American Debate Archive: June, 2009

"Wind in dry grass"

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To paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, Senate Republican opposition to Sonia Sotomayor basically ended yesterday - not with a bang, but a... Read more

Rules for rogues

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A blogworthy version of my Sunday print column: Never before have so many politicians seemed so fixated on their stimulus packages. Or... Read more

Languor and loss

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I'm getting an early start on this first summer weekend, practicing what the French call l'extase langoureuse, which roughly translates... Read more

Reasons of the heart

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It is easy to assess the latest sex scandal in political terms. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's teary confession of an affair yesterday... Read more

Obama's (non) response

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President Obama's sales pitch for major health care reform will not be easy. A key exchange at his press conference yesterday underscored... Read more

Ron and Lenny

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Here they go again, with their rites of canonization. One congressional Republican says that President Obama should crusade openly for... Read more

Twisting in the wind

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Whatever happened to Dawn Johnsen? If you haven't heard of her, I rest my case. For all the attention being paid to Sonia Sotomayor (who's... Read more

Acts of hypocrisy

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I realize, of course, that rebuking politicians for acts of hypocrisy is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500. Nevertheless... Read more