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  • What White People Don’t See When They Watch Basketball

    03/20/2014 11:41:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/20 | Jonathan Chait
    A couple of years ago, the basketball team I root for, the University of Michigan, had a player named Zack Novak. Everybody loved his story. He was slow and pudgy coming out of high school, recruited by nobody, and offered a spot at Michigan. Turned out he could play, at least some. He was only six foot three, but he played power forward, compensating for his lack of size and skill with unrelenting effort. He graduated from the business school and became team captain. If you watch college sports, you know the kind of player I’m talking about. Right: a...
  • The Death of the Death of Obamacare

    01/16/2014 1:47:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/16 | Jonathan Chait
    Last night, Douglas Kamerow and I debated Megan McArdle and Scott Gottlieb at Intelligence Squared over the notion, “Obamacare is now beyond rescue.” Intelligence Squared picked the topic two months ago, when the website was still broken, insurers were frantic, congressional Democrats were in a full-scale panic, and it seemed genuinely possible to many people that the law would simply fail. The arguments McArdle and Gottlieb made last night bore little resemblance to the sorts of failure predictions that were widely circulating last November. Many of their arguments simply took issue with the law’s goals; they argued that Medicaid does...
  • Senators Near Deal on GOP Surrender

    10/15/2013 10:05:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    According to multiple reports, Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are close to a deal to reopen the federal government and lift the debt ceiling. The deal would fund the federal government through January 15, and lift the debt ceiling until February 15. Attached to that would be a pair of minor provisions. Republicans would get some kind of assurance that people can't lie about their income to get Obamacare, and Democrats would get the delay of a small "reinsurance tax" that was intended to expire after three years anyway (and which unions hated). This is a huge win for...
  • Syria Isn’t Iraq. Everything Isn’t Iraq. (Chait Goes Neocon)

    08/27/2013 11:50:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The generation that came of age during World War II famously — and, in time, tragically — came to apply the formative lessons to every foreign-policy event that followed it. The generation that came of age during the Vietnam War, and then, more recently, the Iraq War, was imprinted with the opposite lessons. I’m not immune: My formative experience in college was the Gulf War and, soon after that, the eventual, successful interventions in the Balkans. (I have a cousin who is married to a Kosovar, whose husband was murdered by Serbian militants, and who was saved by the United...
  • Mitch McConnell Realizes IRS Scandal Is Over

    06/21/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 108 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/21/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute to officially signal that the IRS scandal has entered its post-fact phase. When the IRS first revealed that its Cincinnati office had attempted to enforce its nonprofit laws using a search function that disproportionately impacted conservatives, Republicans were certain it must have come from the White House. They were going to follow the facts. But all of the facts point in the same direction, which is that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it at all. That was the conclusion of the agency’s inspector-general report, as well...
  • How Rick Perry Won The Debate

    09/08/2011 5:57:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 191 replies · 2+ views
    NPR ^ | September 8, 2011 | Jonathan Chait, New Republic
    The most intellectually interesting portion of tonight's Republican presidential debate occurred in its opening moments, when Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred over their states' record of job creation. Perry cited his states record of creating jobs. Romney replied that his state inherited a worse situation, and wound up with a lower level of unemployment, while of course ignoring that Perry has governed during a recession. Perry responded that Romney created jobs at a lower rate than Michael Dukakis. The whole exchange seemed to demonstrate conclusively that the method of evaluating a governor's record by its job creation, by any...
  • Lord Help Me, I'm Defending Palin

    01/12/2011 11:53:55 AM PST · by Qbert · 65 replies
    New Republic ^ | 1/12/2011 | Jonathan Chait
    Okay, it's a little over the top for Sarah Palin to accuse her critics of "blood libel." But she does have a basic point. She had nothing to do with Jared Loughner. He was not an extremist who embraced some radical version of her ideas. And her use of targets to identify districts Republicans were, um, targetting is not exceptional or prone to incite anybody. What's happening is that Palin has come to represent unhinged grassroots conservatism, and people in the media immediately (and incorrectly) associated Loughner with the far right. Moreover, the Republican establishment understands her potential candidacy as...
  • Why Can't Republicans Figure Out How to Reduce Government? (barf alert)

