Blogger Poll: Right of Center Bloggers Think Palin is a Plus



I’ve been participating in an interesting daily blogger poll organized by Tom Madigan at National Journal. Today, he reports that right of center bloggers think Sarah Palin is a big plus for the McCain ticket. Left of Center bloggers are not convinced, but it is ultimately what the right (and the undeclared and independent) thinks of Palin that is going to matter. For the record, I had TWN listed as right of center for the Democratic Convention — and as…

Obama Should Offer More than McCain-Lite Strategy On Russia-Georgia and Other High Stakes Global Conflicts



Nader Mousavizadeh, former special assistant to and speechwriter for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Goldman Sachs executive, just sent over his oped, “How to Navigate the New Global Archipelago,” which appeared in the Times of London on Friday, John McCain’s birthday. Mousavizadeh’s excellent analytical piece echoes a number of the themes I raised in this TWN essay on the Kosovo and broader geostrategic dimensions of the Georgia-Russia conflict. Essentially, Mousavizadeh advises Obama to resist the temptation to offer McCain-lite…

What Does It Mean When. . .James Steinberg Painted His House in March?



In part, it means something I blogged yesterday was wrong. It happens now and then. Yesterday, I wrote a piece here at TWN that tried to share with readers how I got some insights into the Joe Biden VP selection story a bit earlier than the mainstream. I also shared a bit how friends of mine and I worked on learning that Mitt Romney had been told by McCain that he would not be the nominee. In the Biden case,…

Country First? More like “Country Last”



John McCain’s decision to choose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run with him on the GOP ticket can be about many things — wanting to bring in someone genuinely from the outside, wanting to embrace the reality that women can serve in all capacities and in all levels of government and the military, wanting to lure part of the female vote that might have supported Hillary Rodham Clinton towards John McCain. But the national-security dripping “Country First” sloganeering that McCain…

Is Wasserman Shultz Strangling Miami Dem Candidate Joe Garcia — or Hugging Him?



Jake Colvin, a fellow blogger over at The Havana Note, captured this pic at the BIG TENT at the Democratic National Convention. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has apparently finally signed on to help Dem candidate Joe Garcia challenge one of her other monomaniacal anti-Cuba pals, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart. I think Garcia is a big step forward on US-Cuba policy and for better representation for Miami citizens. But she still is holding out in opposing her close friend, the anti-Cuba terrorist-celebrating Ileana…

The View on the Road


This just in from Open Left‘s Matt Stoller — the “hot beef sundae” in Lincoln, Nebraska. — Steve Clemons

Baghdad Lessons? Police Raiding Homes in St. Paul



Heavily armed police teams in groups of 20 or 30 are raiding private homes in St. Paul. According to one woman who spoke to FireDogLake’s Lindsay Beyerstein, asking to see a warrant gets one immediately “detained.” Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald dropped in on a raided St. Paul home shortly after the cops descended. This is not the Republican Party my family — dispersed around Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas — supported. This has become an Orwellian Big Brother party. Spying,…

James Steinberg Paints House: What Can it Mean?



(Obama foreign policy team members Ben Rhodes, Denis McDonough, and UT Austin LBJ School Dean Jim Steinberg arriving in Amman, Jordan 21 July 21. 2008) To some degree, I could tell in the upbeat voices of Joe Biden staffers I was calling frequently a week and a half ago — and in the day and a half long/cut short family friendly trip that Senate Foreign Relations Commitee Antony Blinken made to Hawaii at Biden’s encouragement before turning around and racing…