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  • Slouching Toward Denver: The Democratic death march

    03/24/2008 12:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 2,476+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 09, 2008 Issue | Noam Scheiber
    When Democrats contemplate the apocalypse these days, they have visions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton slugging it out à la Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter at the 1980 convention. The campaign's current trajectory is, in fact, alarmingly similar to the one that produced that disastrous affair. Back then, Carter had built up a delegate lead with early wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several Southern states. But, as the primary season dragged on, Kennedy began pocketing big states and gaining momentum. Once all the voting ended and Kennedy came up short, he eyed the New York convention as a...
  • Far Wright - Why Obama's preacher problem isn't going away.

    03/22/2008 4:21:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,041+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 09, 2008 | Dayo Olopade
    Now that America has seen clips of Jeremiah Wright--Barack Obama's former pastor and longtime mentor--yelling "God damn America" and referring to the United States as the "U.S. of KKK A," there are obvious questions on everyone's mind. There is, for instance, the complicated biographical question of why Obama aligned himself with Wright in the first place. But there is also the more basic political question of why the presidential candidate didn't disown Wright sooner. After all, whatever personal affection Obama felt for the man who brought him into the Christian fold, he had to realize that Wright was a ticking...
  • American Adam

    03/09/2008 1:47:41 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 11 replies · 593+ views
    The New Republic ^ | March 12, 2008 | John B. Judis
    When Barack Obama announced a year ago that he was running for president, I scoffed. How could a black man whose middle name is Hussein and who looks like he is 25 years old win the White House? To be sure, he was a U.S. senator, but he had been elected largely on a fluke when his toughest Democratic and Republican opponents were felled by scandals. "He'll fade by December," I assured anyone who would listen. One year later, Obama is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, having built a formidable coalition of whites and blacks, Democrats and independents, and...
  • What TNR Missed On The McCain “Scandal”

    02/21/2008 8:10:38 PM PST · by jdm · 18 replies · 195+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Feb. 21, 2008 | Staff
    Tom Maguire has up a great post detailing many details some of us may have forgotten about this McCain non-story. First up is this TNR piece which purports to tell us all the backroom dealings going on at The Times regarding the story: The McCain investigation began in November, after Rutenberg, who covers the political media and advertising beat, got a tip. Within a few days, Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet assigned Thompson and Labaton to join the project and, later, conservative beat reporter David Kirkpatrick to chip in as well. Labaton brought his expertise with regulatory issues to the...
  • The Long Run-Up; Behind the Bombshell in 'The New York Times' (New Republic vs NYT)

    02/21/2008 9:55:54 AM PST · by SE Mom · 33 replies · 221+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 21 February 2008 | Gabriel Sherman
    Last night, around dinnertime, The New York Times posted on its website a 3,000-word investigation detailing Senator John McCain's connections to a telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman. The controversial piece, written by Washington bureau reporters Jim Rutenberg, Marilyn Thompson, Stephen Labaton, and David Kirkpatrick, and published in this morning's paper, explores the possibility that the Republican presidential candidate may have had an affair with the 40-year-old blond-haired lobbyist for the telecommunications industry while he chaired the Senate Commerce Committee in the late-1990s. Beyond its revelations, however, what's most remarkable about the article is that it appeared in the paper at...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Too Homeopathic(Great Article)

    02/13/2008 3:53:47 PM PST · by bahblahbah · 14 replies · 35+ views
    CBS - The New Republic ^ | Feb. 12, 2008 | Leon Wieseltier
    The New Republic: What Is The Role Of A Conciliating Candidate In An Unconciliating World? What you think of a presidential candidate is in large measure determined by what you think of the world. Different circumstances call for different talents, different sensibilities, different approaches to power. "Leadership" comes in many forms. A sterling individual may be historically inappropriate; and a person whom it is impossible to admire may accomplish significant things. The question of whether Barack Obama will make a fine commander in chief finally depends on your view of the direction of history in the coming years. I cannot...
  • Net loss: Why liberal bloggers don't love Obama

