Jonathan Zasloff

A Damn Good Speech

I’m a little surprised that Mark Kleiman hasn’t beaten me to the punch on this: a helluva speech by the President. My personal favorite moment was when he noted that defending Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid “does not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country… Read more »

Shooting the Messenger: Brent Musburger

Apparently sportscaster Brent Musburger is in all kinds of hot water because of comments he made during the Bowl Championship Series Alabama-Notre Dame game. When I read that it involved remarks about the Crimson Tide quarterback’s girlfriend, I really braced for something awful. The subject was not Alabama’s 42-14 victory, but comments made during the… Read more »

Obama’s New Leverage: Implement The Defense Sequester

There is much bemoaning in Blue Blogistan that by agreeing to the fiscal cliff deal, President Obama relinquished his leverage of the sunsetting Bush tax cuts. (Markos says that the higher tax rates are the President’s “ONLY leverage.”). Even those who aren’t angry think that somehow he has little leverage left. I don’t think that… Read more »

Who Are Those Guys?

Or gals. Either way, some political anthropology is in order. Via Drum, Dave Weigel objects to the media narrative about the supposed new Republican flexibility on raising taxes on those making more than $250,000: When I carp about Meet the Pressistan, this is what I’m talking about — a mobius strip conversation among the same… Read more »

Here is Something That Didn’t Happen

All Republicans know that President Obama is an anti-Semitic Islamist Marxist who wants to throw Israel into the sea; after all, Bill Kristol has been saying so for years. So it is quite amazing that the Wall Street Journal reported this the other day, concerning Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. The Bush Administration rejected the… Read more »