Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Daily Dose

The interior of the dome of the Michigan Capitol building

The IBD editorial board calls on Paul Wolfowitz to resign, "to right as much as he can of the mess he's made." (For a background, not just a briefing, check out this long profile of Wolfowitz's reign at the World Bank by the New Yorker's John Cassidy.)

New Jersey Governor John Corzine's recent broken-leg, ribs, collarbone and sternum car crash underscores the importance of buckling up—though the reason for doing so is not because "it's the law," but because it can save your life (or at least prevent catastrophic injuries). (Related: Radley highlights the growing chorus of college executives who advocate moving the drinking age back to18, and argues that Congress should "abandon[] the federal minimum altogether or at least the federal funding blackmail that gives it teeth.")

Chuck Todd, NBC's new political director, puts his finger on why Imus's remark will forever be footnoted to his resume: "[I]t was as much sexist as it was racist. . . . It didn’t touch merely one third rail of American societal discourse (race) but two third rails (race and gender)."

It's economics, stupid (courtesy of Phil Klein): "Whatever liberals may say about Fox News, its financial success, from an objective microeconomic standpoint, is a textbook case of a market response to consumer demand. There were a lot of conservatives out there who were[] [dis]satisfied with the available news sources. My hunch, and this is reinforced by the bankruptcy filing of Air America, is that liberal positions are adequately represented in the media and therefore there isn't enough pent-up demand to make a liberal cable news channel a success."

Her aides allowed him only a fleeting hallway encounter with their boss, so TNR's Michael Crowley set out himself "to unravel the mystery" behind Hillary Clinton's views on the Iraq war. Dozens of calls later to former Clinton officials and Democratic aides, and after sifting through her past, from her college career through eight years in the White House and six in the Senate, Crowley concludes that the former First Lady—who once tried to enlist in the marines—"has always been more comfortable with the military than many of her liberal boomer peers."