With Monday cable coverage caroming back and forth from the resignation of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the plea agreement for disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that a White House now run by one of the world’s more ineffectual Major League Baseball franchise owners could benefit from a Read More
When Fred Thompson enters the Republican primary in September, he’ll bring considerable charm, a nearly perfect pro-life voting record, a base of support from conservative opinion makers and a useful distance from the calamities which have befallen Republicans of late.
Still, the still-hypothetical Thompson candidacy is likely to prove a lot more vulnerable to attack Read More
As the subprime mortgage mess continues to play itself out, certain words that ought to pop up in the discussion are not to be heard. These are words like “fraud,” “conspiracy,” “misrepresentation” and “felony.”
We are looking at more than greed gone awry. We are looking at an industry that tolerated and fostered what Read More
The Supreme Court left Washington the other day for its summer vacation. The court’s vacations are getting longer as, year after year, the justices take fewer cases.
They use the extra time to make money from part-time jobs. Chief Justice Roberts picked up 15 grand for a week’s worth of teaching at Penn State Read More
All the conspicuous alarm over the first-ever YouTube presidential debate becoming terminally inane now seems quite overblown. Trivializing presidential runs is clearly still the specialty of the campaign press—which has devoted a week’s worth of coverage to taking one of the most substantive questions raised in the Charleston, S.C., Democratic forum and reducing it to Read More
There are a few tatters left to it, but basically after what the Supreme Court did to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, there isn’t much that remains. That it has limped along for almost five years is remarkable considering it was a political thalidomide baby, deformed and weird-looking from birth.
Even monsters Read More
It seems only a matter of time before the 2008 G.O.P. presidential field is minus its onetime presumptive front-runner, Arizona Senator John McCain.
It was a colossally bad week, with the campaign’s manager, chief strategist and communications team hitting the bricks as its once-flush fund-raising accounts veered into the red.
All of which Read More
At the rate things are going, instead of wondering if he can win, many of us may be signing petitions begging Michael Bloomberg to run for president. A choice between Hillary Clinton and the greasy Mitt Romney or ex-lobbyist Fred Thompson or one of the GOP’s backbench holy rollers will have millions asking, Is that Read More
Amnesty lives, after all. A week after the conservative base of the G.O.P. rallied to block the Senate’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush commuted the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. The president’s procedural end-run around the justice system came just after the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Read More
As if the new Fatah-appointed Palestinian prime minister doesn’t have enough to worry about, he had to put up with President George W. Bush describing him as “a good fellow” last week.
Such a close embrace from an American President—especially this one—can be lethal in the Middle East.
“There are two constants in Read More