President ’08

A New America

By Justin Katz | October 31, 2008 |

Jeff Jacoby notes that Bush haters have been surprisingly unharassed, considering that they often decried the President’s “dictatorial” rule. He goes on: Will we be able to say the same of his successor? If opinion polls are right, Barack Obama is cruising to victory. As president, would he show the same forbearance as Bush in…

The Spendthrift

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 30, 2008 |

Neither the Associated Press… Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office. Obama’s assertion that “I’ve offered spending cuts above and beyond” the expense of his promises is accepted only by his…

Senator Tardy

By Marc Comtois | October 29, 2008 |


Redistribution Obama Is Opposed To

By Marc Comtois | October 29, 2008 |

Well, this struck me as apropos of so many things. Sorry if you’ve seen it elsewhere:

The Cash and Carry Politics of Obama

By Marc Comtois | October 29, 2008 |

With a week to go, former Democratic Senator Bob Kerry, CNN’s Campbell Brown and the Washington Post have decided to pipe up about the gobs of cash Barack Obama has raised. Kerry notes the Democratic Party’s hypocrisy on the subject: On the question of public funding of presidential campaigns, we Democrats who strongly support Sen.…

One Way to National SSM

By Justin Katz | October 28, 2008 |

Look, I’m not making any claims as to whether and how Obama will seek to silence the political right wing, or how much he’ll succeed if he tries. As I’ve been reading various news items throughout the campaign season, a plot has begun to form. It’s not a matter of predicting the future; it’s a…

Getting from Here to There

By Justin Katz | October 27, 2008 |

The notions of the mainstream media and its demagogue and the transformation to something hardly recognizable as the United States of America spark an imaginative exercise. Admittedly, one begins to edge toward the line from analysis to creative writing with this stuff, but a few threads in current events point to an interesting tangle. Picture…

What We’ll Know When the Center Isn’t So Critical

By Justin Katz | October 27, 2008 |

Surely we’ve all had experiences with those deceitful practices that get us every time. Perhaps you’ve had the lover whose word you, for some reason, take every time he or she promises not to cheat again. Perhaps you’ve had the boss whose nakedly arbitrary and false deadlines always manage to ratchet up the stress. Well,…


By Donald B. Hawthorne | October 27, 2008 |

Barack Obama in 2001. ADDENDUM An analysis. …There is nothing vague or ambiguous about this. Nothing… The entire purpose of the Constitution was to limit government. That limitation of powers is what has unlocked in America the vast human potential available in any population. Barack Obama sees that limiting of government not as a lynchpin…

ProJo Endorses Obama

By Marc Comtois | October 26, 2008 |

I wonder if local liberals feel like they’re in bizarro world? What to do when the much maligned “BeloJo” endorses The One? The next president will have to deal with a Congress that, although almost certainly Democratic, will sometimes want to go its own way. And all successful American politicians must be willing to shift…