Earlier today, Josh Marshall announced that Talking Points Memo is about to get bigger:
January will usher in a new Democratic Ascendancy in Washington. And
here at TPM we believe we are uniquely qualified to chronicle it. So to
that end we are hiring two new reporter-bloggers to be based in
Washington, DC, one assigned to the White House and one assigned to
Forty-two positions total, in the circulation/marketing and advertising departments, including senior managers.
That's just one of the developments reported in an internal memo from Globe publisher Steve Ainsley today. Also of note: Boston.com now reports to the Globe rather than to New York Times Digital. This is less dramatic than it sounds, however, since certain parts of Boston.
In which the principles discuss sundry subjects, including that election's effect on race relations in Boston.
First this, then this, and now this:
Maybe Palin isdestined for a job at Fox.
(Via the Daily Beast.)
That's the conclusion of Bob Novak,a/k/a the Prince of Darkness, who writes:
[Obama] may have opened the door
to enactment of the long-deferred liberal agenda, but he neither
received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large
To bolster his statement about Congress, Novak cites the Democrats' failure to capture a filibuster-proof, sixty-seat Senate majority, and their inability to oust Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Is it just me, or is this a remarkably gracious speech by a president whose legacy was just repudiated in emphatic terms?
Writing for the New York Post, former Phoenix reporter Seth Gitell does an excellent job analyzing the implications of Barack Obama's big win from a politico-racial perspective. There are several sharp insights in the piece, but one in particular--involving how Obama's victory affects our standing in the world--struck me as especially significant:
...Perhaps a bit much?
I hate to be a wet blanket, but asking the crowd to pray that they can follow Obama and create the Kingdom of God on earth seems excessive. So does putting an explicitly Christian gloss on the proceedings.
Also, as an aside, the retrospective-video thing currently underway at Grant Park looks an awful lot like what I remember from Deval Patrick's victory celebration in '06.
Unless I'm missing something, the FiveThirtyEight.com brainiac was the first to call the election for Barack Obama this evening.
...In an interview with CBS's Katie Couric.
Given the governor's nervous-Nellie tendencies, this is great news. Pennsylvania has long been the big prize as far as McCain-Palin are concerned; without it, it's hard to see a path to victory for the GOP.
UPDATE: Now CBS has followed suit. Better yet, so has Fox News.
John McCain is ending the election on a low note. Here, via CNN, is the translated conclusion of a robocall that started going out to Spanish-language voters in Florida this afternoon:
Don't give Castro what he wants. Go vote right now for John McCain and
avoid establishing in the United States political policies like those
Both CBS News and ABC News are currently leading their Web coverage with stories on polling-place problems. Here's a snippet of CBS's piece:
Reports are coming in from election protection groups suggesting that Virginia, a key battleground state, is having the most problems,
with 20-plus cities and counties having serious problems: machines
breaking down, substituted paper ballots being stuffed into suitcases,
boxes and duffle bags (poll officials telling voters they will be
counted later), unbearably long lines, frustrated voters walking away.
When last we left John McCain's running mate, she was accusing the media of violating her First Amendment rights.
Maybe it's the relief of getting to the end of the campaign, but today, Sarah Palin is in a more conciliatory mood today. From her post-voting remarks, via CNN.com's The Ticker:
Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin bemoaned “the state of journalism today.
I have a running argument with a friend about which anti-Obama attacks are racist. For example, I thought the McCain camp's Obama-disrespects-Palin ad played on toxic racist sentiments involving black men and white women. My friend didn't see it.
So I'd be interested to hear what readers think of Fox News's coverage of pro-Obama excitement in Kenya, his father's country of birth.
Got an e-mail this morning from none other than Newt Gingrich, who urged me to stick it to the media by going to the polls. Because, he explained, the media don't want conservatives to vote:
The latest tactic in this elite media campaign has been to declare the
presidential race over in an effort to discourage some voters from