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  • US accuses Israel of systematically seizing Palestinian land

    07/05/2016 2:59:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    inn ^ | 7/5/16
    The State Department on Tuesday accused Israel of systematically seizing Palestinian land after the Jewish state okayed the cons In the unusually strongly worded statement, spokesman John Kirby said the reports of new construction permits, which came Sunday as a response to two deadly terror attacks, called into question Israel’s commitment to the two-state solution. “If its true, this report would be the latest step in what seems to be the systematic process of land seizures settlement expansions and legalization of outposts that is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution. We oppose steps like these which we believe...
  • Clinton-Linked Israel Basher Max Blumenthal Disparages, Defames the Late Elie Wiesel

    07/05/2016 6:18:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 7-2-16 | Ruthie Blum
    Clinton-Linked Israel Basher Max Blumenthal Disparages, Defames the Late Elie Wiesel; Says Holocaust Survivor ‘Should Not Be Honored’ As the world began to mourn the passing of renowned author, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Prize recipient and Algemeiner Tribute Committee Chairman Elie Wiesel on Saturday, with heart-felt eulogies and personal tributes from heads of state to friends, a famous Israel-basher took the opportunity to disparage and defame the intellectual icon. Max Blumenthal — senior writer for AlterNet and author of Goliath and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, a virulently anti-Israel book about Operation Protective Edge in the summer...
  • Beinart Gushes over ‘Brilliant’ Hillary for Taking Secretary of State Post;

    03/08/2016 7:19:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 8, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    In the early moments of CNN’s Super Tuesday 2 coverage, Atlantic contributing editor and CNN political commentator Peter Beinart encouraged viewers to consider “how brilliant was Hillary Clinton” to accept President Obama’s offer to become his secretary of state and “politically de facto his vice president” even though “[a] lot of people at the time didn't see” this so-called “wisdom.” Not long before a commercial break, Beinart chimed in to exclaim: “If you think about it, how brilliant was Hillary Clinton. Let’s go back to becoming Obama's Secretary of State. Let’s think about it now. She is running as the...
  • Why Liberals Should Vote for Marco Rubio

    02/29/2016 12:57:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 29, 2016 | by Peter Beinart
    Democrats must do everything they can to prevent Donald Trump’s nomination-like supporting the one man with a chance to beat him. Marco Rubio would be a terrible president. Still, if I lived in any of the nine Super Tuesday states that allow non-Republicans to vote in their GOP presidential primary, I would vote for Rubio. Other liberals should do the same. Those who can should write him checks. Whatever it takes to stop the nomination of Donald Trump. There are three arguments against what I’m proposing. Argument number one is that, from a liberal perspective, Rubio is not the best...
  • Donald Trump's Perfect Foil: Jeb Bush

    02/22/2016 8:54:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 35 replies ^ | 9:19 AM ET | Peter Beinart
    Donald Trump's Perfect Foil How the real-estate mogul's attacks against Jeb Bush fueled his rise Peter Beinart 9:19 AM ET If Jeb Bush hadn’t run for president, Donald Trump would have had to invent him. The former Florida governor was Trump’s perfect foil. First, because Jeb was prim, proper, and incapable of expressing the rage—especially towards Muslims and Mexicans—that many Republicans currently feel. Second, because Jeb’s candidacy represented the reductio ad absurdum of the campaign finance corruption that Trump, alone among GOP candidates, calls out. ...snip... In a searing column last week, the former Marine J.D. Vance, author of the...
  • Beinart: I’d Be Darned If Democrats Had One Clear Line On Fighting Terrorism

    11/15/2015 2:42:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/15/15 | Daniel Bassali
    Liberal commentator Peter Beinart offered a harsh critique of all the Democratic candidates’ answers on terrorism during the debate Saturday night, saying they did not offer any tangible solutions to defeating the Islamic State.“I say this as a liberal, I would be concerned as a Democrat about the entire terrorism part of this debate,” Beinart said.The crux of Beinart’s argument is that Republicans offer a clearer, more decisive vision for defeating the Islamic State than all three Democratic candidates.“The Republican line, whatever you think about it, is very clear. It’s that we left Iraq, the terrorists filled a vacuum, we...
  • Peter Beinart: Israel deserves terrorism

