It happened again.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised her incumbent opponent again, reportedly hauling in 2.7 million (compared to Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2.4 million).
They're a year behind me in noticing, but some prominent liberals are starting to raise the "mission accomplished" banner, declaring the culture war over -- even as they concede it isn't "WON won" (because nothing's ever really over, is it?).
Over at the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway flags this excerpt from a recent Washingtonian profile of of ABC News contributor Claire Shipman (wife of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney): "Shipman," the Washingtonian notes, "works part-time now for ABC News, something she’s done for five years, which has given her more flexibility to write and hang out with her children. Flexibility, she says, is what most working mothers really want."
The other day, I penned a semi-controversial column for The Week, titled For Christians, a silver lining to losing the culture war?
You can't beat a man at his own game, which is why I always respect the analysis of local political reporters. It was a 2007 lunch with a former New Hampshire reporter, for example, that convinced me John McCain could win The Granite State, and reinvigorate his struggling campaign -- a tip that informed my reporting (and helped me avoid writing the premature political obituaries that many of my contemporaries did).
Over the years, I've read more than a few Rolling Stone profiles. And, like every genre, there are the standard tropes that gets recycled precisely because they are true. Here's one that could be assigned to almost any male musician of the last fifty years: "Why did I first learn to play guitar? Girls, of course!"
There's a fine line between being a detail-oriented legislator and a pain-in-the-ass obstructionist. Rand Paul has been known to walk that line.
It's a good practice to avoid putting much stock in anything a political party disseminates. But this from the New Mexico GOP caught my attention:
In a world where too many young people no longer respect their elders, Charles Murray is offering a generous gift to the next generation. If only they'll take his advice.
Over at Mediaite, Noah Rothman pokes holes in the notion that there is a "wonk gap" on the right. After all, Rothman writes,
My initial response to the punk iconography surrounding the launch of Breitbart California was to dismiss it as weird, silly, and a transparent attempt to ape the left and appear "edgy."
On paper, Alison Lundergan Grimes was the perfect recruit to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell's negatives are high, and Grimes is seen as an attractive (just me, or does she resemble Molly Parker?) young Secretary of State -- with potential cultural crossover appeal in the "Bluegrass State." And it also doesn't hurt that she happens to be the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman (and Bill Clinton pal) Jerry Lundergan, either.
There have (thankfully) been few things I've written and then later regretted. But here's one: Last year, I criticized the "effete" liberal media for bias against what might be described as America's "gun culture." It was a short blog post calling for ideological and cultural diversity in the newsroom -- worthwhile goals, I still contend -- but the criticism was harsh, and much too broad -- inadvertently encompassing everyone from cable news commentators, to local crime reporters, to war correspondents.
"The war on drugs has failed," Chris Christie declared yesterday. “There will always be jail cells for violent sociopaths who may have drugs as part of their problem as well," he continued, "but for those who do not and whose crimes are non-violent and motivated by drug addiction, we need to try to save them.”
Ted Cruz didn't so much give a speech at Liberty University today as a sermon -- and a darn good one, I might add. Plenty of others, I suspect, will dissect his words, but I think the political potential also serves some exploring.
A post I penned yesterday about how Democrats are preemptively laying the groundwork to explain potential 2014 losses wasn't terribly well received by Dave Weigel. The often-astute Slate reporter and blogger took umbrage at my suggestion the media was carrying liberal water, sniping: "If there was a meeting where the AP and NYT coordinated their coverage, I was not invited."
* * * (Spoiler alert: I'm not sure if it's possible to spoil the story of Noah's ark, but be forewarned...)
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