McCain’s Irony Effect

Neal Gabler has a must-read op-ed in the New York Times today, and not least because he identifies me as “a blogger,” which I think should give me some long-denied cred next time I head to Yearly Kos. It is about McCain’s use of irony and self-deprecation to win over the political press.

Seeming to view himself and the whole political

In the Arena In the Arena

Today in Iraq

Big trouble. The Maliki government appears to be moving against Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Basra, Baghdad and perhaps elsewhere. Heavy fighting is reported by the New York Times, which also reports:

The operation, which senior Iraqi officials had been signaling for weeks, is considered so important by the Iraqi government that Prime

Lots of New Democrats in Pennsylvania

I spent the last two days checking out Obama and Clinton’s operations in Pennsylvania and found some interesting voter registration stats with Pennsylvania’s State Department. Here’s my story, but for any one interested here’s the site that lists voter registration – it was updated weekly until the books closed at midnight last …

Rev. Wright = Don Imus?

I flipped to Hillary’s press conference late, but just in time to hear her compare Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s statements to shock jock Don Imus’s controversial comments on the Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team that got him fired.

“I gave a speech at Rutgers last year,” Clinton said, “saying enough was enough, it’s time to stop

Obama Conference Call 3/25/08

Openness, transparency, tax returns! Also, sports analogies. Notes after

Quote of the call, in response to Q about releasing pre-2000 tax returns — or maybe state senate records:

GIBBS: I don’t know the address of the glass house Phil [Singer] must be living in.

A close second:

GIBBS: The definition of how one wins the nomination

Obama Tax Returns

These two emails came in, quite literally, two minutes apart, setting a new standard in rapid response:

This, from the Clinton campaign, at 11:23am:

Sen. Obama’s talk about transparency is just words — For all of his rhetoric about disclosure, Senator Obama hasn’t been forthcoming when it comes to his own record.

Clinton Conference Call, 3/25/08, NOW WITH AUDIO!

Totally partial attention on my part, for which I submit my all-too-frequent humble apologies. Audio on the way. Scattered notes after the jump. Audio when/if I get it. UPDATE: beats us to the audio punch.

There’s an Obama call at 11:30AM, EST.

Quote of the call:

PHIL SINGER: [Jumps in to respond to the suggestion that

Gotta Love Them Guvs

David Paterson just can’t stop with the revelations: He’s had an affair! He’s used pot! Oh, and coke! Er, and perhaps misappropriated campaign funds! Pretty soon we’re going to find out he’s not really blind. Oh, and he once killed a man… with his mind.

In other news, Hillary Clinton “misspoke” about dodging bullets in Bosnia. She also


Thanks to Peter for making it much easier to sound so very smug. Here’s his much prettier version of my post yesterday. (Which I put together during the hours I was without the internets, if you must know…)

The Internet Effect on News

Here is a basic shift that has occurred in the news business: Because of the Internet, you, the reader, no longer have to buy information in pre-fabricated packages like “newspapers.” You can just go online and individually select the articles you want to read. And there are lots of websites and blogs to help you out. Every day, Matt …

In the Arena In the Arena


I’ve been reluctant to comment on the latest morbid milestone in Iraq. It is a terrible waste of life, of course. The fallen should be remembered with honor–and with the recognition that these lives were lost in an effort to bring stability to Iraq after the monumentally feckless decision to invade. The deaths should also be put into …

Democratic Primary MadLib

Here’s my attempt to give you tomorrow’s coverage today. The “story” is after the jump, but don’t peek yet! First, decide who’s going to be candidate A and who’s going to be candidate B. Then, write a list of the words you want for each numbered slot. By Mad Lib tradition, these words are usually of the “poo-poo” and “farted” variety. I

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