Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sorry for the silence -

Elias has been putting me to shame.

Some quick things:

▪ If you haven't been paying close attention, you might have missed the best new political blog on the net, The Field, starring Al Giordano. Check it out, and if you like what you read there, consider kicking in a few bucks to keep him going. It's a shoestring operation over there.

▪ Another treasure: the brilliant and erratic Marc Maron and the much more stable Sam Seder have been providing intellectual stimulation in the form of weekly online chats Tuesday mornings from 11-12ish. They're funny, they're smart, and you never know where the conversation will go. Soon to be by subscription, but for a time free while they work out the technical kinks. Archive here, live show here.

▪ Noted last night among the MSNBC talking heads, a subtle shift from fretting about superdelegates to trying to keep the suspense going, in a race that finally seems to be showing some real momentum. Far be it from me to underestimate the clout of the Clinton machine, but the handwriting does seem to be on the wall, and it's spelling out O-b-a-m-a. For me, the questions remaining are how far the Clintons are willing to go in order to win, and whether they can summon the graciousness to bow out at the appropriate time sans bloodbath?

▪ On the FISA mess, I tend to agree with those who are saying that perhaps just electing democrats is not enough; those democrats also need to demonstrate basic public morality as well as own the nerve to stand up for what they know is right. The victory of Donna Edwards over Al Wynn in yesterday's Maryland primary looks like a step in the right direction.

▪ If you could use a laugh this morning, check out the battle of the answering machine messages from Bill in Portland Maine.

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