Mori Dinauer is a former web editorial intern at the Prospect.
Mori DinauerFeb 07, 2008
John McCain received a warm introduction from George Allen and Tom Coburn , but not so much from the audience. At first, McCain looked a bit uncomfortable, but quickly adopted the attitude of a man accepting his party's nomination ("I'd be deeply humbled and honored to receive your nomination..."). In that tradition, McCain sought to demonstrate his conservative bona fides to a skeptical crowd. Among the highlights: On missing CPAC last year: "I was merely preoccupied with the distinction of being the Republican frontrunner..." On abortion: McCain reaffirmed his commitment to the pro-life crowd ("my 24 year pro-life record"). On immigration : McCain had only to utter the words "on the issue of illegal immigration..." before he was cut off by boos. But then something strange happened. A broad smile appeared on McCain's face, as if to say, "trust me," and the crowd's boos turned into applause. He then elaborated on immigration: "I would consider it among my highest priorities to secure...
Mori DinauerFeb 07, 2008
Just now, during his address to the CPAC convention , Mitt Romney described the "difficult decision" he had to make, remarking that "because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside." Romney then linked his own presidential campaign with a larger effort to fight the war on terror: "We cannot allow the next president of the United States to stand aside in the face of extremism," Romney said, echoing Goldwater 's "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Romney offered little in the way of reconciliation with John McCain , except that conservatives should unite behind their nominee to defeat either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton , although he did say that he agrees with McCain on one issue: doing whatever it takes to win in Iraq. --Mori Dinauer
Mori DinauerJan 31, 2008
With the departure of John Edwards from the race for the Democratic nomination yesterday, the focus now turns to how the vacuum left by his campaign will affect the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton . First there is the question of delegates, which turns out to be the easiest puzzle to solve. According to the Democratic Convention Watch blog , all of Edwards' uncommitted superdelegates (27) will go back to a "no endorsement" pool. Edwards' delegates from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries (12) will revert to uncommitted, while his caucus delegates from Iowa (17) will be reallocated to Obama and Clinton proportionately, based on their performance in those events. The more important consequence of Edward's departure is where his supporters will go . Here, demographics appear decisive, yet inconclusive. A Times article yesterday on Southern Super Tuesday states notes widespread reluctance amongst white voters in these states to support Obama's campaign, although...
Mori DinauerJan 25, 2008
Via the Foreign Policy Passport blog, an update on the so-called "renaissance" in nuclear power usage in some European countries. Britain is scheduled to increase deployment of new power plants. But for all of the talk about nuclear power being a potential solution to the problems of a carbon-based economy, the same challenges associated with nuclear power 30 years ago are still with us today. Has an acceptable alternative to "burying nuclear waste where no one will ever find it" ever really emerged? What about the costs associated with the "new" security threats of the post-9/11 world? Organized opposition to nuclear power isn't going away any time soon, but neither is the fascination with -- and reliance upon -- technological solutions to our energy problems. At the Republican debate last night in Boca Raton , Florida, Rudy Giuliani was asked why he was against a mandatory cap on greenhouse gases. His response? The very best way to do it is to support the technologies that are...