ARTICULATE! AND SUCH A GOOD DANCER! It would not be strictly accurate to say that Joe Biden (Sen-MBNA) killed his presidential campaign today; you can't kill something that was stillborn to begin with. (In addition to racist condescension, his comments inadvertently remind us that the staunch Iraq hawk who advocated a perpetual cycle of Friedmans was running on his foreign policy judgment. Yeah, good luck with that...) But one would hope that he would spare himself and the Democratic Party further indignity and make it formal as soon as possible.
UNDER THE RADAR. To follow up on Rob and Ezra's posts, it's important to emphasize the extent to which regulatory and judicial activity have become crucial to Republican undermining of various New Deal and Great Society programs. A couple years ago, Brad DeLong and Matt Yglesiaspointed out that conservatives achieved power only by largely abjuring the rollback of social welfare, civil rights, and environmental legislation they had been their central goals.
ONGOING REPORTS FROM THE DEATH OF SATIRE.Tapped's own J. Goodrich: "Of course [Joe] Klein is not alone with these feelings. Joan Walsh at Salon points out that other commentators were also relieved to finally find someone that matched their idea of a manly Democrat ... Cooties are scary. And girls have them."
Andrew Sullivan and Howard Fineman, this week on theChris Matthews Show ("Millionaire Pundit Values on a Cable Access Budget!"):
TWO SMEARS IN ONE. Brothers Yglesiasand Klein say most of what needs to be said in re: Jonah Goldberg's ridiculous Charles Lindberghsmear. Evidently, this is similar to what happened after the release of the Mearsheimer/Walt paper.
THE CLINTON RULES: A CASE STUDY. Atrios details the case of Wayne Dumond--a convicted rapist who was released under heavy pressure from governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and subsequently raped and murdered at least one and probably two women. As Atrios says, this wouldn't necessarily be a massive black stain on Huckabee's record -- as long as we don't keep everyone in jail forever, such tragedies are inevitable -- except that the pressure in this case came from paranoid fantasizing about Bill Clinton.