GET YOUR HUNGER UNDER CONTROL. In today's Times, Maureen Dowd takes a predictably sneering look at Hillary Clinton's Sopranos video (if you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it at her web site). Fine -- nothing surprising there. But Dowd feels the need to throw this in:
"And like Tony, Hillary is so power-hungry that she can justify any thuggish means to get the prize."
THE DIXIE BONUS. Ezranotes below, "Edwards' Southern accent and manners are critical in his ability to project a much more combative, sharp form of liberalism than the others are offering. What would sound like Marxism from the mouth of Howard Dean or Hillary Clinton sounds like good, old-fashioned, American populism from Edwards." From the standpoint of public perceptions, I don't disagree. And let's put aside Edwards' smooth-but-not-slick manner for a moment (to understand where smooth crosses over to slick, see Mike Huckabee).
Two years ago, in a much-discussed cover article for The New Republic called "The Case Against New Ideas," Jonathan Chait argued that Democrats should resist the pleas of pundits to look for their political salvation in new plans and visions. But as the 2008 race gathers speed, it appears to be the Republicans who have abandoned ideas -- new or otherwise -- in a quest for the GOP nomination that has been remarkable in its utter lack of substance, even by the standards of contemporary campaigns.