Monthly Archives: December 2007

the Obama “theory of change”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Mark Schmitt’s essay on Senator Obama has been very widely cited (and should be applied to politicians other than Obama himself). Schmitt argues that, as president, Obama might win legislative victories by treating conservatism as a legitimate … Continue reading

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notes on “genre fiction”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m going to try a little light blogging again, although I’m still very emotionally preoccupied. Throughout this difficult period, I have been trying to use novels as a distraction–reading works by Alan Furst, Patrick O’Brien, and Ward … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) I didn’t go on the Oxfordshire “research” mission described in my last post. Instead, I’m in my home town with my very sick father and my family. I don’t want to write about that–this isn’t … Continue reading

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to Oxfordshire

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Tonight I’m flying to Heathrow and then traveling to a conference on “How Young People Form Political Views.” I’m looking forward to learning from international colleagues. I’m then staying in Oxfordshire for about 48 hours after the … Continue reading

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Obama’s service plan

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As I write, Barack Obama is at Cornell College in Iowa unveiling his national service plan, along with Senator Harris Wofford. The text of the plan is here (pdf) and here’s the speech. It’s ambitious in that … Continue reading

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the Huckabee phenomenon

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Disclaimer: I doubt very much that anything in this post is original. This is popular territory, and I haven’t looked for other blog posts that make the same points better: If Mike Huckabee plays a major role … Continue reading

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German memories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last winter, we took a quick family vacation to a small town in Bavaria. This was my first serious stay in Germany, although I’d been to Austria before. Specifically, we chose to visit a town in Franconia, … Continue reading

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