    11/06/2015 8:28:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 11/6/2015, 2:40 PM | Ari Soffer
    Liberal American-Jewish commentator Peter Beinart gave a provocative speech on Wednesday, in which he said Israel essentially deserved the wave of Arab terrorism targeting its citizens. Beinart, who despite his regular attacks on the Jewish state insists he is "pro-Israel", was speaking at "Beth Chayim Chadashim Progressive synagogue in Los Angeles, which was set up as a "gay-friendly" congregation. His comments were recorded approvingly by the anti-Israel Mondoweiss website. "While we condemn Palestinian violence, we must recognize this painful truth: that Israeli policy has encouraged it," Beinart told his audience. "Israel has encouraged it by penalizing Palestinian nonviolence, by responding...
  • How to Defeat ISIS, According to Ted Cruz (You can smell the fear)

    09/23/2014 4:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Why the senator’s brand of foreign policy is dangerous. The Republican Party is divided on foreign policy. There are “interventionists” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who want America to more aggressively wage war—either directly or via proxies—in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and beyond. And there are “isolationists” like Rand Paul who worry that if America tries to fix the world’s problems through the barrel of a gun, we’ll become a bankrupt empire rather than a prosperous republic. Then there’s Ted Cruz, who unites both factions by embodying the worst of each. Take Cruz’s position on ISIS. Like McCain...
  • Greenfield: Liberating Our Jerusalem

    05/18/2015 7:34:09 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, May 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, May 17, 2015 Liberating Our Jerusalem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog When Jordan's Arab Legion seized half of Jerusalem, ethnically cleansed its Jewish population and annexed the city-- the only entity to recognize the annexation was the United Kingdom which had provided the officers and the training that made the conquest possible. Officers like Colonel Bill Newman, Major Geoffrey Lockett and Major Bob Slade, under Glubb Pasha, better known as General John Bagot Glubb, whose son later converted to Islam, invaded Jerusalem and used the Muslim forces under their command to make the partition and...
  • J-Street Speaker Calls for Destruction of Israel – to Applause

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 42 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Friday, March 27, 2016 | Elder of Ziyon
    Here is Marcia Freedman, in a J-Street panel discussion on Liberal Zionism and sitting next to Peter Beinart, describing how she believes that the Jewish people should not have a state, and that instead they should live as a minority in an Arab Palestine as a “protected minority” – in other words, as dhimmis. I kept all the context (although I accidentally cut out the applause at the end:) Isn’t it interesting that at a conference that claims to be “pro-Israel, pro-peace” and that hammers away at how it wants a two state solution, there is no objection to this...
  • TNR veterans protest Hughes' 'destruction' (The New Republic)

    12/06/2014 7:10:24 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 5 Dec 2014 | DYLAN BYERS
    Three former editors of The New Republic -- Hendrik Hertzberg, Peter Beinart and Andrew Sullivan -- have joined more than a dozen of their fellow TNR veterans in protesting the "destruction" of the magazine at the hands of owner Chris Hughes. "As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name," the editors and their former colleagues wrote in a statement, released Friday evening. "From its founding in 1914, The New Republic has been the flagship and forum of American liberalism. Its reporting and commentary on...
  • The Republican Obsession With 'Restoring' America

    11/13/2014 7:59:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 13, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Why so many conservatives have nostalgia for an era that wasn't all that golden. Next January, just in time for a potential presidential bid, Marco Rubio will publish a book. It’s called American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.Call me a killjoy, but I don’t think Senator Rubio can make good on his subtitle. Creating “economic opportunity for everyone” is hard enough in a country of 316 million. Restoring it is a metaphysical impossibility. To restore something, it must have existed before. And never in its history has America offered “economic opportunity for everyone,” not even in the Edenic days...
  • CNN's Cuomo: 'Proportionality is a Big Part' of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    07/15/2014 2:17:50 PM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    Newbusters ^ | 07/15/2014 | Connor Williams
    The ‘blame Israel’ rhetoric from the mainstream media has shown no signs of slowing down. This time, on the July 15 edition of CNN’s New Day, host Chris Cuomo and CNN contributor Peter Beinart decried the unevenness of the war, citing high casualties on the Palestinian side while pointing to virtually nonexistent casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict. Cuomo naturally led off his interview of Beinart with this statement: “Proportionality is a big part of this story always when there's conflict. Israel obviously has the advantage militarily...Now, on the other side from the Ministry of Health there, close...
  • Will Hillary voters hand the GOP nomination to Rand Paul? (Operation Chaos)

