How to counter the Palin Effect?

10 September 2008 15:52

Democrats have abandoned the idea of avoiding Sarah Palin to concentrate on John McCain. Oh dear. Let's see what Joe Biden has been up to: Exhibit A: In Wisconsin, Biden… Continue reading


Is Jonathan Freedland working for John McCain?

10 September 2008 15:28

I was going to write about Jonathan Freedland's absurd column in today's Guardian, but thankfully Norm has said pretty much all that needs to be said. Do these people really… Continue reading


Sarah Palin’s Feminism

10 September 2008 15:17

Camille Paglia agrees with me. Should I be worried? Sarah Palin is like Annie Oakley, a brash ambassador from America's pioneer past. She immediately reminded me of the frontier women… Continue reading


Queen of the Silver Dollar

9 September 2008 15:25

A mini-blogging hiatus, folks, as I'm off to Glasgow tonight to see the one and only Emmylou Harris play at the Royal Concert Hall. I assume Norm will be seeing… Continue reading

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New Tories, New Danger?

9 September 2008 15:16

How will Lbour fight the next election? Stupidly, it seems. According to a briefing paper obtained by the Guardian, Labour "has decided to attack the Conservatives at the next election… Continue reading

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You’re ever Alone with a Strand (or a government consultation)

7 September 2008 17:22

What a shower. From Simon Clark's Taking Liberties blog, comes this unsurprising element of the government's latest consultation on smoking: "Question 12: Do you believe that more should be done… Continue reading


Tales of the Booker

7 September 2008 3:24

The Guardian, bless it, has a super feature asking a judge from each of the Booker Prize's 40(!) years to recall their experiences as a member of the panel. It's… Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan and Sarah Palin

7 September 2008 2:06

Let me make something very clear: I like, admire and respect Andrew Sullivan and his writing. I can’t remember when I first started reading his blog, but I think it… Continue reading


Great Unfinished Novels

6 September 2008 15:12

Via Clive Davis, the Washington Post offers a list of five great unfinished novels. As you might expect The Man Without Qualities and The Last Tycoon are among those who… Continue reading


Biden Brings It

6 September 2008 14:54

Joe Biden is good and Conor Friedersdorf is right: “Victories won on style are pyrrhic for political parties, and poison for a nation. Because sooner or later, substance always matters.“… Continue reading


Cowgirl Sarah

5 September 2008 20:04

Virginia Postrel recalls visiting the National Cowgirl Museum and seeing an aspect of American history that helps explain Sarah Palin's appeal: The Cowgirl Museum showcased women of no-nonsense character, pioneer… Continue reading


Honour amongst plotters

5 September 2008 15:20

Meanwhile, back in Blighty, former Home Secretary Charles Clarke says Gordon Brown is toast and the PM should "stand down with honour". Just what Labour needed as the conference season… Continue reading


McCain and Churchill

5 September 2008 14:58

In the comments to the previous post, Toby writes, astutely: As with Churchill, he [McCain] hankers after the Empire he knew in his youth. He feels uneasy about the falloff… Continue reading


Sic Transit Gloria McCain

5 September 2008 14:11

Sad, really. That was my immediate melancholy reaction to John McCain's speech to the Republican convention in St Paul. This was not your daddy's John McCain; heck it weren't even… Continue reading

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Home is Where the Heartland Is

4 September 2008 18:38

Somewhere, Mark Penn is having a terrible day. He must feel like leaning out his office window and screaming, "I told you so, you bloody fools! But would you listen?… Continue reading


The 2012 Republican Primary

4 September 2008 17:42

A (Democratic) friend sends me this entertaining scenario: Muscatine, Iowa 2012 Gov. Palin:  We are going to change America, change it from higher taxes, higher crime, and a quagmire in Afghanistan. fmr.… Continue reading


Obama’s Legislative Record

4 September 2008 16:17

Andrew, as one would expect, is defending his candidate: It was a great line: "Listening to [Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored… Continue reading

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British Newspapers: Best In the World, Guv

4 September 2008 8:26

God bless the Daily Mail.  How can you resist a story headlined: Are We All Going to Die Next Wednesday? Of course you remember the rule: all headlines written as… Continue reading


Hurricane Sarah

4 September 2008 7:02

Andrew Sullivan concludes his live-blogging of Sarah Palin's speech with an exasperated sigh: "Reality television has become our politics." Perhaps. More likely, politics has been a reality TV show since… Continue reading


What does Sarah Palin need to do tonight?

3 September 2008 17:53

One by-product of the Sarah Palin affair is that her speech tonight is vastly more eagerly anticipated than the address John McCain will give on Thursday night. As any Broadway… Continue reading


Babies Everywhere…

3 September 2008 13:22

More baby news: Rachida Dati, the 42 year old French Justice Minister, is, like Bristol Palin, pregnant. As Art Goldhammer says, however, they do things differently in France. Dati says… Continue reading


Palin’s Background

2 September 2008 23:55

Where is Sarah Palin really from? Matt Welch gets the inside dope from an Alaskan who knows, civil liberties campaigner Bill Scannell. This may be the most entertaining commentary on… Continue reading


Star Quality

2 September 2008 18:29

So the Republican convention gets back on track tonight though not quite as initially planned. George W Bush for instance will address the convention via satellite, not in person. One… Continue reading


Cooking Bullwinkle

2 September 2008 14:29

In the light of all the Sarah Palin entertainment, Matt Yglesias asks a good question: how should you cook moose anyway? He links to some recipes (Moose nose in jelly??)… Continue reading

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Brooks on McCain

2 September 2008 13:33

Is it just me, or has David Brooks written a column this morning explaining that John McCain is fundamentally, irredeemably ill-suited to being President of the United States? My worry… Continue reading