DEM GOVS: AN EMBARASSMENT OF RICHES. As Scottpointed out, Mattworries that there's too little talk about good middle-America governors as presidential candidates, and that "we may be doomed to an endless cycle of Senators (who DC political reporters already cover), governors from Virginia and Maryland (whose exploits are detailed in the Metro section of The Washington Post), and scions of famous families."
OVERSEEING THE OVERSEERS. One thing you may not know about Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tx), now being considered as a compromise candidate to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), is that he joined his friend and colleague, outgoing congressman Curt Weldon at a meeting with infamous Iran Contra arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar, against the advice of the Agency, and without informing the U.S. ambassador in Paris, as is proper protocol. The meeting took place at the Sofitel hotel on Rue Boissy D'Anglas around the corner from the US embassy in Paris on a Saturday morning in the spring of 2004 (see update below), according to two sources.
THE QUEST. In my never-ending quest for the worst writing about sports ever published, I have long felt that, a few years back, the Special Sports Issue of The Weekly Standard set, well, the standard. (In it, Fred Barnes made an attempt to re-cast the NBA as a "conservative" sport based on the fact that one of its stars was Charles Barkley, who then was making silly mouth-noises about being a Republican. Hilarity ensued. Please, everyone at TAP Central, make sure NBA beat man Matt never sees this issue.
UGLY FACE.Noy's review of Iraq in Fragmentsconveys the power of wartime images -- images that usually aren't pretty. This week, the Postoffered an excellent snapshot of the lasting effects of the Vietnam War, depicting vivid images of children who suffer from the remnants of toxic Agent Orange. The images of deformed children have stayed with me since I saw the photographs earlier this week.
WHO'S ZOOMIN' WHO? With all due respect to Brothers Rob and Spencer, I think the more operative question is not one of "where al-Qaeda has made its most serious human capital investments," but rather, from where outside its own ranks does al-Qaeda draw expertise and logistical aid?
FOCUS ON THE GOVERNORS: As the unofficial vice-president of Ezra's Gore/Sebelius '08! fan club, I would be remiss not to link to Matt's argument here. The Washington press corps' bias towards politicians already in the Beltway does seem to be the most convincing explanation for the gross overrepresentation of senators, beltway politicians, and scions of political families when discussing presidential candidates.
LEAVE "LEAVE IT TO BEAVER" TO BEAVER. To momentarily take a breath from the election's aftermath and zoom back to the long view, there's some interesting research out of the Brookings-Princeton project "The Future of Children," on the impact of culture on poverty transmission.
THE OTHER BIG LOSER IN LEBANON: AMERICA. The argument about whether Israel or Hezbollah won their summer war goes on, but everyone agrees that the Lebanese people were the big losers. The image of the United States also took a pounding in Lebanon, according to the initial findings of the latest Gallup World Poll (annoyingly not available on their lousy website because it's proprietary).
"FLOOZY-PATCH." I know he's a brilliant young thinker, but, mother of God, if there's anything worse than Jonah Goldberg's attempting comedy while writing about sex, I can't imagine what it is. Wait a minute. I can imagine something. And it is worse.