… so, Matt, what’s your book about? It’s a good question. The answer, in short, is that the theory and practice of progressive national security politics and policy. In particular, it advances the argument that the political problem for contemporary progressives has been a failure to convince the American public that the Democratic Party offers a coherent and viable approach to national security policy. It denies that the issue here is that liberals need to “get tough” or some such thing. Rather, the problem has been a failure to advance a principled and coherent alternative to Bush-style hegemonism.
Pat Buchanan has been a constant presence on cable TV since the release of his book, State of Emergency. Last night on Hannity and Colmes, Buchanan explained that he’s motivated by his desire to keep the country overwhelmingly white.
Buchanan told Alan Colmes: “What I would like is — I’d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.” Watch it:
In his book, Buchanan supports the idea that whites are genetically superior to minorities.
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President Bush has announced he will recess appoint Paul DeCamp — a corporate lawyer who represented Wal-Mart and built a career fighting against unions — as head of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, which oversees “the nation’s wage and hour laws, including overtime laws, workplace discrimination laws, and child labor laws.” More at AFL-CIO Now.
Last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, former Rove deputy Ken Mehlman said that people who want a timeline for Iraq redeployment “are going to give the terrorists a big victory.”
Mehlman was asked if his rhetoric applied to fellow conservative Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), who recently announced his support for his timeline. Mehlman said he “saw him interviewed on this show, Chris Shays, and he, in fact, said something very different…he did not say there ought to be a military timeline.”
Mehlman is in denial. When Shays was on Hardball on Monday, he clearly called for a “timeline on how long our troops will be there.” Watch both clips back to back:
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to create a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur, despite opposition from the Khartoum government. The force — which wouldn’t be deployed until Sudan agrees — would “replace or absorb an African Union force in Darfur, which has only enough money to exist until its mandate expires on September 30 and has been unable to end the humanitarian crisis.”
Sommer Mathis lays the smack down on me for casting aspersions on the authenticity of the “MidCity” locution. Apparently, the name has a fairly lengthy lineage and referred to the broadish swathe of neighborhoods served by the Green Line which, during planning phases, was often called the “Mid-City Line.”
Yesterday on The O’Reilly Factor, former administration official Dan Senor told guest host John Kasich that “many leftist centered activists, political activists” — such as MoveOn.org — believe “we would be better off” if the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.
But when pressed by Kasich, Senor couldn’t name any progressives who have advocated pulling out from Afghanistan and admitted that MoveOn.org has called for withdrawal from Iraq, not Afghanistan. Watch it:
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The price for good news about Iraq. “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.”
At an August 11 event, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) ridiculed a South Asian-American man who worked for his political opponent. In front of a large audience, Allen called S.R. Sidarth “macaca” (a racial slur), and said to Sidarth, who was born and raised in Virginia, “Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia!”
First, Allen’s campaign manager referred “to the ‘macaca’ story with a barnyard epithet and insist that the senator had nothing to apologize for.” Then, as criticism mounted, Allen apologized.
But yesterday on Fox, Allen said that Virginians don’t “actually care” that he made the remarks and it’s “only the media” who thinks it’s an issue. Watch it:
Actually, according to a poll taken after Allen finally apologized, 67% of Virginians found Allen’s remarks “inappropriate” and a majority believe “he needs to say more” about the incident.
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also holding up the legislation that would create a Google-like database of all federal spending?