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Entries from March 2009

Yoo Are the Weakest Link. Goodbye!

March 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Finally reading the infamous Yoo memos after all these years was a sort of vertiginous experience, like catching sight of a unicorn, or meeting Santa Claus, or having brunch with Stalin.  I realized that there was a part of me that was actually hoping to discover some ingenious argument in defense of warrantless surveillance, some […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance

Speck in Thy Neighbor’s Eye Redux

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Via Instapundit comes this gem: What is it with this President? Obama has an obsessive need to find enemies against whom to campaign. Surely a tendency unique in American politics.

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media

Glass Half Full, Glass Half Empty

March 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

In a piece on the dire position of today’s Republican Party, TPM Cafe reproduces a series of historical graphs showing the large, and in most cases growing, gaps in partisan identification across various demographic groups, with Republicans faring especially poorly among young people. And indeed, if you look at the trend over the last decade […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics

Joe the Plumber: Metapundit

March 1st, 2009 · 18 Comments

Reading Patrick Ruffini’s jeremiad against “the Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP,” it suddenly struck me that Joe may well be the first full-fledged metapundit. Here’s what I mean.  It’s hardly new to see political advocates whose non-ideological identities are as important to their public role as the substance of what they’re saying—but there’s traditionally been some […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics