THE NAME GAME, CONT�D. OK, here�s my two cents on the subject: How about HRC?
I'm with Ezra on brevity and specificity. And you can�t really get any more brief and specific than three initials that are pretty much as instantly process-able as LBJ and JFK. But I disagree with Ezra on another point. He says that as long as she calls herself Hillary, he�ll call her Hillary. But why should what politicians call themselves dictate what we call them? Ezra, if you�d been blogging in 1973, would you never have employed Tricky Dick?
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: SMEARS FOR FEARS. Hey, did you hear about Wesley Clark's recent anti-Semitic remark about support from Jewish organizations for a military confrontation with Iran? Mattdid, too, and finds himself worried less about Clark's alleged bigotry than about "the stunning hypocrisy of the anti-anti-Semitism brigades."
YOU GO, MOM! Having just learned that Senator Clinton (that's Hillary to you, bub) will join Keith Olbermann during MSNBC's coverage of tonight's state of the union address, I humbly ask readers to revisit Dana Goldstein's insightful piece on the political mommy-hacking recently exhibited by Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
MORE WITH THE SKEPTICISM. An LA Times article today backs up what I wrote yesterday about the Iranian contribution to insurgent weaponry. Actual evidence of Iranian weaponry is rare, and the military has been remarkably reticent about turning over any incriminating examples. Analysts working on the problem have expressed strong doubts about allegations that Iran would be supporting the Sunni insurgency, and have noted that the weapons in question could come from domestic Iraqi or other Middle Eastern sources. U.S.
The FT had an article today reporting on a new study from the Conference Board which notes the recent slowdown in U.S. productivity growth. According to the article, the Conference Board study finds widespread evidence of slower productivity growth across industries, and concludes that the slower growth is not simply cyclical.
As I have previously noted, if productivity growth has fallen back from its post-1995 rate, this is a huge deal. The numbers for the fourth quarter, which will be released early next month, will be less than 1.0 percent.
THE NAME GAME. Let me dissent from Mark and J, and agree with Atrios: I'm sticking with "Hillary", at least so long as Hillary sticks with Hillary. After all, I don't actually call Barack Obama "Senator Obama." I refer to him as Barack. I also drop the "Senator" from Edwards, the "President" from Bush, and the "Undead Vampire Feeding Off Our Country" from Cheney.
ON THE HEALTH INSURANCE DEBATE: Ezra's post here on Tapped, Paul Krugman'scolumn (behind the firewall at the New York Times) and Joe Klein's contribution on the same issue make a good beginning for another round of debates on how to cure the health insurance crisis in this country. But I'm wondering why it is that Americans must reinvent the wheel every time.
I AGREE WITH J.! I'd like to see liberal bloggers everywhere, whoever they support for the Democratic presidential nomination, take up one of my crusades, which J. Goodrichalluded to earlier: that the senator from New York who recently announced her presidential candidacy should always be referred to, without exception, as "Senator Clinton."
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: 34 YEARS AFTER ROE. Two pieces are up on the occasion of Roe v. Wade's anniversary. Scottissues a forthright defense of the decision on the substantive, legal merits, while also pointing out that the case had more to do with class than is usually understood. Meanwhile, Alina Hoffman and Annoffer a point-by-point comparison between a newly proposed Georgia abortion ban bill and South Dakota's infamous (and now reversed) state ban.
BUSH'S COMPANY. Sometimes I forget how unpopularBush really is:
President Bush faces the nation this week more unpopular than any president on the eve of a State of the Union address since Richard Nixon in 1974.
Nixon was beleaguered by the Watergate scandal; for Bush, three decades later, it's the war in Iraq. With his unpopular troop surge on the table, his job rating matches the worst of his presidency: Thirty-three percent of Americans approve of his work in office while 65 percent disapprove, 2-1 negative, matching his career low last May.