American Debate Archive: June, 2008

McCain-Obama and the current state of play

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The biggest yawn, in any high-stakes political race, is the entirely predictable clash of the candidates over when to debate, and how often... Read more

The ad man who changed politics

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Today I bid goodbye to an esteemed individual who left his mark, indelibly so, at the intersection of media and politics. No, not Tim Russert... Read more

Would McCain teach the whole truth?

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From time to time, presidential candidates are going to have bad ideas. Barack Obama has certainly had a few; witness his hiring of the veep... Read more

Tim Russert and the ultimate sacrifice

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Much has been said and written about Tim Russert since his shocking death. I want to focus on just three remarks. Chris Matthews said, "He... Read more

The '08 race and the future of the court

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The 2008 presidential campaign is not just about the war in Iraq, or gas prices, or health care, or flag pins. It's also about the future... Read more

Al Franken's Swiftian dilemma

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We've lately witnessed the breaking of many barriers: the first major female presidential candidate, the first major Hispanic candidate,... Read more

Obama's failure to vet the vetter

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Barack Obama has campaigned as an outsider with a pronounced disdain for Washington establishment insiders; he has promised us a respite... Read more

Why McCain is dining at the Waffle House

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One immediate benefit of the Obama-Clinton detente is that full attention can now be paid to John McCain's serial wafflings. After all, the... Read more