Today's Must-Read: Rick Perlstein on the Republican Crazy Tree
No, David Broder, Barry Bosworth does NOT repeat NOT Think the Obama Fiscal Stimulus Might Well Turn Out to Be a Flop

links for 2009-08-16

  • I warned that his vision of a “different kind of politics” was... vain.... President Obama is now facing the same kind of opposition... an enraged right that denies the legitimacy of his presidency, that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media.... Some pundits claim that Mr. Obama has polarized the country by following too liberal an agenda. But... the attacks... have no relationship to anything he is actually doing or proposing.... Senior G.O.P. figures... endorsed the lie. Senator Chuck Grassley... is one of these supposed moderates.... So much, then, for Mr. Obama’s dream of moving beyond divisive politics. The truth is that the factors that made politics so ugly in the Clinton years — the paranoia of a significant minority of Americans and the cynical willingness of leading Republicans to cater to that paranoia — are as strong as ever.... The question now is how Mr. Obama will deal with the death of his postpartisan dream.
  • Stone, Mary McGrory, Alan Barth, Drew Pearson were "on the cutting edge, the brave ones," said Dudman, "To write something new is dangerous ground. [The press] always talk about how they want scoops but they'd rather have something that somebody else has touched on. Access is considered the great thing. Walter Lippmann told me he voted for Nixon and I asked 'why would you do that?' Lippmann said 'because he's going to get us out of the Vietnam war.' I said, 'how do you know?' and Lippmann says 'he's told me!' Dudman eyes widened in recollection. "There's access for you."