    04/09/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A fiendishly clever theory from Peter Beinart. Remember “Operation Chaos”? That was Rush Limbaugh’s plan to have GOP voters wreak havoc on the Democratic nominating process in 2008. With McCain’s nomination already all but assured and Obama clinging to an apparently insurmountable lead over Hillary, Rush encouraged Republicans in states with open primaries (i.e. states where you don’t have to be registered as a party member to vote in that party’s primary) to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary instead. The idea was to drag the primary process out for Democrats as long as possible, forcing...
  • Rand Paul Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner

    01/23/2014 4:50:23 PM PST · by mandaladon · 165 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 23 Jan 2014 | PETER BEINART
    Don't laugh. He has built-in advantages in Iowa and New Hampshire, a party moving in his direction, and formidable fundraising potential. If Chris Christie was ever the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he isn’t anymore. All along, the theory behind his candidacy was that he could overcome his lack of conservative bona fides with a combination of personality, competence, electability, and money. Bridgegate undermines all four. In the minds of many voters, Christie’s personality has morphed from brash to bully. It’s harder to look competent when your top aides egregiously abused power under your nose. Christie’s supposed electability...
  • The Questionable Ethics of Teaching My Son to Love Pro Football

    01/20/2014 11:16:36 AM PST · by deks · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Subtitle: Fathers and sons have bonded over football games for generations, but today it's harder for parents to ignore the growing concerns surrounding the sport. Excerpt: My son, unfamiliar with the NFL’s pieties, assumed that hurting the other team’s players was the goal. To his untutored eye, the violence that guilt-ridden fans like myself decry was a feature, not a bug. He didn’t cheer the injuries; he’s too sweet for that. But despite my insistence to the contrary, I suspect the message he took from the experience was: The only thing you need to know about the large man writhing...
  • The Frog Pot Hypothesis

    10/20/2013 11:40:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 17, 2013 | Robert Tracinski
    So what was accomplished by the government shutdown? Peter Beinart declares that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the resolution of the shutdown was a Republican victory because their "surrender" consisted of perpetuating federal spending at sequester levels. But I think what was accomplished was bigger. What was accomplished was that the conservative base communicated how serious it really is about reducing the size of government. The usual game in which the Democrats try to grab for as much as they can get, and Republicans fight back by giving them only half of it—and the result is that government still keeps growing,...
  • The Electoral Aftermath of the Shutdown

    10/18/2013 2:32:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 18, 2013 | Sean Trende
    The consensus (more or less) among political analysts was that the GOP was likely to lose in the shutdown showdown, but was unlikely to suffer serious electoral consequences. The first prediction appears to be the case (but see Peter Beinart's smart contrarian take). How about the second one? It is early, but what evidence we have seems consistent with the idea that the GOP didn’t take on much electoral water from this loss. This isn’t to say that there isn’t any evidence that the shutdown hurt Republicans, but the idea that their prospects were seriously jeopardized is thin. Start with...
  • Is The Shutdown Actually A Republican Victory? Op-Ed Suggests Radically Alternative Narrative

    10/18/2013 6:56:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 10/15/13
    The Republicans are desperately losing the government shutdown battle and they’re embarrassing themselves by continuing to fight. It begs many questions, but most importantly, why does the GOP continue to fight a battle with no clear goal at the expense of not just their party, but the fate of then entire U.S. government? Maybe it’s because they’re actually winning. Though the media has largely painted the GOP as the reckless, kamikaze caucus, Peter Beinart argues in a column for The Daily Beast that Republicans are not only in perfect control of the government shutdown fight, but that they’ll win in...
  • Hughes Drops Jews

    01/29/2013 8:40:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2013 | staff
    The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint. The magazine has launched an aggressive new editorial direction under the ownership of wealthy socialite Chris Hughes, who is best known for sharing a room with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University. The names of several prominent Jewish writers from both the left and right of the political spectrum were dropped from TNR’s masthead in the latest issue. They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist...
  • Where’s the Flotilla to Syria?

