The president's state of the union speech doesn't start for another few hours, but already anyone who cares already knows what he's going to say. But it's not going to be easy to talk about Iraq the same day that his new commander in the region calls the situation "dire."Read more »
Everyone knows how power works and how daily newspapers are part of it, but it's always nice to have an insider give you the actual goods every now and then.
Jon Carroll, who is often the Chron's best columnist (although I also like Ray Ratto) weighed in today on the Yalie scandal that he's calling "Gleegate." He has little to add to the debate (actually, Ken Garcia, who is normally an idiot, actually had Read more »
The Pentagon has released to the Guardian and the American Civil Liberties Union 534 pages of documents reutf8g to domestic surveillance and we don't know much of anything new about the notorious Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) program.
Gavin Newsom has always had sharp, well-paid political advisors, starting with consultant Eric Jaye. His public-relations operation has been well-honed, his every move designed to keep those popularity ratings soaring and keep him on the fast track to higher office.
But the wheels are starting to fall off this train.
I remember watching Jimmy Carter make a speech on TV back in early 1980, when he was trying to deal with a wrecked economy, a national "malaise" that was only partially a figment of his imagination, and the Iran hostage crisis, and all I remember telling my college roommates was this:
The guy looks like a goddamn ghost.
Carter had aged at least 20 years since his upbeat 1977 inauguration. His face was creased and haggard. His eyes were empty hollows. He appeared to be having trouble focusing on what he was saying. Read more »
Watching the speech in replay tonight, and Jesus, Bush looks terrible. I see none of the old confidence and swagger. He's stumbling over words. He looks like he's aged dramatically (like Carter did after the Iran hostage crisis). The wheels are coming off.
And it was fun to watch Anderson Cooper just skewer the plan .....
By now you've all heard or read about the exceptionally uninspiring speech, but if you want to read the full text, it's here. Beyond thinking that Bush is delusional -- 20,000 new troops in Baghdad? This really is becoming Vietnam again -- I can only say that he has handed the Democrats the best opportunity in many years. Read more »