From the June 2, 2003 issue: Too much energy in the executive.Jun 2, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 37 • By ARNOLD BEICHMAN
ALL THE TALK about President Kennedy and his sexual exploits with a White House intern is full of leers and jeers and smutty comparisons to President Clinton. There has been little talk, though, about how reckless behavior may have affected his ability to function as chief executive.
There is some evidence that those around Kennedy treated him with less respect than is due the American president. Could it be because they perceived him as the priapist he was and were contemptuous? Turn, for example, to the marvelous narrative history published in 1991 by Michael R.
Edward Kennedy restores the ramily reputation--for appeasement.Feb 17, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 22 • By NOEMIE EMERY
POLITICAL NATURES do not always descend in straight lines, or according to party. As a politician and president, George W. Bush is being compared less to his father than to Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Since September 11, Bush has been governing along the lines of the Kennedy inaugural address and not (who can now recall what was in it?) his own. And while Bush is increasingly considered "Kennedyesque," the genetic Kennedy is becoming the head of the anti-war party in the United States Senate.
"The wrong war at the wrong time" is the mantra of Edward M. Kennedy. Did the U.N.
Statecraft and leadership is a matter of seeing the wave as it gathers, deciding whether it is good or evil--and if it is good, getting on and staying on.11:00 PM, Feb 3, 2003 • By DAVID GELERNTER
RETURN TO THE END of the Gulf War, when we did not go to Baghdad. The wave was taking us there, but we stepped off. To go on would have offended our coalition partners, and contradicted our original plans. So we stopped short. Stepped off history's rolling breaker. Have regretted it ever since.
Which takes us back to spring 1945, another time we stepped off the wave instead of riding it in. The Allied armies were pushing into Germany. Churchill begged the high command not to stop short; to move forward and take Berlin. He saw the Cold War coming.
Why, despite the loss of the shuttle Columbia, America's exploration of space will continue.9:00 AM, Feb 3, 2003 • By LEE BOCKHORN
THE COLUMBIA IS LOST, but what remains are all the things that make us human: our grief, our sympathy for the families of the astronauts and the larger family of NASA--and our darker impulses as well. It never takes long for shallow souls to use such an event to promote their own agendas. Already we hear some voices clamoring to blame Congress or the Bush administration for denying NASA adequate funding, while others are saying we should just get blunderbuss government out of all this and privatize space exploration completely.
There's one thing Bush could learn from the president he most resembles.Feb 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 20 • By DAVID GELERNTER
MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOTICED similarities between our dealings with Iraq today and with Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis. Castro and Saddam are volatile, dangerous tyrants we had hoped the locals would get rid of, with some help from their friends. But it didn't work out that way; the Bay of Pigs and the post-Gulf War Kurd and Shiite uprisings were two of the worst moments in modern American history. Free peoples underestimate the power of tyrants to squash their internal enemies like lice.
Out of obscurity, Bob Ehrlich defied conventional wisdom and defeated a political dynasty.10:57 AM, Nov 6, 2002 • By RACHEL DICARLO
REPRESENTATIVE BOB EHRLICH hesitated for months before announcing his candidacy for governor of Maryland. And with good reason. To run he would have to risk a safe seat in Congress to challenge Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. His name recognition was low, and early polls showed Townsend with a whopping 26 point lead. Sympathetic local talk-radio hosts speculated that while Ehrlich would be the GOP's best candidate, he still had little chance of beating even a weak candidate like Townsend in this solidly Democratic state.
Democratic dirty tricks continue, in Maryland, New Hampshire, and at the DNC.4:35 PM, Nov 5, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
THIS AFTERNOON DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe put out an alarming statement:
"We have seen 'anonymous' fliers displayed in predominantly African American communities in Baltimore, MD, with an incorrect Election Day date, warning voters to make sure their parking tickets are paid, their rent is not overdue, and they take care of any outstanding warrants before they go vote.
"A spokesman for the Maryland Republican candidate for Governor Bob Ehrlich was quoted saying their campaign plans include deploying off-duty police officers as poll watchers on Election Day.
An insider's guide to keeping track of the election results tonight. Hint: Turnout doesn't matter.11:00 PM, Nov 4, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
Editor's Note: We'll be posting election analysis all afternoon and all night as returns come in. Be sure to check back often.
WHEN A TV TALKING HEAD appears on tonight's midterm election coverage and insists the key factor in the outcome is turnout, turn him off, pronto. He's telling you nothing peculiar to this year's election, only citing something that always applies to all elections. Or if you're told that some obscure House race in Indiana is the bellwether contest in the entire election, forget it.
Suddenly, Bob Ehrlich is leading one-time cinch Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in the Maryland governor's race.11:00 PM, Oct 31, 2002 • By RACHEL DICARLO
LAST FALL, conventional wisdom had Maryland's lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend coasting to the statehouse to succeed Gov. Parris Glendening. She had already raised a campaign war chest and her name recognition was close to 100 percent. Adding to the air of inevitability was the fact that no Maryland Republican has been elected governor since 1968 and only one Kennedy has ever lost a general election (Townsend herself in a failed congressional bid in 1986, when she ran simply as Kathleen Townsend).
Was John F. Kennedy really the model Cold War statesman?Oct 21, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 06 • By PETER SCHWEIZER
FORTY YEARS AGO this month, President John F. Kennedy was locked in a test of wills with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev over missiles in Cuba. Memorialized in both film and print, the Cuban missile crisis has come to be the ultimate symbol of presidential resolve and courage. In the 1974 movie "The Missiles of October" and the more recent "Thirteen Days," starring Kevin Costner, JFK is portrayed as a resolute and unflinching commander in chief.