It’s worth keeping score on how progressives are reacting to the Clinton email problems. Some of them (like Eugene Robinson) are tentatively pushing the issue now, one assumes because they don’t especially like Clinton and think that this might be the moment to pull a more liberal challenger into the race.Read more
The Washington Post has a long article up about Scott Walker's formative years. It has some fine reporting, but the overall tone and headline are curious: "As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit."Read more
Last week, I wrote about how the professional left was attacking Clint Eastwood's new biopic about Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. American Sniper is almost exclusively about the struggles and heroism of one remarkable man who fought in the Iraq war, but the film's critics can't seem to forgive the fact a film was made about the war on terror that mostly eschewed politics and didn't go out of its way to attack Bush-Cheney and/or denounce American imperialism.Read more
The late William F. Buckley famously observed that he “would sooner be governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than by the two thousand members of the faculty of Harvard.” Not only does this remain a sage observation, The Scrapbook would suggest extending Buckley’s cordon sanitaire further down the Charles River basin to encompass the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber teaches.Read more
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean questioned whether President Obama has the "legal authority" to carry out the Obamacare fix the White House outlined today:
“I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this, since this was a congressional bill that set this up,” said Dean of Obama's proposed fix.
The former Vermont governor suggested that since the Obamacare website isn't working, the president's signature legislation might failRead more
Former DNC chair Howard Dean said that if Obama loses Ohio, it's because of voting irregularities:
"The only way he can lose is if people are prevented from casting their ballots," said Dean.
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
Over at the New Republic, Ed Kilgore has an interesting and perfectly reasonable piece about Tim Pawlenty's electoral challenges in the 2012 presidential election. (Kilgore's read tracks somewhat with Jay Cost's, though he's a little less bullish on Pawlenty's prospects.) But one moment in Kilgore's piece stands out.Read more
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