AND THE COMMON WOMAN CHIMES IN.Paul and Ezra have both written on David Brooks' most recent truckstop column, and I noticed with great interest the headlines of their posts: "Conservatives and the Common Man" and "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."
THE MORALE DILEMMA. Is the morale among U.S. military in Iraq low or high? Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack argued for the latter case in their July New York Times op-ed piece:
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
PILLOW TALK.Ana Marie Coxwrote about Elizabeth and John Edwards on Wednesday at Swampland. John Edwards does not support gay marriage, but Elizabeth Edwards does. What does this mean for those who might vote for Edwards were it not for his views on this one issue?
On a call previewing tonight's LGBT forum, an Edwards adviser just said that he's not worried about the fact that Edwards is not for gay marriage because, if elected, "we will have a first lady in Elizabeth Edwards who will be our lobbyist."
TO THE OWNER OF A HAMMER, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE A NAIL. To President Bush, it's always the right time for a tax cut. The most recent group suffering from excess taxes are the American corporations:
President Bush said yesterday that he is considering a fresh plan to cut tax rates for U.S. corporations to make them more competitive around the world, an initiative that could further inflame a battle with the Democratic Congress over spending and taxes and help define the remainder of his tenure.