On and On and On it Goes



Hillary Clinton won by about 10 points tonight against Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, but you all know that. From Indiana, Barack Obama just said, “she ran a terrific race.” My main point about this fascinating contest remains as sound as when I previously wrote it: neither side is vanquishing the other. Barack Obama might have ended this in Pennsylvania had he beat Clinton, but that didn’t happen. Hillary Clinton won by a sizable margin — though not something that really…

Joe Garcia’s Slick Slam of the Diaz-Balart Brothers



I really, really like this Joe Garcia political ad. Democrat Joe Garcia, himself a former and now reformed chief spear-carrier of the Cuban American National Foundation, is challenging Mario Diaz-Balart for Florida’s 25th district — and he’s making huge inroads. Diaz-Balart has built a large political franchise out of anti-Castroism and blocked any common sense progress in US-Cuba relations. It’s time for that to change. — Steve Clemons

SHORT TAKES: Carter, Philly Voting, Streisand Quits Israel Gig, Kissinger & McCain



The Washington Note is starting a new feature called “Short Takes” — small, semi-daily snippets of items our team finds interesting combined with occasional gossip and insider DC intrigue. CARTER’S PROGRESS? Jimmy Carter’s entrepreneurship has moved some Hamas leaders to offer Israel a ten-year truce. Hamas has offered such a deal before, and Israel rejected it with the Likud and political right arguing that such a truce would only provide time for the Muslim fundamentalist movement to further dig in…

Demystifying Saudi Arabia



I had a three and a half hour long dinner with a Saudi notable in Jeddah the week before last. I asked him whether the liberalization I felt I was witnessing in various academic, NGO, and government arenas in Riyadh was a function of the King’s own unique vision for the country or whether the King, or the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” as he is formally referred to, was triangulating between the contending forces of conservatives and progressives…

Blogging at Columbus Circle: Candide’s Flawed Assault on Hope



I’ve been blogging and reading this morning at Columbus Circle in New York — and a TWN reader said hi to me at 7 a.m. there. It’s become a strange thing to run into people in parks, on the street, on planes who read this blog. I love it, but it’s still unusual. I keep wondering whether the next person who says hello will be POA. I saw Candide at the New York City Opera last night. Fun, but not…

Miliband, China, and the World Without the West



UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has begun to cultivate a reputation as a young, thoughtful, and charismatic diplomat amidst more seasoned but less dynamic peers. When he spoke to the Young Atlanticists two weeks ago in Bucharest, he seemed to enjoy playing to this persona. In contrast to every major leader and head of state who addressed the Young Atlanticist Summit, Miliband stood out by doffing his jacket the moment he sat down, rolling his eyes at the reading of…

More on China Blind Spots



I’ve been engaged in an interesting debate with New Republic Deputy Editor Richard Just about the Beijing Olympics and what posture America’s Commander-in-Chief should take regarding the games. Hillary Clinton has been nudging George W. Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies. Barack Obama reports that he is of “two minds on the issue.” I have filed my first entry, which Richard responded to. And then my response back is up at the New Republic site now. Richard Just will get…

Chestertown – Wilmington – New York



Traveling through Chestertown, Maryland up to Wilimington, Delaware and then on up to New York was roughly the route that George Washington used to take when making the journey from his home at Mt. Vernon up to Manhattan. That’s what I’m doing this morning — and part of it in the car, where I’ve been listening to post-debate reactions on various Pennsylvania radio stations. I didn’t get the debate turned on until 8:30 pm. Quick reactions. I thought that what…