(Roy Edroso of Runnin’ Scared here. Even gadflies have to rest their wings sometimes, so Ward Harkavy is on vacation and I’m filling in as best I can for a few days. )
New York Times: “Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama“
Those bitter Pennsylvanians are once again hauled out by the allegedly Obama-worshipping Times. Though “Labor operatives line up behind Mr. Obama, and about a third of the 35 white voters who were interviewed leaned toward him,” the Clinton voters are thought to be not entirely on board, so it’s all in the hands of the guys who think Obama refused to shake hands with the troops.
Washington Post: “Judge Won’t Move Trial For Stevens To Alaska“
The fixer from the 49th State will have to stand trial (for failing to disclose receipt of gifts) in Washington instead of Alaska, where citizens have sent him to the Senate seven times. On the bright side, everyone in DC, from judges to jurors, knows how the game is played. The downside is that Stevens has been playing it for a long time and some people may think it’s time he lost one.
Wall Street Journal: “Lieberman Agonistes“
This editorial suggests the Senator from Connecticut bothers Democrats because he’s an apostate, and Republicans (the kind who write to the Journal, anyway) because he’s a liberal. The reliably pro-Republican paper naturally admires Lieberman for bolting the Democrats, and suggests this will bring out his conservative instincts under a McCain Administration, but while Lieberman would “be a better vice president than many oft-mooted Republicans,” the Journal prefers McCain keep him on the down-low lest the rubes revolt.
Los Angeles Times: “Russia to Keep Soldiers in Georgia.”
Rather than wait till Friday’s announced pullout to reveal how far they’re willing to go, Russia signals that it intends to continue looking after its South Ossetian interests from the Georgian side, with some troops remaining “just outside the Georgian city of Gori.” The nationalistic argument plays well inside Russia, but not with the U.S., which is “attempting to dispatch several military vessels” to the Georgian coast.