Mitt Romney’s only openly gay spokesman, Richard Grenell, left his job with the campaign this week after backlash from social conservatives.
“My ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign,” Mr. Grenell said in Read More
A glitter-wielding activist fell afoul of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s new Secret Service protection detail in Denver on Tuesday. As the former Massachusetts governor worked the crowds after a speech, someone attempted to throw glitter on Mr. Romney, but he was quickly hustled aside by Secret Service agents. The glitter-throwing activist was removed from the event.
With 97 percent of the vote tallied, Barack Obama has taken a 3,000 vote lead over Hillary Clinton in Missouri, reversing the night-long trend in Clinton’s favor and causing news outlets who had called the state to pull back their projections. A win in Missouri would represent Obama’s marquee victory for the day, a large Read More
I’m not sure I can tell you the difference between a “personal history” and a memoir, but Jonathan Franzen’s contribution to the genre is so expertly shaped and composed, so genuinely, organically thought-provoking, that I wish I could yank it off the shelf where it will inevitably sit with the autobiographical writing of other hip Read More
It’s hard to remember the last time George W. Bush did anything to excite Episcopalians. Conservative Catholic leaders loved the President’s opposition to gay marriage. Southern Baptists went nuts for abstinence-only sex education. But those mainline Protestants haven’t had much to celebrate from the ex-Episcopal President.
So the President’s recent nomination of John C. Danforth Read More
Living History , by Hillary Clinton, Simon & Schuster, 562 pages, $28.
One question for the reviewers and readers who have professed disappointment in Hillary Clinton’s new book: What did you expect? Or to put it another way: When was the last time you read a really good book by an American politician at mid-career? Read More
Not so long ago, a certain member of the United States Senate summoned the press to denounce controversial demands by federal law-enforcement officials for invasive power. While conceding that some additional measures to curtail crime and terror might be necessary, he insisted that fundamental freedoms could not be compromised. “These needs must be addressed, but Read More
It has been a month of mixed news for the fetus-confused
signals, coming from unexpected directions.
One of the clearer signals came from the left. The week of
Martin Luther King Day, the nation witnessed the agony of Jesse Jackson. With
both King and Mr. Jackson enrolled in the ranks of tomcats, it begins Read More
If John Ashcroft were held to the same kind of political
standard he applied in evaluating Presidential nominations as a Senator from
Missouri, his bid to become the next Attorney General would be defeated easily.
His conservative defenders now tell us without blushing that ideology isn’t a
valid reason to oppose him. Perhaps they’ve forgotten Read More
As the United States Senate prepares to take up the
nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S. Attorney General, the unlamented specter
haunting its chamber is none other than Jefferson Davis. The long-deceased
president of the old Confederacy is regarded as a hero by the former Senator
from Missouri, whose praise of such figures-and whose links Read More