Mark Schmitt is a senior fellow and advisor to the president at the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank affiliated with the FDR Library. He is a former executive editor of The American Prospect.
GIULIANI -- "MELLOWER THAN MCCAIN?" As a New Yorker for most of the Rudy Giuliani era, it's hard for me to see him as anything other than a vain and dangerous authoritarian. This goes back to his years as a prosecutor, when he invented the "perp walk" by which he shamed the minor Wall Streeters he indicted by bringing in cameras to watch them handcuffed at their desks and dragged to court.
STOP! NO MORE HEALTH CARE PLANS! I have not yet read John Edwards's health care proposal. I'll trust Ezra that I would basically like it. And I'm very happy that he was willing to talk about raising taxes. But let me go public with the one sure thing I learned from my own miserable six months working on a presidential campaign -- Do Not Put Out A Health Care Plan.
"WHAT MAKES OBAMA RUN?" That's the title of an article I was e-mailed yesterday. But it didn't refer to Obama's presidential hopes. The dateline on the article was December 8, 1995. It appeared in the Chicago Reader. at the time Barack Obama was first running for state senate in Illinois.
THEY WORK HARD FOR THE MONEY, SO YOU BETTER TREAT 'EM RIGHT. I didn't have any luck getting anyone to join my last crusade, and I've given up on it myself, so here's another, inspired by the Tyler CowenTimes op-ed on inequality that J.flagged this morning:
I AGREE WITH J.! I'd like to see liberal bloggers everywhere, whoever they support for the Democratic presidential nomination, take up one of my crusades, which J. Goodrichalluded to earlier: that the senator from New York who recently announced her presidential candidacy should always be referred to, without exception, as "Senator Clinton."