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BP’s mess, Obama’s country

May 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

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“This is a BP mess,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said at a news conference with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and several U.S. senators. “It is a horrible mess. It is a massive and [...]

pegging obama

December 26, 2009 // 3 Comments

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NYT columnist Ross Douthat understands what most of Obama’s critics, left and right, fail to grasp. Both right and left have had trouble processing Obama’s institutionalism. Conservatives have exaggerated his liberal instincts into [...]

the left vs. obama

December 23, 2008 // 2 Comments

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With the ship of state headed for one mother of an iceberg, is now the time to be worrying about the race, gender and sexual identity of those steering the barge? I’d be troubled if the president-elect overlooked obviously qualified candidates [...]

hillary for state

November 22, 2008 // 2 Comments

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I’m trying to find reasons to oppose Hillary’s new assignment, but it’s no use. She’s tough and she’s smart. The world’s a dirty place, and Hillary’s willing to get in the mud. She’s one-half of the [...]

the pundit class

November 17, 2008 // 3 Comments

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They really do think alike. Two examples: Issue: Hillary for Secretary of State The consensus: It’s reminiscent of Lincoln, who appointed a “team of rivals” to his Cabinet. (Pundits like to appear well-read and well-versed in [...]

no to richardson

November 14, 2008 // 1 Comment

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Bill Richardson — a top contender for U.S. Secretary of State — is well-liked and generally moderate. And, for the diversity-minded, he’s part-Hispanic. He’s also part-incompetent. Remember Los [...]