ONGOING REPORTS FROM THE DEATH OF SATIRE.Tapped's own J. Goodrich: "Of course [Joe] Klein is not alone with these feelings. Joan Walsh at Salon points out that other commentators were also relieved to finally find someone that matched their idea of a manly Democrat ... Cooties are scary. And girls have them."
Andrew Sullivan and Howard Fineman, this week on theChris Matthews Show ("Millionaire Pundit Values on a Cable Access Budget!"):
TWO SMEARS IN ONE. Brothers Yglesiasand Klein say most of what needs to be said in re: Jonah Goldberg's ridiculous Charles Lindberghsmear. Evidently, this is similar to what happened after the release of the Mearsheimer/Walt paper.
THE CLINTON RULES: A CASE STUDY. Atrios details the case of Wayne Dumond--a convicted rapist who was released under heavy pressure from governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and subsequently raped and murdered at least one and probably two women. As Atrios says, this wouldn't necessarily be a massive black stain on Huckabee's record -- as long as we don't keep everyone in jail forever, such tragedies are inevitable -- except that the pressure in this case came from paranoid fantasizing about Bill Clinton.
PICK UP YOUR MONEY AND PACK UP YOUR TENT, YOU AIN"T GON' NOWHERE. As another piece of evidence for the Schmitt/Plumer/Marshall thesis that John McCain's presidential campaign is stillborn, I see that in a poll of major right-wing bloggers McCain has a remarkably high "least desirable" ranking, barely less than Republican Lieberman Chuck Hagel and considerably higher than the widely-disliked no-hoper George Pataki.
YOU KEEP USING THIS PHRASE "NATIONAL SECURITY." I DO NOT THINK IT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS. Jonah Goldbergstays true to the Twelfth Commandment of the Republican Party ("Thou shalt smear Democrats as undermining the national interest"):