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News Flash! Dems Ready To Compromise on Iraq

Friday, November 30th, 2007

You can find my latest burp of disgust with the Congressional Democrats by clicking here.

Hucksters, Hooligans and Huckabee

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Gosh, I’m sure happy now that the netroots and the Democrats successfully sunk the Fox News presidential debate a few months back. I thought it was a really dumb idea to do so at the time. But now, much like Mitt Romney, I’ve changed my mind. In retrospect, there’s no way the crumb-bums at Fox […]

Experiencing Clinton

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

You’ve gotta love those Clintons! Hillary supported the war before she sort of opposed it, as you know. And now it turns out that Bill actually opposed the war before his wife supported it and even before she opposed it. Maybe having the Clintons back in the White House really would be fun for those […]

Heartfelt Shock

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I was around a lot of people today who were having some laughs at Dick Cheney’s expense. Like the rest of us, they had heard that the Vice-President had been hospitalized and had been given an electrical shock to bring him out of an irregular heart beat. I’m no fan of the Veep as any […]

Tanned, Rested and Ready To Serve

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Had a great four days unplugged at undisclosed Southern California coastal bunker. Was pretty much able to forget about everything except for finally getting around to finishing Woodward’s “State of Denial.” All I can say is “whew!” Gettting such a fine level of detail as to what has been going through the heads of Rummy, […]


Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better […]

Sid Vicious: He’s Back

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

The most intriguing story over the weekend was the jam-up over some threatened (or perhaps imaginary) anti-Obama scandal mongering by one Hillary Clinton. Prince of Darkness Robert Novak quoted supposed agents of the Clinton campaign that they were in possession of “scandalous information” about the Obama campaign.  As the London Times reported:  [Obama's] campaign responded […]

Green Day

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I’m back in L.A. and spent Saturday at the mostly un-noticed presidential forum on global warming and climate change. All the candidates of both parties were invited but only Clinton, Kucinich and Edwards showed up. Frankly, I think the event was poorly organized and poorly promoted. And, I might add, poorly executed. The organizers did […]

Reporting The Nevada Democratic Debate

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I’m in Las Vegas covering Thursday’s CNN Democratic Debate as well as the broader story of Nevada’s role in the nominating process. Below I will be linking to the stories and dispatches as I produce them:   Hillary Goes On The Counter-Attack in a Democratic Free-For-All Reporter’s Notebook: Live Coverage from the site of Vegas […]


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Thinking of Norman Mailer’s death this week inevitably sparked fresh memories of the writer who most influenced my career — Marshall Frady. Marshall, who I met in 1973 and who (after spending two months with him on my extended honeymoon no less) forever changed my life, passed away unexpectedly in 2004. When he died, I […]


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I’m headed for Nevada Tuesday night to cover the CNN Presidential debate on Thursday. I’ll be doing some blogging about the state of the race and the way Nevada does, or doesn’t, figure in the primaries. At a minimum, however, the debate itself could be an arena for some authentic punching. The dynamic set in […]

Suspended Animation

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I spent a couple of great days last week in Baton Rouge among the LSU Tigers participating in the annual Breaux Symposium at the Reilly Center. And then I did a quick foray into the Big Easy where I had last been a few weeks before Katrina. Below find my report back in the form […]

In New Orleans

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Working for a few days in NOLA. Might be some light blogging.


Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

With the presidential election now exactly a year away, I’m starting to get the creeps that we are living in a sort of suspended animation. Or in political terms, something more akin to the Phony War of late 1939-early1940 when it felt, briefly, that WWII wasn’t going to fully materialize — but it did. I’m […]

Meaningless, Not Spineless

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The headline of this Boston Globe column says it all (Democratic Majority Meaningless Once Again). Indeed. By the time you read this Tuesday, it’s a near certainty that the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee will have sent the nomination of AG-designate Michael Mukasey to the full Senate floor. When Mukasey is finally formally confirmed it will […]

Rendered Senseless

Monday, November 5th, 2007

A junior CIA officer, having just watched an innocent suspect dictatorship being submitted to torture by drowning (known in certain circles as waterboarding), has a crisis of conscience. While on the phone to his female superior in Washington D.C., and sickened by what he just experienced, he says: “This was my first torture.” The torture […]

First There Is A Mountain…

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Ahhh. What comfy pleasure. Like slipping into a well-worn, lambskin loafer. Like putting warm wool socks on your feeties after a cold dip in the ocean. Like slurping a warm cup of vegetable soup on a rainy day. Like watching Hillary Clinton finally be the Hillary Clinton we all came to know so well after […]