Aaron Sorkin Writes a West Wing meeting for the ages

What if Barack Obama got to meet Aaron Sorkin’s President Bartlet? 

Thanks to Maureen Dowd at the NY Times, we get to read it here.


Dowd fillets Palin Pick

Maureen Dowd runs right at the Palin Pick

Some of my favorite quotes:

…Only four days into her reign as John McCain’s “soul mate,” or “Trophy Vice,” as some bloggers are calling her, on the ticket known as “Maverick Squared,” Palin, the governor of Alaska, has already accrued two gates (Troopergate and Broken-watergate), a lawyer (for Troopergate), a future son-in-law named Levi (a high school ice hockey player, described by New York magazine as “sex on skates”), and a National Enquirer headline about the “Teen Prego Crisis” with 17-year-old daughter Bristol…


…Since John McCain played craps first and sent the vetters to Alaska afterward, Republicans have been defending Governor Palin by saying that, while she has no foreign policy experience — except, as Cindy McCain pointed out, that “Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia” — she has a lot of domestic policy experience as a supercharged P.T.A. and hockey mom…


…When you make a gimmicky pick of an unknown, without proper vetting, there’s bound to be a sticky press conference sooner or later….


When McCain gets in trouble, he pulls out the P.O.W. card. Now Republicans are pulling out the sexist card….

…Hillary cried sexism to cover up her incompetent management of her campaign, and now Republicans have picked up that trick. But when you use sexism as an across-the-board shield for any legitimate question, you only hurt women. And that’s just another splash of reality.


My take on this is a little different. Would there be 1/2 as much interest in the convention or the Republicans in general were it not for the Palin pick? Maybe McCain’s thinking wasn’t flawed, just incredibly short term. That he needed to get some media mojo back after Obama’s convention-cum-anointing. 

The media is having a field day with the pick. But maybe that’s the idea. Sarah Palin is giving everyone something to talk about. McCain’s policies certainly weren’t.

Maureen Dowd: Two Against One

One has to wonder is Maureen Dowd, really paranoid or really funny.

The NY Times Opines for Obama

David Brooks, NY Times conservative columnist pens this description of Obama as something of an unknowable. 

While Maureen Dowd draws a literary comparison for all the PUMA’s out there. 

UPDATE: Dan Schnur adds these thoughts on why perceptions never die in politics.

For better or worse, assume that the competing stick figures of Angry Old Geezer and Callow Young Egotist remain in place through the election and beyond. After all, for most Americans, Al Gore will always be boring, Ross Perot is still crazy, and Dan Quayle will forever be learning how to spell. So neither Mr. McCain nor Mr. Obama is going to shed these images anytime soon: the question is how to best deal with them.

What I find fascinating is that Obama’s policy decisions are largely unquestioned this week. The McCain ad campaign shifted the chattering class exactly where they needed it to go, talking about Obama the person, not Obama the policies. This week, rather than discuss the merits (or lack there of) of policy merit for McCain. Everyone is talking about this new “central question” is Obama ready to be president.