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  • New Republic Writer Admits To Not Seeing American Sniper, Writes About It Anyway

    01/19/2015 4:21:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | January 18, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The left-wing criticism of American Sniper was to be expected. Frankly, it’s not worth responding to the vast majority of these criticisms. Yet, if you have a piece from a left-leaning publication, like the New Republic, where the author admits to not even seeing the film, and then ends it with an analysis about the Iraq War; mockery is justified, albeit for a brief time. Recently, Dennis Jett wrote a piece about American Sniper for the Republic. There’s just one problem; He didn’t see the movie: I have not seen American Sniper. But if the trailer is any indication, Eastwood’s film,...
  • New Republic mass resignations: Any need for restructuring now?

    12/05/2014 10:49:17 AM PST · by mojito · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/5/2014 | Erik Wemple
    In a memo to staff yesterday announcing a masthead shake-up, New Republic chief executive Guy Vidra wrote that a reduction in the frequency of the 100-year-old magazine would require a staff restructuring, a common euphemism for layoffs. Well, that may not be necessary considering that a whole herd of staffers resigned en masse following the defenestration of top editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier. Have a look at the departures.... Perhaps the restructuring will now come in the form of a hiring spree to fill vacancies created by the newsroom-wide disgust with Foers firing. A group of...
  • A Eulogy for The New Republic

    12/05/2014 6:00:12 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/4/14 | Jonathan Chait
    Not long after he purchased The New Republic, Chris Hughes had lunch with me, as he was doing with quite a few journalists around Washington. At one point, he asked me who the best editor had been during my 16 years. I had worked for a half dozen editors, several of them great, but it was an easy question. I replied Frank Foer so quickly that Hughes appeared startled. I dont think my answer convinced Hughes to hire Foer as TNRs editor, because Im sure anybody else who worked with him said the same, and anyway, Frank Foer was born...
  • Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

    11/19/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 9:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on pretty firm legal ground. The former president spoke on the eve of President Barack Obamas scheduled announcement of executive actions to spare as many as 5 million immigrants from being deported from the U.S. Clinton said during an event honoring the magazine The New Republic that it was part of a larger debate about the nations role around the globe. As far as I can tell, every president in the modern era has issued...
  • Ted Cruz Proves Why Hes Still the Most Hated Man in Congress

    07/31/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/31/2014 | Danny Vinik
    You may not have heard much from Senator Ted Cruz lately, but on Thursday, he came back with a force in blowing up House Republicans bill to address the border crisis. Make no mistake, House Speaker John Boehnerand the rest of the Republican establishmentstill have a big Ted Cruz problem. And its only going to get bigger as the 2016 presidential election approaches. As it stands now, Cruz has successfully persuaded a block of House Republicans to vote against the House GOPs border bill, forcing Boehner to pull the legislation from the docket. The situation is still fluid. The House...
  • The New Republics Hit Job on Scott Walker: The Real Reason They Ran This Cover Story

    06/16/2014 1:31:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/16/2014 | Ron Radosh
    With its cover story [1] on Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, The New Republic has hit an all-time low. Written by TNR Senior Editor Alec Macgillis, it reads as a commissioned hit job meant to lessen Walker’s chances of entering the GOP presidential race.Let’s start with the cover: superimposed over a photo of the governor standing by his desk is the title: “Scott Walker is So Hot Right Now: Too bad he owes his success to a toxic strain of Racial Politics.” Inside the issue, the title becomes: “The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker: A Journey Through the Poisonous,...
  • India's Election: The Next Prime Minister Is A Dangerous Man

    05/17/2014 1:40:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 158 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 16, 2014 | Isaac Chotiner
    The results of India's election, which are rapidly appearing today, seem to show a huge win for the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A victory had been expected, but this looks like a massive landslide. The next prime minister is almost certain to be Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, a state in western India. He is known for his economic agenda, which is seen to be relatively business-friendly (expect stocks to react very positively to the news), and his controversial brand of Hinduism. Modi's ideology is certainly going to be important over the next several years, but his...
  • Stop Picking on the D.C. Elite! This Town is No Worse Than Your Town (Must read)

