The man has some ego, doesn’t he?
In the fall, Gingrich might decide to jump in, depending on how the Republican candidates are faring against Clinton, the New York senator.
“If there is a vacuum and if there’s a real need for somebody to be prepared to debate Senator Clinton, then I would consider running. I think we’ll know that in October,” Gingrich said.
Shorter Newt: “Only an intellectual collossus like myself can handle Hillary. Let’s see if Rudy McRomney can measure up… to me.”
Even though the Iraq War is over, there’s an interesting op-ed in today’s Times* that will surprise you and which should do absolutely nothing to stanch Bruno’s still-surging Petrae-crush (and the Professor’s, for that matter).
*Kenneth Pollack’s a funny case, too, having had written one of the most coherent, persuasive arguments in favor of invading Iraq, then distancing himself big time from the aftermath and then now this.
But as Times critic Kelefa Sanneh points out, there’s a great plug for due process somewhere in there:
Zack De La Rocha is the lead rapper and agitator and sermonizer of Rage Against the Machine, but on Saturday night at Randalls Island he barely talked between songs. Then, near the end of the set, came the speech everyone was anticipating.
On April 29, during this rap-rock band’s reunion concert at the Coachella festival, Mr. De La Rocha gave a speech accusing the Bush administration of war crimes and said, “They should be hung and tried and shot.” (Hmm. In that order?) A clip found its way to the Fox News program “Hannity & Colmes,” which was not overstocked with Rage Against the Machine fans. The on-screen headline read, “Rock grp ‘Rage Against the Machine’ says Bush admin should be shot.”
Sean Hannity seemed to suggest that the Secret Service should be alerted. Ann Coulter, a guest, got in a good quip (“Has anybody checked in with a Flock of Seagulls to see what their position is on Bush?”), then delivered a final verdict, “They’re losers, their fans are losers, and there’s a lot of violence coming from the left wing.”
On Saturday night Mr. De La Rocha responded. He attacked the “fascist” Fox News pundits for “claiming that we said that the president should be assassinated.” As the crowd shouted its approval, he continued, “No: he should be brought to trial as a war criminal and hung and shot. That’s what we said.” Despite the insistence on due process, this still isn’t a position any mainstream politician would endorse. But that’s precisely the point: At a time when unimpeachable causes and pragmatic endorsements are the norm, it’s nice to be reminded that rock stars can get political without sounding like politicians.
Alberto Gonzales versus the U.S. Senate, we begin to make the case for universal health care, and finally: the YouTube debates. Clinton and Obama square off.
Links mentioned: Background on Gonzales’ testimony … The YouTube debates.
Josh Feit has a great post on how the current crop of Seattle School Board candidates are forging new ideas on race and integration after this year’s Supreme Court decision.
Though I’m pretty sure folks like Bruno have checked most of these things off, the Stockton Record suggests 30 things you should do by the time you turn 30:
Sadly, most people don’t fully realize the freedom their 20s hold. They don’t understand that these years might well be their last chance to experience all the world has to offer, unfettered by the obligations of full-fledged adult life.
As a public service, then, The Record presents (in no particular order) 30 suggestions of things to do before turning 30. These activities that will give you a richer, more-rounded perspective on the world and, in the process, bestow upon your 20s a golden glow you will certainly appreciate in later years.
That said, while jury duty (#26) is important and all (“When that notice comes, don’t immediately figure out ways to avoid jury duty”), I’m not sure reading Jeff Chang’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” needs to figure as high as #6.
So yeah, there’s that. But at least one of the commenters helpfully adds an important ommission:
THEY FORGOT TO ADD ‘MENAGE A TROIS’!
Point being, what are we as a society coming to when we have to remind the youth to become a regular at a brewpub (#20) or pierce parts of one’s own body before aging sets in (#9)? And I mean, I agree with the wisdom of paying off your credit card (#7), but do I really have to watch an outdoor production of Shakespeare (#16)? By the time you’re 30, you’re pretty much over it anyway.
Several sources are reporting that the GOP frontrunners are bailing on the YouTube debate format.
Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews tracked down the GOP candidates in order to ask for their rationale.
In case you missed it, Rudy was saying “9/11! 9/11!” Sort of fits with the theme, doesn’t it?