Presumably Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general aiming to be that state’s next U.S. senator, has more political skill than she’s demonstrated in recent days. She must be on a spectacularly ill-timed run of bad luck and rookie mistakes. As Republican Scott Brown has roared from unknown to potential upset winner, Coakley came under fire […]
Republicans can hardly believe their good fortune. First, Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota announced that he would not run for re-election, giving Republicans a good shot at taking his seat. Then the Democratic governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, said he was bowing out. Ditto the Democrats’ top candidate for governor in Michigan. And […]
After Barack Obama won the election, several Bush appointees running the war on terror came by our offices to sum up. On each visit, one point recurred: Coming into this world from the outside, they soon realized the scale of responsibility was larger than anything they had imagined. If the Hasan massacre at Fort Hood […]
A Weekly Standard reporter says he was roughed up last night outside a Washington, D.C. fund-raiser for Attorney General Martha Coakley by someone he believes is associated with her U.S. Senate campaign.John McCormack, the magazine’s deputy online editor, writes about the incident outside the Sonoma restaurant in an online dispatch entitled: “We Report, We Get […]
Where is Barack Obama’s foreign policy headed? In answering, one must accept a measure of humility. Predicting American policy makes more fools than sages. That goes double for foreign policy, as analysts must anticipate not only the actions of the United States but of foreign provocateurs as well. In the case of Barack Obama, there […]
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“Intelligence,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, “is not to be confused with intelligence.” To read two recent analyses of U.S. intelligence failures is to be reminded of the truth of that statement, albeit in very different ways.Exhibit A is last week’s unclassified White House memo on the attempted bombing of Flight 253 over the skies […]
You can bet that one of the first calls Harry Reid made after his “Negro dialect” comments surfaced was to Al Sharpton. Who knows what sort of deal the two worked out, but Sharpton quickly came to Reid’s aid, dismissing the majority leader’s gaffe as a minor blemish on an otherwise pristine record of support […]