Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Daily Digest

For political reporters, a presidential race opens up endless opportunities. Slate's John Dickerson is seizing one of them with his new series of articles "exploring the key question" facing each candidate. First up: is Rudy too liberal for Republicans? (No.)

Grover Norquist and John McCain pretty much hate each other, but I think Grover nails why McCain's long-known temper is an issue: "You can have a temper and be angry. He has a history of personalizing disputes. When he's mad at the NRA, he attacks Wayne LaPierre." (For what it's worth, Republican strategist Nelson Warfield chalks this up to thinking before speaking: "[W]ith John McCain, there is no three-second delay.")

Everyone knows Mike Huckabee had the best sound bite of the GOP's second presidential debate—"We've had a Congress that's spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop"—but I think Mitt Romney crafted the best policy-based sound bite: "My fear is that McCain-Kennedy would do to immigration what McCain-Kennedy has done to campaign finance."

Daniel Gross describes the difference between Generation Google and Warren Buffet: "For top corporate executives, the Internet is a place where they work, access important information, check stock quotes, and read e-mails. But with each passing year, for a larger number of consumers, the Internet is a place where they hang out, meet friends, do schoolwork, watch videos, plan weddings, start businesses, play games, and listen to music—in short, it's where they live." (Related: Wikipedians vs. Britannicacs.)