Republicans are fast becoming America’s lost tribe. As the nation embarked on a new century, Republicans fell behind on the journey. Why? The party has had to tend to its laggards. Some stubbornly struck out in a different direction; others inadvertently wandered. But now, gathering for the presidential election of 2012, Republicans are hovering on the far side of a great open field that everybody else has already crossed.
Several years ago, as a neophyte reporter for OfftheBus at The Huffington Post, I shared a table with an NPR reporter and her husband at the Obama Campaign Victory Party after the California primary. One of the Orwellian quirks of American campaign politics (and there are many) is that election-night gatherings are called “victory parties” even when the candidate loses—as indeed Obama did that night, to Hillary Clinton, by almost ten points.
Osama Bin Laden was a religious man. This is an uncomfortable truth that is being lost in the deluge of commentary and speculation about his violent death.
“One of the most gutsiest acts of any president in recent memory,” John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism advisor, said today of President Obama’s decision to send a team of Navy Seals into a Pakistani residential compound that circumstantial evidence suggested might be the hiding place of Osama Bin Laden. Since late last night, the world has known how that decision played out. Despite first a weather delay and then death-by-mechanical-failure of one of the two Black Hawk helicopters used in the operation, the Seal team took less than forty minutes to find, identify and kill Bin Laden, to secure another helicopter and to remove themselves and Bin Laden’s body from the country just as the Pakistani air force was scrambling aloft to deal with the violation of air space.