Who Should Be <em>Time Magazine</em>‘s Person of the Year?

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Tomorrow I am taping a show at CNN‘s studios in New York on the process by which big decisions about stand-out “personalities” — heroes and villains — are made. This show will be a special segment on Time‘s “person of the year” decision-making process. One of CNN’s interests is what the blogosphere thinks about a person of the year? Who would your choice be? John Murtha? John Bolton? Nancy Pelosi? Lincoln Chafee? Hillary Clinton? Dick Cheney? Harry Reid? John McCain?…

Bush’s Fake Bipartisanship!

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I have a call into Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a comment on President Bush’s efforts to push John Bolton’s nomination again today. Speaker Pelosi and President Bush met for lunch today to try and patch up their differences, find some common ground and to see if “bipartisanship” was achievable in some key challenges facing the nation. Pelosi magnanimously stated: Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you for the opportunity to join you and the Vice President in what I…

LINCOLN CHAFEE OPPOSING JOHN BOLTON OFFICIALLY: BOLTON CONFIRMATION PROCESS DEAD, DEAD, DEAD

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Word has just reached me from a well-placed source that the White House has continued to push John Bolton’s confirmation prospects as US Ambassador to the United Nations despite the election outcome. Another highly placed source has informed me that in just a few minutes Senator Lincoln Chafee is calling a press conference to state categorically that he will not support John Bolton’s confirmation in the upcoming lame duck session. The Bolton confirmation will be officially dead in a few…

On the Disappearing Republican Moderates

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Here is an interesting article on the demise of moderate Republicans by Alex Wayne of Congressional Quarterly but whch appears in the New York Times apparently (at least on the web). I am quoted extensively in the piece and agree with Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, Executive Director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, that the strident right agenda of the Republican party is out of touch with the bulk of Americans and undermined many moderate Republicans. The only thing that I…

AP Projects James Webb Win Over George Allen in Virginia

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That’s it. The Dems will take the Senate. They now have a one seat margin. Long live House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Long live Majority Leader Harry Reid. Joe Biden takes the helm at Foreign Relations. Carl Levin will Chair Armed Services. Big changes. Now Reid is going to have to huddle with his folks, get them on the same page, prioritize, and solve the problem of so many Senate Dems vying to head the party. Now it will be important…

<em>Brokeback Mountain</em> Softens Up Montana?

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“Brokeback Mountain” may not have won the Oscar for last year’s best movie, but it may have softened up some of the tough-guy crowd in Montana. It’s official. Jon Tester has de-listed Conrad Burns from the Senate roster as of January 2007. Now the Senate stands at 49 Republicans and 50 Democrats (or Senators caucusing with them). One more race to go. If Jim Webb pulls out the race in Virginia, Dems really have scored a whopping victory — and…

Bernard Lewis & Fouad Ajami Kissed the Ring Enough Times

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The White House has just released the roster of people being recognized for contributions to the arts and humanities. George and Laura Bush plan to award each his National Humanities Medal tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Bottoming out the list are two Bush ring-kissers and great buddies of Ahmad Chalabi: Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami. Some things change in an election — and some just keep moving along in the same old grooves. — Steve Clemons