David Kirkpatrick

October 27, 2008

Rush Limbaugh killed the GOP

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:57 pm

Good stuff from Ross Douthat.

From the link (and taken from the middle of a longer graf):

For Rush, there are only two kinds of people in Republican Party: True conservatives like him, and “moderate Republicans.” The latter is an ideologically-inclusive category: You can be pro-choice or pro-life, David Frum or Colin Powell, a Rockefeller Republican or a Sam’s Club conservative; indeed, the only real requirement for moderate-Republican status is the belief that the Republican Party needs to reach out to voters who don’t agree with, well, Rush Limbaugh on every jot and tittle of what conservatism is and ought to be.

October 14, 2008

Barbara Wallraff blogging at the Atlantic

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:24 am

Barbara Wallraff has a new blog over at the Atlantic magazine’s website. I first caught her blog a few days ago and was overjoyed. If you’ve never picked up a hard copy of the Atlantic you’ve been missing her great work on words in the back of the book — Word Fugitives and Word Court.

Now all you have to do is head over to her blog for insight, humor and even more word sleuthery. Good times and welcome to the blogging world, Barbara.

August 9, 2008

Beijing Olympiad begins

Filed under: Media, Politics, Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:21 am

One great resource away from the big media encamped in China and the usual sports reporting for Olympic Games is Atlantic.com blogger James Fallows.

He’s been living in, and reporting on, China for quite some time and I expect will be providing some insight into the games and the politics surrounding the games that you won’t find anywhere else.

Here’s part of Fallows’ post on the opening ceremonies:

Update: Four hours into the opening ceremony, it is waytoo long. But it’s worth tuning in, starting about time 3:45 from the beginning, to see the wrapup and torch lighting. Parade of Countries takes at least two hours on its own. (Sure are a lot of countries! Cook Islands??? Sure are a lot of non-athletic looking people marching in with the teams — coaches and big-shots, I assume, plus for the Canadian team, a foreign celebrity on Chinese TVknown as “Da Shan.”) GW and Laura Bush appear on screen only once, for about ten seconds, waving at the US team. Putin and Sarkozy shown much more often. Coincidence? Punishment? One of many Mysteries Of The Games.

July 28, 2008

McCain’s strategy “insane?”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:59 pm

Here’s a very interesting post from Marc Ambinder at theAtlantic.com on McCain’s campaign strategy from one of his GOP sources:

Here’s what a prominent Republican strategist e-mailed me about my contrarian defense of Sen. John McCain’s election strategy:


“Insane. The GOP base vote is not in play. That’s why we call it the  base. He has it all; it is a generic vote and not candidate driven.  Show me a Prez election where the key outcome driver was partisan base intensity. It is a myth. The winning vs. losing outcome is whether he can get the others he needs to win; and a pure partisan approach — let alone a nagging and off-putting tone — is exactly the way not to get them. They have the strategy of a Congressional candidate running in a base suburb, and barely even that.”

And this comes from a person who is sympathetic to McCain!

July 15, 2008

McArdle on the Fannie/Freddie issue

Filed under: Business, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:38 pm

Megan McArdle, the libertarian economics blogger at the Atlantic, on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac troubles. She titled her post “Too big not to fail.” The post is pretty comprehensive and provides a lot of information and analysis on the subject.

From the link:

In my view, the central problems with FM/FM are two:

1) Because they are government sponsored, the government let them get away with practices that would never fly in the private market. Contrary to the belief of many on the left, this is par for the course; just take a look at what’s happening to state and local government pensions now that the federal government has forced them to account for their liabilities like normal pension funds do.

2) They are too big not to fail. Their mortgage portfolios cover so much of the market that any significant problems in the mortgage market will make them technically insolvent as soon as they mark their securities to market. Any attempt to clean up their portfolios, by, for example, selling off some of their underperforming securities, will move the MBS markets against them, making the problem worse.

It’s not clear that bringing them fully into the government is even a second- or third- best solution; the government is not set up to be a hedge fund, nor should it be. Once the immediate crisis is over, it’s time to strip their GSE status and break the companies up into less risky firms.

February 24, 2008

Nader’s latest folly from the inside

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:45 pm

James Fallows blogs at theAtlantic.com, and has a background working under Ralph Nader. His take on the presidential run announcement is it’s a farce. And it saddens him.

From the linked post:

I will always like and respect Ralph Nader and will always admire the wonderful things he has done. But I wish to God that he had not made this decision, or will reverse it soon. (And, I am sorry that saying this will make me an enemy in his eyes.)

James, I hate to break the news, but any attention whore who’s so thin-skinned they would turn a friend into an enemy for speaking the truth is not worthy of respect or admiration. Nader is a pompous fraud.

February 15, 2008

Douthat on Iraq

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:58 pm

Ross Douthat had a great post yesterday at the Atlantic.com on Iraq, the surge and how all that will affect the presidential, and downticket, elections this year.

The meat (don’t let this snippet stop you from reading the entire great piece) of his post:

But the fact that the war effort may be sustainable in the teeth of public opposition doesn’t come close to making Iraq a winning issue for the Republican Party in the ’08 general election. Nowhere in the polls have I seen the sort of turnaround in public sentiment that many hawks seem to assume is taking place. Majorities continue to see the war as a mistake, victory unlikely, and withdrawal as our best option, and the numbers have barely budged since last January. The only number I’ve seen that justifies any conservative optimism is the percentage of Americans saying that the surge is improving the situation in Iraq, which has ticked up to close to 40 percent after being in the 20s at the beginning of the year. But this uptick seems to be primarily a case of the war recovering conservative support; it hasn’t had any effect on the overall pro-withdrawal, anti-war majority.