politics

Someone keep Fleet Street away from Bill Clinton

So by now everyone knows that Bill Clinton thinks the American press corps is in the bag for Barack Obama. Indeed, I suspect that in their heart of hearts, more pundits and reporters like Obama than Clinton (though, as Chris Matthews pointed out a few weeks ago, what they really like is a never-ending horse [...]

So…. are the Clintons morons?

James Fallows writes the following about Hillary Clinton’s mindset in running against Barack Obama: The Clinton team doesn’t worry about hurting Obama’s prospects of winning in the fall, because they assess those prospects at zero. Always have. Obama might not win if he leads a bitterly divided party, but (in this view) he was never [...]

The New York Times didn’t ask me, but then again, that’s why I have this blog

The New York Times Book Review asked a bunch of writers which books they would recommend to the presidential candidates. Most of the submissions said more about the writer’s politics than anything else, though I liked Gore Vidal’s response best: I can only answer in the negative: I want them not to read The New [...]

Where should Hillary go?

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and the Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane file similar reports: the notion that Hillary Clinton will downshift from presidential candidate to Senate Majority Leader or a similarly high-ranking position is complete fiction. To sum up: Clinton does not have a ton of seniority. All the high-ranking Dems [...]

There are crazy people everywhere

Lots of people are fretting about the persistent and mistaken belief of some Americans that Barack Obama is a Muslim. [Not that there's anything wrong with that!--ed.] Over at his Politico blog, Ben Smith puts this 10% of mistaken Americans in perspective: [L]arge minorities of Americans consistently say they hold wildly out-of-the-mainstream views, often specifically [...]

A powerful incentive to fix the comments feature on this blog

Longtime readers are likely aware that I’ve been relatively slow to fix the comments feature on the blog. Partly this was due to being distracted by the day job, partly because I enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with an end to comment spam. It appears that John McCain has provided me with an [...]

Hillary Clinton’s remaining political argument for staying in

Over at The Plank, Josh Patashnik makes an argument about the limited appeal of both Obama and Clinton: [W]hat’s become clear at the end of this primary season is that neither Democratic candidate’s appeal is as wide as Democrats would prefer. It’s difficult to project what will happen in November from primary results or even [...]

Your political quote of the day

Ed Rollins: Today, if you

A nice word for Mike Huckabee

I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not Mike Huckabee’s greatest fan. That said, I do think he’s a decent human being, and liked this apology: During my speech at the NRA a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an off hand remark [...]

Please tell me this is a very late April Fool’s joke

I’ve een cautiously optimistic that John McCain would choouse a Ron Paul -type Republican (minus the conspiratorial bigotry) since the Huckabee wing of the party is much less likely to vote for Obama. Now James Pethokoukis reports the following on his Capital Commerce blog: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for [...]