At the Time-CNN "Politics 2008" Summit on Monday and Tuesday of this week, my friend Glynnis MacNicol of FishbowlNY and I targeted CNN's Jeff Toobin enjoying some plantain chips in the snack area, and conscripted him for a brief interview, the abortive start of which you saw here. Just as we started, Peggy Noonan wandered into frame and she joined us as well. Turns out Noonan used to work with Toobin's mom, Marlene Sanders, the pioneering CBS journalist and producer (and the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast, so clearly he comes by his exceptional gravitas honestly), and Noonan reminisced about the ideological battles the two would have (Jeff described his mom as "The Nation magazine turned into a human being"; Peggy said "She was The Nation and I was The National Review"). Those reminiscences led to a discussion of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and a discussion of how unusual it is for historical debates to be suddenly made moot by the facts years later. Said Toobin: "'Why did we fight the war in Iraq?' is a great historical question that I'd love to know the answer to." Also discussed: the future of YouTube, the anger erupting at McCain-Palin events, and the deliciousness of plantain chips. See below:
I have to say that one of the things Glynnis and I love about these conferences and events is the chance to hang out and talk to people like Noonan and Toobin and hear a bit from their perspective (or, their respective perspectives). We're lucky to have access to them for such frank and casual chats, and it's fun for us to be able to share them with you.
Separate interview with Peggy Noonan here.