    02/08/2008 3:00:17 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 69+ views
    The New Republic ^ | February 13, 2008 | Bradford Plumer
    It was less than two years ago that Mark Warner hosted his now-legendary bash for liberal bloggers--with its ice sculpture and $50,000 price tag--during the 2006 Yearly Kos convention in Las Vegas. At the time, the Democratic former governor of Virginia was mulling a White House bid and looking for netroots support. Tom Vilsack, a fellow aspirant, also appeared at the convention, as did Bill Richardson. Hillary Clinton didn't show, to the chagrin of many, but even she, a few weeks later, hired liberal blogger Peter Daou, and she made sure to swing by Yearly Kos the following year. The...
  • With Friends Like These ...(Everything you wanted to know about the Clintons' shadiest donors)

    02/04/2008 5:20:16 AM PST · by IrishMike · 3 replies · 549+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Monday, February 04, 2008 | Marin Cogan, Melanie Mason, and Barron YoungSmith
    It's not that we expect politicians to have squeaky-clean donor lists. You try running for office without, at one point or another, taking money from someone you probably shouldn't. Even Barack Obama, Mr. Clean, has Tony Rezko. But the Frank Giustra-Kazakhstan-Uranium affair, blown open by The New York Times last week, serves as a reminder that the relationship between the Clintons and money has not always been lily-white. Here, a guide to the unsavory characters who have been associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton. THE DONOR Norman Hsu, Hong Kong "apparel executive." THE GREEN Hsu bundled more than $850,000 for...
  • The Scott Thomas Beauchamp " Shock Troops" Military Investigation, Statements 13-24

    01/21/2008 11:01:04 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies · 170+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | 1/21/2008 | Bob Owens
    Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" article in The New Republic magazine. The following are the never-before published statements of soldiers interviewed in the course of the investigation. Names are redacted per federal privacy laws.
  • The Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" Military Investigation, Statements 13-24

    01/21/2008 12:59:49 PM PST · by enough_idiocy · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | January 21, 2008 | Confederate Yankee
    Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" article in The New Republic magazine. The following are the never-before published statements of soldiers interviewed in the course of the investigation. Names are redacted per federal privacy laws.
  • Place Your Money on Romney

    01/18/2008 2:15:24 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 54 replies · 95+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 01/17/08 | Noam Scheiber
    You hear a lot these days about the chaotic state of the GOP race, which is obviously true insofar as lots of candidates still have a shot at winning. But I don't think it's true in the sense that several candidates have an equal shot of winning. My sense is that Mitt Romney emerges from Michigan with some pretty clear advantages. For one thing, the first kind of chaos ("type 1") makes it pretty tough for Romney's rivals to raise money, which will, perhaps more than anything else, influence the outcome of the 21 February 5th contests. As this Politico piece notes, the GOP's general fundraising environment...
  • Constitutional Craving

    01/16/2008 3:59:51 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 65+ views
    The New Republic ^ | December 24, 2007 | Jennifer Bradley and Doug Kendall
    At long last, Democrats are finally trying to reclaim the Constitution. Is the Constitution a partisan, Republican document? GOP candidates sure seem to think so--they have been relentless in asserting that they would "follow the Constitution" in pursuing goals from overturning Roe v. Wade (Mitt Romney) to restoring the gold standard (Ron Paul). And for decades, conservative judges such as Robert Bork and Antonin Scalia have been backing these claims up, advocating for a version of constitutional "originalism" that lines up quite nicely with the Republican platform. This rhetorical onslaught seems even to have convinced Democrats, who have been skittish...
  • Angry White Man (The bigoted "past" of Ron Paul. Calls black people "animals")

    01/08/2008 11:04:11 AM PST · by mnehring · 394 replies · 2,863+ views
    New Republic ^ | January 8, 2008 | James Kirchick
    If you are a critic of the Bush administration, chances are that, at some point over the past six months, Ron Paul has said something that appealed to you. Paul describes himself as a libertarian, but, since his presidential campaign took off earlier this year, the Republican congressman has attracted donations and plaudits from across the ideological spectrum. Antiwar conservatives, disaffected centrists, even young liberal activists have all flocked to Paul, hailing him as a throwback to an earlier age, when politicians were less mealy-mouthed and American government was more modest in its ambitions, both at home and abroad. In...
  • 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...
  • Partners in Genocide (China's role in Darfur)

