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The Bob Jones Albatross; Bush, Burning

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

What South Carolina did was establish that most of the rest of the country doesn’t want the folkways of Southern fundamentalist Christianity to be any part of the country’s governing ideology. When McCain’s campaign used the "anti-Catholicism" of Bob Jones University to scare people by phone in Michigan, they were indulging in the same underhanded [&hellip
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Bush and McCain, GOP Dolts

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

Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold was right when he claimed that George W. Bush’s adoption of campaign finance reform in recent days "destroyed the argument that the American people don’t care about it." They do care–and you can see why. Two weeks ago, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) endorsed Bush over John McCain, despite [&hellip
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Bush Gets Hammered

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

Bauer’s graciousness was all the more admirable in the face of George Bush’s reaction to–and let us be precise about what happened here–the biggest blowout in New Hampshire primary history. It wasn’t surprising that McCain scored his largest margin of victory (70-21) among those Republicans who said "character" was the big issue of the campaign. [&hellip
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Trapdoor Man: Boring Bradley Will Fall Through the Floor

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

Bradley only compounded the problem by blaming the incidents on "too much cream soda." First, you don’t have to be a machista to think there’s something a bit unpresidential about a guy who can be felled by drinking a caffeinated soda. Churchill would drink two glasses of brandy for breakfast and order the bombing of [&hellip
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Gore’s and Bradley’s Obscurantism; McCain Slows Down

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

Everyone knows there’s nothing much separating the presidential candidates; Al From of the Democratic Leadership Council had it exactly right last week, when he described Bush, McCain, Bradley and Gore as four guys "all fighting to serve Clinton’s third term." What’s really stunning is how frightened people in Congress are of pushing any far-reaching legislation, [&hellip
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A Sloppy Debate, A Clintonized GOP

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

For McCain, the debate was the climax to a horrid week that began with his moaning about how George Bush’s proposed tax cuts "favored the rich." Now, there is a problem with Bush’s tax cuts. It’s that "compassionate conservatism" is a euphemistic way of promising never to cut a government program once it’s in place; [&hellip
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The 2000 Races

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

A lot of us snickered when Al Gore’s campaign manager Donna Brazile said that Gore would win the presidency with the "four pillars" of the Democratic party–African-Americans, other minorities, women and labor. For one thing, it’s kind of a Golden Rule in DC journalism circles that you don’t win elections by sounding like Chairman Mao. [&hellip
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Against Snoopy

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

But someone has to point out that the farewells to "Peanuts" are long overdue. True, "Peanuts" actually once was the great comic strip that people say it is. Outside of Bill Watterson’s "Calvin and Hobbes," never have the funnies seen such a combination of graceful draftsmanship, interpersonal depth and intellectual subtlety as Charles Schulz’s "Peanuts" [&hellip
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