of the instant coverage has focused on Hillary's praise for Obama's pro-Israel credentials--"I know that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel"--which, short of dropping out this morning and throwing her support to him, was probably the nicest thing she could do at an event like this.
We asked David Kusnet, Bill Clinton's former chief speechwriter and author of Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers Are Unhappier than Ever, to give his impression of Hillary's non-concession speech. Well, yes, Hillary Clinton's remarks last night were unusual. But, bear in mind, it's her situation that is unprecedented--not her speech. The primaries and caucuses are all over. She trails by a narrower margin than any runner-up in either party since 1952.