A reporter asked President Obama on Tuesday if ratcheted sanctions placed on Russia by America and the EU marked “a new Cold War.” The United Kingdom’s Common Defense Committee said Thursday that NATO is unprepared for further aggression from Russia. Roger Cohen of the New York Times has explained in the Atlantic why World War III is not so unimaginable after all. It has become apparent that Eastern Europe is unstable, and in a world knit tightly together by technology and treaties, that instability may prove for everyone inescapable.
On the main site, Jim has an important article about the increasingly grim prospects for the GOP in Senate races. With each pasing day, it's looking more and more feasible that Democrats could either gain a literal filibuster-proof majority of 60, or at least get close enough to it that it would be effectively filibuster-proof, with the only bulwark against liberal legislation nominally Republican Senators such as Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.
But one thing that may offer a glimmer of hope is that even though Democrats are poised for another huge victory next month, by in large, they aren't running as liberals, at least not at the presidential level, which I've obviously been following more closely. Barack Obama has spent his entire general election campaign actually running away from his liberal record, trying to convince Americans that he's for lower taxes, gun rights, aggressive pursuit of terrorists (outside of Iraq), a "net spending cut," and health care that isn't government run.