    10/20/2010 8:41:33 AM PDT · by conservativebuckeye · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | Jonathan Chait
    I am constantly amazed at the way conservatives- the ones who genuinely want to reduce the size of government-so consistently reject the one proven method of achieving their goal. Here's National Review's John Hood:
  • Conservatives and RomneyCare

    10/06/2010 5:55:18 PM PDT · by Leisler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10.6.10 | Philip Klein
    Piggybacking off of this Politico article on conservatives attacking RomneyCare, Jon Chait asks why in 2008, "nearly all (conservatives) were fine with Romney's health care plan." If you were reading the National Review -- which had a soft spot for Mitt -- I can see why you would have that impression, but the reality is a lot more complicated. For starters, there were a lot of conservatives who did raise issues about his health care plan, and we published a lot of them here at the Spectator. I was a frequent critic of both Romney and his health care plan,...
  • Debunking the Journolist “Conspiracy” (CBS allowing Journolist a platform to lie some more)

    07/22/2010 3:57:59 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/22/2010 | Jonathan Chait (Journolist Scumbag)
    I've written before about Journolist, a liberal email list that conservatives have claimed was the center of a liberal media conspiracy but in reality was anything but. The Daily Caller, a conservative website, has a new story claiming to have obtained evidence that Journolist was everything conservatives feared: the epicenter of a deep liberal plot to control media discourse. "It's everything you may have suspected," comments an excited Sarah Palin. "It is no less corrupt than the comically propagandistic Fox News and the lock-step orthodoxy on the partisan right in journalism - but it is nonetheless corrupt," asserts Andrew Sullivan....
  • Oh my: Student poll analysis of midterms shows GOP might pick up … 60 seats

    02/23/2010 7:16:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,086+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Feb. 23, 2010
    I confess to not having read this guy’s blog before, but (a) his sidebar resume is certainly respectable and (b) he’s taken seriously enough by Jonathan Chait to have earned a post today at TNR showcasing his glorious, glorious results. The standard “anything can happen before November” caveat applies, but between this and Charlie Cook’s warning last week, we’re slowly moving from a “can the GOP take back the House?” reality to a “how many more seats than the Dems will the GOP end up with?” reality. Here’s where things stand on the Great Liberal Realignment of 2008: The generic...
  • Measuring The Coming GOP Tsunami (Very bad news for the Rats alert!)

    02/23/2010 10:52:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies · 1,818+ views
    New Republic ^ | February 23, 2010 | Jonathan Chait
    Harry Joe crunches the numbers and, based on the generic balloting right now, says the House is all but gone for the Democrats: With current polling in conjunction with Bafumi et al.'s paper predicting a Republican national vote between 53.6% and 54.7%, the Republicans could easily gain 50-60 seats from their current 178. Gains of greater than 60 seats also look quite possible. Even in the best case scenario for the Democrats, it would seem that holding the House would be very, very difficult. The whole post is worth reading -- he's not just pulling numbers out of his ass....
  • TNR’s Chait: So You’re Saying There’s A Chance

    01/27/2010 10:17:04 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 3 replies · 266+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/27/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The New Republic is well-known for its quirky, thought-provoking articles. (See this clever defense of Jay Leno). But at other times articles can read as though their writers have taken leave of their senses. Despite reports that Democrats are looking for a way to drop health care and move on to something else, TNR Senior Editor Jonathan Chait argues the bill is still in good shape: In my opinion, the issue is in a similar place as last summer, when the national media was also declaring reform dead, or on life support.
  • Why Democrats shouldn't panic (Musings from Jonathan Chait's alternate universe)

