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We're Screwed! Print may not be dead, but it sure is slow. this issue was sent to the printer on October 17. It'll hit newsstands on November 3. It'll remain there until early December. And in the middle of that publication cycle, a pivotal election will happen -- one that this issue cannot in any way address. Excuse us while we scream. Rest assured, there will be constant midterm election commentary at our high-tech Internet outpost www.prospect.org to compensate for the pitfalls of monthly magazine publishing. But even so, we ask you, our beloved reader, not to leave this magazine ignorant and out-of-date, and to complete the article below. Call it citizen journalism: On November 7, Republicans [please circle one] held their ground against the Democrats/collapsed in the face of the left's resurgent populism and rediscovered spine. For this magazine, the outcome was as expected: We've long maintained that [please circle one] unless/until Democrats finally rediscovered their roots and...

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Pick 'Em Washington is a city of exotic and particular professions. If you live in AU Park or Chevy Chase-D.C. or any of the other better neighborhoods in what is sometimes impolitely called Upper Caucasia, you will very likely find that your neighbors include: an engineer at the Bureau of Land Management, an education Ph.D. at -- no, not the Education Department -- the Department of Agriculture, and a cartographer at FEMA, who, unlike his old boss, probably is indeed doing a heckuva job. A rung or two above them is another class of toilers, with work equally exotic: the people who spend their entire lives analyzing elections, demography, census data, and the ramifications of the fact that the 4000 block of a certain DuPage County boulevard has changed congressional districts. They labor in obscurity most of the time, but biennially, they achieve celebrity. And right about now, the demand for people like handicappers Stuart Rothenberg, Chuck Todd, and Charlie Cook is at its zenith...

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Condi's Reading List Condoleezza Rice's bold June 21 proclamation that violence in Lebanon merely represented the “birth pangs of a new Middle East” was a minor diplomatic fiasco, prompting denunciations and outrage from around the Muslim world. But where did she come by the odd turn of phrase? Lefties may smell a hint of Karl Marx, who wrote in the preface to Das Kapital that “society … can neither clear by bold leaps, nor remove by legal enactments, the obstacles offered by the successive phases of its normal development. But it can shorten and lessen the birth pangs.” Perhaps, then, the secretary of state was offering an homage to neoconservatism's Trotskyite origins. President Bush's constituency, however, is more likely to recall Jesus' description of the Apocalypse in Matthew 24:6: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars … nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All this is but the beginning of...

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