Tales from the Trail

Bachmann is tops in GOP “intensity”

March 15, 2011

RTR2JTAS_Comp-150x150House Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann may not rate highly with Republican hierophants like George Will. But some Republicans seem to have an intense liking for her none the less, according to a new Gallup poll.

Will she? Won’t she? Still reading the tea leaves…

March 14, 2011

USA/Is Sarah Palin getting the kind of press that makes for viable presidential campaigns? Maybe not, and her critics appear to be increasingly of a conservative stripe.

How strong is U.S. will for Afghan fight?

September 1, 2009

When George W. Bush was president, Democrats and other critics repeatedly said the United States was fighting the wrong war — it was not Iraq that should have been the center of U.S. military attention, but Afghanistan.

Obama dines with conservative columnists

January 14, 2009

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama says he is prepared to listen to all voices as he tries to rescue the U.S. economy from deep recession. He has also OBAMAsought to portray himself as a unifier after the deeply divisive presidency of his soon-to-be predecessor George W. Bush.
 
So, in that context, his attendance at a dinner party on Tuesday night at the home of George Will, one of the United States’ best-known conservative columnists, is probably not too surprising.
 
Guests at Will’s dinner party reportedly included William Kristol, a founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and a leader of the neoconservative movement that was so influential in the Bush administration.
 
Also reportedly in attendance were David Brooks of the New York Times, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, Larry Kudlow of CNBC and Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal.
 
OBAMAThe left-wing blog, The Huffington Post, reassured readers that the dinner did not mean that Obama was selling out to the right. “Talking with them is a shrewd move on Obama’s part,” wrote senior editor Jacob Heilbrunn.
 
“It indicates that Obama is completing the job of detaching the conservative intellectual elite from the GOP itself,” he said.
 
Obama’s traveling media pool stayed outside Will’s upmarket Chevy Chase home, but an aide said in a statement later: “President-elect Obama had dinner this evening with columnists at the home of George Will.
 
“He will attend similar gatherings in the months to come, including one at his transition headquarters tomorrow.”
 
It is not known what they discussed, but Obama stayed for about two-and-a-half hours.
 
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.
 
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