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Six years ago, at a rally in Chicago’s Daley Plaza, I heard Barack Obama speak out against the then-imminent invasion of Iraq. He was only a state senator then, and not the only elected official present nor the most prominent. He was not the keynote speaker, just one of many… but afterward, my girlfriend and Continue reading →

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Get out there and vote. Take your kids if you have them; help them understand what this is all about. If you’ve already voted, pollwatch. Volunteer. Do your bit, one way or another. Let’s make sure that everyone gets to cast a vote, and that every vote counts. But whatever you do, don’t worry. It’s Continue reading →

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Tomorrow night, we’re going to have a president-elect. That means, of course, that he will vacate his seat in the U.S. Senate. There’s been remarkably little mainstream media coverage of this—everyone’s attention has been focused on more immediate matters—but Obama has no heir apparent for that seat, and it’s an open question who’s going to Continue reading →

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And now, in the “surely too strange to be true” category… (Or perhaps the “even a stopped clock” category?…) Hat tip to the site “Political Irony,” which clued me in to this piece from Esquire, surveying the opinions of several white supremacist and neo-Nazi leaders. Apparently voting for McCain is something most of them just Continue reading →

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Historian David McCullough, biographer of Harry Truman and John Adams, multiple Pulitzer winner, world traveler and distinguished television host, spoke this morning as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. He lamented the resurgent anti-intellectual strain in recent American culture. He spoke at length and eloquently about the importance of history not only as a scholarly Continue reading →

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Looking around, Friday was a day of curiously juxtaposed ups and downs, as on the one hand there was the pleasant schadenfreude of seeing the wheels continue to come off not only John McCain’s campaign but those of other desperate Republicans as well, while on the other hand we all mourned the passing of the Continue reading →

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The final issue of DCU Decisions was released Wednesday, completing a cliffhanger from #3. As I’ve written, the series started with at least some potential for breaking interesting ground, but then methodically failed to live up to that potential. The second half of the series is even more disappointing and forgettable, leaving one wondering what Continue reading →

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Thanks to neoconservative blogger Donald Douglas (with whom I steadfastly disagree), I’ve been alerted to the existence of Andrew McCarthy’s latest venomous rant at the National Review Online (in which he compares Prof. Khalidi to “racists and terror mongers,” and calls the Middle Eastern Studies program at Columbia “a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism”—just in case Continue reading →

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It’s become a truism in recent election cycles that “endorsements don’t matter” any more. That may even be true in ordinary times, when undecided voters are just as likely to flip a coin or stay home as to read up on what other people think, and when endorsements are fairly evenly scattered among the available Continue reading →

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Just had to pass along this imponderable gem from Nate Silver: …what kind of odds could you have gotten in 1908 that a black dude would get elected president before the Cubs won the Series again? (Although for a moment there, it looked like they might just barely pull it off. Can you imagine what Continue reading →

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