Re: Playing Politics for Your Money

Good catch, Karen — but my latent high school drama geek is demanding that I point out the original source for your former editor’s quip. It sounds like it may spring from this line: “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up,” from Lily Tomlin’s one-woman show by Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent

Re: Too Soon, Too Soon

Speaking of Obama’s blue-collar appeal: I’m reminded of what a Dem consultant told me recently, “Post-Katrina, I only have one criteria for who I work for: Can he — or she — talk empathetically about class and poverty without a pollster in the room?” A notable failure on that front, the consultant told me, was Obama.

UPDATE: Just to …

Playing Politics with Your Money

A former editor of mine used to joke that no matter how cynical you get in Washington, you just can’t keep up. I was reminded of that this morning as I read the Washington Post report that GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan had instructed employees of the agency to find ways to help “our candidates” in the next election. The GSA is the …

In the Arena In the Arena

Too Soon, Too Soon

Ron Brownstein’s excellent column about Barack Obama’s blue-collar deficit has been raising a fair amount of dust in the blogosphere–and rightly so. This is a particularly nice insight:

It’s not much of an oversimplification to say that the blue-collar Democrats tend to see elections as an arena for defending their interests, and the

Novak’s Silver Lining

They don’t call Bob Novak “Mr. Happy Happy Sunshine” for nothing:

The saving grace that some Republicans find in the dispute over U.S. attorneys is that, at least temporarily, it blurs debate over an unpopular war.

In other words, the Presidency isn’t half-empty, it’s completely corrupt!

60 Minutes

John and Elizabeth Edwards did very well on 60 Minutes tonight. Katie Couric asked all the tough questions — including the ones I’ve raised on Swampland. John was particularly strong, and right, when he said of those who disagree with or aren’t sure about their decision to stay in the race: “All of those judgments and questions are …

One More Post from the Health Care Forum

Whoa! Yesterday’s post seems to have hit a nerve with our commenters. I clearly don’t have the touch for comedy, so maybe I should leave that to Ana in the future. Blogger Brad DeLong also seems to think I was disparaging the topic, when that couldn’t have been further from what I intended. It took no small amount of preparation for me …

Elizabeth Edwards’ Legacy

I don’t think she’ll need to worry about this:

“I expect to live a long time,” Mrs. Edwards said. “I expect us to have lots and lots of years together. I do believe that. But if that’s not the case, I don’t want my legacy to be that I pulled somebody who ought to be president out of the race. It’s not fair to me, in a

In the Arena In the Arena

Fear Itself

Zbigniew Brzezinski has a typically strong piece in the Washington Post today about the damage done by the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror.”

It is especially interesting to read it sitting here in Jerusalem, where the terrorist threat is real and constant. My immediate, uncomfortable thought: It is no accident that many of those …

Re: Nevada Health Care Forum–Tumulty’s Take

Okay, after three very intense. hours (plus) onstage moderating this health care forum, I really needed a massage and a margarita. Not in that order. So here, belatedly, is my take from the moderators’s chair:

I suspected that my colleagues in the press filing center weren’t entirely thrilled at spending a Saturday in Las Vegas this …

Obama and the Edwardses

So it looks like Obama was not the only candidate to not wish the Edwardses well on stage in Las Vegas; Kucinich appears to have left that out of his TPs as well. But as far as Obama’s sentiments: I emailed both campaigns and they both confirmed that Obama has personally communicated his sympathy to the family. An Edwards spokesperson …

Nevada Health Care Forum: Clinton and Dodd


She is in favor of universal health care (now) and thinks it could take as little as… eight years to get there. She did this weird thing where she walked around during the question time rather than sit and talk like a normal person. (Though now …

Nevada Health Care Forum: Richardson and Obama

Richardson: Jolly Latino Elf who wants all the children to have health care. Coolest moment — no doubt whatsoever that mental health coverage should have parity with all other health coverage. Being a dark horse candidate gives one sympathy with the crazy people, I think. Wishes Elizabeth Edwards well within the first minute on …

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