National Affairs Daily Edited by Tim Dickinson

5/23/07, 6:15 pm EST

The Gloves Come Off

And McCain unloads on newfangled anti-immigrant hardliner Romney for criticizing his reform bill:

“Maybe I should wait a couple of weeks and see if [his immigration stance] changes because it’s changed in less than a year from his position before. And maybe his solution will be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn.”

-- Tim Dickinson

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5/17/07, 9:24 pm EST

Move Over Larry King

Good grief:

“The trouble is, I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a ‘Web site’ is.”

– 59-year old British Judge Peter Openshaw confessing unfathomable ignorance during a terrorism trial

-- Tim Dickinson

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5/15/07, 2:40 pm EST

Jerry Falwell, Father of the Religious Right, Dead at 73

Jerry Falwell, Rolling Stone

Falwell may have passed on, but the religious right has no shortage of young passion: Check out our feature on BattleCry, the radical youth crusade that’s recruiting the newest generation of Christian soldiers.

-- Rolling Stone

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5/15/07, 12:30 pm EST

Edwards the Electable?

John Edwards has a difficult path to the nomination — running as he is in the shadow of a Clinton and a political supernova in Obama. But he may just have the best shot in a general election.

Giuliani is clearly the toughest general election opponent for Democrats. The stumbling blocks that he’ll need to overcome to grab the GOP nomination — his stances on abortion, gun control, and gay rights — should actually help him in the general.

Indeed, alone among the Republican field, Giuliani runs neck and neck with Hillary and Obama in early polling. But the one Democrat who consistently beats America’s Mayor is Edwards, by 6 points.

I don’t know what you chalk that up to, exactly. His whiteness. His maleness? I’d guess it has more to do with his Southern-ness. Odd that after 15 years of TexArkanic rule in the White House, Edwards is the only true Southerner in the 2008 race.

-- Tim Dickinson

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5/15/07, 11:46 am EST

Bloomberg: Billion Dollar Baby?

This morning is all abuzz with the prospect of a billion-dollar Bloomberg run for president. The takeaway seems to be: New York’s liberal Republican mayor has the cash set aside and is ready to pull the trigger.

The most interesting note in the Washington Times story, however, is this aside about the McCain camp:

“Some of the people on McCain’s [presidential campaign] staff have been calling me to see if Mike is running because they are ready to leave the McCain campaign, which is a biplane on fire and spiraling down,” the Bloomberg adviser said.

Ouch.

-- Tim Dickinson

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