    01/19/2010 7:56:46 AM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 8 replies · 464+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 1/19/2010 | Jonathan Chait
    “Democrats across the country are starting to wonder aloud if they misjudged the electorate over the last year, with profound ramifications for the midterm elections this year and, potentially, for Mr. Obama’s presidency,” writes Adam Nagourney in the Sunday New York Times. A similar theme appears in Sunday’s Washington Post from Dan Balz, that paper’s lead political analyst. The perception has formed, perhaps indelibly, that the reason Democrats will get hammered in the 2010 elections is that the party moved too far left in general and tried to reform health care in particular. This perception owes itself, above all, to...
  • Republicans Are Normal, Democrats Are Not [US News pontificates on how the parties see themselves]

    03/30/2009 4:18:16 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 620+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | March 30, 2009 | Michael Barone
    My U.S. News column this week is on the roadblocks the Obama administration is encountering to its expansive budget and economic policies. Ours is not a parliamentary democracy like Britain's, where the majority party can push its program through the legislature without much trouble. Members of Congress are, to a considerable extent, independent operators, beholden not to the president but to their own constituents, and act accordingly. Obama's big plans on energy and taxes affect different states and congressional districts in different ways, ways that cut across party lines. So he's encountering roadblocks, and it's not clear whether he'll get...
  • [New Republic] Why the Democrats Can't Govern

    03/30/2009 10:11:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies · 1,837+ views
    New Republic ^ | 30 mar 09 | Jonathan Chait
    The last Democrat who held the White House, Bill Clinton, saw the core of his domestic agenda come to ruin, his political support collapse, and his failure spawn a massive Republican resurgence that made progressive reform impossible for a decade to come. The Democrat who last held the White House before that, Jimmy Carter, saw the exact same thing happen to him. At this early date, nobody can know whether or not Barack Obama will escape this fate. But the contours of failure are now clearly visible. In Obama's case, as with his predecessors, the prospective culprit is the same:...
  • New Republic Senior Editor MIA on Joe Biden While Slamming Palin

    09/20/2008 3:33:01 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies · 140+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 20, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan! Oh Jonathan! Paging Jonathan Chait! To paraphrase a certain wide stance senator, you've been a bad boy, a naughty boy. In fact, you're probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy. You see, you've written a long smear of Sarah Palin in the New Republic where you are The senior editor and yet a certain name was missing in your attack. What was that name? Why, Joe Biden. And why is Chait so reluctant to so much as mention Biden nowadays except in passing? Simple. When it looked like Biden had not a chance in the world of ever being...
  • Liberal Writer Saw Biden as a Disaster Last Year

    08/24/2008 9:14:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies · 671+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 24, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Now that Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden to be his running mate, it will be interesting to see how some journalists will distance themselves from their own scathing opinions of Biden in the past. One such case is that of Jonathan Chait, The New Republic editor, who was very downbeat on Biden in a Los Angeles Times article published on February 4, 2007. Of course, back then it was "safe" to be honest about Joe Biden since it looked like his presidential bid was going nowhere. The very title of Chait's article, "Joe Biden’s just a barrel of gaffes," explains the problems the Obama...
  • Joe Biden’s just a barrel of gaffes

    08/23/2008 4:19:52 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 70 replies · 1,104+ views
    Los Angeles Time ^ | 2-04-2007 | Jonathan Chait
    Joe Biden’s just a barrel of gaffes By Jonathan Chait February 04, 2007 in print edition M-4 DELAWARE Sen. Joe Biden has been telling people for months that he’s going to run for president, as if nobody could actually believe it. Even when he formally announced last week, I still didn’t believe it. In fact, I’m not quite sure what it would take to make me believe it. If I turned on the television and watched Biden formally accepting the nomination at the Democratic National Convention, I might believe it then. (On the other hand, I’d probably figure I was...
  • From the New Republic: "Old Flame: Why I still kinda like John McCain.

