POLITICAL BLOGGERS AND THE POLITICS OF BLOGGING

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DANIEL DREZNER ORGANIZED A TERRIFIC FORUM, THE POWER AND POLITICS OF BLOGS, at the American Political Science Association meeting yesterday. The Wonkette herself, Ana Marie Cox, stole the show by being the anti-blogger’s blogger. She said that there is too much “blogger triumphalism” in the blogosphere and lamented Andrew Sullivan‘s absence because he was her favorite blogger triumphalist. According to Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan says that “the revolution will be blogged.” Her dry response, “to have a revolution, you have to…

MICHAEL MOORE ON JOHN MCCAIN

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THIS USA TODAY PIECE, “THE EBERT AND MCCAIN SHOW,” BY MICHAEL MOORE IS WORTH A READ. As those who read every detail of my often long entries on this blog will find, I admire John McCain and have been perplexed by what drove him from principled, lukewarm support of Bush to such effusive enthusiasm. I don’t want to get into that maze of ambition and motivation again, but you can read what I wrote the other day. Many think it’s…

SMOKE, MIRRORS & WMD TRIUMPHALISM: COLLAPSE OF THE NON-PROLIFERATION REGIME

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THREE DAYS AGO, CHRIS NELSON OF THE NELSON REPORT gave early warning of South Korea’s now formally admitted nuclear activities. He wrote: South Korean authorities have informed a visiting IAEA inspections team of a previously undisclosed nuclear fuel enrichment program using lasers. Since laser enrichment has no commercial viability, it is commonly assumed to be part of a nuclear weapons program, even though, if properly declared, it would be allowed under the Non Proliferation Treaty. This ROK program was secret….

FOREIGN POLICY JOUSTING IN CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND

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SINCE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY MANAGED TO HIDE at is convention the civil war in its ranks over the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, the next best place to glimpse the competing schools of grand strategy is in Chicago this weekend at the American Political Science Association. The meetings are taking place in Chicago’s two big Hilton hotels: The Chicago Hilton & Towers at Balbo and Michigan Avenues and the Palmer House Hilton at Monroe and Wabash Avenues. There are a…

GIVE ALAN KEYES A BREAK: HE WOULD STILL LOVE A SELFISH, SINNING LESBIAN DAUGHTER

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I AM ON MY WAY TO CHICAGO TO ATTEND THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW, and Alan Keyes just moved to town to run for the U.S. Senate here. I would love to run into him. Apparently, while I have been traveling and in meetings, most of the world has heard that he accused Mary Cheney of being a selfish hedonist. To be fair to Keyes, he now says that the reporter added Mary Cheney’s name to the discussion,…

ENRONIZATION OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

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PERHAPS I SHOULD REFER INSTEAD TO THE ENRON-IZED BUSH ADMINISTRATION. I was impressed today with the “Progress Report” of the American Progress Action Fund that offers a roster of truth and fraud items about Bush economic policy claims. The fraud list (the lower part of the roster) is the most compelling as the first part of the list is trying to assign blame to Bush for denying that the 2001 recession was his recession. I don’t care that Bush is…

JOHN McCAIN OFFERED VP SLOT WHEN CHENEY STEPS DOWN?

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER THOUGHT HE HIT A FUN CHORD WHEN HE CALLED the Democratic National Convention, “True Lies.” Clearly though, the convention we have been watching this week is piling a mound of duplicity on a foundation of mistruths. Enough have made an issue of this Republican Party disingenuously leading with personalities like Giuliani, Schwarzenegger, McCain, and even Laura Bush. So, I’ll leave that alone. But where is John Ashcroft? Jerry Falwell? Don Rumsfeld? Tom DeLay? Where is the real face…

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: KEEP OR ABOLISH?

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IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS NO. 68, ALEXANDER HAMILTON writing as Publius defends the Electoral College. Hamilton wrote: “A small number of persons, selected by thir fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.” In other words, don’t let the mob rule. Like the New York Times has recommended in its editorial, “Abolish the Electoral College,” I agree that since “the majority does not rule and every vote is…

BUSH’S CHARACTER PROBLEM: SEBASTIAN MALLABY SCORES

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I USED TO THINK THAT SEBASTIAN MALLABY WAS A MANIC NEOLIBERAL. I have always respected the former Economist magazine writer and thinker who now writes as an editorial writer at the Washington Post, but much of his writing years ago was so heavily on the go-go globalization side that I wondered whether he ever thought seriously about the costs and adjustments, and real train wrecks in some societies, associated with high speed neoliberal style globalization. I was wrong because Sebastian…

WASHINGTON POST POLITICAL BLOG CONTEST

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THE WASHINGTON POST IS TAKING NOMINATIONS for the best political blogs. Obviously, I think that Josh Marshall’s www.TalkingPointsMemo.com ought to sweep the categories, but I think that there may be a couple of sections that www.TheWashingtonNote.com might be competitive in. Also, Matthew Yglesias and a great number of brilliant bloggers are out there whom you might want to nominate. Did you know that if you Google just the name “Matthew” the first item that comes up is not Matthew the…