D.C., A CITY TOO SMALL FOR SECRETS. A friend points me to this item in the new LieberDem blog -- I guess Joe Lieberman's backers finally decided to fight fire with fire, launching the blog on July 6 -- by former Lieberman communications director Dan Gerstein:
Of all the absurdities about the misguided campaign to purge Joe Lieberman from the Democratic Party, the most striking of the moment is how many bloggers and activists from outside Connecticut authoratatively proclaim to know just what Democrats in the state believe.
HILLARY'S TURN. I can't be the only one discomfited by the news that Hillary Clinton is second only to the loathsome Rick Santorum on financial donations from the health services industry. The very same insurance and pharmaceutical companies Clinton once accused of "price gouging" and "unconscionable profiteering" have funneled more than $150,000 into her coffers -- funny how that works. As a whole, the health sector gave her just under $900,000 in 2005-06, no small sum.
OY VEY. I'm trying to restrain myself from further Lieberman-blogging, but after reading this in the Observer, I can't help but wonder if Rep. Anthony Weiner has ever actually read The New York Review of Books:
�We do have a problem with progressives and those in the blogosphere, because the Palestinian position seems to be perfect for the Internet world of pithy back-and-forth and 30-second You Tube tapes, where the Zionist position is more at home in a seven-page New York Review of Books article,� said Representative Anthony Weiner, a pro-Israel hawk who opposes the war in Iraq.
AM I AN ANTI-SEMITE? Possibly. I am, after all, quoted in a New York Observerarticle hinting that there's more to blogger opposition of Joe Lieberman than meets the eye -- namely, a deep seated revulsion towards Zionism (death to the infidels remix). Not to kvetch over this, but that's a meshugina interpretation of the primary.
WHAT LIEBERMAN APOLOGISTS DON'T GET. In his latest Postcolumn, as usual Harold Meyerson is spot on: Lieberman apologists are pushing one straw man after another about how Joe is being unfairly persecuted, when the truth is that he is a state and regional outlier. The most bothersome straw man is that Lieberman is held to some standard of partisan purity others are not.
The coverage of the debate over the recent budget numbers has been painful. The arguments on both sides have been far removed from reality. The media should have put in the effort to bring the issue back to earth.
The prospect of a new trade agreement with the United States has prompted mass opposition within South Korea, as demonstrated by large and angry protests. The International Herald Tribune (IHT) appears to be rising to the occasion, going all out to push the new pact.
ARE COMPUTERS TO BLAME? This morning's breakfast with Chuck Schumer was...different. The focus was, surprisingly, not on Schumer, but on Joe and Eileen, his decidedly fictional median couple, who he insisted on running every issue by in extended and questionable imaginary dialogues. It was a bit odd. It wasn't clear whether Joe and Eileen were deciding how Schumer votes, what the DSCC emphasizes, how Democratic senatorial candidates frame, or merely keeping him company when he zones out during committee hearings, but the obsession with them proved a bit discomfiting.
UH-OH. The past 36 hours have had a bit of a clash of civilizations feel to them, what with Russia killing Shamil Besayev, India pointing the finger at Pakistani "militants" for yesterday's bombing in Bombay, and Israel invading Lebanon after Hezbollah captured some soldiers. Meanwhile, Yossi Klein Haleviinforms me in The New Republic that:
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: DOCTRINAL ERRORS.TAPtalks toRon Suskind, author of the widely hailed new book about America's war on terror, The One Percent Doctrine. Suskind discusses secrecy, torture, Hamdan, and more. Here he is on the most important, and scariest, relationship in government: