12 March 2008
At first I figured he must be joking.
Congratulations to EJ Dionne for the most epistomologically arrogant sentence I've read today:
In truth, Bush's victory rested both on 9/11 and on enthusiasm from religious voters. But what's most important is that 2004, like 1928, is destined to be the last in a long line of contests in which culture and religion proved central to the outcome.
This shift is already obvious from the results of the 2008 primaries. Focusing relentlessly on national security, Sen. John McCain has clinched the Republican nomination despite robust opposition from the party's cultural and religious conservatives. (bolding mine)
Seriously? Based only on results of the 2008 primaries (which could have VERY VERY VERY VERY easily been different if you'd changed the primary calendar or had candidates drop out at different times or a million other things) you have forecasted what will be the proximal factor in general elections of the future? I know the man is paid to opine in an interesting fashion, but has he no semblance of the limits of knowledge? Wow.
I stopped reading after this. Wow.
Kay Bailey Hutchison had an op-ed in the WSJ yesterday about our foreign policy towards Pakistan as we hope it segues to a stable, legitimate democratic government.
What to do with Musharraf is one of the interesting questions of current foreign policy, with the long-term implications of diplomacy in the region looming large. Incidentally, one of my favorite things about Secretary of State Rice is that she gets herself on a plane and travels. While Ron Paul might object, this is an important criterion for a leader at Foggy Bottom, and one Secretary Powell did not fulfill.
11 March 2008
I know Indiana privatized their toll roads for $4 or 5 billion in the last 5 years or so. Was it controversial? How is it similar/different to the Trans-Texas Corridor?
Maybe one of you enterprising journalists can get on that.
07 March 2008
The Wire series finale in one word
05 March 2008
"this better be good"
I'm about to watch the series finale of The Wire [hurray for advance copies]. At 90 minutes long, it better be good. The show has definitely flagged a bit in recent seasons, but they've got even more loose ends to tie up the The Sopranos, so it'll be interesting to see how it goes.
04 March 2008
Hillary squeaks out victories in Texas and Ohio. Considering that Obama had closed the gap, she says this is proof of momentum.