Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I think this -- a presidential debate focused solely on science -- is an absolutely spiffy idea, and I think the chances of it actually happening are approximately zero in a million. Until Rush Holt runs for president.

(Via Slashdot.)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Tom DeFrank just published a book called Write It When I'm Gone, a collection of things that Gerald Ford told him on the condition that they not be published until after Ford's death. Regarding Bill Clinton, according to Meet the Press, Ford said this:

Ford ... returned to his Clinton head-shaking theme without any prompting. "I don't understand why any of his cabinet hasn't resigned [because of the Lewinsky scandal]. How can they keep working for him after he lied to them?"
Seriously? Gerald Ford said that? Gerald "I’m convinced Nixon had nothing whatsoever to do with Watergate" Ford? I know he was famous for being a bumbling idiot, but surely even he must have seen the irony there.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Roger Simon, The Politico's chief political columnist, on Face the Nation this morning:

In a field that has seven credible candidates, actually seven pretty good candidates, for one person [Hillary Clinton] to get 51% of the vote, which is the third time she's done this, the third poll she's done this in, that's... that's not an insurmountable lead, but it's large.
Seven credible candidates? Really?

Actual credible candidates
  • Clinton
  • Obama
  • Edwards

    Pseudo-credible candidates
  • Richardson
  • Dodd
  • Biden

    The Seventh
  • Kucinich?
  • Gravel?
  • Gore?
  • Clark?
  • Dean?
  • Romney?