The NEWSWEEK Poll: Holding Steady

Jonathan Darman reports:With less than two weeks left in the presidential contest, Barack Obama continues to hold a commanding double-digit lead over John McCain according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll....

What Millennials Should Ask of Obama

Dear Young Americans:I won't tell you how special you are because you've heard it before. For the past nine months, the mainstream media have showered you with adulation. Before the Iowa caucuses, Barack Obama's campaign said you'd be his secret weapon, showing up for him like you'd never shown up for a presidential candidate before. Reporters didn't believe it; they'd seen that MTV special before, heard about the hidden youth vote and knew it never panned out.But you proved them wrong; you did pan out. You surprised the media, and the media like nothing more than a surprise. Since then it's been a nonstop lovefest—your reputation is secure as the most idealistic and engaged group of young people since the '60s, an optimistic lot who believe that Obama really is different from all the rest. You've made his rallies into cultural events, his candidacy into a movement. You've done what no one thought was possible: you've made politics seem cool again.So I don't have to tell you how...

Lieberman: ‘Moderately Liberal’?

By Jonathan Darman Days before he takes the stage in St. Paul, Minn., at the GOP convention, independent Democrat Joe Lieberman’s being constantly rewritten on both the left and right. In a New York Times column last Monday, conservative commentator Bill Kristol floated the notion that Lieberman was still in the running to be John McCain’s running mate. Lieberman, Kristol said, could acclimate with the McCain era-GOP in spite of having a “moderately liberal voting record.”But conservatives who care more about a candidate’s economic orthodoxy than his support of the war in Iraq might have a hard time seeing what’s so moderate about Lieberman. In Connecticut, Lieberman has long counted on strong ties to organized labor, the bête noir of movement conservatives. In 2007, according to the National Journal, he supported a liberal economic agenda 76 percent of the time. The National Education Association, the powerful teachers union, gave Lieberman an “A” for 2007, and he supported...

The Noble History of Flip-Flopping

So it has already come to this. At the end of its first month, the great and noble general-election campaign of 2008 has been defined by a single question: who is the biggest flip-flopper? Barack Obama has reversed himself on campaign financing (he opted out of the public system that, as recently as last November, he swore to uphold) and on FISA legislation (he signed on to a compromise granting immunity to telecom companies that had cooperated with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping after filibustering a similar measure last year). John McCain switched sides on offshore drilling—after years of opposing the idea, he announced last month that it would play a major role in his energy policy—and reminded us of earlier reinventions as a Bush tax-cut supporter and opponent of Roe v. Wade. True believers in both men are glum: if Mr. Maverick and Mr. New Politics won't stick to their principles, who on earth will?It is worth remembering, before the depression sets in too...

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