The Buzz

Obama’s Hubby State

Of all the commentary unleashed by "The Life of Julia," the Barack Obama campaign’s interactive web ad that follows a faceless cartoon "everywoman" through life, probably the most perceptive is Jessica Gavora’s analysis in the Washington Post Outlook section. Gavora notes that the ads touch on such life milestones as education, work, motherhood, retirement.

Dismissing the Facts on Afghanistan

Sam Schulman, writing in The Weekly Standard, exposes what he calls "the liberal habit of sanctimonious betrayal" of beleaguered peoples around the world whose plight these liberals previously had embraced as solemn causes. Fair enough. But in the process he takes a few digs at foreign policy "realists," such as Harvard’s Stephen Walt—who, concedes Shulman, was right in saying the Obama administration is preparing to "bug out" (Schulman’s words) on Afghanistan. 

Onward, Liberal Democratic Soldiers

As The Buzz has noted, one of the major dilemmas posed by the Arab Spring is how the United States should react to the rising influence of political Islam. Writing in Commentary, Iranian-American journalist Sohrab Ahmari offers an answer: a full-throated defense of liberal democratic values.

Make it a Double

Ralph Benko, writing on a website called "Parcbench," offers a headline that reads: "Wake Up Libertarians, A Government Sometimes Gets it Right!" His case in point is the government of Alabama, whose legislature passed a law in 2004 officially designating the state drink to be…whiskey. And not just any whiskey, but specifically, "Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey."

Campaigner in Chief

Dana Milbank is known for his lighter fare over at the Washington Post, but his column this week illuminates some new truths about Obama as “campaigner in chief.”

While The Buzz concedes that the perpetual campaign began long before Obama, it appears the president has outpaced even his most fundraiser-happy predecessors. “Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total…exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.” 

Ornstein and Mann's Flawed History

Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann, writing in the Washington Post’s “Outlook,” declare it’s simply wrong to blame both sides for congressional gridlock. No, they say, every shred of blame goes to the Republicans. The GOP has become an “insurgent outlier…ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science….”