Britannia Sighs Again (This Time With Relief)

27 October 2008 15:52

On the other hand, occasionally there is some good news. Plans for a "Britishness Day" have been dropped, it has emerged. The plan for a national holiday, like July 4… Continue reading


Department of Punditry

27 October 2008 13:48

Oh dear. The days of the free lunch may be numbered: This blog aims to do one thing: track the forecasts of Britain pundits, bloggers and others on politics and… Continue reading


Can there be satire on the left?

27 October 2008 13:18

Reviewing Thomas Frank's new book The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, last week, Michael Lind wrote: But “The Wrecking Crew” is a polemic, not a dissertation. With rare exceptions like… Continue reading

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Britain’s Best Newspaper

26 October 2008 15:28

Sure, you could read about an EU investigation into Peter Mandelson's (dodgy) relationship with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. You might even enjoy the Observer telling Macavity Broon that he cannae… Continue reading


Imperialists for Obama!

25 October 2008 16:02

Via Clive Davis, I see that Niall Feguson has abandoned John McCain. In a Guardian interview he says: He denies suggestions that Colossus, specifically, was written with half an eye… Continue reading


Pennsylvania State vs Ohio State

24 October 2008 19:39

For what little it is worth, I think Barack Obama will carry Ohio with something to spare. I also find it quite hard to believe that he could lose Pennsylvania.… Continue reading


Travels in Wingnuttia

24 October 2008 18:26

There are loonies everywhere, of course. Still, Jon Swift's summary of some of the anti-Obama conspiracy theories that have swilled around the wingnut blogosphere this year is a treat. He… Continue reading


Department of You Coudn’t Make It Up

24 October 2008 16:34

Not for the first time this year, one has to wonder what question Fred Thompson could possibly be the answer to. K-Lo remains charmingly indefatigable: Unleashing Fred Thompson works his… Continue reading


Political Advertising 23

24 October 2008 11:37

What do you do when your candidate has a funny name folk don’t know how to pronounce? Why, you release an ad like this one for Adlai Stevenson in 1952:


Sign of the Times

24 October 2008 9:18

From North Carolina: More than 210,000 blacks who are registered as Democrats have cast early ballots in the Tar Heel State – compared with roughly 174,000 registered Republicans overall. Four… Continue reading


Cameronian Unionism

24 October 2008 3:44

A cynic might say David Cameron has an interest in a strong SNP. After all, a meaningful Tory revival in Scotland seems as far away as ever (though it would… Continue reading


Limbaugh’s Recipe for a Democratic Majority

24 October 2008 1:03

This won't surprise everyone but it turns out that Rush Limbaugh is an idiot. To wit: Going after moderates, independents, and all these yokels is not the blueprint.  The blueprint’s… Continue reading


Photography We Can Believe In

23 October 2008 23:50

Callie Shell has been following and photographing Barack Obama for Time since the beginning of the campaign. You can see some of her work here and, especially, here. I particularly… Continue reading


A Mad World, My Masters

23 October 2008 15:50

Clive Crook pops back to Blighty and finds himself pining for the sanity and phlegmatic common-sense of life in the United States. Can't say I blame him. Consider this story,… Continue reading


Sarah Brown emulates Sarah Palin

23 October 2008 13:22

Campaigning is underway in the Glenrothes by-election. Yesterday Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister's wife, made her election debut, knocking on doors in, of all places, bonny Cardenden. How did that… Continue reading


Political Advertising 22

23 October 2008 12:22

Reagan vs Mondale, 1984. Reaganomics vs Mondalenomics. It has to be said that not all the claims in this ad were proven correct by subsequent events.


The Last Throes

22 October 2008 18:03

It's over. How so? Because campaigns that have a chance of winning don't perform stunts like this: Please join our campaign for a conference call at 11:30 a.m. EDT, with… Continue reading

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Political Advertising 21

22 October 2008 12:20

Jobs being sent overseas to cosset foreigners? Not a new phenomenon.Not a new campaign themse either. Here’s a Clinton-Gore ad from 1992 that could easily have been made by Obama… Continue reading


Baseball Division

22 October 2008 11:20

Yup, it's time for the Fall Classic. I'm taking part in a symposium at Culture11. My first contribution, in which I out myself as a temporary Tampa Bay Rays fan,… Continue reading


Ypres, Loos, Somme, Arras…

22 October 2008 11:18

Poppyman wants to know: have you got yours yet?


The T St Rag

22 October 2008 2:48

Here's the usually-savvy Helen Rittelmeyer: Let’s take it as a given that Martin and Maltz are correct that Red Staters like to follow traditions and bicoastal elites like to question… Continue reading

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Department of Academia

21 October 2008 22:56

I'm indebted to Nathan Origer for drawing my attention to a fascinating event at the University of Maryland: Subject : Provost’s Conversation: “Re-presenting Disability: Million Dollar Baby, Tropic Thunder and… Continue reading


Tito the Builder?

21 October 2008 22:16

Apparently he's the new go-to guy in this daft Presidential election. Of course, it shows how out of touch I am that when I saw Tito was the headline act… Continue reading


FCO vs Hacks

21 October 2008 16:56

It seems like Sir Nigel Sheinwald's assessment of Barack Obama was leaked to the Telegraph months ago. But it was in fact published earlier this month. I'd meant to write… Continue reading


In Praise of the Amateur?

21 October 2008 15:54

Mark Steyn says his old friend and former boss Boris Johnson is a "total squish" on ideological matters (ie, he's a Tory) and adds this chummy postscript: If Boris can… Continue reading