Thursday, June 21, 2007

Matt Bai's New York Times Magazine profile of John Edwards (which I meant to link to a couple of weeks ago, but apparently didn't) ends like this:

It took 40 years after Robert Kennedy's death for another establishment Democract to summon the courage to build a campaign around economic injustice. If Edwards should win the nomination but lose the White House, it might well be another 40 years before anyone tries again.
That's reason enough to vote for him right there.

Not up my usual alley at all, but worth noting all the same: Lawrence Lessig is leaving the IP world and embarking on a quest to save politics. Really truly.

Joe Biden drinks Republican-flavored Kool-Aid? (I can't find a [This Week] transcript to link to, so I'm just copy-and-pasting from Lexis.)

Stephanopoulos: After the president's veto of the funding bill, you voted to fund the troops. Your colleague, Senator Obama, opponents, as well, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton voted the other way. I know you don't want to criticize your opponents but it's clear you believe that a no-vote puts the troops at additional risk, correct?
Biden: Absolutely, positively, unquestionably it would have delayed - let's say we had 51 no votes, it would have kicked the can down the road another week, month, month and a half and in the meantime, George, we would have built 300, 500, 1,000 less of the mine-resistant vehicles that are taking 70% of the lives and 70% of the injuries. It would have just delayed that with no possibility, emphasize, no possibility of overriding the presidential veto. I wasn't prepared to play chicken with the lives of the American troops. Bush maybe, not me.
Now, look. I understand the need to separate yourself from your primary opponents, I really do. But to do so by buying into the laughable GOP premise that it was Congress holding the strings here, and that it was Congress who would bear the responsibility for placing the troops in harm's way... give me a break. I hope Obama elbows you in the mouth.

Update: Still no transcript, but here's a post about it from The USA Today's politics blog (...).

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mike Gravel is also a hoot, though perhaps in a slightly more intentional way than Lurita Doan.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lurita Doan is a hoot.