In which I discuss whether the drop-off in anti-Obama invective following his election is a lasting development--or just a temporary lull.
Also: the case against tightening up, however incrementally, on anti-Obama speech.
Until I read this Michael Wolff piece, I hadn't known that Barack Obama recently sat down to dinner with George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, and Bill Kristol. So: thanks to Wolff for that.
What's perplexing, though, is Wolff's description of Obama's dining partners:
By dining at George Will’s house with New York Times columnists William Kristol and David Brooks, and the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, he’s single-handedly revived these guys' careers
Yesterday evening, I knocked Globe reporter Meredith Goldstein for failing to document the (I suggested) somewhat salacious backstory of the marriage of Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power--who wed after meeting on the Obama campaign--in her piece on Obama's matchmaking powers.
I should have kept my mouth shut.
One of the stories currently featured on Boston.com is this piece on the matchmaking power of the Obama campaign. According to Globe reporter Meredith Goldstein, Exhibit A of said power is the new union of Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power:
When President-elect Barack Obama becomes the real deal next week, try to picture him wearing a toga and holding a bow and arrow - something like the cherub above, but maybe without the red high heels (Obama would never wear such impractical shoes).
Remember when the Wall Street Journal suggested that Barack Obama was backing away from his stated commitment to Net Neutrality?
The best thing about Obama tapping Julius Genachowski as his FCC head is that it seems to confirm that the Journal was wrong. From the Journal's own write-up of the Genachowski pick:
Credit my Phoenix colleagues Deirdre Fulton and Jeff Inglis with great timing. "Take Back Barack," which contends that progressives should "reclaim the man [they] put in the White House," appeared the same week that Barack Obama disappointed said progressives by tapping Rick Warren--whose views on gays and lesbians are problematic, to say the least--to give the invocation at his inauguration.
In which I contend that the Right's anxiety about the FD's impending return is, in part, aimed at feuling opposition to Net Neutrality--and that Democrats should drop the former subject ASAP.
Slate's generally excellent Jack Shafer today offers an impassioned defense of Matt Drudge's continued importance. Among his claims:
If you could access only one home page for breaking news and chose
Washingtonpost.com or CNN.com over the Drudge Report, you'd be a
blockhead. His newswire-meets-tabloid sense of story—hysterical and
playful at the same time—links to both what you need to know and what
you want to know, and he updates more frequently than conventional
media sites do.
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
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.
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
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.