Why I Read Political Wire

I read a lot of blogs, and I mean a lot of blogs – I count 53 in NetNewsWire right now. But none is as important to me as Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire. If you read Minipundit regularly, you know I link to Taegan’s site quite often. There’s a reason for this. Anything and everything that one could ever need to know about American elections and campaigns can be found at Political Wire – and it’s up there faster and in more detail than it is anywhere else. There are a handful of blogs – Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, Kevin Drum, Steve Benen, Shakespeare’s Sister – that I treat like very good op-ed pages. But Political Wire is the only blog that I treat like the news section of a newspaper. I trust it more than practically any other news source. And it’s earned that. So, if for some unfortunate reason you’re not reading it already, please start. Now.
P.S. If you’re wondering what this post is about, see here.

You Know That Whole “Democrat” Thing…

…Joe Lieberman isn’t too hot on that anymore:

WALLACE: Let’s look ahead to 2008. Are there any Democrats who appear to be running at this point that you could support for president?
LIEBERMAN: Are there any Democrats who don’t appear to be running at this point? Look, I’ve had a very political couple of years in Connecticut, and I’m stepping back for a while to concentrate on being the best senator I can be for my state and my country.
I’m also an Independent-Democrat now, and I’m going to do what most Independents and a lot of Democrats and Republicans in America do, which is to take a look at all the candidates and then in the end, regardless of party, decide who I think will be best for the future of our country.
So I’m open to supporting a Democrat, Republican or even an Independent, if there’s a strong one. Stay tuned.

WALLACE:…You’re saying you might vote Republican in 2008.
LIEBERMAN: I am, because we have so much on the line both in terms of the Islamist terrorists, who are an enemy as brutal as the fascists and communists we faced in the last century, and we have great challenges here at home to make our economy continue to produce good jobs, to deal with our crises in health care, education, immigration, energy.
I want to choose the person that I believe is best for the future of our country. What I’m saying is what I said last year and what I think the voters said in November. Party is important, but more important is the national interest. And that’s the basis that I will decide who to support for president.

Chris Dodd must be really, really pissed. But actually, I would love it if Joe decides to go all-out for McCain and then gets selected as his VP. That would just make the ticket so easy to pigeon-hole as pro-surge and “OMG THE HIDDEN IMAM” (yes, that phrase now functions as an adjective) that any Democratic ticket would win in a cakewalk.

Edwards Hits a Snag

Perhaps John Edwards’ cozying up to the sabre-rattling AIPAC crowd will deprive him of the support he seems to be getting in left-leaning circles. One would think that with a candidate who was against the war when it mattered (Obama) in the race, there would be no attraction to a Johnny-come-lately like Edwards. Apparently there is, though. Let’s hope this changes that.

Kerry Out

John Kerry will not be running for president in 2008. While the effect of that race is minimal (he never had a shot), this is disappointing because it means he’ll keep his Senate seat until 2016. That means that 2012 is the earliest opportunity for Barney Frank to become a Senator. Which needs to happen, not just so that, more forty years after Stonewall, we would have the first openly gay US Senator, but because the guy’s brilliant. Listen to this if you need any convincing on that front.
In other horse race news, anyone who fears that Obama can’t go on the offensive should read his response to Fox News’ latest slander. Long story short, he verbally castrates them while making it seem like positive campaigning. I love that man.