Monday, December 1, 2008

Short Takes

The Team: President-elect Obama will be announcing his foreign policy team this morning. You know all the major players.

General McCaffrey’s Connections: Spencer Ackerman follows up on this piece in the New York Times on Gen. Barry McCaffrey’s connection with defense contractors and his role as an “independent” military commentator on network television.

Canadian Politics: The Liberals and the New Democrats form an alliance to bring down the Conservative government. Grace at The Reaction goes in-depth on this story.

Father McCarthy: Neal Gabler in the Los Angeles Times on the true origins of the GOP conservative movement: “[T]he real father of modern Republicanism is Sen. Joe McCarthy, and the line doesn’t run from Goldwater to Reagan to George W. Bush; it runs from McCarthy to Nixon to Bush and possibly now to Sarah Palin. It centralizes what one might call the McCarthy gene, something deep in the DNA of the Republican Party that determines how Republicans run for office, and because it is genetic, it isn’t likely to be expunged any time soon.”

Travel Woes: If you’re flying into the Midwest today, especially Chicago, you might want to check with your airline. Yes, it’s December.