Post Archive

January 23, 2009

Satire only works when there's room for exaggeration between a subject and its characterization. For politically conservative satirists like P.J. O'Rourke things are getting extremely...

Commenting on my post the other day on Pete Seeger, a blogger at The Nation notes that "James Kirchick has engaged The Nation in some...

Charles Krauthamer was certainly underwhelmed by the Inaugural Speech: Fascinating speech. It was so rhetorically flat, so lacking in rhythm and cadence, one almost has to...

Today in the New York Times, Robert F. Worth begins a story as follows: The emergence of a former Guant√°namo Bay detainee as the deputy leader...

The tide of international public opinion is decisively against Guantanamo Bay. Obama's recent decision to close down the controversial detention center may be sincerely motivated...

Jackson Diehl notices that President Obama has recycled more than President George W. Bush's Middle East messenger: [George] Mitchell's recommendations, delivered during the Bush administration's fourth...

A fragile quiet prevails in Gaza and Israel today, its duration unknown. It would be satisfying to say that Israel won, but clearly it did...

For his first round of political appointments, President Barack Obama has overwhelmingly chosen strong-minded individuals with storied political resumes: Hillary Clinton for State, Tom Daschle...

We are in the midst of a political phenomenon. It is fairly extraordinary, and perhaps beyond anything we have seen in our lifetime. Our new...

Nicole Wallace, who made herself a target of conservative ire over Sarah Palin, now opines: "The Obamas have also returned the civility and warmth directed...