Monthly Archives: January 2008

What I think I know

Ms. Hillary seems to me to have had the upper hand with Barack Obama in the debate on CNN this evening. Obama was more than a sideshow, but Ms. Hillary dominated the proceedings. Obama’s repeated invocation of his work as »

Who Are You Calling “Nixon”?

Mitt Romney unleashed the N-word on John McCain today, accusing him of using campaign tactics “reminiscent of the Nixon era.” “I don’t think I want to see our party go back to that kind of campaigning,” Romney said. He was »

Top al Qaeda Commander Killed

Top al Qaeda terrorist Abu Laith al-Libi was killed Monday night or early Tuesday in a missile strike by a Predator drone that demolished a “safe house” in North Waziristan, Pakistan. A number of other terrorists were also killed in »

Ted Olson to endorse John McCain

Jennifer Rubin reports that Ted Olson says he will endorse John McCain for president. With McCain now in the driver’s seat for the nomination, it’s not surprising that he’s picking up major endorsements. Earlier today, I read that William Barr, »

John McCain may not remember it

but he almost certainly did differentiate between John Roberts and Samuel Alito, suggesting that the latter might be too conservative. He did so at a meeting with conservative lawyers in April 2007. Robert Novak writes: I talked to two lawyers »

The core difference between McCain and Romney

Why is it a problem that Mitt Romney didn’t take a position on the surge in December 2006, when he was governor of Massachusetts? At that time, he hadn’t been to Iraq and he had not been briefed on the »

What kind of politician?

John’s reflections on politicians and businessmen would lead one to believe, not unreasonably, that Bill Clinton is the supreme politician of our time. No one excels at, or luxuriates in, the groin kick more than Clinton. Earlier this week the »

Politicians vs. Businessmen

I didn’t see tonight’s debate, and haven’t read any account of it other than Paul’s. (I deleted the 50 or 60 emails that came in to my Blackberry from the campaigns.) So I have nothing to say about tonight’s event, »

A surge of dishonesty

With any luck, few Americans tuned in to tonight’s Republican debate. Those who did saw our likely nominee at his worst. McCain not only persisted in his dishonest claim that Mitt Romney supported a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq, he »

It’s Official

Rudy Giuliani appeared with John McCain today at the Reagan Library, where tonight’s debate will take place, announced that he is dropping out of the race, and endorsed McCain. McCain’s momentum appears unstoppable. I was never as down on McCain, »

Live-Blog Tonight’s Presidential Debate

It’s the last Republican debate before Super Tuesday, and Mitt Romney’s last chance to slow John McCain’s momentum. If you’re watching the debate, there’s no more fun way to do it than to participate in our group live blog. You »

Doing the math

Hugh Hewitt “does the math” for Super Tuesday and concludes that the Republican race is “far, far from over.” Hugh shows that even if Romney doesn’t do very well on Super Tuesday, McCain’s likely delegate count at the end of »

Edwards finally faces up to reality

John Edwards will drop out of the presidential race today. Chris Cillizza speculates that this will help Barack Obama because the anti-Clinton bloc will no longer have a second option. I don’t profess to have any deep understanding of Democratic »

Double secret probation for Khalilzad?

When the twit moderating the World Economic Forum panel in Davos on Iran insulted America’s fomer ambassador to the United Nations, America’s current ambassador to the United Nations (Zalmay Khalilzad) should have said “so long.” Instead he stuck around and »

The Washington Post rubs it in

McCain may not be gloating about his Florida victory (and least not personally and in public), but the Washington Post is. This front-page story by Jonathan Weisman and Paul Kane called “After Romney’s Barrage, McCain Still Standing,” is styled “Analysis,” »

A multilateral conversation with Iran

This past Saturday United States Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad spoke on a panel with two Iranian officials at Davos (video below). Khalilzad’s participation was apparently unauthorized. Today’s New York Sun and the Los Angeles Times have interesting »

It depends on the meaning of “want”

I’ve frequently noted the evolution of Bush administration foreign policy regarding North Korea, Iran and the Palestinian Authority into that of the Clinton administration. Previewing the president’s State of the Union Address on Monday, ABC News made the comparison regarding »