Agitating for War

If you haven’t yet read Seymour Hersch’s new article, you need to do that now. Hersch wrote about US military incursions into Iran last year, and this is the latest update. He is a seriously connected, established journalist who consistently breaks very important stories. This is no exception: A Democratic senator told me that, late… Continue reading Agitating for War

The Backslide Begins

Barack Obama is already letting us down. No sooner than I could get it out into words, he’s already settling into the disturbing patterns that ruined the McGovern campaign. Bad decisions – or worse, indecisiveness – followed by poor message control, are making it easy for Obama’s adversaries to say, “Look! Here he is! Exposed as… Continue reading The Backslide Begins

Fear and Loathing in ’08

Reading Hunter S. Thompson’s fine book on the 1972 presidential campaign today will trigger a case of reverse déjà vu: there is no lack of Fear and Loathing in the 2008 Presidential Election. Like Obama today, George McGovern offered the Democratic Party, and the American people, a fundamental change of direction. Both candidates claimed the… Continue reading Fear and Loathing in ’08

She Just Won’t Quit

Two weeks ago, I predicted on Sascha’s blog that Hillary Clinton would do the right thing and quit after the races that are taking place tomorrow. Now I’m not so sure. At first I thought Clinton’s continuing swagger was just bluster, that she was just putting on her game face for her people – all… Continue reading She Just Won’t Quit

PA Reality

Today, finally, the voters of Penn’s Woods go to the polls. But methinks tomorrow we will be no closer to having a Democratic presidential nominee. The recent debate was a travesty. Once again, I had no idea it was coming until after it was over. And now I can’t even use the “had no TV”… Continue reading PA Reality

Who’s Ready to Lead

Frank Rich wrote a great piece on Sunday called “The Audacity of Hopelessness.” In it, he debunks Clinton’s claim to experience by showing her campaign’s failure to organize as well as Obama’s. He starts with a description of how Clinton thought she was the inevitable candidate. It seems commonplace now, but he quotes her as… Continue reading Who’s Ready to Lead

President Obama

By now it looks like the world will be saying hello to President Barack Obama in January 2009. After his latest string of victories, one would think his momentum is unstoppable. Barring huge losses in Texas and Ohio March 4, he is assured the nomination. The NYT Caucus blog posts on Hillary’s interesting comments at… Continue reading President Obama