Man in the Mirror
September 14, 2009
WASHINGTON -- If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an ambulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant? If someone living down the street from you were suffering from the H1N1 flu, wouldn't you want him to get immediate medical help? Would you rather see him in pain and perhaps spread the disease to others in your neighborhood? Rep. Joe Wilson deserves all the condemnation he's received for his boorish behavior during President Obama's address on health care. No Democrat ever shouted "You lie!" during a George W.
Why Conservatives Are Obsessed With "Offense-Defense"
July 14, 2009
While conservatives have raised all kinds of objections to last week's vanilla arms-control agreement, it's interesting that the emotional core of their critique has been an attack on something called the "offense-defense linkage"--a wonky way of saying that that Barack Obama might agree to limitations on missile-defense deployment in return for Russian concessions on nuclear arms. This is an obscure thing to get huffy about--why not complain that the Russians will have to destroy fewer missile launchers than we will?
Jack Kemp. R.i.p.
May 03, 2009
In Jack Kemp’s office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he served as secretary under George H.W. Bush, a larger-than-life photograph of Kemp, fading back to pass, adorned an entire wall. It was the most important thing to know about Kemp the politician, who died yesterday at age 73. Kemp, a former congressman who ran for president in 1988 and for vice president in 1996 with Bob Dole, never quite had the deep abiding ambition that it takes to become president, and the reason had a lot to do with that photograph on his wall.
The War On Obama's Nuclear Agenda
April 29, 2009
In 2007, John Bolton wrote that Republicans had achieved "the end of arms control." He was referring to a string of conservative successes, starting with the U.S. Senate's rejection of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1999, that signaled a dramatic shift in the way the United States interacted with the rest of the world. Essentially, Bolton and his ideological brethren wanted to create a world in which the United States would never limit its sovereignty through any negotiated agreement.
Department Of Management
March 25, 2009
It's not exactly surprising that the Department of Labor would underperform in a Republican administration, but you've really got to hand it to Elaine Chao, who ran the Labor Department for eight years under George W. Bush, for taking this mandate for underperformance and running with it. Today's NYT has an article about a new GAO report on the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, which is supposed to help workers whose employers don't pay them the minimum wage or overtime but, according to the GAO, basically doesn't do anything.
Pravda on the Potomac
February 18, 2009
RAMZAN KADYROV, one would assume, is hardly the sort of man the Russian government would want to show off to a group of foreign dignitaries. The Moscow-appointed president of Chechnya has been accused of deploying his several-thousand-man-strong personal militia—since absorbed into the Chechen government—to torture and murder his opponents, and many suspect that he played a role in the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist who exposed Russia’s brutal repression of separatists.
Virginia Is The New Ohio (and Pennsylvania Is The New Pennsylvania)
September 22, 2008
We may now be getting a firmer sense of how the electoral map has changed in the post-convention universe:Where is Obama polling well? In Virginia and North Carolina, where he gets a couple of very strong numbers today. Both SurveyUSA and the ABC/Post poll show him with a lead outside of the margin of error in Virginia, although the latter depends on just which version of the poll you use (we use the registered voter version with third-party candidates included; as of next week, we'll switch over to the likely voter versions).
Aclu Of Southern California: Impeach Bush And Cheney
November 15, 2007
Do you want to know why it's so tedious sitting next to an ACLU board member at dinner? Well, now you'll know. Yes, I know this is only the Sothern California branch. And National may not follow. But here is the morally smug and politically idiotic statement issued from the beach. ACLU of Southern California Calls for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney -- Will National Follow? ACLU-SC Calls for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney The ACLU of Southern California has called for the impeachment of President George W.
July 03, 2007
Steve Benen drags out a George W. Bush quote: "I don't believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own... unless there are new facts or evidence of which a jury was unaware." New facts? About Libby? Do tell! Oh, wait, no, he was referring to the 152 Texans who were executed under his watch as governor. But, you see, they were all dirtbags and it's not like the Texas justice system ever errs. And none of them were friends of his, so it was totally different. Oh, and Bush was really overturning the judge in the Libby case, not the jury.
January 10, 2007
It was predictable. That even the faculty, or a large portion of it, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas would have qualms about having the George W. Bush Presidential Library on campus. It was obvious. Now, SMU has not actually been designated as the querulous host. Baylor University in Waco and the University of Texas, not in Austin, God forbid, but Irving are also in the running. Or maybe trying to escape. Ralph Blumenthal spins out the somewhat intricate tale in today's Times, "Faculty at S.M.U.