    09/15/2013 12:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 14, 2013 | Nicholas Lemann
    've been having an argument with a friend of mine, a veteran Washington journalist, about whether it can really be true that where I live (an apartment building on the Upper West Side of New York, all of whose residents are Columbia faculty members), people aren’t talking about This Town. My friend thinks I’m playing the country bumpkin, but I swear it! This Town has a powerful infinity-of-mirrors quality: it’s proudly, defiantly obsessed with a particular Washington subculture, which it persuasively portrays as being self-obsessed, and the subculture obsesses over This Town right back, because the book plays into the...
  • Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting (then deletes it)

    01/29/2013 12:15:43 PM PST · by Baynative · 61 replies ^ | By DANIEL HALPER | 12:52 PM, Jan 29, 2013
    President Obama recently told the New Republic magazine, "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time." Today, after some suggested the president's claim might not be true, the New Republic tweeted a picture supposedly proving that Obama has gone skeet shooting:
  • 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 publications 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 TNRs masthead in the latest issue. They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist...
  • Worst Book of the Year [TNR - The Answers, on "The Atheist's Guide to Reality"]

    01/04/2012 6:25:54 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 18 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/14/2011 | Leon Wieseltier
    "...What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything else you dont like forbidden, permissible, or sometimes obligatory? Anything goes. What is love, and how can I find it? Love is the solution to a strategic interaction problem. Dont look for it; it will find you when you need it. Does history have any meaning or purpose?Its full of sound and fury, but signifies nothing. I take...
  • A Sadly Wary Misunderstanding of Muslim-Americans." But Really Is It (No 1st Amendment for Muslims)

    09/08/2010 5:09:14 AM PDT · by tlb · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 4, 2010 | Martin Peretz
    Actually, no one has shown that a single serious demonstration against Muslims and Arabs, against their beliefs and behavior can be raised in this country. And, if you think Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial was its equivalent please quote to me sounds of hatred directed from the platform. There has not been a single rally or demonstration in America aimed at Muslim or Arab interests or more likely, to foreign insurgencies and, yes, quite alien philosophies. I suggest that this is largely the case because Americans are so fearful of being accused of bias. Muslims and Arabs do...
  • It's You, Not Me (Liberals and libertarians finally break up.)

    02/13/2010 12:53:00 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 25 replies · 649+ views
    The New Republic ^ | February 12, 2010 | Ed Kilgore
    One mini-saga of the past decade in American politics has been the flirtationwith talk of a deeper partnershipbetween progressives and libertarians. These two groups were driven together, in the main, by common hostility to huge chunks of the Bush administration's agenda: endless, pointless wars; assaults on civil liberties; cynical vote-buying with federal dollars; and statist panders to the Christian right. This cooperation reached its height during the 2006 election, in which, according to a new study by David Kirby and David Boaz, nearly half of libertarian voters supported Democratic congressional candidatesmore than doubling the support levels from the previous midterm...
  • Obama In The Balance (TNR Begs Obama To Help Dems Commit Political Suicide Alert)

    02/03/2010 10:31:22 AM PST · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 761+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 1/27/2010 | TNR Editiorial
    How does this president handle a crisis? Thus far, the answer is not at all encouraging. The current crisis is the election in Massachusetts of Scott Brown, now the forty-first Republican senator. His arrival in Washington has sent Democrats into panic mode--fearful that they too will be swallowed by a seething electorate--and caused many of them to flee in the other direction from health care reform. In short, Barack Obama faces a moment where his presidency just might collapse or, rather, risks heading into a wilderness where it would accomplish next to none of its ambitious goals. For generations, health...
  • TNRs Chait: So Youre Saying Theres 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.
  • The Democrats are doomed. What better time to tackle climate change? (These rats are suicidal!)

