Center of Attention


Assorted writers who attempt to strike a balanced note on current affairs or improve our ability to find our own sense of balance by exposing us to new information and different points-of-view


Expat Teacher gets us started today by thinking ahead to the time when any one of the leading (read: debate-participating) Democratic contendors for the White House might actually be in the White House, and then asking himself: “What type of Presidency could I expect from this person?” Granted his answers are only one man’s views, and I agreed with some of them while disagreeing with others, but he definitely succeeded in prompting me to go back and challenge some of my assumptions. And that (I think) remains one of the very first and most critical steps in our individual searches for balance.

A reader takes on Andrew Sullivan for his persistent Hillary bashing.

Richard Eskow defends Obama’s position and challenges Ezra Klein’s argument on health coverage mandates.

Although he’s no fan of the GOP, Steve Benen decides it’s time to defend Mike Huckabee against the “You’re not Reagan” attacks of Mitt Romney. Very entertaining. At least I thought so.

Continuing his quest for the title of “Conservative-Not-Neocon of the Year,” Rick Moran cautions against “overselling” recent successes in Iraq.


Editor’s Note: There were a dozen more posts I had hoped to include in today’s round up. Unfortunately, other demands interfered. Stay tuned for a longer list, hopefully, next week.