The Spectacle Blog

Elephant in the Room

By on 9.29.06 | 3:19PM

Via Reason's Hit and Run we learn James Dobson is none too happy with some of Dick Armey's quotes in the new Ryan Sager book. And he can't very well be blamed for that. Obviously sentiments will vary across the libertarian-conservative spectrum, but on my own personal meter of Usefulness to Civilization, Armey dwarfs Dobson to a point of scale where you'd have to clone several dozen Dobsons to get within measurable range. Like I said, just my personal opinion.

My interview with Sager, incidentally, resides here.

Democracy Corps

By on 9.29.06 | 2:36PM

James Carville's latest memo on November's elections, "Democrats Battling on a Large Playing Field," is here and contains some interesting polling data.

Clinton vs. Bush

By on 9.29.06 | 10:30AM

In a column about Bill Clinton's recent outburst, E.J. Dionne writes:

By choosing to intervene in the terror debate in a way that no one could miss, Clinton/>/> forced an argument about the past that had up to now been largely a one-sided propaganda war waged by the right.

The Full Murtha

By on 9.29.06 | 9:58AM

For those of you who came directly to the blog, I urge you to check out Dave Holman's piece on the main site, which includes a never-before-seen 1980 videotape of a young Jack Murtha discussing bribes with undercover FBI agents as part of a sting in the Abscam investigation. Parental guidance suggested, as Murtha uses some, well, colorful language.

More on Huckabee

By on 9.29.06 | 8:57AM

Quin, did Huckabee get even more thin-skinned after he turned into a born-again health nut, lost 50 pounds, started running 10Ks, etc.? He seems to illustrate my dictum that a pain in the butt is always looking for more ways to be a pain in the butt.

Bush Shuns Borat

By on 9.29.06 | 12:04AM

Was it perhaps the journalist's recent threats against Uzbekistan?

"If there is one more item of Uzbek propaganda claiming that we do not drink fermented horse urine, give death penalty for baking bagels, or export over 300 tons of human pubis per year, then we will be left with no alternative but to commence bombardment of their cities with our catapults," Borat said.

Story here.


By on 9.28.06 | 7:36PM

Dave: As much as I respect parental divining skills, as well as your own prediction abilities, which are certainly far greater than mine, I'm afraid my own experience in New Hampshire just does not jibe with this analysis. In September 2002 I was assigned by one of New Hampshire's bigger dailies (read: still really small) to cover the Howard Dean beat--mostly because he was a nobody and reporters with seniority had picked their own horses. For months I went to events where only I and maybe one or two other reporters were the audience. Yet a few months beyond that everybody in the country knew who Howard Dean was, for good or for ill. By the time I took a job at the Associated Press six months later, he was too big a fish for a minnow like me to be trusted with covering. The D.C. reporters came in for that and I was stuck covering Lieberman--who, incidentally, was fully introduced to voters three years earlier.