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  • DEWINE LOOKING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION?

    DEWINE LOOKING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION? Mike DeWine may be able to distance himself from his fellow Ohio Republicans' ethical scandals, from Ken Blackwell 's God-centered politicking, and even, just maybe, from Bush , but will he distance himself from the Armageddon hunters ? In this photo, circulated by Rod Parsley , DeWine is shown meeting with Parsley and Ohio delegates of John Hagee 's Christians United for Israel (CUFI) this summer, discussing "his support for the nation of Israel." But for Hagee, Parsley, and their CUFI followers, "supporting Israel" has meant lobbying against the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah and clamoring for military intervention against Iran. Their motives do not stem from a love of the nation of Israel, as Israel-supporting Jews in Ohio might expect. Rather, they seek a world-ending conflagration leading to the Second Coming of Christ. As Parsley put it in his newsletter with the photo of DeWine, CUFI is "an organization that supports Israel in...
  • LET'S GO TO...

    LET'S GO TO THE TAPE. Condi Rice says the Clinton folks never left her an anti-terror strategy. So what exactly does she call this ? -- Ezra Klein
  • DEMOCRACY BUILDING AT HOME.

    DEMOCRACY BUILDING AT HOME. I was going to let the Clinton interview pass, if only because the green fields of Wingnuttia are so alive these days with natives reliving the spirited days of their feckless political youth. But, watching it again, and sliding through the endless grinding of Chris Wallace into potato salad, I noticed that the former president said this, long after everything had settled down some: I think the question is, what's the best way to do it? I think also the question is, how do you educate people about democracy? Democracy is about way more than majority rule. Democracy is about minority rights, individual rights, restraints on power. And there's more than one way to advance democracy. The old boxing guys say that you never see the right hand that comes behind the hook, the one that puts you out. Sure, he was talking about Iraq. Sure, he was. -- Charles P. Pierce
  • TIM RYAN.

    TIM RYAN. Plenty of people may have noted this before, but when it comes to floor speeches, this guy is really something . --Sam Rosenfeld
  • GETTING RATHER-IZED.

    GETTING RATHER-IZED. Did Chris Wallace get Rather -ized on Sunday? According to reporting by Norah O�Donnell on the NBC's Today show yesterday: Liberals and conservatives alike are buzzing about whether Mr. Clinton outfoxed FOX News by planning this attack. One of Mr. Clinton�s advisers admitted to me that, �We didn�t go into it looking for a fight, but we had our lead pipe ready.� If this is true, that means that Clinton didn�t go ballistic, blow his Vesuvian top, or any of the other disparaging labels now being invoked by conservatives to disparage his performance -- and ignore the substance of his comments. Instead, this media moment harkens back to the famous exchange between then-Vice President George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather on January 25, 1988, when the elder Bush was trying to shake the �wimp� label. That episode, the transcript of which can be read here , is considered a great act of political jujitsu by Bush, who got himself a two-fer by showing some backbone and...
  • JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: ROGUE STATE.

    JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: ROGUE STATE. Regarding last week's torture "compromise" in the Senate, Matt gets very shrill. --The Editors
  • ASYMMETRIC ISSUES. ...

    ASYMMETRIC ISSUES. This article on Democrats using free trade as a cudgel against their Republican opponents is an interesting one. In the abstract at least, free trade enjoys broad support. But trade, like abortion or taxes, is a voting issue. While "fair trade" isn't the most broadly agreed upon policy -- unlike the minimum wage or Canadian drug reimportation -- for the fraction of voters affected or unnerved by globalization, it moves them to the polls. In recent elections, Democrats have tended to emphasize the issues with the broadest constituencies, not the most intense ones. So they've ended up touting policies the electorate agrees with but does not vote on -- after all, if the electorate agreed and did vote on that issue, the GOP would quickly notice its wisdom and make it a central policy plank. So while this strategy garnered very high numbers of Americans telling pollsters they agreed with the Democratic position, it didn't lead to all that many voting for the Democrats...
  • LISTEN UP. ...

    LISTEN UP. Matt notes that Democrats actually held an unofficial oversight hearing on the Iraq War yesterday. "Naturally," he writes, "the press more-or-less entirely ignored this event, since people only report on the Democrats to mock them for being in 'disarray.'" True. Remember the Roll Call story from a couple days ago that Democrats were going to cease mentioning national security and the Iraq War and focus entirely on economic issues? That becomes a bit self-fulfilling if the press refuses to report Democratic events on national security and the Iraq War. For all the complaints about Democratic messaging, it often seems less like they lack a message and more like they lack a press corps receptive to repeating that message. The apparent clarity of the Republican Party certainly isn't harmed by George W. Bush 's ability to demand that all the networks cover his latest speech or press conference. This is a structural advantage for the GOP that's often mistaken for an expertise...
  • JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THEY'RE BACK.

    JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THEY'RE BACK. Laura Rozen reports on new evidence that some old and unsavory Iranian intelligence-peddlers are once again getting a hearing in Washington. Deja vu all over again. --The Editors
  • THE �ESSENTIAL DILEMMA� RAISED BY THE NIE.

    THE �ESSENTIAL DILEMMA� RAISED BY THE NIE. A contact familiar with the April NIE on terrorism says that buried in the discussion of the report so far is this dilemma: �The report notes that �victory� in Iraq would be a blow to the jihadists, and that failure (especially if it led to the establishment of an al-Qaeda sanctuary or if veteran foreign jihadists dispersed out of Iraq to engage in terrorism in other parts of the world) would also be very bad. Thus, the report highlights the essential dilemma Iraq poses for the war on terror: staying fuels the al-Qaeda-inspired movement, creating a net increase in the terrorist threat; while leaving Iraq in chaos would also worsen the threat. The Democrats tend to focus on the first part of the dilemma; the administration focuses on the second part. They are both right (and wrong) -- and the debate would be greatly served by focusing on the dilemma itself.� With both the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence committee...

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