Obama Talks To Africa Online

Ahead of his coming first trip to Africa as president, he provided an online interview.  Included in his remarks were demands for governmental responsibility in African nations. From Politico‘s helpful transcription efforts: “I’d say I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse [Read More...]

Does Palin Represent “Real America?”

David Weigel is baffled that such a meme persists: Scarborough’s quasi-co-host Mika Brzezinski followed this up by saying Palin represented “real Americans,” and that some people in “urban America” didn’t get it. This is fascinating. In 2004, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) lost the presidency with 48.3 percent of the vote, [Read More...]

Anti-Obama Centered Feminism

This is an alluringly and gorgeously produced but positively goofy propaganda video which sides with both Clinton and Palin against Obama (with all the usual baseless smears against him thrown in for good measure). [Read more...]

Obama’s 8-Year Strategy

Andrew Sullivan’s take on Obama’s long game, which frustrates the both the impatient on the left and the right: As he had once written when describing his strategy as a black man in a white world: no sudden moves. And we have seen none. Obama likes the system; he just wants to make it work [Read More...]

Barack Obama’s Most Important Achievement Regardless of What Follows

I have always held in this race that while of course we shouldn’t vote for a presidential candidate based on something as skin deep as skin color, that nonetheless all things being equal in terms of character, temperament, policy proposals, principles, and priorities, that there is a crucial psychological bonus to having a black president. [Read More...]

The Theocratic Mindset of James Dobson

As something of a Rawlsian about public discourse, I have no problem with religious people arguing in government for application of ideals that they personally discovered through their religion or their sacred texts, their religious institutions, etc. as long as they respect the need to give reasons that are publicly accessible, reasons that do not [Read More...]

Obama Speaks In Politician and I Translate For the Readers At Home

Flip-flopping on NAFTA, Obama explains his position in his native politician language: “Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified,” he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake,” despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy. [Read More...]

Quote of the day

From a New York Times profile on quotes Obama: “I love when I’m shaking hands on a rope line and”— he mimes the motion, hand over hand — “I see little old white ladies and big burly black guys and Latino girls and all their hands are entwining. They’re feeding on each other as much [Read More...]

The Next Six Months Will Induce Much Wincing

Andrew Sullivan posts an e-mail from one of his readers: I live in SD and I am a candidate for the State House. I was out walking my district last month and spoke to a woman about the primary. She has a statue of the Virgin Mary in her front yard and was wearing several [Read More...]


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