Welcome to Michael Scherer, our terrific new political writer, just arrived from Salon. Here’s his first piece from Iowa.
Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion a year, but the GNP–if we should judge America by that–counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of
I’m not so sure how smart this is as a strategy. Bill Clinton has famously said that elections are about the future–and yet here they are, a deux, strongly implying that this election is about the past.
Now, I was a pretty big fan of the Clinton Administration. My book, The Natural, chronicles the substance–as opposed to the constant, …
Maybe this one should be Forgotten Story of the Day. It’s the holiday season on your calendar, but the final weeks before big political contests are also the season for political dirty tricks–usually carried out well under the radar, and discovered, if at all, only after it is too late to do anything about them.
Remember the 2002 New …
The most reprehensible candidate of the 2008 cycle has left the building, bestowing a nativist bouquet of thorns on the most hypocritical candidate in the field. Which leaves the most nauseating question of Iowa cacucuses: Will Tancredo’s 6%, more or less, follow their leader’s suggestion and vote for Romney–or will they cross the …
The annual Teddy Awards for political courage.
I agree with Paul Krugman’s substantive assessment of the Obama campaign–especially when it comes to the deficiencies of Obama’s health care plan. I also agree with this formulation:
I guess I’ve been going on the view that no Democrat is not going to end this war, and no Democrat is going to start another war.
But I strongly disagree …
My piece about Person of the Year runner-up David Petraeus.
A message about the other America that somehow manages to be mostly hopeful.
Chris Dodd may have missed crucial stump time in Iowa in order to stage his filibuster of the telcom immunity provision in the FISA bill. But it paid off. Harry Reid pulled the bill on Monday, which counts as a big victory for Dodd. And the netroots rewarded Dodd’s efforts with an outpouring of support and activism. According to the Dodd …
Hillary’s contribution to yule log:
Not a bad ad, really, though who labels their gifts with what’s on the inside of them? Or maybe she’s giving something to “Universal Pre-K”…
Personally, I’m voting for the two little girls.
And, on a home-spun note, Ron Paul’s:
I think it might be first time I’ve seen him smile.
McKinney for President
For immediate release:
December 16, 2007
Cynthia McKinney Announces Presidential Campaign
Video News Release Available Today at 6 PM
more after the jump
The chin-stroking among pundits over the Clinton campaign’s “decision” to work on making her “likable” is particularly amusing considering that we’ve been having this conversation for, uhm, over a decade.
Even weirder is that serious political journalists can discuss this “problem” without considering the kind of writing they do about …