Sunday’s Boston Globe features a book review by former Globe
The relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill was the centerpiece of ''No Ordinary Time," Doris Kearns Goodwin's remarkable portrait of the
This is very high praise for Gilbert and amazingly high praise for Goodwin. I am not familiar with either the first or third works he mentions, but my experience of the second exactly matches Shribman’s description, save that I did steal the books from my parents and read the entire work. It was an education in itself, and changed my perspective of 20th century history permanently. Hmmm. Shribman certainly knows how to raise expectations for these two books. I’m very curious.
An Empty Gesture
Joan Vennochi, the “honest Democrat” looses her wrath at both Massachusetts Senators for their futile engagement in the pending filibuster of the Alito nomination.
I did not watch the Judiciary hearings (Deo Gratias for my day job!), but I’ll take Joan’s word that the Senators attacking Alito behaved like boors. The descriptions of their behavior in the Globe news reports were much more nuanced, shall we say. Perhaps this is another case of the OpEds being more faithful to the truth than the news sections. Again Joan:
Calling for a filibuster is a late, blatant bow to the left. It seemed more theatrical than realistic. Still, any such bowing from
Yes. Senator Kerry can’t pass up an opportunity to receive some stroking from foreign leaders, can he? The why of Kerry’s move is explained not in Joan’s column, but in another news story on the filibuster attempt, which reports reasons that the Junior Senator from
While Clinton has been shifting her rhetoric to the center on abortion, she cannot afford to let a possible campaign adversary outflank her on the left among liberals who favor abortion rights, Jennifer Duffy, who monitors the Senate for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, told Newsday.
''It's an empty gesture," Duffy said of
With over 2 years before the first presidential caucuses and primaries, to see such jostling with so long left in Bush’s term is encouraging for Republicans, as it may indicate much more of this public foolishness to follow. Besides coveting Bush’s office, both Senators have in common a surplus of personal vanity, even by the lofty standards of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.
Vanity of Vanities
Speaking of vanity, should one of our Senators retire (or more likely be retired involuntarily by the Almighty) a bumper crop of equally unappealing and very ambitious
Fitting.Thanks for reading, and have a good week.