THE NEW SITE: AWESOME. Ok, posted on the homepage is a letter by Ann and me previewing the new website, which will go live on Monday. We, the tiny (yet plucky and intrepid!) staff of TAP Online have been working on this for what seems like forever many, many months, and I certainly hope readers like what they see next week. Check out the article for some of the basic info.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, TAKE A BOW. He just asked, for every Republican candidate for president to answer one by one, "Would it be a good thing to have Bill Clinton back living in the White House?" He elaborated, "would it be good for America?" It's why he gets paid the big bucks!
FOR THOSE NOT WATCHING THE GOP DEBATE ... I'd like to note for the record that this observation from John Podhoretz is definitely not one that I share. (J-Pod continues to have odd notions about "wonk.") Podhoretz is, to be sure, correct that John McCain has appeared highly confused throughout the night, but I don't think that has much to do with the substantiveness of his answers.
KUTTNER V. KRISTOL. Before you watch the fiasco of the GOP presidential lineup debate each other, check out Robert Kuttner and Bill Kristol debate the collapse of conservatism at the Campaign for America's Future's conference on the subject today.
See more on the conference here. (And yes, comments are still broken. Did I mention there's going to be an awesome new site next week?)