    01/16/2010 1:48:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,892+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 16, 2010 | The Editors
    Democrats in Congress have a lot to juggle in the year ahead. If they want to avoid a slaughter at the polls, theyll need to boost job growth. Not only that, but Wall Street remains poorly regulated, and key allies are growing impatient for labor-law and immigration reform. So its hardly a shock to hear that some Dems would prefer to set aside tackling climate change--especially so soon after a grueling health care fight. We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh recently groused, but I think its very difficult in the economic circumstances...
  • Liberal blogger wonders: Are Republicans going for a murder-suicide in 2010?

    10/03/2009 1:48:34 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 13 replies · 870+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | October 3, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    I will reiterate right up front the fundamental truth that denial is not a plan. And yet we have Ed Kilgore at The New Republic arguing something that might be summarized as, "Well, the Democrats may be falling out of favor, but the Republicans still suck as much as ever." And because Republicans suck as much as ever, Ed argues, that there really is not much of a danger that the GOP can take back the House, much less the Senate, next year. Denial.
  • [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:...
  • Direct Answer - A solution for the reading gap between black and white children...

    01/15/2009 4:10:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 14, 2009 | John McWhorter
    A solution for the reading gap between black and white children was discovered four decades ago. So, why aren't we taking advantage of it?One does not expect to see New York's school Chancellor Joel Klein on the same stage as Reverend Al Sharpton. Klein is infamous for his emphasis on test scores and shutting down schools that fail to measure up. Not so long ago, Sharpton was in the barricades with Russell Simmons protesting mayor Michael Bloomberg and Klein's plan to cut New York City's education budget. Yet these days the two are teaming up for the Education Equality Project,...
  • New Republic Gives Atonement Advice for Eliot Spitzer

    12/17/2008 4:25:42 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies · 377+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 17, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned due to his involvement in a prostitution ring, is slowly attempting to edge himself back into the public eye with his new column in Slate. The problem from the POV of The New Republic is that Spitzer is trying to make himself relevant again much too quickly without showing the proper remorse. As a result, The New Republic gives Spitzer some atonement advice written by Jacob Gershman which does the former governor no real service since anything he does now will come off as a cynical attempt to return to the public...
  • The Haters - The diminution of the vast right-wing conspiracy

    11/25/2008 10:30:58 PM PST · by pissant · 38 replies · 1,510+ views
    TNR ^ | 11/25/08 | Michael Schaffer
    They don't have political rallies to bring them together anymore, but it's no secret that a lot of people out there don't much like Barack Obama. The president-elect, according to his more fervent campaign-season detractors, has a raft of unforgivable faults: He's a socialist, a Muslim, an actual love-child of Malcolm X. His birth certificate was missing, his book had been ghost-written by William Ayers, and his wife, "Mrs. Grievance," as a National Review cover dubber her, was perennially on the cusp of getting caught ranting against the white man. The only thing keeping the Illinois senator's infamy from going...
  • America the Liberal

    11/07/2008 2:27:15 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 817+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 05, 2008 | John B. Judis
    The Democratic majority: It emerged! Even before the final results showing a Democratic sweep were in, Washington's pundits were declaring that nothing had really changed politically in the country. In a cover story labeled "AMERICA THE CONSERVATIVE," Newsweek editor Jon Meacham warned that, "[s]hould Obama win, he will have to govern a nation that is more instinctively conservative than it is liberal." Meacham's judgment was echoed by Peter Wehner, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. "America remains, in the main, a center-right nation," Wehner wrote in The Washington Post. These guys--and the others who are counseling Barack...
  • Rashid Who?

