May 30, 2010 |
It's the perfect "gotcha" campaign ad. Well, except for the gotcha part. Credit the Virginia Republican Party for coming up with a creative idea. Discredit the Virginia Republican Party for doing a horrific job of research. The party released ads on Wednesday raising the possibility that Virginia Democratic Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello might be secret gun-control proponents (despite evidence to the contrary). So what's the angle? Damning video footage of Congress members giving Mexican President Felipe Calderon a standing ovation last week when he called on the U.S. Congress to consider reinstating the assault weapons ban. Ah, so Boucher and Perriello are seen in that footage wildly applauding Calderon?
January 12, 2010 |
There is so much to enjoy about the Democrats' Harry Reid problem, and yet I find the whole spectacle horribly depressing. First, let's recap the bright side. The addlepated and vindictive Senate majority leader deserves the grief he's getting for saying -- according to the new book, "Game Change" -- that Barack Obama would make a promising Democratic presidential contender because he's "light-skinned" and can speak "Negro dialect" only when he wants to. Just last month, Reid insinuated that fellow senators standing in the way of "Obamacare" were carrying on the tradition of the racists who stood in the way of civil rights in the 1960s.
May 17, 2009 |
Madonna is standing before a packed crowd at the Palladium in New York. Stage lights beam overhead. Legions of plastic bracelets dangle from her slender wrists. Her disheveled locks are pulled away from her face. Clutching onto the microphone stand, she glances to her right. Click. The flashy scene from 1983 stands still forever with the help of a guy and his camera. At the Grammy Museum at downtown's L.A.
February 15, 2009 |
With his dapper red scarf and orange-tinted hair, Kim Rae-in is a card-carrying member of the "paparazzi" posse, cruising across Seoul on his beat-up motorcycle on the lookout for the next "gotcha" moment. He's not stalking starlets or pop singers. He's after the real money-making snaps: the slouching salary man lighting up in a no-smoking area, the homeowner illegally dumping trash, the corner merchant selling stale candy to kids. The former gas station attendant isn't choosy.
October 12, 2008 |
Einstein's Mistakes The Human Failings of Genius Hans C. Ohanian W.W. Norton: 394 pp., $24.95 When Donald Crowhurst's abandoned sailboat was found adrift in the Atlantic in 1969, his captain's log recorded the ravings of a man whose mind had snapped. On page after page, he spouted fulminations and pseudoscience, finally ripping his chronometer from its mountings and throwing it and then himself into the drink.
April 18, 2008 |
Things may have gotten nasty on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, but Barack Obama saw the "gotcha" tenor of the Democratic presidential debate as a preview of what is in store for the general election campaign. And thousands of viewers, for their part, considered it an outrage. For nearly an hour, the 10.7 million viewers of the most watched debate in this election cycle did not hear a single question about the economy, Iraq or healthcare.
March 13, 2008 |
They may be a journalist's five favorite words: Governor linked to prostitution ring. Now that's a TV crawl promising a very good week for everyone (except, of course, for the governor's family). The politician and the call girl. It's like a Broadway musical starring Nathan Lane -- everyone's talking about it. So when the news broke in the New York Times on Monday that Gov.