    07/21/2008 9:18:23 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 9 replies · 119+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 7/30/2008 | Jonathan Chait
    The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it. Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear, and, after the election, there was loose talk everywhere about "Jesusland" and wanting to flee to Canada. This time, even though Democrats are extremely enthusiastic about Barack Obama, that life-and-death quality is absent. I think the reason is that a lot of liberals kind of like John McCain. I know I do.
  • The real McCain

    05/01/2006 3:19:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 1,268+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 30, 2006 | Jonathan Chait
    John McCain and his fiercest enemies all publicly agree: He is and always has been a right-wing conservative. Indeed, those of us who saw McCain as lurching to the ideological left a few years ago are now being portrayed as delusional romantics and partisan schemers. McCain's allies, and delighted conservatives, are... --snip-- In the first two years of George W. Bush's presidency, McCain became, in the words of one prominent Democrat, "the leader of the loyal opposition." McCain voted against both of Bush's major tax cuts. In addition to shepherding campaign finance reform through Congress, he co-sponsored a patients' bill...
  • A McCain Presidency Wouldn't Be So Bad

    07/19/2008 9:21:09 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 71 replies · 205+ views
    CBS (from The New Republic) ^ | July 19, 2008 | Jonathan Chait
    The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it. Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear, and, after the election, there was loose talk everywhere about "Jesusland" and wanting to flee to Canada. This time, even though Democrats are extremely enthusiastic about Barack Obama, that life-and-death quality is absent. I think the reason is that a lot of liberals kind of like John McCain. I know I do. Eight years ago, I was a hard-core...
  • POPULAR WILL [more trying to explain away "clinging"]

    04/20/2008 4:56:03 AM PDT · by Timeout · 5 replies · 71+ views
    The New republic ^ | April 18, 2008 | Jonathan Chait
    To urge the white working class to vote on the basis of economic policy is itself considered an act of elitism.... But nobody's challenging the validity of caring more about your religion, or even your right to hunt, than your income. The objection is whether it makes sense to vote on that basis. There are...stark differences between the two parties on economic matters. Republicans do want to make working-class voters pay a higher proportion of the tax burden, restrain popular social programs, erode the value of the minimum wage, and so on. Democrats, on the other hand, have no plans...
  • Does Clinton want Obama to lose?

    03/25/2008 8:48:48 AM PDT · by CondiRice08 · 25 replies · 1,185+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 03/24/08 | Jonathan Chait
    Last week, the Atlantic's Matthew Yglesias suggested that Hillary Clinton may want Barack Obama to lose the general election. The Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum, an Obama supporter who often defends Clinton, replies, "she's not rooting for John McCain and she's not secretly plotting Barack Obama's downfall." Who's right? Obviously, it's impossible to know for sure either way, since it's a question of motive. I think Clinton's political interests clearly militate toward a harsh campaign against Obama. Her only chance of winning is to disqualify him as a general election candidate, giving the superdelegates no chance but to contravene the elected...
  • Is the right right on the Clintons?

    01/26/2008 9:57:02 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 100+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 26, 2008 | Jonathan Chait
    Hillary's campaign tactics are causing some liberals to turn against the couple. Something strange happened the other day. All these different people -- friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read -- kept saying the same thing: They've suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we've reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion of the Clintons. The sentiment seems to be concentrated among Barack Obama supporters. Going into the campaign, most of us liked Hillary Clinton just fine, but the fact that tens of millions...
  • It Wasn't Derangement After All (Clinton Sleaze Machine)

    01/26/2008 9:13:41 AM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 116+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 26, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this morning, I noted that some Democrats have discovered that the Clintonian Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy meme may actually have been drizzly pap. In the Los Angeles Times today, Jonathan Chait reluctantly comes to that conclusion. He writes that the conservatives who have long railed against the lies and dirty tactics of the Clintons have been somewhat vindicated by the primary campaign tactics of Bill and Hillary: Going into the campaign, most of us liked Hillary Clinton just fine, but the fact that tens of millions of Americans are seized with irrational loathing for her suggested that she might not...
  • Is the right right on the Clintons?