    11/01/2008 7:34:22 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 28 replies · 588+ views
    The New Republic ^ | October 31, 2008 | Ethan Porter
    Why the Jews finally came home to Obama By late last spring, concerns about Jews deserting the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, had reached a fever pitch. Writing in his popular blog for Politico, Ben Smith declared that Obama had a "Jewish problem." In late May, Jodi Kantor of The New York Times traveled to Florida to interview the elderly Jews who were thought to be most skeptical of the Illinois Senator. Kantor's article--"As Obama Heads to Florida, Many of Its Jews Have Doubts"--included one octogenarian's ominous warning: "The people here, liberal people, will not vote for Obama because of...
  • Today's Polls: T-15 [TNR not gleeful now]

    10/20/2008 6:06:15 PM PDT · by mathprof · 10 replies · 1,678+ views
    the new republic ^ | 10/20/08 | Nate Silver
    It's been a confusing day of polling -- one of those where I'm happy to have a computer handy to do my dirty work for me. The trend over the past 7-10 days remains slightly toward McCain. It is difficult to pinpoint, however, just where the movement started. If I take the average of my daily point estimates from Thursday through Sunday -- since the final presidential debate was concluded -- I show Obama at a +6.0. That compares with a +6.6 in the ten days that proceeded the debate. However, looking at things even more precisely, it appears that...
  • What's Obama Hiding? [TNR]

    10/20/2008 4:36:55 PM PDT · by mathprof · 12 replies · 780+ views
    the new republic ^ | 10/20/08 | Barron YoungSmith
    McCain's surrogates are now raising questions about Barack Obama's past use ofmind-altering substances. "God forbid somebody would do some reporting on Barack Obama's use of drugs," complained Rudy Giuliani on Fox News. Actually, the New York Times did just that back in February--and they discovered that Obama did fewer drugs than he said he did in his book. According to the Timesinvestigators, Obama may have "added some writerly touches in his memoir to make the challenges he overcame seem more dramatic." That's right. When will Obama come clean with us and admit he's a secret goody-two-shoes?
  • NYT 'House Conservative' Comes Close to Endorsing Obama

    10/18/2008 9:02:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies · 702+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    David Brooks, the "House Conservative" of the New York Times, should seriously consider putting his self-description as "conservative" in quotes at all times in order to comply with truth in packaging. I mean how conservative can you be when liberal sources are quoting you favorably, especially when you sound like, without quite saying so, you are endorsing Barack Obama? The liberal New Republic cites Brooks favorably for his almost endorsement of The One: Has David Brooks Endorsed Obama? Not in so many words, but please continue: Well, not exactly. After all, he has one paragraph in his column in Friday's...
  • It's Over: Why Bill Ayers Won't Save John McCain (liberal editorial)

    10/06/2008 5:00:34 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 109 replies · 2,401+ views
    The New Republic ^ | October 10, 2008 | Howard Wolfson
    Perpetually fretting Democrats will not want to accept it. The campaigns themselves can't afford to believe it. Many journalists know it but can't say it. And there will certainly be some twists and turns along the way. But take it to a well capitalized bank: Bill Ayers isn't going to save John McCain. The race is over. John McCain's candidacy is as much a casualty of Wall Street as Lehman or Merrill. Like those once vibrant institutions, McCain's collapse was stunning and quick. One minute you are a well-respected brand. The next you are yelling at the messengers of your...
  • The William Ayers I Know [TRN]

    10/04/2008 7:17:44 PM PDT · by mathprof · 84 replies · 2,679+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 10/4/08 | Richard Stern
    <p>The political word today is that the Republicans will return to personal attacks on Obama and Biden to draw attention away from McCain's erratic performance during the days before the passage of the Great Rescue/Bailout/U.S.-as-Sweden bill. We are supposedly to hear again about the Reverend Wright, the unreverend Tony Lezko, and William Ayers, the unrepentent Weatherman.</p>
  • Reading New Republic Tea Leaves to Determine Debate Winner

    09/27/2008 2:50:06 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies · 1,724+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 27, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Your humble correspondent is of the opinion that, without even knowing who wins the election in November, one can easily determine the winner by simply looking at the screen shots of liberal members of the MSM on the day after the election. Are the faces of Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Chris Matthews, etc. mournful? That will pretty much tell you who won the election the previous day. Likewise, simply by reading an analysis of last night's debate in Oxford, Mississippi in liberal publications, one can determine who won that debate without even watching it. It is called reading the liberal...
  • Today's Polls: Is North Carolina Really a Swing State? [TNR]

