Tim Fernholz is a former staff writer for the Prospect. His work has been published by Newsweek, The New Republic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. He is also a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.
Well, as long as James Kirchick has a weeklyish column in Politico, I'll have a weeklyish blog post where I point out all the errors, or as many as I find.
For someone who often claims that liberals don't take conservative ideas seriously, how little respect Kirchick has for liberal ones. Take his riff on Obama's FISA vote, which we all know has hurt his standing with the netroots. Kirchick says that "this is an issue about which the vast majority of the American people
couldn’t care less, but it’s of monumental importance to the Netroots,
who see it as confirmation of their deepest and darkest fears that Vice
President Cheney is out to get them."
Ben Smith flags an important section of Obama's interview with Larry King, in which Obama discusses the rumors that he is a Muslim:
You know, this is actually an insult against Muslim-Americans, something that we don't spend a lot of time talking about. And sometimes I've been derelict in pointing that out.
You know, there are wonderful Muslim-Americans all across the country who are doing wonderful things. And for this to be used as sort of an insult, or to raise suspicions about me, I think is unfortunate. And it's not what America's all about.
The news of a Bush administration adviser selling influence in exchange for Presidential library donations ought to make it clear of the need for transparency in these institutions. Between this case and former President Bill Clinton's shady fundraising for his own legacy palace, these projects have become no more than lame-duck slush funds.
Obama's big Iraq speech today was good, if a bit listless in delivery -- he was in professor mode -- but all in all it laid out a foreign policy liberals can believe in (while not flip-flopping). Matt notes the woulda-coulda-shouldas, but one of the more interesting developments was Obama's description of what victory in Iraq would actually look like: