WHY EMANUEL HATES DEAN. In a funny bit of intra-Democratic news from this week, the burgeoning rapprochement between Rahm Emanuel and Howard Dean included an agreement on how much the DNC would spend in 2006, and almost contained a "good behavior" clause in which the DNC would donate more money if Emanuel stopped bashing them to the press.
WYNN WINNING. A while back our boss Bob Kuttner (assisted by wunderkind intern Asheesh Siddique) put some real thought and effort into actually discerning who were the most indefensibly sell-outish Democrats in the House. Among the "faithless fifteen" they came up with was Maryland's Al Wynn, who's of course garnered blogospheric attention more recently for his anti-net neutrality shenanigans and faced an extremely serious primary challenge yesterday from Donna Edwards.
IT'S NOT A CRUSADE; IT'S AN AWAKENING.The Washington Post's Peter Baker today reports some mind-blowing remarks made by President George W. Bush on the subject of America the Good versus the collective Great Satan known as the Islamo-fascists:
President Bush said yesterday that he senses a "Third Awakening" of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation's struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as "a confrontation between good and evil."
A DIFFERENT LOOK AT 9-11. The leading lights of conservative thought labor through the day to produce enough big fish to fill enough small barrels. A woman casts herself wistfully as the Mrs. Miniver of World War III (or IV.) The editor of Commentary wallows in existential dread and can't keep it from between his toes. A suburban dad is baffled as to why he -- and his local Best Buy -- are not living their lives in a garrison state, and is even more confused about whether or not that's a good thing. The second generation of the Pipes family looks around for another threat to which he can attach the family helium bottle.
GOREWATCH.Pat Buchanan, no stranger to insurgent candidacies, is arguing that Al Gore is well-placed to defeat Hillary Clinton and take the Democratic nomination. Most of his points are, I think, perceptive and convincing, but his final grafs falter. "Hillary," Buchanan writes, "has the option of waiting much longer to decide when and whether to get in. Gore must decide soon after November."
CHOOSING FRANK LUNTZ OVER DARFUR. If the political dynamic surrounding Darfur remains static, the region has about three weeks before African Union forces are replaced by the Sudanese military and its genocidal proxies. Meanwhile, Kofi Annan is struggling to sound the alarm on the sheer urgency of the crisis. Yesterday, he appeared in person before the Council and, in an attempt to raise the individual Council members to action, gave a rather stirring speech.
FIGHTING BACK. When we last checked in, the Corner's Cliff May had used the occasion of croc hunter Steve Irwin's death to mount a sustained stingray-as-Islamofascism metaphor, noting that "every stingray is a very real and present danger." It appears that Australians may have missed the metaphor part of May's call to arms and are retaliating swiftly against stingrays all along the country's eastern coast.
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER, DEPNDING ON WHO YOU ARE. I talk a lot about health care and economic inequality, but too rarely about health inequality. But a new study out today sheds some light on this issue: If you subdivide various demographics, you find life expectancies differ by decades, with some American groups exhibiting outcomes more typical of developing nations. Indeed, if you compare Asian women with urban black men, you see a life expectancy difference of 21 years. That's huge.