    01/26/2008 6:19:19 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 65 replies · 110+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2008 | Jonathan Chait
    Hillary's campaign tactics are causing some liberals to turn against the couple. Something strange happened the other day. All these different people -- friends, co-workers, relatives, ... -- kept saying the same thing: They've suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we've reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion of the Clintons. The sentiment seems to be concentrated among Barack Obama supporters. Going into the campaign, most of us liked Hillary Clinton just fine, but the fact that tens of millions of Americans are seized with irrational loathing...
  • Hillary is Toast

    01/05/2008 6:44:25 AM PST · by CondiRice08 · 54 replies · 170+ views
    TNR ^ | 01/04/08 | Jonathan Chait
    A few post-Iowa thoughts: 1. In his book about the Democratic Leadership Council, "Reinventing Democrats," Ken Baer recounts how DLC-ites always imagined Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign as a centrist crusade to take the party back from its orthodox liberal wing, picturing a Clinton battle against a liberal favorite like Mario Cuomo. Instead, Clinton found himself running against uber-centrist Paul Tsongas, and ended up emphasizing populist themes. Hillary Clinton is in a similar spot now. Her main strategist, Mark Penn, has been positioning her as the centrist for years. And now she finds herself running against an opponent in Barack Obama...
  • Character Flaw

    04/30/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 57 replies · 1,168+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 4/30/07 | Jonathan Chait
    Of all the low points during the Bush administration, perhaps the most surreal was the week in December 2004 when Bernie Kerik was poised to become secretary of Homeland Security. By the traditional measures used to judge qualifications for this sort of job, Kerik was not an ideal candidate. The main points in Kerik's favor were his loyal service to Rudy Giuliani, first as driver for his mayoral campaign, then corrections commissioner, then police commissioner--the last of which was commemorated by the casting of 30 Kerik busts. On the negative side of the ledger were his multiple alleged felonies, including...
  • Angry (adj.) - 1. Feeling or showing anger; incensed or enraged (Hewitt takes on Jonathan Chait)

    02/14/2006 8:21:04 AM PST · by Checkers · 9 replies · 579+ views
    RadioBlogger.com ^ | Posted at 11:30PM PST, 02/13/2006 | Generalissimo Duane
    HH: Joined now by Jonathan Chait, editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times. Jonathan Chait, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. JC: Thanks. By the way, I write columns, not editorials. So I don't write any of those editorials, so your readers know. HH: Are you on the editorial board there? JC: No, I'm not. HH: Okay. And do you live on the West Coast now? Or are you on the East Coast? JC: I live in D.C., Washington, D.C. I just write a column that appears every week. HH: Jonathan, to get some background for people to anchor them...
  • Bent Out of Shape (Why are liberals so exercised by the President's exercise?)

    08/25/2005 10:43:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 942+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 8/26/2005 | Patrick Hynes
    There have been a great number of petty and unfair attacks leveled at George W. Bush in the past five years. He's slow witted. He surrounds himself with incompetent "yes men." He's Hitler. But the pettiest and least fair to date is the charge that President Bush exercises too much. For whatever reason, liberals have developed an obsession with the president's "obsession" with physical fitness. Last month the New Republic's Jonathan Chait, writing in the Los Angeles Times, castigated President Bush for his "obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy." "Bush's insistence that the entire populace follow his example,...
  • Moral authority on a slippery slope

    08/22/2005 3:59:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 276+ views
    LA Times ^ | 19 August 2005 | Jonathan Chait
    One of the important ideas of a democratic culture is that we all have equal standing in the public square. That doesn't mean stupid ideas should be taken as seriously as smart ones. It means that the content of an argument should be judged on its own merits. The left seems to be embracing the notion of moral authority in part as a tactical response to the right. For years, conservatives have said or implied that if you criticize a war, you hate the soldiers. During the Clinton years, conservatives insisted that the president lacked "moral authority" to send troops...
  • Blindly battling over Roberts (LA Times Supports John Roberts)

    08/12/2005 5:24:37 AM PDT · by DoraC · 43 replies · 785+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 12, 2005 | Jonathan Chait:
    Blindly battling over Roberts I'M HAVING a hard time figuring out who's less rational: the liberal activists campaigning to defeat John Roberts' Supreme Court nomination, or the conservative activists campaigning to support it. Roberts, of course, is President Bush's widely hailed surprise pick to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Roberts has won praise from moderate liberal legal analysts such as Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago and my New Republic colleague Jeffrey Rosen. Roberts is widely regarded as extremely intelligent. Unlike conservative ideologues such as Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, he prefers not to rewrite legal doctrine with...
  • How Bush thinks: intuition over intellect