    12/20/2007 7:53:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 40+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Eric Reeves
    Two weeks ago, Britain introduced a toughly worded Presidential Statement at the U.N. Security Council, demanding that Khartoum's National Islamic Front regime turn over two génocidaires to the International Criminal Court. The first, Ahmed Haroun, who, in a grotesque bit of irony, now serves as Sudan's minister of humanitarian affairs, is accused of having directly orchestrated many of the vicious crimes documented by the U.N. and independent human rights organizations in Darfur. Similarly, Ali Kushayb, a Janjaweed militia leader, is deeply implicated in the most egregious violations of international law--targeted ethnic slaughter and the use of rape as a weapon...
  • How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson

    12/11/2007 12:49:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies · 113+ views
    The New Republic blog ^ | December 11, 2007 | Michael Crowley, New Republic senior editor
    There's been a lot of buzz over Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen's crusade against the possibility of campaigns organizing non-Iowa resident college students to caucus. Most of the talk has been about whether Obama will pull in loads of Illinois college kids. But Yepsen offers another scenario, too: On the Republican side, GOP officials are watching precincts in Council Bluffs and Davenport to make certain people aren't driving across the state line to participate. They are particularly concerned about Ron Paul's over-caffeinated backers. This will be fun to watch--not because Paul has a real shot at winning Iowa (he...
  • Foer's Folly Finally Falls Flat {The New Republic}

    12/02/2007 9:36:35 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 569+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 02, 2007 | Rick Moran
    It took four months of dodging, ducking, bobbing, and weaving, but bloggers have finally pinned Franklin Foer and The New Republic to the mat. Yesterday afternoon, Foer's online edition of the magazine published a long, self-pitying, highly defensive screed about the Scott Beauchamp articles that accused American soldiers of casual atrocities in Iraq in which the Editor of The New Republic admitted the magazine would no longer stand behind or vouch for their accuracy: "When I last spoke with Beauchamp in early November, he continued to stand by his stories. Unfortunately, the standards of this magazine require more than that....
  • Fog of War (TNR grudgingly admits it printed lies about US troops)

    12/02/2007 10:38:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 13 replies · 97+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 11/2/07 | Foer
    The story of our Baghdad Diarist. For months, our magazine has been subject to accusations that stories we published by an American soldier then serving in Iraq were fabricated. When these accusations first arose, we promised our readers a full account of our investigation. We spent the last four-and-a-half months re-reporting his stories. These are our findings. When Michael Goldfarb, a blogger for The Weekly Standard, left me a message on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-July, I didn't know him or his byline. And I certainly didn't anticipate that his message would become the starting point for a controversy. A...
  • Foer of Fog

    12/02/2007 12:16:35 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Border Pundit Blog ^ | December 1, 2007
    Remember Scott Beauchamp? The soldier who wrote stories from the Middle East, about things like mocking a disfigured woman in a chow hall, running over a dog and wearing pieces of baby skull under helmets? The tales never rang true, but the editors of The New Republic ran with them like crack addicts looking for more baking soda. Now that TNR has posted a whinging, non-apology, Franklin Foer is your editorial man of the hour whose self-effacing pen is less mighty than his apparent ego. And that’s why there’s already a new movie out. See source for lotsa kewl links....
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-02-07 (KOmmies Angrily Defend The New Republic's Fabulist)

    12/02/2007 7:54:55 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies · 104+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 2, 2007 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    This is definitely a KOmmie THREAD that the Daily KOs would dearly wish to have disappeared down the memory hole. This thread titled, "Wingnut Thugs Personally Attack Soldier Serving In Iraq," was published in KOmmieland back in July. As you can see, the KOmmies are angrily attacking the "Wingnut Thugs" for daring to question the veracity of a soldier, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, whose allegations of atrocities in Iraq were published in The New Republic. One problem now for the KOmmies, it turns out that, in fact, the stories written by Beauchamp, The New Republic's Fabulist, were untrue. And WHO...