If you live in a Super Tuesday state, and you happen to be one of the unfortunately deprived Americans yet to be blessed with the most extraordinary invention of the last quarter-century – Tivo – you have already probably seen some of the presidential candidates’ latest television ads. While there were some last-minute ad buys from Mitt Romney and John McCain, the real action is on the Democratic side, and they’re coming fast and furious – in fact, there are far too many to cover all of them. So we’ll examine the more interesting ones, starting with the dueling Kennedys. Here’s Barack Obama’s, featuring John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline, who with her uncle Ted just endorsed Obama:
Politicians always say they don’t pay attention to polls, but wouldn’t you know it, now that the economy shows up as the number one issue concerning voters, all the presidential candidates have come out with ads stressing their concern about the economy. As usual, it’s a collection of hits, near misses, and comical whiffs.
Let’s start with the Republicans, beginning with he of square jaw and fat bank account, Mitt Romney:
This has got to be embarrassing for the Washington Post. Or it would be, if their editorial board had the capacity for shame. Three days ago, WaPo ran a big Sunday op-ed on Iraq by three of the biggest supporters -- Michael O'Hanlon, Fred Kagan, and Gen.
This week’s ad analysis comes at a time when both the Republican and Democratic races are tighter than anyone thought they would be. By now it was supposed to be all but decided, the fields whittled down and one candidate poised to put his or her opponents away for good. But much to the pleasure of political junkies everywhere, both races are truly up in the air. So let’s see what delicious new morsels the candidates are sending our way. We’ll start with Barack Obama:
This doesn't happen very often, but I think Ezra seriously misreads this WSJ article on the process behind the Iran NIE, from which he extrapolates that "the career intelligence experts in the government recaptured some degree of autonomy and insulation in recent years." The victory of reality-based analysis over blind ideological interpretation with the NIE is significant, but the very shock it engendered from government officials and pundits alike shows just how perverted the intelligence process has become -- and continues to be -- under the c