In his Washington Post column today, Charles Krauthammer joins those pundits giving political advice to Barack Obama. The big question, of course, is should Obama run in 2008, or wait another four years so he isn't such a novice? Krauthammer says he should run to gain more experience, even though he'll ultimately lose.
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Sorry I've not been posting as regularly as I should. Lots of SGO.
I'll be on CNBC tonight "On the Money" about 1930 EDT talking about China and Friday night on Kudlow (CNBC) about 1730 talking about Rumsfeld and how the war in Iraq is going. Hope you can catch both.
From Arnold Kling's latest:
We have to expect mediocrity from political leaders. They are selected by a very unreliable process. In general, I try to avoid contact with narcissists who spend their time pleading for money. Those are hardly the intellectual and emotional characteristics that make someone admirable, yet they are the traits of people who go into politics.
Along with other liberals, Josh Marshall is in a tizzy over an RNC ad against Harold Ford Jr. that he calls the "uppity negro ad." But after watching it several times, it's hard to see what he sees. The one part of the ad that has drawn criticism from liberals when a bimbo says she met Ford at a Playboy party and at the end of the ad winks and says, "Harold, call me." The bit is just one part of the ad that also criticizes his positions on wiretapping, gun control and estate taxes. However, to Marshall:
If you watch the ad closely it is clear that the racist appeal -- about Harold Ford having sex with white women -- is the centerpiece, the entire point of the ad.
Al Qaeda expert Peter Bergen argues in today's New York Times that a
I don't see this opinion causing the kind of backlash that would single-handedly save the GOP at the polls, as Mickey Kaus has suggested a ruling in favor of gay marriage might; opposition to civil unions isn't nearly as broad as opposition to gay "marriage" by that name. (It's not hard to see why -- civil unions aren't a sacrament.) In granting marriage rights but leaving the semantics to the elected branches of New Jersey's government, the Court showed the sort of political savvy here that perhaps judges shouldn't have.
From a Zogby press release this afternoon:
Arab American Voters in MI, OH, FL and PA Give Dems Strong Nod in Key Races: Voting Bloc Stands to Play Pivotal Role in Tight Races.
Similar trends have recently been reported with the old "security moms" voting bloc.