“Ted’s time at center stage, so much longer than Bobby’s, was more varied, consisting of numerous acts, twists, turns and apparent endings.” Jeff Shesol reviews Neal Gabler’s book Catching the Wind.
A costly fight over the number of Supreme Court justices could put a stop to any real hope for reform under Joe Biden.
“The nastiness of the GOP — and therefore of much of our national life,” Jeff writes in his review of Burning Down the House, “can be seen as Gingrich’s most lasting achievement: Nastiness as a virtue, a governing principle, an end in itself.”
It was John F. Kennedy, of course, who issued the call, but no one did more than L.B.J. to commit the U.S. to landing men on the moon and returning them safely to earth.
Jeff tells the story of RFK’s speech — “a prayer, a quiet plea for a shared understanding.”
Jeff live-blogged the State of the Union. His real-time verdict? “It was the sort of speech that sends a person into a fallout shelter alone with his tax cut and his Second Amendment rights.”