The Campaign Spot

The Pritzker Nomination, Canceled Before The Announcement

Earlier today there were reports that Obama fundraiser Penny Pritzker — up to her ears in advocacy for sub-prime lending while on the board of a failing bank — would be his pick for Commerce Secretary.

I was momentarily worried that the rumored Pritzker nomination would distract Senate Republicans from focusing on really, really, really, really, really bad Attorney General nominee Eric Holder. If you’re going to hold together a coalition that opposes sub-prime cabinet nominees, it’s easier if you have one controversial nominee to focus your attention on instead of two or several.

Now comes word is that “she has taken herself out of the running to be secretary of Commerce because of vetting issues.” Good.

Most Popular

U.S.

Columbia 1968: Another Untold Story

Fifty years ago this week, Columbia students riding the combined wave of the civil-rights and anti-war movements went on strike, occupied buildings across campus, and shut the university down. As you revisit that episode of the larger drama that was the annus horribilis 1968, bear in mind that the past isn’t ... Read More
Culture

Only the Strident Survive

‘I am not prone to anxiety,” historian Niall Ferguson wrote in the Times of London on April 22. “Last week, however, for the first time since I went through the emotional trauma of divorce, I experienced an uncontrollable panic attack.” The cause? “A few intemperate emails, inadvertently forwarded ... Read More

Poll Finds Nevada Voters Support School-Choice Programs

According to an April poll, a large number of Nevada voters support school-choice programs. The poll, conducted by Nevada Independent/Mellman, found that 70 percent of voters support a proposal for a special-needs Education Savings Account and 59 percent support expanding the funding for the current tax-credit ... Read More
World

Microscopic Dots. Let’s Look at Them.

Stuart E. Eizenstat has written a big book on the Carter presidency. (Eizenstat was Carter’s chief domestic-policy adviser. He also had a substantial hand in foreign affairs.) I have reviewed the book for the forthcoming NR. Eizenstat tells the story of a meeting between President Carter and Andrei Gromyko, the ... Read More