David Weigel

Re: The Plight of PJTV

 

I agree with basically everything J.P. Freire says about PajamasTV, but I want to deride the venture by praising other, better Rightosphere web video ventures. For example, reason.tv* does some of the stuff that PJTV does—talk shows, quick takes from employees—but supplements it with actual reporting from events being held by non-libertarians. Eyeblast.tv (terrible name, […]

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Betting on 2010

 

A problem with the Republican bet against the stimulus that Philip Klein and I haven’t really addressed is the issue that Rush Limbaugh spends most of his time railing against (when he’s not at the center of an Obama-driven controversy)—media bias. The media wants President Obama to succeed. If unemployment merely stabilizes in the high […]

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Will Joe Biden Stay on the Ticket?

 

I’m not as convinced as Doug at the disposibility of Joe Biden. First, it’s not right to say Biden was “chosen at the one moment when [Obama’s] candidacy seemed in danger.” Obama picked Biden right before the Democratic convention, when he was leading McCain. The only moment of true danger was that two week period […]

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Bad omen for Norm Coleman

 

It comes from Tim Pawlenty, the Republican governor who has tacitly supported Coleman throughout his protracted recount battle with Al Franken. He thinks it’s unlikely he’ll have to do it, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty is looking into the possibility of appointing a temporary senator if Minnesota’s tight U.S. Senate race remains unresolved. … He says […]

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The Map of Doom

 

The liberal-leaning bloggers at Swing State Project are doing us all a service by crunching the numbers for the presidential race from every congressional district. Remember that great factoid from 2004—George W. Bush carried 255 of the 435 congressional districts? Remember how that meant Democrats had an impossible uphill climb back to the majority? Well… […]

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A Rare Lapse of Etiquette from Code Pink

 

The press release of the day from everyone’s favorite break-into-congressional-hearings-and-scream-to-end-the-war group: In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with bags of shoes representing Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration’s […]

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Blago vs. Barack

 

Jeffrey, the silver lining for Obama is in the excerpt that Phil grabbed—in his final, crooked effort to use Obama’s Senate seat as either a safety net or a cash cow, Blagojevich considered the president-elect an obstacle, not an ally. From another part of the complaint: ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and […]

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More Cold Water on Georgia

 

I agree with Jim, and I’d go a bit further—this is the latest example of Barack Obama playing the long game and ignoring the conventional wisdom du jour. Cast your mind back to May, after Obama won North Carolina and basically tied Hillary Clinton in Indiana, closing out her chances of winning a delegate majority […]

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Leaving Nixonland

 

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America By Rick Perlstein (Scribner, 896 pages, $37.50) Seven years ago, William Ayers, the Weather Underground bomber-turned-leftish education scholar, published a memoir of his criminal career and embarked upon one of the most damaging promotional tours in literary history. He sat for a profile in […]

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Just Another Hustler in the Hustler Kingdom

 

A little more than a month ago, after former Rep. Bob Barr started to edge into the Libertarian Party’s presidential race, I had an idea. Former Sen. Mike Gravel, a former Democrat, was already gunning for the nomination. It wasn’t every year that politicians of the Left and the Right ditched the parties they’d spent […]

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