Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Fist Next Time: What if Obama's first foreign policy crisis is a new Tienanmen Moment in China ? Bob Wright and I discuss (after trying to figure out what it means, in Obama language, to "unclench your fist"). ... 11:23 P.M.
Geithner: I am not not not being eaten alive by Larry Summers! (Turns out Geithner's just been "exerting subtle bureaucratic influence"!) ... P.S.: For some reason I'm looking forward to the press coverage of mindlessly vicious bureaucratic infighting in the Obama administration. (That sort of ego-tussle can be productive--see Ickes vs. Hopkins .) Was there no domestic policy infighting under Bush, or did the press just not care enough about it to report? ... 10:50 P.M.
In Gambling, I Think They Call This A Lock: When Obama gives a rousing speech, it just shows what a brilliant wordsmith he is. When he gives a dull speech, it's "perhaps by design"--he's intentionally deflating excessive expectations!--and his " Spare Inaugural Rhetoric Signals Strategic Mastery ." ... Nice work if you can get it. ... 7:28 P.M.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.