    09/21/2008 6:32:15 PM PDT · by mathprof · 44 replies · 251+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 9/21/08 | Nate Silver
    No rest for the pollsters on Sunday: So ... what's the headline here? Probably the Public Policy Polling survey showing a 46-46 tie there. One wonders if the McCain campaign's internals are telling them something similar, since they are now shifting resources into the state. And Barack Obama was out in Charlotte today. But yet, my model still does not consider North Carolina to be a plausible tipping point state. Why not? Partly because the polling there has hardly been uniformly favorable to Obama -- it was barely ten days ago when SuvreyUSA released a poll showing him down 20...
  • 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...
  • A McCain Ad That Isn't a Lie [from TNR of all places]

    09/19/2008 6:43:16 AM PDT · by mathprof · 23 replies · 183+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 9/18/08 | Jason Zengerle
    Even though the Obama campaign says it is. This one tries to saddle Obama with Franklin Raines, the disgraced former head of Fannie Mae, who, according to the McCain ad, has been giving Obama "advice on mortgage and housing policy" The Obama campaign has now sent out this statement from Raines:"I am not an advisor to Barack Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or economic matters." And Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton goes on to say: "This is another flat-out lie from a dishonorable campaign that is increasingly incapable of telling the truth. Frank Raines...
  • Creation Myth: What Barack Obama won't tell you about his community organizing past.

    09/12/2008 3:35:28 PM PDT · by afortiori · 14 replies · 207+ views
    The New Republic ^ | September 10, 2008 | John B. Judis
    But Obama was also worried about something else. He told Kellman that he feared community organizing would never allow him "to make major changes in poverty or discrimination." To do that, he said, "you either had to be an elected official or be influential with elected officials." In other words, Obama believed that his chosen profession was getting him nowhere, or at least not far enough. Personally, he might end up like his father; politically, he would fail to improve the lot of those he was trying to help. And so, Obama told Kellman, he had decided to leave community...
  • The Confusing State of the Race [TNR]

    09/06/2008 2:33:52 PM PDT · by mathprof · 10 replies · 51+ views
    the new republic ^ | 9/6/08 | Isaac Chotiner
    A new political map has been drawn, says The New York Times: With just over eight weeks left until Election Day, the two sides are settling into an unusually broad set of state-by-state face-off... The map is the same as ever, says The New York Times: While McCain aides once believed that his appeal to independents might help him win a traditional Democratic state like New Jersey, and Obama aides thought their candidates broad appeal could be a lift in traditionally Republican ones like Montana, the emerging battlegrounds picked by both campaigns so far resemble the Bush-Kerry electoral map in...
  • Today's Polls: The Bounce Cometh?

    09/06/2008 1:33:09 PM PDT · by mathprof · 23 replies · 113+ views
    the new republic ^ | 9/6/08 | Nate Silver
    Although the topline results don't make it obvious, it appears that John McCain had a fairly strong night of polling in the daily tracking polls, which are the only numbers we have to look at today. The Gallup tracker now shows Barack Obama leading by 2 points, down from 4 a day ago. When I attempt to estimate the daily results from the topline numbers, however, I get the following: Wednesday: Obama +7.8 Thursday: Obama +2.4 Friday: McCain +4.2 So Obama's numbers are being propped up by a strong night of polling on Wednesday, which will cycle out tomorrow. He...
  • Creation Myth (Obama's Community Organizing Days in Chicago)

