Posts Tagged “Election 2008”

A completely subjective list, of course. But what the hell… aren’t they all? Going in to 2008, one could hardly open a magazine or flip a channel without hitting a media comparison to 1968. It was 40 years ago (a nice, round number), and it was a paradigm-shifting political year that looked familiar, with an Continue reading →

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Well, despite some optimistic tea-leaf reading earlier in the day about turnout, the voters of Georgia have returned Republican Saxby Chambliss to the Senate in today’s run-off election, defeating challenger Jim Martin by a wide margin. Disappointing, but I guess even in a remarkable year, you really can’t win them all.

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Here’s a question. After years of complaints from politicians, journalists, and pretty much everyone about Americans’ waning interest in politics, and concern about dropping levels of voter participation… why were we so poorly prepared in so many places when that trend finally reversed itself?

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For a long time now, the words “Grant Park” had only negative political associations. They evoked 1968, police attacking protesters, civil society crumbling before our eyes. After 40 years, Tuesday’s election finally relegated that to the back burner. Grant Park in 2008 was about the culmination of a political process that brought people together, and Continue reading →

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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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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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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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