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.
NPR LIBERALISM.Right on, Sam! Very well put. I read George Sciallaba's multi-book review last night on the bus, and the section Sam noted made me want to call The Nation and demand that they Cancel My Subscription, except the operator in Sioux Falls would probably point out sweetly that according to their records, my subscription seems to have expired in 1993.
Here's the paragraph following the one Sam quotes:
THE GINGRICH INEVITABILITY. According to Josh Marshall, John McCain"is going nowhere" as a presidential candidate. (I agree. His high-wire pandering act just got old; it cost him his already long-outdated appeal to New Hampshire independents without gaining him the real trust of social conservatives, and his support for escalation in Iraq is probably the end of the independent McCain candidacy, which was my fear a couple months ago.)
And according to Stu Rothenberg, Rudy Giuliani is going nowhere as a presidential candidate.
IT MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE PURE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER. What is it with senators from Colorado? I was perfectly happy to hear that the robo-conservative Wayne Allard had announced that he would not seek reelection to the Senate, opening one of many great opportunities for Dems to build their margin in 2008. But it raises one of the little unexplained quirks of American politics: Why do Colorado Senators seem to come and go as often as Spinal Tap drummers? Allard is now the sixth consecutive Colorado Senator to retire voluntarily in middle age after two terms or fewer.
SHORTER TOM SCHALLER. Tonight my wife and I are having dinner with friends who are in DC for the swearing-in of a good friend of theirs who is a newly elected senator (hint: It's not Bob Corker.) I think I'll offer a simple toast:
Here's to the first Democratic majority -- ever -- that is not dependent on support from southern racists.
THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT "TENSION." IT ALSO BEGINS WITH "T." I know that the words Deficits Don't Matter are engraved over the doorway to the American Prospect offices, so I'll put a little at risk here by pointing out that while the current deficit is entirely manageable, as Ezra says, the fiscal outlook for the next ten years is much bleaker -- an additional debt of $3.5 trillion, under current policies, even without accounting for the costs of the war. At that level, deficits certainly will matter.