    09/06/2008 9:04:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies · 143+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 9/10/2008 | John Judis
    ...But his campaign has taken the point a step further, implying that Obama the politician is a direct descendant of Obama the organizer--that he has carried the practices and principles of community organizing into his campaign, and would carry them into the White House as well. This is the version of Obama's biography that most journalists have accepted. In truth, however, if you examine carefully how Obama conducted himself as an organizer and how he has conducted himself as a politician, if you consider what he said about organizing to his fellow organizers, and if you look at the reasons...
  • Why Sarah Palin's Speech Will Not Win Over All Evangelicals

    09/04/2008 7:58:19 AM PDT · by mathprof · 116 replies · 559+ views
    New Republic ^ | 9/4/08 | Alan Wolfe
    I teach at a Catholic university. I study and write about evangelical Protestants. I have no religious convictions of my own. This bothers people who insist that if you are not yourself religious you cannot possibly "get" religion. I leave it to others to decide whether my lack of faith helps or hinders my capacity to understand the subject. But I do know one thing. Because of where I teach and who I study, I have come across some remarkable people I otherwise would never have met. Familiar with the Catholic tradition, I cannot say I am surprised to meet...
  • The Case Against the Case Against Palin [Must Read!]

    09/02/2008 9:56:45 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 31 replies · 164+ views
    The New Republic ^ | September 2, 2008 | Christopher Orr
    A very good friend, who is a lifelong Alaskan and one of the smartest people I know, offers this word of caution to those (yes, like me) inclined to take Sarah Palin lightly: At the end of 2005, a close friend called to say that he begun writing speeches and talking points for a certain gubernatorial candidate. "Remind me," I asked. "Who is Sarah Palin?"...
  • The Case Against the Case Against Palin

    09/02/2008 1:34:13 PM PDT · by mathprof · 22 replies · 140+ views
    new republic ^ | 9/2/08 | Christopher Orr
    A very good friend, who is a lifelong Alaskan and one of the smartest people I know, offers this word of caution to those (yes, like me) inclined to take Sarah Palin lightly: At the end of 2005, a close friend called to say that he begun writing speeches and talking points for a certain gubernatorial candidate. "Remind me," I asked. "Who is Sarah Palin?" I was dismayed at my friends choice of political entree. Why was he wasting his time on a relative nobody, trying to beat an incumbent governor (and former three term senator) in the Republican primary?...
  • Rhetorical Question (Biden said give money to Iran so they won't hate us.)

    08/30/2008 6:49:36 AM PDT · by NoobRep · 14 replies · 356+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 10/22/2001 | Michael Crowley
    At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: "I'm groping here." Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction. "Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran," Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face. The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: "I...
  • New Republic Worries About 'Disappointing Fall' of Obama

    08/28/2008 5:25:08 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies · 119+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    What a difference a few weeks make. It wasn't too long ago that the liberal media were already congratulating themselves on Barack Obama's "inevitable" victory. Many of those reports crossed the line into flat out gloating in which the election itself was a mere formality on the road to the coronation of the Lightworker. Well, that was then and now it appears that Obama's halo of perfection has become quite tarnished to the extent that the liberal New Republic is worrying if their erstwhile messiah is heading towards a "long, disappointing fall." John B. Judis, a senior editor of The...
  • 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" tobe honest aboutJoe Bidensince it looked like his presidential bid was going nowhere. The verytitle of Chait's article, "Joe Bidens just a barrel ofgaffes," explains the problems the Obama...
  • Rhetorical Question

    08/24/2008 12:18:19 AM PDT · by ari-freedom · 18 replies · 193+ views
    The New Republic ^ | October 22, 2001 | Michael Crowley
    It's a bright early October morning on Capitol Hill. Joe Biden is bounding up the steps of the Russell Senate Office Building, wearing his trademark grin. As he makes for the door, he is met by a group of airline pilots and flight attendants looking vaguely heroic in their navy-blue uniforms and wing-shaped pins. A blandly handsome man in a pilot's cap steps forward and asks Biden to help pass emergency benefits for laid-off airline workers. Biden nods as the men and women cluster around him with fawning smiles. Then he speaks. "I hope you will support my work on...
  • Flashback: Biden on Obama, Experience

