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Swiftboating From the Right

But not of Barack Obama. (ADD: there is a hateful piece of garbage on Youtube)–which revisits, in its last minute, the same slanderous nonsense about John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war that the Bush campaign helped spread through South Carolina in 2000. It wouldn’t be worth commenting on but for the provenance. It was made, …

Why, Yes, I Am an Expert (Or, Yes: Hilarious)

Somehow I wound up here.

The Hofstadter quote I wish they’d kept:

In the end, I doubt if her departure from the race will diminish her reputation for superhuman control. In this reimagining of Hofstadter’s paranoid relationship, the press corps and pundits see in Hillary what she saw in Scaife and Gingrich. We may have vanquished her,

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Hilarious

It takes a certain amount of–well, the proper word escapes me, but it exists in a realm somewhere beyond chutzpah…for Mark Penn to write that the real problem with the Clinton campaign was that it didn’t raise enough money. Of course, the three words missing from the sentence are “to pay me.” It doesn’t occur to Penn that the reason …

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Iran’s Foreign Policy

This, by David Ignatius, is very smart. It demonstrates how foolishly simplistic the Bush Administration’s policy and rhetoric, and the campaign utterances of John McCain, have been. One quibble: Ignatius makes it sound as if the Qods force controls Mahdi Army strategy. Not true. In fact, now that it is clear to the Sadr circle–a …

Hillary’s Concession Speech

Hillary gave one of the best speeches I’ve seen her give today. My story on the speech for your weekend enjoyment.

Also, response from Obama, who went golfing this morning (who knew he golfed?):

“Obviously, I am thrilled and honored to have Senator Clinton’s support. But more than that, I honor her today for the valiant and historic

Checking In…

I won’t be at Hillary Clinton’s speech today, because I’m in Houston at a daylong forum on “The Internet and American Politics: Politics Online” at Rice University. I’m on a panel later today, but given the lineup of speakers, I think I will be soaking up a lot more information than I’m imparting.

The first speaker up is the …

Re: Blackberry Politics

Sure, the phrase is an artful literary description that keys in (heh) nicely with the actual use and abuse of the item mentioned. Probably because Brooks knows something about Blackberrys. A bit father afield from his natural habitat, he starts to get a little lost.

BROOKS:The magic is not felt by a lot of people. It’s not felt,

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The Real Iraq Issue

I’m not sure that the details of Patrick Cockburn’s report about the status of forces agreement (SOFA) between the U.S. and Iraq are correct, but if they are this should be a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.

The question should be framed in this way: Do you believe that the U.S. should have a permanent military presence in …

On Imitation and Flattery

See any similarities between this and this (or this)?

Maybe it was unintentional. Yeah. Sure it was.

ALSO: A tweaked slogan and borrowed logo design will only go so far. By the Republican convention, McCain will need to figure out how to read better off a teleprompter, lest he fall flat in the wake of Obama’s acceptance speech. For …

Clinton NOT Seeking VP Slot

This just out from the Clinton campaign:

Response to VP Inquiries
While Senator Clinton has made clear throughout this process that she will do whatever she can to elect a Democrat to the White House, she is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her.  The choice here is Senator Obama’s and his alone.

In Memoriam

The Los Angeles Times has a powerful video interview on its website with David Steiner, who was a young campaign aide to Robert Kennedy in 1968 and was in the ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel 40 years ago tonight. To Steiner, RFK’s death “was like the death of baseball and Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross sewing the flag and all the rest …

The Democrats Change the Guard

As the cable channels keep their laserlike focus on Hillary Clinton today, one of the more delicate rituals of presidential politics is taking place over at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Veteran Democratic operative Paul Tewes, who was the state director of Barack Obama’s spectacularly successful Iowa operation, is …

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