    06/04/2012 5:24:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ronn Torossian
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Where’s the Flotilla to Syria?Posted By Ronn Torossian On June 4, 2012 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments Israel lives in a tough neighborhood – just recently in Syria security forces shot and killed 12 factory workers returning home from work in a bus near the town of Qusayr, marking the third massacre reported from Syria in the last week — including the execution-style murder of 13 men near the eastern city of Deir Elzour and the house-to-house killings of 108 people, mostly children and women, in the township of Houla...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • The Shadow Cabinet; Obama meets with left-wing critics of Israel to plot next moves

    05/10/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Obama sat down yesterday with a cadre of far-left foreign policy writers, several of whom regularly lambast the state of Israel, to get advice on a range of critical foreign policy issues, among them Afghanistan, Israel, and NATO, according to press accounts. The group of nine included several writers who promulgate fringe views about the state of Israel, advocate in favor of divestment from Israel, and describe the Jewish State as an “apartheid” state—views that are also endorsed by the most extreme anti-Israel advocates. Liberal author Peter Beinart—who has compared Israel to the segregated South and advocates boycotting areas
  • My $100k Offer to J Street & Peter Beinart

    04/23/2012 5:20:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 4.23.12 | Ronn Torossian
    I am prepared to make a 6 figure donation to J Street and/or Peter Beinart. My $100,000 gift comes with a simple condition – they have to speak to Arabs as they do to the Jewish community. Among my objections to these misguided peace-seekers is that they preach almost exclusively to the Jewish community and Western audiences about peace in the Middle East – and are ignoring the need to address Arab communities in their countries, whose participation is of course necessary to achieve the peace that they so clamor for. I was inspired to make this offer after reading...
  • Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It

    04/03/2012 3:59:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 30, 2012 | Barry Rubin
    Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It March 30, 2012 - 7:01 am - by Barry Rubin Also read my article Being an Israeli and a Jew in 2012: Let’s Face Reality Without Illusion, Shrug, and Move Forward I can only laugh at the idea of dilettante Peter Beinart and J Street as leader of the anti-Israel (oops, I meant save-Israel-from-itself) movement. After all, imagine people parading as self-defined heroes while peddling ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with reality. But behind the stupid ideas is a very poisonous hidden agenda. We...
  • Peter Beinart: Pundit (Declined)

    09/04/2010 10:50:34 AM PDT · by Maynerd · 5 replies
    Commentary magazine ^ | September 2010 | Andrew Ferguson
    PRESS MAN: Pundit (Declined) ANDREW FERGUSONPeter Beinart is one of those journalists, common in Washington, who is less interesting for what he says than for who he is, or who he wants to be thought to be. He’s an exemplar, and when, this May, he published an essay in the New York Review of Books announcing that “morally, American Zionism is in a downward spiral,” he deserved the considerable notice that the article brought him. As a piece of reasoned argument, or even as an anguished moral plea, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” was a mess: a goulash...
  • America Has Disgraced Itself [Sniveling, Groveling MSM Dhimmi Mega-BARF Alert!!!]

    08/17/2010 8:13:39 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/17/10 | Peter Beinart
    The president is furiously backtracking; Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims; Democrats are dead silent. It’s time to face reality. Whether or not the “ground zero” mosque ever gets built, the political debate is over. Decency lost. So almost nine years after September 11, we need to confront a few painful truths. First, while the military and counterintelligence aspects of the struggle against al Qaeda will likely last long into the future, the “war of ideas” is over. America has thrown in the towel. Remember when George W. Bush and his neoconservative allies used to say that...
  • The Beinart Critique, Dismantled

    06/18/2010 4:47:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 302+ views
    Commentary mag. ^ | 06 - 16 - 2010
    In his new book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, Peter Beinart, formerly editor of the New Republic and now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, takes aim at the syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. “There are no normal times.” With those words, written in 1991 and aimed straight at Jeane Kirkpatrick, the younger conservative generation fired its first shot. The marksman was columnist Charles Krauthammer, an acid-tongued ex-psychiatrist from Montreal, and a man young enough to be Kirkpatrick’s son. Beinart spends several pages summarizing and quoting from Foreign Affairs magazine, in which Krauthammer’s essay, “The Unipolar...
  • Peter Beinart: The War on Terror Isn’t a War

