- Rove is out, says NPR. Says he wants to spend more time with his family — now that his son is safely ensconced at college. Presumably his dog will be happy to have him around.
People need to stop using the family excuse, because now it’s basically understood to mean anything but what it says. Rove hints at the fact that he’ll be pursued by a Democratic congress; why he would fear that, I have no idea, since Al Gonzales seems to have nothing to fear from them.
Anyway, wait for the other shoe to drop …
- Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gets front-page treatment in the NYT, due to his second place finish in the Monument of Bogosity, the Iowa straw poll. Still, the guy is a really tough candidate, very charming, and talks a good game on the middle class. I still think he’s in it – and potentially dangerous to the Dems. He’ll start raising some money now.
- Homeboy Seth Gitell’s got an article up about Christopher Dodd, one of the sorely underappreciated Dem candidates. He touts his own accomplishment of getting Family and Medical Leave passed; he questions Obama’s experience; and trashes Hillary for “mismanaging” the health care debacle in 1993.
Dodd has a new book coming out about his dad, who was a prosecutor assisting Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg trials. Check the heck out of this:
Jackson’s opening statement, delivered in a city reeking from the decomposition of 30,000 bodies still buried in the rubble, said: “That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.”
As Al Gore has pointed out at great length: Restoring reason itself is our task. That’s heavy, but let’s get on it.
- A real Superman was just killed in Iraq. RIP Sgt. Joan Duran of Roxbury — apparently a really remarkable guy.
Duran could be obsessive about pleasing his friends, Peña said. He memorized birthdays and anniversaries. He spent hours carefully picking out presents that would suit his friends’ interests perfectly, Peña said. He loved surprises, and would not say when he was coming home on breaks from his service, instead showing up unannounced and showering his friends with gifts.
We honor all those who serve, and strive to make a country worthy of their sacrifice.
- No, this isn’t the papers, but a good read: Dick Howe outlines “Five Winning Scenarios” for how each of the MA-05 Dem candidates could win. Some, of course, are more likely than others.
What’s on your mind?