Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Lo and behold, the faith-based Mitt Romney surge in swing states oft prophesied in the Fox News Channel echo chamber simply wasn't materializing. But reality still eluded one of the biggest names on Fox. You may have heard about Karl Rove's antics last night.
In 2008, McCain made sure to say that President Obama "is not [an Arab]." By putting politics aside in that moment, McCain was able to retain some integrity. That is what Romney has failed to do this campaign.
Nothing in Michelle's current behavior suggests any inclination to continue in politics after her husband's departure from the Oval Office. That could change after Barack's re-election, when she no longer has to worry about affecting her husband's political career.
While my belief in the potential of the Obama administration is strong, the connection I felt during the campaign has faded. The disconnection I feel comes from the Obama administration's struggle to move from campaign mode to governing mode.
I think Obama's off to a very good start. But let's not clear space on Mount Rushmore yet. Just as I didn't think he deserved the Nobel, I don't think that Obama's very good start equates to a great presidency.
Birthright can an effective articulation of resistance to Obama precisely because it joins an unspoken racial claim about national belonging to the Constitutional requirement of natural born citizenship for the office.
The Heritage Foundation celebrated a study that concludes that "higher temperatures reduce agricultural output in poor countries" and "lead to reductions in industrial output, aggregate investment, scientific research, and political stability."