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Dear Senator Webb...(what I am asking him to do re the bailout bill vote scheduled for today)

(text of email sent this AM to one of my senators.  I left a voice message for him and for Majority Leader Reid to the same effect, as succinct as I could make it.) Senator: I am a strong supporter who...

Should Congress Rule Out Reconvening Before Thursday?

Of course, we know that tomorrow and Wednesday, with the Congress out of session because of the Jewish holiday, the markets will calm down.  So the thought of Congress taking another vote on today's or a revised proposal before Thursday...

A Possible Play for Obama

Recognizing the Republican gambit is to get one debate, at least, nixed, or else try to raise the bar on Obama's performance and lower it on McCains if it does go through by trying to force Obama to argue for going ahead with...

Dear George Will

Dear George:   For years I have regarded you as a true conservative in most respects.  In my view the most important and valuable personal quality of the true conservative is what I would describe as passionate sobriety.    This year, at...

Inside Rove's Huddle

Rove: John, we're going to you.  Remember, when you see the ball coming to you and you get nervous, just keep saying your special word over and over again...POW.  POW.  POW.  POW, and you'll be fine.Rove: Ok, now Jail Bait, you go over...

"The American Promise" is Better Than "The American Dream"

Obama used the former rather than the latter phrase last night and I heartily approve.  Consistently in his public life he has talked about complementing our famed American individualism with the promise that we have to make sure that all...

Political Stunner: McCain Chooses Georgian President Saakashvili as His Running Mate

--Washington, August 21  In a stunning development, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has chosen Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili as his vice presidential running mate.A beaming McCain said "Mikhail and I are a couple of daredevil guys who speak from...

Senator Kennedy: Thank You For the Music

I am delighted that Senator Kennedy will be honored at the Convention and only wish I could be there to add to the rousing, sustained ovation he will so deservedly receive.His is one of the most prolific records of legislative achievement in Senate history.  Regardless...

thoughts on Georgia-Russia conflict

The US agreement with Poland on missile interceptors that Rice is going to sign seems particularly ill-timed.  It accomplishes the worst of both worlds--it is clearly a provocation to the Russians.  But it does nothing to address the current situation in...

David Broder, Getting it Wrong Again

The mothership linked to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/06/AR200808...">David Broder's column</a> today on the recent negative tone of the presidential campaign. Does Broder ask McCain if he regrets asserting that Obama would rather lose a war and win the election?  No. Rather, he...

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