THE EMPEROR'S NEW FALL COLLECTION. This is the time to bring out new lines of fall fashions, but I admit to some disappointment in finding out what the Bush administration want us to wear for the next season. It's the same thing they were showing last season, and the season before that, too: Wait Another Few Months Before Judging The Surge.
AND PETRAEUS GOETH.Ezra's post titled "Petraeus Cometh" noted the obvious problems in this game about how to define the Iraq casualty figures so that the surge will look like working: the Iraqis will not make the same kind of fine-tuning when observing and experiencing violence in their own lives, and it is their experience which will finally determine whether the surge works or not.
AUDITIONING FOR THE ROLE. Now that Fred Thompson has dipped his toe in the waters of the presidential race we can go back to discussing the way he smells and the way he looks so very presidential. He also has lots of experience as a performer of authoritarian roles on television.
GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK.Keith Olbermann's Special Comments offer a fascinating echo of Edward R. Murrow's eloquent news reports. At the same time, Olbermann's passionate voice is something that has long been missing on the liberal or progressive side of the political media. He talks unabashedly about values, many of them clearly progressive ones, in a climate where the term "values" is still used as shorthand for conservative sexual morals.
HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS 101. Good morning, class. Today's reading material is a guest post at Kevin Drum's place by Shannon Brownlee. She makes a case for controlling health care costs partly by changing the way physicians are compensated. A snippet of her argument: