May 31, 2011
May 25, 2011
Newt’s problem isn’t his baffling troubles the week of his announcement that he’s running for president. His problem is his run should have happened in 2000 or not at all. I say more about that in my latest for WNYC.
May 21, 2011
Benjamin Netanyahu is just amazing. He said what needs to be said and said it to Obama’s face:
May 16, 2011
My latest post for WNYC’s A Free Country looks at Mitt Romney and his 2012 chances. I find them…lacking.
May 15, 2011
Huck’s out. Our resident Huck-nut Larry is sending me hilarious, depressed emails about being let down. It’s a double dose of awesome.
I’m glad Huckabee isn’t running. I think his effect on the primary would only be as a spoiler, just like last time, and he could never win the general. Beyond that, I don’t like him as a representative of my party. Where others say “populist” I say “will say anything to be liked.”
Perplexing was his daughter and other supporters tweeting last night how “proud” they were of Huck for his announcement. Although, sure, I guess I’d be proud of my dad if he decided to keep making boatloads of money and not run a race he’d be sure to lose.
May 13, 2011
It takes a lot to be the worst. But this just may be the worst political ad I’ve ever seen:
UPDATE: Charles Star lets me know that it’s the season for terrible ads. I be from North Bergen, son?
May 10, 2011
My latest post for WNYC’s A Free Country is on people urging Chris Christie to run: he’s great but hasn’t Obama taught us experience counts?
May 5, 2011
I’m in AMNY today. I think my point about whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” are necessary got a little muddled:
After 9/11, the Bush administration was criticized for using “enhanced interrogation” techniques, which is arguably torture, but now many say those methods made Sunday’s mission possible.
“In part, definitely,” said conservative blogger and political consultant Karol Markowicz. “I’m hesitant to say whether [those techniques] were legitimate or illegitimate with regard to bin Laden, because we don’t know if any of it led to his death. But I think they’re necessary in the type of war we’re in.”
What I meant is that it doesn’t matter if these techniques led directly to bin Laden or just gave us a little information that led to other information that led to him. It’s a new type of war we’re in, not the kind where troops meet on a battlefield and fight it out, and information is key. I’m ok with whatever way we choose to get it. I think I come off as sounding unsure about using the techniques and that’s really not the case. I’m sure. Let’s use them.
AMNY also asked me if I felt Bush deserved more credit for the bin Laden capture. They didn’t print my answer:
All the focus on credit is weird. It’s not like Bush is going to get re-elected now.
They did print this:
Markowicz, however, added that part of Bush’s legacy will be the spreading of Democracy across the Middle East. The recent uprisings, she said, are direct results of Bush’s policies in Iraq and a “faith in the Middle East that many other people didn’t have, and maybe still don’t.”
May 4, 2011
My take on the South Carolina debate tomorrow is up at WNYC. I’m hoping Herman Cain is the breakout star.