Why can’t we get this (voting) right?

The NY Times is up with a story on voters being illegally removed from the rolls across the country to to misinterpretations of the law. Many of these voters are not even aware they are no longer on the rolls and therefore cannot contest in time for the election. Why can’t we seem to get the simple act of voting right?


Waldorf and Statler on what Debate night is all about

I love the muppets and I love politics. When the NY Times brings them together, what more could I guy want?

Kristol and the Bailout

It says something about this financial crisis that it has me and William Kristol in agreement. I’ve used words in the past like “pin-head” and “moron” to describe him. But this morning’s column is a calm and sober assessment of crisis. There are serious questions to be asked about this bailout. Both in practical operational terms, and in the longer term. 

While I recognize the need for immediate action, failing to think this through and craft a plan with some semblance of long-term thinking will only serve to hurt us a few years from now. So for once, William Kristol and I agree.


Guys and Gals, take a breath and think this one through,

As the Bubble Bursts….

No shortage of ink being spilled on the economic crisis facing the country today. David Leonhardt gives us this excellent explanation of the bubble that got us into this mess and what might come later.

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.