The "right people"--isn't that the phrase white-glove snobs use? 11:51 A.M.
The Charge is Gone: Toyota has started offering incentives on the hybrid Prius. 11:50 A.M.
Monday, February 5, 2007
"Mark Foley Scandal Brings MORE Pages to the Program"-- Drudge ... Similarly, will Joe Biden's Obama gaffe make him go up in the polls? I suspect so. He was at 1% before. Now everyone knows that he's that loudmouthed guy. ...11:47 P.M.
Swampland! Joe Klein, having it both ways on the Iraq War? That's Arianna Huffington's claim, and she seems to have the goods, in the form of a pre-war February 22, 2003 interview with Tim Russert in which Klein declares:
This is a really tough decision. War may well be the right decision at this point. In fact, I think it--it's--it--it probably is."
I've read the entire interview, and in context the quote means what it seems to mean. ... But these days, Klein writes on Time magazine's blog that he "disagreed with [John McCain] about the war in 2003." ... P.S.: In the same 2003 interview, Klein admits, "I go back and forth on this war from day to day." That's probably the real truth. But then he shouldn't pretend now that he cleanly "disagreed" with the war. [You admit you "waffled"--ed I did! I had trouble making up my mind. Klein made up his mind, then made it up a different way, and now writes as if only one of those events occurred.]
Winning the Nina Bernstein Primary: Here's one way to put the difference between John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani when it comes to getting the GOP nomination--McCain has the wrong friends (the press), while Giuliani has the "right enemies," as Amy Holmes just said on Anderson Cooper. She cites Al Sharpton as a good foe for a Republican primary candidate to have. I'd add the New York Times. Anyone who inspired such enmity from the Times, conservatives may conclude, can't be all that liberal. ... Backfill: JPod made the "enemies" point rather forcefully last November. He starts his list with the ACLU. ...11:05 P.M.
How "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" Is Like the Iraq War, Part II: In the disingenuous spin used to sell it! ... Here's Greg Anrig, Jr. at TPM Cafe, commenting on my earlier effort to draw parallels between Bush's grandiose, risky, Iraq idee fixe and his grandiose, risky immigration idee fixe:
9. Mickey notes that in both cases there are less grand, and less risky, alternatives. On immigration, he would prefer to put in place only new enforcement mechanisms, and make sure they work, before "rewarding those illegals who already made it across the border." The problem with that approach, which may seem logical, is that an important part of the new enforcement regime will relate to the system employers are required to use to verify the status of workers. If the undocumented workers now in the country would be more likely to get nailed under that new system, which ought to be the case if it actually works, then presumably millions will quickly become subject to deportation. Only the Tom Tancredos of the world want that. [E.A.]