The post-mortems dissecting Hillary Clinton's loss to Barack Obama are beginning to trickle in, and for the most part what they have to say is unobjectionable. Whenever a contest is as close as the one between Obama and Clinton was, there are any number of things that might have tipped the balance one way or the other. Clearly, given strong anti-war sentiment in the country at large and in the Democratic base in particular, Hillary's staunch refusal to make a John Edwards-style apology for her vote authorizing the war is one of the main things that did her in.
Hillary Clinton will announce tomorrow that she is suspending her presidential campaign. We asked seven leading political writers and policy thinkers to tell us one key way Clinton affected the 2008 Election, and progressive politics, over the course of the primary. Here's what they had to say:
Via Mark Thoma, I came across this fascinating interview with economist Christopher Ruhm. I'm familiar with Ruhm's research on paid family leave policies, and I plan to do a post or two about paid family leave soon. What I didn't realize is that Ruhm does a bunch of other interesting research as well. One topic he has looked at is the impact of economic recessions on health.
In an interesting piece in Britain's The Guardian, Timothy Garton Ash asks a provocative question: "[C]an we, in Europe, have social justice in higher education and world-class research universities? Or must we choose?"
As Ash explains, globalization has hit the British university system, and universities have become "as much a global market as that for computers, oil, or financial services." Oxford, Cambridge and the like are competing with American universities for students and faculty, but this puts them at a disadvantage, given the "lower salaries, higher house prices and heavier teaching burdens" that academics in the British university system typically face.
ELIZABETH DREW'S MASH NOTE TO JIM WEBBElizabeth Drew is clearly diggin' that manly Aqua Velva scent.
After I read Drew's adoring profile of the Democratic Virginia senator (and blushing veepstakes hopeful) James Webb in the new issue of the New York Review of Books, I knew it reminded me of something. For a while I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but then it came to me.
It reads exactly like a Vanity Fair celebrity profile.