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Archive: 2008

Weekly Review

Barack Obama was elected the 44th president, and first African-American president, of the United States, receiving 365 electoral votes in an election that saw perhaps the highest turnout among registered…

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Harrumph of the Month

Dear Common Reader, The jig is up. My critical stance has been revealed, at last, as mere pose, and it is time that I confess. I owe you so little;…

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Seventy-Six and Climbing: How high can Bush go?

From CNN: On the day that President-elect Barack Obama is visiting the White House, a new national poll suggests that the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most…

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Add another $140 billion to bailout cost

From the Washington Post: The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration’s request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In…

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Schiller – Freedom’s Hymn

Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligthum. Deine Zauber binden wieder, Was die Mode streng getheilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.…

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Schiller’s Rules of Engagement

Lebe mit deinem Jahrhundert, aber sei nicht sein Geschöpf; leiste deinen Zeitgenossen, was sie bedürfen, nicht was sie loben. Ohne ihre Schuld geteilt zu haben, teile mit edler Resignation ihre…

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Weekend Read: “He is in angry mourning for the millions of books gone forever”

As readers learned yesterday, eminent critic and longtime friend of Harper’s Magazine John Leonard died Wednesday. His most recent bio in the New York Review of Books described him this…

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Something’s Odd in Alaska

Election Day did not go off without a hitch, but compared with the last two general elections, 2008 seems to have functioned well–even given the historically high voter turnout. Moreover,…

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Bill Kristol: The columnist as campaign operative

From Scott Horton, posted at the Daily Beast: Was John McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann fired for leaking sensitive information to his friend, the long-time McCain backer and…

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How Obama Won North Carolina

From Chris Kromm at Facing South: Here are six key factors that gave him the victory: 1 – Obama mobilized the base: Perhaps more than any other candidate could have,…

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News in Review: Uh-oh

Washington Post editorial: Mr. Emanuel is undoubtedly a partisan, but with centrist instincts. In his previous White House job, he oversaw President Bill Clinton’s effort to win passage of the…

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Palin and Africa

Sarah Palin may have been duped by two Canadian pranksters, and she may have spent a lot of the G.O.P.’s money on clothing, but is it really possible that she…

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Cartoons

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Let Justice Take Its Course

Italian prosecutors continue to build their case against 26 American diplomats and CIA agents accused in absentia of kidnapping and assault. For the Bush Administration, which refuses all cooperation with…

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John Leonard

Our friend John Leonard died yesterday. John’s first piece for Harper’s Magazine, a review of Renata Adler’s Speedboat and Lovers and Tyrants by Francine du Plessix Gray, appeared in November…

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Fundamentalism

Yesterday afternoon, behind the stripes and holding my polling place’s already blunted pencil, I voted in the presidential election. I wrote, in a steady hand, a blue streak of ×’s,…

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Letter from Obama Supporter

On my posting this morning, in which I tried not to be cynical: I understand your cynicism about the money Obama took from the people you call (and rightly so)…

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On Obama, Without Cynicism

I’ve never been able to muster as much enthusiasm for Barack Obama as many of my friends, but I was happy to see him win last night. He was clearly…

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The Southern Strategy Comes of Age

As Ken Silverstein and others offer their election predictions, I’d like to contribute one of my own. This will be a transformative election. The focus, appropriately, is on the likely…

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This Morning, Change Beckons

There is a new America every morning when we wake up. It is upon us whether we will it or not. The new America is the sum of many small…

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Know Hope

Wer sind wir? Wo kommen wir her? Wohin gehen wir? Was erwarten wir? Was erwartet uns? Viele fühlen sich nur als verwirrt. Der Boden wankt, sie wissen nicht warum und…

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Weekly Review

Democrats were outvoting Republicans in all nine states that track the party affiliations of early voters, indicating a likely election victory for Barack Obama. George Mason University“It’s gonna get nasty,”…

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Punditry Made Easy

The Los Angeles Times has a nice web feature that allows you to predict the outcome of the presidential election, state by state. So here’s my prediction: Obama 311, McCain…

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United Voice of Persons in Publick Prayer

VOTE, n. [L. votum, from voveo, to vow. Votum is properly wish or will.] Suffrage; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference or choice, in regard to any measure…

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Go Vote!

Our nation’s current problems started with a whiff of sulfur on Election Day 2000. Americans went to the polls in substantial numbers and voted, by a margin of over a…

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Best of the ’08 Campaign: The effective use of history

History has an important role in our political discourse. It can be used to induce fear, to intimidate. It can also offer inspiration and a sense of common purpose. It…

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What To Look For Tuesday Night: The evidence should be in early

All the available evidence suggests that Barack Obama should cruise to a comfortable margin of victory tomorrow night. “Based on interviews with political strategists in both parties, election analysts and…

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Former International Republican Institute President: McCain Supported Grants to Khalidi’s Group

One of the lowest moments of this entire campaign has been the McCain campaign’s repulsive smear job of Rashid Khalidi. The best remark about the whole episode came from Khalidi…

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