In the Arena In the Arena


Woe is me. I am set upon by harpies, from the center, the right and the Weh-right. The saddest of these is Lanny Davis’s act of Clintonphilia in the Wall Street Journal, which may set a land-speed record for disingenuousness. The subject again is the infamous Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Third paragraph:

Clearly Mr. Obama does not share the

“If they don’t know, you can’t tell them”

Amb. Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus won’t set goalposts for Iraq. They won’t say when troops can start coming home in large numbers. They won’t define clear conditions for withdrawal. As they have been saying for nearly two days now, they will know success when they come upon it. This is kind of like Supreme Court Justice …

Shocked, Just Shocked

• “One of them’s got a chocolate bar that’s been broken into pieces by its corporate owner, and the other’s got a jar of peanut butter, 60% of which has been scooped out and sold to increase the share price for Viacom shareholders. In the TV news business, we call that two once-great tastes that taste great together!” [Tuned In]

The Weak in News

Last night, The Week magazine presented its “Opinion Awards,” which it likes to bill as the only prize in journalism for opinion writing. Except for the Pulitzer.

The awards are, of course, also an occasion for a fancy dinner party and much elbow-rubbing and — because this is Washington — there is a panel. Last night’s panel consisted

Where Can I Get One of These?

The lead story of today’s Washington Post:

Federal employees used government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $13,000 steak-and-liquor dinner, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, which found widespread abuses in a purchasing program meant to improve

The Mark Penn Factor

Just up on is this story I have written on Hillary Clinton’s not-quite-fired former chief strategist, the complications that come with all of his outside work and some questions that have been raised about his research methods.

As I was writing the story, I happened to come across another story that Michael Duffy and I had …

The Condi Not-Quite-Boomlet Continues…

In no small part, I guess, because people like me keep fueling it.

But this answer to a running-mate question today from Reuters’ Arshad Mohammed was hardly what you would call Shermanesque:

Let me just say, first of all, that Senator McCain is an extraordinary American, a really outstanding leader, and obviously, a great patriot. That

Clinton’s Turn

Senator Hillary Clinton just wrapped up her turn asking questions of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. In tone, demeanor and command of the facts, she was – I thought – very impressive. Without grandstanding, she fufilled her oversight role and made some soberly effective points about the failures of the surge and the problems …

Elephant in the Room: Iraq Hearings

Interesting and informative liveblogging of the Petreaus and Crocker testimony at Democracy Arsenal. A deceptively simple but incisive point:

Petraeus and Crocker have no problems projecting out the potential implications of leaving Iraq – but they refuse to make projections of what staying will look like.

The NY Times is keeping a

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