Joshua Marshall

Joshua Micah Marshall is the editor of Talking Points Memo and a senior correspondent for the Prospect.

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Ashcroft Once Praised a Black Guy, And Other Resume Boosters

December 28th, 2000--Backstabber Is Robert Torricelli running for the role of Senate-Democrat-Most-Likely-to-Stab- His-Own-Party-in-the-Back-for-No-Good-Reason? The position is open after all, what with Bob Kerrey and Pat Moynihan retiring, and Joe Lieberman adopting a more partisan, team-player tone. Just think. Bob Torricelli. . . First Senate Dem to call on Al Gore not to file any lawsuits in Florida. First Senate Dem to call on Al Gore to drop out of the race. First Senate Dem to publicly say Al Gore blew it and shouldn't run again. First Senate Dem to give John Ashcroft a thumbs up for AG. Do I need to go on? December 27th, 2000--Ashcroft Once Praised a Black Guy, And Other Resume Boosters Alright, now we're talkin'! It took a few days for the mainstream media to pick up the story about John Ashcroft's interview with the Southern Partisan magazine. But finally we're off and running. Now the fun part starts. We get to listen to the Ashcroftians spin...

More Confederate Blather from Bushies

January 11th, 2001--The Congressional Black Caucus' Election Objections I was pretty taken with the protests/objections raised by the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on January 6th during the formal counting of the Electoral College vote. And also chagrined that no senator would agree to sign on with one of their objections, and thus force a brief debate on the merits of the Florida electors. But I was talking to some folks in the Senate today. And maybe there's a little more to say about this. I talked to a source close to one of the senators you'd really expect would have been high on the list of senators to go to. And apparently no member of House spoke to this senator and asked him to join the objection. None. Not one. Now there were apparently some contacts between staffers, informal discussions, and so forth. But not the sort of request directly from a member of House that...

Bush's Double Standard, Daschle's Steel Fist

January 3rd, 2001--Bush's Double Standard Admirers of Senator John McCain (and I have to admit I'm one of 'em) will be chagrined to learn that during McCain's primary campaign in South Carolina last winter his chief campaign strategist was none other than Richard Quinn, long-time editor of the oft-mentioned Southern Partisan magazine. Outraged? Well, turns out, so was George W. Bush! While Bush was fending off criticism for going to that rally at Bob Jones University his campaign lashed out at McCain for being so low as to associate with the likes of Richard Quinn and his magazine the Southern Partisan . Take a peek at this clip from a February 18th, 2000 article in the Washington Post : Bush campaign spokesman Ari Fleischer called Quinn's writings "offensive," adding that McCain, "was very critical of one of Bush's supporters who said something he believed was out of line. Now it will be interesting to see how he...

John Ashcroft the Transformer

January 17th, 2001 -- John Ashcroft the Transformer Ya know. From the sound of it, John Ashcroft is going to be such a staunch defender and enforcer of gun-control laws, abortion rights, and civil rights, that you sorta wonder why right-wingers want him so bad. Is Ashcroft a lib now? Or is there some disconnect here? Or is Ashcroft just completely full of crap -- and Senate Dems are doing a lousy job catching him on it? But did you notice how Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (one of the most underrated senators, in my book) caught Ashcroft in a lie, and called him on it? Sure, he didn't put it quite so baldly. But . . . well, let me just get to the story. The latest Republican angle is to frame the confirmation debate as though John Ashcroft's critics were saying that he either has the wrong religion (he's Pentecostal) or that he is too religious. So John Ashcroft becomes just one more potential victim in the on-going persecution of...

Daschle Baffles, and Zell Miller Marches Right . . . Off the Deep End

January 25th, 2001 -- Understanding Ashcroft Hey, now that I've been reminded of John Ashcroft's rationale for opposing James Hormel's ambassadorial nomination, I think I understand what his problem was with Judge Ronnie White. He didn't oppose White because he was black, he opposed him because he promoted the black lifestyle . Don't get it? Read this . January 25th, 2001 -- The Story Behind the Daschle-Bush Tiff Seems like the New York Times got it wrong about Tom Daschle . . . And it sounds like Ari Fleischer got it really , really wrong by trying to play Daschle in the press by quoting his alleged assurance to president Bush that Bush would get each of his nominees. Of course, it's also possible that Daschle did give Bush an assurance and is now just backpedaling like crazy. But, hey, same difference. In his press conference today Daschle seemed pretty unhappy with the White House . . . I would hope that the...

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