    08/06/2005 4:06:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies · 1,719+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 5, 2005 | Jonathan Chait
    ...."... I think it's important for me and for you to look for the depth of a person's soul and character. I was touched by the fact your mother gave you the cross.' " Bush publicly testified of Putin, "I was able to get a sense of his soul." ...Bush is even apt to apply this particular brand of illogic to his own character. In one of the 2000 presidential debates, Al Gore pointed out that Bush as governor of Texas opposed a measure to expand children's healthcare and instead used the money for a tax cut. The debate moderator...
  • Let's get physical: Bush's obsession doesn't fit job

    07/31/2005 4:15:54 PM PDT · by Neal_Lineberry · 31 replies · 1,238+ views
    Houston Chronicle & LA Times ^ | July 30, 2005 | Jonathan Chait
    <p>Earlier this month, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told The New York Times.</p>
  • Let's get physical: Bush's obsession doesn't fit job

    07/31/2005 7:48:48 AM PDT · by WillMalven · 75 replies · 1,746+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/30/05 | JONATHAN CHAIT
    <p>Earlier this month, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told The New York Times. Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? I don't mean the fact that Bush would vet his selection for the highest court in the land in part on something utterly trivial. That's expected. What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.</p>
  • The Ugly Left (Tammy Bruce Slams Smelly Left's Assault On Emily Post Mores Alert)

    07/27/2005 4:48:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies · 1,306+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07/27/05 | Tammy Bruce
    It’s always shocking when the Left unmasks itself—it’s usually very brief but when it happens not only can’t you turn away, it’s actually important that you don’t. While it would seem impossible, the Left has found a new low, this time courtesy of both the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. On the same day, both newspapers published bizarre attacks on the most basic values of personal appearance and physical health of the president and those he supports. It’s the newest indication of how frustrated and frenzied the Left has grown in the face of an America that refuses...
  • The (over)exercise of power

    07/27/2005 1:23:07 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 9 replies · 569+ views
    Los Angeles Times (LATimes.com) ^ | July 22, 2005 | Jonathan Chait
    A week ago, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told the New York Times. Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? I don't mean the fact that Bush would vet his selection for the highest court in the land in part on...
  • The Increasingly Ugly Left - (Yes, M'am...Tammy Bruce! well deserved hit on shameless liberals!)

    07/26/2005 2:03:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 3,007+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | TAMMY BRUCE
    It's always shocking when the left unmasks itself — it's usually very brief but when it happens not only can't you turn away, it's actually important that you don't. While it would seem impossible, the left has found a new low, this time courtesy of both the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. On the same day, both newspapers published bizarre attacks on the most basic values of personal appearance and physical health of the president and those he supports. It's the newest indication of how frustrated and frenzied the left has grown in the face of an America...
  • President Is Way Too Pumped Up About Exercise

    07/25/2005 8:03:52 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 40 replies · 1,096+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | July 26, 2005 | Jonathan Chait:
    Earlier this month, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3½ miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told the New York Times. << snip >> What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy. Given the importance of his job, it is astonishing how...
  • The (over)exercise of power

    07/22/2005 8:27:34 AM PDT · by guitarist · 46 replies · 953+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 22, 2005 | Jonathan Chait
    The (over)exercise of power A week ago, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told the New York Times. Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? I don't mean the fact that Bush would vet his selection for the highest court in the...
  • THE MYTH OF THE 'GOOD' NADER. Make You Ralph.