    08/22/2008 9:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 521+ views
    The New Republic ^ | August 22, 2008 | Jonathan Cohn
    If Joe Biden is indeed Barack Obama's pick for running mate, you can bet John McCain's campaign will go through the primary campaign, hunting for Biden quotes that make Obama look bad. That is fair game. But having spent a little time reviewing Biden's primary run, I've been struck by how cautious Biden was in his statements. Biden talked constantly about the importance of experience--and the fact that he had the most of it. It was the centerpiece of his campaign. But, for the most part, he couched those arguments in general terms. He was usually comparing himself to the...
  • The Analogists' Ball [Georgia, Russia, Cold War?]

    08/13/2008 10:29:48 AM PDT · by Tolik · 13 replies · 409+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 11.08.2008 | Leon Wieseltier
    Quite interesting discussion between more sane Left with less sane (some would say insane) Left. Leon Wieseltier does include some obligatory jibes at Bush/Chaney but otherwise provides a compelling argument against reflexive blame Bush, "America made them do it" reaction of the crazy Left. Don't miss some interesting insights by a poster teplukhin2you down in the discussion area (at the TNR) on what might motivate Putin and his band of thugs.Excerpts and highlights are mine. Follow the link to the complete article. ... My colleague John Judis has flabbergasted me with something he posted on these pages a few hours...
  • How the Progressive Left Also Fights Dirty, Really Dirty (Intimidation of Donors-Must Read!)

    08/08/2008 3:22:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies · 816+ views
    The New Republic ^ | August 8, 2008 | Marty Peretz
    Actually, I don't think the right has played as dirty as this. A Times article by Michael Luo this morning unveils a new netroots enterprise, Accountable America, the unabashed purpose of which is to terrify conservatives from giving campaign money to Republican causes and Republican candidates. It's actually ingenuous. You get a list of past Republican donors and send each of them one, two, many e-mails with the explicit warning that contributing to conservative campaigns may be dangerous to the donor's health. Or, as Luo puts it, "The warning letter is intended as a first step, alerting donors who might...
  • End of the Affair: Barack Obama and the Press Break Up

    07/24/2008 9:11:59 PM PDT · by freespirited · 52 replies · 283+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 7/24/08 | Gabriel Sherman
    Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama's press office. The campaign was irked by the Times' latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee's accompanying front-page piece titled "Poll Finds Obama Isn't Closing Divide on Race," which was running in the morning's paper. Nagourney answered the query, the substance of which he says was minor, and went to bed, thinking the matter resolved. But, the next morning, Nagourney awoke to an e-mail from Talking Points Memo writer Greg Sargent asking him to comment on an eight-point rebuttal trashing...
  • 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.
  • Contra Expectations

    07/15/2008 8:05:22 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 9 replies · 57+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Post Date Wednesday, July 30, 2008 | Eli Lake
    On his first day in office, President Barack Obama will head to the situation room for a video conference with his most important commander, General David Petraeus. If the conversation is chilly, it is not just the awkwardness of virtual chatting. Obama and Petraeus have a history. While Obama has called for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, Petraeus oversaw the deployment of more than 30,000 additional troops. To win support from the left, Obama postured as a skeptic of the general's Iraq strategy during congressional hearings. Meanwhile, Petraeus has emerged as something of a hero to the right--and, despite his...
  • So, Now It's "Bush Didn't Lie"

    06/16/2008 6:51:04 PM PDT · by bocopar · 36 replies · 350+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 6/16/08 | Bob Parks
    For almost five long years, many of us have tried to explain to a deaf media and public that President Bush was a victim of the world's intelligence when it came to the whole weapons of mass destruction thing with Iraq. Liberals chanted "Bush lied, people died" and some have called for The Hague to try him for war crimes. So, you can imagine my frustration and near uncontrollable anger when after all that, the Los Angeles Times decides to shock the world... Bush never lied to us about Iraq