Religion

Barr And Paul, Mia
September 03, 2008

Isn't it a little surprising what non-entities Ron Paul and Bob Barr have been here in Minneapolis? I know the McCain team is on guard for Paul-ites causing trouble on the convention floor, but they've got a whip team monitoring that and there's been no evidence of trouble thus far. Meanwhile other journos are reporting that the Paul events in town have been extremely boring. And Bob Barr almost seems to be going out of his way to avoid making news. I contacted one Barr's campaign hands yesterday asking for information on Barr events this week but he never followed up on my request.

Palin And The Jewish (republican) Question
September 03, 2008

I just had a conversation with a Republican activist who's well-connected in the Jewish community. As I walked up, he was debating a Democratic counterpart (via Blackberry) about Palin's Jews for Jesus encounter, arguing that it's far, far less damning than Jeremiah Wright is for Obama. That may have been true based on what we knew an hour ago, but I wonder how he'll feel about this new discovery via Andrew. It sounds like Palin's pastor has much closer, much longer-standing Jews for Jesus ties than we'd realized...

The Other Other Iron Lady
August 25, 2008

Denver, Colorado*  Not that she was waiting on it, but today was the day Nancy Pelosi officially won my respect. I figured there were worse ways to inaugurate my 2008 convention than watching the woman-with-the-gavel opine on the issues of the day--even if the appearance promised a heaping spoonful of saccharine.

Veep Reaction Round-up: Brace Yourself For The Coming Deluge Of Hair Plug Gags
August 23, 2008

Mike Tomasky laments the Evan Bayh pick that wasn’t. David Corn is a bit tepid on the pick--and relates interesting reporting on Biden’s performance in the runup to Iraq.

The Analogists' Ball
August 11, 2008

  So there is historical memory in America! In fact, the American discussion of the Russian war on Georgia seems to consist mainly in remembering, or misremembering. The most pressing question of all is not how to stop Putin's vicious attack on an independent democratic state with a dream of the West, but whether or not we are witnessing a repetition of the Cold War. Who wants a repetition of the Cold War? Welcome back to the analogists' ball. If you are disgusted by Putin's war, then you are a grandchild of rollback and the sort of liberal lemming who would invade Iraq all over again.

Nightmare On J Street
July 25, 2008

Writing today in Ha'aretz, J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami uses the question posed by my article on his organization -- "Who does the new Israel lobby represent?" -- to answer, "the silent majority of American Jews." Echoing previous allegations, Ben-Ami writes: For a long time, it's been a cardinal rule of U.S. politics that American Jews are represented in Washington by a cadre of large political donors whose positions skew fairly far to the right of the American Jewish community as a whole.  Yet, as per usual, he doesn't even bother to name who compromises this "cadre of large political d

Dear Barack Obama
July 19, 2008

Dear Senator Obama, Welcome to Israel. When you arrive here on July 22, you will encounter a people intrigued by your candidacy and, given the current crisis of Israeli leadership, envious of your capacity to inspire. Issues that have worried some Americans about your background have scarcely been noted here. The whispering campaign labeling you a Muslim wasn't taken seriously by mainstream Israelis. Nor are we fazed by your middle name: Half of Israel's Jewish population has origins in Muslim cultures.

Rethinking Afghanistan
July 15, 2008

With Iraq calming and violence and casualties rising in Afghanistan, a more detailed and very interesting debate is beginning to form about what we should do over there. A few days ago I mentioned that a centrist-hawk type had told me he was very skeptical about whether NATO can pacify and stabilize the country, and now from the left comes Juan Cole: I don't know whether Senator Obama really wants to try to militarily occupy Afghanistan even more than is now being attempted. I wish he would talk to some old Russian officers who were there in the 1980s first.

The Real Banksy?
July 14, 2008

According to an article yesterday in the U.K.'s The Mail on Sunday newspaper (sister-publication to the Daily Mail), the identity of the world's most famous street artist, Banksy (pictured), may have been uncovered. The relative merits of his work aside, this is big news: Since breaking onto the scene in the early '00s, the self-proclaimed "art terrorist" had managed to keep his true identity top-secret, making the Banksy guessing-game one of the favorite pastimes of the tabloid-heavy British press.

Pat Buchanan Advertises His Book On Neo-nazi Radio Show
July 09, 2008

You read that right. On June 29th, MSNBC personality and three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan appeared on a neo-Nazi radio program to promote his new revisionist history of the Second World War, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.

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