    01/06/2010 5:50:05 PM PST · by Righting · 229+ views
    News Real Blog ^ | 01,10 | Calvin Freiburger
    Peter Beinart: The War on Terror Isn’t a War 2010 January 4 tags: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Iraq War, islamofascism, Left, national security, Peter Beinart, Terrorism (Islamic), The Daily Beast, War on Terror, wiretapping by Calvin Freiburger If you’re trying to kill large numbers of people who are trying to kill you en masse, most people would correctly identify this situation as a war.  President Barack Obama knows this, which is why he bristled at former Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent claims that he doesn’t treat our counterterror efforts like a war against Islamofascism.  But...
  • MSNBC Conservative: Carlson Didn't Vote For Bush, May Not Support 2008 GOP Candidate

    09/01/2006 1:58:28 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 176 replies · 2,934+ views
    MSNBC-Tucker/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein September 1, 2006 - 16:49 During the course of a conversation with former Deputy Defense Secretary Jed Babbin on this afternoon's show, Tucker Carlson described himself as "a real conservative." But it was just a few minutes earlier, chatting with New Republic editor-at-large Peter Beinart, that Carlson mentioned in passing that he hadn't supported President Bush for president in 2004. When Carlson stated that he had been wrong to support the war in Iraq [and now opposes it], Beinart retorted: "You've just made a statement which almost guarantees that you're going to have to support the Democratic...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 7/8 and 7/9/2006 (not the live thread)

    07/07/2006 7:36:53 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 27 replies · 920+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 7/7/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 7/8 and 7/9/06 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows and message 1 will be the Saturday Shows,  then I'll post the ping list.  I've changed the format as a test this week and put the links to articles and background on the guests in with their listing in the shows.  It struck me that it might have been getting less helpful to have to jump back and forth.  Let me know which format works better.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: Bush is all wrong about (Korea/Iraq/Immigration) and even Republicans think soNo...
  • Who really won the Ann Coulter-Peter Beinart debate at Tufts University?

    03/14/2005 7:53:10 PM PST · by rface · 125 replies · 3,651+ views
    The Tufts Daily ^ | March 14, 2005 | Ashley Samelson
    ...she opened with a statement referring to Clinton as a "horny hick." Such spiteful and subjective comments brought laughter from the audience but did nothing to strengthen her opposing argument......I went home that night and tore my Bush-Cheney sticker off my door, and took my Bush "Taking America forward" pin off my bulletin board. I no longer consider myself a Republican, or even a conservative Wednesday's (March 9th) intellectual exchange between Ann Coulter and Peter Beinart was both stimulating and disappointing, but above all, it was quite unsettling. Both candidates had significant strengths, and they were surely worthy opponents. And...
  • Cooter's Advice to Dr. Dean on Military Outreach

    03/07/2005 9:26:07 AM PST · by Davis · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Trentino's Magazine ^ | March 7, 2005 | Cooter Thompson
    Dear Mr. Beinart: Surely, since you are Editor of a prestigious political journal, The New Republic, you regularly peruse a number of public affairs blogs on the Internet so you must be aware that I am the designated letter for the guys down to Daryl's Bait Shop here in Lagniappe, Louisiana. My e-mails since May of last year, mostly to Senator Kerry advising him on tactics and strategies have been published on many Internet sites, although we must admit that there is no evidence that our suggestions have been acted on. We—most particularly, Smilin' Jack Boudreau and Armen Yazoo—have encountered...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch changes syndicated columnists line-up.

