Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece, Ctd.

Greenwald tackles Allen: Note, too, the sequence of events as Allen describes them: While I was writing the piece, a very well-known former Bush administration official e-mailed some caustic criticism of Obama’s decision to release the memos. I asked the former official to be quoted by name, but this person refused, e-mailing: “Please use only … Continue reading Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece, Ctd.

Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece, Ctd.

Greg Sargent gets a response from Mike Allen: Sometimes ya have to read beyond a blog snippet. When people read our actual article, they’ll see that the headline and top two-thirds are an exclusive on David Axelrod’s behind-the-scenes description of the President’s decision-making process, followed by a shorter Bush view from a very high-level official … Continue reading Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece, Ctd.

Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece

Under what reasoning does Politico's Mike Allen give the following piece of spin anonymity?: A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.” “It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the … Continue reading Mike Allen: Bush Mouthpiece

The Challenge Of Reform Conservatism, Ctd

Last week, in response to me, Douthat kicked off a conversation about reform conservatives’ foreign policy views. Ross, for his part, advocates for a “kind of unifying center for conservatives weary of current binaries (Tea Party versus RINOs in the domestic sphere, ‘isolationists’ versus ‘neocons’ in foreign policy), which would internalize lessons from the Bush and Obama eras … Continue reading The Challenge Of Reform Conservatism, Ctd

The Challenge Of Reform Conservatism

This blog has long been generally supportive of the attempt by a handful of sane and intelligent conservative thinkers to brainstorm some kind of future for the American right. And who wouldn’t be? If the alternative is the brain dead 1979 redux position of someone like Kimberley Strassel, you gotta love Ross Douthat. But it … Continue reading The Challenge Of Reform Conservatism

The Unvetted Canard

Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen have decided that Republicans have a point when they claim that "reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience – and once again downplaying ones that could hurt the president." Weigel revisits the facts:

You can't compare Obama 2012 to Romney 2012, because Obama's already been his party's nominee and won an election. Go back to Obama's first run. In April 2007, nearly a year before he became a campaign issue, the Times published a 2,593 word Jodi Kantor story (with addtional reporting from Kenya!) about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his relationship to Barack Obama. The story appeared on A1. On May 11, 2008, when Obama had largely locked up the nomination but still had to fend off Hillary Clinton in tough states, the Times published a 5,024 word story titled "Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side," which delved into Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn — "Hyde Park's fringes," and "unrepentant members of the radical Weather Underground that bombed the United States Capitol and the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War." This also appeared on A1. …

Here's the issue: the "Obama wasn't vetted" outrage doesn't have any quantitative, factual proof.

Frum’s Departure From AEI


David tells Politico this:

“There's a lot about the story I don't really understand. But the core of the story is the kind of economic pressure that intellectual conservatives are under. AEI represents the best of the conservative world. [AEI President] Arthur Brooks is a brilliant man, and his books are fantastic. But the elite isn’t leading anymore. It’s trapped. Partly because of the desperate economic situation in the country, what were once the leading institutions of conservatism are constrained. I think Arthur took no pleasure in this. I think he was embarrassed. I think he would have avoided it if he possibly could, but he couldn't.”

Mike Allen adds:

Ask other AEI scholars how they felt about David’s mail and packages piling up outside his office.

Palin 1, Schmidt 0


I was recently informed by an insider about how Mark Halperin and John Heilemann had a fantastic scoop in their upcoming election book about how Palin repeatedly couldn't get Joe Biden's name right in prepping for her high-wire debate performance. Mike Allen leads with the scoop today. But it isn't a scoop. Palin, with characteristic canniness, got in her own version of this story first. If Schmidt really wants to tell his side of this story, he needs to get real. But to get real, of course, he has to confess that he was guilty of near-criminal professional negligence in selecting Palin without knowing anything about her. And so Palin gets to tell her lies and spin with impunity. Because the GOP establishment is both so cynical and condescending to Palin's base (she was absolutely right to smell elitist contempt in the mindset of McCain), they will never take the Palinites head on. And because the professionals are busted, Palin gets to define the party and perhaps divide it more profoundly. The ridden tiger keeps burning brighter.

Quote For The Day

"What’s he call up and say? 'I got a hot one for you, Jon. Can you take — what’s your email address?' Is that what he does?" – Chris Matthews on Cheney's media spokesman, Mike Allen of Politico.

As Chris says, this was "not reporting." It was fusing a journalistic enterprise with a political machine in order to gain page-views for a scoop and thereby money. And that's the danger of someone like Mike Allen getting so close to Dick Cheney that he is a stenographer-for-hire. Couldn't Cheney have just faxed his recent attack on the president to the press in general? Why does Mike Allen have to be his conduit? We know why. Allen has proved his worth to Cheney.

Video of Politico's Jonathan Martin trying and failing to defend the whoredom of his publication after the jump: