44: The Obama Presidency

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Future of the Conservative Movement

It’s only been a week since the defeat, but the battle lines have already been drawn in the fight over the future of conservatism. In one camp, there are the Traditionalists, the people who believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed. George W. Bush... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The New Order

THE POST-ELECTION order continued to take shape yesterday. Another Senate Republican, Oregon's Gordon Smith, was defeated, taking Democrats to 55 Senate seats and further thinning the ranks of GOP moderates. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the capable House Republican whip, announced he would step aside,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Amid the cheers, a first challenge from Russia.

BARACK OBAMA's election victory prompted an impressive outpouring of goodwill from around the world yesterday -- but also the first hints of the testing that his running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr., predicted. Kenya declared a national holiday, Britain's largest-circulation newspaper called Mr.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President Obama

BARACK OBAMA, 44th president of the United States: Like so many millions of Americans, I savor the phrase, and congratulate the winner, and celebrate the momentousness of the occasion. It is momentous for the generational change it heralds, the geographic realignment it reflects and the racial... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 31, 2008

John McCain's latest attempt to link Barack Obama to extremism

WITH THE presidential campaign clock ticking down, Sen. John McCain has suddenly discovered a new boogeyman to link to Sen. Barack Obama: a sometimes controversial but widely respected Middle East scholar named Rashid Khalidi. In the past couple of days, Mr. McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Why conservatives have finally lost their sense of solidarity and purpose.

Conservatives are at each other's throats, and here's what's revealing about how divided they are: The critics of John McCain and the critics of Sarah Palin represent entirely different camps. Skeptical social conservatives are precisely the people McCain was trying to mollify by picking Palin as... Sign in to see full entry.

Palin's Pipline

"We're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline -- which is North America's largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever -- to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets." --Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Debate, October 2, 2008 "That pipeline will be a lifeline -- freeing... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Start measuring the Drapes

I WRITE today in praise of drape-measuring. Early preparation for a presidential transition is essential to a successful launch of any presidency, and this transition will be more challenging -- more perilous -- than any in decades. It will be the first transfer of government since the Sept. 11,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama's Redistribution 'Bombshell'

"In a previously uncovered interview from September 6, 2001, Barack Obama expressed his regret that the Supreme Court hadn't been more 'radical' and described as a 'tragedy' the Court's refusal to take up 'the issues of redistribution of wealth.' No wonder he wants to appoint judges that legislate... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Joe the Pastor

A new figure has entered the 2008 election campaign. His name is “Joe the plumber,” and his concerns about his future have now entered the message of this political year. He’s the guy Barack Obama met while walking a neighborhood near Toledo, Ohio. Joe asked the candidate whether his taxes might be... Sign in to see full entry.

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