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The Clinton Administration’s Born to Lose; Al Gore Loses His Sleazy Momentum

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Then there’s the loss of three laptops, containing secret files, that State Dept. employees have been allowed to tote around. The news that one of them belonged to Morton Halperin, perennial scapegoat to the right, ensures that the incident will turn into a scandal. Madeleine Albright was even moved to assume in front of her [&hellip
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Rudy’s Hurting Ass; How Will the Harridan Campaign Now?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Prostate surgery, of course, has generally placed an awful choice before middle-aged and elderly men: Ring down the curtain on your sex life–or die. Some people take it in stride, like Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, gutsy to the last, who jokes, "There’s nothing more impotent than death." But there’s evidence that politicians, wrapped up in fantasies [&hellip
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Simply Smashing: The D.C Riot Cops Take Care of Business

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

First, Dr. Redlener has never met Elian Gonzalez or any member of his family; second, he didn’t visit Miami to talk to anyone who had; third, he’s a pediatrician, not a psychiatrist. His speculations on the psychological suitability of Lazaro Gonzalez’s house should be granted about as much credence as we’d grant those of a [&hellip
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Gore and the Democrats Get Dopey

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

First out of the box was Brian Lopina, a lobbyist for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America–that nest of hustlers who have made billions from the product- and occupational-safety laws that Democrats designed specifically to enrich them. The trial bar has repaid the favor by becoming the Democratic Party’s biggest contributors. What did Lopina [&hellip
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Bush Can’t Win the Northeast; Jack E. Robinson’s an Honorary Kennedy

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Even native Illinoisan Mary Matalin, whose agonized honking throughout the McCain boom made her look even more like the Lady-in-the-Airport-Bar-at-10-o’clock-in-the-Morning than she usually does, was thrilled. "He’s a class act," Matalin said. "And he came back and he said he was going to do what he can do quite well, which is go campaign for [&hellip
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The Presidential Debate Debate

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

If that was his idea, he succeeded. The best headlines we came up with in our office were: Gore Reveals Plans to Moon Schoolchildren; Moon Delegates, Gore Aides Agree; and Linchpin of Gore’s Strategy: Moon Senior Citizens. That night, Gore made his most passionate special-interest-bashing speech yet–in the same Philadelphia hotel where he would hold [&hellip
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Bush-Era Nostalgia?; Bradley’s Smug Sanctimony

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Sorry, I tend to lose myself in reverie when thinking about subcommittee matters. Last week, in the first days of March, it was 84 degrees in Washington two days in a row. That’s surprising. The Washington Senators–until they left town in 1971 to start, as the Texas Rangers, their long odyssey into George W. Bush’s [&hellip
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GOP Moron vs. GOP Lunatic

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Nothing is more bipartisan than bad judgment, though, as conservative-leaning pollster John Zogby proved when he said the idea of a Bush-McCain ticket now makes "a lot of sense." Maybe Zogby was heartened by another poll out last week, from Fabrizio McLaughlin. (Good Republican firm!, as Dubya might say.) Fabrizio showed that, although Bush would [&hellip
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