Regarded as a straight shooter by Republicans and Democrats alike, and well respected among current and former military officials, his name has been invoked alongside those of legendary military leaders (among them Dwight Eisenhower) and tales of his keen intellect, competitive flair, and grit abound. According to one piece of Petraeus lore, several days after taking an M-16 round to the chest during a training mishap in 1991, he rose from his bed, dropped to the floor, and proceeded to do 50 pushups.
GOOD NEWS WHEN YOU CAN GET IT.This week's NewsweekU.S. edition makes the dubious claim that Hillary "seems like the safest money in the 2008 race," and proceeds to analyze how she might govern the country. This piece is a long, tepid regurgitation of Clinton's career with little new insight, rife with quotes from anonymous staffers and advisers. Read it if you'd like, but don't say I didn’t warn you.
A DUBIOUS CLAIM TO FAME FOR MISSOURI. As Sarah Posnerreported last month, a revision to Missouri's abortion law might put at least two out of the three clinics in the state in jeopardy if conservative lawmakers get their way. The new law puts anyone who provides abortion services – even first trimester and abortion pill providers – into the same regulatory category as outpatient surgical centers, and would force the clinics to make cost-prohibitive updates to their facilities.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Speaking of Spanish and the presidential candidates, as David Weigelpoints out on the Reason blog, the only GOP candidate doing visible outreach in Spanish is Mitt Romney, on the "Conozca a Mitt Romney" portion of his site. At the page, Romney's son Craig implores Spanish-speaking voters to vote for dear old dad not because of what he's done or will do for Latino voters, but because he believes in family, faith, and integrity.
HOW TO WIN THE GAME: SHOW UP. Last night's debate at the University of Miami offered Dems a direct line to the 17 million eligible voters in this country whose first language is Spanish, as well as an opportunity to set them apart from the GOP field. While Republican candidates tend to emphasize border security in all discussion of immigration, last night's conversation focused on pathways to legal immigration, programs to support immigrants, and the many positive contributions that Latinos are making in the United States.