    03/01/2004 8:29:24 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 18 replies · 3,624+ views
    TNR ^ | Post date 02.29.04 | Issue date 03.08.04 | Jonathan Chait (Minister of Propaganda, TNR)
    As Ralph Nader prepares for another spoiler run at the presidency, liberals are again wringing their hands at the damage he may do not only to Democrats' chances of retaking the White House but to his own reputation as well. "The most regrettable thing about Mr. Nader's new candidacy is not how it is likely to affect the election, but how it will affect Mr. Nader's own legacy," editorialized The New York Times this week. "Ralph Nader has been one of the giants of the American reform movement. ... [I]t would be a tragedy if Mr. Nader allowed [his anger]...
  • False Positive

    02/12/2004 5:16:13 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 5 replies · 191+ views
    The New Republic ^ | February 12, 2004 | Jonathan Chait
    The message of the night is that John Kerry has proven his electability and all-around national appeal by winning two Southern primaries. I'm not buying it.
  • THE CASE FOR BUSH HATRED. Mad About You (BARF ALERT)

    09/23/2003 4:24:46 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 60 replies · 1,737+ views
    New Republic ^ | September 23, 2003 | Jonathan Chait
    hate President George W. Bush. There, I said it. I think his policies rank him among the worst presidents in U.S. history. And, while I'm tempted to leave it at that, the truth is that I hate him for less substantive reasons, too. I hate the inequitable way he has come to his economic and political achievements and his utter lack of humility (disguised behind transparently false modesty) at having done so. His favorite answer to the question of nepotism--"I inherited half my father's friends and all his enemies"--conveys the laughable implication that his birth bestowed more disadvantage than...
  • FAREWELL (He's Polished Off The Green Mtn. Nut-Job)

    01/29/2004 12:00:22 PM PST · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 162+ views
    TNR ^ | 01.28.04 | Jonathan Chait
    My work here is done. I've loved writing the Diary of a Dean-o-phobe, but it's no longer necessary. Not that anybody is going to plead with me to continue, but I thought I'd give my reasons for stopping. First, obviously, Dean is finished as a potential nominee. He's blown all his money, his campaign is in disarray, and he's turned to an inside-the-Beltway Democrat to run his campaign. Dean may well play a potent spoiler role, but it's almost impossible to see him winning. Even if he somehow pulls out a majority of delegates and goes to a brokered nomination,...
  • FIRST WATERGATE, NOW THIS: (It's wierd to post this man w/o a barf alert)

    12/18/2003 10:10:18 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 16 replies · 135+ views
    TNR ^ | 12.18.03 | Jonathan Chait
    Will the political media finally start holding Howard Dean to the same standard as other candidates? Sure, some reporters have questioned whether Howard Dean would hold up against George W. Bush. But on the basic question of credibility--a topic on which they have skewered candidates like John Kerry and Wesley Clark for a couple muddled statements--reporters have given Dean a pass. Perhaps today's Washington Post story signals a change. If you haven't read this story yet, do so immediately. [PAUSE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T YET READ THE POST STORY] As good and overdue as this article is, what's so amazing...
  • The Haters & the Truth. Jonathan Chait's problems and mine.

    10/27/2003 9:07:24 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 5 replies · 173+ views
    NRO ^ | October 27, 2003, 11:40 a.m. | Jonah Goldberg
    I feel Jonathan Chait's pain. Oh, not the flesh-searing agony he clearly feels every time he reads the Wall Street Journal op-ed page. I sometimes wonder whether the poor New Republic scribe has a "pain chip" in his head that goes off every time he hears the words "supply side" or "a rising tide lifts all boats" (think of Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer or maybe the pain collars from "The Gamesters Of Triskelion" episode of Star Trek). No, the reason Chait's in pain is that he's been pegged with the label of irrational Bush hater. David Brooks told...
  • Remembrance of Things Passed: How my friend Stephen Glass got away with it (media fabrication alert)

    07/18/2003 1:04:15 PM PDT · by TheMole · 4 replies · 460+ views
    Washington Monthly ^ | July/August 2003 | Jonathan Chait
    One day in January 1996, I sat in Steve Glass's apartment following the returns to the New Hampshire primary with him and one or two other colleagues of ours at The New Republic. We were watching a C-SPAN call-in show, and Glass began speculating about how callers can get on the air. Glass picked up the phone and called the number, and said he lived in Manchester. His status as an apparent bonafide New Hampshirite thrust him to the front of the line--within seconds he was talking to the host. His immediate success flustered him. Asked whom he had voted...