Saturday, November 11, 2006

Karl's Weekend Reading

Been looking for some reading material that cuts through the post-election noise. This week's list is short - part 'half full' and part 'half empty'.

Charles Krauthammer's: Democrats moving the ball

The result is that both parties have moved to the right. The Republicans have shed the last vestiges of their centrist past, the Rockefeller Republican. And the Democrats have widened their tent to bring in a new crop of blue-dog conservatives.

Daniel Henninger's: Like Father, Like Son? Team 41 is a threat to the Bush legacy.

George Bush's foreign policy is at a tipping point. The administration's thinking on Iran and North Korea looks stalemated. He has taken to talking about the need for "fresh eyes" on Iraq. Looking back over the roster of the Iraq Survey Group, I'd say the eyes focused on his foreign-policy legacy, all essentially retired from public life, are anything but fresh. In response to Tuesday's election, House Republicans are about to usher in a younger generation of political thinkers. If he really wants to refresh his presidency, Mr. Bush should start looking in the same direction.

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