    01/31/2005 10:19:56 AM PST · by rwa265 · 8 replies · 845+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 1/30/05 | Eric Mink
    There are substantial revisions to our lineup and schedule of syndicated national columnists: Six columnists from our current lineup - Charles Krauthammer, Jonah Goldberg, Maureen Dowd, Leonard Pitts, David Broder and Ellen Goodman - are continuing, but their work will appear on different days of the week. We're adding five new columnists to the page - three conservative, two liberal - with an eye toward freshening up the mix and upgrading the quality of the writing and advocacy. Conservative Michael Barone, a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report and principal co-writer of the "Almanac of American Politics," has...
  • Losers Weepers

    01/13/2005 7:05:14 AM PST · by Davis · 1 replies · 212+ views
    The Conning Tower ^ | Jan. 13, 2004 | Trentino
    The shrill denunciations have abated. Jane Smiley's public tantrum, her indictment of 60,000,000 of her countrymen for the crime of electing George W. Bush is largely forgotten. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Clinton family counselor called to active duty during Monica-gate was able to rally only about 400 souls to protest Mr. Bush's certification by the Electoral College. Senator Barbara Boxer's outpouring of tears at the same event was more ceremonial than effective. Still, the Left hasn't recovered from its defeat last November following their defeats in November two and four years ago. Small wonder, since the usual excuses availeth...
  • Staying Soft (Jonah Goldberg on Liberals and the War on Terror)

    12/12/2004 9:25:35 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 8 replies · 620+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/10/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    I'm very confused. As this is not news to many, let me be more specific. Last week, my friend Peter Beinart wrote a much-discussed cover story for The New Republic arguing that the Democratic party needs to become a "fighting party" that takes Islamic totalitarianism seriously. As I wrote in my syndicated column , I thought it was a wonderful and serious article, even though I thought his prescription was, if not naďve, then certainly overly optimistic. Beinart opens with a flashback. "On January 4, 1947, 130 men and women met at Washington's Willard Hotel to save American liberalism." Their...
  • Misreading America

    12/12/2004 6:35:08 AM PST · by Davis · 2 replies · 142+ views
    The Conning Tower ^ | Dec. 12, 2004 | Trentino
    Peter Beinart, Editor of The New Republic, deserves a modest amount of praise for attacking head on the problem of the Democratic Party's present crisis: its incoherence, its inability to win elections, its consequent minority status, and its dim prospects for electoral victory any time soon. Additional modest praise is due Beinart for attempting to analyze the problem by looking into the ideas that have propelled it off course. My polite but restrained applause is directed at Beinart's long article in TNR, An Argument for a New Liberalism. A Fighting Faith. (shortened and partly rewritten by him for the New...
  • The Good Fight - (Liberals start to understand the dangers of Islamofascism)

    12/11/2004 9:26:14 AM PST · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 633+ views
    The New Republic Online ^ | December 9, 2004 | Peter Beinart
    The Good Fight - by Peter Beinart Post date: 12.09.04 Last week, I wrote a cover story in The New Republic arguing that the struggle against Islamist totalitarianism should define contemporary liberalism, as the struggle against Soviet totalitarianism defined liberalism during the early cold war ("A Fighting Faith," December 13). This week, I waded through responses--some supportive, some critical, some both. The most surprising came from Kevin Drum, who writes the blog Political Animal at Drum said I never proved my key point--that I never explained why totalitarian Islam is so grave a threat that liberals should make it...
  • The Implausibility of a New Liberalism

    12/09/2004 1:11:33 AM PST · by Stoat · 4 replies · 738+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 8, 2004 | William Voegeli
    The Implausibility of a New Liberalism By William Voegeli Peter Beinart, the editor of The New Republic, has written an unusually long, provocative, and important essay for that magazine. Its title, "An Argument For a New Liberalism," is at odds with its thesis, since what Beinart really wants is to revive an old liberalism. But then, its thesis is at odds with the reality of that old liberalism. Beinart wants, specifically, a revival of the liberalism of 1947, the year the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) was founded. More specifically still, he wants liberalism to stand resolutely against Islamist...
  • Bush A Religious Bigot? Yes, says The New Republic

    03/21/2002 10:00:24 AM PST · by edmundburk · 67 replies · 267+ views
    screams the 3.25.02 cover of The New Republic. The New Republic editor Peter Beinart had a vision: Neither Bush nor Atty. General Ashcroft have mentioned nonbelievers since 9-11, meaning they are trying to write atheists out of America’s moral community. That’s what The New Republic editor Peter Beinart claims in his TRB (The Real Bologna? Tom Robinson Band? ). It’s impossible to prove a negative, so we must take his assertion on faith, as it were. Among Beinart’s non-corporeal evidence: After 9-11, “Muslim dignitaries were invited to pray in the East Reception Room before listening to Bush tell the assembled...